Center for Advanced Dentistry

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.

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.

Advantages of Dental Implants

August 30th, 2017

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

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Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth.

Sedation Dentistry: The Path to Stress Free Dental Visits

May 4th, 2017

The first step to a relaxing dental visit is to admit that you have this
anxiety and discuss it with us. You will find all of our team understands
this and takes your comfort very seriously.  You are not alone!  75% of US
adults experience moderate to severe dental phobia.  Up to 10% will avoid
the dentist at all costs until their situation is unbearable.

We are specialists in treating any level of fear and anxiety.  Any procedure
in our office can be made comfortable and stress-free with a variety of
sedation options.  Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) will provide a short-lived
and reversible feeling of relaxation.  This is best for short procedures.
Oral sedation is used for patients with more anxiety or for longer
procedures.  This level of sedation produces a semi-consciousness and
limited or no memory of the visit.

IV sedation and general anesthesia are provided by a registered and hospital
trained anesthetist.  This allows you to sleep comfortably and safely and
wake up when your procedure is complete. Dr. Howard is highly trained and
credentialed in dental anesthesia and would be happy to find the best way
for you to complete any dental work in the most comfortable and safe manner.

Learn more about sedation dentistry, Dr. Howard and the center for advanced dentistry here.

Who Needs Advanced Dentistry?

March 23rd, 2017

Great dental health and a beautiful smile may have come easy to you if you happen to have a combination of good care growing up and a great set of genes.  However, for many that just is not the case.  So much of our risk for dental problems is inherited from our parents and not everyone had ideal care as a child in our youth.

The Center for Advanced Dentistry is committed to helping you have the very best smile and overall dental health possible regardless of your past and current situation. I believe that a comfortable, beautiful and healthy smile can be a reality for almost anyone.  We are experts at solving some of the most severe and complex dental problems.  Whether it is the need for an improved appearance, missing teeth, gum disease or even a severe phobia about going to the dentist, we can help you.

We use the latest technology from innovative bone regeneration techniques, new dental implant materials and 3-D digital planning.  Now, you can have the smile and comfort you want in less time than ever.   If just having excellent dental care with the latest technology and techniques is your concern we are also here for you.  I have spent many years learning the most advanced methods of restoring smiles from veneers to implants.  It is truly my passion.

I hope this blog will provide a good resource for helping you make decisions about your dental health.  Please feel free to leave questions or comments.

Welcome to Our Blog

February 8th, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about the dental industry and the latest news about our practice.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for Dr. Andrew Howard and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

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