Patient Information & Office Policies
General Dentist in New Port Richey, FL
At the dental office of Paul Miller DDS & Michael Caputo DDS, our main office policy is to treat our patients with respect. We believe in building long-lasting relationships with our patients. Our dentists and staff work to provide everyone with a warm and welcoming environment where they will receive the highest level of cosmetic or general dental care. Our goal is to have every patient leave our office knowing they received the dental services they need and deserve.
Dr. Miller and Dr. Caputo are currently accepting new patients. Please call our office at 727-846-7510 to schedule an appointment. Once you make an appointment at our office, that time will be reserved for you. If, for some reason, you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time, call us as soon as possible to reschedule.
What to Bring to your First Appointment
To provide you with prompt dental treatment, please be sure to bring the following when you visit our practice for your initial visit:
- Insurance Information/Card
- Photo Identification
- Any medical records pertaining to your visit
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out necessary paperwork. If you would like to complete your paperwork prior to your appointment, you may print and fill out the appropriate forms found below.
We accept most dental insurance plans. Please bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment. Our office staff will file any necessary claims and work to get you the maximum amount of benefits allowed by your plan. If you have any questions about your insurance plan, feel free to call us so we can help you.
we accept most PPO insurance
Payment is expected at the time services are rendered, unless other arrangements have been made. This includes any co-payments or deductibles (amount not covered by your insurance).
For your convenience, our office accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & CareCredit.
Below you will find our new patient forms. Feel free to print and complete the forms before your first visit with us. While we do not require that you complete this paperwork prior to visiting our practice, this will save you and our staff time when you come in for your appointment.
New Patient Forms – Click Here to View PDF
Patient History Forms – Click Here to View PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums. In addition, a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Generally, no. It is advisable, however, to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them, as long as it contains fluoride.
Flossing of the teeth once a day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth. It removes food and debris where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns.” However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel ones as “crowns.”
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting “white” or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they “bond” to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, “white” fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
For more information about our dental practice, our cosmetic or general dental services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 727-846-7510.