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Michael Zhang DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

There's a lot that goes along with maintaining a healthy smile, and we will provide you with all the information you need to make confident oral health care decisions. We know that our patients have many questions but may feel hesitant to ask. Fortunately, we are here to help, and answering questions is part of what we do every day.

If you have a question or concern, please take a look at the list we've provided below. You can also find many answers browsing through the different services here on our website, but please don't hesitate to call us if you need more information!

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Are you looking for a comfortable, friendly dental office to meet your dental needs either on a long-term basis or as they arise? Our office in Tustin, CA, might be the right place for you! We pride ourselves in our commitment to our patients’ oral health and seek to establish long-term relationships that nurture their smiles. Our door is open to those looking to improve their dental health, and we’d love to meet you.

Personalized Dental Care

To suit the needs of every unique smile, we create and tailor personalized treatment plans for our patients. This way, we can determine their needs and listen to any desires or even concerns that come up along our journey in maintaining optimal oral health.

Services Offered

We offer a variety of services to our new and existing patients, some of which include:

  • Dental Exams and Cleanings
  • General Dentistry
  • Emergency Dentistry
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dentures
  • Root Canals
  • Fillings
  • Children’s Dentistry 

No matter the procedure, our office is designed for your comfort and relaxation. The last thing we want is to pressure or rush you in any way. For more information on services as well as specific procedures, please get in touch with our office at (714) 836-5600. 

Financial Information

We prioritize your dental needs as well as their affordability. For that reason, we’ve provided several resources on our financial information page to help answer any questions when joining our practice as a new or existing patient.

Are You Ready to Join Us?

If you are ready to take the next step in achieving optimal oral health, we are more than happy to get to know you! Contact our office for more information on getting started as a patient with our practice.

It’s difficult to say with any certainty exactly how much your dental treatment will cost until Dr. Zhang performs an examination and identifies your needs. There’s also the question of whether or not you are insured, which also impacts what your out-of-pocket costs will be.

Accurate Pre-Treatment Estimates

If you’re insured, Dr. Zhang will send your treatment plan to your provider to receive a pre-treatment estimate. We do everything we can to provide you with the most accurate pre-treatment estimates so that you have a good idea of what your benefits are.

Financing with CareCredit

Aside from dental insurance, we offer other ways to manage the cost of dental treatment. We offer financing through CareCredit, which is like a credit card for healthcare needs. Most approvals are received within minutes, and you can use the card the same day. CareCredit offers interest-free financing when you pay off the balance within the agreed promotional period—typically 6 or 12 months.

If you are a senior who’s paying out of pocket, we are also pleased to offer a 10 percent discount. We will also be happy to make payment arrangements on a case-by-case basis.

Please Call Us with Your Questions

Please call our Tustin, CA dental office if you have questions about your insurance coverage or covering the cost of treatment. A member of our team will be happy to assist you!

Dr. Michael Zhang’s dental office is located at 18102 Irvine Boulevard in Tustin, CA behind the Kohl's and Sprout's shopping center. You’ll find us in the Vista Grande Medical Dental building in the center of town, located between Holt and Fashion Lane, off of Irvine Boulevard.

We are also near Columbus Tustin Park and CT Middle School fields, Sports Park of Tustin, and just a short drive from Disneyland. Dr. Zhang welcomes patients from Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Irvine, and all surrounding communities.

Convenient Family Dentistry in Tustin, CA

Dr. Zhang is pleased to offer comprehensive general and family dentistry for patients of all ages. We help patients with a wide range of dental needs by offering services like routine cleanings and exams, tooth fillings, crowns and bridges, dental implant restoration, root canals, and TMJ treatment.

If you would like to improve and enhance your smile, we also offer cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.

Is Your Building Wheelchair Accessible?

Our dental office is located on the second floor in close proximity to the elevator and two staircases with handrails. If necessary, our office is also equipped so that patients can remain in their wheelchairs during treatment.

Do You Have Free Parking?

Yes, the Vista Grande building provides free parking with multiple handicap spaces available.

Call Us to Schedule an Appointment

Please call our Tustin dental office at (714) 836-5600 to schedule your next exam and teeth cleaning.

Dental Exams & Teeth Cleanings

The American Dental Association states that dental exams and teeth cleanings are necessary every six months to stay a step ahead of dental disease. This schedule applies at our Tustin dental office even if your teeth feel fine and you don’t currently notice any problems.

Cavities and gum disease don’t appear overnight. By seeing you periodically, our dentist can catch these issues early and provide treatment to avoid long-term damage to your teeth and gums.

Exams and Teeth Cleanings in Tustin, CA

At the dental office of Michael Zhang, DMD, we offer comprehensive dental exams and teeth cleanings tailored for your specific needs. Teeth cleanings are particularly crucial because the sooner we find and treat gum disease, the less of a toll it takes on your oral health.

Everyone is unique, so what’s ideal for someone else may not be appropriate for you. If you have a history of gum disease, for example, we might recommend three or more cleanings a year to keep it under control.

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Us

We love welcoming new patients and would be happy to schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning to get you started. Please call our Tustin, CA dental office at (714) 836-5600 to schedule a convenient appointment.

General Dentistry

Whether or not you need to be numb depends greatly on your own comfort level and also on the type of procedure we need to perform. Some patients want to be numb for a simple teeth cleaning, while others can have a tooth filled without needing any anesthetic. 

Benefits of Getting Numb for Dental Treatment

Dr. Zhang and his experienced hygienist Rachel are trained to use certain techniques to maximize our patients’ comfort. While we understand that many people dislike the sensation of being numb, it’s good to consider the benefits.

Most obviously, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure, regardless of which procedure we provide. And since your dental team knows that you are comfortable, they can work much more efficiently to get you out of the dental chair faster. 

It’s also a good idea to consider what your perception of dental care will be after you’ve white-knuckled your way through an appointment. We would much rather provide you with a comfortable, pain-free appointment so you can leave us with a positive feeling about your experience.

Remember, the effects of nitrous linger for only 90 minutes or so, while pain memories linger for years.

Please Call Us with Your Questions.

We want to help you, so if you have concerns about what to expect during your procedure, please don’t hesitate to call our Tustin dental office. 

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Your time is valuable, and we do our best to make appointments as efficient as possible while still maintaining the highest standard of dental care. In general, we allow time for appointments at our Tustin dental office as follows:

  • Dental cleaning with exam and x-rays: 45 minutes
  • Dental crowns with prep time: 1.5 hours
  • Dental crown placement: 30 minutes
  • Basic tooth fillings: 1 hour

Please keep in mind that these times are meant as a general guideline only, and your appointment for a similar service may take longer depending on your needs. After seeing you for your initial appointment, we will give you a more precise idea of the time you should allow.

We also allow extra time in our daily schedule to accommodate dental emergencies for Tustin patients who are in pain and can’t wait for treatment. If you have a toothache or infected tooth, we will see you the same day, so please call us right away so we can get you on our schedule.

Your First Dental Visit with Us

If you are a new patient with us and this is your first visit, plan on spending about an hour with us. It’s important that we take the time to talk to you about your concerns, determine what your dental needs are, and get you established in our records.

Call Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment

Please call us if you have questions or you would like to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning at our Tustin, CA dental office.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

We require dental x-rays or radiographs so that Dr. Zhang can provide you with the safest, most appropriate treatment. While a visual examination tells us a lot about your oral health, it doesn’t provide the full picture. For example, we can’t see inside or between teeth where cavities commonly start, and we can’t see what’s happening under your gums.

Why We Recommend Dental X-Rays

Dr. Zhang understands his patients’ concerns about having x-rays taken and has invested in digital x-rays that expose you to about 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays. If your teeth and gums are healthy, we can limit them to a full set of bitewing x-rays every two years and as needed to diagnose conditions when you have a problem. 

Does Dental Insurance Cover X-Rays?

A full set of dental x-rays every year is considered part of preventive dentistry and is covered in full by most insurance companies. However, dental coverage varies so much from plan to plan that it is always best to check with your provider first. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam in Tustin, CA

At the office of Michael Zhang, DMD, we focus on preventive dentistry and patient education so you can make the healthiest decisions for yourself and your family.

We are always happy to answer your questions, so please call us if you need more information about x-rays or want to schedule your next dental exam.

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