Dental Insurance

October brings with it beautiful fall weather as well as insurance open enrollment options. If you are fortunate enough to have an employer based dental insurance plan, reviewing and making sense of these options can often be overwhelming. We are here to help clarify your insurance decisions.
The most important thing to be aware of when reviewing your insurance information: Is this a Premiere, PPO or an HMO/DMO policy? A Premiere policy allows you to visit any office and receive benefits there with LESS out of pocket expense to you as the patient. A PPO plan also reduces your out of pocket expense as long as you are seen at an office that is part of the PPO network, you also are able to be seen at an unnetworked office but may have a minimal additional out of pocket expense. An HMO/DMO policy means you will be assigned to a specific dentist or office and can only receive coverage there for the entire benefit year. We are not networked with any HMO/DMO plans; that option would sadly mean you would pay for your dental care out of pocket. The good news: We are in network with many premiere dental insurance companies and several PPO companies.
Coverage details beyond this can vary greatly. Things you may need to consider are; your yearly maximum and deductible, and the percentage of each service that is covered. Some insurance plans also have waiting periods in which you will not have access to your full benefits for a designated amount of time. Because the details are so different for every insurance company and every employer, we would encourage you to call or stop in and talk with our educated front desk staff. They are happy to help you determine the best benefits to cover your dental needs.
This is also the time of year to consider utilizing any remaining calendar year insurance benefit that you may have. In most cases any unused portion of your benefit is lost at the end of the benefit year. If you are due for a dental cleaning and exam, or have dental work that has been recommended but not completed, give our office a call and we will be happy to schedule a time that is convenient!

Comprehensive Exams at The Dentists on Bluemound

Comprehensive Exams at The Dentists on Bluemound

 

When it comes to your health, your dentist is one of the first resources in your line of defense against disease and health concerns. Whether you realize it or not, your mouth shows signs of major health concerns that affect your whole body—not always dental issues. The team at The Dentists on Bluemound will keep an eye out for large problems and address them as soon as possible. This includes oral cancer, gum disease, and the diseases that could develop from advanced gum disease. Let’s explore what one of our dental experts could run into during your next dental checkup.

Gum Disease

Many patients don’t realize they could have been taking action to prevent gum disease by regularly visiting their dentist. During your appointment, you will receive a thorough cleaning that dramatically reduces the chances of developing gum disease. Your dentist and or hygienist may notice these symptoms if your mouth is becoming infected with gum disease.

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Buildup of pus between gums
  • Loose fitting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pockets of infection along your gum line
  • Chronic bad breath

Chronic Diseases Catalyzed by Gum Disease

It’s no secret—your mouth and the rest of your body have an intimate connection. In fact, if you don’t regularly and properly remove dental plaque and bacteria, your overall health could suffer. Healthy gums and teeth keep your body equally strong. When gums deteriorate from advanced gum disease, your body tries to protect itself with inflammation, leaving your bloodstream susceptible to dental plaque buildup. You could experience strokes, heart disease, kidney disease, and develop diabetes.

 

 

Oral Cancer

The signs of oral cancer can be hard to notice to the untrained eye, but our dental professionals will be able to look for these symptoms during a dental exam:

  • A sore that will not heal or bleeds profusely.
  • A lump in the hard or soft tissues of your mouth.
  • Change in oral tissue color.
  • Numbness or pain in areas around the mouth.
  • Difficulty swallowing, talking, earing, or moving the jaw or tongue.

It’s important to seek treatment for oral cancer during its preliminary stages. The chances of surviving oral cancer is nearly doubled if treated early on.

 

The team at The Dentists on Bluemound is here to help!

When you make a visit to our office for a general dentistry appointment, our dentists always perform a comprehensive exam and review the information when it’s completed. No matter what issues we notice—or even if we don’t come across anything concerning at all—we will always keep open communication with you. At the end of the day, we want to work side by side with you—and even your physician if your health calls for it—to prevent advanced dental and overall health issues.