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Supporting Dental Bridges with Dental Implants –

Dental implants can be are useful in several ways in order to replace missing teeth.  A single implant can be used to replace a single tooth missing tooth.  Where as if you are missing several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dentures or dental bridges can be attached to dental implants. Compared to tooth-supported bridges and gum-supported dentures, using dental implants to support these restorations provides optimum stability, comfort and function.

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Abscess in My Gums – Dr Dental

A week or so ago my daughter hit my top lip under and cut my gum. Now it hurt to smile or eat anything too hot.  It is all red and I think I may have an abscess.  Should I try popping it myself or have it checked out.

Answer: Stay on the safe side and see a dentist about it.  An Oral abscess in not to be taken lightly and can start to cause you to have other dental issues if not address right away. Also a dentist will be able to prescribe you an antibiotic to help fight any infection if needed.

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Baby Teeth, Avoiding BBTD – Dr Dental

BBTD or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is cause when a child is left with a baby bottle that has any liquid other the water.  To avoid  BBTD do not put your baby to bed with a bottle. Milk, formula, fruit juices and other such drink all have sugar in them.  If sugary liquids stay on your baby teeth for long periods of time it can lead to tooth decay.   Other habits to avoid would be giving your child bottle or sippy cup filled with sweet drinks to carry around with them throughout the day.  Teach your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible. (Normally around their first birthday.)

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Dental Insurance and Staying with Your Dentist – Dr Dental

With dental care cost going up it is important to have dental insurance to help with the increase costs. However, buying the right dental plan is also important and once you found a dentist you like you may not want to change.   No one likes having to go to dentist they may not know, and once you found a dentist you like the though of having to change providers just to get dental insurance is not a good one. Yet you do not have to.

Buying a dental insurance plan that lets you pick your own or stay with your current dentist is not difficult.  However it may take some planing ahead.  First you want to start with your dentist.  Call the dentist office to confirm the plans they participate in.  This is helpful so that you are wasting time reviewing plans they do not accept.  If you are going to a dentist office that only accepts PPO or Indemnity plans then it important to buy these type of plans sooner then later since in most cases they do come with waiting periods for both basic and major dental care services.

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Dr Dental – Dental Abscess.

A dental abscess begins as a tooth infection or cavity and can turn into an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat if left untreated.   Bacteria form tooth decay can extend into the gums, cheek and throat, beneath the tongue, or even into the jaw or facial bones.  Periodontal abscesses are the result of an infection that has moved deeper into gum areas, and a periapical abscess refers to a tooth with an infection of the pulp.

With a dental abscess you may notice pus collecting at the infection site. Normally the condition will become more painful until the abscess either ruptures and drains on its own or is drained surgically. Dental abscesses can also make you generally ill, with nausea, vomiting, fevers, chills, and sweats. Anyone who thinks they may have a dental abscess should see a dentist right away.

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Dental Benefit of Invisaligns –

Clear Appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth.  Since invisaligns are invisible no one can tell you are wearing them. Invisaligns are also removable, thus letting you eat and drink what you want while in treatment.  This benefit also lets you brush and floss your teeth like normal. Since the aligners do not have any metal they are more comfortable and will not cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

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Dr Dental – How what you eat can effect your oral health.

Although having poor nutrition does not not have any direct links in causing periodontal disease (gum disease) researchers believe that periodontal disease may in fact progress faster and is more severe in people who’s diet does not supply the necessary nutrients.  Having poor nutrition affects the entire immune system there by increasing susceptibility to many disorders such as periodontal disease.

Additionally, research shows a link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So eating a variety of foods as part of a well-balanced diet may not only improve your dental health, but increasing fiber and vitamin intake may also reduce the risk of other diseases

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What are Plan Waiting Periods – DrDental

It is important that when buying dental insurance whether it is for yourself or for your family to understand the plan limitations.  One such limitation which is common on most PPO and Indemnity insurance plans (yet can also be found in some HMO)  would the plan waiting periods.

A waiting period is the time period you will need to have the plan before certain coverages are made effective under the plan. Generally you will not have waiting periods for preventive dental services such as X-rays and basic cleanings. Yet depending on the plan you may around a six month waiting period for basic services such as a filling and a year or more for major services such as a crown. These waiting periods helps the company earn premium in order to pay for future larger dental services as well as avoid the person that out to buy dental insurance to fix one issue and turn around to cancel right after.

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Major Dental Services – Dr Dental

Many dental insurance such as PPO plans brake down dental services into three types preventive, basic and major.

Under major services, dental procedures  concerned with the restoration of teeth  such as inlays, onlays, crowns or veneers, bridges or partials and dentures. Major services may also include endodontics (root canals) or periodontics (tissue/bone treatment) oral surgery.  However read each dental insurance plans carefully as services under major may very from plan to plan.

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Dr Dental, Detailed And Extensive Oral Evaluation Problem Focused

A detailed and extensive problem-focused evaluation entails extensive diagnostic and cognitive modalities based on the findings of a comprehensive oral evaluation. Integration of more extensive diagnostic modalities to develop a treatment plan for a specific problem is required. The condition requiring this type of evaluation should be described and documented. Examples of conditions requiring this type of evaluation may include dentofacial anomalies, complicated perio-prosthetic conditions, complex temporomandibular dysfunction, facial pain of unknown origin, severe systemic diseases requiring multi-disciplinary consultation, etc.

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Dr Dental, Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation

A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation will typically includes evaluation of periodontal conditions, probing and charting, evaluation and recording of the patient’s dental and medical history and general health assessment. It may also include the evaluation and recording of dental caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships and oral cancer screening.

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Dr Dental, What is the Best Dental Insurance Plan

Question: I shopping for dental insurance but do not know much about it what is the best dental plan?

Answer: People have many different dental needs and depending on your own dental needs and what you may want will determine what is the best plan for you. Such as if you are on a fixed income you may want a lower cost dental insurance such as an HMO. However, if you are wanting to stay with a certain dental provider you may be better off with a PPO that lets you choose dentist in and out side their network of dental providers. What type of dental services you are wanting to have will also help determine the plan the best fits your needs. Take your time and read though a few dental insurance plan options. This website provide dental many different dental insurance plan choices in all states. Give member services a call if you have any question about any of our dental insurance plan options at 310-534-3444

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Dr Dental, Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are protective coatings placed over the tops of the back teeth (molars). They block bacteria and acids from sticking in the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. Sealants can be placed in adults and children. Children can have sealants placed on their permanent molars once they come in, around age six. Sometimes they are also used on primary (baby) molars. Dentists can put sealants on molars with signs of early decay, as long as the decay hasn’t broken through the enamel.

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Dr Dental, How often do You Brush Your Teeth?

Question: I brush my teeth once a day I really do not see the need to do some more often.

Answer: It is advise that a person should brush their teeth at least twice a day. once in the morning and once at night. By brushing your teeth in the morning you are killing germs left in your mouth and fighting not only plaque build up but bad morning breath. By brushing your teeth at night you are removing food debris that was left on your teeth by eating throughout the day. Also it is very important to make sure your dental care habits do not stop at brushing. You need to floss at night every day too if you want to maintain good dental habits and healthier teeth and gums.

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Dr Dental, Limited Oral Evaluation

Generally under most dental insurance plans a limited oral evaluation is consider preventive service. A limited oral evaluation is problem focused, which is an evaluation that is limited to a specific oral health problem. This may require interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures. Definitive procedures may be required on the same date as the evaluation. Typically, patients receiving this type of evaluation have been referred for a specific problem and/or present with dental emergencies, trauma, acute infection, etc.

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Dr Dental, Periodic Oral Evaluation

A periodic oral evaluation is an evaluation performed on a patient of record to determine any changes in the patient’s dental and medical health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation. This may require interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures. Report additional diagnostic procedures separately. Generally under most dental insurance plan it is a type of preventive dental care service that is normally covered at 100 percent.

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Dr Dental, What Is An Endodontist

An Endodontist dentist is a dental specialist who limits his/her practice to treating disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.

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Dr Dental, Fever Blisters

Fever blisters are fluid-filled blisters that commonly occur on ones lips. However, they can also occur on the gums and roof of the mouth, but this is rare. Fever blisters are usually painful, pain may precede the appearance of the lesion by a few days. The blisters rupture within hours, then crust over. They last about seven to ten days.

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Dr Dental, Teething at Four Months.

Question: My son just turn four month old and I think he is already teething. This is our first child, so we are not sure when a baby will normally start teething. Can they teeth at four month? Should I take him to see a dentist or a doctor?

Answer: There are babies that do start to teeth as soon as three months so do not be too worried if your baby it teething a four months. Some of the signs of teething would be: Drooling, Sucking on their hands and fists, fuss more, sleep less and all kinds of good stuff like that. There are teething products you can get at most stores, or if you have it Baby R Us that is a good place to go too. If you are worried about the teething process you can either go to your babies doctor or pediatric dentist either one should be able to help you. Go to the one you feel best about.

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Dr Dental, Teething and Its Symptoms

There can be many different symptoms and signs that your baby may be teething. Since all babies are different it is hard to say what your baby may do when teething. Listed are some of the signs that seem to appear when a baby is teething, you should always still check with your doctor to make sure your baby is teething and to rule out any other possible causes.

1) Fussy or Irritable: Do to the baby teeth coming in your baby gums may become sore and painful.
2) Coughing: Coughing can happen due to excess saliva during teething.
3) Drooling: Teething may stimulates drooling
4) Chin Rash: If you have a baby drools a lot then the baby saliva can cause a rash around the chin and mouth. This however can be avoided by cleaning the excess drool off of your baby chin and mouth.
5)Biting or chewing: They do this to help with the teething and to relive any pain.
6) Not sleeping well
7) Cold like symptoms and low-grade fevers. Note see a doctor on this symptoms to make sure it is teething and a different issues.

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