FAQ


General Information

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we love new patients! Our office welcomes walk-ins, but we encourage pre-arranged appointments to ensure optimal timeliness and attention. Contact our office at (970) 667-1236 to schedule. To save time during your first visit, download and complete our new patient forms before you arrive.

Do you take my insurance?

We currently accept all dental PPO insurance plans, and are contracted with DeltaDental Premier Plans. We are happy to help submit any insurance claims to help you recover the most from your benefits. We understand that maximizing your insurance benefit can be important and if a pre-authorization would be helpful to you, just ask!

How do I pay for my visit?

We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We also offer senior discounts and payment plans through CareCredit and CitiHealth.

What are your hours?

Our Loveland CO dentist, Dr Anne Ross, is in the office Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm.  If you have an emergency after hours call us at (970) 667-1236 and our answering service will work with you to find a solution.

I haven't been to the dentist in years - where do I start?

Pick up the phone and call! We’ll be happy to set you up with a comprehensive exam, or answer any individual questions you may have.

If this is your first visit with us, a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health will be completed. When you arrive, we’ll review your new patient paperwork and discuss your current dental concerns. We will take any necessary radiographs, photographs, or diagnostic casts to thoroughly evaluate your oral health. Dr. Ross will check your teeth for cavities, evaluate the integrity of existing dental work, examine your gums, check your bite alignment, and perform an oral cancer screening. You will then be given a treatment plan with different options so you can make an informed and educated decision regarding your dental care. This will allow you to select the best treatments for your individual goals.

At what age should my child have their first dental visit?

We advise bringing in your child between the age of one and two for their first visit. At this visit, Dr. Ross will not only check the health of your child’s mouth, but offer several tips to parents to help keep your child healthy and smiling!

Call for details on our Kids Club and how you can get a free first visit for your toddler.


Extractions & Oral Surgery

When and what can I eat?

When the numbness has worn off, you should be able to eat. When you eat for the first time following extraction, starting with soft foods like yogurt, soft soups, ice cream, and soft-cooked eggs. Try to avoid spicy, hard, crunchy foods like tortilla chips.

No hot drinks while numb; you won’t be able to gauge how hot it is and you might burn yourself. There’s no problem with cold drinks, as long as you are not using a straw.

Why can't I rinse, spit, or drink through a straw?

We ask you not to rinse, spit, or drink through a straw because this can cause more bleeding than is necessary, and can dislodge the blood clot (necessary for healing) which has formed. If you lose the blood clot in your extraction site, you may experience “dry socket” which can be a very painful, and often times avoidable, complication. If you think you may have a dry socket, please call the office for additional treatment.

How long will I be numb?

It depends on how much and what type of anesthesia that was given for the procedure, and can vary greatly from one person to the next. For some people, the numbness starts to wear off right away, and others can take hours. A good rule of thumb is about two to three hours.

I'm home now, but still bleeding. Now what?

It’s normal to experience bleeding after an extraction or oral surgery. Saliva mixing with blood can give the impression of “a lot of blood”. Unless your mouth is quickly filling up with a profound amount of blood, what you’re experiencing is most likely normal. Place a slightly moistened gauze pad (provided to you after your surgery) on the wound and place firm pressure on the area for approximately 10 minutes. Keep biting on the gauze for another half hour.

If, after doing this, you are still experiencing some bleeding, bite on a moistened tea bag. Yes, this really works! The science behind this old adage is solid; the tannic acid in the tea bag helps your body form the blood clot you need by constricting bleeding. If, after you have followed all of these instructions, you still have concerns about bleeding, call the office for instructions.

Why is my jaw sore?

Your jaw could be sore from remaining open, and injections can frequently cause a lingering soreness; the removal of teeth can also cause soreness. Remember, you’ve just had a surgery. The healing process takes time, and other factors like age and health will determine how sore you will be.

Use a cold pack on the area, and take an over the counter anti-inflammatory; we like to recommend Ibuprofen (generic is fine, but you can use Advil or Motrin if you prefer name brands). Most ibuprofen is sold in 200 mg pills or capsules. Take two to four pills every four to six hours for as long as you are experiencing discomfort. Be sure not to exceed 3200mg per day!

My face/jaw is swelling. Is that normal?

Slight swelling is normal after dental surgery. Applying cold to the area (such as a plastic bag, filled with ice and wrapped in a towel) will minimize swelling. You can also try placing a warm compress on the area after the swelling subsides. Rinsing with warm salt water will also help cleanse the wound and reduce swelling.

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(970) 667-1236

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