FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question for Dr. Coker, or a general question about dentistry? Ask our qualified team any question you have about dentistry and we’ll answer it for you!

Question:
What if I’m not sure what I want?  I know I want my smile to look better, but not sure what I do  next.

Answer:
We offer a new patient consultation that can help you determine what you want to do. This visit includes an exam, X-rays and a consult.  We sit down and listen to your ideas, do an exam and talk to you about some of your options.  As you probably know, Dr. Coker has improved the smiles of hundreds of people in East Texas and he can offer you an expert opinion whether you need a major rehab or just a minor tweak.

Question:
I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and know I’m going to need a lot of dental work.  I’ve heard about Dr. Coker’s expertise over the years, but not sure I can afford everything I might need.  Do you have any financing options?

Answer:
We certainly do.  We have two or three financing options we can tell you about when you come in for your new patient consultation.  In fact, we can actually put you in touch with our favorite lending companies while you are here, so you can find out what payment options are available.  We try to make it easy for you to get the smile of your dreams.

Question:
I have a question about getting a new smile. It’s rather long, so bear with me. I want my teeth to be white and straight — not — “oh my gosh her teeth are like a flashing neon sign.”  Instead I want people to say something like, “I love your smile!” rather than “Wow, your teeth are WHITE!” I don’t want silver fillings or lines around the tops of my teeth. I don’t want them to look thick and opaque. I want them to look natural and to have a translucency about them.  Can you do this?

Answer:
We really try hard to give our patients the look they desire. Some people want to have “movie star white” teeth, while others like you, prefer the “pretty” more natural look. We can do either. We really don’t do “thick and opaque.” Since we use all porcelain crowns or veneers, the dark lines around the tops are eliminated. Those lines are caused when using some metal-backed porcelains.  We have many pictures of smiles at the office that we have created and we encourage you to look through them so you can show us what you like.

Question:
I have heard about Dr. Coker’s expertise for many years.  Now that I’m thinking of having my smile done, why do you think I should choose him?  Can my regular dentist redo my smile?

Answer:
You have probably heard about Dr. Coker’s smile-makeover expertise over the years because he was the first dentist in East Texas to offer Smile Makeovers.  He has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education from the Smile leaders across the country.  He has a passion for making sure his patients get the smile of their dreams.  Because of his experience in creating beautiful smiles for the past thirty years, he has developed his reputation in cosmetic dentistry.  Many dentists are now beginning to develop their cosmetic skills, but if you were going in for a heart transplant, would you choose the surgeon who is just learning to do transplants or would you choose the surgeon with the most experience?  You will have this new smile for many years, so make sure you get the one you want.  It’s up to you.

Question:

I have heard about periodontal disease and the link to heart attacks.  What advice do you have about this?

Answer:
The link between periodontal disease and heart attacks seems to be related to inflammation in the body.  When your gums are infected, it causes inflammation.  Other causes of inflammation in your body can include tumors, smoking or even an acidic condition because of the foods you eat.  To reduce this risk, make sure you keep up with your professional teeth cleaning appointments.  Lisa has many tools in her toolbox to help clean up the infection, but you have to come in at appropriate intervals.  If the infection can’t be controlled by your home care and your professional periodontal cleanings, you will probably be referred to a periodontist.

Another way to get the inflammation in your body under control is to stop smoking and learn how to eat healthy, alkaline plant foods.  For help with this, check out Melinda Coker’s book (available on Amazon),  Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection? 

Question:
I have dental insurance and wonder how it will help me.

Answer:
Most dental insurance plans have offered a maximum coverage of $1,500/year for the past thirty years.  They haven’t changed in all that time.  If you have one of these typical plans, we will be glad to help you file it so you can get your refund at the conclusion of your treatment.  Natalie will be glad to discuss this with you during your exam/consult visit.

If you have other questions for us, please fill in the form on the contact-us page or call (903) 581-1777 during business hours.

We look forward to hearing from you!