Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When you have questions about dentistry, we welcome you to contact Dr. Carr's office so that we can help you find the answers you need. Maintaining excellent oral health is essential, and we want to be sure that you have all the details you need to make confident decisions about your dental treatment.

We are used to getting questions and have answered several below. If there's something on your mind that we haven't included here, please don't hesitate to call us, and we would be happy to help you.


We are pleased to accept most PPO insurance plans, so there’s a good chance we accept yours. Please visit our financial page for a complete listing.

Insurance helps millions of people get dental care who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. The benefits you receive depend on your plan, but most cover the cost of preventive exams and teeth cleanings. These basic essential services help you build the foundation for healthy teeth and gums.

Most plans cover the cost of periodontal treatment and restorative dentistry, such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. Services like root canals and tooth extractions are also typically included because they help you maintain a healthy smile.

Unfortunately, dental insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are considered cosmetic, so they’re typically covered; however, the dental crown or dentures used to restore function may be.

All of this can be confusing, but our insurance coordinator is always available to answer your questions. We’ll check your benefits to see what’s covered, provide pre-treatment estimates, and then file your claim and follow up for payment.

Check Out Our In-Office Dental Savings Plan

Dr. Carr also offers an in-office dental savings plan that offers many of the same benefits for an annual fee. Our plan is often a better choice for some patients, and we will be more than happy to explain its benefits. You can also find details about our savings plan on our financial page.

If you are looking for a dentist who accepts your insurance Hemet or Temecula, please call the dental office of Byron L. Carr, DMD, to schedule an appointment.

Getting the treatment you want or need to have a healthier smile doesn’t have to be something that breaks the bank. While many insurances don't cover aesthetic procedures, our Hemet and Temecula dental offices have instituted an in-house treatment savings plan.

Dental savings plans are also ideal for patients who do not have dental insurance through their place of employment or who have coverage that is inadequate to meet their needs or the needs of their family members.

A dental savings plan allows patients to pay an affordable fee to receive discounts on services that might otherwise not be covered by insurance. Dental savings plans are the ideal way to save money on both preventive, routine care, and aesthetic dentistry.

Keeping Dental Care Affordable at Dr. Carr’s Office

To provide low-cost, high-quality dentistry, we have developed our own pre-paid dental savings plan, which allows you to take advantage of reduced rates for services. When you purchase the in-house dental savings plan, you receive the following:

Includes preventive care: Two yearly teeth cleanings with exam and fluoride for children

20% price reduction for additional services: Examples include affordable root canals, tooth-colored dental crowns, comprehensive periodontal care, composite fillings, and dentures.

Ask about Low-Cost Dentistry in Hemet and Temecula

If you would like to learn more about our in-office dental savings plan, please call us. A member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Full Mouth Rehabilitation

We are all working with a tight budget these days. One of the first questions most dental patients ask is how much their treatment will cost, especially if they are uninsured.

The answer is that the cost of certain procedures is difficult to estimate until Dr. Carr can evaluate to determine your specific needs. You can be confident that we will keep your financial situation in mind whenever you need dental care. While we never sacrifice quality in dentistry, we always look for the most affordable and conservative solutions.

We also offer several options for Hemet and Temecula patients to make oral healthcare more affordable. Our in-office dental savings plan lets you sign up by paying one affordable annual fee. Under our plan, you and your family will receive free dental cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays, as well as discounts on most other services we offer.

Some patients prefer to finance their dental care with extended payments paid out over several months. We are also pleased to offer financing through CareCredit and Lending Club. Both offer low interest and interest-free plans, and you can start using them the same day you sign up.

Your dental health is too important to sacrifice because of your financial situation. Call our Hemet or Temecula dental offices, and we will work with you to find a way to make quality dentistry affordable and accessible for you.

Crowns and Bridges

Sometimes a tooth needs extra repairing or requires more structure to support another dental procedure. In these cases, your dentist in Hemet, CA may recommend a dental crown.

When Do I Need a Crown

Some reasons for a crown are functional, while others are cosmetic. Situations in which you might need a crown are:

  • To protect a significantly decayed tooth
  • When several fillings have impacted a tooth's structure
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To cap a tooth that has undergone a root canal
  • To top off a dental implant
  • To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth

The lifespan of a dental crown depends on a few factors, the most important of which is care and maintenance. Crowns should be cared for like your natural teeth with brushing and flossing at least twice a day and keeping consistent visits to your dentist. Crowns are also made of durable materials that should withstand the usual wear and tear that natural teeth experience.

However, habits such as grinding your teeth, or bruxism, may cause excessive wear on your crown and threaten to crack or damage it. If this is possible, your Hemet, CA cosmetic dentist can prescribe a nightguard to address your potential bruxism.

With proper care, treatment and caution, your crown may last many years and even up to decades.

Dental Implants

Since they were first introduced in the 1970s, dental implants have changed the lives of millions of people faced with adult tooth loss. The great news is that over the decades, implant dentistry has evolved to the extent that nearly anyone who wants one is a good candidate.

We can use dental implants to replace one, several, or all of your teeth or use them instead of dentures or bridges. The basic requirements for a candidate for dental implants in Hemet or Temecula are that you be in good general and oral health with no signs of periodontal disease. You must also have adequate bone in the jaw to hold the dental implant securely in place.

Even if you have been told that you can’t get a dental implant, Dr. Carr performs procedures like bone grafting and sinus lifts that can make it possible for you to get one in the future.

There are several other risk factors, however, that make certain patients unsuitable for dental implants.

Uncontrolled gum disease or diabetes, cancer, and smoking are all risk factors because they can adversely affect the outcome of dental implants. If you have severe bruxism, the excessive pressure on the implant could cause it to fail.

Dental Implants in Hemet and Temecula, CA

If you have any of the above risk factors or have been told that you can’t get a dental implant, call to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Carr at our Hemet or Temecula dental offices.

He can work with you to bring your oral health up to par, or he would be happy to explain our other excellent tooth replacement options, including bridges and full and partial dentures.

Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and Traditional Orthodontics

Dr. Byron Carr is pleased to offer braces and orthodontic treatment to patients in Hemet, Temecula, and surrounding areas. With 30 years of experience and credentials in orthodontics, Dr. Carr offers Invisalign clear braces, Six Month Smiles braces, and traditional orthodontics for adults and children.

While all of these methods help you achieve your goal of a straighter smile, they work differently to accommodate our patients’ diverse needs.

Invisalign allows you to straighten crooked or crowded teeth with clear, smooth plastic aligners that are comfortable to wear. Treatment is convenient, and adults appreciate that they can remove their aligners for oral hygiene and meals. Since Invisalign aligner trays are made of crystal-clear plastic, they blend into your smile beautifully.

Six Month Smiles braces are a short-term adult cosmetic treatment that Dr. Carr recommends for patients who only want to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Focused on straightening only the teeth that show when you smile, Six Month Smiles treatment can be completed in 4-9 months, with six being the average.

Traditional orthodontics involves a comprehensive evaluation and long-term treatment plan to correct tooth misalignments and complex bite issues. Patients still need to wear brackets and wires, but modern versions can be made more discreet by using tooth-colored brackets.

Ask Us about Braces in Hemet and Temecula, CA

As you can see, Dr. Carr’s expertise allows him to offer plenty of treatment options for patients who want straighter teeth and a healthier, more appealing smile. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, or traditional braces, call our Hemet or Temecula dental office to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a common dental procedure that your dentist in Hemet, CA will perform when a tooth has a deep cavity, severe damage, or is fractured and in danger of becoming infected. This is intended to save a tooth that may otherwise have to be extracted. A root canal is usually completed in two visits.

How Your Dentist Performs a Root Canal

After x-rays and careful planning, your dentist will numb the affected area and create a small opening at the top of the tooth. Next, your dentist will clean each canal or channel within the tooth that holds the nerve and other parts of the tooth's interior, removing all damage and infection.

Then the empty canals will be filled with a rubber-like material that seals the tooth to prevent any future infection. At the end of this first part of the procedure, your dentist will cap the tooth with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is created. You may be prescribed antibiotics to ensure no infection resurfaces while before your next visit.

The final step in a root canal is when your dentist installs the permanent crown made of a durable,  porcelain-like material that, with proper maintenance, will last for many years. A root canal in Hemet, CA is a safe procedure that, when necessary, saves teeth.

Sedation Dentistry

Because we understand how vital oral health is, we offer sedation dentistry for our patients in Hemet, Temecula, and surrounding communities. Dentistry shouldn’t be stressful or uncomfortable, and with sedation options tailored to your needs, it doesn’t have to be.

As a certified sedation dentist, Dr. Carr can safely administer nitrous oxide and oral sedation, and our anesthesia specialist comes to our office to provide IV sedation general anesthesia.

Dental sedation helps anxious patients, but it also has other benefits. If you have multiple procedures planned, for example, our dentist can complete them all during one appointment while you stay relaxed and comfortable.

Patients who can benefit most from sedation dentistry typically:

  • Hate needles
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have tooth sensitivity
  • Require extensive dental work during one appointment
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Have trouble keeping their mouth open for extended periods

When you choose sedation with Dr. Carr, you can expect to receive the safest, highest standard of care and quality dentistry. But you don’t necessarily have to be facing a complex procedure for sedation to benefit you; some of our patients even opt for it during their hygiene appointments for a more comfortable experience.

Can Sedation Dentistry Benefit You?

We offer sedation dentistry because we understand how it can help patients' dental anxiety and other issues get the important care they need. If you live in Hemet or Temecula and would like to learn more, call us so we can help you.

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