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Frequently Asked Questions

I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
What are crowns that can be completed in one appointment?
I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?
My smile is missing teeth. What are my options for replacement teeth?
Do you accept my insurance plan?
What payment methods do you accept?
At what age should my children first visit a dentist?
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?
I have not been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?


I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

In some cases, decay or periodontal issues contribute to bad breath. Proper brushing and flossing habits, and the use of good dental products, can deter halitosis. A thorough evaluation and a few tweaks to your oral hygiene routine may resolve your bad breath problem. Professional products to eliminate bad breath may also help. If you suffer from this embarrassing condition, let us know. Our hygienists want to help you smile with confidence!

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My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding, swollen, or red gums may indicate periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and has also been linked to stroke, heart attack, and complications with pregnancy. If your gums bleed when you brush, please call us for a comprehensive examination so that we can determine if gum disease is the cause.

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What are crowns that can be completed in one appointment?

CEREC technology allows us to design, mill, and place a permanent crown in one appointment. First, we’ll apply a powder and scan your tooth to create digital 3-D images. Our CEREC machine will then mill a custom restoration from a solid CEREC Bloc – and it will match your existing dentition. We’ll permanently place the restoration at the same appointment, and you won’t have to worry about a follow up appointment or wearing an unreliable temporary. CEREC can also create inlays and onlays in a single appointment.

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I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?

We have many options for cosmetic smile enhancements. Whether you need to straighten, whiten, or restore teeth – or if you want an entirely new smile – we can help. Visit our cosmetic dentistry services to learn more about veneers, Zoom! Whitening, and smile makeovers.

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My smile is missing teeth. What are my options for replacement teeth?

Bridges, dentures, and dental implants can replace missing teeth. If you’re ready to restore your full, beautiful smile, and if you wan to chew and speak with confidence, call us for a consultation. We can help you decide what type of prosthetic will work for your lifestyle, oral condition, and budget. Learn more about our restorative services.

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Do you accept my insurance plan?

As a courtesy to our patients we will submit your claims for processing to your dental benefit provider. You will be informed what your financial responsibilities are prior to each appointment.

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What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, check, and most credit cards. We also have a health care financing option available that will allow you to have the dentistry you want.

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At what age should my children first visit a dentist?

When your child’s first tooth erupts, schedule a dental appointment. An early childhood dental visit allows us to examine your child’s mouth for potential concerns, and it will also help your child become acclimated to the dental office. We would love to help your child establish healthy oral hygiene habits to last throughout life!

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I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Our team understands dental fears, and we work to create an environment that fosters comfort and confidence. If you have concerns about visiting the dentist, don’t be shy. Please let us know! We will be happy to suggest ways to make your experience with us pleasant and rewarding. Some patients benefit when procedures are thoroughly explained. We’ll determine what makes you comfortable so that you can receive the dental attention you deserve!

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I have not been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?

We are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. From our treatment coordinator to our hygienists, dental assistants, and doctor, our team is concerned about one thing — your healthy smile. If you have not seen a dentist in a while, we’re proud of you for deciding to prioritize your oral health, and we’ll do everything in our power to make you comfortable while you’re under our care.

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New Reopening Guidelines

Dear Alpine Dental Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up- to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

• We ask that you contact the office once you arrive in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. We will then call you when we are ready to seat you.

• Upon arrival we will asking some screening questions and taking your temperature. Anyone with a temp over 99.5 degrees farenheit will be rescheduled.

• We require you to be wearing a mask when you come in for your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep our patients and staff safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 763-536-1118 or email at patientcare@alpinedentaloffice.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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