Amber M Allen, DDS
Creating Beautiful Smiles in Omaha, NE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen encourages her patients to ask any questions they may have about their oral health or treatment. We've even compiled a list of the questions we hear most for you right here for your convenience.

If your question hasn't been answered of you would like more information, you can always feel welcome to call our office.

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Dental emergencies are stressful and sometimes scary! Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen and her team understand this, and they leave room in their schedule to accommodate same day appointments, even if you are a new patient.

It is also helpful if you understand how to handle certain emergency situations. Here are some common dental emergencies, and what you should do until you can get to our office.

  • A knocked-out tooth: Act quickly and contact us right away in this situation as we have a better chance of restoring your tooth the quicker we can treat it. Transport your tooth carefully, either by placing it back in its socket, or using milk to keep cells alive and moist.
  • A broken tooth: Contact us right away if you have a broken tooth. Gather the pieces and transport them carefully to our office. Dr. Allen will determine the best treatment for your situation.
  • A lost or broken restoration: An old dental restoration that breaks or falls out will need treatment right away in order to prevent further damage, even if it doesn't hurt. Contact our office for further instructions.
  • Dental pain: Often indicating an infection, dental pain should never be ignored. Don't wait for it to go away on its own because a dental infection can spread. Root canal therapy may be necessary to preserve your tooth, so contact our office right away.
     

If you have dental insurance, we are happy to contact your insurance carrier and try to get a detailed breakdown of your policy. This will allow us to present you with an accurate treatment plan estimate while maximizing your benefits as best we can. Rest assured that we will use your insurance benefits to the fullest extent so that your out-of-pocket costs are minimal.

As a service to our patients, we will also file all insurance claims to your carrier with supportive documentation to get them paid faster. Estimates are not guaranteed, but we will always be upfront and honest about potential concerns so that you can plan for possible expenses. We offer convenient payment plans and military and pre-payment discounts to help patients defray their out-of-pocket expense, as we never want finances to deter our patients from receiving the dental care they need.

If you have questions about your dental insurance, call us today to learn more about maximizing your benefits, while fitting the dental treatment you need comfortably into your budget. We are happy to help!

Preventative Dentistry

The answer to this question is – yes! Just like your general practitioner who will recommend yearly checkups and bloodwork to make sure your health is good, your dentist is all about prevention. This is why it's recommended that patients visit their dentist every six months so they can be proactive about getting any treatment that may be necessary, which saves time, money, and stress in the long run.

If you wait until you are experiencing pain, the damage has already been done. Many dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease start off without much discomfort. These issues can be detected early on by your dentist so you can treat them with less invasive and costly procedures.

For example, if your dentist detects tooth decay, it can often be taken care of with a small dental filling. If you don't have the filling done in a timely manner, the decay may spread and could even progress into your root or nerve, where it will cause severe pain. Now you'll need a root canal to preserve your tooth and eliminate your pain.

Keeping up with your six month cleanings and checkups can help prevent many dental issues from starting in the first place.

Children's Dentistry

Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen loves building relationships with children. She recommends that their first visit take place around the age of two years old.

We spend a lot of time during those first visits helping your child acclimate to the "big chair," our team, and the instruments we use. We will explain everything we're doing, and won't move forward with any type of procedure unless your child feels completely comfortable.

Children should also see the dentist every 6 months, just like adults, to monitor their oral development. This allows us to make parents aware of any concerns that may be developing and helps us set your child up for success in the future.

As your child gets older, additional services such as dental sealants may be recommended in order to protect their teeth from decay and cavities. Sealants are thin protective coatings placed over the chewing surfaces of your child's molars. They're hardly noticeable and non-invasive. They can also be completed quickly, during just one appointment at our office.

If you have questions about caring for your child's baby teeth or oral health, contact our office today. Dr. Allen is always at your disposal, and she loves educating patients about their oral health.

Dental Crowns

When your tooth suffers from decay, trauma, or an infection, Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen may recommend a dental crown.

You may wonder why a filling is not sufficient for your tooth. This is because more tooth structure has been affected than a filling can repair. Sometimes this is because an older restoration has broken down, or it may be because decay has been allowed to progress into the pulp, or nerve, of your tooth.

Whatever the case may be, a crown is designed to restore your entire tooth structure, which also protects your natural root. A crown will mimic your tooth in both shape and shade, so it naturally complements your smile and isn't noticeable. It will also function like your natural tooth, which means that brushing, flossing, eating, and chewing remain the same as you are used to.

With state-of-the-art milling technology, Dr. Allen is now able to complete a crown during one short appointment at our office! What used to take 2 to 4 weeks to complete is now streamlined into one visit with E4D in-office milling technology. You also won't have to endure the messy or uncomfortable impressions we took in the past.

If you need a crown, it's important not to delay your treatment in order to avoid further damage. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

Invisalign

Do you often find yourself hiding your smile? Are you tired of crooked teeth affecting your confidence? If you answered yes, Invisalign may be a great solution for you!

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of metal brackets and wires. The aligners are almost invisible because they fit snugly and don't interfere with talking or your other normal activities throughout the day. Aligners can also be removed for eating and brushing, which means that there are no changes required for your diet or brushing and flossing routine.

Invisalign is an ideal option for adults who may have had orthodontics in the past and have experienced tooth movement or shifting. It works efficiently and effectively to align your teeth and restore your smile. It is also great for teens who may be self conscious about their appearance and wearing braces.

Dr. Allen is a certified and preferred Invisalign provider, which means that she has completed a large number of cases. She can determine if Invisalign will meet your needs by taking x-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth during an Invisalign consultation.

Don't let crooked teeth affect your confidence any longer! Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and learn more about Invisalign.

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