Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our dental office. We would love to hear from you.
Q: Why do I need an examination or consultation?
The oral surgeon reviews several things: your medical history, radiographs, and the treatment the surgeon believes is best for your continued oral health. Dr. Hilmi will discuss the findings with you, provide an estimate of the surgical fees, and review the surgical consent form … all in the best interest of the patient.
Q: Why do I need X-ray films?
X-rays help us determine the overall health and condition of your teeth and bones, as well as their position to adjacent teeth or nerves.
Q: Why do I need a different X-ray if my general dentist already has one?
A lot of times, the X-ray your general dentist may has may be a “bite wing” or a periapical. Bite wings and periapical films cannot be used for oral surgery; a full-mouth series can be used in some cases. If your dentist has X-rays, it never hurts to bring them to your oral surgery appointment or have your general dentist mail the X-rays to our office. If it is determined that we need a new X-ray, we will let you know as soon as we can, once you have arrived for your appointment.
For extraction of wisdom teeth, dental implants, and other surgical procedures, we use a panoramic X-ray to see a full view of the teeth and the surrounding anatomy. This digital X-ray has very little radiation exposure (less than going out into full sunshine) and is simple to obtain.
Q: What is the fee for removing a tooth?
The surgical fee for the extraction of a tooth is based on the code level used by the ADA (American Dental Association). There are six different dental codes for the extraction of a tooth. A simple extraction has the lowest fee; more difficult extractions are coded higher. (Usually, an impacted wisdom tooth is the highest code level and the highest fee.)
Before Dr. Hilmi performs any treatment, he will examine the patient and the radiograph, lab work, and any other pertinent information provided. If you do not have a radiograph, we will take the appropriate radiograph prior to your surgical procedure. Dr. Hilmi will then be able to give you an estimate of the fee.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. We also accept CareCredit Health Care Financing.
Q: Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor or my general dentist or physician to see the oral surgeon?
A: If you have a dentist, it is ideal that you bring a referral to ensure good communication between the oral surgeon and your dentist. Dr. Hilmi will contact your dentist to discuss your case prior to any surgical procedure.
***** If you do not have a dentist, our oral surgeon will be happy to provide your oral surgery care. We will give you a list of private practice general dentists if you request that accommodation. *****
Q: Do you take my insurance?
We are participating providers with a limited number of insurance carriers. Many insurance carriers make payment to our office; however, a select few do not. Our experienced financial staff will make every effort to obtain the maximum benefit for the insurance benefits that are available to you. Employer insurance plans are a benefit which may reduce the cost of your care, but not cover it entirely.
If you have questions about your particular insurance plan, please ask to speak with one of our business office professionals. Claims will be submitted to your insurance electronically.
Q: If I have questions regarding my surgery after office hours, can I reach the doctor or staff?
A: Our main office telephone line (845-340-1962) is answered during the evening and weekends by our answering service. The answering service operator will be happy to take your message and contact Dr. Hilmi immediately, and he will return the call.
Q: Why does the parent of a minor need to be at the consultation?
During the consultation, questions are answered, treatment is explained, surgical consents are signed, and the estimate for the surgery fee is generated. For children of legal age with a parent who is financially responsible, we recommend the parent attend the consultation. In many cases, the parent will have financial questions regarding oral surgery or post-operative care following surgery.
For patients under the age of 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the consultation and on the day of surgery.
Q: When won’t the oral surgeon extract a tooth?
When a tooth is restorable (meaning it can be repaired and saved), the oral surgeon may advise that you first talk with your regular dentist or an endodontist: a special dentist who does root canal treatment. Although extraction of a tooth is less expensive than a root canal or crown, future problems can be very costly.
In rare cases, a wisdom tooth may not be extracted, especially if it is not causing problems. Situations are varied and may depend on the age of the patient, medical history, or other significant issues.