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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit Applegate Dental?

The American Dental Association and our West Seneca dentists and team emphasize preventive dental checkups in order to help patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles for life, and that means visiting our office twice a year for best results.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease also known as gum disease occurs when plaque or tartar buildup at the gum line irritates the soft tissue leading to inflammation, bleeding, pain, or discomfort. The earliest stages, gingivitis, are typically treatable with more frequent professional cleanings, but in the advanced stages, periodontitis, more extensive treatments may be necessary.

I get nervous before visiting the dentist. Can you help?

Absolutely. We’re dedicated to making every trip to the dentist a comfortable and welcoming experience for every patient. Those who need a little extra help relaxing may also benefit from sedation dentistry. Let us know about your situation, and we’ll do our best to help.

Do you offer Invisalign for adults and adolescents?

We are happy to offer both traditional Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. The Invisalign orthodontic system uses a series of clear plastic alignment trays to gently shift teeth into their ideal alignment. Invisalign Teen is uniquely crafted to adjust developing smiles, and hold teeth in their new position for longer. Ask about either service during your next visit, or call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.

Does teeth whitening work?

Over the counter teeth whitening agents promise dramatic results, but are rarely able to deliver. Our professional in-office and at-home whitening options use higher dosages of whitening agents and more precise application methods to offer superior results. Schedule a teeth whitening consultation to find out more.

Do you take my insurance?

We are happy to process and file claims for any insurance provider in order to help patients make the most of their coverage. Please feel free to ask our team if you have insurance questions at any time. We’re happy to help.

What can you tell me about Healthplex from Medicare?

Healthplex is a great cost cutting preventive dental rider for some patients who are carry Independent Health as their Medicare supplement. With Healthplex, these patients are partially or fully reimbursed for many of their necessary preventive treatments such as six month checkups, teeth cleanings, and x-rays. Feel free to contact us with questions, or to find out more about Healthplex.