Today I'm going to make a comment, food for thought.

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I recently had someone very close to me come down with a serious disease.Everyone this person came in contact was very concerned for tere well-being. Even went as far as to asked, " Are you in the best hands, is yor doctor qualified to take care of you." They all wanted the best to treat this person.

It started me thinking. Why is it when you need a doctor you seek out the best?

If you break your arm you look for the best orthopedic doctor. When you get a laceration anywhere in a cosmetic area you seek out the best plastic surgeon. When you suddenly develope a heart condition you find the best cardiologist.

Sometime you'll even travel great distances to make sure you are in the best care. Time and money become secondary, and you schedule your day around the doctos availability not yours.

So when it comes to your dental health do you cut corners, find the cheapest fix, and don"t really care about the skill level of the dentist. Your dental health is so impotant to your physical and mental well - being. Your health warrents more respect.

The bacteria in your mouth are unrelenting.If you have poor dentistry performed,it will (bacteria) find the weakness and exploit it in no time. This will lead to time and expense for you to correct the problem. Not to mention the effects it has on your general health.

When you start out wit a skilled clinician you recieve great care. Your dentistry will be designed better,and will be able to withstand the test of life,resulting in lss money spet in the long run.

Isn't this why you always seek the best, to have results that are great and will last. Think abot this the next time you choose your dentl health care provider. Your smile and your teeth are counting on it.

How do I go about finding a dentist that treats dental fear???

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Our peactice is designed especiall for the dental-fear patient. We are a restorative I.V. Sedation practice focused especially on the high-anxiety patient--as well as everyones elses needs.

Most dental offices will be able to care for apprehensive patients to some degree. Let's face it, we are all nervous about going to the dentist. If,however,you are a true dental-fear patient who requires moderate to extreme help to even enter and have any dental treatment performed,you will need to find a dentist who can offer you more than just gas or a pill to relieve your anxiety.

A true sedation practice is a practice which caters especially to the dental-phobic, not just cowards. This type of practice is able to deliver more advanced methods of anxiety relief such as I.V. Sedation. These offices and doctors have advanced training and are certified by the Department of Professional Regulations in order to deliver this level of specialized care.

A restorative sedation practice can provide you with dental services such as simple fillings to complex root canals, crowns and implant procedures all under sedation.

One of the best ways to find a dentist who treats fear patients is to call the Department of Business ans Professional Regulations for your state and ask which offices in your area are providing "General" dental care with an I.V. Sedation permit.

I need a crown and have a $1500 maximum on my insurance plan, why is my dentist telling me I have a balance?

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PPO Insurance Benefits usually range somewhere between 50-80% for this type of dental treatment. If your doctor is a participating dentist with your plan,the percentage your insurance company will pay for treatment is usually higher, and your co-pay will be lower.

The insurance benefit for visiting a participating dentist is based on the policy that is purchased. Each policy purchased has a different cost, and a appropriate fee schedule to match that policy. The contracted fee is dictated by the insurance company's fee schedule for that particular policy. Your co-pay is the difference between the portion your insurance will pay and the contracted fee for that service.

So the reason why you have to pay a potion of the crown is because your insurance company does not cover the full cost of the crown, or your particular treatment, just a portion of the cost. Therefore, the uninsured portion that is not covered will be your responsibility.

This Article was written by Mariela, Financial Coordinator of South Florida Sedation Dentistry. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call our office @561-967-2001.

My dentist office called to inform me that my next appointment would be a comprehensive exam, what does this involve?

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A comprehensive exam is just what it sounds like, it is a very involved and complete evaluation of your oral health. In a thorough evaluation the dentist shoould be looking at and recording the extra-oral and intra-oral hard and soft tissues, which constitute your oral cavaity.

Before  the doctor examines you, he should update your medical and dental history and perform a general health review. This will allow him or her to assess your genral health and to bring current any new health issues that may compromise or alter furture treatment.

Included in the intra-oral portion of your clinical exam you should be recieving the following: The detection of or absent cavaties. The inspection of the integrity of existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, and partial dentures. The inspection and documentation of existing and un-erupted teeth. The assessment of edentulous ridges if present, these are areas where teeth have been extracted. The evaluation of your occlusion, this is the relayionship of your teeth to each other and how they function. Most importantly,in order to identify the health of your gums and supporting bone of your teeth, a periodontal exam.

A radiographic evaluation is important aspect of a comprehensive exam because it may detect or confirm the presence or absents of disease which may present.

As part of your extra-oral evaluation you should recieve a head and neck exam which includes a cancer screening and temporal mandibular join t (TMJ) evaluation.

This is a comprehensive list of procedures which you should expect during your comprehensive exam.

The comprehensive exam is the most important procedure your doctor can perform for you. It gives him/her the necessary information to diagnosis any disease or abnomality that maybe present. By the information obtained, the doctor can properly prescribe the necessary treatment to get you healthy.

How often Should I go to the dentist?

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By dentist if you mean hygienist,it depends on the state of your periodontal health.

In the 1930's Ipana toothpaste came out with an advertisement; brush your teeth twice a day and see your dentisi twice a year. This advertisement had no scientific basis and was used to mainly sell toothpasts by consumption.

The insurance industry which started to offer dental insurance in the 1960's picked up on this, and used this as the basis for their two times a year hygiene visits.

The actual science is: bacterial plaque reforms on your teeth 24 hours after your hygiene visit and the bacterial colonies reestablish themselves after 60 days. Tn order to keep these colonies from becoming active in producing denta disease you should see the hygienist every 60 days.

Most people don't do this because they are insurance trained, whatever their insurance dictates whether it is correct or not,is what most people follow.

So to answer the original question,"how often should I visit the dentist or the hygienist?" It should be every 60 - 90 days to maintain healthy gums and teeth depending on your periodontal health.

Why do I need to floss if nothing is stuck in my teeth ?

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Bacteria in your mouth feed off the food you eat and produrce acid which causes tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria plague is where these microorhanisms hide; this film is throughout your mouth and 360° around your teeth.

When you brush your teeth you are only able to remove bacterial film present on the cheek and tongue side of your teeth. Flossing allows you to clean the other 50% of your tooth structure that brushing misses.

Bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, just because you don't see them; doesnt mean they are not present. When flossing your teeth you will notice its existence from its odor.

Why do I need a crown if I have a filling in my tooth????

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A filling, like its namesake, is a material which fills the void caused by the removal of decay in a tooth. The material can either be amalgam(silver filling) or resin (tooth colored).

A filling does not impart any strength to the remaining tooth structure and if large enough may act as a wedge. When in function, the biting pressure could cause the tooth to fracture, which could result in tooth loss.

A crown however is a restoration which circumferentially covers the biting structure of your tooth, restores strength and protects it from fracture.

If advised by your dentist to place a crown on your tooth to preserve it, I would take his/her recomendation.

Dental Fear

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Response to a recently asked question.

"How do I go about finding a dentist that treats dental fear?

Look no further,our practice here at South Florida Sedation Dentistry,LLC. is designed especially for the dental fear patient. We are a restorative I.V. Sedation practice focused especially to the high anxiety patient,as well as everyone else's needs.

Most dental offices will be able to care for apprehensive patients to some degree,lets face it,we are all nervous about going to the dentist. If however, you are a true dental fear patient,who requires moderate to extreme help to even enter and have any dental treatment performed:you will need to find a dentist who can offer you more than just gas or a pill to relieve your anxiety.

A true sedation practice is a practice which caters especially to the dental phobic,not just the cowards. This type of practice is able to deliver more advanced methods of anxiety relief such as I.V. Sedation,for all your general dental procedures These offices and doctors have advanced training and are certified by the Department of Professional Regulations in order to deliver this level of specialized care.

Most of us are familiar with the oral surgeon who may extract wisdom teeth under sedation; however they do not provide general dental care. A restorative sedation practice can provide with these dental services such as simple fillings to complex root canals,crowns and implant procedures all under sedation.

One way to find a dentist who treats fear patients,not just cowards,is to use the internet to find a dentist in your area who offers sedation. Then go to flhealthsource.com which is part of the Florida Department of Health,click on verify a license,enter the doctors name and it will let you know if you have chosen a general dentist who is licensed to administer I.V. Sedation.

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