October 1, 2014

Dental Implant Cost- Real Life Advice for Your Budget

Robert Weinstein @ 9:36 am

Straight Financial Talk With the Dental Implant Treatment Coordinator

dental implants cost and budget

Dental Implant Options Can Work With Your Budget

 

All our patients are concerned about dental implant cost. When your job is to help people restore their missing teeth with dental implants, you meet a lot of people who really need to replace their missing teeth or replace their denture with something more functional, permanent.  Most everyone agrees that dental implants are the strongest, most reliable and long lasting solution for missing teeth.  In fact, most of the great things people say about implants are true-

Implants can give you back your quality of life,

help boost self-confidence,

and they look and function like natural teeth.

The problem is that replacing your teeth,

especially ALL of your teeth,

with implants is expensive. 

Here is how I help patients plan and budget

for the cost of dental implants.

 

I have not met very many people who are able or willing to plunk down a large sum of money for tooth replacement.  It is not cheap by any stretch to completely restore dental form and function in this way, but it is widely accepted as the “gold-standard” for tooth replacement. My doctor says that dental implants replace teeth, prevent ongoing bone loss, and have a success rate of over 97%. Naturally, every one who is missing teeth would rather replace them with implants. My job is to help make that smart decision a financial reality.

Do Your Teeth Live in the Night Stand Drawer?

The people I meet are tired of gluing their dentures in every day and dealing with everything they eat being flavored with Fixodent.  Dentures slip, click, even fall out at the most inopportune moments.  A lot of people that I talk to are embarrassed about they way their teeth look.  They don’t smile.  They cannot eat what they want, much less maintain a healthy diet, due to the difficulties they have with chewing and biting their food.  A lot of people complain about digestive issues such as acid reflux, indigestion and other problems, and they blame their missing or damaged teeth. The cost of dental implants is often the greatest barrier between dysfunctional teeth and a restored mouth.  My goal is to help these people find a way to make dental implant treatment fit into their budget on a monthly basis.

Pooling All Resources for the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental insurance covers implant dentistry only sometimes, but when it does, it can take a nice big bite out of the total financial responsibility for patients.  Most dental PPO plans which cover implant dentistry pay about 50% of the cost, up to an annual maximum benefit.  PPO patients save even more money on the cost of treatment by going to an In-Network provider, such as Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants.  When there is insurance coverage, I get happy because I can cut a nice chunk of expense right out of the bulk of the fee.

HSA and Flex Medical: Since insurance never covers 100% of the cost of implant treatment, we need to look for other sources of financial help.  Patients who are prepared with even a 10-20% down payment set aside in savings find that crafting a monthly payment is easier on them.  In addition, there are a ton of employers who offer their employees a pre-tax Health Savings Account or Flex Medical Spending plan.  Since the funds in these accounts are deposited pre-tax, it’s almost like saving 20-25%.  If you know you need dental implants, now is the time to figure out how much to set aside in your HSA account beginning in January.

Financing: Once dental insurance coverage has been maximized and available personal funds have been allocated, we sometimes still have ground to cover.  If the combination of these things is not enough to cover the cost of treatment, we can look to financing.  Our office offers patients two products to finance their treatment cost.  Care Credit and Springstone Financial both offer 0% interest for the short term (up to 12 months).  In addition, these finance plans can extend the monthly payments all the way up to 84 months, if needed.  You do pay interest on those extended plans, so that is something to consider.  Paying for complete dental implant restoration for several years probably seems daunting, but in reality, we pay for cars for several years without a thought- only with a car by the time you pay it off, you have to go trade it in on a new one (and a new monthly payment).

Commercial Credit Cards: I recently found a website that works similar to Priceline that allows consumers to shop and compare credit card offers side by side.  I found that many of them offer no fees and 18 months at 0% interest on new purchases.  Sometimes, a financing option like this is exactly what is needed to achieve an affordable monthly payment.  You can check it out at comparecards.com if it sounds like something you could use.

Lay Away:  If none of the options for financing are a fit for you, you might not know that a ‘lay-away’ style payment plan might be available to you.  Patients on lay-away plans make a monthly payment of any amount they wish in order to build up a credit balance in their patient account.  Once they reach their goal, they have their treatment.  This is a great option for patients who want to steer clear of using their credit.

The Bottom Line on the Cost of Dental Implants

While the initial cost may be higher than other, less stable methods of tooth replacement, dental implants are the tried and true treatment method preferred by most dental patients.  Since they are intended to last for many decades, and more often than not last people the rest of their lives, they are extremely cost effective over time.  Combining methods of payment and pooling resources from insurance, employer sponsored plans and even financing can help make tooth replacement a comfortable reality.

Need More Detailed Information About Your Individual Case?

As the dental implant treatment coordinator with over 20 years experience in helping people just like you, please know that I am always available to try and help people with planning their treatment.  You can call me at the office 972-960-1111, and I will schedule you for a complimentary consultation and panoramic x-ray.  Once you know your options, I will walk you step by step through the wild dental insurance jungle and financial planning maze to the best of my ability.  Together, we will make your dental goals a reality.

Contact Me:

Dena Rathbun

Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants

972-960-1111

September 19, 2014

Is a Screw Retained Denture Right for You? Take This Quiz

Robert Weinstein @ 9:12 am
all on 4 dental implants

Full mouth replacement with only 4 dental implants

Are you tired of patchwork dentistry?  Are you losing your teeth one by one?  Do you wear a denture, or does it live in your nightstand drawer?  Does everything you eat taste like denture adhesive?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might be a candidate for a screw-retained denture, also known as the All on 4 dental implant solution.  With monthly payments starting at just $350, your new smile may be just within reach.  To request a complimentary consultation for this life-changing treatment, complete this short survey and click ‘submit’.  One of our dental implant support team members will contact you with your date and time for a personal evaluation, panoramic x-ray and individual consultation about your options for taking back your dental health and appearance.

For more information about dental implant solutions, visit our website.

 

 

July 13, 2014

Wisdom Teeth Problems

Robert Weinstein @ 8:46 am

The removal of wisdom teeth during the teen years and early 20′s is often recommended when symptoms and problems are present.  Wisdom teeth pain is the most common symptom, but not the only reason dentists prescribe removal of the third molars. Here is what you need to know about wisdom teeth problems.

wisdom tooth painWisdom Teeth Pain

The third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, come in during the teen years.  Pain from eruption of the teeth is common.  Sometimes the wisdom teeth do not come in all the way, a condition called ‘partial bony impaction’.  In cases such as these, the tissue surrounding the exposed portion of the tooth can become chronically irritated and inflamed.  If wisdom teeth cause pain, it is a good idea to have them evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon to determine whether they need to be removed or not.

 

Infected Wisdom Teeth

Chronic infection of the soft tissue surrounding the exposed portion of an impacted wisdom tooth is called ‘pericoronitis’.  When left untreated, the infection can lead to gum disease, eventually involving the second molars.  It is not uncommon for gum disease to spread to the adjacent teeth, increasing the chances of losing the second molars in time.  Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the bone and gum tissue surrounding the teeth.  As gum disease becomes more advanced, the bone is destroyed and gum tissue falls away.  This advanced stage of gum disease can cause teeth to become loose and painful.  Untreated gum disease almost always leads to tooth loss.

wisdom tooth problems

Bone loss behind second molar caused by impacted wisdom tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth which are malpositioned often put pressure on the adjacent second molars.  Over time, this constant pressure can dissolve the roots of the second molars, leading to tooth decay and even tooth loss.  When wisdom teeth are impacted horizontally (laying down sideways) the risk of damage to the second molars is high.

 

Cysts and Tumors Around Wisdom Teeth

cysts in wisdom teeth

a cyst causes bone loss around both second and third molar

Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth develop pathology such as cysts and tumors.  If this happens, it is important to remove the wisdom teeth to avoid damage to the jaw and teeth.  Cysts and tumors destroy healthy bone and can weaken the jaw bone, involve the adjacent teeth and cause pain.  In cases of advanced pathology, large cysts and tumors create a high risk of jaw fracture from the weakening of the jaw bone.  Additionally, cysts and tumors should be examined microscopically by a pathologist to ensure the growths are not malignant.

 

Removing Wisdom Teeth to Preserve Orthodontic Results

Braces are expensive, and once they come off nobody wants their teeth to get crooked again.  Orthodontists strongly recommend wearing orthodontic retainers for as long as possible following orthodontic treatment.  This is because they know that teeth can still shift back into crowding and misalignment without retention.  When wisdom teeth interfere with orthodontic results by placing pressure on adjacent teeth, they can cause orthodontic relapse.  Many orthodontists recommend the removal of impacted wisdom teeth in conjunction with orthodontic treatment in order to prevent the teeth from become crowded or crooked once the braces re removed.

 

tooth decay wisdom tooth

Decayed second molar caused by impacted wisdom tooth

Cavities in Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth are the last molars, far back in the jaw.  Their position makes dental hygiene more difficult.  For this reason, wisdom teeth often become decayed and develop painful cavities.  If this happens, the solution is often removal of the wisdom teeth, rather than repair.  Because they are difficult to keep clean, decay is often recurring.  Removing the decayed wisdom teeth makes it easier to keep the back teeth and gums healthy and cavity- free.

 

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The best way to find out if your wisdom teeth are causing problems is to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon.  Your oral surgeon will take an x-ray to evaluate the position, health and identify any pathology that may be associated with the wisdom teeth.  If problems exist, a plan will be recommended to remove them.  Wisdom teeth removal is considered minor surgery, and can be done in the oral surgeon’s office while you sleep comfortably.   Your doctor will review your medical history, explain the procedure and anesthesia, and give you special instructions to prepare for the procedure.  Expect to rest the rest of the day and plan 2-3 days to recover from the surgery.  For more information about wisdom teeth removal, visit our website.

May 7, 2014

Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed During Summer Vacation

Robert Weinstein @ 10:43 am

Got wisdom teeth?

healthy smiling familyMost teenagers and young adults experience the arrival of the third molars, or wisdom teeth, between the ages of 14 and 25.  While not all wisdom teeth must be removed, those which are causing problems or likely to cause problems are often recommended for extraction.  Some of the most common reasons for extraction of wisdom teeth are:

 

 

  • Chronic infection of the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth
  • Malpositioned or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Cysts, tumors or other pathology forming around the wisdom teeth
  • Dental crowding or prevention of orthodontic relapse following braces
  • Wisdom tooth decay or gum disease

Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend evaluation of the wisdom teeth by an oral surgeon in order to determine if they must be removed.  Because the “age of wisdom” falls during the school ages, it is common for dental patients to have the oral surgery evaluation and any needed treatment performed during the summer, when it is less likely to interfere with school or sports.  It is important to consider treatment of symptomatic or pathologic wisdom teeth when it is recommended, and plan for the treatment on a timeline that works best with your schedule.

What To Expect With Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Wisdom teeth removal is considered minor surgery, and should be planned for taking into consideration all preparations and accommodations necessary in order to make the experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.

  • Plan to see the oral surgeon for consultation in order to receive all needed information and answers to any questions you may have
  • Schedule your procedure when you will be able to take 1-3 days to recover at home
  • Do not plan air travel or water sports during the week following your procedure
  • Expect to be on a softer diet for a few days following treatment
  • If you participate in any sports, exercise regimens or play a woodwind instrument, discuss this activity with your surgeon at your consultation
  • Most patients experience post-operative discomfort that is easily controlled with over the counter medications such as Advil or Aleve.  You may require prescription pain medications during the first 1-2 days following your procedure.
  • General Anesthesia is usually used during wisdom teeth removal.  This makes the procedure easy and comfortable for the patient. Most patients wake up after surgery feeling very relaxed and comfortable.
  • A complete medical history is required, and will be reviewed with you during consultation.  If you have any medical conditions, take medications or drugs, it is extremely important that you discuss this with your surgeon beforehand
  • Follow all pre and post-operative instructions in order to ensure the best experience possible.

The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Surgery

One big concern for patients who have had wisdom tooth removal recommended to them is the cost of surgery.  While all patients want to do the best thing to help keep their mouth healthy, financial concerns do have an influence on the decision to proceed with needed treatment.  Your Dallas oral surgeons at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants know that the cost of oral surgery can be hard on a family.  That is why every effort is made to utilize resources that can help with the cost of wisdom teeth removal.

  • Maximizing dental insurance coverage- your business office representative understands dental insurance, and can help navigate the coverage requirements in order to help maximize the participation of your insurance plan
  • Utilizing HSA and medical flex benefits- most oral surgery is eligible for reimbursement under these employer sponsored plans
  • Interest Free Financing- healthcare credit companies such as Care Credit and Springstone Financial make it possible to budget for the cost of wisdom teeth extraction with low monthly payments and no interest charges if paid within 6 months.
  • No Insurance?  Special cash discounts for private-pay patients are available at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants.  Using this special, you can save almost half the usual cost of wisdom teeth surgery.
  • FREE Consultation and panoramic x-ray- You can download a coupon for free consultation and x-ray here.

For more information on wisdom teeth symptoms and problems, click here.  If you need to schedule a consultation, or want information about your dental insurance coverage, give us a call at 972-960-1111.

February 21, 2014

Wisdom Teeth Removal During Spring Break

Robert Weinstein @ 11:56 am

Everybody loves Spring Break!  A week long reprieve from classes, exams, and studying intended to allow us to indulge the Spring Fever that inevitably infects us as soon as the weather starts to improve and the days become a little longer.  You might think of wisdom teeth when you think of Spring Break, but at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants, we do!  That is because Spring Break poses the perfect opportunity for our patients who are also dedicated students to take care of their dental health, have their wisdom teeth removed, and never miss a beat when it comes to academics.

impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted and erupted wisdom teeth

During the month of March, we are scheduling patients for wisdom teeth extraction with convenient flexibility.  Our office location in North Dallas makes it easy to get to us.  Most primary and secondary schools have Spring Break scheduled the week of March 10-14 this year and appointments are filling fast.  If your dentist or orthodontist has recommended that your wisdom teeth be removed, give us a call today and reserve your appointment now.

 

Tips For Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Schedule a consultation appointment prior to surgery in order to meet with your oral surgeon, discuss your individual needs regarding wisdom teeth removal and plan for any assistance available through dental insurance.   Then plan your surgery when it’s convenient for you.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth might sound scary, but the truth is, most people’s wisdom teeth are impacted to some degree.  It just means that the teeth are trapped beneath bone or gum tissue.  Removing impacted teeth is not necessarily more uncomfortable afterwards than removing teeth which have erupted into the mouth.  Plan on recovering at home the day of surgery, and for up to three days after surgery, although it is not always necessary to stay at home in bed during recovery.  Most people are up and about, resuming normal activity within a day or two after surgery.
  • If you play a horn, plan to take a break for a week or so.  It is recommended that musicians avoid windwood instruments for up to a week following wisdom teeth removal.  This is because sensitivity, mild swelling and healing surgical sites need a little time to heal.  The same goes for aerobic exercise and weight lifting.
  • Make a list of the questions you have about the need for wisdom teeth removal, the surgery, anesthesia and recovery.  This way, you won’t forget anything important to you when you see your surgeon.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth, make sure to tell your surgeon prior to surgery so he can help prevent muscle fatigue and facial muscles from becoming stiff and sore following surgery.  In some cases, a special medication may be prescribed in order to help relax your facial muscles to prevent grinding and clenching during recovery from surgery.
  • Follow the pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided to you in order to have a smooth and uneventful recovery from wisdom tooth removal.  Keeping your mouth clean and maintaining a healthy diet are among the things that can help make your recovery painless
  • Contact your surgeon if you have any questions, concerns or if you find that your discomfort level is increasing rather than decreasing.  Increasing discomfort, especially after the third day post op can be a sign of a dry socket.  A dry socket is a delay in the healing process in which the protective blood clot that forms in the surgical site is dissolved, leaving the tooth socket exposed and uncomfortable.  Only about 15-20% of patients who have lower wisdom teeth removed experience a dry socket.  The good news s, that at the first sign of one, a medicated dressing can be applied in order to keep you comfortable during healing.  An office visit would be required in order to treat a dry socket, but it is well worth it.  Prevention of dry socket depends mostly on avoiding smoking and keeping the surgical site clean, however, some patients are simply predisposed to this condition.
  • RELAX!  The best way to have a smooth experience with wisdom teeth extraction is to do your best to relax and avoid stressing out if you can.  IV general anesthesia allows patients to sleep through the procedure peacefully, and wake up without pain once the surgery is over.  Discomfort following surgery is usually easily manageable with an over the counter medication such as Advil or Aleve, or with a stronger prescription pain medication.

If it is time to have your wisdom teeth evaluated and removed, schedule a consultation appointment today and take advantage of our special offers available to new patients.  Your consultation and panoramic x-ray is FREE, and most dental insurance plans cover the surgical procedure.  Patients without insurance can take advantage of our cash payment pricing with an all-inclusive fee of $1185 for surgical removal of four wisdom teeth with IV general anesthesia.

 

February 4, 2014

Educate Yourself On Your Dental Implant Options Before You Decide On Treatment

Robert Weinstein @ 4:27 pm

dental implantTypes of Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, there are many options available, and researching all the options on your own can be daunting and confusing.  The jumping off point for patients interested in implant dentistry is a web search.  On the internet, you will find a wide variety of dental implant treatment options, all proclaiming to be the ‘most advanced’, ‘most successful’ option available.  You will be inundated with terms such as “All On Four”, “Teeth in a Day”. “Zirconium Implants”, “immediate implants” and a wide array of other technical terms all promising to replace your missing teeth today.  While dental implants in some form or fashion play a role in almost all dental treatment plans for tooth replacement, the clinical application of dental implants is as diverse as each individual patient.

The Truth About Dental Implants

The truth about dental implants is that you are highly likely to receive different options for accomplishing the same goal from every dental implant specialist you seek a consultation from.  This is why it is so important to seek more than one professional opinion before making the decision to move ahead with dental implant treatment.  Multiple opinions and various options for treatment are important to your decision making process.  Consider your options and recommended treatment plans a part of your research and an important part of the patient education process. Choose the option that you are most comfortable with, that makes the most sense to you.

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Clear and Concise Treatment Options

Once you have done a web search and learned about the different dental implant treatments available to you, your next step is a consultation with an implant specialist.  Your specialist will discuss your options with you in detail, taking into consideration the treatment methods you have expressed your interest in.  A treatment plan with be outlined, along with the costs involved with treatment.  It is important that you receive a transparent fee estimate from the specialist so that you have a clear understanding of the cost of dental implant treatment.   If dental insurance will be playing a role, make sure that your coverage is taken into consideration.

Schedule A Complimentary Consultation

It is a good idea to seek the opinion of more than one specialist, especially if you are planning to replace many teeth, an entire dental arch, or both dental arches.  Arming yourself with knowledge is the best way for you to make sure you are informed, educated and making the best decision possible for you and your individual situation.

If you are ready to take the natural next step and schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about your dental implant options, call us today.

 

 

December 13, 2013

Think Life Will Be Better If You Just Pull All Your Teeth And Get Dentures? Think Again!

Robert Weinstein @ 10:39 am
dentures can make eating out difficult

Eat Anything On The Menu

Working in an oral surgery office, we hear it almost every day “I’m so sick of failing teeth, dental problems, pain.  My life would be easier if I just had all my teeth pulled and got dentures.  Another thing we hear almost every day are denture-loathing comments from people who thought the same way, did it, and lived to tell the tale.  Their story goes something like this:  “ I had all my teeth pulled and got dentures.  I thought that would solve my dental problems.  Now, the dentures don’t fit right, they hurt, I can’t eat and most of the time I go around without teeth because these plastic things just don’t work for me”.

Dentures Open The Door For a Whole New Set Of Dental Problems

Dentures are intended to provide a cosmetic, prosthetic stand-in for your natural teeth, they are definitely not intended to replace the function of natural teeth.  Dentures are a plastic prosthesis which are made to fit on an edentulous (without teeth) ridge in order to provide the appearance of natural teeth.  Dentures sit on top of the gums, and are not solidly anchored in the jaws.  Many people complain that it is difficult to bite and chew the foods they enjoy with dentures.  Over time, the jaw bone itself begins to recontour, shrink and deteriorate because there are no teeth in the jaw to keep the bone stimulated.  This causes dentures to become loose, ill-fitting, painful and dysfunctional.  In fact, a denture must be re-made every 3-5 years in order to provide optimal function.  Studies show that replacing teeth with a complete denture only provides about 10% of the function of natural teeth.

 

Whenever Possible, Repairing The Natural Teeth Is Best

You might find this advice strange coming from an oral surgery office who does not restore teeth, but rather removes them and replaces them with dental implants.  The truth is, no amount of money can buy a solution that provides 100% restoration of dental function and appearance to improve upon the perfection of natural dentition.  At the Dallas oral surgery practice of Dr. Robert A. Weinstein, patients are encouraged to repair damaged teeth whenever possible.  This is because there is simply nothing better to eat, laugh, talk and chew with than natural teeth.

When Teeth Must Be Removed, They Should Be Replaced With Dental Implants

Sometimes, repair of natural teeth is not possible or practical.  When any teeth must be removed due to damage and tooth decay, it is important that they be replaced with a functional and natural looking replacement.  Dental implants provide the most functional, reliable and natural looking and feeling tooth replacement available today.  In fact, where a denture provides just 10% restoration of dental function, dental implants can provide up to 90% restoration of dental function.  In addition, when dental implants are implanted in the jaw bone, they keep the bone cells stimulated, preventing the shrinkage and deterioration of the jaw.  Patients avoid losing facial volume and don’t begin to look prematurely old due to “sunken face” syndrome.

There Are Many Ways To Replace Teeth With Dental Implants

Because every patient is different, has different habits, desires and needs, there is no “one-treatment-fits-all” when it comes to implant replacement of teeth.  Even when discussing full mouth replacement, there are various treatment approaches which must be considered.  For some patients, an implant retained denture provides the stability and aesthetics that meet their needs.  For other patients, the    All On Four treatment technique is ideal and provides the most complete functional and aesthetic restoration.  A consultation with Dr. Weinstein to discuss your needs, goals and budget will help you decide the best treatment option for you.

Go To A Restaurant And Order What You WANT

It is amazing the things we take for granted when we are not coping with dentures, dental problems, loose teeth or dental dysfunction.  For most of us, when we go out to a restaurant we look at the menu and order whatever entree sounds good.  For those of us who are denture wearers and dealing with chronic dental problems, the menu is a giant list of things you cannot have.  Wouldn’t you love to go out to eat and choose anything you want?  If you have suffered long enough with dental dysfunction, schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if replacing your missing teeth or loose denture with dental implants is right for you.

 

November 27, 2013

Are You Ready For Thanksgiving Dinner? Missing Teeth at the Holidays

Robert Weinstein @ 10:19 am

 

Thanksgiving dinner with missing teethThanksgiving dinner is something that we look forward to all year long- it has become one of the most important meals of the entire year!  Being in the dental implant business, it dawned on me that some people don’t enjoy their meals as much as they should- or could.  I realized that holidays like Thanksgiving are, for some people, a time where they will spend a lot of energy trying to compensate for missing teeth, hide missing teeth and even avoid smiling in front of friends and family.

It is easy for me to say that the answer is dental implants, and that everybody who has missing teeth should go and get them.  The reality is much different.  I know that people do not go through life with missing teeth because they like it.  There are three things that deter people from taking the steps to restore their oral health and dental condition and in the process improve their quality of life.

1)  Needing More Information.  The internet is overflowing with information about dental implants, how they can change your life, how they can restore dental health and function.  The key information that YOU need in order to decide if dental implants are right for YOU is missing!  You don’t really want to schedule a consultation with a surgeon to get answers to your questions because you are not in the mood to be sold to- how do you know if the plan you get from a specialist is the best option for your particular situation?  The truth is, there is no “one-size fits all” approach when restoring teeth with implants.  Patients deserve to be listened to, given options for treatment that meet their needs, wants and budget.  It is rare that there is only one solution to a dental problem when it comes to missing teeth- take advantage of free consultations and get more than one professional opinion.

2) Cost of Dental Implants.  Yes, dental implants are expensive.  There is no way around the fact that such a highly engineered, technical and precise treatment can be made as affordable as say, a filling in your tooth.  With that being said, it is important to consider the VALUE as opposed to the COST of dental implants.  Dental implants are permanent 98% of the time, which means that in terms of value, they are actually very inexpensive over time.   Dental implants are able to restore complete dental function, more thoroughly than any other method of tooth replacement.  This has a huge impact on quality of life.  Payment plans both short term and extended over a longer period of time make it possible to get dental implant treatment now, and pay for it over time with a payment you can afford.

3) Fear of Dental Work.  Many patients end up with missing teeth because they are fearful of the dentist and do not like getting dental work done.  This is much more common than you think.  In fact, many patients avoid regular dental work and minor repairs for so long that going to the dentist only occurs in an emergency, exacerbating their fears because of the need for extensive dental work under conditions that include infection and pain- making dental work uncomfortable.  Patients with dental fear find that treatment with dental implants by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is not only comfortable, but completely stress-free.  Dental implant patients can have their complete treatment done while under IV general anesthesia and literally sleep comfortably through the entire treatment, wake up without pain (they are numbed while asleep), and wake up with new teeth.

Whatever your reason for just making it through another Thanksgiving dinner with missing teeth, we are here to help.  Tell us your concerns, challenges and fears- we will work with you to find the answer.  You have the power to make this Thanksgiving the last one with missing teeth.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fantastic patients and friends!  At Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants we are especially thankful for all of you, who make coming to work an absolute treat for us!  Someone very wise once said that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life- and it is very true!

November 15, 2013

Easy Scheduling For Wisdom Teeth During School Breaks

Robert Weinstein @ 9:19 am

Thanksgiving wisdom teeth appointmentsThanksgiving is upon us, and the holiday season is drawing near!  We hope you have a joyful holiday season enjoying the company of family and friends, along with all the good food!

At Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants, one thing we see happen every year around this time is an increased demand for appointments. The number of teenagers who need their wisdom teeth removed seems to increase.  Over the years, we have realized that wisdom teeth become popular around the holidays because that is when the kids are off from school.  No school means the timing is perfect for a short recovery from wisdom tooth removal.

Another reason we see an increase in wisdom teeth patients is due to the fact that annual insurance benefits for 2013 expire at the end of the year.  If your dentist has recommended removal of those pesky third molars, you might want to get the treatment done between now and the New Year in order to utilize the dental insurance coverage which expires as soon as the ball drops in Time Square.  Unused HSA and Medical Flex accounts also expire on December 31.

We Offer Easy Appointments For Wisdom Teeth Removal

If oral surgery is on your “to-do” list, we have made it easy to make an appointment to see Dr. Weinstein.  We are open Monday through Friday this month, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.  Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you get the treatment you need while maximizing your insurance coverage for wisdom teeth extraction.

Take Advantage of Special Savings on Wisdom Teeth Surgery

If you do not have dental insurance coverage for your wisdom teeth removal surgery, we know how daunting it can seem to afford the cost of oral surgery.  For this reason, we are offering a very special all-inclusive surgical fee of $1185 for all wisdom teeth removal surgeries through the end of 2013.  This very special wisdom tooth removal package includes consultation and x-rays in addition to the surgical removal of up to four wisdom teeth with IV general anesthesia.  You get to sleep comfortably right through the surgery and wake up pain-free from the local anesthesia injections.

Compassionate Patient Care

While convenience and cost are important factors when planning removal of wisdom teeth, it is equally, if not more important to consider patient service when choosing an oral surgeon.  Dr. Robert A. Weinstein has over 30 years experience as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His genuine concern and compassion for every patient helps take the stress out of visiting an oral surgeon.  Dr. Weinstein insists on seeing every patient for a pre-surgical consultation in order to make sure that his patients are comfortable with the planned procedure prior to treatment.

Schedule Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

To schedule a consultation for wisdom teeth removal surgery before the end of the year, contact us today.  Our friendly team will help you set an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

 

November 2, 2013

Are Dental Implants Covered By Insurance?

Robert Weinstein @ 4:34 pm
does dental insurance cover dental implants

Dental coverage for dental implants can be confusing. Make sure you understand your plan.

One question we hear at least ten times a day in our practice is “Are dental implants covered by dental insurance?“.  The answer is a resounding “sometimes”.  Dental implant coverage can be complicated. It is important that you are well educated about your dental plan allowances and limitations. Here are some tips to help you make sense of it all.

Read Your Dental Plan Documents

The first step in determining whether or not your dental insurance will assist you with the cost of dental implants is to read your plan documents.  If there is coverage for the treatment, it will be specified within the terms of coverage.  These documents are sometimes a little difficult to decipher, so if you need help, give us a call.

Beware The Missing Tooth Clause

Some insurance policies cover dental implants, but only if the missing tooth was removed while you were covered by the plan.  Make sure you understand if a limitation like this applies to you. If your dental insurance covers dental implants, read carefully. Be careful not to assume that a dental implant will be covered for a tooth that was extracted 10 years ago while you were covered under a different policy.

Maximize Your Dental Benefits

If your dental insurance provides coverage for dental implants, plan your treatment to maximize your insurance plan’s contribution.  Most dental plans allow payments up to a specified annual maximum (usually $1500 or so).  In the best case scenario, you can use your benefits to pay for the implant placement toward the end of the year.  If you reach your annual maximum, there is a good chance that your benefits will renew again on January 1st.  Because most dental implants need a few months to heal and osseointegrate (get solid in the bone), you won’t be having the crown completed right away. You can utilize your new annual insurance benefits for the completion of the implant at a later date.  On January 1, you will have a brand new maximum to help cover the cost of the dental crown.

Use Your HSA or Flex Medical Account

Even if dental insurance does not cover the cost of a dental implant, you can still utilize your HSA or Medical Flex Account to cover the cost.  Make sure to use those funds before December 31 this year, or they are lost forever.  ** BONUS** Using your HSA funds to cover the cost of a dental implant is extra sweet because those funds are often pre-tax. It is like getting a discount.

Dental Implants Not Covered? The Dental Implant Crown Probably IS

Don’t get discouraged if your dental insurance does not cover dental implants.  In most cases, if the plan covers a traditional dental crown, they must also cover a dental implant crown.  This means that you may be entitled to at least partial coverage, even if dental implants are excluded under your plan

Still Confused About Dental Implants and Dental Insurance?

If you still need help determining if your dental plan covers implants, we are here to help.  Give us a call or send us an email any time, and we will be happy to help you figure it out.  Even with no dental insurance coverage, dental implants are now more affordable than ever.  We can even help you fit the needed treatment into your budget using a monthly payment either through Care Credit or other financing resources-with no interest.

 

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