How to Easily Afford Dental Implants

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The way most people ask about how much dental implants cost sound very much the way they would ask how much a car costs and with good reason. As with cars, the cost of which will depend on what type and model of car you require, the cost you pay for implants depends on how many implants you need and why you need them.

On a good day, patients can expect to pay anywhere between the amounts of $1,200 to $3,000, not including any of the fixtures above it or anything else to hold your teeth in. If you’re going to pay for the implant, the piece that goes into it, the crown on top of that and grafting materials, this could set you back about $3,500 to $4,000 for that type of implant. OK, so it is actually closer to purchasing a new car but the thing is, dental implants last longer and well, even if you have the flashiest car around, if you mumble or slur your words because of ill-fitting dentures or bridges, then the car may actually be a better investment.

The good news is, you can actually find dental implants that won’t break the bank. Dental implants that are affordable don’t easily come by but with a lot of patience you may be able to find one at about half of the total cost and maybe even ones for free. All you need to know is where to look.

The first thing you need to do is discuss your options with your dentist. He or she may be able to come up with affordable payment plans or allow you to pay for your implants in installments. He or she may even suggest that you get dental discount cards that they participate in, ones that offer at least 30%-50% on dental procedures and are usually valid for a year.

Another way to afford your dental implants is to shop around for dental insurance policies that cover a substantial part, if not the full price for dental implant procedures. While most dental insurance policies won’t cover dental implants because it is considered cosmetic procedure, it is better to have at least a part of it covered than having to pay for it all when your budget clearly doesn’t allow it even if you need it.

You can also try to browse for cosmetic dental clinics online that offer payment plans for their patients to get dental implants. Find sites that accept Hicaps and most reputable health cards, as well as credit through any financing institutions. Sites that allow you extended payment options ensures you get the treatment when you want it and when you need it without worrying about how to pay for it.

It is also recommended that you take advantage of your benefits package at work if you have any. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) allow you to contribute money from every pay period before they are taxed, and this is the same money you can …

Help! I Have Chronic Halitosis!

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What is chronic halitosis?

The most common cause of chronic halitosis (chronic bad

breath) is an oral condition such as bacterial build up in

the mouth, a cavity, or abscess. Another possible cause is

bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds on the

tongue which can occur either because your body produces

too much naturally, or from a high protein diet. Another

common cause of chronic halitosis is dry mouth. All the

conditions mentioned above are breeding grounds for the

bacteria that cause bad breath. But there are cures for

chronic bad breath which we’ll get into later.

To start, since you may be immune to the smell of your

breath, the easiest way to determine if you have chronic

halitosis is to ask someone you trust, like a spouse,

parent or sibling.

Causes of chronic halitosis

If your suspicions of halitosis are confirmed there are

some easy and effective cures for chronic bad breath, but

first you must know what is causing it. Some common causes

include:

o Odorous foods, foods high in protein and even coffee can

cause chronic halitosis.

o Cavities, decay, abscesses and gum disease can also

create bad breath.

o Tobacco use

o Alcohol and alcohol-based mouth washes

o Allergies, sinus problems and the common cold

o Infrequent or incorrect brushing and flossing

o Body over producing bacteria is another cause of chronic

halitosis.

o Certain medications or diseases

o Dry mouth

Cures for Chronic Bad Breath

So, what are some cures for chronic bad breath. The good

news is there are many.

o If you are due, schedule an appointment with your dentist

for a check-up and cleaning. Make him aware of the problem,

so he can check your oral health.

o Brush and floss after every meal.

o Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. A few

times per day, while drinking water, squish it around your

mouth and in between your teeth to break up any food that

may be hiding.

o Add baking soda to your toothpaste to help kill odors in

your mouth.

o Stay away from alcohol-based mouth washes and sprays.

Instead make a wash using a couple drops of tea tree oil

and water.

o Trade in your breath mints for parley, cloves or thyme.

o Avoid diets high in fat or high in protein

o If you’re a dairy addict, cut back and see if this helps

your chronic halitosis.

Brush that Bad Right Out of Your Breath

Sounds simple, but a very easy way to get rid of chronic

halitosis is to brush and floss directly after every meal.

Now, this does not mean that people who suffer from chronic

halitosis don’t brush their teeth or have poor hygiene; it

simply means you may have to do so more frequently.

Flossing regularly will also help cure chronic bad breath

as it will loosen and eliminate any food lodged between

your teeth.

Can bad breath be treated?

Yes, but first you must identify the cause and …

Dental Insurance Plan – 30-Day Refund Policy

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The cost of going to the dentist without a plan or insurance can take a big chunk out of the wallet. Some employers have coverage for their employees, but not all companies and places of work supply this service. If you have a family, the visits to the dentist can become a financial burden. With the economy the way it is, people are looking to find ways to save money and to cut corners. Having a good dental insurance or plan can make the difference in keeping your money in your pocket instead of paying high dental bills.

Many dental plans have discount plans that can help the average person to be able to make more frequent visits to the dentist. They come with many advantages such as no age discrimination, no health restriction, activation is quick, no paperwork hassles, no referral for a Specialist and group rates that are available. They also offer a 30-day refund policy, which makes the dental plans so appealing to the consumer.

Other benefits include a membership package that is provided online. It will include instructions and tips for increasing your savings. A membership card and a welcome letter are also provided. It also will provide a detailed schedule of the discounts and fees on different dental procedures. There is also a support and contact document that is included in the membership package.

Dental care is a very important part of looking after ourselves and keeping us healthy. Having the proper dental care will help prevent diseases and problems that can occur. By having a good dental plan, will enable the consumer to have the best chance at taking care of their smile. …

Dental Implants – Procedure and Benefits

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Dental care treatment has become an absolute necessity for millions of people worldwide; In spite of improvements and advances in dental care and health, people are afflicted by gum disease and tooth decay. Till a few decades ago, bridges and fixing dentures were two main options for treating people with missing, broken or in situations where teeth have to be surgically removed.

Modern day dental care includes dental implants that are replacement teeth roots. An implant can support one or more artificial teeth; The implant is a screw made of titanium that is fixed into the jawbone in place of a tooth root when it fails. They provide a strong foundation or base on which removable or permanent teeth can be fixed to match existing natural teeth.

There are many advantages to dental implants, some of which are:

• Greater comfort – dental implants can help avoid discomfort of fixing and removing dentures.

• Ease of chewing and eating food – dentures do not always fit 100%; With use they become less fitting and chances of slipping out while chewing food are high. With dental implants, this problem is eliminated.

• Better oral health – dental implants do not require other teeth to be modified or adjusted so ensuring that more natural teeth are left unharmed thereby improving dental health and hygiene in the long-term.

• Improvement in appearance – since dental implants are so designed that they fuse with the jawbone; They become permanent and feel like natural teeth.

• Speech improvement – unlike slurring or mumbling sometimes caused by dentures, implants do not slip ensuring better speech and communication.

• More confidence and self esteem – a good smile brings back confidence and a spring in the step.

• Convenience – dentures have to be removed and cleaned everyday; With dental implants this is not necessary at all.

• Durability – dental plates can last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental check-up.

Implant Procedure

Most dental implants can be safely done in the dentist's office under local anesthesia. A slightly more complicated procedure may require hospitalization and intravenous sedation. Every dental implant procedure is different because it involves the patient's preference, the experience of the dental surgeon and the overall need of the situation.

The procedure usually necessitates a three-step process because each stage requires time to heal.

Step 1

This involves placing the dental plate flush into the gum, burying it like the root of a tooth would be. This is to give time for healing and to protect the implant from force. Once the healing period is over, the dental implant is exposed by surgically removing some of the gum covering it. This integration process is known as 'osseointegrate'.

Step 2

In this step, the dental surgeon examines the implant to see if it has integrated successfully into the gum and places a post or 'abutment' which is drilled through the gum. As the area around the gum heals it forms a collar which …

The Four Elements To A Successful Business

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Over the many years I have spent in business schools and continuing education programs, one of the most remembered items I recall are the four elements of a successful business. I would like to give credit where credit is due, but I can not recall who told me about these lovely little tidbits or in what venue I learned them. To this day, I can clearly recite these four concepts as I have lived by them for many years.

The first is that you must ALWAYS tell your customer / client / patient / whatever what you plan on doing for them. This may sound simple and easy …. maybe even blatantly stupid, but believe me, most business people out there just do not have a clue on this one important issue. Let's say you own a dog grooming business. It is important to tell the owner (and you can tell the dog too) that today you are going to cut the dog's nails, shampoo, and then blow dry the hair (sounds more like my wife's salon ….. better be careful She does not see this article!). If you deliver a nicely cleaned dog to it's owner a few hours later, and she notices the dog has bad breath, then she sees the dog has dirty teeth ….. well, she is not going to be happy with you. But, you were clear – only nails, shampoo, and blow drying – and so you are off the hook. But did it make the customer happy? Not really because you did not deliver anything special to them. You did explain what you would do, but did not deliver the expected product or service – clean teeth.

Which segues us into the next key to success: ALWAYS finish what you start. It may go without saying, but in business you need to complete the task that you have started, and I believe you must always give more than you promise. In other words, you should have at least brushed the dog's front teeth and given him a chew bone to get rid of the bad breath. This way, not only did you complete the tasks you charged for, but you put in a value added item – the tooth brushing without having to be told to do it. This is how you impress a customer and keep them coming back for more – you give more of yourself than they expect and are paying for.

The third element to a successful business is that you must ALWAYS be on time. Well, actually I disagree with this to some extent. I believed that you should be EARLY for all appointments and prepared to go without any delays. In my past articles you may remember my little trick of always keeping my waiting room empty when I was a dentist – I would have my staff swoop down on the patient as they entered the waiting room, not let them wait, and get them directly …

CIGNA Dental Insurance – An Honest Review

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CIGNA Dental Insurance is available in six different levels of coverage. Depending on what your employer offers you can choose from a plan that reimburses you a portion of your dental costs to an all inclusive plan that does not even have a deductible. These dental plans are offered in addition to CIGNA healthcare plans and are currently only available through an employer sponsored plan. To receive this benefit you must contact your human resource department to request this type of coverage.

The best plan offered by CIGNA dental insurance is the DHMO plan. With this plan you choose a dentist from their network of providers and use them exclusively for your dental work. There are no deductions and no yearly maximum for services. Most of the preventive services do not have co-pays and referrals are not necessary for orthodontic care. You will receive two yearly visits and cleanings, x-rays and pediatric dental services for no extra cost. Enrollee’s will also receive a membership into CIGNA Healthy Rewards program. This program will save members up to 65% off of other non traditional health services such as acupuncture and weight management programs.

CIGNA dental insurance also offers a dental savings plan for those who do not have full dental coverage. The CIGNA Plus Savings Plan is not insurance coverage but rather a membership in a savings plan. By providing your membership card to any of the 76,000 registered dentists on the plan you will enjoy deep discounts on all your dental work. These discounts are pre negotiated through CIGNA and can save the individual a considerable sum over a short period of time. Since this is a savings plan there are no insurance forms to fill out or deductibles to pay. You also do not have to worry about preexisting conditions, frequency of visits or a maximum amount of benefits for the year.…

Cosmetic Veneers

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What are veneers?

Veneers are wafer thin, custom made porcelain shells designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance; Changing the color, size, shape and / or length. Porcelain veneers are metal free, resist stains and mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.

Why would you have dental veneers?

Dental veneers fix discolored teeth, worn down, chipped, broken teeth, misaligned teeth and teeth with gaps.

What is the procedure for dental veneers?

Usually dental veneers can be completed within three trips to the dentist. The first appointment consists of diagnosis and treatment planning. Here the patient explains what look they are trying to achieve and the dentist will examine the teeth to see if veneers are the most appropriate form of treatment, discussing exactly what the treatment will involve along with any limitations.

The next appointment will be to prepare the tooth / teeth for the veneers. The dentist will remove approximately half a millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface. Next the dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth which will be sent to a dental laboratory who will build the veneer. The dental laboratory process usually takes up to 2 weeks.

The final stage is bonding. Before the veneer is permanently attached to your tooth the dentist will fix it temporarily to examine the color and fit. The veneer will eventually be cemented to the tooth and the dentist will evaluate your bite making any final adjustments necessary.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

Veneers provide the appearance of natural teeth,
Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well,
Veneers are stain resistant,
Dark teeth can appear whiter,

Veneers do not require the intensive shaping that crowns do.

What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?

The process is not reversible
Veneers cost more than composite resin bonding
Veneers are not repairable if they chip or crack.
Your teeth could become more sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks
Veneers may not exactly match your other teeth and once in place can not be altered
Although not common, veneers can dislodge and fall off so avoid biting your nails, chewing on pencils and ice.
Veneers are not appropriate for those with unhealthy teeth eg decay or gum disease
Veneers are not appropriate for those who grind their teeth as it can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

How long do veneers last?

Generally between five and ten years

Do veneers require any special care?

No, as long as you follow good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing daily. It is recommended to avoid stain causing food and drink such as red wine and coffee.

Are there alternatives to dental veneers?

Alternatives include composite bonding and crowns as veneers are better suited to those who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just slightly. Other methods include the following:

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Another way to achieve a great looking confident smile is with Clearstep Invisible braces. These …

Blue Shield Dental Insurance – An Honest Review

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Health insurance is a hot topic these days but dental insurance can be just as complicated and as important. Oral health care has been linked to conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Traditional dental plans cover individuals or families. Buying into a dental plan generally reduces out-of-pocket expenses depending on which services are covered at 100%. Major services are generally covered at a certain percentage. The cost of these plans depends on the services within the scope of the dental plan. Blue Shield Dental Insurance offers different solutions for dental care through HMO, PPO and SmileNet.

Blue Shield Dental Insurance HMO and PPO offer hundreds to thousands of choices for the selection of a dentist in your location. HMO’s cover preventive services (cleanings and x-rays), basic services (fillings, extractions), and major surgical and restorative services (crowns, root canals), and orthodontics (braces). HMO’s have no claim forms that need to be sent in and has predictable out of pocket expenses. PPO’s offer much of the same as the HMO but you have the choice of going out-of-network for dental care, which may incur more out-of-pocket expenses, or staying in-network. PPO’s do not require a referral form if you need a specialist unlike an HMO. Dentist in HMO and PPO programs are contracted with the insurance company to accept a reduced fee.

SmileNet is a discount dental program by Blue Shield Dental Insurance. Currently it is only offered in California. Enrollment is easy and requires no waiting periods or health questionnaires. There is no disqualification for pre-existing conditions. There are also no claim forms or annual deductibles. Pre-approved dentists accept a discounted fee which is collected at the time of service. Individual policies are $80.00/year and family policies are $120.00/year. A one time $20.00 administrative fee is paid to the insurance company. The SmileNet policy is renewed once a year.…

3 Ways Patient Reviews From Practice Management Software Could Be Harmful to Your Practice Growth

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I recommend these software packages (such as Demand Force, Solution Reach and so on) a lot to my clients because they can automate everything and fills up those schedules. However, if you use software like that, beware of the little known issues that may come up with regards to patient reviews:

1) They are not visible to new patients.

The software bundles the reviews on a separate page which can link into your website or from their own platform. It looks great, however, a patient has to go hunting for them on your website. That assumes two things: a) they can find them easily once on your website before they get bored and leave (you have only a few seconds for them to find what they want). And b) They are already ON your website.

Only Google reviews stand prominent in the path of the new patient searching for a dentist. If you don’t have enough Google reviews then you aren’t giving the prospective new patient enough incentive to actually click onto your site. With all the clutter in this New Economy, you have to fight for every patient “action”.

2) They are not as trusted because they aren’t public facing.

These software packages a lot of times want to placate the dentist. It looks great to have 3,000 5 star reviews on your Demand Force page, but new patients may not trust that at all. Especially when every dentist has a similar profile and it’s on your own website which you control.

People trust Google reviews because they trust Google, they are public facing and anyone can go on there and write a good or bad review. They have more “psychological weight”. So the 39 4.8 star review you have on Google might get more attention from people than your 14,450 5 star review on your website (if they are even able to find it).

3) Automated Google review collection:

Beware this issue – it could leave you with many, really bad negative Google reviews.

The same software packages can automate the sending of people to Google to write a review. Here’s the problem: for some, writing a bad review is a cathartic experience that has nothing to do with you. They might have had a bad day and want to leave one so they have “yelled at someone” without yelling at someone.

And while you might not have any now, I’ve seen them hold onto that link for over a year (it’s in their email) and one day you piss them off and they go write it. Bad news is spread at least 7x faster and more trusted than good news.

Then you have this problem where a bunch of negative reviews are left as “most recent” and that’s the first impression a new patient gets when going through your Google reviews. Also, it’s very hard to get rid of negative reviews even if they are libelous.

Here’s where those special pages for reviews would …