Ask the Doctor

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about our dental office.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Our office hours are by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed Friday through Sunday.

We accept Delta Dental, which means we are a Delta “Provider”. We are not on any other insurance list. We do work with all PPO plans that have an “out of network” clause. This means the PPO will allow the policy holder to see a dentist of their choice, however, their out of pocket expense may be more than if they were seen by a in network provider.

We accept Visa, Master, and Care Credit Cards. We do not accept American Express or Discover cards.

Patient share is due at time of treatment. We will bill the insurance and wait for their payment. If there is a remaining balance after insurance, the patient is asked to pay this upon the receipt of our statement.

We are a Delta Premiere provider. We also work with Delta DPO as an out of network provider. We are not a Delta DPI provider.

No, we are not a listed provider. We can work with your insurance if there is an “Out of Network” clause in your contract. We are not an HMO provider of any insurance.

Approximately 80 to 100% of our cost is covered for preventative treatment which includes x-rays, doctor exams, and regular six month hygiene appointments. Most policies cover about 80% on basic treatment which includes perio treatment, fillings, and partials. Major treatment is cover at approximately 50% which includes crowns and bridges. Implant crowns are not a covered benefit by the majority of policies. Each insurance policy has its own fee schedule; therefore, the percentage number will vary on each policy.

We do not know “exactly”! We subscribe to a service that provides fee information and these records are updated six times per year. Our computers work with this information to calculate an estimate of patient share. This gives us access to hundreds of policies; however, this information is not always able to compute to the final dollar on each individual policy. It is the best resource available. The only way to know “exactly” what the insurance company will pay is to have the treatment pre-authorized; this takes 30 to 60 days, and can be done for any type of treatment plan.

Periodontal therapy is a treatment to treat periodontal disease (gum disease) and to prevent further destruction of the periodontium (bone that holds teeth in your head).

Because Periodontal disease is an infection, it is treated at one appointment, consisting of three to four hours. You may also be given a prescription for a mouth rinse to help with this infection.

If you have been treated for periodontal disease (gum disease), you need to be aware that gum disease is a non-curable progressive disease which needs regular maintenance appointments.

A tooth may crack due to a variety of reasons: chewing on hard objects such as ice, nuts, hard candy, an accident as a blow to the mouth, grinding and clenching your teeth, loss of tooth structure due to wear, brittleness of teeth that have had root canals, and old large silver fillings.

Old silver fillings generally expand and contract with hot and cold leaving cracks and spaces where bacteria can get under the filling resulting in decay. Fillings are subject to constant stress from chewing which can cause a gradual wearing away, chipping, cracking or even falling out. Worn fillings should be replaced before they hurt.

Teeth naturally vary in color; however, most of the staining is due to dark colored carbonated drinks, tea, coffee and red wine. Other staining causes are foods with red sauces and smoking. Bleaching can remove the stains and restore the natural tooth color.

Veneers are used to correct open spaces, chips, and uneven teeth to create a beautiful smile.

Missing teeth can be replaced with a partial, fixed bridge, or implants. A fixed bridge is a series of crowns to replace the missing tooth. It is necessary to crown the two teeth on each side of the missing tooth. Implants can be a wiser choice, especially if the adjoining teeth have no reason to be crowned. An implant is a stand alone fixture replacing only the one missing tooth.

An implant crown is a two-step process. The implant fixture is placed by an oral surgeon and requires a three to six month healing period. After this period of time, the oral surgeon will uncover the implant, place the healing cap and return the patient to our general dental office for the final implant crown restoration.

There are a variety of services we can offer depending on your individual needs.

Edward R. Barragan
General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Yorba Linda Dentist, Dr. Edward R Barragan, DDS is a dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with services including Dental Exams, Dental Makeovers, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Crowns, X-rays, Fluoride, Cleanings, & more. Please come and visit Yorba Linda, CA dentist Dr. Edward R Barragan, DDS.


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