Check out 7 ways to Maximize Your Dental Benefits!

Dental Benefits

We say goodbye to 2017 and Hello 2018! You know what that means? New Year, NEW DENTAL BENEFITS from your Insurance Company!

Start your year off by knowing how to maximize your dental insurance benefits by using them as a resource tool for optimal oral health. Keep your smile, bright, healthy and youthful looking by practicing good oral health habits!

Every year most dental insurances reset, allowing you a specific dollar amount to use towards dental work this year. These amounts typically range from $1000-$2000. We are here to help you find out how you can start making use of them as soon as possible!

We know dental treatments are expensive and can be discouraging if you need treatment with limited funds to pay for it and you’ve hit your dental insurance max. Lack of insurance benefits and costly treatment, if not planned out can lead to needed dental work left incomplete.

Not anymore! We’re here with some helpful tips to give you to make the best out of your dental benefits. Don’t sacrifice your smile or dental health, take advantage of planning for your future dental needs while utilizing all of your insurance benefits.

Here are 7 Tips for you this year:

1. Review Dental Benefits

We highly recommend our patients know what is covered by their dental insurance package. Asking for more information on your insurance plan from your insurance carrier can help determine what it’s included in your benefits. It keeps you informed about what your insurance will cover and what you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket. It is beneficial to know what covered services you do have, and what non-covered services you might elect to have. When you see these two things, you can financially prepare for and filter your dental benefits to those specific procedures that are covered.

2. Find A Dentist
Looking for a dentist to care for you and your family can be difficult to choose and picking a dentist that accepts your insurance can play a role in your decision. Not all dentist take or are participating providers with insurances so we recommend finding a dentist you can trust and that your insurance will reimburse. Finding a preferred provider, meaning a dentist who is contracted and accepts your insurance companies fees within your insurance will save you time and money as you won’t have to pay more money out-of-pocket expenses.

3. Ensure Your Family Is Active
Often, insurance companies systems are not updated promptly. Untimely processing and system updates can sometimes leave gaps in your coverage or show no coverage for you or your family. It’s essential that you are keeping your records as up to date as possible to avoid any prolonging of necessary dental treatment.

4. Use Benefits Early
Plan to use your benefits early in the year! This is important to consider as some insurance companies have limitations when you can visit a dentist for something as simple as teeth cleanings and exams. Using your benefits early in the year will help you save money and make the most out of your dental benefits. Don’t let money go to waste and lose out on your benefits that’ll keep your smile healthy. Many times, people waited until the end of the year to complete and recommended dental treatment. In a mad rush to utilize all your benefits, you end up losing them due to procrastination. The end of the year is one of the busiest times in a dental office, with reduced hours for holiday time, many people miss out on the opportunity to complete their dental treatment and end up paying more the following year.

5. Regular Dental Check-ups
Not only will you be able to prevent further dental conditions from worsening but you’ll maintain a healthy smile. Keeping regular check-ups will ensure you are making the most out of your dental benefits and using them. You won’t miss out on treatment or dental coverage!

6. Splitting Treatment
If the end of the year is coming and you’re in need of significant treatment, break your treatment between this year and the new year. Reduce your out-of-pocket money by maximizing your dental benefits towards the end of the year and finishing treatment in the new year. Take advantage of your benefits the best way possible with the help of your dentist and care coordinator to find you better financial options.

7. Use Coverage Before They Expire
Don’t wait until last minute to use your dental benefits! Use them throughout the year to get the most out of them and to maintain a healthy smile. Most dental insurance have restrictions on when and how many times you can get yearly exams. We want to make sure you are using all your benefits. Don’t waste money and lose out on a healthy smile!

We want you to familiarize yourself with your dental insurance, so you’re better aware of how to use your dental benefits as a resource tool. Knowing what your dental insurance will pay for will allow you to plan dental treatments and find better financial options to continue treatment or proceed with the treatment you need.

Remember every year your dental benefits expire and reset. Don’t miss out this year! Get ready to use your dental insurance to continue treatment or get the treatment you need. Maintaining a healthy smile is vital to your overall health, and we want you to receive the best dental care you deserve without having to be a burden on the financial side of treatment. Start getting the treatment you deserve by calling our offices for more information, questions or concerns you might have.

Call one of our Dental Insurance Specialists today at 801-747-8015!

Why Does The Dentist Drill So Deep?

Dentist Drill

Going to the dentist is scary. There are needles, drills, sounds, smells, and many things going on that can seem scary. Most of the time,  I leave the dentist feeling sore, numb, and tired. However, I also feel happy knowing that I have taken care of my oral health and that I will not be missing any teeth in my wonderful smile!

But there are those times after getting a filling when my tooth feels really sensitive and hurts. So I did some research on why your tooth hurts after a filling, what to do if it doesn’t stop hurting, and why a dentist may have to drill deeper into a tooth for some cavities compared to others.

 

Why Your Tooth Hurts After A Filling

I found an excellent article on Colgate.com about why your tooth might hurt after a filling! If you would like to read it, you can click the on the hyperlink! To summarize what it says basically your tooth may be really sensitive after you get a filling. If you have terrible sensitivity, then it can be painful, and if the sensitivity does not go away after two weeks, then you need to see your dentist. If you are in a lot of pain, then you need to call your dentist so he can try to fix what is going wrong. If your filling is too high, then you need to see your dentist as soon as possible so he can reduce the height of the filling. But as a general rule you are going to be sensitive after a filling so there is nothing to be scared of.

 

Why A Dentist Would Need To Drill Deeper Into Your Tooth

In my research about drilling and filling cavities, I learned that the dentist needs to remove all of the decay before they can do a filling. How far a dentist needs to drill depends on how deep the decay is in your tooth. If you have a cavity that is deep within your tooth, then the dentist needs to drill the parts of your tooth that are affected by the decay. So the deeper the filling, the more the dentist will have to drill and the closer they get to your precious nerves.

This is why going to the dentist at least twice a year is so important. We as patients don’t have the ability to measure if we have a cavity developing unless we feel pain on our teeth. Thankfully, your dentist does. If you can catch a cavity in the younger stages of development, you have a better chance of saving more of your tooth and saving yourself from a lot of unnecessary pain. You will also save money in the long run.

I have some great sources here for any additional questions about dentistry that are answered by real dentists. Just click the links to be directed to the website.

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Introducing The Dental Selfie Stick!

 

Patients are beginning to increase their dental IQ and becoming less afraid to question the treatment their dentist proposes. Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we keep this in mind, which is why one of the diagnostic tools we use is an Intraoral camera.

Dentistry has changed significantly over the past several years. We no longer rely on just digital radiographs, an explorer and the dentists training and education to diagnose specific treatment options. Although those are valid and advantageous ways to diagnose, we now have additional tools to help educate our patients and provide diverse treatment options.  With the advancements in diagnostic tools and scientific research, the days of using the explorer exclusively to feel for and diagnose decay are over. It is now almost standard practice to use magnification, intraoral cameras, and caries detection devices.

With today’s digital technology, we are now able to use an intraoral camera to take instant photos inside your mouth of preexisting conditions to be aware of and show these images to you as a patient.

We believe in the power of educating our patients to make an informed decision when it comes to their dental needs. When we can show our patients, in real time, what we see as dental providers, we are building the relationship of trust. It is important that when we present any treatment, our patients are fully aware, can see for themselves and then choose the path of treatment options offered by the dentist.

This revolutionary new technology gives patients the ability to fully evaluate their oral health by viewing existing restorations, gingival health, and cavities that may not be seen by the naked eye. Combining this technology with digital x-rays and the dentist training, as well as experience, allows patients to be completely informed and confident about the treatment options presented to them.

Here are five advantages of an intraoral camera:

  1. Instant Diagnosis: You can instantly see what your dentist or dental hygienist sees while they perform an oral health evaluation. You can even take the driver’s seat and peruse your mouth by holding the camera and watching live on the monitor as you move from tooth to tooth.
  2. Accuracy: You know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” it truly is the case when looking at an intraoral image of your mouth. Using this technology allows a dentist to show you, a hairline fracture in your tooth, discuss the consequences of that fracture and enable you to decide to move forward with the recommended treatment confidently. It also allows us to track any changes that might occur over time.
  3. Referral Source and Second Opinion: If your dentist needs to refer you to a specialist, they can quickly take an intraoral image and email it to the specialist. An intraoral camera is also an excellent resource as a second opinion. You not only hear the dentist and his team relay to you what they see, but you can see for yourself on these clear images.
  4. Co-Planning: Together you and your dentist can discuss the best treatment plan for you – YOU get to decide the direction of your treatment.
  5. Educational Tool: An intraoral camera is a great educational tool and shows you exactly what is going on in your mouth. Your dentist can enlarge the image and show and tell you what they see.

Here is an example of a fracture, clearly visible on the intraoral image:

Intraoral cameras also enable the dentist to share before and after pictures of treatment performed in the office, allowing patients to see improvements in their teeth after procedures such as decay removal, amalgam replacement, crown and bridge work, gingival and periodontal treatment, and significant cosmetic cases. These photos can also be used to educate and show prospective patients any procedures that have been completed by the dentist.

In a world where consumers require the ability to access complete information while controlling their financial decisions, here at The Center of Dental Professionals we are excited to meet our patient’s needs in this regard. A diagnosis can now be made, shown and explained to a patient easily and efficiently, allowing patients an honest approach to dentistry.

While it may take a few minutes longer to perform an exam on a patient with the use of intraoral cameras, we find that our patients appreciate the time and effort that we take to help them fully understand their oral health needs.

Our commitment is that each and every patient leaves our office with a full understanding of their oral health needs, feel we are honest and transparent and that we work together to provide exceptional dental care.