Some people realize the benefits of having insurance but have a hard time understanding how it all works. Every dental plan is different depending on the insurance provider. There are some terms used in dental plans that are the same across all dental insurance plans. These terms may seem like a foreign language at first but understanding these terms can give a person a better understanding of how his or her insurance plan works and what is covered under the plan.
The term deductibles is one that many people hear about with dental plans but are not quite sure what deductibles are. To put it simply, deductibles are the fees that a person will need to pay before the insurance company will take on the financial responsibility issued in the dental plan. The deductible amount varies among insurance companies and insurance plans. On average, less expensive dental plans will have higher deductibles while more expensive plans will have lower deductibles.
Another term that some people may not be familiar with is insurance premiums. Insurance premiums are nothing more than the amount of money a person spends to secure the dental insurance plan. The amount of insurance premiums will depend on the dental insurance plan. Some insurance premiums are paid monthly while others can be bi-annually or annually. Failure to pay insurance premiums could result in cancellation of the dental insurance policy. Cancellation of a policy could also release the entire cost burden of dental work back to the individual.
Maximum benefit amounts are also something a person should familiarize himself or herself with when it comes to insurance. While insurance will cover a person for a variety of dental work, there is a limit to how much the dental insurance will cover over a given policy term. This limit is … Read the rest
The thought of oral surgery is something that may send shivers running down your spell. But really, as long as you have asked all of your questions of your Plantation dentist and your Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon, you should be able to walk into your surgical procedure with confidence that all will be better soon.
There are a variety of reasons one may require a visit to their Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon. Wisdom tooth or some other sort of extraction is probably the most common reason why your Plantation dentist may make a referral to an oral surgeon for consultation. However, a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon would also be needed to prepare your mouth for dental implants or an oral appliance such as dentures.
Typically, your traditional Plantation dentist can handle a tooth extraction. So why do you need to see a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction? Here's what makes wisdom teeth a bit more complicated. It's not the tooth itself but the root. For the most part, the more normal the alignment of the wisdom tooth and the further through the gums it has been able to erupt, the simpler the extraction process will be. Subsequently, the healing process will also be easier to get through.
The anatomy of a wisdom tooth itself is another reason why extractions needs to be done by an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth are multi rooted; with lower wisdom teeth typically having two roots, and upper wisdom teeth usually having three. Every person is different, and there before there is a large degree of variation in the way the roots of a wisdom tooth can form. Not only can each person be different; but also each tooth can be different in the way the roots have formed.
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Before we can get to a point of understanding porcelain dental-veneers, it would be a good idea to first have a basic understanding of what dental veneers are, and what their roles in dentistry are.
Dental-veneers, as name suggests, are veneers that are worn over teeth. In simpler terms, they are specially-made tooth coverings. Like all other types of veneers, dental veneers are meant to 'cover-up' for something on the teeth. One thing that dental veneers can cover is teeth-coloring, giving the wearer what are effectively excellent white teeth! There are two categories of people who use this approach – of wearing veneers – to the teeth whitening problem. The first category is that of those whose teeth are so poorly stained that they will not respond to bleaching, which is for many people the 'first line of treatment' for teeth whitening. The second category is that of those whose teeth may not be so badly stained, but who nonetheless find the idea of teeth bleaching somewhat off-putting. Both groups find in dental veneers a teeth whitening aid that produces perfect results (the veneers worn are ultra-thin), and one whose effect holds for long.
Other things that dental veneers can cover include imperfect teeth alignment, missing teeth, or teeth spacing 'defects.'
Of course, the use of veneers is not limited to cosmetic dentistry only. Outside cosmetic dentistry, the veneers may also be used in the treatment of cracks and chips in the teeth – especially cracks and chips which are so big that bonding would not work in repairing them.
Now the veneers that are worn for these various functions are usually bought from dental providers, and then customized by dental technicians in dental clinics.
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In the general and cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges are the bastion, and it is quite surprising to note that there are only a few options, which are available for people when choosing the top dental appliances. Any person who does not have one or more teeth is a potential candidate for having the dental bridge. Therefore, it is important to understand the distinct types present and the styles which are good for different specific conditions.
The viaduct is typically a series of fake teeth, which are utilized in the place of ordinary teeth. The end part, generally referred to as the abutments, is put firmly on the patient's original teeth in order to hold the bridge at its required place. The bogus teeth in the center or the pontics are created to blend with the size and texture of the missing tooth with metal, ceramic or a crossbreed of these two.
They come in three different categories. There are the removable, implanted and fixed. Normally, the detachable types were the usual selection since dental knowledge had not developed in such a way that you could have a semi-permanent or lasting way out. They were more like dentures, which can be separated every night in order to clean them. The modern tech used provides options for either long-term or temporary solutions for individuals who have been missing teeth.
The fixed bridge is not invasive like the implanted ones. Once you have fitted them, they have their own advantages and issues. They are not expensive compared to the others; they are reliable for the adjacent teeth and chin. After you have lost one or more teeth, the ones which are left start to droop inside. This in turn causes damage to your gum and jaw. The purpose of the fixed bridge is … Read the rest
Although it takes less muscles to smile than to frown (as the popular saying goes), keeping those pearls whites at their healthiest and shiniest is no laughing matter. Dental health is now understood within the context of total physical well-being. In other words, sometimes those bleeding gums and sensitive teeth are indicative of a more serious health problem.
Fortunately, for most people, maintaining oral health is a matter of avoiding certain foods, regular flossing and brushing one's teeth at least twice a day. Sometimes, however, even the most fastidious flosser and regular brusher can end up with a cavity.
The Most Common Types of Dental Fillings
Only your dentist can help you decide which filling is the right one to use to fill your cavity. The choice depends on where the cavity is, the degree of tooth decay and, of course, the cost to you. The most common fillings from which you and your dentist can choose are silver amalgam, cast gold, composite resin, ceramic, and glass ionomers.
Amalgam fillings are used to fill cavities in the back teeth and are the least expensive of filling materials. They are strong, highly durable and can put up with a lot of intel chewing action. However, they corrode and tarnish over time.
Gold fillings are not pure gold, but they are more expensive than silver amalgams by as much as six to 10 times. It takes an extra visit to the dentist for a gold filling, but it is as durable as silver amalgam and does not corrode over time.
Composite resin is actually a mixture of plastic and glass particles. It is used as filling in visible parts of the teeth. Priced higher than silver amalgam but less than cast gold, they have the advantage of matching the color of the … Read the rest
Dental implants are essentially prosthetic teeth that are an alternative to either full or partial dentures. Dentists recommend these implants as they look natural and are very long-repeating in comparison to conventional removable drugs. Any person who has got dental implants fitted can enjoy the full function of their teeth in a very short span of time and they are also able to eat & drink normally.
A Specialized Procedure
Multiple visits will be required to get the implant procedure completed satisfactorily and prosthodontists will carry out this work. The dentist drills miniature holes in the jaw in the place that the tooth / teeth have to be implanted. Post this, titanium screws are inserted into these miniature holes.
It takes several weeks for new bone to accept this titanium screw and it will then grow around it and hold it in place. Titanium is generally well-accepted by the human body and as a rule very few people will have any kind of reaction to it. The dental implant is then fitted on top of these screws. These implants are almost permanent and with good care, can last for at least 20 years. Here are some benefits of tooth implants:
• They are an almost permanent solution for individuals who have lost either some or all of their natural teeth
• No replacement or alignment is required
• They are fixed to the bone with the use of a screw and can be cleaned by regular brushing & flossing. Those who have implants also have to make sure that their gums are clean
• The person is not restricted from eating of drinking anything
• They look like natural teeth
• They are very easy to maintain as they do not develop any cavities
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Dental crowns are considered a cosmetic dental procedure. They are often used to protect weakened teeth from further damage. For example, a cracked or broken tooth can break even further without the protection of a dental crown. In terms of cosmetic surgery, a crown can be used to hide the appearance of discolored and misshapen teeth. In all honesty, your smile is the first thing that people notice. Therefore, you want your smile to be beautiful. Crown placement typically involves more than one professional. A prosthodontist makes the crowns for you and an oral surgeon places the crowns.
Prior to receiving dental crowns, you need to understand who is a good candidate and who is not. If you suffer from any form of periodontal disease, crowns are not the answer. Crowns do not stop the spread of a periodontal disease. Therefore, your dentist will typically not recommend a crown if you have an oral disease. It is not recommended that you get crowns if you currently go through radiation therapies that occur around the head or neck area. Make sure that you go through with a full dental examination so that your dentist can determine if the placement of crowns is right for you.
Dental crowns cover the tooth down to the gum line. Therefore, if the gums recede it can reveal the tooth, or partial tooth underneath. The crown is shaped like a tooth and can be created to match the color of your teeth so that they have a more natural look. This dental procedure typically lasts at least seven years. However, as time goes by the crown can deteriorate meaning that you will have to go back to the dentist to have them fixed or redone. Therefore, the placement of dental crowns can get expensive.
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Veneers are one of the best advances in cosmetic dentistry. They are made at the lab from a thin layer of porcelain. They are then cemented directly over a slightly prepped tooth. They are best performed over a healthy, non-chewing surface or front tooth. They can cover stains, close spaces, cover chipped teeth and change the color of the teeth. They are very natural looking and resilient to wear. They will not discolor. If you are looking for very white teeth, porcelain veneers are the ultimate. The dental veneers procedure usually take 2 office visits.
On the 1st visit, a small amount of tooth is reduced from the front (facial) to compensate for the thickness of the veneer. An impression is then taken of the patients prepped teeth and sent to the dental lab for custom fabrication. You are then fitted with a temporary facing for approximately 2 weeks.
To cement the completed veneer, the dentist carefully prepares the tooth with acid gel, which creates small pores on the surface of the tooth. When the new veneer is pressed against the prepared tooth, the pores interlock and create a very strong bond. Because they are porcelain, the possibility of fractures are present, but rare. The veneers should last a lifetime with proper care. Ask if there is any guarantees against fracturing.
Below outlined is the detailed and step by step dental veneers procedure aesthetic try-in.
With a veneer set-up an aesthetic try-in needs to be performed on the patient. The objective is the verification of:
Shape, color and position
Occusal plane, provided that posterior teeth are involved
Movement function (dynamics)
Centric bite and
A silicone precast is created from the set-up and a proper abutment is chosen. On top of the … Read the rest
Misaligned teeth have terrible effects on an individual. It alters their dental formula and ruins their beauty. This is because the teeth are not properly aligned. Visiting a dentist is a good idea when seeking better treatment methods for misaligned teeth. The dentists know the treatment procedures better. It is advisable to understand the need for orthodontic treatment and braces.
Cleaning your tooth every time, especially after meals, is necessary for maintaining oral health. This is because it is the food particles that cause cavities. They attract the bacteria that will cause tooth decay and other kinds of dental infections. Teeth misalignment makes it worse because cleaning will be cumbersome. Thus, aligning the tooth will ease the process of cleaning your teeth.
The social life of many people is always affected because of the tooth misalignment. This is because they can not talk freely with others. This hinders proper communication which is imperative to building relationships and friendships. Relating to some people is hard because of bad breath caused by declined hidden food particles. Orthodontics and braces can rebuild your social life.
Protection of teeth
Teeth are always sensitive and when exposed to bacteria, they decide. Severe decays of the crowns of the teeth may result in removal. The removal of decayed teeth weakens your dental system. Apart from that, you will undergo costly dental procedures like getting the dental implants. By opting for orthodontic treatment, you will prevent loss of teeth due to decay caused by hidden foods.
Misaligned teeth increase the chances of their victims getting cavities. This is because they offer a hiding room for the bacteria in between the teeth. Lack of proper oral hygiene will later culminate in cavities in various parts of the teeth. That will lead to … Read the rest