We know that all children are not alike, therefore, we tailor our services to your child as an individual. Because of this, appointments may vary in frequency, length of time and time of day. This will be discussed once a treatment plan has been established. If you cannot keep your appointment, reasonable notice (at least 24 hours) should be given to our office. This provides us the opportunity to offer this time to another patient.
If your child has a dental emergency, call the office at (814) 455-2158. At night and on weekends, Dr. Garcia or Dr. Carlin will be available for emergency calls. Call the office at (814) 455-2158 and the message will direct you to a dentist on call.
We make every effort to keep the cost of your dental care down. You can help by paying for the treatment at the time of your child's visit. If the treatment program requires several visits, you will be given an estimate and asked to make financial arrangements with a member of our business staff. Please remember insurance is considered a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor and is not a substitute for payments. Some insurance companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to know your policy and pay any deductible amounts, co-insurance, or any other balance not paid by your insurance company at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been made.
Our office utilizes only tooth colored fillings (composite fillings) for restoration of cavities. Our decision to not place silver (amalgam) fillings is based on several considerations. Tooth colored fillings are more versatile for application in a pediatric dental office as they allow a more conservative approach to restoring a tooth. This results from the adhesive nature of the restoration and the need for less healthy tooth removal. There is of course the benefit of a more esthetic result, which many patients prefer. We believe that silver (amalgam) fillings are a safe and durable alternative restoration. Despite the safety of amalgam in patients, we have chosen not to utilize this material both for the impact of having mercury in our office and the environmental impact of waste amalgam disposal.
Tooth colored restorations have been used successfully for decades on both front and back teeth. They are an American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry accepted restoration. Despite this, dental insurance companies may decline coverage for a portion of a restoration, or may pay for the cost of an amalgam only. Please check with your dental insurance carrier regarding their policy on tooth colored fillings.
For your convenience, the following patient forms can be downloaded and completed prior to arriving at the office.