Lake Erie Dental
World Class Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

One of the most essential tenets on which our practice is based is how much we value patient education.  Every member of our team enjoys sharing our knowledge with patients so they can take good care of their teeth and gums and enjoy better oral health.

We field a lot of questions about our practice, preventive care, payment options, and recommended treatments. To make it easy for you to find answers to your questions, we’ve shared some of these below.

If you have a question that isn’t addressed, please give us a call. There is no such thing as a silly question—unless you don’t ask it! We’d love to hear from you!


We are always open to new patients, especially those who have been referred by our current patients.

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If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, we would like to assure you that we are a judgment-free dental office. We won’t chastise you for neglecting your oral health; we will be happy you are taking the steps to do something about it now. The past is the past, and we will look toward a future where you can enjoy good oral health.

If it turns out you need treatment beyond a checkup, we will go over your options and come up with a workable plan you can be comfortable with.

Regular Dental Cleanings

We recommend that patients come in twice each year for examinations and cleanings. We also like to take one set of x-rays each year to keep an eye on developing problems that are still small and not yet visible to the naked eye. This also enables us to keep an eye on your gum health. Gum infections can appear with no symptoms at all, so regular exams are crucial.


Dr. Sambuchino offers his patients a five-year guarantee on all of his dental crowns and a 10-year guarantee on all of his dental implants. The only stipulation is that you stay dentist erie pa | dental exam and cleanings current on regular examinations and cleanings, which means you must come in twice each year to your routine appointments. When you come in, Dr. Sambuchino can take a look at any restorative work and stay on top of any signs of wear and tear.

Your restorations should last a good number of years if you take good care of them. They are an investment and should be treated as such.

Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Although neither dental crowns nor dental implants can develop decay, you must still protect your gum health so flossing regularly is crucial. You should also avoid chewing on hard candies or ice. And never use your teeth—not even your natural teeth!—for anything other than chewing food. Biting fingernails or opening cans with your teeth can cause a lot of damage—to natural teeth or restorations.

If you have questions about taking care of your dental crowns or dental implants, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help!

Yes, we can see every member of your family, from the youngest member to the oldest.childrens dentistry erie pa

We usually recommend that young children come to our office along with their parents when they are in for routine examinations and cleanings. Kids can see their parents in the dentist chair and observe that there is nothing to be anxious about.

Caring Children's Dentistry

We like to start seeing children themselves around the age of two. It’s important that you bring your children in regularly for appointments twice each year. Children who are accustomed to visiting the dentist regularly tend to become adults who visit the dentist regularly. Children who are used the dentist also tend to have much less anxiety about seeing the dentist when they are older.

Child's First Dental Visit

When you bring your child in for his or her first appointment, we will conduct a brief examination, check the condition of teeth and gums, and talk about any concerns you might have. We can also go over proper home care and make recommendations for the best tools to use. You should brush and floss for your kids until they have the dexterity to do it for themselves—usually around the age of six. 

For many people, fear of the dentist is very real. Some people might feel embarrassed about it, so they simply avoid going to the dentist altogether. This is putting your oral—and overall—sedation dentistry erie pa | dental anxietyhealth at risk.

Dr. Sambuchino and his entire team are comfortable working with fearful patients. Because we are a one-doctor practice, you can rest assured that you will always see the same dentist at every appointment. Some patients find comfort in getting to know the doctor and staff on a personal level.

Transparent Dentistry

Because fear of the unknown can contribute to anxiety, we believe in being up front about everything that will happen in the dental chair. We want you to feel completely comfortable with expected treatments so we will explain everything in detail. If you have questions, we will take all the time needed to answer them.

Sedation Options

If you find that even the familiarity of our office isn’t helping your anxiety, we can offer sedation dentistry such as nitrous oxide. This safe, effective gas is great for helping patients relax while staying fully conscious and able to answer questions as needed.

We don’t want fear to cause you to avoid getting the dental care you need. Let us know what we can do to help!

That depends on the procedure and on your particular insurance plan. Everyone’s insurance coverage is different. In general, many insurance plans pay all or nearly all of the costs of erie pa dentist office | insurances accepted preventive care treatments, including examinations, cleanings, and annual x-rays. Most plans offer a discount for common procedures such as fillings and dental crowns, as well as other more invasive treatments.

Knowledgable Staff

When you need treatment beyond routine checkups, it’s best to talk to our office. Our staff is always up to date with the latest on insurance coverage, and they do a great job of ensuring you get the maximum coverage to which you are entitled. We don’t want worries about insurance coverage to prevent you from getting the care you need to protect your oral health.

Accepted Insurance Plans

Be sure to bring your insurance information to our office for your first appointment. Some of the insurance plans we accept are BAI, United Concordia, Cigna, Delta Dental, Aetna, UPMC, MetLife, Ameritas, Guardian, United Health Care, Principal Life, Anthem, Humana, Coventry Dental, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. If your insurance company is not on the preceding list, be sure to ask about it when you call to make an appointment.

We also offer a number of different payment options, one of which is sure to fit into your budget.

Emergency Dentistry

Here at Lake Erie Dental, we provide our patients with dental cleanings and exams to help them maintain healthy smiles and avoid dental emergencies. But life happens, and so do toothaches, broken teeth, and other dental emergencies.

Dr. Kevin Sambuchino does everything he can to help you avoid problems, but we want you to be prepared if an urgent situation arises. Here are some common conditions that would require dental emergency procedures in Erie, PA:

  • Toothaches: Any tooth pain—whether it’s a mild twinge or a throbbing toothache—is not normal and requires dental treatment as soon as possible.
  • Lost dental crowns or fillings: We’ll need to replace a lost tooth filling, but we can often re-cement a lost dental crown back in place if we see you soon enough.
  • Broken or chipped teeth: Even if you’re not in pain, it’s crucial to treat broken or chipped teeth to prevent further damage or fracturing.
  • Infected or abscessed tooth: A severe toothache, inflamed or swollen gums, or a bump on your gums are all signs that you may have an infected tooth and need root canal treatment.
  • Knocked-out tooth: You already know this is a dental emergency, but what you might not know is there’s a window of a couple of hours in which we have hope of replacing it successfully. Call us right away for instructions on what to do until you get to our dental office.

Dr. Kevin Sambuchino and our experienced dental team offer emergency dental procedures in Erie, PA, and we’re always here for you. Call us at (814) 864-7511, so we can get you on our schedule as soon as possible.

Dental emergencies can be stressful, particularly if you have a problem but aren’t sure how urgently you need treatment! The great news is that you always have peace of mind because our experienced dental team is more than happy to take your call and listen to your concerns.

If you’re looking for emergency dentistry, in Erie, PA, you’ve come to the right place!

A broken tooth is not typically an urgent situation where you need to drop what you’re doing to get treatment. The exception is if you are in pain or your mouth is bleeding, in which case we will do everything we can to get you on our schedule the same day to provide relief.

Even if you’re not in pain, a broken tooth is a dental problem that should be addressed sooner rather than later. Putting off treatment risks further damage to the tooth and the possible need for more extensive treatment to fix it in the future.

For example, if you see us soon enough after breaking the tooth, Dr. Sambuchino may be able to repair it using tooth-colored filling material. Wait too long, however, and the tooth may become so damaged that we need to cover it with a dental crown to strengthen and protect it.

If you have a dental problem and think you need an emergency dentist in Erie, PA, please call Lake Erie Dental at (814) 864-7511, and a helpful member of our team will assist you.

At Lake Erie Dental, we provide emergency dental procedures for any urgent problem you face. There are all sorts of dental emergencies, making your situation unique. Dr. Kevin Sambuchino and his team will investigate the issue and match your treatment to your needs.

The first step is to call us and tell us what’s happening and what symptoms you’re experiencing. We’ll tailor your treatment according to your needs so we can provide the relief you urgently need.

Here are some of the emergency dental procedures available at our Erie, PA dental office to restore your oral health and get you back on your way:

  • Remove tooth decay and fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings
  • Repair chipped or broken teeth with a filling or dental bonding
  • Re-cement a lost dental crown back onto a tooth
  • Remove stuck food from between teeth
  • Perform emergency root canals for infected teeth
  • Perform tooth extraction when it’s our only option

If you feel you have an urgent situation on your hands but don’t see your specific problem mentioned here, please call Lake Erie Dental and speak to a member of our team. 

We’ll help you schedule a convenient appointment to see us as soon as possible. If you are in pain, we will do our best to see you the same day for treatment. 

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