There are many ways insurance companies are hurting the dental industry, but what most of the public is unaware of is that this can hurt them in serious ways as well.
Let’s say you need a procedure done on your teeth, but because your dentist is under contract with your insurance company they have to charge you such a low price for that service that they actually lose money. What does the dentist do in this situation? Do they do the right thing for you because that is what your teeth need? This isn’t always the case. Unethical as it is, some dentists will take a different route. They may wait until your condition gets worse to make more money fromthe procedure, do a completely different procedure that you don’t need, or even not do any procedures at all.
There was a huge lawsuit in 2016 against Aspen Dental for this very practice along with other issues. Not all dentists are brought to justice or caught however. It is important to educate yourself on these issues for you and your family’s sake.
Our very own office manager Tessina here at All Smiles Dentistry - Dr. James B. Bonny, DDS Works tirelessly with over 200 other office manager to fight and help others fight the injustices of these insurance companies for the sake of dentists and patients alike. She has had many victories and was even featured on the cover of Dental Economics magazine.
You can learn how to protect yourself from malpractice too. To learn more, contact us at All Smiles Dentistry - (801) 423-2244.
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…
For most people, going to the dentist is as routine as getting their oil changed. But if you're like the one in ten people with severe anxiety, dental visits are anything but routine.
What may have begun as a childhood fear has turned for many people into a lifetime avoidance of dental care. Â This absence of dental cleanings, checkups and treatments can have an adverse effect on not only their oral health but their general health too.
But there are ways you can reduce dental visit anxiety, beginning first with finding a compassionate dental provider. A good dentist-patient relationship is important for everyone, but more so for people with anxiety. Building a trust relationship with a dentist who listens and accepts your fears without judging is your first step to overcoming them.
Though finding an understanding provider is important, it may not be enough in the beginning of your return to regular dental care. To help you further relax during visits, we can also provide medicinal therapies known collectively as sedation.
Although it has some similarities, sedation is different from anesthesia. The latter deadens pain sensation; sedation aims to calm your emotions. The most common sedation is taken in oral form, usually a pill (or syrup for children) taken an hour or so before the appointment. Oral sedation is often used in conjunction with gases like nitrous oxide and local anesthesia.
For a more relaxed state (especially during an involved procedure) we may use intravenous (IV) sedation. With this method we deliver the medication through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein.
IV sedation places you in a reduced state of consciousness. But it isn't a “sleep” state as what's achieved during general anesthesia, but more of a “semi-awake” state. You won't need assistance with breathing or heart function and you can respond to verbal or touch commands. Many drugs used for IV sedation also have an amnesiac affect, so you won't remember many details about the procedure.
Depending on your level of anxiety, we can match the right therapy to induce calm and relaxation. Sedation can help you see dental visits in a more positive light so that it truly does become a life routine.
If you would like more information on sedation therapy during dental visits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”
When it comes to tooth loss, most people focus on the cosmetic and dietary impact of missing teeth, with good reason. Studies have found that when it comes to first (and lasting) impressions, the straighter and whiter the teeth, the better. According to a smile perception study conducted by market research firm Kelton, bad teeth can lead to losing out on everything from job offers to dates. But in addition to harming physical appearance, missing teeth also contribute to oral and general health problems over time. Dr. Jamses Bonny, a general dentist at All Smiles Dentistry in Salem, UT, recommends dental implants for healthy adults missing anywhere from one, to most or all of their natural teeth.
General Dentistry in Salem, UT
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), implants are the closest tooth replacement option to natural teeth and can last for decades. They are also the only option that helps to prevent bone loss in the gums, a side effect of tooth loss that can cause the gums to shrink and potentially increase the risk of oral health problems like gum disease and inflammation.
What are Dental Implants and How do They Work?
Implants replace a missing tooth in two stages. First, a small titanium screw is surgically implanted in the jaw. It then fuses in place with the surrounding bone tissue, creating a stable anchor for a cosmetic crown, which is attached once the implant has healed. An implant can replace a single tooth, or a few implants can be applied to secure a dental bridge or set of dentures.
Are Implants Hard to Care For?
Implant dentistry is designed to replicate the anatomy and function of a natural tooth. Although they do not require special adhesives or support from neighboring teeth, patients must be willing to commit to a consistent oral hygiene routine and regular follow up care with a dentist to maintain oral health.
Are Implants Safe?
Implants are made of biocompatible materials like titanium to ensure that it is accepted by the body. When properly cared for and placed by a qualified dentist, implants have a reported success rate of over 98% according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Healthy adults with sufficient bone density in the gums and jaw are typically good candidates for implants. As a surgical procedure, the ability for the body to heal effectively is necessary for the implant to take successfully. Sufficient bone density is necessary to ensure that the implant will attach and remain firmly in place in the jaw.
Find a Dentist in Salem, UT
For more information about implant dentistry, and to find out if implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth, contact All Smiles Dentistry by calling (801) 423-2244 to request an appointment with Dr. Bonny today.
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”
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