Dental Benefits & Direct Billing
One of the most common areas of concern for the dental patient are topics related to their Dental Benefit Coverage (Insurance). Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions.
Do you direct bill to the insurance company?
We will direct bill as long as the policyholders Benefit Provider will allow us and as long as we have an active credit card number on file to cover any unpaid balances. However, sometimes assignment of benefits will not be permitted due to benefit issues or balance on account issues. Also, there are a few policies which will not permit the benefits to be assigned to the dental office and will only forward payment to the patient; we require payment at the time of treatment in these instances.
How much will my insurance cover?
Unfortunately, we are unable to know exactly what every patient’s dental benefits will pay. We will do our best to find out when asked – but it is the responsibility of the patient to know the details of their Dental Benefit Policy when changes occur to the plan, what is covered by the policy and who is covered under the policy. Sometimes your Benefits Provider will not let us know the information for your policy because of privacy legislation. It is helpful if you have a booklet or form with these details to bring to your appointment. Often you can also obtain this information from your Benefits Provider’s website.
My dental insurance said it pays 100% for my dental treatment; what do you mean I still owe you money?
We hear this question often. Usually, the patient has looked at his EOB (explanation of benefits statement) which tells you what the provider paid or they check their plan booklet and sees that the fee charged by the dentist exceeds the fee guide amount set by the Benefit Provider. The problem is that the fee covered by the provider is whatever has been negotiated between your employer and the Benefit Provider, and is directly dependent upon the premium paid for your specific benefit policy. That is why the coverage can vary even between the employees of the same company or other patients covered by the same Benefit Provider.
|An Intra-Oral dental camera is one way we can show you your teeth as we see them. It’s a tiny video camera about the size of a pen. It has a disposable cover to prevent contamination and, as it’s moved from tooth to tooth, you can see a video on the computer screen nearby.
If it seems to us that you need some dental work, you can see the reason. The images can be stored and kept in your record; they can also be enlarged to show greater detail.
Some of the advantages of using intra-oral cameras are:
X-rays are an important part of your dental examination. Dentists use x-rays to assess your dental health and to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.
Digital x-rays are used in our office to diagnose tooth decay (cavities), loss or change in your bone density, periodontal disease, and abscesses or infections. Advancements in x-ray technology help us to improve your experience at the dentist.
Listed below are 10 benefits of this system.
|Cleaner, faster workflow|
|Original image is protected|
|Better practice management|
|Lower radiation dose|
|Reduced space requirements|
|Uncomplicated image transfer referrals|
All of us have suffered from bad breath at one time or another. The term for this condition is oral malodor.
Surprisingly, most people with oral malodor are not aware of their problem breath. That’s because our sense of smell has an amazing ability to adjust to odours. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for 90% of oral malodor. It requires long-term control and management of this condition.
Most people think that bad breath is a result of what’s going on in our stomachs. But that’s not the whole story. Most often, the actual odour is generated by bacteria that thrive in the mouth under the gums, and in the nooks and crannies on the teeth and the surface of the tongue. Left untreated these bacteria create volatile sulphur compounds that have a characteristic “rotten egg” smell. Most people would probably like their breath to be more pleasant than that.
Our staff at Rymal Square can provide you with a system that fights both the cause and the effect of halitosis.
|When Should My Child First Been Seen
Here at Rymal Square Family Dentists, we love to see children of all ages. The best time to bring a child in is between 3 or 4 yrs. depending on whether you think you child will be ready to sit through an appointment. It is important to be looking in your child’s mouth on a regular basis, to check for any tooth decay at an early stage. If you spot any concerns it is important that your child be seen by a dentist as soon as possible, don’t delay treatment because of age. Let a dentist decide what treatment can wait and what treatment needs to be taken care of immediately.
Why Do Baby Teeth Need To Be Filled?
Finally, baby teeth are essential for holding the spaces open so that the adult teeth can come into the correct position when they are finally developed enough to erupt. Decay if left in a baby tooth could spread to the adult tooth causing the adult tooth to grow in with decay already present.
What Can Be Done At Home?
What If My Child Is Afraid?
Nutrition & Your Teeth
|A healthy diet will help your bones and muscles to grow strong and for all of your body’s systems to work together, so you can stay healthy. Plus, a healthy diet is necessary to keep your mouth, gums and teeth in good shape, too. Whatever you eat first passes through your mouth, and usually requires some chewing with your teeth and gums. If you choose to eat unhealthy foods regularly, it will be very difficult to maintain a healthy smile, even with good dental practices like brushing and flossing. Learn about the best foods for your dental health to keep all your pearly whites looking and feeling good.
The foods that are best for dental health are generally the same types of foods that growing children and adults require for overall health. In general, it’s a good idea to eat plenty of fresh vegetables, which provide plenty of essential vitamins and minerals. Some vegetables can even help clean your teeth! Whether or not you eat meat, it’s also important to eat plenty of proteins, which can include beans, dairy, nuts and even some vegetables, as well as meat and fish. Eating a balance of whole grains, fruits and dairy products can further round out a balanced diet.
Brushing & Flossing
|Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity causing acids.
Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day. A simple brushing with plain water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch will generally do the job.
Flossing is a method for removing bacteria and other debris that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. It generally entails a very thin piece of synthetic cord you insert and move up and down between the sides of two adjoining teeth.
Many dentists believe that flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. In any event, daily flossing is an excellent and proven method for complementing your brushing routine and helping to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental problems later in life. It also increases blood circulation in your gums. Floss removes plaque and debris that stick to your teeth and gums.
Floss at least once every day. Like brushing, flossing should take about three minutes and can easily be done while doing another activity, such as watching television.
Smoking & Oral Health
Smoking and chewing tobacco are dangerous to your oral health and to your overall health. In addition to contributing to tooth loss through gum disease, tobacco use may also lead to serious problems such as oral cancer.
Depending on the amount of tobacco use, smokers can expect to develop a combination of the following:
- Persistent bad breath
- Discoloured teeth
- An increase in calculus tarter build-up
- Gum and bone disease that may progress more quickly and be more severe than in non-smokers
- Jaw bone loss
- Shifting teeth
- An increased number of missing teeth
- Oral cancers
- Mouth sores
- Root caries cavities
- Altered sense of taste and smell
- Delayed wound healing
Smoking has been established as a significant risk factor for gum disease. Tobacco reduces blood flow to the gums, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients that allow gums to stay healthy, and leaving them vulnerable to bacterial infection.
If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to the destruction of the tooth’s supporting tissues, abscesses and tooth loss.