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Will you care for my entire family?
Absolutely. We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. If we find that your child – or you, for that matter – would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll refer to a trusted colleague. Some children deal with dental appointments better at a pedodontist's office, that's what a children's dentist is called. We also refer patients who have extensive dental problems, like advanced periodontitis or problematic root canals, to specialist for optimal care. As a general dentist office, our preventive, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages.

Which insurance plans do you accept?
Our office participates with many insurance providers and accepts most PPO plans. As a courtesy to our patients, we complete necessary information electronically. Please call our office at 732-246-8181 to assist you with your insurance questions. We will help you maximize your insurance benefits.

Do you have same-day emergency services?
Yes. Dr. Shah and our team understand that emergencies happen at inconvenient times, and we make it a priority to see you as soon as possible. In many cases, we can provide same-day emergency care. Please call 732-246-8181 or come by the office for urgent treatment.

Do you offer free consultation?
Yes, Dr. Shah would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. At this appointment, we can get to know you, discuss your concerns, and give you options for the next steps. If you're considering cosmetic dentistry, need teeth replaced, or simply want to meet the dentist before beginning any treatment, we invite you to take advantage of this complimentary consultation.

Do you offer Senior Discounts?
We provide a 10% discount for senior citizens. Please call 732-246-8181 for details.

Can your office accommodate physically handicapped?
Our building is completely handicapped accessible, and we will do everything possible to accommodate you and make your visit hassle-free.

How do I know when it is time for a checkup?
Our office adheres to the American Dental Association’s recommendation that all people with good oral health visit the dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary. We will schedule your next visit before you leave your appointment, so you’ll know exactly when to come see us again. Since six months is a long time, we’ll also contact you to remind you about your visit about a week prior to the appointment.

Do I need X-rays?
To provide optimal care, we take bitewing X-rays once a year and a panoramic X-ray every three years. Because we use a digital system, our patients are exposed to about 80-percent less radiation than with a traditional radiograph. X-rays and intraoral photographs help us track your oral health and address problems early, when conservative dentistry can correct most issues. If you haven't had a checkup and X-rays in a while, call us for an appointment.

When do you like children to have a first dental visit?
We want to see your children when they have teeth! Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach three or four years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.

Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.

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Jyoti R. Shah, DDS

(732) 246-8181
646 Hermann Road North Brunswick, NJ 08902