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Replace Missing Teeth with Your Implant Dentist in Merrimack

January 18, 2016

man with a great smile thanks to the implant dentist in merrimackPatients who are missing one or more teeth sometimes choose to forego tooth replacement due to expense, discomfort, or anxiety associated with smile restoration. Whatever reasons patients have to avoid tooth replacement, the Dental Designs of New England team encourages them to reconsider. By replacing missing teeth, a patient ensures they are able to maintain the optimal level of oral health. We offer a variety of options, but the only solution that restores the entire smile from the roots up is dental implant supported tooth replacement.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

February 19, 2012

My last blog touched on the fact the ‘dental insurance’ is not really insurance after all.  It is more like a ‘dental gift card’ or ‘dental dollars at a reduced cost’. Dental insurance doesn’t really ‘buy peace of mind’ for a disaster, like home or car insurance does.  Imagine if you car insurance paid for ‘3 oil changes and 2 tire rotations’ every 10,000 miles and only gave you $8000 towards a new car if it was totaled!  I know I would be outraged.  Why call it insurance at all?  It’s more like a ‘dental maintenance plan’.  Imagine if medical insurance let you treat only 1 disease?  “Gee, should I be seen for my high blood pressure or my high cholesterol this year because my insurance won’t pay for both.”……Outrageous we would all say!  Yet, dental insurance companies have demoted the gateway to a healthy body, your mouth, into this role.

A stitch in time saves nine…….

Many patients that have dental insurance haven’t even used it this year, or even for a few years.  Maybe they feel by procrastinating their check ups, they can buy themselves some time and ‘save up’ to fix their teeth.  But even missing 1 yearly check up can lead to undiagnosed cavities and gum disease that will only get worse.  Many times these early stage cavities don’t hurt so patients feel like they have time to take care of it.  Unfortunately, any savings that people may think they get in putting off their visits are wiped out when that one tooth ends up causing lots of pain, and takes a lot of work to fix not to mention using up those ‘dental insurance’ benefits.  Gum disease is a ‘silent’ disease so symptoms may not crop up until lots of damage is already done.  By keeping up with more frequent cleanings, bone and gum problems can be kept in check.

Many patients get on the proverbial hamster wheel of putting off needed treatment because ‘insurance ran out’. Their problems get bigger, they wait longer to fix it, and the solutions get more complex and expensive.

What happens if  you have a true dental emergency?  Imagine if you tripped on the sidewalk this year and broke your 3 or 4 front teeth.  Guess what?  You may have only $1000, or $ 2000 at best, to use towards fixing those teeth, and maybe less if you already used some ‘benefits’ for your visit.  That doesn’t sound like insurance to me.  But this is a ‘worst case scenario that I see quite often.  Accidents do happen, and the teeth can be fixed, but ‘dental insurance’ just doesn’t pass the test.  Luckily, with all the options that we offer, like crowns and implants, we can make you smile again.  So far, ‘dental insurance’ doesn’t sound like anything the definition of ‘insurance’.

So, that old adage is true.  A stitch in time does save nine.  That is, getting in to see the dentist often and taking care of problems early will save you both time and money.  In the end, dental ‘insurance’ at best is a ‘helping hand’ for times when almost everything is doing well, or only 1 or 2 problems crop up.  At worst, dental insurance is a hinderance because people feel that they cannot undergo the treatment they deserve because they don’t ‘have enough insurance’.  Rather, free your mind from those definitions and ask us how we can help get back to health.

Athletic Support

September 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dr_shetty @ 4:48 pm

School is back in session, and student athletes are back on the playing fields. Most schools require students to wear a mouth guard during practice and games and many get the standard ‘boil and bite’ guards available over the counter. These are OK in a pinch but studies show that it offers no real protection.

Facial and head injuries can be sustained in nearly every game, from “contact” sports such as football, soccer and basketball, to “non-contact” sports like baseball, gymnastics, bicycling or skateboarding. We see more injuries to the mouth as a result of playing sports than from almost any other single cause. A survey conducted by the University of Texas found nearly 5 percent of male college athletes who played football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, ice hockey and lacrosse without wearing a mouth guard sustained some oral injury. That’s more than 2,000 injuries in just a single year at the college level alone! It’s at the junior high, high school, community and amateur levels that most injuries occur

If you or your children play any kind of sport, then a form fitting mouth guard offers better protection. A properly fitted mouth guard is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your mouth, cushion falls and blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Custom-made guards are designed to cover all the teeth and are shown in the literature to be the best type of protection. Custom-made mouth guards may be slightly more expensive than commercially produced mouthpieces, but they offer the best possible fit and protection and are the most comfortable as they allow for easier breathing and speaking.

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, Inc. reports dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports. Victims of tooth loss may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 – $15,000 per tooth, hours in the dentist’s chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease. While most people realize the importance of protection in organized sports, sometimes they forget to wear their mouth guards during recreation sports. Consider even just a basic custom mouth guard.

So our motto for all athletes is: Protect only the teeth that you want to keep!

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