At Maspeth Dental – HL, we understand you probably have many questions about our practice and its available services. While you are welcome to call our office with any specific questions you might have, we understand you may want to do your own research. This is why we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received from our patients. Our team has provided the answers to help you make the right decision about your oral health. Take some time to review the following information. When you’re ready, give us a call to schedule an appointment!
How do I find the best place to get dental work done?
Before answering this question, it’s best if you make a list of what it is you’re looking for in a dental practice. Is it location, an in-network dentist, comprehensive care for you and your entire family, specialty services for complex cases? Once you determine what is most important to you when choosing a place to call your oral healthcare home, you can more easily determine which dental office is right for you.
At Maspeth Dental – HL, we are pleased to be a family-owned practice that provides an array of services for all ages. From children to seniors, we are here to treat all types of smiles. We also accept most dental insurance plans, and we are partnered with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier who offers low and no interest payment plans for more complex dental treatments.
What is the best way to find a dentist who does dental implants?
Dental implants are indeed a far more superior solution when it comes to tooth replacement, but it’s necessary that you are thorough in your research when choosing a qualified specialist. Because there are two stages to receiving dental implants – surgical placement and restoration – you will need to determine if you want someone who offers start-to-finish treatment or only the placement of your restoration.
Fortunately, at Maspeth Dental – HL, we have an in-house specialist, Dr. David J. Lefkowitz, who has extensive training in periodontology and implant dentistry. Once you are approved for dental implants, he will handle the surgical placement of your implants, ensuring they are firmly in place before you return home to heal. Dr. Lefkowitz is a member of various professional organizations, including the Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, American Dental Educational Association, New York State Dental Association, and the Northeastern Society of Periodontists.
What do you do if you can’t afford the dentist?
First and foremost, you should never forgo dental care simply because you think you cannot afford it. Preventive dentistry is necessary to keep your oral health in optimal condition and avoid many of the most common dental problems (i.e. tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, oral cancer). Should you be eligible to receive dental insurance through your employer, it is strongly advised that you take advantage of this money-saving opportunity. Not only will you receive the care you need, but you will also save money in the process, especially if you choose a “dentist near me” who is in-network with your insurer.
If you are unable to afford dental insurance, there is the option to enroll in third-party financing through CareCredit. They offer low and no interest payment plans to eligible individuals.
How much does a dental check-up & cleaning cost in Maspeth?
On average, the typical dental check-up and cleaning costs between $200 and $350; however, if you have dental insurance, you will likely pay little to nothing for these two visits. Why? Because most insurance companies design their plans to encourage patients to seek preventive care. This is why many agree to cover these services at 80-100%. With dental insurance, the fees, along with any out-of-pocket co-pays are negotiated by the insurance company with the dentist. These visits are important to prevent more serious problems in the future and allow our team to thoroughly examine your oral cavity for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. We’ll also perform a professional cleaning to remove any hardened plaque and tartar. Lastly, these visits allow us to discuss your smile goals, address any concerns, and provide helpful tips for improved oral hygiene at home.
How can I make a same-day appointment with a dentist?
Should you require a same-day appointment with a member of our team, you are likely experiencing a dental emergency. If this is a non-life-threatening injury, it is best to call our office and alert a member of our team to your situation. Otherwise, you should call 911 immediately. By calling our office, you will give us the chance to better understand what has happened and determine if you should get in right away. We will always work to get you or your loved one in as soon as possible.
Our team will go the extra mile to quickly identify and diagnose the problem before addressing the immediate symptoms. Should you require more advanced care, we will formulate a treatment plan that we will follow to ensure you regain your healthy, beautiful smile.