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Chagrin Family Dental Care
Chagrin Falls, OH Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Chagrin Family Dental, we believe in communication. As a smaller practice, we are pleased to be able to offer personalized attention. We take the time to get to know our patients and provide them with the care and attention that every single one of them deserves.

Any time you have a question, we want you to feel completely comfortable asking Dr. Hivick or another member of our team. We’ve compiled a selection of questions that patients often ask us about Chagrin Family Dental, the services we offer, and dental health and hygiene.

If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to give us a call or email us using the convenient form located on our Contact page. We will answer your question as quickly and as thoroughly as we can.
 

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Initial Dental Visit Girl Smiling | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHEvery dental procedure can vary with time. Typically you can expect to be at the office for at least an hour and a half.

Our Commitment To You

Our patients deserve to be given quality work and sometimes that can take time. We want to do a very thorough job in gathering the necessary records that will allow us to provide you with outstanding oral health care.

 

Dental anxiety is a real fear for many people, and at our Chagrin Falls, OH dental clinic we understand that. Rest assured you are not alone.

Common Dental Fears

  • They are afraid of needles
  • They dislike the sound and vibration of the drill
  • They fear feeling pain
  • They are embarrassed about the state of their oral health

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, one of the best ways to overcome this is to find a sympathetic dentist who will go out of the way to ensure your comfort. Ask family and friends for recommendations of a trusted dentist with whom you can build a good relationship.

How Modern Dentistry Helps

You should also know that with today’s modern dental technology, most procedures are either painless or can be with the use of a local anesthetic. Because a numbing gel is applied to the gums before the injection takes places, the tiny needle stick will not hurt.

Contact Our Chagrin Falls Dental Clinic

At Chagrin Family Dental Care, we will never judge you based on the current state of your oral health or make you feel embarrassed if it’s been a while since your last visit to the dentist. We just want to set you on the path for good oral health in the future.

 

First Appointment | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHWe want to save you as much time in our office as possible. To help speed up the paperwork process please be ready to provide the following key items.

First Visit Necessary Items

  • Insurance card (primary and secondary if any)
  • List of allergies & medications
  • Knowledge of health history

View our forms page if you would like to print off your new patient form and fill it out at home to save extra time!

We Look Forward To Meeting You in Chagrin Falls

Our team can assist you in filing your insurance claims after your appointment. If you have any further questions before your first dental appointment feel free to call our office at (440) 338-1711.

woman smiling in dental chair Our office will be reopening as of May 4th with a very gradual start. Dr. Hivick will be back in the office for normal business hours. Our hygiene/teeth cleaning schedule will be starting back at a later date, to allow for this gradual reopening.

New Infection Control Procedures

We have implemented some new Infection Control procedures:

  • Our office will communicate with you prior to your appointment and ask you some screening questions. We ask that our patients wear masks when entering the office and practice 6 ft social distancing.  
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, toys, coffee, or water at this time.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That may mean fewer options for scheduling appointments. We will do our best to allow more time in between patients and for disinfecting guidelines as well. We appreciate your understanding in the matter for the safety of our patients and our staff. 
  • Once you enter into the back office, your temperature will be taken and you will be given a rinse before beginning procedure. All of our staff will have the proper PPE including glove, masks, gowns, safety glasses, and head caps if desired.

     

We never want our patients to experience pain, but we realize that dental emergencies sometimes come up. Unfortunately, you caTooth Pain | Chagrin Falls Dentistn’t plan a convenient time for your tooth to start hurting, so the best thing to do is to give us a call if you have tooth pain. That way, we can ask the appropriate questions in order to determine how best to treat you.

What You Can Do

When you call us, be sure to share all pertinent information about your tooth pain. For example, did you bite into something? Did you lose a restoration? How long has your tooth been bothering you?

All of these clues can help us to determine how to prepare for your emergency dental exam. Once you arrive in our office, we will work toward diagnosing your condition to we can restore your health and comfort. We will take an x-ray of your painful tooth and look for the cause. 

Then, we will determine the treatment necessary to restore the health of your tooth. Some of the most common causes of dental pain include infection, a broken or lost restoration, deep decay, the need for a root canal, cracks, or fractures. 

Toothache? Call Our Chagrin Falls Office Immediately

Our team is committed to your health and comfort. Rest assured when you call our office with tooth pain, we will work diligently to help you feel better.

Person Asking A Question While Holding Up Question Marks | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHAt our Chagrin Falls office, we accept most types of private dental insurance. We are an in-network provider for various insurance providers.

Insurance That We Accept

  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana

Call Our Chagrin Falls Family Dental Office Today!

Is your dental insurance not listed? Those are only common names we accept. If you want to visit Chagrin Family Dental but are unsure of your insurance, we are here to help. Give us a call today at (440) 338-1711 and ask our receptionist if we accept your insurance.

Files & Financing | Dentist Chagrin FallsSubmitting an insurance claim for dental procedures can be a long and draining process that many are unfamiliar with. Luckily, any patient of Chagrin Family Dental receives complimentary help with filing any dental claims.

We Will Help Any Way We Can

Our Chagrin Falls team wants you to get the maximum benefit for the services provided. Dental insurance is, however, a contract between you and your employer. We do our best to give you accurate estimates of what insurance will pay, but ultimately, you are responsible for the balance due for services rendered.

What You Can Do

If you want more information on your benefits, call the number found on your dental insurance card and request a list of information during

Complete and Partial Dentures

Image of full and partial dentures | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHDentures have come a long way in recent years and now look as natural as your own teeth. Not only has the appearance of dentures greatly improved, but the fit is more secure and comfortable, too. If you’re considering complete or partial dentures in Chagrin Falls, keep reading.

Having Multiple Missing Teeth

Losing one or more teeth due to gum disease, trauma, untreated cavities, or heredity can cause a host of problems if the teeth are not replaced. If you don’t have enough bone left to support a dental implant or would like a more cost-effective option, dentures may be the right solution for you. Both partial and complete dentures offer these benefits:

  • Improve your speech and chewing
  • Help fill in facial features and make you look younger
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide a relatively inexpensive way to replace teeth

Partial dentures work best for replacing only part of a tooth and when the remaining teeth are not severely decayed. Partial dentures can be removable or permanent. If you’ve lost all your top or bottom teeth, complete dentures will give you the support you need.

Give Our Chagrin Falls Office A Call Today

To find out more about complete and partial dentures in Chagrin Falls, call us to schedule a consultation today.

older man smiling | dentist chagrin falls ohWhich option is best for you depends on a number of factors including how many teeth are missing, where they are located, your insurance coverage and budget, and your needs and goals.

What Our Team Will Do For You

Dr. Hivick will discuss all of these factors with you and help you make an informed decision that meets your needs. Some of the options for tooth replacement we offer at Chagrin Family Dental include bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. In some cases, a combination of tooth replacement methods may even be appropriate such as bridges or dentures held in place using dental implants.

Cosmetic Dentistry

veneers | chagrin family dental care | chagrin fallsIn order for your veneers to have the best success rate possible, there are several prep items needed to take place.

Our Commitment To You

Our goal is for all treatments we provide to be as conservative as possible. With veneers, this is no exception. However, oftentimes we have to re-contour the teeth some in order to provide high quality, long-lasting result. This is determined on an individual basis, and Dr. Hivick will help you reach a decision that you both can agree on.

Interested In Veneers? Call Our Office Today

Some individuals don't need as much prep as others. The best way you can prevent long prep time is to make sure your teeth are clean and cleared of tartar and plaque by brushing thoroughly and flossing your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Girl Smiling | Cosmetic Services DentalEveryone deserves to have a smile they are confident. Whether it's wanting Invisalign trays to help straighten teeth or other cosmetic procedures, our team is here to provide those services.

Dealing With Insurance

Typically, insurance coverage does not allow for cosmetic procedures due to it not having a negative impact on an individuals overall oral health. However, if you have areas in your mouth that you want improvement, schedule an exam to see if insurance will cover. We will always check to see what is covered under your benefit prior to initiating treatment.

Call Our 44022 Dental Office Today

Even if your insurance doesn't cover certain cosmetic procedures, our Chagrin Family Dental office can find procedures that work best for you and your budget. Call for a consultation today!

Image of individual with many questions | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHCall our office and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Brian Hivick. He'll check your teeth and discuss your concerns with you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Chagrin Falls

We have a number of different options available to improve the appearance of your teeth, depending on your particular concern. You may be an excellent candidate for Invisalign, veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, crowns, and more. 

Crowns and Bridges

dental crowns | chagrin family dental care | chagrin fallsCrown placement typically occurs in two separate appointments.

Your Initial Visit to our Chagrin Falls Office

At your first appointment, we'll prep your tooth and take photos and impressions to send to the lab we trust to create restorations for our patients. We may also place a temporary crown if necessary.

Permanent Crown Cementing

Once your permanent crown is ready, which usually takes about one to two weeks, you can return to our office and we'll cement your permanent crown securely in place. 

Image of individual with many questions | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHCall our office and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Brian Hivick. He'll check your teeth and discuss your concerns with you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Chagrin Falls

We have a number of different options available to improve the appearance of your teeth, depending on your particular concern. You may be an excellent candidate for Invisalign, veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, crowns, and more. 

older man smiling | dentist chagrin falls ohWhich option is best for you depends on a number of factors including how many teeth are missing, where they are located, your insurance coverage and budget, and your needs and goals.

What Our Team Will Do For You

Dr. Hivick will discuss all of these factors with you and help you make an informed decision that meets your needs. Some of the options for tooth replacement we offer at Chagrin Family Dental include bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. In some cases, a combination of tooth replacement methods may even be appropriate such as bridges or dentures held in place using dental implants.

Dental Implants

older man smiling | dentist chagrin falls ohWhich option is best for you depends on a number of factors including how many teeth are missing, where they are located, your insurance coverage and budget, and your needs and goals.

What Our Team Will Do For You

Dr. Hivick will discuss all of these factors with you and help you make an informed decision that meets your needs. Some of the options for tooth replacement we offer at Chagrin Family Dental include bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. In some cases, a combination of tooth replacement methods may even be appropriate such as bridges or dentures held in place using dental implants.

Invisalign

Image of an individual putting on clear braces | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHYes. Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign.

Traditional Braces

Some patients are better suited to have traditional braces. Dr. Hivick will help you determine whether or not you would be a good candidate to have your teeth straightened with Invisalign. 

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation in Chagrin Falls Today!

We will schedule a consultation with you and use our best knowledge to figure out what procedure will have the best results.

Image of individual with many questions | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHCall our office and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Brian Hivick. He'll check your teeth and discuss your concerns with you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Chagrin Falls

We have a number of different options available to improve the appearance of your teeth, depending on your particular concern. You may be an excellent candidate for Invisalign, veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, crowns, and more. 

Preventive Care

Many conditions that once required antibiotic prophylaxis no longer require such medication. We will review with you the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association as well as the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons to determine whether or not you still need to pre-medicate. We will also consult with your medical doctor to help clarify this.

girl smiling in a dental chairCheck-ups are vitally important to your overall health. Bacteria building up deep in the gums where a toothbrush and floss can't reach could have severe consequences on oral and overall health. Which is why it is imperative to maintain your dental cleanings.

What We Recommend

We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association and other organizations that say you should have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months. Depending on your unique needs and your current level of dental health, it may be appropriate for you to come to our office more often, and if this is true in your case, we will discuss this with you.

Make Sure You & Your Family See Your Chagrin Falls Dentist

Our team greatly cares for every patient's oral health. If you haven't seen a dentist in six months call us today and schedule your appointment!

Professional Cleanings | Chagrin Falls Dentist First of all, great job! It is so important to your overall health to brush twice a day and floss as often as possible.

Wy We Tend To Get Cavities

However, even though you're doing such good work taking care of your teeth, it is still important for you to get regular care from a dentist and cleanings from a dental hygienist. This is because your teeth are full of ridges and other tiny formations that make it easy for plaque to get trapped.

The Dangers Of Plaque

When plaque develops in these areas or beneath your gumline, it's easy to miss these spots, and over time, that plaque will harden into tartar, which can only be removed with professional tools. Once tartar has developed, the stage is set for cavities, gum disease, and other problems.

Contact our Chagrin Falls Dentist

Schedule your appointment with us today to make sure plaque doesn't develop into a cavity that needs a filling or crown.

preventative dentistry | Chagrin FallsWhen it comes to preventive dental care, your Chagrin Falls dentist Dr. Brian Hivick has several recommendations:

Maintain Your Dental Cleanings

Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. For most people twice each year is adequate and gives Dr. Hivick the opportunity to detect problems in their earliest stages. When we discover dental issues early, they are generally less invasive—and less expensive—to treat. Other people might benefit from more frequent visits to the dentist, depending on their current oral health.

At Home Care For Your Teeth

Brush and floss diligently. With the different types of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and flosses on the market today, it’s easy to find the dental tools that you prefer. Whether you prefer to go high-tech with an electronic toothbrush or if you would rather stick to an old-school toothbrush, it’s crucial that you use it regularly. Brush at least twice each day to help keep plaque from forming on teeth. Flossing is just as important because your toothbrush cannot reach all the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid candy and sweets as well as sugary beverages, all of which can contribute to the formation of cavities. If you do indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward and brush your teeth about a half-hour later.

Schedule an Appointment in Chagrin Falls

If it’s time for a preventive visit to the dentist, give us a call!

Restorative Fillings

Image of individual with many questions | Chagrin Family Dental Care in Chagrin Falls, OHCall our office and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Brian Hivick. He'll check your teeth and discuss your concerns with you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Chagrin Falls

We have a number of different options available to improve the appearance of your teeth, depending on your particular concern. You may be an excellent candidate for Invisalign, veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, crowns, and more. 

Root Canals and Extractions

root canals | chagrin family dental care | chagrin fallsDr. Hivick strives to provide all dental care in a comfortable environment, free of pain. We always make sure you are comfortable prior to initiating treatment, and we give patients the ability to notify us if they are still feeling any sensation. With adequate anesthesia, a root canal should be no different than a filling.

Contact Our 44022 Dental Clinic

If you have any questions about the root canal process at Chagrin Family Dental Care, please give our 44022 clinic a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

sleep apnea treatment | chagrin falls oh One of the most common sleep apnea treatments is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. With this therapy, a mask is worn over your nose during sleep. The mask provides continuous airflow into the nose and mouth to keep the airway open. 

While this sleep disorder therapy is effective, some patients have a hard time sleeping with a mask on. The machine can make noise which could disturb the patient or their partner. Many people don't use CPAP even when prescribed it. The transition to wearing a nasal air mask can be difficult for people, especially if the mask is not a good fit or the settings are too high. 

What Are My Options Besides CPAP?

Dr. Hivick at Chagrin Family Dental Care understands that CPAP therapy may not be effective for everyone. If you find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP, or if your partner is disturbed by the noise from the machine—you may be interested in an oral device that keeps your airway free by repositioning your lower jaw. 

Some of the oral appliance therapy devices we use in our Chagrin Falls, OH dental office, include the Myerson EMA appliance, the TAP appliance, and appliances from SomnoDent. We know that your sleep is essential to you, and comfort is crucial in order to relax. 

Please Call Our Chagrin Falls Dental Office

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but have a hard time adjusting to CPAP therapy, give Chagrin Family Dental, located in Chagrin Falls, a call today. Dr. Hivick will work hard to provide you with the good night's sleep you deserve. 
 

sleep apnea | chagrin fallsA good night's rest is crucial for a successful next day. People with sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, may have a hard time sleeping through the night. There are popular sleep disorder treatments available; it's essential to determine which one is the most effective for your lifestyle.

While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is considered very effective in treating sleep apnea, many patients have a hard time adjusting to it. As many as half of the patients prescribed CPAP stop using it.

If you have sleep apnea but have a hard time transitioning to CPAP, Dr. Hivick may be able to provide alternative sleep treatments. An oral appliance, for example, is an effective option to CPAP for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. An oral appliance may be the perfect solution for ending your snoring, managing sleep apnea, and improving sleep quality. 

Finding the Right Oral Appliance in Chagrin Falls

At Chagrin Family Dental Care, we can help you find the perfect oral appliance for you. We offer many effective brands, including the Myerson EMA appliance, the TAP appliance, and appliances from Somnodent. Dr. Hivick will fit the device to you to make sure that it meets the shape of your mouth. 

If you are having a hard time with your CPAP and would like to learn more about effective alternatives, give our Chagrin Falls, OH, dental office a call to find out more information. 

sleep apnea treatment | stop snoring | chagrin fallsDo you feel consistently tired even after a full night's rest, or do you have a partner that complains about your snoring? If so, you may have a serious condition called sleep apnea. If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea, contact Chagrin Family Dental Care today. 

How Serious Can Snoring Be?

Snoring can be more than just a nightly annoyance for your partner—it keeps you (and them) from quality rest. Did you know that more than 90 million Americans snore every night, and obstructive sleep apnea causes about half of our snoring? Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, while those with the sleep disorder almost always snore.

Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing is obstructed, waking you up in the middle of your sleep. Regular snoring doesn't always wake the snorer up and is more of a hindrance to sleep mates than to your health. 

How Does Sleep Apnea Snoring Look Like?

What's the difference between regular snoring and sleep apnea? You can pay attention to some tell-tale signs of sleep apnea: waking up during sleep choking or gasping for breath, drowsiness, and fatigue throughout the day, and sleeping open-mouthed. People with sleep apnea tend to be louder snorers and do so almost nightly.

If you think your partner has sleep apnea, pay attention to their breathing. Do you sometimes notice that they hold their breath, or stop breathing? If you pay attention, you'll hear them gasp for air or even make a choking sound. They may not wake up directly, but their sleep is interrupted and disturbed. 

Not all snoring is related to sleep disorders; there are other reasons why you're snoring, including:

  • Age
  • Health and weight
  • Sinus congestion
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Medication
  • Sleeping on your back

Please Contact Our Chagrin Falls Office

If you snore and notice that your day-to-day life is affected by lack of sleep, call your Chagrin Falls, OH dentist to be evaluated for sleep apnea.

 

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