How can we help you?
We want our patients to understand their dental care, and we are always happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. Here is a selection of some common questions patients ask our team at George Rivera, DDS. If you have a question that hasn't been answered below, please give us a call for assistance.
Affordable Dental Care in Oakbrook Terrace
At George Rivera, DDS, we believe in making dental care affordable for everyone, with payment plans to fit every budget.
We also periodically offer specials for treatments like Invisalign and teeth whitening. We happily accept most major insurance plans, including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Delta Dental
- Met Life
- United Health Care
As a courtesy to our patients, we are happy to file PPO claims on your behalf. We have also partnered with CareCredit for the convenience of our patients.
CareCredit makes essential dental care more attainable for individuals and families. Typically, uninsured patients use CareCredit to pay for their treatment, but insured patients can also use it if their plan doesn’t fully cover a certain type of procedure.
CareCredit offers short-term loans at no interest. Applying for CareCredit is simple, and it usually takes only a few minutes to receive approval. This family-friendly program has helped numerous patients receive the dental care they need when they need it.
We’re Here to Help You
Our team at George Rivera, DDS is here to answer any of your questions or listen to your concerns. To learn more about our specials, CareCredit, or accepted insurances, call us today!
The cost of treatment varies per patient, procedure, and complexity of each person’s case. We do not guarantee coverage or pricing, but we can give you a basic estimate of costs.
For specific pricing information, you can call our dental office and speak to one of our friendly care team members. Together, we can discuss your treatment and costs in more detail.
We Accept Most Major Plans
For the convenience of our patients, we accept most major dental insurance plans, including:
- Delta Dental
- Denali Dental
Because insurance plans vary, Dr. Rivera may or may not be considered an “in-network” provider. If George Rivera, DDS is not in your network, we will do what we can to work with your budget.
Insurance Coverage Basics
Generally, dental insurance plans cover a portion of the costs of preventive care, fillings, crowns, and other procedures. Some plans may also cover dentures and bridges, orthodontics, or periodontics.
Many dental insurance plans provide a 100-80-50 coverage structure, meaning they may cover 100 percent of preventive care, 80 percent of basic procedures, and 50 percent of major procedures. However, an insurance plan may also not cover any major procedures like oral surgery or certain treatments like sealants.
Again, the details are entirely dependent upon the type of insurance plan you have and your family’s unique needs.
Questions About Dental Insurance? We Can Help!
It’s our goal to help you receive the high-quality dental care you deserve. If you have any questions about treatment, costs, or dental insurance, please don’t hesitate to call our dental office.
We understand that some patients may feel afraid or anxious about their dental visit. Because your comfort is important to us, we provide different techniques to help you relax during your treatment.
One of the ways we help nervous patients relax is by using noninvasive sedation dentistry. We use The Wand for single tooth anesthesia and oral sedation when requested.
- The Wand is a slender, probe-like tool that delivers anesthesia to one specific tooth, inhibiting the patient from feeling pain or discomfort during treatment. No one enjoys getting poked and prodded, especially when they’re sitting in a dental chair. The Wand eliminates our reliance on anesthetic syringes of the past.
- Prescribed by your physician or dentist, oral sedation typically comes in pill form and stays in the body’s system longer than single tooth anesthesia.
Compassionate and Gentle Dentistry
The last thing we want to do is push our patients to their limit or upset them. We simply want the best for your health, and we will never make you feel obligated or pressured into treatment.
To learn more about how we manage dental anxiety, contact one of our care team members.
George Rivera, DDS is committed to upholding CDC and OSHA guidelines for the safety of our patients and staff. We have always followed these guidelines and will continue to follow them, as well as take extra precautions to ensure our patients and staff are protected from potential health risks.
Safety Equipment and Sanitation
Our dental team wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and has implemented safety measures such as social distancing, requiring masks or face coverings in our building, and regularly cleaning our dental practice.
We use medical-grade disinfectants to sanitize all treatment rooms and common areas. George Rivera, DDS also has excellent air filtration, so everyone who enters our office can breathe clean air.
We kindly ask that patients:
- Agree to a brief health assessment before check-in (temperature check, short questionnaire).
- Limit additional visitors from accompanying you during your visit.
- Practice social distancing in our facility.
- Wear a face covering or mask when not receiving treatment.
Dental Aerosol Extractors
In response to COVID-19, we have started using more advanced infection control procedures, including dental aerosol extractors. This technology keeps our patients and staff protected from airborne pathogens and bacteria and improves the air quality in the room. Dental aerosol extractors use high evacuation suction to eliminate excess moisture and spatter during treatment.
If you have questions about our safety procedures regarding COVID-19, please call our dental office. Our team is on standby to answer any of your questions or address your concerns.
Yes, we do see children! George Rivera, DDS accepts patients of all ages and at every stage of life. Whether you just celebrated your child’s first birthday or your teen would like an Invisalign smile, our team can help you.
Children at every age need professional dental care to ensure their oral health is exactly where it needs to be. Every infant, toddler, child, and teen should receive routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, as well as practice good oral hygiene habits at home.
Infants and Toddlers
We recommend bringing your child to our office when their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. During their first visit, we introduce ourselves and make you and your child feel safe and comfortable. We typically check their teeth and gums, as well as review at-home care with parents.
As your child continues to grow, we make sure their teeth and jaws are properly positioned. We also check for signs of decay and any other conditions or abnormalities.
Teenagers receive similar care to that of adults. Your teen may need a deep dental cleaning, alternative orthodontics like Invisalign, or a restorative treatment for a tooth they injured during a sporting event at school.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today!
The cornerstone of our practice is to provide education, exceptional care, and support to our young patients as they continue to grow. Call us today to schedule your child’s next dental visit.
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that uses plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. Before you can begin using Invisalign, Dr. Rivera will perform a smile evaluation to determine if this treatment is right for you.
iTero Digital Impressions
If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Rivera will then use the iTero scanner to digitally map out your mouth’s unique structure. The iTero scanner is comfortable and safe to use, and it essentially takes a digital impression of your teeth. Dr. Rivera uses these digital impressions to create your Invisalign trays. Once you receive your custom-made trays, you can begin your treatment!
Invisalign Works in a Series
Invisalign uses a series of trays to gradually align your teeth into their ideal position. The trays should be changed out every two to three weeks, depending on your specific treatment plan. Each new set of aligners in the series will fit more snugly, slowly working their magic on your smile.
Treatment Time and Rules of Wear
Treatment time and frequency of wear vary per patient, but it’s recommended that you wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day for optimal results. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your trays to eat and clean your teeth.
Are You Ready for a Straighter Smile?
A straighter smile can do wonders for your oral health and your self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.