General FAQs

What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

We request 48-HOURS NOTICE if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. For more information, please view our Office Policies.

What types of insurance do you accept?

We are currently participating providers with Delta Dental, but as a courtesy will file your claim for you regardless of what insurance you carry.  For more information regarding dental insurance, please click here.

How can I prevent cavities?

Watch your child’s diet to eliminate high levels of sugars.  Encourage a daily routine of dental care, brushing at least twice a day.  Never allow your child to go to bed with anything other than water.
 Start cleaning your child’s mouth from their very first meal.

How safe are dental x-rays?

There is very little risk in dental x-rays. Our office uses a digital system that greatly reduces the amount of radiation exposure your child receives with each x-ray.  Living in a brick house or taking a trans-coastal flight exposes your child to higher levels of radiation than the average set of dental x-rays. Children tend to need x-rays more often than adults since their mouths change more rapidly.  

What if a permanent tooth is knocked out?

Try to find the tooth. Gently pick it up by the crown (try not to touch the root). Rinse it with plain water (no soap or cleanser); do not dry it. Place it back in your child’s mouth either in the socket or in between the cheek and gum. Cover it gently with gauze or paper towel to prevent swallowing of the tooth. If unable to place it back in the mouth, put it in a container with milk, saliva or plain water. Call your dentist immediately for care. The sooner the tooth can be treated, the higher the chance it can be saved.

What if a baby tooth is knocked out?

Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.  The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for damage to the developing permanent tooth.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Rinse your child’s mouth (or irritated area) with warm salt water. You can place a cold compress on their face if it is swollen. You may also give your child Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain if needed – follow the manufacturer’s directions or your pediatrician’s directions for proper dosing instructions. Do NOT place aspirin on the gums because this will cause a chemical burn.

How do I protect my child’s teeth during sports?

Mouth guards are the best way to protect your child’s teeth during sport events. Several types of mouth guards exist and your orthodontist can discuss which mouth guard would suit your child best.

We have well water at home. Do we need fluoride drops?

That depends. Some well water has fluoride in it and the water should be tested for fluoride content prior to receiving fluoride supplements for your child. Additionally, if your child does not drink the well water and receives adequate fluoride levels from the beverages they consume, they may not need fluoride supplementation.

Should we use fluoridated toothpaste?

If your child is unable to spit, fluoridated toothpaste should be avoided and a gum cleanser or non-fluoridated toothpaste should be substituted.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

Are baby teeth really that important?

Primary (baby) teeth are important for many reasons. They help children speak and chew and they aid in placement of permanent teeth as they erupt into the mouth

Should I worry about thumb sucking or using a pacifier?

Thumb sucking or use of a pacifier are both normal for infants and young children. The habit should be discouraged by the age of four in order to reduce the risk of bite problems or crowded teeth.

Is it ok for my child to use a sippy cup?

As your child switches from the bottle or nursing you may offer them a training, or “sippy” cup. However, frequent sips of sugary liquids (milk, juices, or soda) encourage tooth decay so do not let your child have these in a sippy cup that is readily available to them throughout the day.  Only offer these beverages at meal time because chewing food encourages saliva production that will help neutralize acid production. Put water in your child’s sippy cup to use between meals. Once your child has learned how to sip, they are ready for a regular cup.

How can I prevent “nursing” decay?

Avoid nursing children to sleep, nighttime feedings, or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle after his or her first tooth erupts. If the bottle has milk in it at night, the child’s teeth will be bathed in the milk which feeds the bacteria that produces acid, causing decay. Do not put your child to bed with a bottle of milk, juice, formula or sweetened liquid.

Orthodontic FAQs

What are orthodontic records and why are they necessary?

Orthodontic records usually include X-rays, photographs of the teeth and face, and models of the teeth. The records provide a wealth of information that is not always revealed by a visual examination. This may include missing teeth, extra teeth, the condition and development of tooth roots, growth patterns of the jaws and face, symmetry, and a host of other factors. Complete records form the basis for a thorough and accurate diagnosis and a sound treatment plan.

What is the case presentation?

During the case presentation Dr. Pyle will present his diagnosis, treatment plan and total fee in detail to the patient and parent. Most cases will take anywhere from 6 to 30 months depending on the situation. This appointment will require at least one parent to be present if the patient is a minor.

What are the fees for orthodontic treatment?

Charges for the new patient exam are complimentary. The cost for orthodontic treatment varies greatly between patients and will be discussed in detail during the case presentation.

Will my insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is distinct from regular dental insurance. Insurance policies vary, so we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once treatment has started, we will file your claims.

To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire. Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.

When are appointments scheduled?

The appointment times for getting appliances put on (braces, expanders, etc.) run from one to two hours. Subsequent appointments, to adjust your appliances, will be every 4-6 weeks and take between 15-30 minutes. In some cases it is necessary to move the braces to ensure the most accurate tooth positions. These appointments to reposition the braces can take up to one hour. It is important to attend all of your scheduled appointments in order to insure proper movement of your teeth.