We are pleased to offer limited warranties on our services provided certain criteria are met. Please be advised that in order for these warranties to remain in effect, you must follow all treatment recommendations in a timely fashion and maintain the recommended schedule for your individual dental exams and cleanings.
Composite Fillings – These tooth-colored fillings are placed to restore teeth with small cavities or minor areas of decay. Use of this material allows the doctor to maintain as much natural tooth structure possible, thus increasing the potential longevity of that tooth. Composite fillings not only look better, but are also bonded directly to the remaining tooth structure which can help stabilize the remaining tooth structure.
Should a composite filling leak, chip, or otherwise fail, we will replace it for one year from the date of the initial service. Please note that this warranty does not cover the entire tooth. Teeth may develop another cavity on areas not associated with original filling. Those areas of new decay are not covered under this warranty.
Crowns and Bridges – A crown wraps your tooth in a protective surface that can prevent unwanted fractures, pain, and ultimately time and expense. Crowns may be recommended for a number of reasons. Any tooth that has less than 50% of its natural tooth structure remaining is inherently weaker and more likely to develop stress fractures. Teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy also become more brittle and thus more likely to break. Teeth that indicate a chronic sensitivity to chewing may also require a crown to relieve the pain.
For a period of five years after the placement of a crown, Davis Dental Group will replace the crown should the original restoration fail due to breakage, misfit, or decay.
Conventional bridges are a series of crowns linked together and are subject to the same conditions and warranties as individual crowns. If the teeth sustaining the original bridge are no longer sufficient support, we may credit your out of pocket cost for the original bridge toward a new replacement.
Root Canal Therapy – Root canal therapy removes infected material from inside the tooth. It is important to understand that a root canal is a therapy, not a cure. In order for Root Canal Therapy to be considered complete, the treated tooth must be protected with a foundation filling and crown.
If a tooth treated with a root canal and completed protective restoration fails with-in one year of treatment, we will send you for an evaluation with an endodontist (root canal specialist). Once the specialist has an opportunity to determine the cause of the failure, we may refund your out of pocket cost for the root canal. In addition, if the tooth cannot be saved, the cost of the protective restoration placed by our office may be credited toward replacing that tooth during the two-year period. Any potential warranty on root canals is considered null and void if the recommended protective restoration is not completed within 4 weeks of completion of the root canal therapy.
Sealants- Sealants are protective coatings that can be placed over the deep grooves in your back teeth to prevent dental decay. This simple measure is one of the best protective adjuncts dentists can provide. Often, insurance companies will deny this benefit based on age or tooth location. We recommend that all of our patients have sealants placed on appropriate teeth regardless of age or other qualifying factors.
Most sealants last a year or more but over time, they can break down or chip off. Should you elect for this very beneficial treatment, we will maintain your sealants indefinitely at no additional cost to you, provided you maintain regular dental check-ups. If the surface of a tooth has been protected by a sealant, and your insurance company did not pay for the sealant, your out of pocket cost for the sealant will be credited toward your new restoration. Please note- if you miss your regular 6 month exam (with a 30 day grace), we cannot replace your sealant at no charge. Additionally, should any tooth previously protected by a sealant have developed a cavity and your regular exams were not maintained, we cannot credit the cost of your sealant towards any treatment the tooth may now require.
If you have any questions about the services we provide and the warranties that back them up, feel free to ask us at your next dental appointment. Remember, by you becoming an integral part of the dedicated team caring for your dental health, Davis Dental Group can help you reach your dental health goals and keep that happy smile for years to come!