Archive for February, 2017

Cosmetic Vs. Restorative

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.

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Fluoride

 

Using fluoride can have positive, lasting affects on your dental health. Watch this video to find out more.

Sleep and Dental Health

 

Sleep can affect your dental health!

Dental Savings

 

You can save money on your dental care by planning ahead. Before your dentist begins any type of treatment, make sure you know what your insurance covers and what your out of pocket costs will be. Ask your dentist for a pre-treatment estimate, which will tell you what your plan covers. You’ll then be able to make better-informed decisions about your treatment.
If you don’t have insurance, start a dental savings plan, or put aside some money each month.

Discuss treatment options with your dentist. There may be less-expensive alternatives available.

Also — make, and keep, regular dental appointments, so that your dentist can spot problems as soon as they begin. The longer it takes to identify a problem, the more serious, and more expensive, it becomes.

Most importantly, take good care of your teeth! Simple preventive care, such as brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily, will help prevent bigger problems and bigger bills.