Are implants right for you?

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist/periodontists to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

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Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:

  • First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
  • Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
  • Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, colour and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist/periodontist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing. (ADA)

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Phone 905-458-6620

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UNDERSTAND YOUR DENTAL INSURANCE – Do I have to pay the deductible or percentage difference?

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We are asked on occasion if we can waive the deductible or co-payment that a patient needs to pay and the answer is “no.” It is against the law for a dental office not to collect the deductible or co-payment. Not only is it insurance fraud, but it is against the regulations of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) that regulates dentists. This practice is considered to be professional misconduct and a dentist can lose his/her license and receive a fine.

As a dental office we are here to provide the services and information on available treatment options appropriate to address your dental needs regardless of the nature and extent of your dental coverage and we can also assist you in receiving the benefits that you are entitled to under your dental plan.

It is very important to understand your dental plan as it is a valuable benefit. Many employers provide benefits, in addition to salaries, as a method of paying their employees. In order to be able to offer dental plans to their employees, companies design  the benefit package so that the employee shares in the cost of their dental care. Below is information on frequently asked questions with respect to insurance plans, deductibles, co-payment and co-insurance as answered by the Ontario Dental Association.

What plan limitations are employers using to involve the employee in dental care costs?

Some of the most common benefit plan designs currently being offered are:
(1) Annual Deductible Amounts – In this case, the employee may be required to pay the first $25 or $50 claimed every year.
(2) Frequency limitations – Dental plans may limit the number of visits to the dentist each year that will be covered by the insurance plan
(3) Annual Dollar Maximums Employers may create a maximum limit (e.g., $1,500) that the dental plan will cover each year.
(4) Co-Payment (or co-insurance) Through a sharing formula specified in the dental plan contract, the dental plan may only cover a percentage of the eligible amount claimed. The employee is responsible for paying the remainder.
When are co-payments used?
Co-payments are sometimes applied to diagnostic, preventative and basic services, but they are more frequently applied to comprehensive or extensive services such as endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Sometimes your plan will cover 80 percent of the bill leaving you to pay the other 20 percent (an 80 – 20 co-pay), other times, it could be on a 50 – 50 basis, or even other amounts. It all depends on the plan.
How do co-payments work?
Here’s how it works: Your dentist bills you for $100 for your dental treatment. Before the claim form goes to your insurance company, you sign the claim form, verifying that the charge is accurate and that you are financially responsible to the dentist for the entire charge. This is an important step because your dental plan may not cover the whole bill. For example, if your plan pays 80 percent of an eligible expense of $100, your insurance company will cover the first $80 leaving you responsible for paying the remaining $20 as an out- of-pocket expense.
Do I have to pay the co-payment?
Yes. It is against the law (insurance fraud) for you or your dentist to conspire to avoid paying the co-payment. Not only is it a violation of the law, but it is contrary to the regulations of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) that regulates the dental profession. This practice is considered professional misconduct and a dentist can lose his license for it, as well as incurring hefty fines, often exceeding $10,000.
By law, a claim made to an insurance company must be an accurate description of services rendered and fees charged. This is why you are required to sign the claim form before it is submitted to your insurance company.
How would an insurance company know that I did not pay my share?
Insurance companies reserve the right to request that the patient provide proof that the co-payment has actually been paid. If the patient is unable to provide that proof, the insurance company may demand that the patient make financial restitution to the insurance company or it may apply the over-payment to future claims payments.
What if my dentist gives me a discount on certain fees?
Your dentist may do this but this is very different from waiving a co-payment. If your dentist discounts his/her fee to you by a certain percentage, then that discounted fee must be the fee submitted to your insurance company as the whole fee charged for the services rendered.
Your dental plan is a valuable benefit. Before you ask your dentist to waive a co-payment, think about the consequences to you and your dentist.
For more information on your dental benefits be sure to contact your insurance company or call our office and we can assist you in understanding your benefits.
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905-458-6620

The importance of regular dental cleanings

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Dental cleaning\scaling is when the dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments (hand and /or ultrasonic) to remove plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar\calculus (grey, yellow, brown, black) hard deposits from your teeth without harming them. A few minutes after brushing a thin layer of saliva, proteins, and bacteria (called pellicle) is formed on the teeth which acts as a base for bacterial attachment and growth. Eventually with the accumulation of various species of bacteria and sugars from the foods we eat we get a white\yellowish substance called plaque along our gums and teeth. If the plaque is not removed it will attract minerals from the saliva and harden turning into calculus/tartar. If calculus/tartar is left on the teeth it will provide a situation for bacteria to thrive next to the gums which is detrimental for the health of the gums and can lead to gum disease(gingivitis) which leads to periodontal disease which leads to tooth loss. The purpose of the cleaning is to leave the teeth clean and smooth so bacteria is unable to stick to them, reverse gum disease and prevent the progression to periodontal disease.


Polishing/Prophy


Polishing is done after scaling to remove any leftover plaque from the teeth and gums and to remove extrinsic stain. It is done using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup at the end and a special gritty toothpaste-like material.


Fluoride

Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth from the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque that can weakened them, it also possesses antibacterial qualities. 

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Information as per the Canadian Dental Association

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Proper care of your dentures

Brampton DentistBacteria stick to your teeth and also to full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis with cleaners made specifically for dentures. Do not use toothpastes for natural teeth or household cleaners, which are too abrasive and can damage dentures that can be expensive to replace.

Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy. It’s best to remove your full or partial dentures at night. Your dentist will provide you with instructions about how long your dentures should be worn each day. (ADA)

For more information be sure to speak to one of our dental professionals.

Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski and Associates – Brampton Dentists

905-458-6620