A1. Are you currently accepting new patients?

Yes! We love meeting new people and helping them create their ideal smile. Call (813) 932-7939 to speak with someone or click here to request an appointment.

A2. What should I expect on my first appointment?

Unless a patient is experiencing pain and need to be seen on an emergency basis, a New Patient visit will typically consist of taking a full mouth series of x-rays and a comprehensive exam. The exam and x-rays are crucial in aiding Dr. Le’s diagnosis of every patient’s dental condition. During the exam, Dr. Le will review the medical history and record previous dental work (fillings, crowns, and missing teeth) and periodontal charting (gum and bone levels). We will listen to the patient’s current dental concerns (if any) and go over recommended treatment. Our goal is to work with each patient to initiate a treatment plan that will keep their mouth healthy.

A3. Can I bring records from a previous office?

We welcome any records a patient may have as long as the most recent x-rays are less than a year old and of good diagnostic quality. It is the patient’s responsibility to collect the records and present them at time of appointment. If the x-rays are not useful, more x-rays may be taken.

A4. If the x-rays I bring are not useful, do I have to pay for new ones?

Yes. Like any other procedure performed, payment is expected at time of service.

A5. May I request a release of my dental records and images?

Yes. Offices are required by law to keep records on-site, but a patient has the right to request copies of their records. Record copying can be done every Monday, so we request ample time to prepare documents. When a patient picks up records, they will sign a release form and may be subject to a $20.00 processing fee.

A6. What types of dental insurance do you take?

Dr. Le is an “in network” provider for many PPO plans: Aetna; Assurant (through Dental Health Alliance); Cigna; Blue Cross Blue Shield- FL Combined; United Concordia; Delta Dental; Humana; United Healthcare (through Dental Benefit Providers); MetLife and various other plans through Connection Dental. We will be glad to accept any other PPO plan as an “out of network” provider. We also accept Humana’s Advantage Plans. Dr. Le is a participating provider of Medicaid.

A7. Do I have to pay anything at my appointment?

Yes. Patients are expected to pay for professional services as they are received, UNLESS special and specific arrangements are made otherwise. If a patient has dental insurance, they will only be required to pay the portion they are estimated to be responsible for (deductibles, co-pays, etc.).

A8. Do you have payment plans?

Grove Park Dental is a participating merchant of Care Credit. Through Care Credit, we offer the following financing options:

    6, 12, 18 or 24 month, fixed 14.9% interest
    6 or 12 month, NO INTEREST (for procedures $500 or more)

Call (813) 932-7939 for more information.

A9. What if I can’t make my scheduled appointment?

We realize life can get hectic and emergencies happen, requiring a patient to cancel or miss their appointment. We appreciate at least 24 hours’ notice of a cancellation. We request that patients call (813) 932-7939 as soon as possible so we can reschedule a more convenient time. Failed appointments may result in a fee of $40.00, billed to the patient’s account. If new patient cancels their appointment, we may choose to see them on a “walk in” basis.

A10. Why are there different types of cleanings?

A prophylactic cleanings, or “healthy mouth cleaning”, is done when the mouth is does not show signs of heavy tartar buildup or periodontal disease

A full mouth debridement is slightly more involved. FMDs are performed to remove excess buildup typically due to a lengthy period between dental cleanings, but no real presence of periodontal disease . Once back on track, a patient can usually maintain dental health with prophylactic cleanings.

Scaling and Root Planing , commonly referred to as deep cleaning, is a procedure recommended when a patient has been diagnosed with periodontal disease . This will involve thoroughly cleaning the teeth and gum pockets to reduce the amount of bacteria present in the mouth. Routine periodontal maintenance is required to keep the gums and teeth as healthy as possible.

M1. What do I do if I have a knocked out tooth?

- Remain calm while you try to find the tooth
- Pick it up gently; be extra careful to handle the tooth by the top part and not the root
- Gently remove any debris from the tooth by rinsing in cold water for 10 sec. Keep the tooth moist in a cup of milk.
- Do not attempt to clean tooth with hard scrubbing or cleaning agents
- If you can, replace the tooth in the socket using gentle finger pressure, make sure to orient the tooth in the proper position
- See the dentist immediately, preferably within 30 min of the accident.

M2. What do I do in case of chipped front tooth?

- Gently remove any debris from the broken fragment, keep the tooth fragment moist in a cup of milk.
- See the dentist immediately. Bonding is generally used to restore chipped front tooth. Bonding does have draw-backs, for example the bonded area can chip when the underlying structure is located in a high bite pressure position. Bonding has to be repeated often during the life of the tooth. If the tooth is too weak with little tooth structure left, crowning may be a better solution.

M3. What do I do when my crown breaks?

- If your crown breaks, it can surely end an otherwise nice day. If your tooth is sensitive it may be because the inside part of the tooth is exposed, or the tooth was damaged. In either case see the dentist as soon as possible to alleviate your sensitivity.

M4. What is gum disease?

- Gum disease should properly be referred to as periodontal disease. Early signs of periodontal disease are first noticed in the gingival or “gum” tissues. Five symptoms of periodontal disease that show up in gum tissues are: redness, tendency to bleed easily, tenderness, sponginess, and very slight swelling. Any one of these symptoms or all may be present at one time.

M5. Why are my teeth stained? What can I do about it?
- There are basically 3 types of discoloration:
  1. Surface stains are usually caused by strong discoloring agents found in things like coffee, tea and tobacco products. This type of staining can be helped by good oral hygiene and routine professional cleanings.
  2. Calculus or tartar stains and soft deposit contain bacteria and are often found along the gumline. They are usually caused by poor hygiene. This type of discoloration can be removed by regular teeth scaling and polishing.
  3. Faulty hardening of enamel occurs from a developmental defect or interruption due to medications or disease. Unfortunately, this type of staining will not go away with cleanings or whitening. On the plus side, there are cosmetic procedures, such as bonding, that can be performed to restore the damaged enamel.

G1. Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in the adult population. If the disease is allowed to progress, it may lead to recession of the gingival tissue, destruction of the underlying supporting bone, loosening of the teeth, and eventually tooth loss. Periodontal disease is caused by allowing excessive bacteria to remain on teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Collection of bacteria, food debris, and saliva are commonly referred to as plaque. If plaque is allowed to remain for too long, the minerals from the saliva in the mouth will cause it to calcify and form what is termed calculus or tartar. Thus presence of plaque and calculus can lead to periodontal disease. The best way to avoid gum problems or periodontal disease is home care. A good home care program of proper brushing and flossing combined with other methods prescribed by your dentist is the greatest preventative tools we have at our disposal. Regular dental cleaning at the dentist is recommended because everyone forms calculus over period of time. At the dentist, scaling allows for effective plaque and calculus removal from the crown and root surfaces.

Scaling and curettage may be commonly referred to as “deep cleaning.” Curettage removes part of diseased tissue that lies next to the tooth. If bacteria build-up under gumline is allowed to increase, pockets may form under the gum. Root planning and curettage are methods of scraping under gumline to reduce pocket level.

G2. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an infection that is mainly caused by plaque, a collection of bacteria, food debris and saliva. Tooth enamel, or the outer layer of the tooth, is weakened if left exposed to plaque for a long period of time. Weakened teeth are more susceptible to decay- causing bacteria, leading to break down and destruction of the tooth enamel and underlying structures. If tooth decay is left untreated, it may lead to tooth abscess and uncontrollable infection. It is necessary to cut down on eating sugary products, and maintain good oral hygiene since this will lessen the chance of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can be applied to make tooth surfaces more decay- resistant.

G3. Tooth Abscess

An abscess is an infection that cannot be maintained by your body’s own immune system. Some of the signs of tooth abscess are swelling, pain, presence of discharge and redness. It is best to see the dentist immediately if you noticed these conditions.

V1. How To Brush

V2. How To Floss

V3. Understanding Tooth Sensitivity