Nampa Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures.

These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

COVID-19 & Other

For patients not covered by dental insurance, we offer several options for payment. We require that payment be made at the time services are rendered. Our Patient Treatment Coordinator will take the time to help you understand your treatment plan and make financial arrangements. We accept all major credit cards, cash, check and Care Credit.

Care Credit is a credit card that allows an option for monthly payments with 0% interest. Contact us for more details!

Dr. Mansfield is considered an in-network provider with several major insurance companies including Blue Cross of Idaho, Delta Dental of Idaho, Cigna, Regence, MetLife and others. However, whether in or out of network, most dental patients are free to choose their dentist. At Nampa Dental, we have a Patient Treatment Coordinator who will help you research and understand your dental benefits.

As a courtesy and with your permission we also bill most dental insurance companies on your behalf. As a dental provider, Nampa Dental is not a legal party to your contract with the insurance company. For this reason, you as the patient are ultimately responsible for paying for services rendered that are not covered by insurance. In order to verify your benefits, we recommend that all patients contact their insurance carrier or consult their benefits booklet (often available online) for details.

For most adults with no serious health issues, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe. We will review your medical history to determine if sedation dentistry is an option. You will be closely monitored throughout your visit to ensure you are safe and comfortable during sedation.

Yes. A child who has a tough time sitting still will need additional support in getting used to the dental office. We can help them become familiar with the surroundings so that when it is time for their dental cleaning, they will be used to our office and the environment.

Due to the nature of dental work, of course masks will need to be removed in order to receive treatment. However, wearing a mask to the office is recommended as a measure intended to keep you safe as you have contact with other people throughout the office.

Our top priority is to ensure that all employees and patients are safe. Starting May 1st, we will implement physical barriers for all clinicians, including protective facial visors and N-95 masks. We always sanitize and sterilize all equipment in the operatory areas where dental work is performed, but we are extending our disinfecting efforts to the waiting area and front office as well. We also ask that patients maintain physical distance when checking out/in at the front desk.

While it may be a while before we fully return to “normal” as an office and a society, we will re-open on May 1st. We believe that dentistry—including regular dental examinations—is an essential service that should be resumed as soon as deemed safe and responsible. Governor Brad Little announced a four-step process to re-opening the economy, which allows for dental offices to continue to see patients as needed.

Yes, we will implement curbside waiting for all appointments. To reduce the number of people in the waiting area at the same time, we encourage all patients to wait in their cars. As soon as we are ready for you, we will text you and send someone outside to get you.

Dental Implants

There is no reliable way to force the process of osseo-integration (healing of the bone around an implant) forward. There is a period of 3 months that must be observed prior to completing the implant with a crown.

You should be able to eat soon after the implant itself is initially placed. Similarly, once the crown is seated, you will be able to eat much more comfortably and functionally than they were previously able to eat with a missing tooth.

The process of restoring an implant with a crown begins once the implant body is fully integrated. Integration means that the implant body has been fully enveloped by surrounding bone and has become secure. As soon as the implant has fully integrated, the crown can be fabricated and seated. This process may take 2-3 weeks. From beginning to end, the entire process may take 4-6 months.

Once an implant is placed, it typically takes 3 months for it to fully integrate into the jawbone. During this time, patients have the option of using an interim partial to replace the tooth temporarily until the final crown is placed. Interim partials are typically used for front teeth, when aesthetics is a concern. 

 

At the end of the implant process, you will have a brand-new crown! Modern dental crowns look so similar to real teeth that most people can’t tell the difference. All of our crowns are made by a professional local dental lab. They fabricate crowns out of zirconia, which is known for its durability and life-like aesthetics. The color shade of the tooth is carefully selected to match your other teeth.

 

There should be relatively little pain after a dental implant. General soreness in the immediate area of the implant may occur the day of implant placement and immediately afterward. After that, you should not have any pain in the area of the implant. If pain persists, contact your dentist.

Dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options:

  • Dental implants appear the most life-like and natural.
  • The actual implant piece of the dental implant is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal.
  • Dental implants are the most secure and stable.
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss, keeping your jaw tissue healthy and preventing changes in the shape of your face.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

There are risks associated with dental implants, as there are with any surgical procedure. Despite a high success rate, there is a slight chance of implant failure, typically within the first 1-2 months of implant placement. Aside from that, patients will need to be extra diligent in cleaning around the implant. We recommend that patients use a Waterpik, toothbrush and floss to ensure that the gums around the implant and the implant crown remain as clean as possible.

Crowns and Bridges

There is no reliable way to force the process of osseo-integration (healing of the bone around an implant) forward. There is a period of 3 months that must be observed prior to completing the implant with a crown.

The process of restoring an implant with a crown begins once the implant body is fully integrated. Integration means that the implant body has been fully enveloped by surrounding bone and has become secure. As soon as the implant has fully integrated, the crown can be fabricated and seated. This process may take 2-3 weeks. From beginning to end, the entire process may take 4-6 months.

At the end of the implant process, you will have a brand-new crown! Modern dental crowns look so similar to real teeth that most people can’t tell the difference. All of our crowns are made by a professional local dental lab. They fabricate crowns out of zirconia, which is known for its durability and life-like aesthetics. The color shade of the tooth is carefully selected to match your other teeth.

 

Periodontal Care

Coming in for regular cleanings with one of our excellent dental hygienists will help keep your gums in great shape, but what you do at home matters as well. Brush twice daily and floss every evening. Our hygienists will be happy to show you good brushing and flossing technique.

Other steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:

  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash. We'll be happy to recommend one.
  • If you have a health condition that can affect your dental health such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please let us know so that we can take extra steps to help keep your gums healthy.

Periodontal disease is a condition that includes "pocketing" of the gum tissue around teeth as well as bone loss. It can be treated and maintained, but often requires an initial "deep cleaning" called scaling and root planing, followed by more frequent visits throughout the year for periodontal maintenance cleanings.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Absolutely not! You are never too old to have a beautiful smile. Call us today to find out what we can do to help you. We'd be happy to show you pictures of some of our other cosmetic transformations.

Digital X-Rays

While Dr. Mansfield can diagnose many conditions with a visual exam, he cannot always see what is happening beneath the outer layer of tooth enamel or below your gumline. Digital dental x-rays make this possible, which allows him to make an earlier diagnosis, potentially saving you time and money as well as allowing us to treat conditions before they become critical or painful.

By offering digital dental x-rays, we have significantly improved the safety of the care we provide. Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays and give us instant access to high-resolution images for proper diagnosis of conditions such as bone loss, decay, and infection.

The cost of dental x-rays is low compared to the cost of extensive dental care. For this reason, regular dental x-rays should be viewed as a preventative investment in your long-term care. Without them, we would only have part of the story when it comes to your oral health. We want to give Dr. Mansfield all the tools he needs to care for your smile!

If you have questions about the necessity or safety of digital dental x-rays, please call our office or ask us at your next visit. We are dedicated to providing quality dentistry that supports total oral health and an aesthetic, comfortable smile.

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Based on Governor Brad LIttle's announcement, we will be opening back up on May 1st to elective care. With the public impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our team wanted to share some of the protocols we have in place to protect your health and wellness at your dental visit. Please see our FAQs page to learn more information.