Frequently asked questions

Fillings

What are amalgam filling?


Amalgum fillings are also commonly known as Silver fillings, which is an alloy of Silver, Copper, Zinc and Tin in various proportions. This material is used to repair and fill cavities.




What are the different kinds of fillings?


  1. Amalgum fillings
  2. Gold fillings
  3. Composite fillings
  4. Ceramic fillings
  5. Glass ionomer filling
  6. Indirect fillings : Inlays and Onlays
  7. Temporary fillings




How do fillings work?


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Billing

How to make payments on statement balance?


We have many payment options. Pay through PayPal here. You can still make payment using your credit card through paypal. You need to have paypal account only if you want to make payment through your paypal account or you want to apply for their 6 month finance option or other finance options.




Who do I contact for billing question?


Please call 1-844-i2m-Dent, and choose option 1 for Hyattsville. We will then address your billing question.





General

What are the services provided at i2m Dental


i2m Dental is Dr. Pallavi Sinha's practice. She provides services in the following areas (General and Cosmetic Dentistry) 1. General Dentistry 2. Implant based teeth restorations 3. Orthodontics To see the full list of services rendered at i2m Dental, please visit our Services Page.




What are the hours of operation?


Mon-Fri : 9 AM to 5 PM Sat: 9 AM to 1 PM The hours of operation can be found: here.




How to book and appointment?


Online appointment : New Patient Existing Patient If you do not get a slot of your choice, then contact us here.




What is i2m?


i2m is incisor to molar Brief Background: I first started to think about starting my own practice in the year 2013. I did not want to name my practice as Dr. Pallavi Sinha DMD, so I went for a name hunt, only to realize that all name have already been taken. After many days of search, we setteled on this name "i2m Dental" - little intriguing, yet with lots of potential. xoz, I see nothing other than a max of 32 teeth. After all a dentist is not supposed to see anything other than teeth :)




What are your policy documents?


For all online engagements, please refer to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If you must, then please cancel your appointments 24 hours in advance in order to avoid cancellation charges.




Do I Need a Night Guard?


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For one, you will see a wearing down in your enamel. It may get thinner or more transparent as time goes by. There are plenty of other symptoms that might appear alongside.

  • sensitive teeth and gums
  • sore jaw
  • frequent headaches
  • waking up from teeth clenched too hard

If you find yourself relating to 3 or more of these symptoms, especially after waking up in the morning, you may want to see your dentist.




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What are the services that you provide?


Please refer to our services page to get an idea of the services performed. You can schedule a consult and Dr. Pallavi Sinha will be happy to go over you particular situation and plan a treatment for you, if needed.





Crowns & Bridges

How much dental crown cost?


Costhelper provides a general guidelines for the cost of a dental crown. The cost of dental crown depend on the type of material used. The actual out of pocket costs can be reduced with the help of insurance, but please be aware of the annual coverage limits for these procedures. Learn more about crowns here.




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What are temporary dental crowns?


While the permanent crowns are in fabrication stage, the crown prepped tooth surfaces will need protection. Temporary crowns provide an important solution in the interim. Not only does it protect your tooth surfaces, in the interim, but because the temporary crowns are prepared based on the same tooth impression that are being used to fabricate the permanent crown, the temporary crowns can be used to detect possible fabrication defects due to a less desirable tooth impression. In some ways the temporary crown allows your to test drive your permanent crowns.




What are dental crowns?


A crown is a cover or "cap" your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. Read more here and here.




How is a dental crown placed?


It usually takes two dental visits to complete the treatment. When a crown is placed over a natural tooth, several steps are involved: Learn more here.




What is a dental bridge


A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. Before you get a bridge, your dentist wants you to know more about the steps involved. He or she can advise which type of bridge is best for you. Learn more about why would might need a dental bridge: here.




Do I need an implant supported bridge?


Dental implants may be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. Click here to learn more about whether you need fixed bridge placement or implant based bridge placement. Learn more here.




What are bridges made of?


Building bridge? Learn more here.




What is an Abuttment?


An abutment is a tooth or teeth that play the supporting role in providing support to the fixed bridge or a removable denture, acting in the main role. An abutment is also a piece of metal that is screwed on to an implant designed for fitting the crown. Abutment for dental bridge Abutment for dental implant crown





Orthodontic Braces

What is orthodontics bonding?


The bonding cement is placed on the rear surface of the brace so as to allow the placement of the bracket on the tooth.




What is orthodontics services?


Orthodontics is a brance of dentistry that deals with correcting the impropely positioned teeth, and jaws as well. For more details, refer to our services.




Does dental insurance cover braces?


Most insurace, to some extent, cover Orthodontic treatment. Please call your insurance to learn more. See the list (not exhaustive) of insurance accepted at i2m Dental.




What is the right age for starting orthodontic treatment?


American Association of Orthodontics recommends that if you determine that your child needs orthodontic treatment, then i2m-Dental advises you to schedule a visit with Dr. Pallavi SInha as soon as your child is 7 years old.




How long does the treatment take?


Anywhere between 6-30 months. Thereafter, you will be requried to wear retainers.




Do Braces Hurt?


No! They don't; however, you may feel discomfort and irritation for few days as your teeth, gums and mouth get used to the foreign device. After sometime, the device will no longer feel foreign to your senses.




Do I need to change my brushing habits after having braces?


It’s best to brush at least three times a day, preferable after each meal to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy and clean. It also helps to remove food that becomes caught in your braces. Flossing daily is necessary to get to places where your brush can’t reach.




Do you have any promotions for braces?


If we are running any special promotion, then you may find it here.




Why dont you tell the price of Orthodontic treatment over phone or online chat?


The price of the entire treatment will vary based on the complexity of the case. Your prices will be lowered by the amount of Promitional discount, if any. Therefore, you are required to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Pallavi SInha in order to perform a full evaluation. Such consultation appointment can be booked at a discounted price. Before discounts, typical cases average around $6000. Metal braces will save your wallet the most amount money. Patients usually pay between $3,000 and $7,000 for treatment overall. Ceramic braces are a little pricey, with costs starting around $4,000. The final option is for lingual braces, which are placed on the tongue side of your teeth. These generally run from $8,000 and $10,000.




How does the discounts apply?


So, for example, if Dr. Pallavi Sinha, suggest that the total cost will be $6000, and if we are running a special of $1000 off, then your price will be $5000.




How do I make payment for Orthodontic Treatment?


Suppose Dr. Sinha advises you of an Orthodontic Treatment for $5000, then your payment will be spread across several visits, and you will be advised of such payment schedule upon your visit. If you are approved for the treatment, then the first payment is taken immediately upon approval, in order to cover our lab costs, which can vary between $1000 and $2000. The rest of the amount will be spread across several visits.





Oral Hygiene

How to take care of oral hygiene?


Simple :) Brush twice a day Floss after every meal. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash. Learn more here.




What causes tooth decay and gum disease?


Your teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque (sounds like PLAK). After a meal or snack, these bacteria convert the sugar in foods into acids. These acids attack the enamel, the tooth's hard outer layer. Plaque can also build up overnight while you are sleeping. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down and lead to cavities. Read more here.




What is a proper brusing technique?


Brush twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride (FLOOR-ide) is a mineral that helps make tooth enamel stronger. It's a good idea to talk with your dentist or hygienist about the best way to brush your teeth.. Here are a few tips to help you start a good routine: Read more here.




Why should I floss?


Even if you brush twice a day, there are places your toothbrush bristles can't reach. There are several ways to clean between your teeth and flossing is the most common. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line. Your dentist or hygienist can show you the right way to floss. It may feel clumsy at first, but don't give up! It takes time to get the hang of it. Read more here.




How to select good oral hygiene products?


Choose products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators and mouth rinse. Read more here.




What is a good flossing technique?


Read all about flossing here.




What eating habits help good oral hygiene?


• Do you sip soft drinks or other sugary drinks (even coffee or tea with milk and sugar) all day at your desk? • Do you use breath mints or eat candy often? • Instead of eating meals, do you snack all day? • Do you often grab a soda, sports or energy drink when you are tired? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be increasing your chances of developing cavities. Read more here.




What are bicuspids?


Cusp is the pointed portion of the tooth. The last two teeth on each of the lower and upper quadrants of the mouth are the bicuspids, with two cusps. Typically, there are 8 cuspids in an adult mouth that assist in chewing.




What are the early warning signs for dental problems?


Look for the following early waring red flags. . Soreness of mouth, jaws or gums . Pain in the jaw . Redness or swollen gums . Increased tooth sensitivity . Increased bad breath . Bleeding gums Check our Oral Hygine section.





Oral Surgery

Cost of tooth extraction?


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What are the post-extraction instructions?


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How does a wisdom tooth extraction work?


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Do teeth extractions hurt?


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Invisalign

What is Invisalign treatment?


Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.




What are Invisalign clear aligners made of and what do they look like?


Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack® created exclusively for Invisalign treatment. visit www.invisalign.com for more information.




How will Invisalign treatment straighten my teeth?


Your dentist, Dr. Pallavi Sinha, at i2m Dental will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Your doctor will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.




What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?


Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break, sending you to your doctor for an emergency visit.




Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?


Every smile is unique, which is why your Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation. During your consultation, your doctor will help you determine what Invisalign treatment can do for your smile. We cannot guarantee a particular treatment outcome, but encourage you to share your treatment goals with your doctor at your consultation.




Is Invisalign treatment right for me?


Yes! Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.




What is the treatment process?


Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.




How do I get started with Invisalign treatment?


Contact Dr. Pallavi Sinha. Book an appointment today.




What should I expect during my consultation?


During your consultation, Dr. Pallavi Sinha will discuss your teeth-straightening goals with you and examine your smile in order to determine your specific needs. She may also talk to you about how quickly you can reach your new smile, as well as treatment cost.




How long will treatment take?


The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months,2 though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.




How often will I change aligners?


Your doctor will tell you how often you should change to new aligners (this can vary based on your individual treatment plan). Many doctors recommend changing Invisalign clear aligners weekly or every other week.




How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?


For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.




How often will I have appointments with my doctor?


We may schedule you for regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.




How much does Invisalign treatment cost?


Currently we are running an offer. In most cases, the cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the cost of braces. Upon your consultation Dr. Sinha do perform a thorough evaluation and prescribe the most appropriate course of treatment, which will eventually help determine the actual cost of treatment.




Is Invisalign treatment more expensive than braces?


Invisalign treatment typically costs about the same as braces.




Will my insurance cover Invisalign treatment?


Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment the same way they cover braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your Invisalign treatment, or it may pay for a certain dollar amount.




What payment options are available for Invisalign treatment?


Insurance, CareCredit. You may use funds from your HSA or FSA.




How is Invisalign treatment different than other teeth straightening options?


Invisalign treatment is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, backed by more than two decades of innovation. Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible. There are no wires and brackets, so you don’t need to change the way you brush and floss. And, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods. And no other clear aligner is made from SmartTrack material. This groundbreaking technology helps move your teeth more predictably and can help you get the smile you want up to 50% faster. Learn more about the Invisalign difference or view our treatment comparison chart.




I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign treatment?


Possibly! Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign clear aligners — consult Dr. Pallavi Sinha to determine the best treatment approach for your smile.




Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign treatment fix this?


Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can treat nearly all common teeth-straightening issues, from simple to complex. Many people who formerly had braces choose Invisalign treatment as the discrete solution to improve their smile when they find that their teeth have shifted back.




I have bridgework on several teeth. Will Invisalign clear aligners still work?


Invisalign clear aligners are designed to move each tooth individually. Because bridgework connects two or more teeth, clear aligners may not be effective.




Can anyone tell that I’m wearing the aligners?


Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them, making Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle.




Can I take my aligners off whenever I need to?


Yes, you can remove your Invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Just remember to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.




Are there any restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?


None! Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so there are no food restrictions at all (hello popcorn!). With traditional wires and brackets, there’s a long list of foods you unfortunately can’t enjoy because they can damage or get stuck in your braces.




Is Invisalign treatment painful?


Invisalign treatment moves your teeth by applying gentle, constant force, but some people do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, people describe it as feeling “pressure” and it’s normal — it’s a sign your Invisalign clear aligners are working and transforming your smile. Please see Dr. Pallavi Sinha if you have any concerns or experience continued discomfort.




Sometimes when I remove my aligners, my teeth feel loose. Is that common?


Yes. As your Invisalign aligners gradually shift your teeth into their proper position, your gums are re-forming around each tooth as it moves. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns.




Will wearing Invisalign clear aligners affect my speech?


It may take a couple of days for your tongue to get used to having your Invisalign aligners in your mouth, and you may have a slight lisp. But this should disappear quickly.




What’s the best way to clean my aligners?


The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning System, available online or from your doctor. You can also brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.




Where can I learn everything about Invisalign?


Straight from the horse's mouth.





Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?


Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.




How long will my Zoom whitening last?


Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening helps to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of soft drinks, coffee, smoking, and lifestyle, may eventually become discoloured again. Philips Zoom Take Home / Top-Up products have been shown to reduce whitening fade back. Most over the counter whitening products are not tailored to your needs. With Philips Zoom the whitening process is customised to your needs by using custom fitted trays for at home treatments or by using the correct light intensity administered by a dental professional.




Are there any side effects?


Your dentist is the best person to make sure you are the right candidate for whitening and that you use the right concentration of formula. The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity, Philips Zoom at home whitening products have two mild desensitising agents to minimise tooth sensitivity.




How long before I see results?


Philips Zoom in-office treatment can ensure that your teeth will be visibly white in just one day, that’s up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes. With Philips Zoom at home you can achieve the same results in one to two weeks depending on the concentration and selected wear time.




Does whitening hurt?


Sensitivity is sometimes a side effect of treatment and everybody responds differently to treatments. Ask your dentist about using sensitivity toothpaste before and after treatments. Relief ACP can also be used to further minimise sensitivity.





Implants Restoration

What are dental implants?


Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that are inserted directly into the jawbone with the help of titanium metal attachments. These anchors act as substitutes for your natural tooth roots. There are three main parts that make up a dental implant:

  • the titanium screw
  • the abutment
  • and the crown
The screw is placed into your jaw bone, the abutment is attached to the screw, and the crown is the tooth that is secured to the abutment. Bone and implant fuse togetherto provide a strong base for your new teeth. The titanium screw implanted into your jaw bone effectively becomes your new tooth root. which encourages healthy bone growth. Visit Dr. Pallavi Sinha and learn more about implants here.




How long dental implants last?


Dental implants are relatively long term treatment for replacing missing tooth and are considered superior to Dentures. You would not want to suffer from tooth loss due to missing teeth. Read more here.




How are dental implants inserted?


There are three main parts that make up a dental implant:

  • the titanium screw
  • the abutment
  • and the crown
The screw is placed into your jaw bone, the abutment is attached to the screw, and the crown is the tooth that is secured to the abutment. Bone and implant fuse togetherto provide a strong base for your new teeth. The titanium screw implanted into your jaw bone effectively becomes your new tooth root. which encourages healthy bone growth. Learn more about the dental implant surgery to find our how the implants are inserted.




How long is dental implant process?


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How much does dental implant cost?


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How to take care of my implants?


Brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. Use water-pick or a Hydro Floss for additional cleaning, preferably after every meal Don't miss your 6-month recall maintenance appointments, where the prosthetics will be removed and cleaned. We have a blog post on how to maintain Implants.




What are my tooth replacement options?


If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and overall health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Read More here. Video: Three tooth replacement options.




Are implants an option for me?


Dental implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. They replace one or more teeth that are next to each other. Implants are an effective way to replace missing natural teeth. When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants may be a good option. You may want to choose dental implants if: • you hide your smile because you have missing teeth
• your dentures are not comfortable
• you are not happy with your removable partial dentures
• you do not have or do not want your other teeth to anchor a bridge restoration Read here to learn more.




How successful are tooth implants?


Success rates of dental implants may vary depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a very high success rate. Implants can last a lifetime if proper maintenance and care, which includes but are not limited to brushing, flossing (after every meal, if possible), using mouthwash (definitely before going to bed) and seeing your dentist every 6 months for dental check-ups.




What are the advantages of Implants?


There are several advantages to dental implants, including: Improved appearance with tooth as good as the real ones; Improved speech as compared with poor-fitting dentures; enhances your comfort level while speaking, eating. Durability: Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. Convenience: Obviates the need for removal of dentures.




What is an Implant Abuttment?


An abutment is a tooth or teeth that play the supporting role in providing support to the fixed bridge or a removable denture, acting in the main role. An abutment is also a piece of metal that is screwed on to an implant designed for fitting the crown. Abutment for dental bridge Abutment for dental implant crown





Dentures & Full Mouth Restoration

What are dentures?


If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace the teeth that are missing and improve your quality of life. With a little practice, dentures can make eating and speaking easier. You can smile freely without feeling embarrassed. Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth. There may be only a small change in how you look. Full dentures may even give you a better smile. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips so the face muscles do not sag and make you look older. Learn more here.




What are the different kind of dentures.


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How to maintain my dentures?


Learn more about denture care here.




How long will my denture last?


Typically between 5 to 7 years. With proper maintenance you can stretch the longevity of your dentures. Learn about different kinds of dentures here.




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First Visit

What to expect on my first visit?


The first visit will often last about 30-45 minutes. The visit may include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums and examination of any oral tissues with growth or development. X-Rays will be required and depending on the initial assement, the dentist may recommend either a localized x-rays of few teeth or a full mouth x-ray. The x-rays will be used to validate the initial assement and then to look for details further than what the dentist can see with her naked eyes. A simple cleaning will performed if needed. In some case the dentist may recommend Scaling and Root Planing (a.k.a. deep cleaning) if the dentist determins that regular cleaning will be ineffective. The dentist or her assistant may present a treatment plan to you and will apprise you of all the treatment options which includes. - how to prioritize treatment - which procedure to do first in case of financial constraints. - apprise you of your out of pocket cost for the planned procedures. Please note that if the planned cost is more than $300 for a given procedure and if you have an isurance, then we would first obtain a pre-determination from your insurance to make sure that the treatment is covered as per our understanding, so that you do not see any unexpected bills. It is your responsibility to know your insurance and know what your out of pocket expenses are before you sign on the dotted lines.




Can I make Appointments online?


Yes you can : here




Can I fill in patient registration forms online?


Yes you can: here




I am an existing pateint and want to provide updates.


Please use the form here to update your - change of address - change of means of communication - any updates to health history




Moving to a new city or to a new dentist.


You can request relase of dental records online: here





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