Thomas Family Dentistry

Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept the following dental insurance plans. If you do not see yours listed below, simply give us a call! We are happy to help you determine your benefits and coverage.

  • AARP - We accept all plans
  • Aetna - Participate with DenteMax
  • Ameritas - Participate with DenteMax 
  • Benefit Administrators/BAI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - of Massachusetts, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, and Illinois
  • Carington Benefit Solutions - Participate with DenteMax
  • Cigna - Participate with DenteMax 
  • Coresource
  • Coventry - Participate with DenteMax 
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Dominion National
  • EGP - Participate with DenteMax
  • Fringe Benefits
  • GEHA - Participate with DenteMax 
  • Guardian - DentalGuard Preferred and Alliance
  • Humana - Traditional, Humana One, Simple Choice, and DenteMax IHC - We participate with DenteMax
  • Lincoln Dental - Participate with DenteMax
  • Medical Mutual - Participate with DenteMax
  • Meritain - Participate with DenteMax
  • MetLife - Participate with DenteMax, PDP Plus and VA
  • Principal - Participate with DenteMax
  • Teamsters Health and Welfare Fund
  • Tricare
  • United Concordia - Freedom Blue, Advantage, Security Blue, ADDP
  • United Healthcare - Participate with DenteMax
  • UPMC - We participate with Advantage and Advantage Silver 

We work hard to maximize your benefits. For your convenience, we submit claims on your behalf along with supporting documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kid's dentistry | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryBaby Teeth Play a Major Role in Adult Health

As a parent, it is not uncommon to assume that caries (cavities) on baby teeth are of no concern. Though understandable, this is something that is frequently misunderstood. Your child's baby teeth play a major role in the health and functionality of their adult dentition. 

There are a few reasons why we treat child caries. First and foremost, baby teeth are much smaller in size compared to an adult tooth, and the caries process can travel very quickly through the enamel into the inner structures of the tooth. If the decay reaches the most inner portion of a tooth, there is a risk of infection, which then conducts the need for a root canal and/or more extensive treatment. 

dentist for kids | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryTreating Cavities Encourages Good Oral Health

We strongly encourage keeping baby teeth until their natural shedding time because these baby teeth hold the space needed for the adult teeth to erupt properly. Thus, having your child's cavity treated ensures its longevity until it is ready to shed. 

Sometimes, if the cavity is in its beginning stages, we can monitor them at each visit until they warrant treatment. If you think your child has a cavity, or he/she complains of a tooth hurting, schedule an appointment with us today to see what your child needs.

 

 

Children with extensive treatment needs or kids that are unable to cooperate due to a variety of reasons are usually referred to the Pedodontist. The Peds dentist specializes in dentistry for children and has “more tools in the box”  that are often necessary to properly treat some children.

Extensive treatment needs include:

  • Multiple caries (cavities) on multiple teeth
    • ​Pediatric dentists can treat numerous teeth in one visit to prevent traumatic experiences for your child
  • ​Teeth with very large cavities extending into the inner structures of the tooth
    • ​Peds dentists have specific "tools" and materials for children's teeth in these cases

​​Some children also have a hard time sitting still or are not yet comfortable enough with the dental environment, where they would have a smoother experience with a Pedodontist to meet their treatment needs.

If we feel that your child would benefit from seeing the Pedodontist, we will give you a list of referrals in the area and surrounding areas to see. However, if we feel that your child can readily undergo procedures in our office without added stress, we are more than happy to address their oral needs in-house!

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Image of a tooth with a first aid kit | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryAre you experiencing facial trauma, severe pain or swelling?

Facial trauma can cause damage to your tooth and/or the root of the tooth, ultimately affecting its lifespan. If you've been hit or experienced any facial trauma and have noticed a change/pain with a tooth, this warrants a dental emergency.

Severe pain or swelling can occur from various dental concerns as well. Dental infections, extensive decay or broken teeth are a few different situations that can cause these symptoms.

Dental Emergency response | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryContact us in an emergency

Call your dentist if you have lost fillings, toothaches, an unusual/bad taste in your mouth, or sensitivity. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.  We will see you as soon as possible!

 

Dental Anesthesia | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family Dentistry Most dental local anesthetics will wear off within a couple of hours. Generally, anesthesia will last one hour on the top and up to four hours on the bottom. If you must eat before your anesthesia wears off, choose something soft, avoid hot beverages and try to chew on the opposite side you had work done on!

Is my bite off? What should I do?

After a new filling or dental crown has been done, you are usually still numb from the local anesthetic when leaving the office. This can make it difficult to tell whether your bite feels normal when the dentist asks to make adjustments! Sometimes, patients notice that once the numbing wears off, their bite feels different after the filling or crown has been placed. This can be a relatively common occurrence. If this is something that you are experiencing, here's what to do:

  1. Give yourself a day or two to settle in- sometimes you are just not yet accustomed to the new material
  2. If it persists, give us a call and ask to be scheduled for an adjustment- this is an easy and quick fix!
  3. At your appointment, we will check your bite again and adjust any areas on the filling/crown that is hitting high
  4. Some fillings/crowns are perfect from the get-go, some take a small and quick adjustment, and some may take a few! 

*Never ignore if you feel like your bite may be off- this can cause the ligaments around the roots to become inflamed, causing soreness and pain if left too long*

Ways to tell if your bite may be off:

  • One side of your teeth feels higher than the other
  • You touch down on one tooth before the others
  • It is tender to chew on that tooth/side of the mouth
  • Something just feels different than it did before
  • It mainly bothers you when chewing/eating

If your new fillings or crowns feel sensitive following completion, this can be normal up to 6+ months. Many times, this is just caused by the manipulation of the drill and work done to the tooth. Start out trying a sensitivity toothpaste. Sensodyne is a well-trusted brand that our patients love! If the sensitivity becomes worse or more frequent after two weeks, you can always give us a call to get it looked at!

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