Your trusted Lake Forest CA Dentist provides answers to some of the most common Dental FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding our dental services and your oral health. If you have other questions that are not answered here, please feel free to call us at 949-581-8109 or fill out the form in our Contact Us page.
Why do I have to visit my Lake Forest Dentist regularly?
Visiting your Lake Forest Dentist every six months is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. And in between those visits, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy with proper brushing and flossing. Most people do not see a dentist on a regular basis for preventive treatment and only go when they have a dental problem. We refer to this as “crisis treatment”, which usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time. Most dental problems do not have any painful symptoms until they reach the more advanced stages of dental disease. A lot of patients come for tooth decay treatment only when it starts hurting, which often costs more time and money to treat. Meet your Lake Forest Dentist »
What can I expect on my first visit?
When you first arrive at Lifetime Dental office in Lake Forest and meet our staff, you will handover your paperwork to help us get to know you better. We request that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete your paperwork. Or, you can get a head start by filling out your paperwork now and Download New Patient Forms.
New patients often ask if they can have their teeth cleaned during their first visit. Your dental treatments usually begin with a follow-up visit, often scheduled as soon as the next day. We need to see you first for a comprehensive exam to make necessary treatment recommendations and then schedule adequate time with your hygienist.
Am I a good candidate for dental implant?
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are most likely healthy enough to have a dental implant. Successful dental implants require general good health and adequate bone in the jaw. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, dental disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants in Lake Forest. Call (949) 734-7363 to request consultation with your Lake Forest Dental Implant specialist. Read more Dental Implant FAQ »
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
As endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your Lake Forest Dentist recommends that your child first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will start to erupt and your Lake Forest Dentist can examine your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Will my insurance pay for my dental treatment at Lifetime Dental?
Insurance coverage for dental treatment will depend on your individual plan. Most dental plans are designed to cover a portion of the total cost of your routine dental treatment. Check with your dental insurance company to see what treatments they cover and how much coverage they provide. You can also call our Lake Forest Dental Office at (949) 734-7363 because our team have the experience in working with insurance providers and we are happy to will help you get the maximum benefits for your dental treatments and keep your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum.
How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?
To determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child to visit a general dentist or an an orthodontist for a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation. At Lifetime Dental, we provide comprehensive orthodontic evaluation and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any necessary recommendations. Read more Orthodontics and Braces FAQ »
Do you offer teen braces?
Yes. At Lifetime Dental, we offer teen braces for a more attractive, confident smile for the youth in Lake Forest, CA, and surrounding Orange County communities of Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Laguna Woods, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo. Today’s orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before, with options such as metal or traditional braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign clear braces. Read more about Invisalign »