Strull front office

Questions about insurance and billing

What do I need for my appointment?

Please bring a VALID driver's license, dental insurance card, a list of current medications, and a form of payment.

Do you file dental insurance? Will you file secondary insurance also?

Our office will only file the primary dental insurance, but we will be happy to give you an itemized statement so that you can submit for reimbursement. If you are unsure which policy is your primary coverage, please call your insurance company to find out.

Will you file my medical insurance?

Our office is not in-network with any medical insurance.  We will not file for medical benefits. If your dental insurance requires that your medical insurance be filed before dental will pay, you will need to file the medical insurance yourself for reimbursement. If that is the case, you will need to pay in full at the time of service.

Which dental insurance companies are you in-network with?

We are in-network with most major insurance companies. There is a provider number on the back of your insurance card that you can call to make sure we are an in-network provider.

What will insurance pay?

Most insurance does not pay 100%. You will be responsible to pay a portion of the procedure at the time of service. If you need to know an estimated portion that you will owe the day of procedure, we will be happy to schedule a consultation prior to service.

What forms of payment do you accept for my portion of the balance?

We accept all major credit cards, care credit, and Flex Spending Account cards.

Do you accept Medicaid or Medicare?

We will accept Medicaid in Indiana only. We do not accept Medicare at either office.

Oral Surgery Procedure

Questions about Procedures and recovery

Download our post-procedure Home Care Information here.

Should I wear anything special for a general anesthesia procedure?

We like our patients to be as comfortable as possible. Short sleeves are best for general anesthesia. 

How long do I leave the gauze in my mouth after my extraction?

Leave your gauze in for 1 hour after you leave the office. If you are still bleeding, replace it with fresh gauze and apply pressure for another 30 minutes.

Can I sleep with gauze in my mouth?

If you think you will be laying down to sleep, remove gauze.

How long should I use ice?

We recommend using ice for 24 hours after your procedure—generally with a 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off schedule. Of course, rest is important so no need to wake yourself to replace ice.

What should I do if I run out of gauze and I am still bleeding?

We’ll be sure to provide you with extra gauze when  you leave our office. If you do run out of gauze you can use a caffeinated tea bag.

How long should I expect bleeding?

You might have slight bleeding up to 24 hours after a procedure.

How will I know if I have a dry socket?

A dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, usually has symptoms of throbbing and ache that may radiate into your ear a few days after surgery. If this occurs, please call our office for a follow up exam. This can be treated through cleaning and medication.

When can I eat?

If bleeding has stopped, you may eat 1 hour after surgery.

When can I brush my teeth?

You can brush the night of the procedure, being very careful around the area where the tooth or teeth were removed.

Can I drink from a straw?

Refrain from drinking from a straw for a few days after the procedure.