Randolph Dental Associates
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Randolph Dental Associates, we enjoy answering our patients' questions because it tells us that they're engaged with their oral health needs. The concerns you have also inform us about what your priorities are and how we can best help you achieve your goals of a healthy, problem-free smile.

Below are some questions we hear frequently, and you are also welcome to call or email us if you don't see the answer you're looking for here. 

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Yes! We offer short-term payment plans during your treatment, and we also work with CareCredit, a third-party lender that offers low- and no-interest financing. CareCredit is very popular with our patients because they can get quality dental care the day they need it. CareCredit covers the cost, and you agree to pay small amounts each month until the balance is paid off. 

Having easy access to prompt care can also help reduce your dental costs. Dr. Kaplan can easily fill a tooth with a small cavity while postponing dental care would allow the decay to spread and further damage the tooth. At that point, we might need to recommend a dental crown instead of a filling to protect the tooth’s structure.

It is easy to apply for CareCredit online, or you can ask one of our team members at your next appointment. Their approval rates are high, and you can usually get an answer within minutes. In addition to dentistry, you can use CareCredit for hearing and vision care, dermatology, beauty treatments, and even veterinary care for your pets.

If you want to schedule an appointment, but have financial concerns, please call Randolph Dental Associates at (973) 895-3100. Quality dental care is too important to forego for any reason, and we will do everything possible to help you.

We know that the cost of dentistry comes into play when considering your dental treatment. Dental insurance is a fantastic benefit that helps reduce your out-of-pocket cost by covering part of your treatment.

What portion and how much dental insurance covers varies widely from company to company and even plan to plan. At Randolph Dental Associates, we try to calculate your benefits coverage before treatment begins.

It’s important to note that dental benefit plans are not designed to pay all of the cost of your treatment but rather to be partial aid or supplement. Our knowledgeable office staff works hard to provide you with your estimated portion of the fees, and this is the amount due at the time of that appointment.

Please keep in mind that these are simply estimates of what your final out-of-pocket cost will be. For this reason, the actual amount the benefit plan pays may differ slightly from the pre-treatment estimate we provide you. If this is the case and the plan payment varies from the estimated amount, we will make either a credit or debit adjustment to your account.

We accept all insurance plans and participate with multiple PPO plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, and Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield and MetLife. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your particular plan. 

Children's Dentistry

Yes, we love treating children at Randolph Dental Associates! Dr. Chris Kaplan has many years of experience treating children, from the time he trained as a Resident and Morristown Medical Center with pediatric dentists until now.

Dr. Kaplan has always enjoyed working with children’s unique personalities and setting them on a path to a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. With his years of experience, he has helped hundreds of children develop a healthy, positive attitude about dental visits.

We provide comprehensive dentistry for children of all ages in Randolph, including exams, teeth cleanings, fillings, fluoride applications, dental sealants, and more. Dr. Kaplan agrees with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children first see the dentist when they get their first baby tooth, but no later than age one.

As your children’s dentist, we will be with your child from the first baby tooth until they’re ready to graduate from high school. If you have an older child who needs dental work, or a teen who suffered a broken tooth playing sports, we can help them too. In fact, many of our patients started out with us as kids and still choose us for quality dentistry as an adult. 

Please call us at (973) 895-3100, and a member of our dental team will be happy to assist you in arranging an appointment for your child.

General Dentistry

Your child should have their first dental visit by age one or when the first baby tooth appears. Dr. Kaplan is very patient and gentle with children of all ages, and their first experience with us is purposefully low-key and fun. This way, we can help build their confidence so that they feel safe and secure with us.

It's also crucial to protect baby teeth, even though they will eventually fall out. These little teeth have a big job to do because they hold space in your child's jaw for permanent teeth to erupt correctly. Loss of even one baby tooth too soon can lead to numerous oral health issues for your child, so keeping them strong and healthy is crucial.

As they grow, we'll start to introduce dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months. If Dr. Kaplan detects an oral health issue that needs our attention, he will use x-rays and photos so you can see what he sees and understand why we recommend treatment.

Another critical part of early childhood dentistry is parent education, and we encourage you to ask any questions you have about their oral health care. We believe it's crucial for parents to understand what to expect at the different stages of their child's dental development. If a problem develops, we can work together as a team, with us providing treatment recommendations and you making confident decisions about your child's dental care.

If it's time to schedule your son or daughter's first dental visit at Randolph Dental Associates, please call us at (973) 895-3100 to arrange an appointment. 

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

It is estimated that most adults, close to 80 percent, clench or grind their teeth, usually during sleep. If your teeth are breaking and chipping, you may have a teeth grinding habit called bruxism. 

When you have bruxism, your teeth break down because the constant clenching and grinding places excess force on teeth that they weren’t designed to absorb. This force leads to excessive dental wear and broken and chipped teeth.

Most teeth grinding and jaw clenching takes place during sleep, so many people aren’t aware they’re doing it. They may not realize it until our Randolph TMJ dentist sees evidence of it in the form of severely worn, broken, or cracked teeth. You may also experience headaches and jaw or facial pain; in some cases, teeth grinding can lead to TMJ problems.

Teeth grinding is often related to stress or anxiety, so one of the approaches we recommend is to minimize stress. Meditation, listening to music, or exercising can all help you relax, which may, in turn, reduce your teeth grinding. 

Another very effective method is a customized nightguard that you wear while you sleep. The guard slips comfortably over your teeth, and when it’s in place, it prevents your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other. It won’t stop your teeth grinding, but it will protect your teeth from the excess chewing forces. 

When you make an appointment at Randolph Dental Associates, Dr. Kaplan can examine your teeth and discuss with you the options to best protect and restore your teeth. Please call us today to schedule so we can help you.

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