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Scott M. Hannaman, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS our entire dental team believes that patient education is a crucial part of helping people make the best decisions about their oral health. We encourage you to ask questions when you have them. For your convenience, the dental team at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS, has included some of the most common questions we hear below. If your question is not listed here, please give our dental office a call or ask us when you are in for your next dental appointment or dental cleaning in Lake Charles, LA.

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Yes, we are always accepting new dental patients. Our goal is to provide quality dental care to the Lake Charles, LA community, and we would be happy to schedule new dental appointments for you and your family. 

Schedule a Dental Cleaning and Exam

When you are ready to schedule a dental cleaning and exam, we can provide you with all of the necessary paperwork and information you will need. Currently, you can download all our new patient forms right here on our website. You can also contact our front dental office directly if you need instructions or have additional questions. 

Here at our Lake Charles LA dental office, we offer a variety of services to meet the needs of every patient we see! In addition to general dentistry services, we offer cosmetic dental treatments, restorative dental treatments, gum disease prevention, smile makeovers, and much more! 

Call Scott M. Hannaman, DDS Today

We consider our patients to be the heart of our dental practice, which means we work hard to continuously showcase our commitment to you every time you visit us. Call us today at (337) 474-4892 to speak with a member of our treatment team and to schedule your first dental appointment with Dr. Hannaman or Dr. Hebert, our Lake Charles, LA dentists. We are excited to meet you!

Absolutely! 

Losing teeth can be a challenge both physically and emotionally. Luckily, thanks to dental advancements over recent decades, you have several tooth replacement options available. Full and partial dentures are a popular treatment choice due to their affordability and versatility. If you lost teeth recently and are considering your different tooth replacement options, dentures may be a smart way to go. 

Dentures and Partials in Lake Charles, LA

Our dentists offer dentures and partials in Lake Charles, LA. We can construct a beautiful pair of dentures that fit your mouth well, and that will allow you to eat and speak more successfully. We also provide repairs, relines, and re-bases for existing dentures or partial dentures that you may already have. 

No matter what type of service you need for your dentures in Lake Charles, we can help you. If you need a denture consultation, a simple denture fitting, or need to schedule a repair for a damaged set of dentures, our dental office will take care of it.

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We promise that you will leave here feeling satisfied with your treatment and that your dentures will be fixed up and feel new again. When you are ready to meet with our Lake Charles dentists about your dentures, please call us at (337) 474-4892!

At Scott M. Hannaman, D.D.S., we do accept dental insurance. At this time, we are not a PPO provider. 

When you visit our Lake Charles, LA dental office for the first time, we ask that you bring your dental insurance card with you. We will verify the benefit coverage information for you and your family members. Every insurance policy is different, so we will review the details of yours and then discuss the specifics with you. 

Dental Insurance Made Easy In Lake Charles, LA

We can explain concepts such as your deductible, co-payment, and maximum allowable benefits for the year. Depending on your insurance policy, you may owe a portion of your treatment cost at the time of your visit. With other plans, you may not owe any money until after we bill your insurance company. 

Even though we are not a PPO dental provider, we would still be happy to explain how PPO coverage works and how our dental office handles insurance billing. 

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If you need your teeth cleaned in Lake Charles, LA, we can schedule a dental appointment for you with Dr. Hannaman or Dr. Hebert. Give us a call or submit an online contact form, and one of our front office administrators will reach out to you!

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert offer amalgam (silver) restorations as well as white, tooth-colored fillings. Today, tooth-colored dental fillings are more common than their amalgam counterparts. Our Lake Charles dentists still offer both types of fillings for several reasons. We always want to provide you with the very best dental restoration for your smile. The location of your filling and the structure of your tooth will determine which type of material we should use. 

Patients sometimes ask us if one dental filling is better than the other. Both dental filling materials have advantages and disadvantages depending on where we place them and the amount of tooth structure involved. No filling option is better than the other 100 percent of the time, which is why we always use our best judgment when deciding which material to use.

We will also take into account your personal preferences and the goals for your smile.  You are the one in charge of your dental treatment—so please let us know the type of dental filling you prefer. 

Schedule Your Dental Filling in Lake Charles

Are you ready to schedule a dental appointment so you can receive your filling? Our Lake Charles dentists have availability immediately. Give us a call at (337) 474-4892 today!

Whether you are new to our dental office or a long-time patient, we want to make sure you understand your payment options. If you choose to pay for your treatment with dental insurance, we will do everything we can to submit the proper paperwork to your insurance company first. 

Dental Insurance At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS

Once we determine the extent of your insurance benefits, we can then figure out what your leftover payment portion will be. We always collect your co-insurance or co-payment amount at the time of your visit. Payment is due at the time of service, and our friendly dental office staff will assist you with your transaction. If there is any anticipated balance due after your co-insurance or co-payment, we can accept your full payment or discuss a timeframe for you to make payments. We resolve most insurance co-payments within 30 to 60 days of dental service.

Call Our Lake Charles, LA Dental Office

Our front office team has years of experience handling insurance claims and can help explain your benefits and your payments to you. If you have additional questions about your dental insurance payments in Lake Charles, LA, you can always call us at (337) 474-4892 to speak with a member of our clinical staff. We are here to support you, and we will help you navigate the complicated dental insurance world.

We understand that you may be concerned about how you will pay for your family’s dental treatment. While finances are a significant factor in your life, we also never want them to be the reason you avoid getting the treatment you need. If you don’t have dental insurance or cannot afford to pay for your dental services upfront, we will work with you to design a payment arrangement or monthly payment plan so that you still have access to quality dental care. 

How Do Payments Work at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS?

Your payment arrangement will depend on which dental treatments we perform, the amount of treatment charged, and how long the treatment will last. We have a variety of payment options available to meet your specific needs based on your circumstances. No situation is too tricky—we can always figure something out. 

Contact Us

If you are concerned about finances and need to discuss a dental payment plan in Lake Charles, LA, call and speak with a member of our front office dental team. We can usually discuss your situation over the phone and provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment and the amount of your monthly payment. Contact us at (337) 474-4892 or send us an email today!

Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert perform implants in our office or in conjunction with a periodontist or oral surgeon.  Our in-office implant placement involves up-to-date technology to allow CBCT (3-D) guided placement. This allows the doctors to know the exact depth, width, and angle of placement prior to the patient sitting in the chair. The doctors place the implant into the jaw bone and after a three to four month integration period, the doctor will then add an attachment (abutment) to the implant to build the crown, bridge or support for a denture or partial denture. In some cases, you can have a crown placed the same day.

Root Canals At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS

Dr. Hebert and Dr. Hannaman refer out most root canal treatment to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who completes two or more years of additional training following dental school. We provide emergency services to make you comfortable and refer to the endodontist if necessary.

Contact Our Dental Office To Learn More

Don't hesitate to contact our Lake Charles LA dentist office. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you might have about root canals or dental implants!

 

Periodontal Disease Prevention and Treatment

Gum disease is a significant threat to the health of American adults. Tens of millions of Americans are living with gum disease, and many don’t even realize it. 

If you have even the slightest suspicion that you might have gum disease, you need to see your dentist in 70605 right away for evaluation and treatment. But if you’re unfamiliar with gum disease, how can you tell if you have it? 

The symptoms of gum disease start subtle, so it’s important to report even minor changes in your oral health to your dentist so you can receive proper periodontal treatment in Lake Charles, LA. 

Common Signs Of Gum Disease

The most common signs of gum disease to watch out for include:

  • Bad breath
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Blood on your floss or in your toothpaste when you spit into the sink
  • Your teeth looking longer as a side effect of receding gums 
  • Puffy, swollen, and painful gums 
  • Loose teeth
  • Oral sores

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek out gum disease treatment in Lake Charles, LA right away. When you catch gum disease early on, it means your dental team has a better chance of treating and reversing the condition. 

Contact Scott M. Hannaman, DDS

Gum disease has the potential to destroy your smile and cause health problems elsewhere in your body, so don’t delay your treatment. Contact our Lake Charles dentists today! 

Root Canal Treatment

image of a patient with tooth pain in need of a root canal or dental implants lake charles la

Dental Implants

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert perform implants in our office or in conjunction with a periodontist or oral surgeon.  Our in-office implant placement involves up-to-date technology to allow CBCT (3-D) guided placement. This allows the doctors to know the exact depth, width, and angle of placement prior to the patient sitting in the chair. The doctors place the implant into the jaw bone and after a three to four month integration period, the doctor will then add an attachment (abutment) to the implant to build the crown, bridge or support for a denture or partial denture. In some cases, you can have a crown placed the same day.

Root Canals At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS

Dr. Hebert and Dr. Hannaman refer out most root canal treatment to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who completes two or more years of additional training following dental school. We provide emergency services to make you comfortable and refer to the endodontist if necessary.

Contact Our Dental Office To Learn More

Don't hesitate to contact our Lake Charles LA dentist office. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you might have about root canals or dental implants!

 

Are you worried about an upcoming root canal? It’s very common to feel a twinge of dread about the procedure, but we want to assure you that root canal treatment at our Lake Charles, LA dental office is nothing to fear.

If our dentist in 70605 recommends a root canal, it’s because you’ve developed an infection or abscess in the innermost part of your tooth called the pulp chamber. The goal of root canals in Lake Charles, LA is to get inside the tooth and eliminate the infection, which also relieves your pain. 

Your comfort is our priority, so Dr. Hannaman will gently administer a topical anesthetic to numb the tooth, and he won’t proceed until he’s sure that you don’t feel anything.

Our dentist then opens up a tiny hole in your tooth to access its' interior and uses specialized instruments to thoroughly remove the infected pulp and tissue. 

The cleaned-out area is then disinfected, filled with a material called gutta-percha, and sealed with a temporary filling. We give the tooth about two weeks to heal and then have you return to our office to place either a permanent filling or a dental crown on the tooth. 

Root canals in Lake Charles, LA are more comfortable than ever before, thanks to technology like digital 3-D CBCT imaging that allows us to carefully pre-plan your procedure. We also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help take the edge off of your anxiety and allow you to receive comfortable pain-free treatment.

Do you have a toothache and think you might need a root canal? Call our dentist in 70605, so we can get you on our schedule as soon as possible.​

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a widespread problem that prevents millions of people from seeking the dental treatments they need to maintain a healthy, problem-free smile. The result is poorer oral health and a succession of issues like cavities, gum disease, and worn or broken teeth.

For many of our patients, nitrous oxide at our Lake Charles, LA dental office is the solution they need to move past their anxiety and finally get the care they need. Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a calming gas that we mix with oxygen and have you inhale through a comfortable nasal mask. As you breathe it in, you will start to feel very relaxed, calm, and happy, but you will remain fully conscious throughout your procedure.

Our dentists and clinical team members are trained and licensed to administer nitrous oxide safely, and someone will monitor you throughout your appointment. If you require a little more relaxation, just let us know, and we can increase the nitrous mix to ensure your complete comfort.

When our dentist in 70605 completes your procedure, we will stop the flow of nitrous and have you inhale pure oxygen for several moments. The advantage of using nitrous oxide is that it does not produce any drowsy after-effects, so you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment and go on with your day feeling alert and refreshed.

We're also pleased to offer oral conscious sedation dentistry for our Lake Charles, LA patients who require a little more profound relaxation so they can get the care they need.

 

It depends on the type of treatment you receive.

For some dental procedures, sedation is necessary. For many others, however, we can complete your treatment without sedation. Usually, the more involved your dental procedure is, the more likely you will need sedation. Quick, simple treatments like professional teeth whitening and dental bonding do not require sedation, whereas procedures such as root canals or placing dental implants will. 

Sedation Dentistry Is Here At Our Dental Office

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert provide nitrous and pharmacological anxiolysis if needed. We do not offer intravenous (IV) sedation.

When you visit our Lake Charles dentists, they work hard to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and at ease. We created our dental practice with the comfort of our patients in mind and will always do anything we can to make your dental visit more comfortable. Our goal is to eliminate dental sedation whenever possible. However, if you have a very low pain tolerance or are anxious about your dental treatment, you can always request sedation to help you relax.

Call Scott M. Hannaman, DDS To Learn More

We understand if you still have questions or concerns about your dental treatment. Our dental staff can provide answers to your questions about sedation dentistry in Lake Charles whenever you contact our dental office. Give us a call at (337) 474-4892 during our regular business hours Monday through Friday.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping put your mind at ease! 

Teeth Whitening

Yes, Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert do offer professional teeth whitening, also known as dental bleaching. If you have yellow teeth in Lake Charles, LA and want to brighten your smile for an upcoming special event, our professional teeth bleaching is the solution you need. 

How Does The Teeth Whitening Process Work?

Our teeth whitening process involves first taking an impression of your smile and then fabricating customized bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. You will take this teeth whitening tray home, fill it with a specially formulated teeth bleaching gel, and then wear the tray at night while you sleep. 

We prefer to use the at-home teeth whitening method. Other in-office teeth whitening treatments that involve a light tend to cause unnecessary discomfort and short-term teeth bleaching effects for patients. Additionally, our at-home teeth whitening trays allow you to bleach your teeth at your own pace and when it is convenient for you rather than having to travel to our dental office for your treatment. 

Contact Our Lake Charles, LA Dental Office

If you are interested in professional teeth whitening in Lake Charles, LA, we encourage you to consider our affordable and convenient take-home teeth bleaching system. Contact our dental office (337) 474-4892 when you are ready to discover your new, bright smile! 

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