Dental Patient Information – Temple, TX

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Thinking of setting up an appointment with us or a loved one? We recommend taking a brief look at our new patient page for helpful information regarding your first visit. In it, we cover topics such as what to expect when you arrive, patient forms to fill out, financing information, dental insurance options, and much more. We look forward to serving you not just today, but for many years to come, so don’t wait to pick up the phone and call us!


Your First Visit

At each of our dental offices the doctor and team look forward to meeting you and making your visit a pleasurable experience. We understand that finding a new dental care provider can be a bit stressful; that’s why we are here to help.  After all, a healthy, confident smile is very important to your health and well-being. Our philosophy is patient centered and we believe we can positively influence a person's quality of life through "Lifetime Care".

During Your Appointment

We will begin your exam with a series of digital images or X-rays so that we can get a better look at your entire mouth.  These images allow us to determine what type of cleaning you will need. New patients often ask if they can have their teeth cleaned during the first visit. The answer is absolutely, as long as the patient does not need periodontal treatment.

Prior to your X-rays, our team will discuss your dental history and the reason for your visit. After a complete oral exam, we will suggest a personalized treatment plan that's best for you. This is important because seeing the full picture helps you make the best decisions about your treatment. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive oral care for your unique smile.

Additional Treatment

If you need additional treatment, we will be glad to accommodate you for same day care in most cases. Your doctor and the rest of the Richard Fossum DDS look forward to making over your smile!

Patient Forms

When you first arrive, you will fill out your new patient paperwork. This helps our team get to know you better. If you haven’t completed the online new patient paperwork prior to your appointment time, it’s a good idea to arrive around fifteen minutes early so that you can complete these forms. You can complete the new patient paperwork in advance by clicking on the appropriate links below.

Adult New Patient Forms

Child New Patient Forms

Dental Insurance Checker

Curious if we take your dental insurance?
Quickly discover with this easy form

We're a preferred provider
with your dental insurance!

Your checkup and cleaning will be covered! Request an appointment to have a friendly member of our team get back to you with more information.

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We take your dental insurance!

While we are not a preferred provider with your insurance, there is a 90% chance your checkup and cleaning will be covered! Request an appointment to have a friendly member of our team get back to you with more information.

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Dental Insurance

Richard Fossum, DDS accepts most major PPO dental insurances and we are in-network for the following plans. Even if your plan is not listed, give us a call! Don’t forget that you can also use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) toward dental treatment!

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Connection Dental
  • Delta Dental
  • Dentemax
  • Humana
  • Metlife
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare

Please note the contracts are subject to change without notification and vary by employer group. Individuals should contact their insurance provider for verification.

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CareCredit Financing

Don’t have a dental insurance plan at this time? Is your insurance not providing as much coverage as you thought it would? Third-party financing plans from CareCredit can make even the more expensive dental services manageable on a monthly budget. By qualifying, you can enroll into a payment plan that allows you to pay for dental services over the span of several months often with little to no interest attached! Simply let our front desk know if you’d like to learn more.

In-House Savings Plan

If you’ve never been a fan of dental insurance or find it too expensive, our in-house option may be more ideal based on your dental needs. When you sign up, you can expect immediate savings on your dental treatments, no waiting periods to use benefits, and truly comprehensive coverage for your most important treatments and routine maintenance. Whether you prefer a monthly or annual billing cycle, Richard Fossum, DDS wants to make your dentistry as affordable as possible.

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