At the office of Ajey Varma, we want patients to have the opportunity to become highly informed about their dental visits and treatment options. In fact, we encourage you to be as involved as you can in your treatment process so that you can make the right decisions for your oral health. To help you prepare for your visit, we offer the following information as general guidelines for prosthodontic care:

What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has undergone additional training in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. After general dental school, a prosthodontist must complete an additional two years of education specifically in providing aesthetic dental restorations for patients with damaged or missing teeth. Dr. Ajey Varma is trained to treat complex cases and perform cosmetic procedures.

Why have I been referred?
You have been referred to our office because your dental needs are beyond the limits of general dentistry. Our prosthodontist is specifically trained to deliver the highest quality of care in restoring or replacing your smile.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. You are welcome to contact our office to schedule your appointment.

What should I expect at my first appointment?
The purpose of your initial visit is to allow our team to assess your dental health, and it typically will not involve treatment unless you are experiencing a dental emergency. Dr. Ajey Varma will perform a comprehensive examination of your smile, and will take radiographs or impressions as needed. During this time, he will consult you about your dental concerns and goals to ensure your treatment yields the desired results.

What should I bring to my first appointment?
We encourage you to arrive early for your first appointment with the following materials on hand:

  • Your identification (eg, a driver’s license)
  • A referral from your general dentist (if applicable)
  • Your new patient forms
  • Any X-rays taken within the last six months (if applicable)

You are welcome to contact our office in advance if you are concerned about your first visit.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a modern dental restoration used to replace missing teeth. It is comprised of a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone to mimic a tooth root, and is typically completed with a dental crown to provide a natural appearance. Dental implants can also be used to secure dental bridges and dentures.

What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin cosmetic shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance size, color, or shape, as well as mask unwanted dental defects such as chips, gaps, fractures, and stains. A dental veneer is custom made to match your natural teeth and improve the appearance of your smile without revealing that you went to a dental professional.

Will my treatment be covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage varies depending on your specific plan. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider to learn if/how much of your treatment will be covered. Dr. Ajey Varma and our team accept most insurance plans, as well as out-of-pocket payments and third-party financing, and we would be happy to help you find the right solution to meet your needs.

We hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you have further questions or need to schedule a visit with our prosthodontist in Tacoma, Washington, please contact our office today.