Ross Allen, DDS

FAQs

How can we help you?

Here are some commonly asked questions from our patients over the years.  Do you have other questions?  Email us now and we'd be happy to respond!

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Yes, we always welcome new patients to our dental office.

We invite you to our clean, reliable, and modern dental experience. We love building and maintaining long-term patient relationships, and we are proud to keep our patients looking great and feeling healthy.

How Often Should You Come to See Us?

For many patients, dental checkups every six months are standard and what insurance benefits allow for.

However, some patients may need to treat oral health issues like gum disease every three months or less. Dr. Allen will go over your dental needs, and if you should come to see us more frequently.

Has It Been a While Since Your Last Dental Cleaning?

Patients may feel embarrassed if it's been a long time since they've seen the dentist. They might worry about being shamed or judged for their oral health.

At our Oklahoma City's dental office, we never shame patients. We are happy that you came in to see us. We recognize that patients might have challenging variables that keep them from getting dental care. 

At Ross Allen, DDS, we are just happy to help. We want all our patients to look and feel great.

If you are ready for a wonderful dental experience, please call our dental office to arrange your first patient visit.

At Ross Allen, DDS, recognize that not all patients have insurance benefits. We work hard to allow everyone access to the dentistry they deserve.

Dr. Allen offers a special In-House Discount Plan up that allows patients to easily afford comprehensive dental services. Patients can save 20% off dental treatments along with other benefits.

Our In-House Discount Plan

Are you interested in high-quality dentistry at a reduced rate? For our valued patients, we are happy to offer an in-house discount plan.

The plan consists of two dental cleanings per year, including exams and x-rays, at 20% off.

Payment Options We Accept

  • Cash
  • Credit (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)
  • Check
  • CareCredit

Patients with an HSA/FSA can also seek dental services at our Oklahoma City dental office. 

Let Us Know How We Can Help

Dr. Allen and his warm and welcoming dental staff want everyone to access good oral health and excellent dentistry. We work with our patients to help them get the oral health care they need at the budget they have.

If you are interested in a dental procedure, give us a call today, and we can help determine your best course of action.

At Ross Allen, DDS, we highly encourage our patients to be active in their oral healthcare.

There are many ways that you can care for your teeth, gums, and invisible underlying structures. From daily brushing and flossing to preventive actions like regular dental cleanings and exams, you can help avoid dental emergencies and lessen natural wear-and-tear.

How Much Is a Dental Extraction, Cleaning, and More?

We invite you to give our friendly dental staff a call to go over our price structure. We can determine if you have an in-network insurance plan, CareCredit, or an HSA/FSA account that can help cover dental costs.

We never want our patients to forego necessary dental treatment due to financial concerns. Dr. Allen and his dental team are committed to helping patients understand their treatment options and how to achieve them.

Do you have questions about our financial end? Don't hesitate to ask!

We Are Only One Phone Call Away

We ask that patients complete their payment at the time of treatment. We recommend planning ahead; we are always more than happy to go over prices!

Our office accepts many major dental insurance networks as well as smaller ones. If you're unsure if we cover you, give us a call!

We also invite you to read through our Financial page. 

We know that so many of our Oklahoma City patients have busy schedules, which is why we want you to know that we are here to make your life easier. 

We offer convenient early morning and late evening hours with appointments as early as 7:00 am, and we close as late as 7:00 pm.

Our extended office hours help make dental appointments accessible for patients, don't hesitate to schedule with us at your convenience.

Our Oklahoma City Dental Office Works for You

At Ross Allen, DDS, our patients are our family. We work hard to make ourselves available to you when you need us. 

We appreciate that you create time in your busy day to focus on your oral health, and in turn, we provide reliable and consistent high-quality dentistry. 

Let our friendly dental team know about any issues, fears, or needs before coming in to see us. 

Call Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning

Scheduling the right time can be challenging, but we want our patients to know that they are always welcome.

Visit our patient info or contact page for additional information or give us a call. We are never too busy to speak with our patients and answer any questions.

Finances should never get in the way of the excellent dental care you deserve.  Dr. Allen and his team care about your oral health and are committed to helping you explore affordable treatment options to determine which one is right for you.  If you have questions along the way, just ask us – our team is here to help! We do request payment for our professional services at the time that they are rendered. Therefore , please plan to pay your fees in full at the time of treatment.

Our office accepts and is in-network with most major dental insurance plans and many smaller plans as well.  Our office is in-network with and/or accepts the following insurance plans:  

  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna Dental
  • Aetna Dental
  • Guardian Dental
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • MetLife
  • HealthChoice
  • Soonercare
  • If your plan is not listed please call, we still may accept your plan.

Our office accepts the following forms of payment:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Check 
  • CareCredit

Because your smile is important to us, we offer CareCredit®, a healthcare credit card specifically designed to pay for treatments and procedures not covered by insurance. CareCredit has two unique features. Every CareCredit transaction is eligible for a No Interest (if paid within promotional period) or Low Fixed Interest Payment Plan - and, you can use the card at all healthcare practices that offer CareCredit. As the leader in patient financing, CareCredit has made it easy for millions of patients nationwide to get the treatment they want and need.

Children's Dentistry

Absolutely!

We welcome patients of all ages to our Oklahoma City dental office. We especially love seeing your little ones and exploring the fun world of healthy smiles together. We recommend the first dental visit after your child's first birthday or when their first tooth emerges.

Bring Your Son or Daughter with You 

Bringing your young child to see us early is beneficial for many reasons, even if they're just joining on your own dental cleanings.

Your child can quickly become used to the sights and sounds of our dental office. Each dental visit is a good opportunity for them to get used to the dental office environment and our dental staff members.

They can become familiar with how treatment rooms look like, the sounds our dental tools make, and even how much fun taking a ride in the dental chair can be.

All children benefit from early dental cleanings and exams that allow Dr. Allen to keep track of their oral health progress and making sure they hit all of their milestones. 

Children of All Ages Are Welcome to Visit Us

Make dentistry and good oral health a part of their healthcare regimen. This makes their lifelong journey efficient and can prevent dental anxiety.

Be sure your child sees a dentist by his or her first birthday or 6 months after the first primary teeth appear, whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends. Parents and caregivers often share spoons, forks, and other utensils with babies. The saliva you may leave on the utensil contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. In some instances, kissing can also transfer bacteria. You can help prevent early childhood tooth decay in your child by making sure that your family practices good dental health habits.   Do not put your infant or small child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or any other product that contains sugar. The sugar and acids in these liquids can cause tooth decay. Do not prop the bottle up in your baby's mouth, and remove the bottle as soon as your baby is done feeding or is asleep.

When your child is around 6 years old, consider using a fluoride mouthwash if he or she has a lot of cavities. Be sure that your child does not swallow the mouthwash. Consider having your dentist or dental hygienist put a sealant into the grooves of the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth to help prevent cavities. Studies show that children who have sealant applied regularly in school-linked programs have a 60% decrease in tooth decay.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.

A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many years.

You could, but then adjoining teeth may shift and interfere with biting and chewing if you remove the tooth and fail to replace it.  You may also consider placing an implant or fill in a missing space with a "dummy tooth" as part of a fixed or removable bridge.  A fixed bridge may require removing adjacent, healthy tooth structure, and may be expensive and require even more dental treatment.  If you can save your own tooth with any degree of long term predictability, then that would always be the first choice.

General Dentistry

Currently, we offer custom made take-home trays.

Professional teeth whitening in Oklahoma City is a popular way to improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence.

Patients who desire a whiter smile might be tempted to buy teeth whitening pastes from their local stores. Unfortunately, they will have wasted their time and money. The whitening is often uneven and not nearly as dazzling as professional results. 

Your Journey to a Brighter Smile

At  Ross Allen, DDS, we can help patients determine if professional teeth bleaching is a good option for them. We start the procedure with a dental cleaning to look for any oral health issues while getting rid of built-up plaque for an even result.

Dr. Allen can help pick out the desired shade for your smile.

Teeth whitening can immediately whiten your smile by up to eight shades. Take-home teeth whitening can be applied in the comfort of your home with slow and steady results.

While teeth whitening is not a permanent process, patients can keep them bright by avoiding coffee, red wine, or cigarettes.

Call Our Dentist in Oklahoma City Today!

Are you ready for a new smile? Call our dental office today to go over the procedure. 

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" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.  "Root canal" is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth.

The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's nerve lies within the root canal.  A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs to look for include

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
  • Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

The vast majority of root canal procedures proceed painlessly, both during and after each visit!  With modern techniques and anesthetics people report that having a root canal treatment is about the same as having a cavity filled.  On the other hand, some people present with what we call a hot tooth.  A hot tooth is one in which the nerve is alive, but badly inflamed.  The tooth is generally already very painful, especially to hot or cold stimuli.  These are the ones that require multiple anesthetic injections to get numb.

Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic treatment) is necessary when the nerve (pulp) becomes inflamed or infected.  The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips.  Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth.  If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Tooth Extractions

You could, but then adjoining teeth may shift and interfere with biting and chewing if you remove the tooth and fail to replace it.  You may also consider placing an implant or fill in a missing space with a "dummy tooth" as part of a fixed or removable bridge.  A fixed bridge may require removing adjacent, healthy tooth structure, and may be expensive and require even more dental treatment.  If you can save your own tooth with any degree of long term predictability, then that would always be the first choice.

The third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, typically erupt when a person is in the late teens or early 20s.  Wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them where food can become trapped and a gum infection can develop. Wisdom teeth can also come in crooked or facing the wrong direction. Or, if your jaw is not large enough to give them room, wisdom teeth may become impacted and unable to break through your gums. You may have trouble properly cleaning around wisdom teeth because they are so far in the back of your mouth and may be crowded.  Most problems with wisdom teeth develop in people between the ages of 15 and 25. 

 
The most common treatment for wisdom tooth problems is removal (extraction) of the tooth. Experts disagree about whether to remove a wisdom tooth that is not causing symptoms or problems. Oral surgeons generally agree that removing a wisdom tooth is easier on the patient in younger people (usually in their early 20s), when the tooth's roots and the jawbone are not completely developed. In the late 20s and older, the jawbone tends to get harder, and healing generally takes longer.
 
Every patient is different.  Dr. Allen would be happy to discuss your individual needs and treatment options.
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