FAQ

We know you may have questions. Below are some of the most common questions asked about our dental services, as well as some helpful tips. If you still have questions, please call us and one of our friendly staff will be happy to answer them.

What to Expect At Your First Visit
Common Questions about Your Appointment
Common Questions about Dental Services
Common Questions about Oral Hygiene

What to Expect At Your First Visit

Dr. Buddy Lee and his staff look forward to meeting you and doing everything possible to make your first visit as easy and beneficial as possible. A healthy, confident smile is important to your health and well-being. By helping you take care of problems now, we can help you avoid pain and more serious and expensive issues down the road.

First Things First

When you first arrive and meet our staff, you will fill out a registration form. This helps our team get to know you better. It is always a good idea to arrive a few minutes early. Save time by filling out your patient forms now.

X-Rays

We then take a series of digital images or x-rays to get a better look at your entire mouth. X-rays allow us to see things we normally could not, and help us provide a comprehensive exam. We now provide digital x-rays which greatly reduces your exposure to radiation.

Review of X-Rays and Examination

After reviewing your x-rays, Dr. Buddy Lee will discuss your dental and medical history and the reason for your visit. Dr. Lee will then perform a thorough oral exam and suggest a comprehensive treatment plan that is best for you. This is important, because seeing the full picture helps you make the best decisions about your care.

Recommended Treatment Plan

You will hear the term "comprehensive care" often while in Dr. Lee’s care. He wants to do more than just fix the immediate problem. They examine your entire mouth, recommend treatment options for long-lasting oral health, and work with you to pick which treatments suit you best.

Tip: Research shows that keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health. ADA

Consultation with Treatment Coordinator

Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive oral care, which means taking care of immediate problems and preventing small issues from getting bigger and more expensive. After Dr. Lee completes your exam, our Treatment Coordinator will meet with you to answer any questions, discuss payment options, and work with you on the best treatment plan for your needs.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

New patients often ask if they can have their teeth cleaned during their first visit. Your actual treatment usually begins with a follow-up visit, often scheduled as soon as the next day. We cannot predict what your needs are until after your comprehensive dental exam has been completed, and then we will know your next steps.

We Love to Answer Questions

After your first visit, you will take our complete evaluation with you, along with the cost of your treatment, and the date for your follow-up appointment. If you have any questions during your visit, or if there is anything you do not understand, members of the team are happy to help.
Dr. Lee and the rest of the team look forward to helping you achieve your goal of a healthy mouth.

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Common Questions about Your Appointment

We understand you have questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you would like to speak with someone, please feel to free to call us at (361) 578-2785.

How much will my initial visit cost?

Dr. Lee and his staff believe in making dental care affordable and accessible for everyone. He will perform the exam and recommend a course of treatment. The Treatment Coordinator will provide pricing information and discuss payment options. Flexible payment plans are also available to make your treatment affordable.

Is the office handicapped accessible?

Yes, the office is accessible to disabled patients to make every visit as comfortable as possible. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like us to make any special arrangements for you.

Can my 17-year-old bring his 6-year-old sister to their appointment?

All patients under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during an office visit.

Why are prices not on your website?

Pricing for services and procedures varies. Once you meet Dr. Lee and they evaluate what treatment is needed, the Treatment Coordinator can give you better information.

Is Dr. Lee in the office licensed?

Yes, Dr. Buddy Lee and his staff are fully licensed in the state of Texas.

Can I schedule an appointment for a cleaning only?

An exam to determine your oral health is an essential first step. The hygienist will perform cleanings based on your oral health. They will quickly schedule your cleaning, allowing proper time for them to give you the attention you deserve.

Are x-rays really necessary?

Absolutely. It is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. Many diseases and conditions can only be detected with the use of dental x-rays. X-rays allow Dr. Lee to detect disease and other conditions much sooner than the clinical examination alone. When problems are identified early, it is easier to resolve them and avoid more costly treatments.

Will I need to make arrangements for pre-medication?

The first visit for a new patient will consist of an x-ray, an examination by Dr. Lee, and a consultation with the Treatment Coordinator, when all your questions can be answered. There will not be any procedures on your first visit.

Do you accept Medicaid/Medicare, etc.?

Medicaid and Medicare are not insurance. It is a state-funded plan. Our offices do not work with these programs. We do, however, offer a range of flexible, affordable payment plans.

Do you treat children?

Yes. We welcome young patients from the age of six and up. It is important to start caring for your oral health early! All patients under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during an office visit.

Are you accepting new patients?

Absolutely. As a new patient, your first appointment will include a comprehensive exam, x-rays and a consultation with your Treatment Coordinator. They will answer all your questions, as well as go over your suggested treatment plan, pricing options and will help you schedule any future appointments.

Does your office use IV Sedation?

No. Generally, Dr. Lee will use a local anesthetic like Novocain during treatments if needed. Nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas) is not offered.

What is the difference between Novocain and IV Sedation?

Novocain is a local anesthetic used to numb only a particular area of the mouth. IV sedation is a conscious sedation. When used, the patient is awake and aware of their surroundings, but unable to feel or remember anything about the procedure.

I am pregnant. Can I come in for a cleaning?

Absolutely! We will not be able to take x-rays, but welcome your visit. However, prior to your first visit, you must obtain a release form from your OBGYN, indicating that you can visit a dental office.

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Common Questions about Dental Services

We understand you have questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental services. If you would like to speak with someone, please feel free to call us at (361) 578-2785.

What should I expect on my first visit?

After you are greeted by our Treatment Coordinator, we will take a series of digital images or x-rays. It may be a few more than you might expect, but x-rays are needed so that we can complete a comprehensive exam of your entire mouth. After reviewing your x-rays, Dr. Lee will discuss your dental and medical history and the reason for your visit. Dr. Lee will then perform a thorough oral exam and suggest a comprehensive treatment plan that is best for you.

Will I get my teeth cleaned on the first visit?

There are actually several levels of cleaning available depending on your oral health status. To determine the best cleaning for you, and to schedule adequate time with our hygienist, we will need to see you first for a comprehensive exam. Your actual treatment usually begins with a follow-up visit, often scheduled as soon as the next day.

What is comprehensive care?

you will hear the term "comprehensive care" often at our office. It means that Dr. Lee will examine your entire mouth to determine your overall oral health, and recommend treatment for long-lasting good health, rather than just fixing your immediate problem.

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Common Questions about Oral Hygiene

Taking care of your teeth and gums is an essential part of caring for your overall health. Here is a selection of some of the most commonly asked questions about oral hygiene. If you would like to speak with someone, please feel free to call us at (361) 578-2785. We are glad to help.

What causes tooth decay?

Decay is caused by bacteria that collects on the teeth and feed on the simple carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produce acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. Protect your teeth against decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting Dr. Lee regularly, and avoiding sugary foods.

What are the most common oral health problems?

There are three ways that people generally lose their teeth. Decay from cavities, gum disease, and stressful gritting and grinding the teeth. During your comprehensive exam, your teeth and gums will be checked for these conditions. Following the exam you will be consulted about all findings to formulate a plan to return your mouth to a healthy state.

What is dry mouth and what can I do about it?

Dry mouth is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help control bacteria and wash away food debris. Certain medications, some diseases, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause dry mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to Dr. Lee about ways to treat it.

How often should I see Dr. Lee?

Once every 6 months is good for most people, but some people with special conditions may need to see their dentist more often. Talk to Dr. Lee about what is best for you.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and frayed. If you have been sick with a cold or other bacterial infection, it is wise to replace your toothbrush once you are better.

What are some of the symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot in the mouth. It can affect the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and palate. More than 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly. Early detection is key to effective treatment. In addition to an oral cancer screen that is part of every exam, also offers a state-of-the-art oral cancer screening that can detect the disease in its earliest stages. Seeing a dentist every 6 months is crucial in the fight against oral cancer.

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