Lockport NY Dentist
Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, PLLC
Gasport, NY Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

How can we help you?

When it comes to your health, there’s no such thing as a silly question! Below are a few of our frequently asked questions. Feel free to call our office at 716-772-7500 and we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.


If you’re lucky enough to have avoided dental emergencies up to this point, you might not have a clear understanding of what qualifies as a dental emergency. 

It’s helpful to think of a dental emergency as an event or injury that immediately and unexpectedly alters your smile or puts your oral health at risk.

Common dental emergency scenarios include:

  • Breaking a tooth on a piece of hard food 
  • Losing a dental restoration in a sticky or chewy candy 
  • Hitting your mouth during an auto accident 
  • Getting hit in the face with a ball, puck, frisbee, or fist during a sporting event 
  • Falling and hitting your mouth on concrete or ice 

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we commonly treat dental emergencies in Lockport, NY. Some of the injuries we see most regularly include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Knocked-out or loose teeth
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Lacerations on the lips, tongue, or cheeks
  • Gums that are bleeding significantly 
  • Swelling and inflammation around the jaw, including in the neck
  • Painful toothaches

If you need to have an emergency dental appointment in Gasport, please call us any time of day at (716) 772-7500. We will work hard to relieve your pain and repair your injured teeth.

How can Dr. Kaplansky help your toothache?

If you have an after-hours dental emergency in Gasport, NY, you’ll need to get treatment right away. 

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we treat dental emergencies and urgent injuries no matter the time of day. You can call our dental office 24/7 at (716) 772-7500 if you need to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

When you have an emergency like a knocked-out tooth or broken dental restoration, it’s best to visit your Lockport emergency dentist rather than heading for the hospital. Most emergency rooms aren’t designed to handle dental procedures and won’t have the necessary tools or materials on hand to perform your treatment.

You should only go straight to the emergency room if you have a broken jaw or if you believe you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency or infection.

We know that your dental emergency likely won’t happen when it’s convenient for you or when you’re expecting them, which is why we offer emergency dental appointments after hours and on the weekends if you need them. The best thing to do is call our dental office at (716) 772-7500 so that a member of our treatment team can get the details about what happened. 

Some dental emergencies require treatment within minutes, while others can wait a few hours or even until the next morning, depending on their severity. We will always schedule your appointment when it is appropriate and best for your smile. 

We don't make you wait.

We strive to see you immediately when you arrive. When the average waiting time in US doctors’ offices is nearing 40 minutes, at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky we have the utmost respect for our patients’ time — and we don’t make them wait. Our average wait time is less than 10 minutes.

Our credentials.

One of our main values is a pursuit of advanced continuing education. Dr. Kaplansky, as well as his team of hygienists and clinical assistants, carries an impressive list of credentials, to say the least. Every team member’s desire is to be the very best in dentistry in his or her individual scope of practice.

Some of Dr. Kaplansky's achievements include:

  • Diplomate of Light Force Orthodontics
  • Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellowship in the American Dental Implant Association

Dr. Kaplansky also holds an active membership in the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of GP Orthodontics
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Implant Association
  • New York State Dental Association
  • Niagara County Dental Society
  • Eight District Dental Society
  • Lockport Dental Society

We see dental emergencies immediately.

Whether it's a lost filling, painful infected tooth, or a broken old crown, you want it fixed NOW! Unfortunately, a typical response from a "typical" dental office is: "Our first available appointment is in 2 weeks." At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we only ask you one question: "How soon can you be here?"

All services in one location.

Years of experience and ongoing commitment to continuing education allow Dr. Kaplansky to offer a broad range of dental services. Our patients appreciate and enjoy the ability to have many specialty procedures done "under one roof" by a team of professionals they already trust. You won't have to drive across town for procedures like:

and many others.

Highest infection control standards.

Patient safety is of utmost importance at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky. Using newest and best sterilization and disinfection techniques, we meet and exceed all guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We don't use community water in our dental units, only sterile distilled water, and even the air you breathe in our office is sterilized by ultraviolet rays to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses.

3D imaging for a 3D you.

Dr. Kaplansky was one of the first in Western New York to invest into a CBCT unit. It stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. You can think of it as a dental CAT scan. This machine produces amazingly accurate 1:1 images of teeth and jaws in 3D with a very low radiation exposure. We use it extensively for implant surgery planning, complicated extraction cases, as well as root canal treatments and orthodontics. Better imaging leads to better diagnosis and precision in planning that in turn leads to better treatment outcomes and much happier patients.

Schedule a new patient exam if you have: 

  • Not been to a dental office in over a year or moredentist mirror against a patients smile | dentist gasport ny
  • Not had dental x-rays taken in quite some time
  • Not had your teeth cleaned recently
  • Concerns about your overall dental health

During that initial exam process, we’ll take a panoramic digital x-ray and perform a comprehensive exam and oral cancer screening.

Dental Consultation in Gasport NY

A consultation may be appropriate for you if you’ve visited a dentist’s office recently, you can provide recent x-rays, and you’re up-to-date with your teeth cleanings. Scheduling a consultation is also a good idea if you want a second opinion on a subject like closing spaces, lengthening, whitening, straightening your teeth, or replacing missing teeth. After this free consultation appointment, your comprehensive examination is usually scheduled next.

documents | dental financing options gasport nyWe believe in getting you the treatment you need. Accordingly, we offer several different payment methods so that each and every one of our patients can choose the option that is right for him or her.

We work with most major dental insurance providers including but not limited to:

  • Guardian
  • Delta Dental
  • CSEA
  • MetLife

If you are covered by a different provider, feel free to call our office at (716) 772-8632 to find out about your coverage.

In-House Dental Financing Program

We also offer another option that many don’t – a special in-house program that can reduce the costs of many of our procedures. If you are uninsured or self-employed, this may be a good option for you. This plan requires that you pay an annual enrollment fee, which covers a year’s worth of dental health evaluations and suggested procedures. Through this program, you can save approximately 50% on dental care based on our standard rates per service with no deductibles, exclusion based on pre-existing conditions, or claim forms! Call our office to find out exactly what services are included under this special option.

Contact Our Gasport NY Dental Clinic

To keep costs low for our patients, we operate as a non-billing office. Alternately, payment is due at time of service unless another arrangement has been made. We accept most major credit cards. We also work with CareCredit for your convenience. Our payment options make receiving quality dental care easy and affordable! Contact our office today to find out more about financing your dental procedure.

We Appreciate You and Your Friends

We greatly appreciate when our patients refer us to their friends and family! To show how much we appreciate your loyalty and support, we’d like to thank you with one $20 gift certificate to atooth on stack of money | referral program Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky fantastic local restaurant for each person (from outside of your household) that you refer to us. If you're happy with the service you receive at our office, we'd love it if you brought in a friend or family member as well.

Contact Us

Give our office a call to learn more about the referral program! 

child in dental chair | children's dentistryWe love working with children!  We offer many different services to ensure your child starts their oral health on the right foot. Pediatric Dentistry services include preventive care, sealants, orthodontics – and whatever else little ones may need! If you're looking for a new family dentist, don't hesitate to contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with our dentists!

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

We prefer that children start visiting us regularly around the age of two so that we can get them started on a lifelong path of wellness. Getting children comfortable with going to the dentist early can help lead to better overall dental health in their future. Children should never fear the dentist, that is why we provide the most comfortable experience as possible to make your childs' visit a positive one. Call our office today to schedule or if you have any further questions.

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