FAQs

Our team is committed to your total family dental health care! We offer complete and gentle dental care, and are committed to excellence in all that we do. Our warm and inviting office will provide a relaxed experience for your entire family.

How do I become a patient of Dr. Lumani or Dr. Kosumi?

We are always happy to take new patients. Call us or drop by the office to make an appointment. When you call we will schedule your “New Patient Examination”, which consists of a full dental examination, x-rays, cleaning and consultation. The doctor will also help you decide on a treatment plan that is suited to your dental needs.

Do you bill Insurance companies directly?

We do Electronic Insurance processing when applicable. Some insurance companies do not allow this.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit card and cash.

Do you treat Children?

Yes, we love children and we try to make their dental visit fun instead of Frightening. Our goal is to ensure that your child never has a bad experience at our dental office. We provide services for children 3+.

What does a check up involve, and do I need one every six months?

To maintain a healthy smile we recommend that patients return every 6 to 9 months for a check up depending on their needs. Early detection of cavities fractured teeth/fillings and gum disease is the best way to prevent small problem from becoming big ones.

Are Dental x-rays safe and necessary?

Yes, dental x-rays are both safe and frequently necessary. Our office is equipped with digital x-ray. The amount of radiation used to expose dental x-rays is miniscule. Dental x-rays are usually necessary to diagnose problems that may be occurring in your teeth and supporting bone that are not visible to the naked eye. If such problems are allowed to develop until detectable by a visual exam or you feel pain, you will need more extensive treatment than if the problem was caught in the early stages.

What is the best way to prevent cavities?

The two majors components involved in preventing cavities are home care and professional care Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Floss daily Eat nutritious and balanced meals Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning, fluoride treatments and oral examinations.

When should my child have his/her first dental appointment?

We recommend that children begin coming in when they are three years old. We find it effective if the child comes in and observes while a parent is getting a check up. Than we offer the child a ride in the chair. From there we see if we can examine, polish, x-ray and fluoride the teeth depending on the child’s comfort level. Each visit is rewarded with a treasure from the treasure box. It is vital that a dental appointment never be traumatic for the child. If we are not able to provide enough treatment for the child’s well being, we will refer him/her to a specialist in children’s dentistry.

What are Mercury —Free white fillings?

In our practice we use only tooth coloured fillings. These fillings contain no mercury and are tooth colored and match your teeth.

What are crowns, caps and bridges?

Caps and crowns are different names for the same thing. A crown is a tooth-like covering that is placed over a prepared existing tooth. Crowns are generally used to strengthen restore, or improve the appearance of your natural teeth. Although crowns serve many different functions, the most common use is on a tooth that has been root canal treated or a tooth with a very large filling as they are weak and may fracture easily. Bridges are custom fixed (non-removable) structure that when attached to neighboring teeth is used to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. A bridge helps to prevent shifting and over eruption.

Why Do I need a Root Canal? And what caused it?

A root canal is needed when the nerve of the tooth becomes irritated and infected, bacteria grow inside the tooth causing pressure, pain, and sometimes swelling. What makes a root canal necessary could be a number of things Trauma: physical blow to tooth, Deep decay or a large filling, severe gum disease due to periodontal abscess.

What is involved in teeth bleaching/whitening?

Tooth whitening is actually a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel. This system we promote in our office uses a mild solution applied in a custom-fitted appliance that can be worn over your teeth while you sleep. Results are usually seen after the first night. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 12 nights. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient depending on the structure of the teeth and they type of staining involved.