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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we want you to take an active role in making decisions about your dental health. This is why we welcome all of your questions.

We've gathered a few of the most common questions our patients ask us here; however, if you don't see the answers you're looking for, please feel free to contact our Boise dental office at (208) 376-7954.


dental insurance paperDental care is an investment in your oral health and your overall health. The cost of treatment varies with the type of procedures you need. Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert will always review your treatment options with you, and you will always have the final say on the procedures that are best for your dental health and your budget. We never move forward with dental treatment without a financial arrangement in place, so there are no surprises, and you will always understand what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

Accepted Forms of Dental Insurance 

At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we accept many types of dental insurance. Our dentists are in-network with a few plans, including Delta Dental, Cigna, Blue Cross, Regence, and Aetna. Even if your plan is not on this list, you may still be able to utilize your insurance benefits at our Boise dental office, so be sure to discuss your payment options with our knowledgeable treatment coordinators.

Financing Options

Third-party financing with companies like CareCredit can also help patients break more complex treatment plans into monthly payments they can easily afford. We are happy to provide more information about CareCredit and even help you apply for it.

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We also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards to pay for dental treatment. Contact Ackerman Family Dentistry today at (208) 376-7954 for more information on your payment options.

Additional Dental Services

Hand holding mouthguard to treat TMJClenching and grinding (bruxism) your teeth can be challenging to diagnose on your own since it typically takes place at night while you're asleep. Your bed partner may hear it, or you may begin to notice fractures or excessive wear on your teeth. You might also experience pain or problems with your jaw joint (TMJ), or even frequent headaches. In patients who grind for many years, there is often an overall loss of the height of your teeth, which can lead to over closing and the need for costly full mouth treatment. Worn teeth can feel more sensitive.

Diagnosing and Treating Bruxism in Boise

At Ackerman Family Dentistry, our dentists can diagnose bruxism and offer solutions to protect your teeth and TMJ. To prevent damage in patients that grind, we recommend investing in a mouthguard and wearing it faithfully at night while you sleep.

Custom Mouthguards in 83704

We provide custom-fabricated mouthguards to stop you from grinding your teeth and causing irreversible damage. Your mouthguard will be designed just for you, which makes it easy and comfortable to wear during sleep.

If you suspect that you or your partner might be grinding their teeth at night, contact our Boise dental office today to schedule an examination with Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert.

Dental Implants

dental implant with crown Living with missing teeth can be painful, frustrating, and embarrassing. Daily activities that we take for granted, like eating, chewing, talking, and interacting with other people all become a challenge.

Oral Health Complications from Missing Teeth

Missing teeth also present a problem for your dental health because your jawbone begins to deteriorate without a root to support. Your healthy teeth will start to drift without a replacement tooth, which could result in bite misalignment.

Tooth Replacement Options

The good news is that there are a variety of options available to replace missing teeth. These will vary based on your individual needs and may involve:

  • Tooth Implants: These are essentially like having a brand new tooth with a root that anchors into the bone
  • Dental Bridges: Dental crowns are used to support one or more artificial teeth
  • Removable Partial Dentures: This appliance gains support from the remaining healthy teeth and offer an option for replacing one or more teeth

Contact Our Boise ID Dental Office

During your dental exam, Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert will discuss the treatment options available to you based on your needs. When recommending tooth replacement options for your smile, we take into consideration your immediate concerns, as well as what will best suit your lifestyle and budget. Contact Ackerman Family Dentistry today to schedule an evaluation with your dentist in Boise.

Emergency Dentistry

woman holding jaw from tooth pain during dental emergencyHow you handle a dental emergency depends on the nature of your oral health problem. If you have a toothache or jaw swelling, we want you to contact our dental office as soon as possible to schedule emergency treatment—typically, the same day.

If your tooth has been knocked out, we want you to collect the pieces and put them in a cup of saliva or warm water to help keep the tooth viable before your appointment. With timely dental care, we can sometimes replant your knocked-out tooth.

For trauma that extends outside your mouth—auto accident or other—we want you to seek medical attention in your location ER first. You can contact a member of our dental team after you have been declared safe. Your overall health is our priority!

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies in Boise, ID may include:

  • Tooth knocked out or loose
  • Restoration knocked out or loose
  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Soft tissue injury

If you cannot determine whether your situation is a dental emergency, we strongly encourage you to contact our dental office. A staff member can assess your symptoms and make the right call for your oral health. We can also provide more specific tips to see you through until you arrive for your appointment.

Contact Us for Dental Emergencies in Boise, ID

We are here to restore your comfort and your oral health.

Preventive Dentistry

woman getting dental cleaning in boise idSince our goal is to help you maintain excellent oral health and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, prevention is a significant focus at Ackerman Family Dentistry. Typically, our dentists recommend that you get your teeth cleaned and have a dental checkup every six months unless you have gum disease, which will require more frequent cleanings to prevent progression.

Caring Dentistry for Kids in Boise

Dr. Daniel and Dr. Robert also recommend that children see us every six months for cleanings and checkups, starting at the age of three years old. However, if your child does not feel comfortable or ready for a cleaning at this time, we never push them to move forward until they're ready.

Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams

Professional cleanings help prevent the need for more extensive and more costly restorative treatment by removing the plaque buildup that causes problems like tooth decay and gum disease. This is also a great time to review your home care routine with your hygienist to ensure that you're using proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Even if it's been a while since your last dental cleaning, we encourage you to come to our Boise dental office. We're happy to meet you right where you're at with your dental care and focus on the aspects that are most important to you in a judgment-free manner.

dental tool completing white fillingWhile tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is still not immune to damage. Consuming sugar fuels the bacteria that live in your mouth. The bacteria then produce acid as a byproduct. It is the acid that erodes your enamel and causes tooth decay. Your Boise dentist removes the damaged area from your tooth, leaving you with a hole, called a cavity, to fill.

Removing the plaque buildup on your teeth that harbors bacteria can protect your teeth from cavities. However, if you do need a dental filling, we offer a couple of options.

Metal fillings are composed of several different metals, including silver, which creates a solid alloy upon mixing. These are excellent restorations that have stood the test of time, and we typically recommend them for molars that take the brunt of your chewing force. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many people today prefer tooth-colored restorations for aesthetic reasons. Tooth-colored composite resin can be custom shaded to match your tooth so no one will notice your dental filling.

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At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we offer both varieties of filling materials as well as BPA-free composites. If it's time to choose a dental filling, Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert will discuss your options with you so you can select the option that best fits your budget and your goals for your smile.

Electronic and normal toothbrushes A manual toothbrush is just as effective as an electric brush when used correctly, but for many people, it is more difficult to use than an electric toothbrush, which means they may not be able to achieve the same result.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrush

For many people, we recommend an electric toothbrush as a low-cost preventative measure. We offer affordable electric toothbrushes here at Ackerman Family Dentistry based on your needs, and we can also recommend varieties you may be interested in trying from any third party, such as Amazon or Costco.

An electric toothbrush does the work of brushing for you with amenities such as alerts if you are pressing too hard, and two minutes timed sessions to ensure that you are brushing long enough to be effective. 

Proper Brushing Techniques

If an electric toothbrush is not in your budget, it is essential to ensure that you are using proper techniques for both brushing and flossing your teeth. Otherwise, you may not be effectively removing the plaque buildup that can cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you are unsure of the right way to brush and floss your teeth, your Boise dental hygienist would be happy to demonstrate for you at your next preventive cleaning and checkup appointment.

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To our valued patients, we wanted to communicate to you the efforts we have been making to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Our highest priority is the health and well being of our patients, employees, and our community, and it is with these priorities in mind that we have created several new protocols. In addition to our standard disinfection and sterilization, we will be doing the following:
  • We are screening patients over the phone for symptoms or exposure, taking patients' temperatures, and having patients use hand sanitizer upon entering the office.
  • We will be scheduling extra time for each appointment for thorough office sanitation and to promote proper social distancing.
  • We ask that patients use a pre-procedural rinse which will eliminate a majority of bacteria and viruses prior to treatment.
  • All public areas will be disinfected routinely throughout the day, and all surfaces are treated daily with a 24hr treatment that eliminates bacteria and enveloped viruses (such as COVID-19)
  • The air in treatment and hygiene rooms is being filtered with HEPA air filtration units throughout the day.
  • We are limiting the use of the waiting room to ensure proper social distancing and patients are welcome to wait in their car if they are more comfortable doing so.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks when interacting with patients.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as needed, and we hope to keep everyone healthy and safe through this trying period, and moving forward.