Frequently Asked Questions:

What Insurance Plans Do You Accept?

We accept most insurance plans. However, we do not accept Medicaid – and only some Medicare plans. You should contact your insurance company or health plan provider to verify that we are classifed as an in-network care provider.

How Much Will My Insurance Cover?

Each insurance company and health plan differs in coverage and cost. The only way to be certain of your benefits is to contact your insurance carrier or health plan provider directly. They will be able to give you a detailed explanation of your benefits. As a convenience to our patients, upon your request we can submit a pre-authorization form that should indicate final cost and coverage.

What Does a Hygienist Do (and Why Should I See One)?

Hygienists are specially trained in gum health and their services focus on the treatment and prevention of gum disease – and the improvement/maintenance of over-all oral health. One way to prevent gum disease is to schedule regular cleanings. Usually this is a "routine" cleaning but can also be "in-depth" when needed. Hygienists can also apply sealants and flouride to harden teeth (particularly in children) against cavities and tooth decay.

What is "Gum Disease?"

There are two main types of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is irritation, redness, and swelling of the gums, and – if untreated – can quickly lead to Periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severe infection that damages teeth, gums, and potentially the jaw bone. Extreme cases can require reconstructive surgery and even hospitalization.

Do you Offer Teeth Whitening?

Yes! First we take impressions ("molds") of your teeth so we can create custom-fit bleach trays. We give you the trays, along with bleach and instructions, to take home and use at your convenience. Trays may be used more than once.

Are Silver or White Fillings Better?

"Silver" fillings are called [silver] amalgam (typically a mixture of silver, mercury, tin and copper) while "white" fillings are called [resin] composite (a mixture of plastic and glass). Traditional amalgam has been used for over 150 years, and is easier to work with, more durable, and more cost-effective than composite fillings – although, cosmetically, newer composite fillings can be an attractive or even appropriate option. Regarding concerns over mercury (a heavy metal) as a binding-agent in amalgam, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has evaluated all available studies and found no reason to limit its use. In fact, the FDA concluded that amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children ages 6 and above and does not recommend removal of existing amalgam fillings unless necessary. The safety and well-being of our patients is paramount. Accordingly, we monitor the latest research and advancements in dental materials – and invite our patients to use good judgement when weighing alternatives.

  • "From the time you walk into the door until the time that you leave. Doctor Middleton and his staff make you feel at home. Doctor Middleton is a really skilled DDS, You can hardly tell when hes working in your mouth. I would recommend him so anyone who wants to have an enjoyable trip to the dentist."

    -Arturo Yanez

  • "I called on Saturday and left a message. Julia called me Monday morning and she was able to get me an appointment the same day that accommodated my work schedule. Dr. Middleton was able to repair the tooth with a filling, rather than do a crown (which I thought I might need). I appreciated his honesty and care in taking care of my dental needs."

    -Diane Healey

  • "Dr. Middleton is the best dentist. The kids are happy because he is gentle and kind. We are pleased because he is honest and doesn't push unnecessary work to be done. We don't have dental insurance and we have found his prices to be more than fair. We couldn't recommend him more highly!"

    -Heidi Moore

  • "Dr. Middleton and staff were great. They always make me feel at ease. John makes me feel like I have a choice in my care and does what he can to make it happen. If something changes as he starts a procedure he keeps me informed of the changes."

    -Kevin Patterson

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  • "Dr. Middleton and his team were so great from start to finish. They were timely, friendly, and were so gentle during treatment. Their prices are by far the best and don't charge you and arm and leg for procedures you need. Dental work is expensive, but Dr. Middleton's prices make getting the treatment done doable. Recommend to everyone!"

    -Marcie Sachs

  • "My experience was wonderful! Dr. John Middleton he is honest and has integrity. It's odd but it seems like dentists can be just like mechanics. It's really hard to find a honest one! Trust me, doctor John Middleton is a great honest doctor of dentistry."

    -Mary Aoki