Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Financial Information

Our financial policy allows us to provide you with the best treatment available and does not limit your health to just what your plan covers. We will be happy to submit your insurance paperwork for you at the time of treatment. If you have any questions about your insurance, please feel free to call for more information. We offer several payment options for your convenience. We accept cash, checks, debit cards, all major credit cards as well as FSA (Flexible Spending Account) cards. We also offer CareCredit financing programs.

Patient Comfort

When you come to our dental practice for the first time, we think you’ll be amazed. Not just because of our brand new implant dentistry Saugus facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Not just because our patients are seen right away and have virtually no wait time. It’s because of Dr. Petinge and his exceptional team who are here to provide comfortable, gentle dentistry in an atmosphere that will make you feel pampered. Please enjoy our comfort amenities while we provide you with a smile that will last a lifetime.

  • Bottled water, juice, tea and coffee station
  • Headphones and music
  • Hot towels
  • Blankets
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of the whole smile and our Saugus dental practice is the perfect start. New advances allow the dentist to shape, lengthen, lighten, and straighten teeth to make the restoration look as natural as possible and achieve a natural looking smile.

Should I consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, you should consider Cosmetic Dentistry. Having a beautiful smile goes deeper than appearances. It gives you confidence. It will give you an edge in your everyday activities-improving your professional and personal image.

What types of problems does Cosmetic Dentistry solve?

If your teeth are dark or worn and make you look older, if gaps or chips make you feel self-conscious, or if crooked or discolored teeth stop you from smiling fully, our dental practice can help. The negative effects of abnormal gum tissue or out-of-date dental treatment are also problems that can be corrected with Cosmetic Dentistry. How long does it take to get a new smile? Although each case is unique, some new smiles are completed in a single visit.

Can I afford Cosmetic Dentistry?
Can I afford Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry offers many different options. Some patients require treatments that are relatively easy and inexpensive. Others need more extensive procedures to reach their goals. Questions are always answered and fees are discussed before treatment begins. Financing is also available. Our Implant dentistry in Saugus is an affordable solution.

I'm nervous about dental procedures. Can I be asleep?

We offer conscious sedation for the fearful dental patient. Sedation dentistry is completely safe. You will not be unconscious and will be able to respond during the entire visit. The doctor and his specially trained team of dental professionals will monitor your vital signs and comfort throughout.

Is Tooth Whitening (bleaching) harmful to my teeth?

Teeth whitening is not harmful to the teeth. It removes stains from the teeth that may be caused by coffee, teas, tobacco, and food. A small percentage of patients can experience sensitivity after bleaching, but this usually goes away over time. The length of time that bleaching’s effects last varies depending on the individual and his or her cleaning habits.

How long do veneers and crowns last?

The amount of time a veneer or crown (cap) lasts depends on many different factors, including at-home care, a patient’s commitment to follow-up visits with the dentist, and the quality of the crown or veneer.

Why metal free crowns and bridges?

Crowns (caps) and bridges were once made of porcelain bonded to metal. This resulted in very opaque, unnaturally white teeth with black margins and, after a few years, gum tissue irritation. We now use metal-free, pure porcelain crowns and bridges that create a more natural looking smile. These non-metal restorations allow the natural tooth color to show through, which allows for better color matching. Due to its strength, porcelain can actually increase the strength of your tooth. Reactions to metal allergies are also avoided with all-porcelain crowns.

Teeth whitening is a dream-come-true if your teeth are stained and dull. In little over an hour for a few days and in the comfort of your home, your teeth can be up to eight shades whiter. You can even opt for the weekend treatment and have your teeth around four shades whiter before you head to work on Monday. The procedure is completely pain free and absolutely safe. If you want a brighter smile, contact us today.

Can my jagged teeth be corrected?

Absolutely. Contouring your front teeth can produce incredible results in improving your smile. Using a specialized tool, we can painlessly reshape your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams.

How can I get rid of my “gummy” smile?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be a candidate for a procedure called “Crown Lengthening.” This is sometimes referred to as gum contouring and can be as simple as trimming the gum tissue or may be as advanced as contouring gum tissue and the bone around the teeth.

I have a missing tooth. What can Dr. Petinge do for me?

You have a few options to choose from. You can opt for a bridge. They fill in the space left by lost teeth, but they also help support the surrounding teeth. Another option is a dental implant. An implant is inserted directly in your jawbone and will become a permanent fixture in your mouth. If your tooth is gone, but the root is still intact, you can place a new crown on the root.

How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?

As a team and as individuals, our office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available. Dr. Petinge subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. He also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensures that his staff does the same.

Do you accept referrals?

We always welcome new patients. Most of our new patients come to us as referrals from our existing clientele. We’re eager to help the families and friends of our patients.

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

We are dedicated to providing excellence in dental care; to giving you sophisticated dental treatments using the latest technology in a caring environment of competence, enthusiasm and a concern for your well-being. At each visit, we promise to explain everything thoroughly and to take as much time necessary to listen to your concerns about your dental experience.

My friend just told me about a Smile Makeover. What exactly is that?

Esthetic dentistry is the art and science of designing wonderful smiles. It involves all aspects of general dentistry with a special emphasis on individual teeth and their overall harmony and balance in your smile. Look carefully at your smile. If you feel it could be better, consider having a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can increase your confidence and self-esteem, giving you an edge in life by improving your professional and personal image. In short, a smile makeover is a complete reconstruction of your smile, from the inside out with a comprehensive analysis and redesign of your gum tissue and teeth.

What types of problems does a Smile Makeover address?

If your teeth are dark or worn and make you look older, if gaps or chips make you feel self-conscious, or if crooked or discolored teeth stop you from smiling fully, a Smile Makeover can help. Although every patient’s smile is unique, some new smiles are completed in a single visit. A Smile Makeover can redesign the shape of your gums and teeth, and change the overall look of your smile. It’s not just about beautifying your smile. It’s also about maintaining strength and health of the rest of your teeth.

My teeth are crooked. Do I need braces?

Not necessarily. Instant orthodontics is a procedure that straightens teeth using bonded porcelain veneers or crowns instead of braces. It can close large gaps between your teeth and correct overcrowding in one or two visits. Your teeth become naturally stronger by the bonded porcelain veneers.

How can I replace missing teeth?

A complete set of natural looking teeth not only improves your confidence and self-esteem, but it also increases the longevity of your natural teeth by removing stress placed on them. We have several procedures to help replace missing teeth, including implants, bridges, and natural looking partial or full dentures. It is not necessary to live with missing teeth any longer.

Will it hurt?

We’ve solved the mystery to comfortable dentistry. If you haven’t been to a dental office in a while, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Today’s dentistry is faster than ever before, and procedures are virtually pain-free. All of our staff members are highly trained to make each of your visits as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. We have many options to help you relax here, including needle-neutralizing topical anesthetics, new deep-numbing anesthetics, and oral medications. Patients have been so relaxed that they even have fallen asleep in our dental chairs!

What happens if the office is closed and I have an emergency?

Call our regular office number and leave a message detailing the nature of your emergency. We will call you back as soon as possible, provide you with helpful information and determine if you need to be seen immediately.

Do you have a payment plan?

We offer several payment options for your convenience, we accept Cash, Check, debit cards and all major Credit Cards and because your smile is important to us, we also offer CareCredit financing programs.

Dr. Petinge Donates to the Saugus Youth and Recreation Department

Dr. Stephen Petinge made a generous donation to the Saugus Youth and Recreation Department which funds their new monthly family movie night.

Dr. Petinge and his Team invite all New Patients to experience a bright, white smile!

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