How can we help you?
Patient education is an important part of the services we provide at Kuras Dental Health Associates. We encourage you to ask questions because the more information you have, the better prepared you are to make good decisions about your oral healthcare. During your appointments, we will take all the time necessary to explain the treatment you need and why it's important to your oral health.
Here are a few commonly asked questions, but you are always welcome to contact our office any time for more information.
Of course! Our team of caring professionals are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice. We promise that you will be delighted with the high level of quality dental care we provide. Together we can work towards your goal of achieving a healthy and beautiful smile!
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Call our office to schedule your first appointment today. We'll be happy to work with you to ensure you've got a healthy, beautiful smile!
We believe that you should feel completely informed before making decisions about certain types of dental treatment. You are welcome to contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists to discuss your treatment options.
CEREC Single-Visit Crowns
If your tooth becomes damaged – whether it’s due to decay, disease, or trauma – a dental crown is usually the best solution. A dental crown cups over your natural tooth, protecting it from further harm.
We Fit a Crown to Meet Your Needs
At Kuras Dental Associates, we offer four types of crowns: all metal, all porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and resin. Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs.
All-metal crowns are effective for situations where strength and durability are an issue. Some types of all-ceramics are known for their superior aesthetics and are appropriate for teeth that are visible when you smile. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer the middle ground between the two.
Same-day CEREC Crowns
For over three years, we have offered convenient same-day CEREC crowns. This remarkable technology allows us to create porcelain crowns that look natural and restore the function of your tooth in just one office visit. You will also be happy to know that, with CEREC, you can skip the annoying temporary crowns and the multiple appointments needed to have a traditional crown placed.
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As you can see, you do have options when it comes to choosing a dental crown that best suits your needs. Please contact our Monroe dental office and we will be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation to evaluate your needs.
We are happy to see children of all ages, and we recommend that their first visit take place as soon as all their baby teeth have erupted.
There are two reasons for bringing them in to our office at such a young age.
Building A Relationship with the Dentist
First, it’s critical that your child feels safe and secure with us before it’s time to perform any dental treatments. We want to help them develop a positive attitude about visits to the dentist that will last for a lifetime. We want to gradually help your child get used to dental visits. We will start by introducing them to our team and showing them around our office so they can check everything out on their terms. This is the best way to establish a trusting relationship with your child.
Setting Your Child up for Success
Second, the health of your child’s baby teeth has a direct impact on the proper development of their permanent teeth. Baby teeth are placeholders that provide ample space for permanent teeth to erupt properly. If a baby tooth is lost too early due to decay, teeth that haven’t emerged can change position and lead to alignment problems that can impact your child’s future oral health.
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At Kuras Dental Associates, we know how to treat your little one so that they learn to feel happy and confident about visits to our office. Please contact our office and we’ll be happy to make an appointment for that all-important first visit!
Know the Basics of Dental Health
Maintaining dental health is really pretty easy. All the things you were told as a child about taking care of your teeth still hold true, so you probably already know the basics – brush for two minutes two or three times a day and clean between your teeth with floss. These simple steps will go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy.
You can also maximize your oral hygiene routine by following a healthy diet and avoiding sugary or acidic food and drinks. Regular professional cleanings are the best way for us to help you stay one step ahead of decay and disease, so be sure to make and keep your scheduled appointments.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings
During these cleanings, one of our hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth and look for any potential problems. The best weapon we have against problems like periodontal disease is prevention, which includes regular cleanings and exams.
But your daily dental care is really up to you. Follow the basic routine of brushing and flossing, maintaining a healthy diet, and scheduling regular appointments at our Monroe dental office for professional cleanings and routine exams.
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Please call our office, and we will be happy to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam.
One of the questions we hear most often at our Monroe dental office is about coverage of specific procedures and how much the patient is responsible for. Without knowing the provisions of your coverage, it’s hard to answer this question properly.
Each Case is Individual
The treatment that your dental insurance covers depends on your provider and your policy provisions. As a general rule, most dental insurance covers the cost of preventive services like routine dental examinations, professional cleanings, and x-rays for you and your children.
However, depending on your policy, you may still be responsible for a portion of the cost of these preventive treatments. But the rates for simple and more complex dental procedures also vary widely from one policy to the next. We'll be happy to submit a pre-authorization for your treatment and help determine if a specific procedure is likely to be covered under your policy.
We Want to Work With You
Dental treatments are important for maintaining oral health and general wellness. We will do everything possible to make sure that nothing stands in your way, especially finances. Please give our Monroe dental office a call and we’ll be more than happy to ensure that you get the most out of your specific insurance coverage.
When your teeth have cavities or become damaged, we can often fill them to prevent further spread of decay. We have two options for fillings, and which one we use depends on the extent of decay and where the tooth is located in your mouth.
The first type of filling is made using a tooth-colored composite material. We can shade and shape a composite filling to match the tooth to be filled as well as surrounding teeth. This material is bonded securely to your tooth, and the way it’s applied allows us to preserve more of your healthy tooth structure.
Tooth-colored fillings are a perfect choice for the teeth that are most visible when you smile. Once the filling has been placed, it creates a seamless restoration that is virtually undetectable from the rest of your tooth.
Silver (amalgam) fillings are made of a combination of metals, making them very strong and durable. Amalgam fillings can be placed anywhere in your mouth, but their color makes them very noticeable, so we usually only place them on teeth that withstand a lot of chewing force, like molars.
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If you suspect you need a filling, please contact our Monroe dental office. Once we have a chance to evaluate your situation, we can help you make the decision as to which type of filling we should use.
Cost and payment options are important to everyone these days, and we never want you to put off treatment due to financial concerns. Getting the dental care you need in a timely manner protects your oral health and prevents problems from becoming more complicated and costly to fix.
We work with Citi Health, an interest-free healthcare credit card. We can usually complete the application process in just a few minutes at our Monroe dental office. Citi Health can be used for dental care as well as other health and wellness services.
Please contact our office for more information, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.
We are in-network with the following insurance providers, but we are happy to process most any insurance claim. If you don't see yours listed here, please contact our office, and we'll be happy to answer any questions about your specific plan.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Snore Guards, Night Guards, Sports Guards,
At Kuras Dental Health Associates, we provide all the general oral health care you need, but we’re much more than general dentists. Our team of skilled and experienced dentists in Monroe, MI can also help you with problems like snoring, sleep apnea, and TMJ problems.
Snoring is annoying and can take its toll on your well-being and your relationships. Beyond mere frustration, however, loud, disruptive snoring may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
While you pass from light sleep into a deep sleep, your tongue and throat soften, which in some cases is enough to partially block the airway and cause the vibration that results in snoring. As your airway narrows, the airflow becomes more forceful, increasing the vibration and resulting in loud snoring.
As much as snoring can disrupt your life, the solution for snoring in Monroe, MI may be as simple as a small customized device worn while you sleep. The appliance works by positioning your jaw slightly forward, which prevents your airway from closing and minimizes snoring.
However, just because you snore doesn’t necessarily mean you have obstructive sleep apnea. The first step is to call Kuras Dental Health Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our Monroe dentists. They will work with you to find a snoring solution that will let you and your loved ones get a good night’s rest again.
The dentists at Kuras Dental Health Associates never take tooth extraction lightly. We do whatever it takes to help us preserve the health and function of all your teeth for as long as possible.
There are times, however, when pulling a tooth is the best and only option for protecting your overall oral health, and pulling wisdom teeth at our Monroe, MI dental office is one of them. Most people have four wisdom teeth—one in each of the four quadrants of the mouth—while others never get them at all.
Wisdom teeth or third molars exist because they helped our ancient ancestors process a coarse diet of twigs, bark, and nuts. With processed foods, we no longer need an extra set of molars.
Our jaws have also gotten smaller as we’ve evolved, so there’s usually not enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. They can come in at odd angles, crowd adjacent teeth, or get stuck (impacted) in the gums. Since wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they’re difficult to clean adequately. This puts you at increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
The bottom line is that we recommend pulling wisdom teeth in Monroe, MI to prevent these problems from occurring. If you would like our dentists to take a look at your situation to see what they recommend, please call us at (734) 242-7120 to schedule an appointment.
Whitening for Life
First, we want to tell you that there are lots of people who are concerned about the same problem. That is one of the reasons why teeth whitening is currently the most popular cosmetic dental treatment available.
Professional teeth whitening is the only procedure that can produce such dramatic results quickly and affordably. We can truly transform the appearance of your smile in under an hour at our Monroe dental office.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
We offer Zoom!, a very popular teeth whitening system that can brighten your teeth by six to eight shades in just one office visit. The procedure is efficient and comfortable and, best of all, you’ll leave our office with a beautiful, refreshed smile.
You can help to keep your teeth bright and white by reducing your consumption of certain foods and drinks. These include coffee, tea, cola, and dark fruit like raspberries and blueberries. If you smoke, stop! It is one of the worst offenders and can darken and stain your teeth severely over time.
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Depending on the extent of staining and discoloration, other cosmetic options like porcelain veneers may be a better choice. The best place to start is by calling our office for a complimentary consultation so we can find the best treatment that will return the dazzle to your smile!