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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept new patients?
What forms of payment are accepted?
You can pay for your office visits and any treatments by cash, check, credit or debit card at the time of treatment. We also accept most major dental insurances and CareCredit. To learn more about our payment and insurance policies, check out our Payment & Insurance page.
What if I have a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can include facial trauma that damages the structure of the teeth or jaw, loss of a permanent tooth, severe tooth pain, or signs of infection. We want to be sure you are taken care if it is after hours, please give us a call at 423-892-8169.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
There are several options to help you brighten your smile. We offer take home whitening trays which come in several different strengths. We would be happy to discuss the differences and help you decide which option is best for you.
Do dental implants hurt
While it’s possible there may be some minor discomfort and bruising depending on your individual situation, in our experience most patients report that they feel better than anticipated after the procedure. Postoperative pain is usually nonexistent or easily managed by over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, rarely requiring stronger prescription pain medicines. Most patients return to work and everyday activities by the next day and are able to function normally between appointments.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
An oral exam and relaxed consultation with Dr. Crow or Dr. Hooper is the best way to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. For our patients in Chattanooga, TN, dental implants are generally recommended for candidates who meet the following requirements:
- Healthy gums
- Sufficient dimensions of jawbone
- Commitment to maintaining the dental implants and restorations through routine home care and regular dental cleanings
- Willingness to undergo oral surgery
What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue in a person’s throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the airway during sleep. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness. Most people with OSA snore loudly and frequently, with periods of silence when airflow is reduced or blocked. They then make choking, snorting or gasping sounds when their airway reopens.
How does your practice accommodate people with disabilities?
Our practice offers handicap accessible amenities including convenient ramps from the parking lot, wide walkways, automatic doors, entranceways that measure 32” or greater, and a designated wheelchair accessible operatory. We also have staff on hand available to read aloud documents for the illiterate or blind, and have braille in the waiting area and in all restrooms. Our website is also ADA compliant. To learn more, click here.