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7 Benefits of Dental Implants

When we were young and lost our first tooth, it was a little unnerving until our parents reassured us a new one would grow back. Of course, we all hope that those permanent teeth will last throughout our lifetime but we know that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, for those looking to improve their quality of life, there are dental implants. They are the best possible alternative to real teeth. Implants provide numerous benefits, including:

Revived Smile: We see people on a daily basis who wish they had not waited to bring back their smile. People will often tell us they have spent years covering their smile, minimizing it or avoiding smiling all together to hide their teeth. One of the most rewarding parts of our job is getting to see our patients full of joy and relief when they see their smile back for the first time in years!

Preserved bone and facial structure: When a tooth is lost the jaw bone naturally begins reabsorption which decreases the integrity of your bone structure. The result is often a sagging jaw line. A dental implant halts reabsorption thus preserving bone and facial structure.

Health of surrounding teeth is protected from compromise: With an implant, the health of adjacent teeth are not compromised, unlike a bridge which can cause tooth decay and a greater tendency for gum disease if the recipient does not maintain proper dental care.

The most cost effective long-term option: With other procedures, the lifespan of the appliances or procedures are significantly less and may need to be replaced multiple times. An implant has the potential to last your lifetime.

Improve Quality of Life: Dental implant procedures can help improve oral health, decrease pain, increase confidence and improve ability to eat substantial foods. Imagine being able to enjoy a nice steak and corn on the cob again!

The look and function of the implants feel natural: Dental implants provide a natural aesthetic. They are reliable, predictable and function just like natural teeth!

Improved self-confidence and appearance: Our patients experience a new level of freedom as they feel free of worry and gain increased self-esteem. Imagine how this new-found confidence could help you seal a deal with a new client, fill your child or grandchild with love or make a lonely stranger’s day, all with a smile.

Implants are the most effective long-term dental procedure for tooth replacement, but it is important that you find a trusted professional to help you. Do your research while selecting the dentist you would like to assist you in this venture.

We would love to sit down with you in our Middlesex dental office and have a consultation to discuss your options. Dr. Ralph Reilly is one of New Jersey’s most experienced and most respected dentists. He has served as a clinical instructor for several years and was one of the first dentists to be certified in sedation dentistry in the state. Dr. Reilly, and Dr. Dorfman, Periodontist, are experts in total comfort dentistry. They have helped numerous patients regain their smile through dental implants. Give us a call today and take your first step in getting your life back!

New Year, New Smile, New Jersey

Most of us have resolved to make a change for 2017, remember that promise you made to yourself a month ago? If your resolution is to get healthy, remember that oral health is important to overall health! A healthy smile means a healthier you. The best and easiest way to maintain your oral health is through regular checkups and cleaning. Two checkups per year coupled with good home hygiene habits will help you maintain a strong, healthy smile.

Every month we have patients visit us to fix a nagging issue or dental emergency. The story of the visit is often familiar: they avoided the dentist because they were embarrassed about the condition of their teeth, but avoiding the dentist only caused the problem to get worse. If you find yourself in a similar situation, we want you to understand – we are a NO JUDGEMENT office! We don’t care about your past, our only focus is addressing your current condition and helping you regain confidence and overall oral health.

-Dr. Reilly

Dr. Ralph Reilly is consistently named one of New Jersey’s best dentists. The Advanced Dentistry team specializes in creating a relaxing, judgement-free, dental experience. Contact our Middlesex, New Jersey office to schedule an appointment.

What do those low cost Implant ads really offer?

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Dental implants are considered the standard of care for tooth replacement, improving the dental health of millions of people with missing teeth. The number of practices that offer implants have grown as well, and implant ads are everywhere offering incentives to attract potential patients to their offices.

Common advertisements will claim

“Implant for $1,095; Abutment & Crown for $950; We Guarantee Successful Placement!”

“Implants Starting at $995”

 “Free implant with purchase of crown”

“Dental Implants Complete $1699.00”

MINI IMPLANTS STARTING AT JUST $399*

Sound too good to be true?

Here is what you need to know before getting burned by misleading advertising.

Placing “no-frill” implants:

Implants are titanium posts that are placed into the bone and act as root support for the abutment and crown. There are some generic implants in the market that may cost $95 to $150. The catch: Important characteristics such as titanium composition, machinery, surface type, design, and sterility of these “copy” implants are not well documented. They also have not undergone evidence-based testing or trials. There is little or no literature on their success and healing. Complications such as infections, fractures, non-bony healing, and bone loss may be at increased risk.

 

 

 

Use of stock (generic) abutments:

The abutment is the extension that is attached to the implant and supports the crown. Stock abutments are manufactured by the implant companies and are available in several standard sizes. These are cheaper than the recommended custom abutments.

The catch: Stock abutments do not provide proper form and contour of a natural tooth. The cosmetic results are unpredictable and hygiene may be difficult. Custom abutments have clear advantages and are recommended by every experienced prosthodontist, dentist, surgeon, and laboratory technician.

Use of inexpensive lower quality labs:

It is commonly accepted that work performed by the lab is just as crucial as the work by the surgeon and the restorative dentist for long term success. Laboratory cost can be significant for quality prosthetic work, whether it’s a crown, bridge, veneer, or denture.

The catch: Quality laboratory work requires careful attention to details, communication with dentist, precision fit, accurate margins, custom angulation and form of the abutment, and artistic porcelain work for a crown that looks good and functions well. All of this takes time and expertise, the longevity and success of implant supported crowns depends on accurate and high quality work. Non-fitting components and poor quality materials will cause crowns or implants to fail.

 

The “a-la-cart” approach. Sounds cheap, but here is the catch: Frequently, every aspect of the treatment, component, materials, and services are itemized. This means, you’ll probably pay for the consultation, every X-ray, every screw, every part, and material used. And this does not include the crown or abutment. In addition, if something happens and an implant has to be replaced, you’ll end up paying for it again.

“One-Hour Dental Implants”

This is a frequent advertisement and it means absolutely nothing. Every patient is different with varying needs, different complexities, and treatment approach. Even in the most ideal conditions,  the procedure can take  several hours based on the treatment which can and should vary from patient to patient.

Free implant (with purchase of crown)”

This offer suggests that patients get a free dental implant when they pay for their crown. The ‘”free” offer is a common marketing tactic designed to hook a consumer into trying a product. This may be all right for marketing a new facial moisturizer, but not for dental implants.

The catch: First it implies that implant placement and the crown are being done by a single ‘super-dentist,’ it is practically impossible for one person to have mastered both disciplines. Also, it suggests possible use of no-frills implants and itemizing all other aspects of treatment to make up for the ‘free’ implant cost. This means you’ll pay for every X-Ray, part, piece, visit, replacements, etc. In most instances, you will end up paying more for the ‘free’ implant.

 

The reality is that implants work. While it’s a highly successful and predictable procedure, it’s not simple, requiring the skills of a trained specialist and restorative dentist working as a team. Implants have a more than 98 percent success rate when performed by the right team of dentists that use quality implants, customized components, and reputable labs.

When looking for tooth replacement options, do not fall victim to misleading marketing tactics. Do your research, ask the right questions, and know what you are getting. It’s a lifetime investment and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Why Brush Your Teeth?

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Admit it — brushing your teeth is so second-nature you barely think about it. But doing it right is key for a healthy mouth. From the time we are children, we are taught that it is very important to brush our teeth. However, aside from having whiter teeth and fresher breath, many people do not realize why it is important to brush their teeth regularly.

  • Brushing your teeth also has a number of indirect and unexpected benefits that you may not have considered. For one thing, brushing your teeth regularly saves money. When you care for your teeth properly you are less likely to need dental work down the road such as having a cavity filled or having treatments for periodontal disease.
  • Brushing your teeth can also reduce your chances of developing infections. The bacteria in your mouth that cause abscessed teeth can also cause infections of the heart, lungs, or even the brain. In some cases, these infections can be fatal. These bacteria have also been linked to other health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Brushing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth and removes the sugars that are food for the bacteria, reducing the possibility that the bacteria will multiply to dangerous levels.
  • Poor gum health has also been linked to a number of other general health problems, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Although researchers are not yet sure if the bacteria cause these conditions, they are certainly related in some way. Brushing may reduce your chances of developing disease.

Download this FREE, award-winning, app which plays 2 minutes of music taken at random from your devices music library and has a visual display showing where to brush- finally brushing becomes something to enjoy!

Don’t forget to schedule your yearly exam today. Call 1-877-SMILES-1

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

 

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THIS YEAR ALONE, 37,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer. 40% of those diagnosed won’t live another five years. In fact oral cancer kills as many people as melanoma and is more common than leukemia. Oral cancer has such a dismal survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression.  April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to get screened this year during their regularly scheduled checkups.

 Every time you visit our office either for the first time or a check-up Dr. Reilly does a comprehensive oral cancer screening. Dr. Reilly and his team believe strongly that early detection is vital and the best way to help reduce the alarming numbers of new cases.

Early oral cancer detection can boost survival rates to 80–90 percent! One of the reasons oral cancer goes undetected is because many of the symptoms are not painful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please let us know right away:

  • A lump or thickening of your cheek
  • A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  • A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Numbness inside your mouth
  • Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Jaw swelling

 

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense

Keep regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and screenings. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. It’s worth it.

We want to keep you and your loved ones as healthy and happy as possible.  If you haven’t scheduled your check-up this year, please call us now and make an appointment. (732) 356-9120

Let us know if you have questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above, and share this information with someone you love!

Insurance FAQ’s

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My dentist recommends a treatment that my plan will not pay for. Does this mean the treatment really isn’t necessary?

It is common for dental plans to exclude treatment that is covered under the company’s medical plan. Some plans, however, go on to exclude or discourage necessary dental treatment such as sealants, pre-existing conditions, adult orthodontics, specialist referrals and other dental needs. Some also exclude treatment by family members. Patients need to be aware of the exclusions and limitations in their dental plan but should not let those factors determine their treatment decisions.

My dentist recommends that I get a crown on a tooth, but my dental benefit will only pay for a large filling for that tooth. Which treatment should I have?

Some plans will only provide the level of benefit allowed for the least expensive way to treat a dental need, regardless of the decision made by you and your dentist as to the best treatment. Sometimes, special circumstances may be explained to the third-party payer to request an adjustment to this lower benefit allowance, but there is no guarantee that the third-party payer will alter its coverage. As in the case of exclusions, patients should base treatment decisions on their dental needs, not on their dental benefit plan.

My dental plan says that it will pay 100 percent for two dental checkups and cleanings each year. However, I just had my first checkup and cleaning, and the insurance company says I owe for part of the dentist’s charge. How can this be?

Plans that describe benefits in terms of percentages, for example, 100 percent for preventive care or 80 percent for restorative care, are generally Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR) plans. The administrators of UCR plans set what the plan considers to be a “customary fee” for each dental procedure. If your dentist’s fee exceeds this customary fee, your benefit will be based on a percentage of the customary fee instead of your dentist’s fee.

 

Exceeding the plan’s customary fee, however, does not mean your dentist has overcharged for the procedure. These plans pay a set percentage of the dentist’s fee or the plan administrator’s “reasonable” or “customary” fee limit, whichever is less. These limits are the result of a contract between the plan purchaser and the third-party payer. Although these limits are called “customary,” they may or may not accurately reflect the fees that area dentists charge. There is wide fluctuation and lack of government regulation on how a plan determines the “customary” fee level.

 

Question: “Do you take insurance as payment in full?”

 

Answer: While many offices do take insurance as payment in full, in the State of California, this is illegal. The state has investigators who check out various offices, and many dentists lose their licenses for engaging in this practice. They can possibly even go to jail if they do this on a wholesale basis. And while you may find some who will do it, they may be risking their careers.

 

You may be able to find some unethical dentists who will do this. Many of them will over-bill, pad the bill, and add extra charges to that insurance claim at the same time, but you’re putting yourself and the dental office at risk. You would be complicit in insurance fraud, a willing participant in committing a crime. If you and the other dental office are willing to take that risk, you may be able to find an unethical dentist who is willing to cooperate with you in committing insurance fraud.

 

What dental insurance covers

Not all dental plans are created equal, but a standard employer-provided PPO should cover between 80 and 100 percent of the cost for treatments like regular checkups, cleanings, fluoride and sealants. More critical work such as root canals or fillings are covered at anywhere from 70 to 80 percent, while major work like crowns or dentures typically come in at 50 percent coverage.

 

You also need to bear in mind the cost you’ll pay for each service. Dental plans come with a deductible each time you make a claim, which can range from $50 to $100. It’s possible to lower the amount you pay per month by increasing the amount of your deductible and visiting the dentist only once per year, but you run the risk of a huge bill if you suddenly need treatment. In addition, most plans have a maximum payout each year, often between $1000 and $2000. This seems like a substantial amount until you consider the costs of treatment: A periodic oral examination costs less than $100 on average, but a crown can cost between $700 and $800, while fixing a molar costs at least $600. As a result, your plan can quickly cap out.

 

Most plans cover 100% of preventive care. Preventive care usually includes an annual or twice yearly office visit for an exam, cleaning, x-rays and sealants. (NOTE: Sealants may be limited to certain age groups.)

 

Basic procedures are office visits for dental problems, extractions, fillings, root canals, and treatment for gum disease. You pay for part of these procedures as a co-payment, a set dollar amount (DHMOs) or co-insurance, a percentage of the cost (DPPOs and Dental Indemnity/ or Traditional Insurance).  A typical co-insurance amount is 80% or 70%. A DHMO policy will have a set dollar co-payment close to these percentages…

 

Major procedures are crowns, bridges, inlays, and dentures. They are usually covered at the highest coinsurance, such as 50%. DHMOs cover major procedures at a higher dollar co-payment. Root canals are also sometimes covered in this category rather than as a Basic procedure. So check your policy. Some carriers now cover implants under this category.

 

 

About half of dental PPOs, the predominant dental product in the market, have maximum annual benefit above $1500—half are less than $1500.  Deductibles for these products are usually between $50 and $100.  Some carriers now offer policies that roll some portion of an unused annual maximum over until the next year.  Whatever the annual maximum, only 4-7% of Americans (NADP Premium and Benefit utilization Trends Report, 2014—reflects 2013 data) with dental benefits hit their annual maximum.  This is a factor that employers weigh against the premium cost for higher annual limits.   NOTE:  DHMOs rarely have an annual maximum while most dental indemnity product annual limits parallel DPPO limits.

 

– See more at: http://www.nadp.org/Dental_Benefits_Basics/Dental_BB_3.aspx#sthash.JZhCdpH1.dpuf

DENTAL INSURANCE -WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 2.41.54 PMSo you have dental insurance… why doesn’t it cover all your treatments?
When most people think of insurance they think of their medical insurance. The biggest benefit they have with this type of coverage is that medical insurance not only pays for wellness visits but its major purpose is to help defray costs when it comes to catastrophic illness or accident.
Enter dental insurance.. and while medical disease can be both unpredictable and catastrophic the majority of dental aliments are preventable. Preventative care including routine check-ups and cleanings are paramount to maintaining good oral health. If you regularly visit your dentist problems can be diagnosed early and treated without need for extensive, elaborate, or expensive procedures. That theoretically keeps the cost of dental care much lower than those of medical care.
So what really are the differences?
• Medial Insurance is designed primarily to cover the costs of diagnosing, treating, and curing serious illness or care in case of an accident. This usually requires a family practice physician, numerous specialists and a variety of tests administered by doctors and labs, multiple procedures may be required and the then there is the need for medication.
• Dental Insurance works differently. Most plans are designed to make sure that patients receive regular preventive care. High dental care rarely requires the complex multiple resources often required by medical care. Because most dental disease is preventable by routine care dental benefits are structured to encourage patients to get regular routine care.
• Medical Insurance usually pays for the majority of tests, operations, lab work etc. needed to diagnose and treat disease. The exception is some brand new technologies or experimental treatments.
• Dental Insurances are designed to cover only a portion of the total cost of a patients necessary dental needs when faced with treatment beyond the normal preventive care. For example your dentist may recommend a crown for a badly decayed tooth while your insurance may only pay for a filling, your dentist may recommend an implant for a diseased tooth but your plan will only pay for a bridge.
The second difference between the 2 types of insurance are important to expand on. If the patient has not maintained routine dental care and is now faced with extensive dental needs, they are presented with the choice- to accept the treatment planned as outline by their dentist and pay money out of their pocket to cover the treatment or only go forward with the treatment that is covered by insurance.
This leaves both the patient and the dentist in a bit of a pickle. The dentist wants to treat the disease that the patient is faced with so that it doesn’t get worse or cause any more serious problems. The patient on the other hand is asking the dentist to only preform those treatments that are covered by their insurance which may not be the preferred solution to the problem. Or they may have multiple teeth that require care and ask that only certain teeth are treated and then will wait until the next year’s dental benefits kick in.
The decision to not move forward with the recommended treatment usually leads to more extensive and expensive procedures. The patient may even be putting their health in jeopardy while delaying treatment. (this subject will be covered in upcoming posts)
The question you should ask yourself when making the decision to move forward with dental treatment not reimbursed by your dental plan is this, if you were presented with the fact that you had heart disease and your insurance did not pay for all of your treatment would you risk serious complications by only accepting the treatment covered by insurance or follow your physicians recommendation for treatment?
Maintaining a healthy mouth is important for a number of reasons. Many diseases such as diabetes, oral cancer and cardiovascular disease can be first detected in the mouth by a comprehensive oral exam. The team at Advanced Dentistry is committed to preventing dental disease before it becomes a major problem, and we are here for you if you are in need of more extensive treatment. We are a non-judgemental zone and improving your oral health is our mission.
While your eyes may be the window to your soul, your mouth is the gateway to optimal health and well-being.
Our staff is ready to help you with all you insurance questions, call us today 732 356-9120

Next week – frequently asked questions about dental insurance coverage.

SUPER BOWL SNACKS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH

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SUPER BOWL SNACKS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH

The big game requires big snacks and to keep your pearly whites healthy we have posted 3 super snacks for the super bowl that are better for your teeth

Spicy Jalapeño Dip

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What’s in it:

  • 1 16 oz. tub low-fat sour cream
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch (or other brand) Fiesta Dip
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and cubed

How it’s done:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.
2. Serve the dip with raw vegetables such as carrots and celery.

What makes it tooth friendly:
This dip with a kick will make your veggies disappear. Raw veggies require lots of chewing which stimulates and promotes healthy gums. Carrots contain beta-carotene that your body uses to create vitamin A which works to build strong teeth. The sour cream in this dip gives your teeth a boost of Calcium which also helps to keep your teeth strong.

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A DENTIST BY ANY OTHER NAME

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING A DENTIST
Selecting a dentist is much more than looking up an office in the yellow pages. You need to find a doctor that meets your needs especially since continuity is key in maintaining good oral health. By regularly visiting the same dentist you build a partnership that involves both key ingredients- your needs and the dentist’s commitment to your care.

  • Reputation
    • Researching a potential dentist has never been easier. The internet allows for you to research what others are saying about the dentist and their practice. Today’s review sites have methods to weed out any “canned” or planted reviews allowing you to read real patients thoughts and recommendations. If others find them to be trustworthy and competent you should as well.
  • Education
    • Have they furthered their education by attending continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest trends in dentistry? By staying abreast of the latest techniques you can be assured they are able to offer you the best treatment options. Continue reading A DENTIST BY ANY OTHER NAME

Want a Dazzling Smile? Go for Dental Makeovers NJ

A great smile makes a person look more attractive and appealing. If you feel that your smile is not beautiful or charming enough to make people fall in love with you, cosmetic dentistry is the best solution for you. A knowledgeable, experienced, and reliable cosmetic dentist in NJ will have solution to all your dental problems. With dental makeovers NJ, your cosmetic dentist can help you get a dazzling smile! Continue reading Want a Dazzling Smile? Go for Dental Makeovers NJ

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