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Mark Tickle, DMD
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

How can we help you?

We know that making decisions about your health and where you receive your family’s dental care are both important. Our knowledgeable team will be able to answer questions you have regarding treatment, benefits, and scheduling. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If yours is not on the list, give us a call! We are happy to help.


When you first arrive at our office you will be greeted by one of our friendly team members. You will be asked to fill out new patient paperwork so that we may register you in our computer system. You will need to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment, or you may save time by visiting our website and printing out most of the forms. 

In most cases you can have your teeth cleaned during your first visit. Dr. Tickle will come in and check your teeth and gum tissue. He will also show you on the TV screen your radiographs that were taken so that you can see exactly what he sees. Once this comprehensive exam is completed, he will make a treatment plan for any necessary treatment. He will then spend the time needs to go over this treatment plan with your to ensure any questions that you may have are answered. Once all treatment options are discussed, you will be able to make an appointment to start treatment.

At Mark Tickle, DMD, Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry, we understand that receiving your necessary dental care is important. Fitting your necessary treatment into your budget is equally important, and we are here to help!

Patients are sometimes concerned when they require extensive or unexpected treatment and incur out-of-pocket expenses that make them have to postpone their treatment. We will work with you in order to help you get the care you need to protect your oral health. We work with a healthcare financing company called CareCredit in order to help you fit your dental care into your budget so that you can avoid worsening conditions or putting your health at greater risk.

CareCredit offers some interest-free options as well as longer repayment plans, depending on your financial needs. You can apply easily online at to get pre-approval for your treatment. You can use this healthcare card for other medical expenses as well, including at the eye doctor and even at the vet!

If CareCredit is not right for you, we offer other options so you can get the treatment you need!

If you have questions about your insurance benefits, out-of-pocket expenses, or financing options, please contact our Tuscaloosa, AL dental office. Our knowledgeable team is happy to help.

We are in network for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Southland insurance plans. If you have a different insurance company and you can choose your own dentist, we are happy to file your claims for you.

Whether your insurance is in-network or out-of-network, Dr. Mark Tickle believes strongly that your health should be a decision between you and your dentist, not something dictated by your insurance company. That is why we welcome you to call us and discuss your options. After all, you and your doctor know what is best for your dental health.

Dental insurance is not usually a "catch-all" for treatment. In fact, it is more beneficial to think of dental insurance as a supplement to the cost of your care. Coverage and limits have not changed much in the last forty years, despite rising costs and advanced technology in the dental field.

We provide exceptional care for our patients and always create dentistry that is attractive, long lasting, and comfortable. Your dental care is an investment in your future health and wellness. We can offer you solutions to get the care you need and deserve.

Give us a call about your benefits, coverage, and potential out-of-pocket expenses. We also offer patient financing options to help your dentistry fit into your budget.

No. We strive to achieve complete anesthesia or "numbness." We will test the area before beginning to make sure everything feels good. We use state of the art equipment such as heat treated nickel titanium rotary files to ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. 

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