FAQs

What can I expect at my first appointment?

One of our specially trained hygienists, along with Dr. De Angelo, will examine and assess your current dental condition at your first appointment. As part of the initial comprehensive examination, we will listen to your concerns, take any necessary x-rays, record existing restorations in need of replacement, as well as decayed, missing or broken teeth. We will also examine how your teeth bite together and any unusual wear patterns in the enamel. A full periodontal examination and probing will be done to examine the health of your gum and supporting bone tissue. An oral cancer screening will be done.

Lastly, a cosmetic dentistry evaluation will be performed. After all of this information has been gathered, Dr. De Angelo will put together a treatment plan based on your needs, concerns, values and dental budget.

Why is a Periodontal Examination important?

Research has found that the periodontium (the gum and bone tissue that support your teeth) are of the utmost importance. After all, you would not build a home on a shaky foundation, would you? Of course not! It is only with a healthy periodontal foundation that your teeth can be restored properly. Any high quality dental office will do the needed periodontal probing and charting to assess your gum health and track it throughout your life. Periodontal Disease is a Chronic Inflammatory Disease or a low-grade infection of long standing duration. The bacteria that form this disease cause inflamed gum tissue. The byproducts of this infection can actually dissolve the underlying jawbone. Unfortunately, many dental offices do not address this issue and many patients have lost half of their bone or more by the time they see Dr. De Angelo and his staff.

It has also been found that unhealthy, infected gums and supporting bone can lead to not only loose or lost teeth but many systemic diseases and maladies. These include bacterial plaques from your gum line accumulating in your coronary (heart) arteries, and cerebral (brain) arteries leading to a higher incidence of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, pancreatic cancer, osteoporosis, low birth weight and premature babies in women and some research points to it having a link to Alzheimer's disease.

What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?

The great thing about using a Laser in Periodontal Therapy is that it not only leaves the targeted area of the gum line close to being sterilized, by the process called Laser Bacterial Reduction(LBR), but it also removes dead or badly infected tissue leaving only healthy tissue behind. Systemic or local drugs do not remove this tissue which allows it to remain in place to cause more damage. Dr. De Angelo and his staff have received specialized training in Laser Periodontal Therapy.

How does my insurance work?

Your insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company. The amount of coverage depends on the plan your employer has purchased. We accept all plans that allow you to go to the dentist of your choice. We will submit all claims for you and will do our utmost to help you derive the maximum benefits allowed by your plan. While we understand why insurance may be a concern, we feel that it should never dictate the quality or timing of your treatment. You can feel comforted to know that the quality of care will not change based on insurance coverage.

I want my front teeth to look better but I do not want braces. What do you recommend?

In most cases, "Instant Orthodontics" can be achieved in a matter of weeks with porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. If it is the metal orthodontic brackets that you do not like, we offer Invisalign braces, a series of clear retainers that straighten your teeth without the use of metal wires and brackets.

Why do some people have black lines at their gum line when they have crowns?

There are many varieties of crowns, they are made with different materials and are of all price ranges. All porcelain crowns or porcelain fused to metal crowns that have a porcelain butt margin will not have the black lines that you object to. Speaking of crowns and veneers, many dental offices are sending their laboratory work overseas for bargain basement prices and cheap construction. Dr. De Angelo uses only the finest materials and labs in the USA for his restorations. There is no scrimping on the quality that he delivers to his patients. As a matter of fact, Dr. De Angelo does all of his preparations with a minimum of 3X magnification, uses electric constant torque hand pieces that leave the preparations smooth and closely scrutinizes the impressions for accuracy. This leads to crowns that have not only great aesthetics but excellent fit and seal, as well. For front teeth that demand exquisite aesthetics, 5X magnification is used to finish the preparations.

What makes Dr. De Angelo's office different than any other dental office?

A lot of things. First, we complete a Comprehensive Examination of not just your teeth but of yours gums, supporting bone and other oral tissues. A complete series of x-rays are done to do a complete diagnosis. Not having x-rays is like looking into a dark room with the lights turned off -- you can tell what some things are but see no detail. We then show you with our intraoral camera everything that is going on so you have a better understanding of what is happening in your mouth. Cosmetic, Smile Makeover and Rehabilitative Dentistry patients will have a complete series of photographs taken of their teeth so we can better explain treatment, as well. You'll also notice the doctor's thoroughness and attention to detail.

From there, we create a customized treatment plan that is designed around you and your lifestyle. In this plan, we consider not only good looks but the stability of your bite and structure and function of your jaw.

Finally, we treat you with high quality cosmetic, periodontal and restorative services in a state-of-the-art facility that includes the latest equipment, maintained in exceptional cleanliness, and manned by a highly trained and exceptionally gifted staff. To truly know what makes us different, we suggest that you stop in and see us. To schedule an appointment call us at (708) 301-3111. We'll be happy to see you.

Do you accept referrals?

Yes, we do. The highest compliment that you can give us is to refer your friends, family and co-workers to our office.