FAQ

“Dr. Parkhill and her staff make going to the dentist seem less like a chore and more like catching-up with old friends. Additionally, when I needed to be squeezed in for emergency repair work on my front teeth, the office was completely accommodating and got me in right away. Anytime I have a question as to whether my insurance will cover a procedure or how much it will cost, Dr. Parkhill and her staff look into the matter, tell me what my insurance will take care of, and provide me with information on a payment plan if necessary to cover the remainder. I highly recommend this Seattle dentist!” - Valerie H.

Where is Parkhill Family Dentistry located?
What is a sealant? Does my child need sealants?
What is a cavity? What causes cavities?
What are composite fillings?
What are dental implants?
How can I improve the appearance of my smile?
What causes gum disease?
Do you accept dental insurance? Is financing available?
Additional resources.

Where is Parkhill Family Dentistry located?

Our office is located in West Seattle, near the Burien/White Center area. Find out more about our location on the Contact page.

What is a sealant? Does my child need sealants?

Sealants are resins that bond to the teeth to help prevent against tooth decay.  They are applied to teeth with deep grooves to make the surface of the teeth smoother and easier to clean.  They also facilitate proper cleaning of the chewing surface of the teeth and provide an extra measure of defense against cavities. Sealants are commonly applied during childhood when the permanent molars erupt, during the years where tooth decay is most likely.

The recommendation for sealants is on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Parkhill can advise you regarding sealants for your children. No anesthetic is required, and patients can resume normal eating/drinking right away. Sealants generally last for 3-5 years.

What is a cavity? What causes cavities?

Particular types of bacteria live in our mouths. These bacteria produce acid when they come in contact with sugary foods that we eat. The acids can then cause damage to the enamel of our teeth, eventually creating holes, or what we call cavities or tooth decay. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can screen for cavities and help prevent tooth decay.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings designed to match the color of your natural teeth. These types of fillings are bonded to your tooth and provide good durability and a natural looking smile.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots that rely on the jawbone for support. They are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth because they most closely resemble real teeth. They are ‘fixed’ in the mouth, eliminating the need for a removable appliance (like a denture or partial denture). The result is a very natural-looking and feeling restoration.

A consultation with Dr. Parkhill will help you understand your options for replacing missing teeth and decide if implants might be a good fit for you.

How can I improve the appearance of my smile?

Current techniques in dentistry offer many different options for improving smiles including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Traditional and clear braces
  • Implants
  • Veneers
  • Bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings.

Dr. Parkhill and her staff provide the popular ZOOM in-office whitening treatments as well as take-home whitening kits. They are available to discuss your individual needs and goals to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria in the mouth. When the bacteria in the mouth isn’t properly cleaned, a sticky substance called plaque forms along the gums. This irritates the gum tissue and causes inflammation, which can lead to swelling and bleeding. If the inflammation is allowed to continue, a more severe condition called periodontitis can develop. With proper home care and regularly scheduled cleaning visits, gingivitis can be reversed and prevented.

Do you accept dental insurance? Is financing available?

We accept most dental plans and are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your particular dental coverage. We accept credit card payments, checks or cash. Additional financing options are available through Care Credit. Should you require assistance, please request an application in person or visit them online at www.carecredit.com.

Additional resources:

  • For accurate patient-centered information, visit: mouthhealthy.org.
  • Click here to visit the American Dental Association’s official website.
  • Find more information about ZOOM in-office whitening treatment at zoomwhitening.com.