Beacon Hill Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

The more you know and understand about your oral health, the better equipped you are to make confident and informed decisions about your dental care. Part of keeping you informed is answering your questions patiently and thoroughly until we are sure that you have the answer you're looking for. There is no question too large or small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked!

We have shared several of the most common dental health questions we receive and hope you find the answer you need here. If not, please don't hesitate to contact our Crown Point dental office at (219) 750-1150

Family Dentistry

We are pleased to welcome new patients of all ages to Beacon Hill Dental, from 1 to 100 and beyond! Dr. Rita Patel-Miller and Dr. Paul Miller are experienced dentists in Crown Point who understand the importance of helping families enjoy their healthiest smiles.

We Love Treating Kids!

We offer children’s dentistry so that the smallest smiles in your family can come and get the care they need to promote a lifetime of excellent oral health. From exams and cleanings to dental sealants and fillings, we will monitor your child’s oral development and provide age-appropriate treatment as they grow.

All the Dental Treatment Adults Need

Adults will find a full range of dental services, including dental exams and cleanings that helps us stay a step ahead of gum disease and cavities. We also offer restorative dentistry like fillings, crowns, and dental implants to undo the wear and tear that time takes on your smile.

If you would like to make some aesthetic improvements, we also offer cosmetic dentistry. Whether you want your smile to look brighter, straighter, or more symmetrical, we offer tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear braces, and KöR teeth whitening to help you achieve your goals.

Schedule Your Family’s Next Dental Appointment

We are pleased to offer group appointments in Crown Point so you can get everyone’s dental needs met without making separate trips for each family member. Call Beacon Hill Dental at (219) 750-1150, and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

Dr. Rita Patel-Miller and Dr. Paul Miller opened Beacon Hill Dental in January of 2014. Ours is a privately-owned practice, and we are not affiliated with any dental corporation.

A husband-and-wife dental team, Dr. Rita and Dr. Paul, met while attending the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. Dr. Paul had previously attended Indiana University for his undergraduate degree in biology, and Dr. Rita earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in human physiology from the University of Oregon.

A Warm and Welcoming Dental Home

With a vision to provide a warm and welcoming dental home for patients in Crown Point, Cedar Lake, St. John, Valparaiso, and Winfield. Dr. Rita and Dr. Paul opened Beacon Hill Dental at our current location on 107th Avenue. They knew that providing quality dentistry and committing to patient comfort and well-being could change perceptions of dentistry and motivate patients to be proactive with their oral health care.

Today, our dentists continue to provide patient-focused dental care to families and patients of all ages. They offer dental exams and cleanings for adults and children, general dentistry, and restorative tooth fillings, dental crowns, dental implants, and more. Dr. Rita is a certified Invisalign provider, and both enjoy providing beautiful cosmetic dentistry that enhances their patients’ smiles.

Schedule a Dental Exam in Crown Point, IN

Dr. Rita and Dr. Paul hope you will consider making Beacon Hill Dental your home for quality dentistry. Please call us at (219) 750-1150 to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning to get started.

We enjoy welcoming new patients to our dental office but know that visiting a new dentist can feel a bit daunting. Don’t worry! From the moment you enter our practice, you become a member of our family, and we look forward to serving you!

Your First Dental Visit in Crown Point, IN

Your first visit to our Crown Point dental office will be with one of our skilled, experienced dental hygienists. Whether or not you have a teeth cleaning depends on your current gum health, so the first step is an evaluation to understand the big picture of your oral health.

Our goal at your first appointment is to provide:

  • A review of your dental history
  • A review of your medical history, including prescription medications 
  • A comprehensive dental examination
  • A full set of intraoral and extraoral photos
  • A full set of digital x-rays
  • A periodontal (gum health) assessment
  • An oral cancer screening

Once we have a comprehensive understanding of your current oral health, you will meet with Dr. Rita or Dr. Paul. They will explain their findings to you, and if you need treatment, they will explain why and how it benefits your long-term oral health.

Schedule Your First Dental Visit in Crown Point, IN

Dr. Rita, Dr. Paul, and our entire team would love to welcome you to Beacon Hill Dental and take the first step on your journey to a healthier, more confident smile. Please call our Crown Point dental office to schedule an appointment to get started

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point, IN is any treatment or series of procedures that enhances your smile. Some options can also improve your oral health.

The cosmetic issues that we address include:

  • Chipped, broken, and cracked teeth
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Gummy-typed smiles
  • Short or worn-down teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we have you in for a comprehensive exam, x-rays, and chat with your Crown Point dentist, especially if you’re new to Beacon Hill Dental or have not been in to see us in a while.

Based on your exam and chat, you and your dentist determine which options will work for you and bring you to your smile goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

We also offer CEREC same-day veneers, crowns, and dental bridges. We create these restorations and prosthetics right here in our dental office, using our state-of-the-art software and milling machine.

Arrange a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Near Me

Whether you want to conceal a single tooth flaw or many, our dental team is here to help. So give us a call today if you have any questions about smile enhancement or if you’re ready to arrange your initial visit with our cosmetic dentist.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign in Crown Point, IN is a unique orthodontic system that relies on clear, discreet tooth aligners to move your teeth into position over a specific treatment timeline.

Because Invisalign moves your teeth slowly and is made of clear plastic, it is more comfortable than traditional orthodontics.

Invisalign works in steps.

#1 See Your Crown Point, IN Dentist for a Consultation

At this visit, your dentist makes sure you’re a candidate for Invisalign and talks to you about your aesthetic goals. If you decide to go with Invisalign and if it is suitable for your smile, you move to the next step.

#2 Impressions of Your Teeth

In step two, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends these results to the Invisalign lab so they can create your custom aligners.

#3 Start Invisalign Treatment

When your aligners arrive in our dental office, you come in to pick them up. From there, you wear each aligner according to your dentist’s instructions before moving on to the next.

#4 After Invisalign Treatment

After Invisalign treatment, your dentist provides a custom retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions.

Contact Your Invisalign Dentist in Crown Point, IN

Invisalign leaves you with straight teeth but also promotes a healthier smile. If you’re ready to get started, give us a call today.

Comfort Dentistry

Our Crown Point, IN dentists understand that it’s common to experience anxiety about dental visits. It might help to know that dentistry has advanced significantly in recent years. Modern anesthetics, updated technology, and dental sedation now make appointments more comfortable than ever before.

Steps We Take to Minimize Dental Anxiety

Take a look at all we do to help relieve your anxiety and help you get the quality dentistry you need.

We Keep You Informed About Your Treatment

We also realize that a lot of dental anxiety stems from a fear of the unknown. Starting with your treatment plan, we make you part of the process. Feeling fully informed and knowing what to expect can go a long way toward helping you feel confident and comfortable at your appointments.

We Work to Understand Your Dental Anxiety

It’s also important for us to understand the source of your fear. If it’s based on a past dental experience, we’ll make sure to avoid the triggers that sparked your anxiety in the first place. The goal is to create a calm and comfortable environment for you, where you can receive quality dentistry without fear or anxiety.

We Offer Sedation Dentistry

We’re also pleased to offer dental sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide produces pleasant, relaxing effects that last only as long as your procedure. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative with longer-lasting effects and is perfect for those who need deeper relaxation.

Schedule an Appointment at Our Crown Point, IN Dental Office

Dr. Rita and Dr. Paul would love to welcome you to Beacon Hill Dental and put your worries about dental treatment to rest. Please call us at (219) 750-1150 to schedule an appointment so we can help you take back your oral health

CEREC Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point, IN is any treatment or series of procedures that enhances your smile. Some options can also improve your oral health.

The cosmetic issues that we address include:

  • Chipped, broken, and cracked teeth
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Gummy-typed smiles
  • Short or worn-down teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we have you in for a comprehensive exam, x-rays, and chat with your Crown Point dentist, especially if you’re new to Beacon Hill Dental or have not been in to see us in a while.

Based on your exam and chat, you and your dentist determine which options will work for you and bring you to your smile goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

We also offer CEREC same-day veneers, crowns, and dental bridges. We create these restorations and prosthetics right here in our dental office, using our state-of-the-art software and milling machine.

Arrange a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Near Me

Whether you want to conceal a single tooth flaw or many, our dental team is here to help. So give us a call today if you have any questions about smile enhancement or if you’re ready to arrange your initial visit with our cosmetic dentist.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to last for a patient's lifetime. They are made of biocompatible titanium that resists corrosion and is non-toxic. Titanium is an incredibly strong but lightweight metal, making it the perfect material for a dental implant post.

Once the dentist surgically places the implant post into the jawbone, the bone naturally grows around the implant's tiny titanium post. This process is called osseointegration, through which the bone and implant become one.

Because the implant becomes a part of your mouth, it's just like a natural tooth root, safe and secure beneath the gumline. The dental implant post is invisible to others, but we top the post with an abutment piece that attaches a restoration to the implant.

A restoration can be a single crown, denture, or dental bridge. Each of these restorations can last for decades, but if they need repair, adjustment, or replacement, our Crown Point, IN dentist can help you. 

Restore Your Smile to Its Former Glory with Dental Implants in Crown Point

Do you need a lifelong solution to missing teeth? Give us a call today to learn more about your options and schedule your dental implant consultation. 

We look forward to helping you improve your smile!

Dental implants permanently replace missing tooth roots and restore oral function and health. Think of a tooth like a fence post that's embedded in the ground. If the fence post loosens or dislodges, debris can enter the hole where the fence post once stood.

The hole can even cave in and crumble because there's nothing to fill in that space. With a missing fence post, the entire fence line is compromised and doesn't serve its ultimate purpose. 

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

A tooth is similar in this way. When you lose a tooth, the mouth can't work to its fullest potential. Also, the gums and tooth roots are susceptible to gum disease, infection, and other issues.

However, a dental implant replaces the tooth down to the jawbone so you can once again enjoy a healthy, long-lasting smile. 

A dental implant includes a tiny titanium post your dentist surgically places in the jaw, an abutment (connector), and a restoration. The restoration is the tooth's visible part and can be a single crown, dental bridge, or denture. 

Dental Implants in Crown Point, IN

With a dental implant, you can enjoy a mouth that's fully functional that mimics the chewing forces of natural teeth. Also, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth because they become a part of your mouth's anatomy. 

Please contact us today about dental implants in Crown Point, IN, if you want a permanent tooth replacement. 

KöR Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point, IN is any treatment or series of procedures that enhances your smile. Some options can also improve your oral health.

The cosmetic issues that we address include:

  • Chipped, broken, and cracked teeth
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Gummy-typed smiles
  • Short or worn-down teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we have you in for a comprehensive exam, x-rays, and chat with your Crown Point dentist, especially if you’re new to Beacon Hill Dental or have not been in to see us in a while.

Based on your exam and chat, you and your dentist determine which options will work for you and bring you to your smile goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

We also offer CEREC same-day veneers, crowns, and dental bridges. We create these restorations and prosthetics right here in our dental office, using our state-of-the-art software and milling machine.

Arrange a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Near Me

Whether you want to conceal a single tooth flaw or many, our dental team is here to help. So give us a call today if you have any questions about smile enhancement or if you’re ready to arrange your initial visit with our cosmetic dentist.

Emergency Dentistry

Yes! We are pleased to offer prompt treatment for all tooth emergencies at our Crown Point dental office. Whether you have a lost dental crown, broken tooth, or wake up with a throbbing toothache, we are available to help you.

Dental emergencies are a fact of life and can happen to anyone. Even if your oral health is excellent, you may lose a dental crown or suffer dental trauma during an auto or sports accident.

Whatever dental emergency you face, call Beacon Hill Dental first. We know that relief and resolution can’t always wait until our next available appointment. We always allow extra time in our daily schedule for emergency patients who need prompt treatment.

Dental Emergencies We Treat

Dr. Rita Patel-Miller and Dr. Paul Miller are emergency dentists in Crown Point who treat:

  • Toothaches
  • Broken teeth
  • Lost crowns and fillings
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums
  • Dental trauma

With any dental emergency, the first step is to call Beacon Hill Dental. An experienced member of our dental team will ask what symptoms you are experiencing to understand the best way to help you. They will give you instructions for handling the situation and schedule an appointment as soon as possible—the same day if you are in pain.

Call with Your Dental Emergency in Crown Point, IN

If you are currently in pain or have another urgent dental problem, call Beacon Hill Dental at (219) 750-1150, so our emergency dentists can provide the treatment and relief you need.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cosmetic dentistry in Crown Point, IN is any treatment or series of procedures that enhances your smile. Some options can also improve your oral health.

The cosmetic issues that we address include:

  • Chipped, broken, and cracked teeth
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Gummy-typed smiles
  • Short or worn-down teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we have you in for a comprehensive exam, x-rays, and chat with your Crown Point dentist, especially if you’re new to Beacon Hill Dental or have not been in to see us in a while.

Based on your exam and chat, you and your dentist determine which options will work for you and bring you to your smile goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

We also offer CEREC same-day veneers, crowns, and dental bridges. We create these restorations and prosthetics right here in our dental office, using our state-of-the-art software and milling machine.

Arrange a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Near Me

Whether you want to conceal a single tooth flaw or many, our dental team is here to help. So give us a call today if you have any questions about smile enhancement or if you’re ready to arrange your initial visit with our cosmetic dentist.

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