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My insurance coverage is good. Why should I ever have to pay anything over and above what they will pay?

added on: April 6, 2012

Insurance benefits are a wonderful thing to have. Patients should always try
to maximize their benefits for every given year. Nearly every dental insurance plan
has annual cap on what they will pay out. A prudent dental office will have their
insurance coordinator get the most out of the plan and know the steps necessary to
help you get things done quickly and costing as little as possible. There are times
when a person’s needs can exceed a plan’s annual maximum and limiting the
treatment options to the confines of what benefits are covered may result in
compromises that could make a patient feel like their expectations are not met. Ask
the insurance coordinator how treatment may be phased to extend the benefit
payout for your treatment. When all else fails, the coordinator should do
everything possible to work out financial arrangements to accommodate what the
plan won’t cover.

I have heard you claim that most upper dentures should be able to stay put with no adhesive. My father’s denture is always coming loose and as a result it spends a lot of time out of his mouth. What can he do to make these fit better?

added on: February 15, 2012

It is true that most upper dentures can be made to stay in place with no adhesive. The key is good coverage of the necessary landmarks in his mouth. If a denture is older than a couple of years, it may be that it no longer fits the tissue that has changed since the denture was originally made. If the denture is newer, it should be evaluated to see if all landmarks are covered. If not, the denture may need relining where a new layer is built inside the denture and will closely adapt to the tissue and even press on it slightly. The upper denture should make a suction sound when it is removed. No one should have to endure a denture that does not work well. It will make a person have poor nutrition, take away their dignity, and present a financial and esthetic problem as dentures that are easily removed are easily lost or broken.

I have just completed restoration of my teeth and I love them! They look great and they feel very comfortable. Now you want me to wear a night guard appliance at night. Since you spent so time checking and rechecking my bite, is all this necessary?

added on: February 1, 2012

Its true that when we restore a person’s full mouth, we take great pains to engineer perfect function and perfect esthetics. We create an ideal function so it will support the beautiful esthetics for a lifetime. When fitting these restorations, every detail is checked to achieve a balance when in function in your mouth. In this pursuit of form following function, we like to incorporate a belt and suspenders mentality. This concept is a safety feature used in any well engineered product.

Your teeth and their new restorations are designed to work perfectly in normal function. When you go to bed at night forces may be applied in your mouth caused by head position as well as other factors. We call this parafunction and it can be very destructive. Wearing a guard at night protects against these unnatural forces and distributes the force to plastic, not porcelain. You will sleep better knowing you are protected and so will I.

Dental Health News from the office of: Dr. Richard Sigismondi

added on: January 31, 2012

Greetings to all our patients! Now that the fall schedule is in full swing, we’d like to ensure that you and your family are up-to-date on your dental checkups.

Remember that dental health is a lifelong commitment, and as you can see from the article on page 2, is one that includes not only good daily dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, but also healthy eating habits.

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