Veneers Can Give You Back Your Smile!

Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone in Anchorage should enjoy. The confidence that comes from having genuine pride in your pearly whites is irreplaceable. However, many of us struggle with imperfections in our teeth. Broken, chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile. At Health Centered Dentistry, we know how much a healthy, happy smile means to Anchorage residents, so we’d like to talk about how Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen can help get you the smile you deserve with veneers.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of composite, or dental porcelain that are placed on the surface of a tooth to correct cosmetic and functional issues. Invented in 1928 by Charles Pincus, veneers were originally intended to give movie stars perfect teeth for the silver screen. Back then, they were only temporary due to a lack of competent adhesive, but modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that veneers can last for up to 30 years, and are nearly identical to natural teeth in form and function. Read more ›

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Dual Insurance Coverage Explained

As a patient, dental insurance can be a confusing and frustrating process. Now imagine what it’s like when you have dual insurance coverage! Within our practice, we have a dedicated expert to help answer questions and focus solely on dental insurance with all its twists and turns.

Recently we received a great article from Christine Taxin from Links2Success that provided us with great insight on what it means to have dual coverage when it comes to dental insurance. The article reads as follows:

Dental Insurance

Understanding coordination of benefits and dual coverage

If you’re fortunate enough to be covered by two dental plans, you have what is called dual coverage. Dual coverage doesn’t mean that your benefits are doubled. What it does mean is that you will likely enjoy lower out-of-pocket costs for your dental care.

Dual coverage works the same way whether you are covered by two Delta Dental plans or by Delta Dental and another carrier. We simply work with the other dental carrier to coordinate your benefits and ensure that the combined amount paid by the plans does not exceed the total amount charged by the dentist.

Who is the primary carrier?

The first or primary carrier is the one that covers you as a primary enrollee (e.g., your employer rather than your spouse’s employer). If you have two jobs, the plan that has covered you longer is considered primary.

For your children’s coverage, the primary carrier is generally determined by the “birthday rule”: coverage of the parent whose birthday (month and day, not year) comes first in the year is considered to be your children’s primary coverage. For example, if the mother’s birthday is in April and the father’s birthday is in September, the mother’s plan would be the primary coverage for the children’s claims. The birthday rule may be superseded by a divorce agreement or other court ruling.

How does dual coverage work?

Suppose, for example, that both of your plans provide two cleanings a year, each with 80 percent coverage. The primary carrier pays its normal benefit. Any calculation or adjustment of benefit is done by the secondary carrier. In this instance, the primary carrier pays 80 percent, and the secondary carrier would cover up to the remaining 20 percent that you would have had to pay out-of-pocket if covered by only one plan. You would not, however, be entitled to four cleanings per year.

Many dental practices do not bill the secondary carrier until the primary carrier has paid. Once the secondary carrier receives documentation of the primary carrier’s payment, the secondary carrier can calculate and pay its portion.

Why not twice as many benefits?

Why don’t you receive double the benefits when you have two dental plans, especially if your dentist recommends that you receive more than two cleanings per year?

Dual coverage limitations, like all other plan limitations, are built into your group’s contract and into the rates your group pays for your coverage. These contracts are set up to provide affordable dental care to a maximum number of people. Given the choice between doubling one individual’s benefits or providing a greater scope of benefits to more people in the group, most group purchasers choose to spread their benefit dollars more evenly.

What if I have non-duplication of benefits?

For groups with a non-duplication of benefits rule in their plan, the secondary carrier pays only the difference between what the primary carrier actually paid and what the secondary carrier would have paid if it had been the primary carrier.

For example, if the primary carrier paid 80 percent and the secondary carrier normally covers 80 percent as well, the secondary carrier would not make any additional payment. However, if the primary carrier had only paid 50 percent, the secondary carrier would pay up to the remaining 30 percent.

Dual coverage saves money for you and your group by sharing the total cost of dental benefits between two carriers. Containing costs is an important part of Delta Dental’s plan to keep you smiling.

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The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, & Dr. Madsen want everyone in Anchorage to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Health Centered Dentistry a call with any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Anchorage dentists, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen at Health Centered Dentistry know that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues. Read more ›

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Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Anchorage residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen want you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and we want to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Health Centered Dentistry is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!

Sleep Apnea and Your Health Read more ›

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Is it ever too late for dental work?

Let’s be honest. If you are like most Anchorage folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoids going to the dentist regularly.

After a while, that time spent away from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen’s chair adds up, and so does the cost of dental work.

You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist?

Here’s what Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen have to say when it comes to oral health: Read more ›

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5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

For many Anchorage residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Health Centered Dentistry we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›

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HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Anchorage, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Health Centered Dentistry a call.

What is HPV?

Human papilloma virus refers to a family of nearly 200 strains that infect the epithelial cells of skin and mucous membranes, such as the inside of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, throat, vulva, vagina, cervix, penis (through the urethral opening), and the anus. HPV is transmitted primarily through sexual contact (oral and genital) and it is one of the most common viruses in the country. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 Americans will have an HPV infection at some point. However, 99% of HPV infections are cleared up by your immune system without any symptoms or any indication that you were ever infected.

HPV and Oral Cancer

While most of us know HPV as the sexually transmitted infection responsible for genital warts, that represents only a few strains of the virus (usually HPV6 and 11), which are low-risk. What most Anchorage folks don’t know is that HPV is also responsible for causing cervical cancer (HPV16 and 18) and oral cancer. In fact, HPV 16 is now considered the leading cause of oral cancer in America. Tobacco use and alcohol consumptions are also major risk factors, but they do not have as much of a proven causative effect on the development of oral cancer as human papilloma virus.

HPV and Dental Health

If you are worried about getting oral cancer, don’t fret! We at Health Centered Dentistry have the expertise and the technology to identify any areas of concern, track problems, and make sure that diagnosis happens as early as possible. If you would like to come in for an oral cancer screening from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen, give us a call today!

Sources

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/hpv-virus-information-about-human-papillomavirus

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/hpv/

http://www.cdc.gov/sTd/stats12/figures/47.htm

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Anchorage resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at Health Centered Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Anchorage patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Anchorage resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Read more ›

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