How can we help you?
Do you have questions about your oral health or your treatment recommendations? That is excellent, because you should ask questions about your health!
At Stanford Dental, we consider ourselves your partners, and we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your dental needs. We welcome any questions you have, and we’re happy to answer them.
We’ve gathered a list of some of the questions that we hear the most and provided the answers for you here. If you don’t see your question, we encourage you to call our office and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Dr. Stanford prides himself on using the highest quality materials and preserving as much natural tooth structure as he can. His goal is to produce dentistry that can last for many years as long as your investment is maintained through regular check-ups and other protection such as a night guard if necessary.
Replacing Dental Work
Dr. Stanford is also happy to replace old restorations that may be breaking down. During your new patient visit, he takes photos and does a thorough examination to assess the health of any restorations you currently have. He will let you know if it would benefit your oral health to replace some of your old restorations.
Unfortunately, the metal amalgam fillings that were used in the past have a tendency to break down over time. This is due to metal's natural response to temperature change, which is to expand and contract. This causes the metal to pull away from the tooth, which can lead to to the tooth or restoration breaking or bacteria reentering your tooth to cause decay.
Composite Resin Fillings
The composite resin material we use to fill cavities today is bonded directly to your tooth, which helps avoid the breakdown you might experience with your metal restorations.
At Stanford Dental, we accept and submit claims to all types of dental insurance with the exception of HMO, Medicaid, and Medicare plans where your doctors are selected for you from a limited list.
It is important to understand that ultimately insurance plans are a contract between you, your employer, and the insurance company.
Because each plan is different, coverage varies greatly from plan to plan. While it is difficult to predict exactly what your insurance company will pay, we do our very best to give our patients an accurate estimate of what their coverage is and what their out-of-pocket expenses will be before their recommended treatment.
We have purposely decided to remain an out-of-network dentist for all plans, except Delta Dental Premier. By doing this, we can use the highest quality dental materials, give our patients individualized and customized appointments, use state-of-the-art labs, and not jeopardize any of the quality we provide that we would have to if we had to accept the minimized payments that are so common with many dental insurance plans. We feel our patients deserve and expect our best materials and options for their long term health.
You will probably notice that going to a dentist that is out of network may end up costing only a few additional dollars, but you will benefit so much more in the long term.
When it comes to pricing, Dr. Stanford stays very competitive in Manchester, MO so he can give his patients high quality dental care at a reasonable cost. Our patients agree that while he isn't the highest priced dentist or the lowest, he is absolutely one of the best and they receive great value for the money spent because they receive an esthetic and durable restoration!
Every patient’s treatment needs are unique, and some procedures are more complex than others. Dr. Stanford wants to make sure that high quality dentistry is accessible for everyone, so if you find yourself facing a treatment plan that is harder to fit into your budget, we are happy to work with you to make it possible. Sometimes treatment can be broken into phases so it fits more comfortably into your schedule and budget.
We also have excellent financing options such as CareCredit. With this service, we can offer 6 or 12 months of no-interest financing to most patients. It is easy to apply for online at home, or we are happy to help you with your application here at Stanford Dental. You will receive a quick decision so you can proceed with your dental treatment in a timely manner.
Please call us if you have questions about the cost of your treatment or your payment options.