Dr. Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Your oral health is very personal. We pay very close attention to all your questions and your concerns because there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in dentistry. You can achieve and maintain the best oral health when you are actively involved in your dental care, and the questions you ask help us understand what's on your mind and how we can best help you.

At Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates, our team is very knowledgeable about all aspects of dentistry, so we encourage you to come to us with your questions. We get a lot of questions, and we've shared some of those we hear most frequently. If you have your own that you don't see here or are ready to make an appointment, please call our Chesapeake, VA dental office at (757) 548-3238.


At Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates, we are in-network with Delta Dental Premier, Anthem BC/BS FEP Blue, Complete and Grid + Networks.

We accept all insurances as long as they are a PPO policy and allow the patient to go out-of-network. The patient would just be responsible for the difference between what we charge and what the insurance pays.

If you have questions about your insurance, please don't hesitate to contact our Chesapeake dental office at (757) 548-3238, and a helpful team member will be happy to assist you.

We are happy to file your dental insurance at our Chesapeake dental office regardless of whether or not you are in-network with us. Payments are due at the time of services, and we will collect the estimated patient portion and file the rest with your insurance. If for any reason the insurance does not cover all that was estimate you will be responsible for the difference.

Please call us at (757) 548-3238 if you have any questions about your dental insurance.


If you’re an adult and you want to correct crooked or crowded teeth, you have options. Using invisible braces at our Chesapeake, VA dental office, we can address these limited alignment issues without the need for metal braces.

At Bennett A.Thomas, DDS and Associates, we offer ClearCorrect and Smart Moves invisible braces. Both are similar to Invisalign using the same technology and clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. But ClearCorrect and Smart Moves tend to be less expensive than Invisalign, and ClearCorrect is produced here in the US.

Limited orthodontic treatment involves wearing customized trays that move your teeth progressively into the desired position. We start by taking digital impressions of your teeth that our dentists use to plan your treatment, and this plan is used to create a customized series of aligners.

We instruct you to wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before moving to the next set in the series. You will repeat this process every two weeks until you use all your aligners and your treatment is complete.

Treatment with invisible braces has many benefits when compared to metal brackets and wires. The trays are crystal clear, so most people won’t notice you’re wearing them. They’re also removable so you can eat your favorite foods and brush and floss easily. Just be sure to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day, and you may be able to complete your treatment in as little as 12 to 15 months.

If you would like to learn more about straightening your teeth with invisible braces at our Chesapeake, VA dental office, please call us to arrange an appointment. If your treatment is more extensive, we can recommend an orthodontist that will help you get the smile you desire.

Dental Implants

At Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates, we are pleased to offer the option of replacing missing teeth in Chesapeake, VA with dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial teeth that look, feel, and function almost the same as natural teeth. We believe that dental implants are the healthiest replacements for missing teeth.

A dental implant is an artificial titanium root that is placed surgically in your jaw. As the implant heals, it begins fusing with the bone and tissue around it through a process called osseointegration. After the implant heals, it becomes part of your jaw and functions like a natural tooth root. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture that we attach to it. If you commit yourself to caring for your dental implant correctly, it may last a lifetime.

Since the dental implant acts like a natural tooth root, it also helps prevent the breakdown of bone in the jaw that’s common with tooth loss. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant also restores a more youthful appearance by filling out your jawline.

Dental implants have helped millions of people regain a healthy, attractive smile. If you want to learn more, please call our Chesapeake, VA dental office to arrange an appointment so we can discuss your tooth replacement options.

Family Dentistry

We know how upsetting any dental emergency can be, and we want you to get the treatment and relief you need as soon as possible. If you’re not sure you need to be seen on an emergency basis, in Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA, call our office first at (757) 548-3238.

Our team is trained to listen to your concerns and help determine how soon we need to see you. If you have a severe toothache, we will see you the same day. If your dental emergency is less critical, we'll coordinate an appointment that works for both of our schedules.

In many cases, dental emergencies are obvious; you have a terrible toothache, you broke off a piece of your tooth, or you suffered dental trauma during a soccer game. But we know from experience that dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and we don’t want you to spend an extra moment worrying.

Some of the common dental emergencies we treat are:

  • Toothaches
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Lost dental crowns or fillings
  • Gum infections
  • Dental trauma

We always welcome your calls, and we would rather spend a few minutes chatting with you than have you suffer needlessly.  Please call our office at (757) 548-3238 so we can help you get the treatment you need.

We understand that dental anxiety is a problem that affects millions. For some, it’s a major obstacle that keeps them from scheduling and keeping dental appointments.

One of the ways we help you get rid of dental anxiety at our Chesapeake dental office is by offering nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a slightly sweet-smelling gas that you inhale through a small nasal mask, which is why it’s called inhalation sedation.

Nitrous oxide is mild enough to use with children, and we only use it for the duration of your procedure. When we start the flow of gas, we’ll have you sit back, relax, and breathe normally. In just a few moments, you will begin to feel very relaxed and mildly euphoric, almost like you’re floating. The activity around you recedes into the background, and you may not have much memory of what happened during your appointment.

But you won’t go to sleep, and as soon as we stop the flow of nitrous and have you breathe pure oxygen for a few moments, the effects wear off quickly. You will be able to return to your usual activities feeling alert and refreshed.

At your next appointment, let us know if you are interested, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about nitrous oxide at our Chesapeake, VA dental office.

Full & Partial Dentures

We offer several options for tooth replacement. Dental implants or bridges are appropriate if you’re missing just a few teeth. However, dentures are often the best choice if several or all teeth in an arch are missing.

You may have a negative reaction to the idea of dentures, which is understandable. After all, dentures in the past were pretty much one-size-fits-all, which didn’t provide a lot of room for customizing their look, fit, and feel. But we’ve seen some amazing advances in the way dentures are created that allow us to make your dentures unique to you.

With implant-supported dentures at our Chesapeake, VA dental office, your worries about slipping and discomfort are a thing of the past! The secret to keeping dentures stable is dental implants. By working with our team of surgeons and lab technicians we can design a secure, comfortable, and aesthetic prosthesis.

Implant-supported dentures also referred to as overdentures, are connected to dental implants placed at different locations in your jaw. Your dentures are customized just for you and made to attach securely to the dental implants. No more worries about slipping and moving – your new dentures will stay put when attached to dental implants. 

Would you like to learn more about implant-supported dentures and if they're a good choice for you? Please call us, and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss your needs.

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