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How to Deal with the cost of dental care

October 10th, 2018

The cost of dental treatment can sometimes seem daunting. Depending on the circumstances, the cost of even basic treatment can be a hit to your monthly budget. Dental insurance can certainly help and annual limits typically max out at $1,500 to $2,000.

Large comprehensive treatment such as full mouth reconstruction or a full set of implants can be a very large once in a life time expense. Much like buying a car these life-changing treatments can be financed through various lending agencies that can allow for affordable monthly payments. However, unlike a new car that depreciates rapidly and is only used for a few hours a day at most, a new smile can last a lifetime and is used every waking minute!

Home equity loans are often the best option for large treatment plans and allow for very low interest rates. Other options include phasing treatment in smaller steps over a few years to maximize insurance coverage and spread out the cost. Regardless of the situation, one of our team members would be happy to help you get the smile and health you desire while working with your budget.

Diane's Story

May 10th, 2018

Diane has been a patient of mine for many years and had always struggled with gum disease and cavities due to poor enamel and a genetic high risk for gum problems. Her dental problems started early and as a child needed frequent dental care. Unfortunately, dental care was not always as gentle as it is now and Diane developed a strong fear of dental treatment that further complicated things. This resulted in the need for involved treatments on a regular basis.

One day at a routine cleaning, I asked Diane what she thought her dental future might look like. She replied that she worried she might not be able to tolerate the dentures that she felt she was doomed to have.  Gagging and inability to eat were big concerns. The next week we sat down to review her options and give her a better idea of what we could do to ensure that she could enjoy her smile and teeth the rest of her life. In fact, we knew we could make her smile better looking and more comfortable than it had been in years.  

Diane started the process the next week.  Impressions, photographs and 3D imaging from our CT scanner were done in one visit.  We also looked at models and photos to design the exact shape, style and color of teeth she wanted.  We then scheduled her surgery under general anesthesia at our office surgical suite. The surgery was about 4 weeks later and went exactly as planned.  When Diane woke up and she saw her smile for the first time she was actually tearful at seeing straight white teeth again.

The only real complaint that Diane had during the 3 month healing period was that she felt they were strong enough to eat raw nuts with even though we insisted she stick to relatively soft foods. We had to kindly remind her that as strong as they feel, the bone still needs to heal until the final porcelain teeth are made. Thank you, Diane, for letting us help with your smile!

How to tell if you are a candidate for dental implants?

December 21st, 2017

If you are missing one or several teeth, have dentures or have a tooth that needs to be removed you are likely a good candidate for dental implants.

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Also, due to new advances in technology and materials people who may have been told in the past that they could not have implants are now able to enjoy this option.

Does it hurt to have dental implants? Implant specialist Dr. Andrew Howard explains what patients can expect after their procedure

December 6th, 2017

Watch this short video from Dr. Andrew Howard of Center for Advanced Dentistry as he explains what patients can expect after their procedure.

https://youtu.be/VTnpigBjTmQ

There is minimal discomfort with most implant surgery. Many patients take only over the counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol for one or two implants. More extensive procedures may require prescription medication but generally only for one or two days.

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