Posts for: September, 2011

By contactus
September 19, 2011
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Unbeknownst to many, dental insurances typically do not work the same way as health insurances.  Most dental insurance companies have a maximum amount per patient that they will pay for procedures for the year (the average is around $1,500).  This "annual maximum" refreshes on a yearly basis (almost always on January 1st). 

Although they are helping pay for dental procedures, they do NOT cover 100% of the cost of the service.  For example:  If your insurance covers 80% for fillings, and the price of your filling was $100, your insurance will pay $80 and you will owe $20.

It can get confusing because many insurances cover different procedures at different percentages.  Some will not cover Type 3 services (ie: crowns, bridges, dentures) until you have been a member on the plan for a full year.  Some will not cover the replacement cost of a tooth that had been missing before the patient became a member of the plan.  There are many different variables with the increasing number of dental insurances. 

Our front desk is very knowledgeable about how the most common dental insurances work, and can also help you understand yours. 

 


By contactus
September 16, 2011
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If you actually had to turn the heat on in your car this morning, you may realize the weather is turning.  With the cooler weather people have more complaints of teeth sensitive to cold.  This can be due to gum recession, which exposes the root surface.  The root doesn't have as much insulation to protect against the cold.  Sometimes, a toothpaste specific for sensitive teeth can help.  But if not, we can usually cover the root surface with a bonded filling to protect against the cold.  If you have any symptoms to temperature, biting pressure or sweets, you should let your dentist know. It could be something more serious than root exposure.


By contactus
September 13, 2011
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We have officially given our practice a name!   We are now Rockdale Dental Associates.  Don't worry... nothing else has changed.  The staff, our location and our hours are the same.  We don't want to confuse our long time patients by answering the phone as "Rockdale Dental Associates" right now, but that may happen a few months down the road when everyone has heard of the change.  If you're calling for the first time, you'll hear our receptionists answer with both doctors names, as per usual.


By contactus
September 09, 2011
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Stress is one of those problems that is very difficult to control.  Most people are stressed for one reason or another, and believe it or not, it can wreak havoc with your teeth!  Clenching and grinding can increase when you're stressed.  It's very easy not to notice that you're doing it, but often your significant other will be the one to let you know.  The muscles of your jaw, when stressed, can cause headaches and jaw pain.  The clenching and grinding can cause random tooth pains and aches, and crack lines OR complete fractures of teeth.  You put more forces on your teeth while sleeping, so we normally recommend a professionally made nightguard, or deprogrammer, to try and relax your jaw and get you to stop the clenching/grinding habit at night.  Let us know if you think you may be grinding.  Otherwise, we may notice on our own by evidence of fractured or flattened teeth!


By contactus
September 06, 2011
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Labor Day has officially passed and most kids are back to school.  Many people don't realize this, but we begin seeing children for cleanings right around age 3.  Most children do extremely well here.  There are rare cases when we will decide to refer to a pediatric dentist if the child is too fearful.   It is helpful if you bring your child with you to your cleaning appointments prior to his or her first visit so that they can familiarize themselves with the different sights and sounds.  Their first visit at this early age will include a cleaning and an exam by one of the doctors.  Feel comfortable to bring your children here - this is a family practice!




Rockdale Dental Associates
Lisa M. Carvalho, DMD
499 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-4608

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