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LRK Dental
Janette Rodriguez DMD, John C. Lynch DDS, Michael Keller DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

If you are looking for a new dentist in your area and have questions about the type of care you will receive, we encourage you to give us a call to learn more about our Seaford, DE dental office. Our team is available to answer questions regarding appointments, our practice, and how we can best serve you. Some common questions are listed below. Take a moment to browse through them and learn more about what Lynch & Rodriguez Dental has to offer.

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Some patients have the benefit of insurance coverage to help with the cost of their dental care. Dental insurance plans are designed to assist the patient obtain preventative and some restorative treatment. They often have yearly maximum coverage limits for each individual patient. Dental insurance never pays for 100% of dental treatment so you should expect to pay a portion of the cost of tooth restoration, repair, or replacement. 

Regardless of your insurance coverage, we always advise you of the dental procedures that are in your best interest and help you make a decision that supports your long-term health and wellness.

Insurance benefits are determined by a contract between employers when they contract with the insurance carrier, so each plan is different. It is important for the patient to be aware of their insurance coverage and benefit limitations. 

Our office will do everything possible to help you obtain maximum benefits, and we will prepare and submit the necessary forms for you. Our doctors are participating providers with Delta Dental Premier, Guardian Preferred/Select, and Delaware Medicaid for children.

Please remember to bring your insurance information with you to your appointment to expedite the claim filing process. 

No insurance? No problem! Many of our patients do not carry any dental insurance. We will help you fit your necessary dental care into your budget so that you can protect your smile.

Yes, we are a family dental practice and have patients of all ages. 

We typically start scheduling appointments at age three for a checkup and meet and greet.  We want your whole family to be happy at the dentist and starting them early helps ensure that they are comfortable and will have a positive experience.

We understand that budget is a concern for most people and fitting your necessary dental care into your budget is important. We are always up front and honest when it comes to the cost of your treatment because no one likes surprises where money is concerned.

Upon your request, we will provide you with a detailed explanation of our recommended treatment and an estimate of the fees involved for your treatment. We will also provide all of your available treatment options so that you can weigh the benefits and cost of each.

We expect payment at the time dental services are rendered unless other financial arrangements have been made ahead of time. When making arrangements, we will take into consideration any estimated insurance benefits that are available according to your insurance plan. 

For your out-of-pocket expenses, we accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. We also offer interest-free plans (with prior approval) through CareCredit®. 

We can recommend treatment broken down into phases, addressing the worst conditions first so that you can move forward with treatment at a pace that fits within your budget.

If you have any questions, our staff will be happy to speak with you regarding the financials of your treatment.

Our office is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Fridays.  We are usually able to book new appointments within two weeks, and do have emergency appointments available. 

Please call us (302) 629-7115 or click the "Contact" tab above to send us a message

We see our patients by appointment and reserve that time specifically for you. We do not double book because we believe you deserve dedicated time with one of our dentists to address any oral health concerns or conditions you may have. We respect our patients’ time and make every effort to remain on schedule. Once you have made an appointment, please be aware that this time is reserved especially for you.

Our office will send you an email or text message several days in advance and ask for a response to confirm your appointment. Making every effort to confirm the time set aside just for you, shows our commitment to your excellent dental health. By responding to us to confirm your appointment, we know that you join us in this commitment. 

We understand that our patients have busy schedules and that you would probably rather spend your time somewhere other than the dental chair. We work skillfully and efficiently to keep your treatment on track. We believe in doing things right the first time and know that both your financial and your time investments are important. We always treat you with respect.

We hope to make your experience at our office a pleasant and enjoyable one.

Dental Implants

Denture creation is an art that requires precision and attention to detail. Because each patient is different, what may work for one may not work for another. One of the most common complaints about dentures is that they move about the mouth or cause embarrassing moments when eating or speaking. This can make you feel socially isolated and can create painful denture sores that make eating a healthy diet difficult.

When you lose teeth, you also begin to lose bone. Your denture relies on sufficient healthy bone structure to keep your denture stable. When you do not have a thick enough bony ridge, you may find that your denture moves.

Pastes and adhesive gels are only a temporary solution and cannot be used as a long-term solution. When our patients want added stability for their dentures, we can use dental implants as an anchor to stabilize and immobilize your denture.

Placing several strategically located dental implants for your dentures to “lock in” gives patients added confidence in social situations, allows for a healthier diet with a wider range of foods, helps to minimize denture sores, and assists in bone retention.

If you would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures, contact LRK Dental to schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced dentists. We look forward to helping you achieve an improved quality of life with comfortable dentures.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

Fillings and crowns both restore the shape of your tooth and seal it to prevent the invasion of bacteria and decay. We recommend fillings for small areas of decay that can easily be sealed and strengthened without compromising the integrity of your tooth structure.

In cases of fractured teeth, deep decay, or significant damage, a filling may not be enough to protect your tooth in the long term. Dental crowns provide stability and absorb force from chewing. Because they enclose your entire tooth structure above the gum line, they help hold your tooth together.

Fillings, while useful for sealing your tooth to keep out decay, do not provide that added stability and may allow your tooth to split or fracture in the future. If you have a strong bite, a clenching or grinding habit, or you require root canal therapy, crown restorations can extend the life of your tooth and keep it from feeling sensitive.

Patients often wonder if the cost of a crown is worth it. Saving your natural teeth with quality restorative dentistry is the best way to protect your oral health. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss, which puts your entire smile in jeopardy and can have an aging effect on your facial structure.

If you have concerns about whether a dental crown is necessary, we will be happy to discuss your options with you so that you can make a good decision regarding your oral health.

Same-Day Treatment for Dental Emergencies

Please call immediately if you have a dental problem you feel requires emergency treatment. We consider a dental emergency to be any time you experience pain, bleeding, broken teeth, or damaged restorations. If you ever have questions about whether or not your condition is an emergency, call our office right away. We can help determine whether you need immediate treatment.

If you experience trauma and believe you have head or neck injuries, contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment. If you experience bleeding that won’t stop, you should also locate the nearest emergency room to receive assistance immediately.

During a dental emergency, we will schedule you as quickly as possible so we can minimize your discomfort and restore your health. We understand that dental emergencies can be traumatic experiences and take your health and comfort very seriously. When you contact our office, we will ask you a series of questions to help prepare us for your arrival.

Should an emergency arise after our regularly scheduled office hours and you are a patient established with LRK Dental, please call 302-629-7115 for further instructions on how to reach our after hours emergency phone.

Even if you are a new patient, we welcome you to call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Our office is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Fridays.  We are usually able to book new appointments within two weeks, and do have emergency appointments available. 

Please call us (302) 629-7115 or click the "Contact" tab above to send us a message

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