Here is a list of Michael Sinkin DDS’s FAQs. If you have a question that we haven’t answered below, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 212-685-3040.
FAQ #1: I’ve always been afraid to go to the dentist. Can you help me?
My staff and I are dedicated to your comfort and providing a safe and secure environment where your needs come first. We recognize that bad dental memories can leave “battle scars” that are never entirely out of mind. Being aware of your angst makes us more responsive to your needs; so we encourage conversation about your worries and concerns.
While I can’t promise you that your next dental appointment will be among your most favorite past-times, you will enjoy visiting with us. It’s not a dental visit without an actual visit, and our patients do like visiting us – we are very friendly. (Read more about dental phobia here)
FAQ #2: Is it safe to have dental work while I’m pregnant?
Preventive dental care, which includes routine examinations and cleanings, the treatment of any cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, and, if necessary, root canal, is not only safe during pregnancy, but strongly recommended.
Healthy gums and teeth free of infection and inflammation are recognized to be an essential part of good prenatal care. Dental procedures considered to be elective (cosmetic dentistry, non-emergency surgery, etc.) are best postponed until after your baby is born.
If you’re expecting, let us know when you make your appointment. (Read more about dental work during pregnancy here)
FAQ #3: I have pain when I bite down, but I don’t see anything wrong with my tooth – is a dental visit necessary?
If you experience pain upon biting but see no outward indication of something wrong, it’s important to come in for an exam. A cracked tooth, for example, may look intact, but pain upon biting is a good indication that something is amiss.
Michael Sinkin DDS FAQ #4: Do you take my insurance?
While we are not part of any dental HMOs (DMOs) and do not participate in insurance networks, more than half of our patients have dental insurance, and we do file insurance claims on their behalf (and help those who qualify to get reimbursed by their insurance companies).
Our office manager Sandra is well-versed in matters concerning insurance. Call the office at 212-685-3040 to get more information about insurance.
FAQ #5: How much do you charge for a new patient exam?
We love our patients, so we do our best to keep our fees affordable. For example, if you had x-rays taken in the recent past, bring them with you. If you have a specific issue, please tell us about it when you call for an appointment so we can focus on your needs or concerns.
We’ll provide you with all the information you need to make the best decision on your care. 212-685-3040.
FAQ #6: Why are my teeth so sensitive to cold?
Sensitivity to cold can be an innocent ailment indicating that you may be overdue for a dental cleaning. Or it can be a sign that something more serious is going on. We recommend you make an appointment to be safe.
(Read more about sensitivity to cold here)
Michael Sinkin DDS FAQ #7: What should I do if I have a cracked tooth or I’ve lost a crown?
Please call the office right away and schedule an appointment. We’ll get you in as quickly as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home to be more comfortable until you get here. (You’ll find a helpful list here)
FAQ #8: Are there any temporary toothache pain relief remedies you can recommend?
A toothache is a sure sign of a problem, be it a cavity, the beginnings of an infection, or worse. Please make a dental appointment immediately. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a handy list of things you can do to get some relief until you can get here. Find it here.
FAQ #9: Are dental implants expensive?
Dentists basically have two options to permanently replace a missing tooth – a bridge or an implant. Find out if an implant is the best solution for you in terms of cost here.