Cavities often precede far more severe oral health concerns, including the loss of teeth. The good news is that cavities are treatable in the early stages through dental fillings, root canal therapy, and dental crown treatment. However, if left untreated for an extended amount of time, cavities can eventually cause some highly undesirable complications.The primary…
Preparing For Your Next Dental Check-Up
Regular visits to the general dentist for a dental check-up are vital for anyone who wants to maintain good oral health. Oral hygiene is important, and even with daily brushing and flossing, there is a chance that undetected oral issues such as cavities and receding gum lines could be present, which might require a proper dental exam. When preparing for a dental check-up, there are a few things to consider and do ahead of the appointment.
Online Patient Forms
Many dental offices have gone paperless. They now have all patient forms online, on their websites. Filling out forms can seem like a real pain. People think it will take forever! It’s actually easier than ever. Having the up to date medications and changes in medical history is very important. In addition, with Covid 19, dentists must have each patient complete a quick screening before each visit (unless it has been less than 2 weeks). If patients can take just a few minutes at home to complete those forms it can make sure that the dentist and hygienist have all the information that they need. It can also make your office visit go more quickly and smoothly.
If you are going to be seeing a new dentist be sure to call your previous dentist and ask them to forward your records (usually just x-rays). Insurance companies have strict frequencies on when they will pay for different x-rays. It’s always best to have them forwarded to your new dentist via email. There should be no cost to you.
New Dental Insurance / Payment Arrangements
If your dental insurance has changed you may want to call the office (or email a copy of your insurance card) with that information prior to your dental appointment to be sure that they participate with your dental plan. If you are having a large procedure done and will need to make a payment plan, it would be important to discuss this prior to starting the treatment.
Once your dental visit is complete you will go to the front desk to check out. You can ask at that time for Pretreatment estimates to be submitted to your dental insurance regarding any work that needs to be done. It is always best to have a cavity filled when it is small and requires less of the tooth be affected by the filling. Crowns can be expensive but if a tooth has a fracture line and you wait to have the crown done it can break off to the point where it can no longer be restored. The dentist can only recommend what work needs to be done. Unfortunately, he or she does not have a crystal ball to tell you exactly when you should have the work completed.
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Dentists have long recognized an oral health connection to overall health. The body’s systems are interrelated and affect one another. Long-term dental problems impact the immune system and other metabolic functions. It is the view of the American Dental Association that infections often enter the body through the mouth.A long-term infection in the gum taxes…