A Better Smile Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

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Have a dental-related question? We have the answer! Check out our FAQs below to learn more about our company and services.


How quickly can you get me in?

We can get you in ASAP! Especially for emergencies, we will try to get you in same-day. For other services, it averages about 2-3 days. If you need a new crown or dental bridge in Albuquerque, NM, call to schedule an appointment.

How long will my appointment last?

New patient appointments often run about an hour, including x-rays, exam, and teeth cleaning. Other appointment types -- like the application of a tooth crown Albuquerque, NM residents often need -- vary greatly because they range in complexity. If you are tight for time against another appointment or concerned about how long an appointment will be, let us know and we will try to get you an estimate.

What kind of insurances do you accept?

Whether you're simply visiting for a cleaning or you need a new tooth bridge in Albuquerque, NM, we've got you covered. We accept most PPO insurances and most Medicaid plans. Just ask us if you need additional details.

How much will it cost me?

When you come for an exam, we can work up a treatment plan to help you understand what your costs will be. If there are multiple options for treatment, we can go over those before the work starts. Costs will vary based on your individual needs. Contact us today to learn about the cost of a dental crown in Albuquerque, NM.

I would like to have my teeth whiter. What options do I have?

At A Better Smile Dentistry, we offer much more than your typical dental bridge in Albuquerque, NM. We also offer cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening. There are many ways to whiten teeth, including whitening strips or professional in-office whitening systems. We can help you go over your options. We do not recommend whitening until all of your other dental work is done as the whitening agents may cause sensitivity, pain, or enamel damage.

What should my insurance cover?

Virtually all insurances will cover preventative work like exams, regular cleanings, and x-rays. Medicaid policies will typically cover work like extractions and fillings and may cover additional items like deep cleanings and partials with a pre-authorization. PPO insurances will typically cover all of the above and also have coverage for crowns, bridges, and implants, although there might be some co-pay involved. Procedures that are deemed "cosmetic" are typically not covered by any insurance. If you need a new dental crown in Albuquerque, NM, call your insurance provider to find out if your procedure is covered.

Will I need a shot for my work? Will it hurt?

For most routine visits, shots are not required. If you are having a filling, root canal, deep cleaning, extraction, or implant work done, it will often require some amount of numbing. A topical anesthetic is usually used ahead of a shot, so it will not hurt much. You do not feel pain once the numbing takes complete effect. To learn more about our services, like getting a tooth bridge Albuquerque, NM residents can count on, give us a call today.

I am interested in implants. What should I know about them?

Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace single teeth or can be used to replace multiple teeth with an implant-supported denture. Some patients may need additional treatment like a bone graft or sinus lift before an implant is placed. We can do an evaluation at your appointment to determine whether these additional treatments are needed. We can discuss whether an implant or a dental bridge Albuquerque, NM dentists sometimes recommend is right for you.

What is a bone graft, and why do I need one?

If you have an extraction, it is best to place a bone graft to preserve your bone at the extraction site. A bone graft at the time of extraction can ensure you preserve bone for a future implant. Not sure if you need a dental implant or a dental bridge in Albuquerque, NM? We can help you find the best treatment option for your needs.

What is a deep cleaning compared to a regular one?

A deep cleaning is done when there is a chronic infection present in your gums. Symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum pain and bleeding
  • Gum recession
  • Loose tooth
It goes deeper than a regular cleaning. If you have such symptoms, a deep cleaning might be recommended upon doctor evaluation. A regular cleaning does not typically use a numbing agent while a deep cleaning usually involves numbing. For more information on deep cleaning or our other services, like getting a dental crown in Albuquerque, NM, give us a call today.