Did you know that if you do not use your dental benefits by the end of the year, you may lose them?
Each year, millions of people leave money unspent in their dental benefit plans. This money is not rolled into the next year—but lost forever. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plans reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. In addition, many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax dollars.
Remember, when you buy a plan you (and your employer) are paying money towards the premium that are wasted if you don’t see your dentist. Many insurance companies have a benefit deadline of December 31, and this means that any of your unused benefits don’t roll over into the New Year for most dental plans. (Plans may end at different times of the year. Ask your employer or plan administrator to be sure.)
So, get the most for your dollar! The typical plans pay 100% for preventive visits. If you have your annual cleaning and check-up this year – get it on the calendar before the end of the year. And, if you have been putting off needed dental work, make any upcoming appointments early so you can take care of them before the holidays.
The same is true for your FSA. If you are using FSA dollars for dental care your current plans will most likely run out on December 31st. When you set up a Flexible Spending Account through your employer, you choose how much money to put into this account at enrollment. A portion of this amount is deducted from each paycheck pre-tax. You already paid for it! So, you should use it. Note: FSAs generally cover cleanings, sometimes braces, benefit plan co-pays, and dentures. Most FSA accounts cannot be used for cosmetic procedures. See your plan administrator for specific details since not all may be covered.
In most cases, you must use the money in an FSA by December 31. Plan carefully so you don’t put more money in your account, you will spend within a year on dental or other health care costs. Contact your FSA administrator for a list of covered services and products (usually referred to as eligible expenses).
Here are the major dental insurance companies we currently work with: Guardian Dental PPO, Aetna Dental PPO, Humana Dental PPO, Renaissance Dental PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Delta Dental PPO, Cigna Dental PPO, Ameritas Dental, PPO, MetLife Dental PPO, TriCare Dental PPO, United Concordia Dental PPO, Principal Dental PPO, and Sun Life Dental PPO.
Cosmetic dentistry can transform any smile into a healthy and radiant one – but it will require some special care to maintain that new smile. Perfecting your unique smile is an investment that will pay off for years to come, and you will want to protect that investment! Cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, implants, and crowns will need specialized care, both at home and in a professional dental office. The following tips can help you keep your new and improved smile looking amazing for years to come.
To get the dental care you deserve from an experienced cosmetic dentist in Gilbert, Arizona, contact us to make an appointment today. Your smile is worth it!
Dental implants are becoming a popular choice for many patients desiring to regain their smile and confidence and restore function to their mouth. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over three million people in the US currently have dental implants, and that number is growing by over half a million every year. The strength and stability of dental implants offers patients a better quality of life than traditional dentures and bridges, and the process is not as intimidating or painful as it may sound.
Your first step will be to meet with a highly trained dentist for a thorough consultation and dental examination. This will include 3D digital X-rays and dental modeling to ensure that you are healthy enough for implant surgery and have adequate jawbone to support the implants. Some patients with jawbones that are too thin or too soft may require a bone graft to support the implants. Patients who smoke may want to consider cessation before getting dental implants, as tobacco use interferes with the healing process and increases the risk of implant failures and oral infections.
Next, once it has been determined that you are a good candidate and ready for implants, the X-rays and models from the examination will be used to plan your surgery. Any damaged or partial teeth fragments and roots will be removed and the jawbone prepared for the new implants, if necessary.
Dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material, and are set deep into your jawbone to become your new tooth’s artificial root. This procedure, which requires drilling holes for each implant, is surprisingly comfortable and is done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic, and most patients return to work or other activities the next day.
During the recovery period, it is critical to the success of the surgery to follow your dentist’s instructions for care, and you can expect to be on a soft food diet for several weeks to encourage proper healing and minimize risk of infection. You may experience some bleeding, swelling and discomfort similar to what is experienced with other dental procedures, but symptoms and pain are typically managed with over-the-counter medications.
Once the implant is set, your jawbone fuses with the titanium root as part of the healing process. This process is known as osseointegration (os-e-o-in-tuh-GRAY-shun) and can take up to a few months to fully heal. Osseointegration is defined as the “direct structural and functional integration between bone and a load bearing implant.” When the bonding between the jawbone and the implants are complete, an abutment or small connector will be placed on the implant as the second surgical procedure. In certain cases, the abutment (or abutments) may be able to be placed on the implants during the initial surgery, allowing you to be fitted with temporary prosthetic teeth for aesthetics; please ask your dentist if this would be right for your situation.
If the abutments are placed after osseointegration is complete, this second procedure is also done from the comfort of the dentist’s office with local anesthesia. The gums are reopened and the abutments are then attached to the implants, which have now become your new roots. It takes approximately two weeks for your gums to heal sufficiently around the abutments prior to affixing your new tooth or teeth.
Most dental implants are successful, and – aside from the normal and expected discomfort during healing – have few, if any, problems. Some patients may experience pain at the implant site, bruising, swelling and/or minor bleeding. If any of those symptoms worsen or become severe at any time, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. Maintaining proper dental hygiene is very important to the long-term success of your implants, so be sure to brush, floss, and schedule regular check-ups and cleanings.
The entire process from initial consultation, one (or possibly two) surgical procedures, healing and osseointegration, and affixing the new teeth for permanent use can take several months. We believe the end result of having a restored smile and fully functional teeth is worth this time investment!
Dr. Schmidt has over 10 years of expertise and the advanced technology to ensure your implants are done precisely and with the utmost concern for your comfort and the restoration of your beautiful smile! Call us or schedule an appointment online today for your dental implant consultation.
Dental implants are a very effective and safe alternative to replace a lost tooth, whether it is due to cavities, periodontal disease or an accident. Dental implants are like an artificial root made of biocompatible titanium that is attached to the maxillofacial bone through the osseointegration process. Once the union is achieved, the abutment is placed and then the tooth.
To replace the missing tooth or teeth, there are three alternatives: the dental implant, the fixed prosthesis, and the removable prosthesis. However, dental implants offer many advantages over the other two alternatives:
Placing an implant to replace the missing tooth is a very simple and safe technique. The implant is like a screw that must be inserted at the base of the gum, into the maxillofacial bone, by surgery. The placement will be carried out by a maxillofacial surgeon or implantologist. This “screw” will act as the new root of the tooth through full integration with the bone. This integration between the dental implant and the bone will take about 2 or 3 months to complete.
Once the adequate union between bone and implants has been confirmed, a pillar or base will be placed so that the new dental piece, or prosthesis, grasps and does not move. The new tooth is made to measure; the doctor will take the measurements of the gap and color data of the original pieces so that the appearance of the new one is identical to the others. The tooth will be cemented and screwed to the implant.
Bruxism is known as teeth grinding, either during the day or while sleeping. It occurs when the upper teeth are tightly clenched with the lower ones, and they also move from back to front and vice versa, generally unconsciously. It usually happens at night while we sleep and what we perceive when we get up is jaw pain or even headache.
The causes of bruxism are not sufficiently known, although stress is considered to be the most important trigger, although there are others that may contribute to its occurrence:
Traditionally, dental protectors or splints have been used to prevent bruxism during sleep and thus prevent the damage that this disorder can cause to the teeth and the problems of the temporomandibular joint. However, splints do not resolve the problem, and even if the pain disappears while in use, it does reappear if it is discontinued.
Precisely, one of the priority objectives of the treatment is the elimination of pain, for which there are many resources:
The main trigger is stress since the tension builds up in the jaw, which uses the night to release it by clenching the teeth. To avoid the problem or at least stop it:
Is there a treatment?
Although there are many relaxation techniques and home remedies that can help reduce stress and consequently bruxism, the truth is that there is no treatment that eliminates it directly and permanently. Today experts recommend using a specific splint, which helps keep the jaw in a relaxed position and protects teeth from grinding. It is a plastic or resin prosthesis that is made to measure so that it fits perfectly to the teeth to prevent them from colliding with each other.
There are also preformed plastic protectors that are less expensive, but often do not fit the bite properly and can be very uncomfortable. The most advisable thing is to go to the dentist to determine if there is a bruxism problem and to know the best treatment options.
Living with braces can be scary because it is different and new. But with some simple tips to take care of your dental health, the transition can be much easier. Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth, or correct other denture problems, such as an abnormal bite.
Braces are important from an aesthetic perspective, but also for health reasons. An abnormal bite can cause dental problems, such as gingivitis, cavities, tooth loss, problems with the jaw, tooth enamel wear, and even affect how you chew and speak. So, it is important to take care of your teeth when you have braces to maximize your dental health.
First things first… you have to take care of the things you eat. Aside from good general dental health, brushing several times a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, there are certain foods you should avoid to ensure the best result with braces.
Since you have braces, you must change your dental hygiene routine a bit. It can be more difficult to clean your teeth with braces since you should brush them after each meal and also keep flossing. But if you do not take the time to adjust your dental health routine, you can suffer the consequences of white spots (decalcification), gingivitis on the gums, among other problems.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for at least two minutes, after each meal. An electric toothbrush is ideal for cleaning all tooth and brake crevices. When brushing your teeth, clean the base of the teeth near the gums, also behind the teeth and molars. You should pay more attention to brushing the appliances, especially under the wires. And, as always, you should replace your toothbrushes every three months, particularly since braces tend to wear down the brushes.
Also, if you are a sports lover, it is important to protect your teeth by using a mouth guard that covers the brakes. Finally, it is important to keep regular appointments with your dentist to maintain dental health and brake effectiveness.
The use of dental implants is a simple technique, although good preparation is needed. Thanks to implantology, lost teeth can be recovered, and their natural attraction restored to the mouth. However, some myths revolve around this treatment that must be clarified. This is the truth about the use of implants.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the human body absorbs it easily, and there is no rejection or allergies. It could happen that the implant does not integrate properly into the bone, either due to technical problems or due to certain conditions of a patient. For example, poor dental hygiene habits or tobacco use can cause the implant not to integrate into the mouth as it should.
Implantology can be used from the moment the jawbones have stopped developing, which is around the age of 18. From that moment, implants can be placed to anyone who has lost one or more teeth, as long as they do not have any dental disease that requires treatment. It is also important that proper guidelines for cleaning and caring for the teeth are followed.
Nowadays having little bone is not a problem. Bone, natural or synthetic, can be grafted to achieve the surface that allows the implant to be placed. There are various materials with which to prepare the bone and create suitable support. The use of any of them will depend on each case.
Dental implants may be placed with one of many sedation options, making the procedure itself as comfortable as possible. After this, as long as the dentist’s instructions are followed, the recovery does not cause too much pain. The duration of the intervention depends on whether you only have to place an implant or if something else is needed, such as increasing the supporting bone. The time it takes for the implants to fully integrate and be able to place the final teeth is a few months. In certain conditions, the same day of the procedure, a provisional prosthesis can be used to regain aesthetics.
Dental implants need proper care. Otherwise, there can be complications and they last much less than expected. Hygiene of the entire mouth, as well as undergoing regular checks is very important. If this is not done, a dental implant can become infected or cause serious infection. If these problems are not detected in time and measures such as dental prophylaxis are taken, the implant can last for a very short time. On the other hand, if you avoid certain habits such as tobacco and visit the dentist to check the status of your teeth at least every 6 months, you can enjoy a full mouth for many years, even a lifetime.
To place implants, it is necessary to have specific training. It also requires a lot of practice and precision, a good knowledge base to be able to plan each procedure while taking into account the data from the radiological study that will have been done previously. This is the only way to know the type of treatment that must be done, in addition to preventing the risks that may arise.
At Parkview Dental in Gilbert AZ, we have everything you need, dental expertise and technology, for your dental implants. Visit us and know the best solution to have a full mouth again.
Beyond regular advanced daily tooth care dental maintenance appointments and twice-daily tooth brushing and flossing, there are several things you can do to improve your healthy smile and keep your whole-health strong. Early detection and daily oral hygiene, Dr. Helps patients enjoy their healthiest smile. Daily dental checkups allow for close monitoring of any developing oral health concerns. Early intervention and treatment could prevent the deterioration of the teeth and gums. Our dental care provides thorough and professional teeth cleanings.
Bacteria not only collects on teeth and gums but also on the tongue. Many people choose to carry out daily tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper, tongue brush or even with a normal toothbrush to after tooth brushing to reduce mouth bacteria.
Make sure to replace your toothbrush regularly, every two to three months! Even high-quality bristles need to be replaced often to ensure thorough cleaning. If the bristles are in a visible, poor condition, OR if you are recovering for a cold, or mouth sore, you should change them immediately!
Keep the consumption of sweet foods within limits. Acid attacks on your teeth are brought on by sugar from food and drinks which could permanently damage the dental enamel. Sweets, pure sugar, wheat flour products, mixed drinks containing alcohol, coffee, and sweetened drinks should only be enjoyed in moderation and remember to always brush your teeth afterward. Integrate tooth-healthy foods into your daily diet. Dairy products, carrots, broccoli, green tea or whole grains stimulate the formation of saliva and strengthen your gums through chewing.
Be sure to stop smoking or don’t start. Nicotine leads to gum breakdown and promotes gum inflammation, which in the long run leads to periodontitis and tooth loss. Additionally, smoking causes teeth to severely discolor over time.
Chewing gum is a good alternative if you don’t have a toothbrush at hand after a meal. After just 20 minutes of chewing, your saliva production increases threefold. Saliva rinses dirt from the teeth, neutralizes harmful acids and supplies minerals to the teeth. But be sure to choose a sugar-free option.
The human body needs calcium and magnesium to build bones and teeth but cannot produce these minerals itself. They have to be ingested with food. Calcium is mainly found in milk products, milk, and eggs. Magnesium can be found in nuts and whole grains. Stay strong with calcium and magnesium.
Make sure you have enough vitamins. Vitamins A and D, in particular, are essential for the structure and maintenance of the tooth structure. Vitamin A is found in spinach, peppers, mangoes, and liver, for example. Vitamin B is mainly found in fish, veal, and eggs.
Clean and well-cared-for teeth are incredibly important—not just for a great smile—but for overall health. And don’t forget, it is important to have a regular, professional tooth cleaning done by the dentist twice a year. Call our office today at (480) 818-9016 to get your appointment scheduled.
A tube of toothpaste can last a very long time. So how can you get the most from your tube? Here are a few tips:
Squeezing the tube from the bottom will help keep the toothpaste tube consistent and easy to use. As you use the toothpaste, flatten the bottom of the tube so that all toothpaste is used.
The toothbrush bristles may contain germs, and you do not want to contaminate the toothpaste (especially if you share a tube with a loved one). When putting the toothpaste onto the toothbrush, let the pea-size “drop” of toothpaste fall onto your brush, or twist it off, without letting it touch the bristle, then let the little bit of toothpaste “suck” back into the tube.
Toothpaste can easily get globed onto the lid and tube top. This sticky and dry toothpaste can then pick up germs. Be good to yourself and your health, and wipe off the tube top with a clean tissue if it starts to cake around the top. If you can’t get the lid on, you can soak it in warm water and then air dry it before twisting it back on.
Generally, you can’t put the tube into the recycle bin at home, however, you can mail them to a specialized recycling center through a program from Colgate and TerraCycle. The recycling program accepts brushes, tubes, and other dental care products. We recommend saving up a few months and then packaging these together once or twice a year.
If you have questions on how to care for your toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse or toothpaste we are always here for questions. Comment below or ask us during your next regular dental exam.
Whether you are 9 years old or 99 years old, dental care is important. However, if you are 65 or older, it is especially important that you monitor your oral health. After all, poor oral health can have a negative effect on your overall health and well-being. Gum disease has potentially been linked to a whole host of problems, including stroke, high blood pressure, and even cardiac disease.
Here are some of the most common dental problems that older people face, and we give these six specific tips on keeping natural teeth healthy into your ‘senior’ years.
This can be caused by changes in dentin as you age, or it could be caused by smoking or drinking too many dark drinks. Depending on the cause, teeth whitening can help and be a painless solution to this problem.
Teeth get very worn out over the years, and dental caries is a common problem for older people as a result. For most dental caries, (cavities) a dental filling is performed. This can be done in-office and same day for the majority of our patients.
Dry mouth can be the cause of chronic bad breath, known as halitosis. Saliva naturally washes away the bad bacteria that causes bad breath. People who suffer from dry mouth should drink water frequently to keep their mouths moist.
Loss of teeth may be due to gum disease, dental trauma, and other related problems. As patients age, they have had more chances to develop tooth issues. If you have lost a tooth there are many options to replace it.
Swollen and bloody gums is often a result of gum disease. Gum disease is easily treated when identified early.
If you have any of these problems, you should contact Parkview Dental immediately at (480) 818-9016. We are happy to treat you quickly and get you smiling again.// Previous/next page navigation. the_posts_pagination( array( 'prev_text' => __( 'Previous page', 'parkview' ), 'next_text' => __( 'Next page', 'parkview' ), 'before_page_number' => ' ', ) );