FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
347.732.9692/ 67-54 171 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" your teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride and is ADA approved.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing your teeth once per day helps prevent cavities from forming between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: These are both restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Q: What about "silver" fillings, versus "white" fillings?
A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU AS A PATIENT MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. THE PRIVACY OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO US.
OUR LEGAL DUTY
Federal and state law requires us to maintain the privacy of your health information. That law also requires us to give you this notice about our websites and our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information. We are required to follow the privacy practices we describe in this notice while it is in effect. This notice takes effect 12/30/10, and will remain in effect until we relace it.
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided that any applicable law permits the changes. We reserve the right to make the changes in our privacy information that we maintain, including health information we created or received prior to any changes. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this notice and make the new notice available to you upon request.
You may request a paper copy of this notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this notice, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice.
OUR USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations. For example:
Treatment: We may use your health information for treatment or disclose it to a dentist, physician or other health care provider providing treatment to you.
Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you. We may also disclose youre health information to another health care provider or entity that is subject to the federal Provacy Rules for its payment activities.
Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your health information for our health care operations. Health care operations include quality assessment and improvement activites, reviewing the competence or qualification of health care professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities. We may disclose your health information to another health care provider or organization that is subject to the federal privacy rules and that has a relationship with you to support some of their health care operations. We may disclose your information to help these organizations conduct quality assessment and improvement activities, review the competence or qualifications of health care professionals, or detect or prevent health care fraud and abuse.
Your Authorization: You may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any uses or disclosures permiteed by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health inormation for any reason except those described in this notice.
To Your Family and Friends: We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person to the extent necessary to help with your health care or with payment for your health care. Before we disclose your health information to these people, we will provide you with an opportuinity to object to our use or disclosure. If you are not present, or in the event of your incapacity or an emergency, we will disclose your medical information based on our professional judgment of whether the disclosure would be in your best interest. We may use our professional judgement and our experince with common practices to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in alowing a peron to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information. We may use or disclose information about you to notify or assist in notifiying a person involved in your care, of your location and general condition.
Persons Involved in Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifiying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, ofyour location,your general condition, or death. If you are present,then prior to use or disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgement disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person's involvement in your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgement and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up prescriptions, dental supplies,x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.
Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.
Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.
Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.
National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose, to authorized federal officials, health information required for lawful intelligence,counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institution or law enforcement offical having lawful cutody of protected health information of inmate or patient under certain circumstances.
Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages,emails, texts, postcards, or letters).
Disaster Relief: We may use or disclose your medical information to a public or private entity authorized by law or by its charter to assist in disaster relief efforts.
Access: You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicly do so. You must make a request in writing to obtain access to your health information. You must make a request in writing to obtain access to your health information. You may request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this notice. If you request copies, we will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee that may include labor, copying costs, and postage. If you request an alternative format, we will charge a cost-based fee for providing your health informationin that format. If you prefer, we may-but are not required to-prepare a summary or an explanation of your health information for a fee. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice for more information about fees.
Disclosure Accounting: You have a right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information over the last six years (but not before 12/30 /10). That list will not include dsclosures for treatment, payment, health care operations, as authorized by you, and for certain other activities. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable,cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this noticefor more information about fees.
Restriction: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. we are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in emergency). Any agreement we make to a request for additional restrictions must be in writing signed by a person authorized to make such an agreement on our behalf. Your request is not binding unless our agreement is in writing.
Alternative Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. You must make your request in writing to our office. You must specify in your request the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation how you will handle payment under the alternative means or location you request.
Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why we should amend the information. We may deny your request under certain circumstances.
Questions and Complaints: If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice.
If you belive that:
- We may have violated your privacy rights
- We made a decision about access to your health information incorrectly
- Our response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information was incorrect, or
- We should communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations,
You may contact us using the information listed below. You also may submit written concerns to the U.S. Department of Health and complaint and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services upon requst.
We support your right to maintain the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you chose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Contact The Dental Office At:
Dental Office Contact: Prestige Dental of Hilcrest
Address: 67-54 171 Street Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Telephone: (347) 732-9692
Fax: (917) 285-2224