Patient Information

New JerseyThank you for your interest in Dr Mark Simpson, a dentist whose practice is dedicated exclusively to endodontic care.

 

We are specialist members of the American Association of Endodontists. We look forward to being of service to you. Our expert team, led by a respected endodontic specialist, Dr Mark Simpson, includes an experienced endodontic staff. We provide the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment. If you would like additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us at (201) 568-8848 or info@bergencountyendodonticsdds.com. We will respond promptly.

 

Initial Consultation

 

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation to determine your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment may be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.

 

New JerseyPlease assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary information and referrals if required. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

 

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.

 

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medications (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)

 

X-Rays

 

If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they will be taken at our facility.

 

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Financial Information

 

Patient Billing

 

New JerseyFor your convenience we accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is rendered unless other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (201) 568-8848. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.

 

Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.  You will be responsible for any insurance plan co-payment at the time of treatment.  Most insurance companies will respond within four to six weeks after filing a claim. Any remaining balance after your insurance has made payment is your responsibility. Your prompt remittance is appreciated. We can make arrangements for a monthly payment plan but that must be done prior to the actual procedure.

 

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Insurance Information 

 

New Jersey oceanAt Dr Simpson’s practice we make every effort to provide you with the finest surgical care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand in hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date. They can be reached by phone at (201) 568-8848. Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding your initial visit. Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reimbursement.

 

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Scheduling

 

New JerseyOur practice is open Monday - Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and from 9am to 1pm on most Saturdays. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.

 

We try our best to stay on schedule to minimize waiting time. Due to the fact that this practice provides surgical services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

 

Please call (201) 568-8848 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

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Privacy Policy  

 

Our office adheres to the HIPPA guidelines set forth by governmental oversight.

 

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FAQ

 

What is endodontics?

 

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and associated tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or "root canal" contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When this happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally if restored properly and promptly.

 

I'm worried about x-rays. Should I be?

 

New JerseyNo. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontics treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, known as digital radiography, which produces images using radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to your general dentist via e-mail or diskette. For more information contact Gendex Dental Systems.

 

What about infection?

 

Again, there's no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.  We employ an independent sterilization monitoring company to ensure proper sterilization techniques. 

 

What happens after treatment?

 

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a temporary filling will be placed in your tooth.  A permanent restoration must be placed by your general dentist. A record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact his/her office for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your general dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.

 

What new technologies are being used?

 

Operating Microscopes: In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth.

 

Apex Locators: An electronic apex locator is utilized to help determine the precise length of the root canal.  This equipment helps to ensure that the entire length of the canal is clean and disinfected upon completion.  A better long term prognosis for the tooth may be the result. 

 

Ultrasonics: An ultrasonic instrument is an instrument that vibrates thousands of times per second.  We use this equipment to precisely remove minute amounts of tooth structure.  We also use ultrasonics to remove old posts, fillings, and fractured instruments.  Ultrasonic instruments are also used in apical or root canal surgery to precisely debride and prepare the root tip for a filling material.

 

Rotary Instruments:  Rotary endodontic instruments are made of state of the art material nickel-titanium.  These instruments allow us to effectively clean and disinfect even the most curved canals.

 

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