Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need an immediate, same-day appointment? You can depend on Dr. Matthew Mastrorocco and Dr. Cervone to alleviate pain, repair cracked or chipped teeth, perform emergency extractions, or replace troublesome fillings. Our aim is to get you back into your normal routine as quickly as possible! Our amazing team is flexible when it comes to scheduling, and we put the needs of our patients first.
Our New Patient forms are now available below so you can complete them at your leisure – saving you time waiting in our office and giving you time to carefully review our policies and procedures. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach us at (843) 682-4601.
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We are committed to providing quality and affordable dental health care. You have multiple options for payment available. For your convenience we accept cash, check, American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard, Capital One and CareCredit. We also offer in house plans for your convenience. We understand that unexpected dental bills can sometimes strain finances. If this happens, talk with us immediately by calling us at (843) 682-4601. If you help us keep the lines of communication open, we can usually work out acceptable arrangements.
Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all x-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Traditional paper charting is difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easy to read your dental chart and see up-to-date information. Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand, and enables us to provide the most accurate and precise care to our patients. When needed, this method also allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state.
If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
- Make sure children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement (if living in a non-fluoridated area).