Lusk Family Dentistry

Financial Info

At Lusk Family Dentistry, we accept most types of major dental insurance, and we will be more than happy to submit all insurance forms for you to help you maximize your benefits. Please be ready to pay your deductible and co-pay amount at the time of service.

We will do our best to help ensure that you can afford the dental treatment you need and want. For patients without insurance, we also offer an in-office plan to help keep costs within budget.

We Offer Patient Financing

If you need to spread out your payments over a period of time to ensure the cost of treatment fits into your budget, we are pleased to offer financing through CareCredit. You can fill out your application directly online, and we are happy to help in any way we can.

Other Payment Options at Lusk Family Dentistry

In addition to our other insurance and third-party financing options, we also accept cash, checks, and major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. To Learn even more, contact Lusk Family Dentistry today!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Insurance Coverage FAQ | Lusk Family DentistryDifferent insurance benefits cover different procedures, but we are happy to submit insurance forms for you so that you can maximize your benefits as much as possible. We accept most major dental insurances and try to work with you to have you be seen in our office. Please visit our financial page for more.

Accepted Payments for Dental Services

Please be prepared to pay any deductibles and co-pays at the time of treatment. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards. To help you with your payments we also offer financing through CareCredit. To see if your insurance is taken or to learn more about CareCredit please call our office.

Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. Sealants help keep bits of food, bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth, thus helping to prevent cavities from forming. 

How Are Sealants Placed?dental sealant in farmington nm

Sealants are a quick and painless process. First, Dr. Lusk will clean and dry your tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughs up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, Dr. Lusk will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. A special blue light is then placed over the tooth which hardens the sealant. 

Children and adults alike can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run.

Call our office to be seen for your cavity treatment and to have sealants placed to protect your smile.

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing.

Plaque that is not removed daily by brushing and flossing between teeth can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing become more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line. As the tartar, plaque, and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease.

Preventing Plaque BuildupPlaque and brushing habits

Since plaque is constantly growing in your mouth, the following steps are important for keeping your teeth healthy and strong:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and protect your teeth from decay.
  • Flossing is an essential step in preventing gum disease. Clean between teeth daily using traditional floss or a water flosser to remove plaque from the places where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Visit our office twice a year for professional cleanings and oral exams.

View a brief rundown of our dental services to see how we can help you clean your teeth!  Call us today for more information!

Although recent news reports have questioned the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.

Along with brushing twice a day we recommend cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.

Other Flossing Options

You do not have to use traditional string floss as there are several options for cleaning between teeth. You might choose to use dental floss or another product specifically made for this purpose like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or toothpick.

Keep in mind that cleaning between your teeth should not be painful. If you do it too hard, you could damage the tissue between your teeth.  It’s normal to feel some discomfort or even have a small amount of bleeding when you first start, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. 

Be sure to schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams here at Lusk Family Dentistry. 

Periodontal (gum) diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.  In the worst cases, teeth become loose and fall out, or need to be extracted. Gum Disease | farmington nm dentist

The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease.   In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dental hygienist. This form of periodontal disease does not include any loss of bone or tissue that holds teeth in place.

When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis.  In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets in the gums around your teeth that become infected.  If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem.  Call our office to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.  

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We are open and accepting appointments for all services. Contact our dental office at (505) 325-8401 to schedule your appointment today!