Ask Dr. Wibby

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Dentist Waiting Room

Why do you choose to practice IV Sedation and how is it different from Oral Sedation?

IV Sedation

Let's talk a moment about I.V. Sedation vs. Oral Sedation. With Oral Sedation, medication is prescribed based on various factors such as your weight and your age. This attempt to sedate you may or may not work depending on the dosage calculated or the time for absorption. The doctor has little or no opportunity to regulate the dosage. On the other hand, IV Sedation is such that it allows the doctor to have total control of the dosage and he can adjust it to the patients needs as necessary. Big difference. If my patient requires additional anesthesia, I can simply and promptly add it.

Another point ... as busy as we all are today and considering how much fun it is to spend time in the dental office, with I.V. sedation we can easily accomplish more dentistry in one session, if preferred.

Yes, I.V. Sedation is the only way to go. Why? You are floating on a cloud and I am able to do my work under just about the best conditions available in dentistry. Let's face it, if you are comfortable, then so are we. And we often have a demanding job and need your total cooperation. Remember, the bottom line is not just accomplishing the job but to do it to the best of our ability. And when I have a comfortable, relaxed patient, I am able to concentrate on the best quality product. And quality is what counts. Attempting to work on someone who is uptight does not always work well ... and we all know that the dental chair is not exactly a relaxing place to be.

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Why is having a dental plan so important?

Dental Plan

Dental health is certainly a major part of your general health. I often say "your mouth is a mirror of your general health." I believe that. If you are healthy, there is no reason for you to lose teeth. During your examination, I will sit down with you and together we will lay out a plan to stabilize and if necessary, reconstruct your dental health. I recall one instructor stating "the best thing we can do for our patients is good diagnosis." I agree. It took me many years to realize the full importance of that scenario but today, I can truly say having a basic plan and implementing it gives us the best chance of success. As we put together your plan, we will discuss your goals and how you can accomplish them. I will help you understand your treatment plan and how to achieve the results you should deserve. I enjoy the challenge.

As a youngster, I was never made aware of what was going on with my dental care. As a result, I am commited to educating my patients so they know exactly where they stand with regard to their dental plan. My goal is to keep you on target so you can achieve the dental treatment you need. I have found that if you ask the average person about their dental care, they will reply that they go to their dentist regularly for a cleaning, etc. but they really have no idea where they stand with regard to being a completed patient. My patients are informed. They might say "My work is completed and I go routinely for a cleaning and a check up" or " I have one more crown to do and then my plan will be complete" ... they know where they are in their treatment plan.

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What is your financial policy?

Our practice is patient focused and not insurance focused. Payment for all treatment is due at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit cards. We are pleased to offer approved patients no-interest financing through CareCredit.

This office does not accept direct payment from insurance companies. If you have insurance, we will provide you with the forms you will need for re-imbursement. We make every effort to help you with your insurance benefits.

Our patients receive individualized attention and our commitment to sensible and cost-effective dental care. Patients are not just patients, they are friends. Give us a call if you have any questions.

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I have some silver fillings that are giving me problems, what do you suggest?

You may have questions regarding the various specialties of dentistry. I can assure you that many years of practice have taught me what really works and what doesn't. For instance, silver fillings (amalgams) should be replaced for three reasons:

  1. They are full of mercury which is toxic to your immune system.
  2. They commonly fracture teeth - for instance, when you have a cup of hot coffee, the heat rapidly expands the filling and your tooth cannot expand that quickly. The result is often a fractured tooth.
  3. They soon come loose and bacteria can get under them resulting in decay. Most silver fillings are leaking ... you just do not realize it.

Silver fillings were held in place simply by being larger on the inside than the outside. Today, with composite resins, we actually bond the filling to the tooth. They are white and their coefficient of expansion is more closely that of tooth structure ... thereby, no fractured teeth. I do not recall a single tooth fractured as a result of a composite filling. Silver fillings should be something of the past.

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Do you do root canals and what are they?

Yes we do and I'll try to explain it as simply as possible ... it means we remove everything from the inside of the tooth - literally clean it right out. Then we seal it from the inside so that no more bacteria can survive in there. When deciding to do a root canal, there are many considerations. I will throughly go over all those details and answer any of your questions should it apply to your treatment plan.

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What can you tell me about dentures?

We make your dentures at our in-office labratory. My first goal is to help you save your valuable teeth so that you will not have to wear a full denture. Full dentures, meaning no teeth, seldom work well. Certainly there are some folks who will tell you they do fine, but if the truth were known, and patients could do it again, they would make every effort to protect their valuable teeth rather then remove them. Upper dentures work fairly well because we have the roof of our mouth which provides suction. Lower dentures have little to no suction and we must deal with the tongue. As I often tell prospective denture patients, "gravity is the only thing we have going for us on the lower." Often, there are alternatives such as overdentures which work well if you have a few teeth. I prefer to save the cuspids (eye teeth), shorten them and leave them under the new dentures for feeling, fit, and stability. As a result, the bone does not shrink as often is the case with full dentures. There is also the possibility that some well designed implants may be available. If you think you may be headed towards dentures, let me discuss overdentures with you. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Office Address:
20 Bellevue Ave.
Bangor, Maine
04412
207.942.4155

Office Hours:
Wednesday: 8 - 4:30
Thursday: 8 - 4:30
Friday: 8 - 4:30
And By Appointment