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Filing Billing for Dentists to Help Patients

An interesting article titled “You want me to do what?” written by Douglas Auld appears in the March 2016 issue of JADA. The article discusses a patient who has an an abscess on a mandibular right third molar which requires extraction. The treatment was done in December and the patient had already used their full benefits from their dental insurance for the year. So the patient suggested to the dentist to bill for the extraction in January and also suggested to file it as a surgical extraction and apply the difference to his balance. The article asks if it is ethical for dentists to do any of this. The article states that a dentist has a duty to communicate truthfully with third parties. It says “A dentist who submits a claim form to a third party reporting incorrect treatment dates for the purpose of assisting a patient in obtaining benefits under a dental plan, which benefits would otherwise be disallowed, is engaged in making an unethical, false or misleading representation to such third party.” Therefore the dentist should file the claim with the correct date of service or wait until January to perform the treatment. The article says “A dentist who incorrectly describes on […]

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The lowdown on pulling teeth (the official way)

It’s an old saying, but if we get into the serious nature of pulling teeth there are some interesting views to read. As you might expect, this isn’t a two-minute procedure. There’s a whole host of information to dissect and whether you go to Limerick dentists or ones at the other side of the country, the advice stays the same. We’ll now take a look at how you should approach pulling teeth and what you need to take into account to make it as painless as possible. Who may require a tooth extraction? While most people are under the assumption that a tooth extraction should only be carried out if you have suffered some damage in your mouth, this isn’t necessarily the case. In truth, the options are endless and we could pen a dissertation mulling over each of them. To give something of an idea of how varied the reasons might be, you might require an extraction if you are receiving radiation to your head or neck area and there are teeth which have blocked the field of radiation. Alternatively, someone suffering from cancer has more chance of developing infected teeth due to the drugs that are used and […]

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Putting a shine on it: Teeth whitening options broken down

It’s something that was once reserved for the rich and famous, but teeth whitening has become something that has become completely accessible to the masses. It’s something that’s offered in pretty much every dental practice in the country; whether you turn to an orthodontist Farnham has, or a practitioner in another part of the country. However, while it has become more open than ever before, it still ‘feels’ complicated to a lot of people. Realising the difference between the various at-home treatments, compared to the dentist’s chair, is something that is vital if you are looking to reap the whitest results. Following on from the above, let’s take a look at all of the teeth whitening options in detail. Professional in-office whitening Let’s start with the most extreme form of whitening; although we use the term ‘extreme’ very lightly nowadays. Sure, in-office whitening might yield the best results, but as we’ve already discussed it’s a very straightforward procedure that dentists are now used to carrying out on a daily basis. The benefit of this option in comparison to some of the others we’ll look at is the strength of the substances that your dentist will use. They are able to […]

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Overcoming fear of the dentist’s chair

It’s something that most of us experience through our childhood, yet for some of us this also expands as we grow older. Whatever group you fall into, it’s time to overcome your fear of the dentist once and for all. Some of you will have already tried all sorts of tricks to beat it. It may have been scheduling appointments at slightly different times, with evening dentists in Northampton sometimes reporting an increase in the number of nervous patients during this period for that very reason. In truth, the options available to you are endless and we’ll now mull over some of the best ways in which you can overcome your fear of the dentist’s chair for good. Make the most of your first visit It might “feel” like the hardest visit, but in actual fact your first visit to the dentist is probably going to be the easiest for you. The reason is simple; on most occasions this visit will be for a minor procedure – which includes a simple check-up or a clean and polish. By opting for a simple appointment for your first time, you can at least slowly build yourself up and prepare your body for […]

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Making your smile as good as new with teeth recontouring

With so many advanced dentistry techniques seemingly becoming even more accessible, some of the more simpler procedures are perhaps becoming forgotten. It could be argued that teeth recontouring falls into this category and if you have a slightly damaged tooth, it’s something that should be considered over some of the more invasive procedures that are available. If you were to ask what any dentist Fareham has to offer what the easiest way to ‘fix’ a deformed tooth is you’ll most certainly be providing with the recontouring answer. Strictly speaking, it’s referred to as odontoplasty or enameloplasty in the dentistry world, but the results are the same – it’s something that can act as a quick but efficient fix. Considering the somewhat-unknown nature of teeth recontouring, we’ll now take a look at the procedure in complete detail through the course of this page. Who is recontouring designed for? As you may have already gathered, this is a procedure which is designed to fix minor problems with teeth. These could be anything from small chips which have occurred over time, right the way to smoothing out any other inconsistencies which are affecting their shape. Something that few people know is that there […]

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