Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout the years, patients have been asking us a number of questions, and some have come up quite often. Here are just a few of the more commonly asked ones, but if there is a question we have not answered, please feel free to call us to find out more. Perhaps we will even add it to our list!
What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
In case of emergency, please call Dr. Miller's office. If the emergency occurs outside of regular office hours, we have an emergency number so you can contact Dr. Miller 24 hours a day. If the emergency occurs during office hours:
- Please call early in the day so an appointment time can be reserved.
- Please do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the appointment, in case treatment is required.
- Please make arrangement to have someone accompany you home after treatment.
How do I know it is time to come in for a check-up?
Regular preventive visits, along with conscientious home care, are the most important factors in achieving good health. Our office has an automatic recall system to make the recall process easier. However, please remember the responsibility of actually returning for periodic checkups lies with you.
How long do dental appointments usually take?
Consultations take about 45 minutes. Treatment can take from one to four hours. A checkup usually lasts about 20 minutes.
What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?
We specialize in treating the apprehensive dental patient. Dr. Miller and his staff have more than 20 years of experience in treating patients who have a fear of the dentist. They understand your fears and are here to help you receive excellent dental care. Dr. Miller has excellent credentials including certification from the state of New York to administer anesthesia. You can rest assured you are in the best dental office to help you receive optimum dental care.
What payment options do you provide?
Every effort is being made to control the cost of dental care. Before you begin treatment, an estimate will be given and you will be asked to make definite financial arrangements. Time payment arrangements can be made by speaking with Marcy Lynn, the office manager. We can also help you in submitting your dental insurance.
How can I ask Dr. Miller questions directly?
Please call Dr. Miller and he will return the call as soon as he can, or you can email him. Even though we would like to speak with you directly and immediately about any concern, there are times when we cannot leave the patient "in the chair." (When you receive treatment, you will be given the same careful attention.) The auxiliary office staff is trained to handle your questions and concerns, and if need be, Dr. Miller will personally return your call.
I do not really like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
You've come to the right place. Dr. Miller and his staff are expertly trained in helping apprehensive dental patients receive the kindest, gentlest dentistry. Dr. Miller is certified by the state of New York to administer general anesthesia and intravenous sedation, so you can fall asleep while we provide your dental treatment. We have helped many patients who appreciate this comfort and convenience, and they have told us that there was no other way for them to have dental care. Believe us, we understand, and are trained and equipped to help you.
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and partials...where can I learn more about these procedures?
You can learn more about these procedures by speaking with Dr. Miller and his staff in person, over the phone, or through email. If you would like additional information concerning these topics, you can visit the American Dental Association's Web site by clicking here.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tiny metallic cylinder which is implanted within or attached to the bone of the jaw. Because it is compatible with living tissue, it can fuse to the bone and serve as the foundation or root for a replacement tooth. The specific needs of the patient dictate the type and design of implant which must be used. One implant allows for replacement of one or more teeth. Two implants can stabilize a complete denture, and several implants can provide support for a fixed bridge where some or all natural teeth are missing. Once the implant fuses to the bone (3-6 months) it is equivalent to a healthy natural tooth in its ability to withstand biting forces.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The stability provided by an implant provides a patient with a powerful new chewing strength which also allows for much more comfort and ease in swallowing and speaking. The insecurity of a loose denture, which often inhibits speech and smile, can be reduced. Dental implants can also eliminate the need for unsightly hooks and clasps of removable partial dentures; help to stabilize loose teeth; and relieve the stress on remaining natural teeth preventing premature tooth loss. The enhancement of general dental function improves appearance and renews self-esteem. Because they are currently the closest approximation to nature's own teeth, dental implants are an excellent investment in oral health.
What is involved in the implant procedure?
Dental implants can usually be done in one or two office visits with local or intravenous anesthesia. Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort is involved. As a matter of fact, most patients describe the procedure as "remarkably comfortable."
First, the implant is submerged under the gum tissue and implanted in the jaw. It is left alone to heal for three to six months while the implant fuses directly with the bone or surrounding tissue. (During that time, most people are able to wear their own dentures or a temporary bridge.)
Once the fusion is complete, a brief second procedure is required to uncover the top of the implant so the preparations for the final crown, denture, or bridge can begin.
Reserve Your Appointment Today
As a general, cosmetic, and sedation dentist, Dr. Robert Miller offers comprehensive dental care, backed by state-of-the-art technology. Our Forest Hills, NY dental office serves patients from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding areas. We cater to the anxious, stressed, and fearful patients providing a comfortable atmosphere and understanding approach to dentistry. If you've avoided dental visits, Dr. Miller wants to talk with you about his approach and philosophy. Sedation dentistry could change your smile - and your life. Call today to reserve your consultation with Dr. Miller.