Valleau, VanDeven & Massie
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

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We understand that you may have (a lot!) of questions about your child's oral health. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs). If your question is not on the list or is not fully answered here, please do not hesitate to contact our office to speak with one of our team members who will gladly and comprehensively answer any of your questions. 

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In general, the primary (or baby teeth) are the space holders for the eruption of the permanent teeth. However, it does happen that sometimes a permanent tooth will not exactly follow the path of the baby tooth it is supposed to replace and may come in either in front or behind a baby tooth. This condition is relatively common and is not as much concerning (ie urgent) when it happens on the bottom teeth as when it happens on the top. Please call our office to set up an evaluation if a permanent tooth is erupting in front or behind a baby tooth on your child's top row of teeth. 

Bruxism, defined as the habitual nonfunctional forceful contact between chewing tooth surfaces, can occur while awake or asleep. It is one of the most common questions asked of our doctors. In general, do not worry if your child or infant grinds his/her teeth. It is a relatively normal thing for children to do and evidence suggests that juvenile bruxism (grinding) is a selflimiting condition that does not progress to adult bruxism. 

However, if tooth grinding is also associated with restless sleep, open mouth breathing, snoring and/or bed wetting, it can be a sign of an airway issue (ie. sleep apnea). Please discuss with our doctors if you have any concerns regarding your child and his/her tooth grinding.

Insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company. We are not a party to this contract. We are happy to bill your insurance company as a courtesy to you. Although we may estimate what your insurance company may pay, it is the insurance company that makes the final determination of your eligibility. You agree to pay any portion of the charges not covered by insurance. If your insurance company requires a referral and/or pre-authorization, you are responsible for obtaining it. Failure to obtain the referral and/or pre-authorization may result in a lower payment from the insurance company.

We do not participate with any insurance plans other than Delta Dental Premier. If your insurance plan is a HMO, DMO, reimbursement plan or will not pay us directly, you are required to pay in full at the time of service and submit claims yourself. We do not participate with any state funded plans.

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To all of our patients and families:

On behalf of everyone at Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, we thank you for being a part of our family and for your continued support and patience.

As of June 1st, our practice has resumed patient care with many extra COVID-19 precautions. The quality of your child's treatment will continue to be provided at the highest level. Please review our new protocols to know what to expect for your child's appointment. 

For all patients coming in this Fall and Winter, you will be receiving a letter that explains the many changes made at our office to keep everyone safe and healthy, specifically during the COVID pandemic. Visit our safety info page here for more info.  These will change periodically as we stay up to date on the guidelines outlined by our professional and scientific authorities.

Thank you for being on this journey with us and trusting us to care for your children.

See you soon, friends!