Dental Travel Tip: When Fillings and Veneers Fall Off

What do you do when your filling or veneer falls off? Panic seems to be the first reaction, but there’s no need to panic. If you take the necessary measures to care and protect your tooth, then you’ll be fine.

It’s difficult to see your dentist when you’re away on vacation, and we are here with some traveling tips on how to deal with your dental mishap. Follow these steps to keep your tooth protected and safe.

  1. Remove the remaining filling or veneer. In some cases, the filling or veneer has broken and left some of the remains. Check that you don’t have any spare parts on your tooth or in your mouth. If you do, carefully remove it without further damaging your veneer or swallowing your filling.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. An interior of a tooth that’s exposed needs special care and measures to ensure there’s no bacteria growth. Gently brush around and inside the tooth to remove any food debris. As a precaution, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water after eating.     
  3. Protect your tooth with toothpaste, temporary  dental cement, or dental wax. If your veneer or filling has fallen off intact, clean it out and place it back in your tooth with temporary dental cement you can find at the store or toothpaste made for sensitivity. Or you can use dental wax to fill a void. This will protect your tooth from bacteria entering, growing, and accelerating decay. Don’t use home-glue as it can increase your condition to becoming a dental emergency.
  4. Use clove oil to alleviate pain and sensitivity. If you have thermal sensitivity or pain on the surface, you can place dental wax to lessen the pain. But a more efficient method is to apply clove oil to ease discomfort and numb the pain. And you’re in luck, cause we sell it in our office.
  5. Call your dentist. Even though you’re away on vacation, making a dental appointment at your earliest convenience upon your return is important. It will allow you get your tooth examined and taken care of right away.

A fallen filling or veneer doesn’t mean your vacation is at a halt. It just says you have to take precautions to protect your tooth from bacteria growth. Ensuring you clean the area gently or placing dental wax or cement can help decrease your chances of bacteria entering and accelerating tooth decay. Remember to keep your tooth protected until you can see your dentist.

 

FREE Orthodontic Consult + FREE Movie Tickets

Have you heard about our new Orthodontic Promotion? If you haven’t embrace yourself, this year we are keeping our Orthodontic patients excited for their braces and the chance to come to our Pre-Showing of Avengers Infinity Wars on May 3rd, a day before its release!

All you have to do to enter to win tickets is come in from now until April 20th for a FREE Orthodontic Consult, Braces or your regular adjustment appointments. The more times you come in, the more entries you get.

We had such a blast at our Spiderman Movie Premiere event; we thought we would do it again!

Message us or give us a call today 801-747-8015 and set up your FREE Orthodontic Consult.

Oh, ya… and remember, we offer ONE LOW FEE Braces, only $3999 with no monthly payment over $97, yes, NO MONTHLY PAYMENT over $97!

Again, how can you see the new Avengers movie the day before it is released?

*Come in for an Orthodontic Consultation
*Currently, be going through Orthodontic Treatment
*Begin Orthodontic Treatment

We hope you are as excited as we are and wish you luck in the drawing!

Healthy Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is almost here, just 9 days away! Who’s ready? If you’re at a roadblock, we understand what that can feel like. Not knowing what gifts to give to your partner, family, and friends can be overwhelming.

This year why not start your Valentine’s day with a healthy treat? They’re a great way of replacing the sugar sweets with natural sweetness and benefits the body and teeth.

We’ve collected 5 cute, healthy Valentine’s Day treats you can make for your loved ones. They’re easy to make and suitable for kids. So, let the fun treats begin!

Strawberry Roses

Get creative with your strawberries! Roses- who doesn’t want them on Valentine’s day right? Instead of getting flowers make your strawberries into edible roses for an enjoyable snack. This recipe offers a healthy natural sweetness from your strawberries and in a simple arrangement in the form of a planting pot with raisins as dirt.

Ladybug Apples

Now, I know we shouldn’t play with our food, but it’s a lot more fun to make our fruits more appealing to eat than shoving them aside on our plate. Make ladybugs out of your green and red apples! A snack not only for adults but for kids who shy from eating their fruits. Not only will they be fun to look at but they will bring health benefits to your body such as essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that we need, even the calcium our teeth need.

Veggie Bouquet

We can’t forget our veggies! Creating a bouquet of our greens is great food option for a small gathering or party. Adding some green to your diet will increase the functions and maintenance of your body. Fun shape veggies can be more tempting to eat than it’s natural shape and size plus they can be made fit to be snackable bites for children. (If you prefer to have a fruit bouquet, you can always do that too.)

Blueberry-Lemon Tarts

This is a pastry, I know. It’s something for pastry lovers, and different from the other recipes we’ve mentioned. It’s February, and it’s American Heart Month meaning it’s awareness month for heart health. Blueberries are an excellent source of food to promote your heart health and to add flavor to your pastries. Not only will you be eating something delicious but it’ll boost your heart health and contains less than 7 grams of sugar.

Strawberry Ice

For those of us who aren’t that crazy for Valentine’s Day celebration but still want to participate, there’s a way! Consider it a small celebration for you but adds flavor in your water. Strawberry heart-shaped ice allows you to participate in a small way while giving your plain water some sweetness to it. It’s a simple recipe and if you’re struggling to get your kids to drink water add strawberry ices to get them drinking.

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones something healthy to eat that’ll benefit their body. Have fun making and re-creating recipes you’ll love to use over and time again. Choose to eat naturally sweeten foods and sources of food promoting and increasing the functions of your body and heart health.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness month, treat yourself and your loved ones to treats made of blueberries and strawberries along with raspberries and blackberries as a source of boosting your heart health. Your body will thank you for it later. What healthy recipes do you make during Valentine’s Day or know of that’ll make a great Valentine’s Day treat?  

 

Confirming and Keeping Your Dental Appointments

Do have a dental appointment coming up soon? Have you confirmed it? If you haven’t you should do so now. It’s important you confirm and keep your appointment to avoid any setbacks or getting penalized by your dental office.

When you set an appointment with your dental office, you are setting aside a time not just for you but for the office and its staff. It is valuable thing which is why reciprocal respect of each other’s time is critical. Dental staff make the time to prepare for your visit, to care for your needs, and to complete your treatment. It’s time allocated to serve you.  

Yes, there are times where emergencies come up and offices are willing to accommodate for such incidents. However, repeated failed appointments and short cancellations done in less than 48 hours is not a good reflection on you and doesn’t allow for another patient to get their dental needs met. It gives your dental office less time to accommodate another patient who may need treatment.

You should also consider the penalty dental offices have when patients have failed to meet their appointments repeatedly or cancelled on short notice. Some dental offices will charged you for missed appointments. It’s good to know ahead of time if you’ll be able to meet your appointment time.  

We can’t stress enough the importance of confirming your appointment. When you receive a call or text from your dental office asking to confirm your appointment, it is the perfect time to double check your calendar and confirm you can still make it. If not, then notify them to reschedule for another day and time. It keeps costs at a minimum for your dental office when you confirm dental appointments.

Ignoring confirmation calls does not opt you out nor does it cancel your appointment. You need to call to respond in order to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment. Consider not only yourself in this equation but your dental office and potential patients who could be receiving dental treatment should you choose not to attend.

Confirmation and keeping appointments reflects well on your part but also gives you time set aside to care for your dental needs and treatment. Time scheduled is for dental staff to serve you and ensure your receiving best dental treatment you deserve. So, make sure you confirm your next dental appointment.

Your Dental Insurance Benefits Explained

You have dental insurance, and it should cover your dental procedures, right? Think again. It’s a misconception people, in general, have of dental insurance. Dental insurance benefits, a frequent misunderstanding that can be frustrating for both a dental office and those insured.

So why isn’t it covering your all of the dental procedures you need?

Before we can answer that we need to clarify that medical insurance is very different from dental insurance. Most insurances often referred to it as “dental benefits” than coverage. Typically, included in your dental benefits often depends on the plan you’re in, and usually, it’s only meant to cover part of your expenses.

So when you receive a bill for denied services, or a treatment plan with procedures not covered, here is some information as to why.

Dental insurances are typically described as a “100-80-50” coverage. What does that mean? It means 100% coverage is towards preventive and diagnostic care such as check-ups and cleanings. 80%, although sometimes 70% to 80%, coverage is towards basic procedures such as fillings and 50%, or less, coverage is towards major procedures like crowns, root canals, and bridges.

Dental insurance only covers up to a specific annual limit typically between $1000 – $1500 annually. Every year you are given a yearly limit by your insurance company of what the insurance will cover up to for your dental needs. As you can see, it’s an insufficient number for the year, and you can quickly exceed it if you have extensive treatment to be done. In addition to the percentages of what is covered by your dental insurance, this limited annual coverage is quickly used, leaving you responsible for 100% of the remaining treatment.

There are three variations of dental insurance that have limitations on coverage and where you can go. The HMO, health maintenance organization, which restricts coverage to dental professionals within their limited network. PPO, preferred provider organization, policies charges reduced rates within their network of dentists, which provides you with contracted fees from your dentist. Some PPO’s allow you to see a Dentist outside your network and pay less towards those services.  Indemnity plan, the last of the three, will enable patients to look at any dentists and typically picks up a percentage of the costs.

Dental insurances typically do not cover pre-existing conditions. If you already had an existing dental problem and are hoping your insurance will cover it, think again. Pre-existing conditions are not covered by insurance which means you’ll have to pay for the treatment you need out-of-pocket. An example is a missing tooth that you had before your current dental coverage, most likely, having it replaced with an Implant would not be covered, it would fall under pre-existing.

They have limitations and exclusions to their plans. Some insurances will place restrictions on what they will cover. Not ideal, I know, but they do anyway. These limitations can include how many times you come in for particular procedures. Then there are the exclusions which refer to the dental procedures not covered by dental insurances.

When you take into consideration the annual limit you have, along with restrictions that apply, chances are your dental insurance isn’t going to be paying for all your dental needs. You will. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid getting the dental treatment you need. Besides having your insurance cover a percentage of your dental procedures, you could look into getting a dental discount plan. A dental discount plan can help reduce the cost of procedures and enable you to maintain a healthy smile.

If you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits, please feel free to call us today at 801-747-8018.

A Holiday Message From Our CEO!

Dear  Patients,

On behalf of myself and my team, we wanted to thank you for being a patient at The Center of Dental Professionals. We would like to extend our appreciation for the chance to provide exceptional dental care to you and your family.

We hope your experience with us has surpassed your expectations and have been pleased with the services we provide. As you know, our top priorities in our dental clinics are to ensure your safety and comfort while providing you with the best dental care you deserve at affordable fees. We hope you will agree that we’re continually strive in meeting this goal as we find ways to serve you and your family better.

As your dental health care provider, we appreciate the vote of confidence you’ve shown in us by selecting us as your provider and for coming to us for all your dental needs. We’ll continue to be committed to providing you with the best quality services in all our clinics. Our number one goal is to provide you with a family-friendly environment, highly-trained dental team, and knowledgeable staff to assist you with concerns or questions you may have.

As we close the year, we thank you again for choosing us as your dental health care provider. It’s been a pleasure serving you and your family this year, and we look forward to helping you and your family in the years to come. If there’s anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to let us know, we are more than happy to assist you.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Warm Regards,

Christine Marie

We’re Hiring!

Good News! We’re hiring an Associate General Dentist!

At our company, the quest for excellence inspires everything that defines us as a company and team. Where our passion for the business and the future drives us to be the best. We focus on everyone’s distinctive talents and strengths to a create team of highly-trained professionals.  

Our dental clinics high expectations are set and rewarded, daring all those who work for us to achieve beyond their current capabilities. We need and look for extraordinary providers and staff to achieve extraordinary results!

Over the years, we’ve managed to build two well-established and productive offices with a diverse group of practitioners. Practitioners who complement one another and work together as a team. Currently, we have 9 providers on staff, ranging from General Practitioners, Pediatrics and Oral Surgery.  

And now, we’re looking for a associate general dentist to join our dental team to provide excellent patient care and specialty services.

If the position below fits you, we want to hear from you! Apply to be part of our company and team as you embark in our journey of providing the best personalized dental care for our patients.

If this isn’t you below, then will you do us the favor of sharing this job opportunity with someone who’s interested and committed to providing quality patient care.  

 

Job Description

Position Title: Associate General Dentist

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide gentle and personalized dental care to all patients.
  • Interpret x-rays and diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnose patient’s dental conditions.
  • Create treatment plans for patients and ensure patients are fully informed of treatment plan.
  • Ensure safe administration of anesthetics.
  • Promote oral health and habits.
  • Perform surgical procedures on teeth and soft tissue i.e. cavity, root canal, etc.  
  • Build and nourish long-lasting relationships with patients.
  • Collaborate with other dental professionals on patient treatments.
  • Collaborate with front office support in efforts to produce high quality patient care.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Compensation: Depends on qualifications of applicant. We offer a $500 sign-on bonus to all new associates who join our dynamic team. Pay monthly bonuses based on performance.

Schedule: Full and Part Time Available

Starting Date: Within the next 30 – 60 days (January 2018)

What We’re Looking for:

We’re looking for an associate who is…

  • Passionate or interested in working in the field of dentistry.
  • Professional, organized and a reliable team player.
  • Dedicated to our patients and providing excellent dental service.
  • Good verbal and written communicator.
  • Good listener to cater to the needs and wants of patients for quality care.
  • Flexible in any situation that may occur in dealing with and treating patients.
  • Goal orientated and interested in being part of generating and reaching clinic goals.

To Apply: Email Resume to Christie at christiemmcutchan@gmail.com

Application Tip: When emailing resume, on the subject line please write the job position followed by your name (i.e. Associate General Dentist, Scott Casadonte). Cover letters are not required but are recommended.  

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2018

If you have any questions for us, please call us at 801-747-8012. We look forward to hearing from you!  

 

Our Exclusive Discount Dental Program

Put the power of your oral health back in your hands with a Dental Discount Program.

Many Americans these days struggle to pay rising cost of health insurance and find it difficult to add in dental coverage to top it off. These rising costs have left many American families without traditional dental insurance coverage.

Since the rise in health care costs and the dictation of traditional dental insurance companies of what services you can and cannot have, many families have chosen to take their oral health into their own hands by deciding to sign up for a Discount Dental Program.

Alleviate some of the financial burdens of dental procedures with our Discount Dental Program. In addition to the phenomenal discounts and affordable price structure, for December, we will be waiving the initial sign-up fee for our affordable program!  

We’ve designed a program with you in mind to bring alternatives to receiving the dental care you deserve without making a weighty impact on your finances. You can’t get this Discount Dental Program anywhere else! Only The Center of Dental Professionals offers this exclusive Discount Dental Program for you and your family.

Our Exclusive Discount Program:

We know raising a family can be costly and so can health care expenses which are why we’ve created this plan. A perfect membership plan to offer you and your family an affordable alternative to visiting your dentist without worrying about high dental expenses. If you don’t have insurance, enroll in our program today to start receiving the dental health care you deserve.  

Offers You Can’t Refuse:

Our Discount Program is NOT an insurance but a membership program where you’ll pay an annual fee. Some might ask, how does it save money if I am paying a yearly fee?  By spending that annual fee, you receive discounted rates on preventive and restorative treatment options, just to name a few, at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Our discount rates vary by the category, but the percentages range between 10% to 60%. Saving you and your family noticeable dollars on dental health care, you would otherwise be spending without our program. We put you back at the helm of controlling how you spend your money and what dental treatments options are best for you.

If you don’t have dental insurance and require dental treatment but feel it’s unaffordable, then enroll in our Discount Dental Program today! For December, we’ll be waiving the sign-up fee so you can get the dental treatment you deserve. Feel free to contact us at 801-747-8018 if you have any further questions, concerns, or want to enroll today. You can also chat us here online, or message us over on Facebook, for a quick and easy reply.

FREE Whitening with New Patient Exam

Just in time for Christmas, a Bright, SNOW-WHITE Smile!

No, we are not talking about the Disney Snow White character, we are talking about Teeth Whitening and how you can get it for FREE right now!

The number one thing our patients say they wish they could improve with their smile is having white teeth and removing all the staining their teeth have acquired over the years. Be a show-off this year at your holiday parties with a beautiful, white, and radiant smile!

It’s Christmas, and we are offering FREE Teeth Whitening to all our New Patients who come in and see us now through December 31st, 2017! Yes, that’s right, FREE Teeth Whitening, a $499 Value, our Gift to you this Holiday Season!

In addition to this exclusive offer, FREE Teeth Whitening, we want to make sure your oral health is A-OK! Often, self-care is the last thing on our minds during the holiday season, and those pesky toothaches, when disregarded off can lead to further damage and costly dental treatments. So, make sure you take the time to get in and see us for a routine dental check-up, needed x-rays, oral cancer screening and detailed cleaning from one of our fabulous hygienists.

Our gift to you isn’t, just FREE Teeth Whitening, it’s also looking out for your future oral health wellness. A good cleaning and knowing your cavity free and your gums and gingiva are in optimal health give you peace of mind. If you come in and we happen to find any cavities on the rise or needed dental treatment, you will have your very own personal assistant there to guide you in completing your dental treatment, explaining any procedure necessary, an overview of your dental benefits and treatment plan. Our team will present you with all your treatment options and answer any lingering questions you have.

Lastly, we know it can be nerve-racking coming in and seeing the dentist, don’t even worry! Our office has interior distractions, such as TV’s in the ceiling, and we offer doTERRA Essential Oils with hot, warm towels to soothe and calm your nerves. Often patients say how relaxing it was, or how fun, YES, FUN it was to be seen with us. Whatever concerns you have for not coming in and having your routine dental exam, we are here to walk you through it.

We will be here, waiting to hear from you and ready to book your next Routine Dental Check-up and Cleaning, oh, and let’s remember that FREE Teeth Whitening as an added bonus!

Santa’s Gift…Braces just $2997!

Christmas has come early this year my friends! We are now offering Full Orthodontic (Braces) Treatment for only $2997!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!!

We have never offered this phenomenal price before, and it is a saving of thousands of dollars to our patients. It’s a never heard of before price for Orthodontics too, and you can get it if you act NOW! Our offer expires on December 31st, 2017 and appointments are booking up fast!

The Center of Dental Professionals makes getting braces easy, affordable and convenient.

We offer services that are designed with patients in mind. When it comes to braces, we know teens and even adults are reluctant to get them. There are always reasons not to get braces; we hear them all the time. However, we believe you deserve to have and show your beautiful smile, and we are here to encourage you to do so!

So what can we offer you that other dental clinics can’t? We can save you money, time and give you peace of mind, just consider the following:

Personal Treatment Coordinator: Before you get your braces on, discuss your dental needs with our treatment coordinator. Our coordinator will work with you one-on-one to create a payment plan that best fits your budget. They’ll help you understand and discuss the costs of your treatment and the available payment plan options so, you can progress with braces without financial concern. No surprises when it comes to treatment procedures and expenses.

More Treatment Options: Learn about our treatment options when it comes to braces. We know some of our patients don’t want to be seen with braces and want braces that are low maintenance. We have a solution! With more than one treatment option, you can now learn and choose which treatment best fits your needs, both of which are less noticeable and low in maintenance than traditional braces.

Earn Patient Rewards: Earn points with every visit when you come in with good oral hygiene (yes, you still gotta brush with braces!). You can quickly earn points for simple tasks, like flossing daily, keeping your appointments, and fun things like tagging us in your social media posts! We’re here to encourage you through your treatment while you earn points to exchange for gift cards you can select through your personal online portal we will assign to you.

Exclusive Activities: We offer private activities to our Orthodontic patients, with things like adventure park tickets, premier movie nights and other fun events with our Ortho Team. Our games are limited and only provided at our dental clinic. We create a memorable experience for our patients and families!

Convenience: Are you a parent who hates for their child to miss school, no problem, we got you covered. We offer early morning and late evening appointments so you can come in at a time that works best for you. No more missing school, and for working parents, no more lost work.

So, there are really no reasons not to choose The Center of Dental Professionals for your Orthodontic needs, we made it easy, convenient, and most of all uber affordable. Take advantage today, call and schedule your FREE consultation and save thousands!