Dental Crowns 101

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.

Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need a real makeover, a crown might be just the thing you need.

A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Dental crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges.

Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant and Dr. Madsen, Anchorage dentists at Health-Centered Dentistry, share what you need to know about getting a crown. Read more ›

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Anchorage smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen and the expert hygienists at Health Centered Dentistry. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call! Read more ›

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Fresh breath really sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What is essential to know in order to get the most out of it? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen in Anchorage gives you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands … or your own toothbrush, rather. Read more ›

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CEREC Study Club for Assistants

Assistants CEREC Club

Did you know our very own Dr. Kent Marchant is the CEREC trainer for ALL of Alaska? He travels throughout the state to help dentists and their teams integrate CEREC into their practice. He also hosts the Alaska CEREC Study Club throughout the year. Typically, his time is spent with the doctors showing them from start to finish how to use the machines. However, this time his is focusing on dental assistants and all things they can do from scanning to designing indirect restorations!

Continuing Education Course

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Health Centered Dentistry will host the first Alaska CEREC Study Club Assistants hands-on course from 12PM to 6PM. Dental assistants throughout the state are welcome to come learn how to improve their current CEREC skills and expand their assisting repertoire. The class will include lecture and the opportunity for each attendee to scan, design, and glaze their own restorations using typodonts.

Dr. Kent Marchant, DMD, and Mara Woodward, Patterson Dental’s CEREC Integration Specialist, will host the event. Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. will sponsor the event and thereby provide continuing education credits for certified dental assistants.

Logistics

Date: 9/22/17
Location: 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite #150, Anchorage
Time: 12PM-6PM
Food: Yes! Lunch and snacks will be provided.

RSVP

Please contact Rachael Middleton at 907-276-4537 or info@hcdentistry.com for more information on cost.

Hosts

Dr Kent Marchant

Learn more about Dr. Kent Marchant, DMD, Alaska CEREC Specialist & Trainer, HERE.

CEREC

Learn more about CEREC and all its amazing capabilities including this great example of how it can make it easier for the patient HERE.

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth.

In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. But people of all ages can get their teeth straightened—there is never a bad time! But there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Anchorage dentists, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, & Dr. Madsen, are professional and local providers of orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn our tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth. Read more ›

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Laser Hygiene Certification Course at HCD

Laser Hygiene Certification Course
at Health Centered Dentistry

Cindy Basile, RDH, AAS, Laser Hygiene Certification Course

Date:   Friday, October 5, 2017
Time:   8AM – 5PM
Location:   Health Centered Dentistry, 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite 150
CE:   8 CE Credits

Anchorage — Health Centered Dentistry is excited to announce our upcoming laser hygiene certification course with Cindy Basile, RDH, AAS, of Productive Laser Hygiene Services, LLC.

The Diode laser has become the most commonly utilized laser in dentistry today. Diode lasers have many advantages over traditional surgical and therapeutic techniques including less pain, faster healing and new applications including bleaching and desensitizing teeth. We invite all dental professionals – from dentist to hygienist – to come learn how to expand the scope of services offered when a laser is added to the practice! This course is also free to all administrative support staff that would like to learn more about billing laser treatments to dental insurance.

HIGHEST STANDARD OF CARE

Give your patients the newest and highest standard of care! When our course and hands-on simulated certification process is complete, we will have instilled the confidence necessary for each hygienist or doctor to know that they are now qualified to provide each patient with the best standard of care while at the same time increasing revenues for your office.

THE EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. History of laser and basic laser Physics
  2. Laser Components and delivery system
  3. Laser safety protocols and hazards
  4. (LSO) Laser Safety Officer Responsibilities
  5. Laser Procedures and treatment parameters for Perio
  6. Laser Integration with Proper Laser Hygiene techniques
  7. Patient management & comm., terminology, codes & fees
  8. Tissue healing assessment & management of complications
  9. Additional Procedures – Biostimulation/Biomodulation, Herpetic Lesion, Apthous Ulcer, Bleaching & Tooth Desensitizing
  10. Simulated hands on with Diode
  11. Written exam

 

LASER HYGIENE CERTIFICATION COURSE REGISTRATION

Please contact Rachael Middleton at 907.276.4537 // info@hcdentistry.com for more information on cost and participation.

Learn more about Health Centered Dentistry, our services, and our team here.

See you there!

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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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