There are two major types of dental insurances: PPO and DMO. The PPO one allows you to go to any office and the insurance company pays a certain percentage of your costs. DMO assigns you to a specific office and you will have to go to that one office.
We accept all PPO dental insurances but we are not a part of any DMO plan. We also do not accept Denti-cal.
How can you determine if you have a PPO insurance or a DMO?
It’s usually written in your insurance card. Look for the word PPO or DMO anywhere on your card. Another indication is that if your insurance company has assigned you to a certain dental office. That means that you have a DHMO plan.
Can you tell me what my insurance is?
Absolutely. If you cannot tell what your plan is, we can check it for you. We can also check your annual limits and your coverage. Send an email to [email protected]and send us the following information and we will check it for you:
Date of birth
The name of the insurance company
Member ID (or Social Security Number)
Once we receive this information, we will contact your insurance company and check your information and get back to you (usually within a few business hours).
If you don’t have dental insurance (or if you have a DHMO plan but want to have a Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group Los Gatos experience in our offices) you have two options:
1- Pay out of pocket
2- Subscribe to our one of our plans (recommended)
We believe in price transparency. All of our prices are published online and you can check them out here:https://drmahsalosgatos.com/
You can come to any of our offices and pay for the cost of the procedure that you need OR subscribe to one of our plans and be charged a discounted rate. Think of our plans as something like a Costco membership. You pay a monthly fee and in return you get discounted rates.
We have a few plans (starting from $30 per month) that cover many of your procedures (up to 100. Unlike traditional insurance plans, our plans don’t have annual limits and cover many services not covered by any insurance (like cosmetics, surgery, Invisalign, etc). We also don’t have any wait-time for our plans. You can start using them as soon as you sign up.
You can signup online with one of our plans or you can book an appointment and come to our office and we will help you choose the plan that works for you. You can then activate it right away while in the office.
No we are not but we are not the cheapest one either.
We offer the absolute highest quality of dentistry. We always use the latest technologies to make dentistry comfortable for you. Not only we invest in latest technologies, we also invest in education. Our dentists, specialists and hygienists are constantly learning the most advanced newly developed methods to make sure you have a great experience.
We manage our offices very efficiently using our own software and tools and we transfer these savings to you.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, our plans offer you significant savings. They give you affordability for our premium service (the reason is that we don’t go through insurance companies and we transfer these savings to you). If you don’t have dental insurance, we suggest that you subscribe to our plans instead (we are 10-40 more affordable than any insurance company for monthly fees, have no limits and even cover cosmetic services).
Our prices are published online for everything that we do. You can use this tool to get an estimate of your expenses. The final cost will depend on the details of your insurance plan and if you have reached the annual limit of your plan (our own plans don’t have any annual limits).
New and existing patients can book their next appointment using one of the following methods:
If you use our website or install our app you can see all of our availabilities (these are real available times and not place holders). You can find the time that works for you and just book it using your name and email address. It’s simple.
We offer same and next day appointments for emergencies. We also do our best to accommodate you for non-emergencies if you want to be seen quickly.
Check out our online calendar and see if you can find the time that works for you.
If you don’t see what you are looking for, and have an emergency, give us a call or send us an sms to(408) 351-7856.
Flossing can help in reducing the number of bacteria in your mouth. Brushing your teeth removes some bacteria in your mouth, but through flossing, you can get rid of the bacteria that the toothbrush missed. If you don’t floss, you are letting plaque to stay between your teeth. It will harden over time, forming tartar, which can only be removed with professional instruments.
How can I prevent cavities?
Tips to prevent cavities:
- Spend two to three minutes to brush your teeth.
- Do not brush too hard.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Keep a check on the sugar you consume.
- If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water
- Do not forget your regular dental visits.
Oral piercings can have some potential issues like pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and an increased flow of saliva. Tongue piercing can end up causing excessive bleeding. If you want to place a piercing in or around your mouth, it is better to discuss it with your dentist first. If you already have piercings and are facing problems, visit your dentist immediately.
- Practice good oral hygiene
- Brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily to remove food debris, and plaque stuck between the teeth and under the gumline.
- See your dentist regularly
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco
- Drink water frequently
- Use antiseptic mouthwash/rinses
Smokeless tobacco might be smokeless, but it can be harmful. The problems caused by it include:
- An unhealing sore
- Having a lump or white patch
- Suffer from a prolonged sore throat
- Face difficulty while chewing
- Restricted movement of the tongue or jaw.