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When Patients Ask: Do You Participate With My Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is complicated and confusing. Dental offices have faced complex insurance issues for years, causing many practices to move away from participating in dental plans. While this may seem scary for patients, the opposite is true. A non-restricted dental practice is simpler for both parties, and it maintains the dental insurance coverage that patients need. Why a Non-Restricted Dental Practice is the Way to Go The trend among small dental practices that focus on high-quality patient care is moving toward a “non-restricted” model of working with insurance companies. Instead of participating in a preferred provider network – which often limits services that can be offered to patients – offices can instead provide the necessary care patients need, and then assist patients in filing claims with their insurance companies. While it may sound intimidating at first, it’s an efficient and surprisingly simple way to give patients the proper care they ...
5 Of The Most Common Dental Veneer Questions Answered

5 Of The Most Common Dental Veneer Questions Answered

What Are Dental Veneers? Simply put, tooth veneers are esthetic coverings of the portions of the teeth that are visible when a person smiles. Not only can veneers make a smile more esthetically pleasing, but they can also mask discoloration, minor crowding, excess spacing, and misshapen teeth. Many materials options are available for veneers however the most popular choices are porcelain and ceramics. Are Dental Veneers Safe? Not only are veneers safe and well tolerated by the oral tissues, but they are also a very conservative dental treatment option.  Tooth structure is minimally prepared to allow for a veneer to bond to the surface.  Because the preparation is minimal in majority of cases the tooth and associated nerve are not subject to excessive drilling which leads to fewer post treatment complications as compared to other, more extensive dental procedures. How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost? Probably the most common question ...
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH: HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOUR DENTAL HEALTH

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH: HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOUR DENTAL HEALTH

November is National Diabetes Month, and as we raise awareness we also want to examine our lifestyle routines to make sure we are not only managing diabetes well but are also taking the proper preventative measures to ensure that this disease doesn’t affect other areas of our bodies. Did you know that people who have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing periodontitis, or advanced gum disease? Those with diabetes are also more susceptible to tooth decay, gingivitis, thrush, and dry mouth. Fortunately, these conditions and diseases are preventable if you maintain a healthy dental regimen while managing your diabetes. TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOUTH AND BODY If you haven’t already established a healthy dental regimen, talk with our hygienist about how you can improve your daily hygiene routine. Make sure your dentist is aware that you are a diabetic. Studies have shown a link between periodontal ...
All-On-4

All-On-4

What is a Full Arch Dental Implant? If you’re missing most or all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw, a full arch dental implant retained denture may be the perfect solution to restore your smile, bite force, and chewing ability. A full arch dental implant denture uses as few as four surgically implanted screws to affix a complete set of teeth on your upper or lower jaw. Known as the All-on-4 procedure, this oral surgery results in a completely restored arch of teeth. Read on for everything to know about a full arch dental implant denture. Full Arch Dental Implant: What to Know About the Procedure Your oral surgeon will place four biocompatible, durable screws (anchors) in your jaw using state-of-the-art technology and software to guide the surgical placement of the titanium screws. The implants will be placed to provide complete support to the arch of artificial teeth.   ...
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DENTAL BENEFITS 2023: There’s Still Time To Use Them!

Dental Benefits – did you know they expire on December 31st every year if you don’t use them? It’s true. You can’t carry them over to stockpile in case of emergency. If not used each year, they simply vanish. All that money you paid into your plan throughout the year gone to waste. If you haven’t used up all your dental benefits yet for 2023, there’s still time, but you need to hurry… don’t put your money in someone else’s pocket! One Thing You Can Control In An Uncontrollable World While there is economic uncertainty in the world as we head toward the end of 2023, you do have control over one thing: your oral health. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard the news that research in recent years has undeniably confirmed the significant impact that our oral health — whether good or bad — ...

How to Soothe Painful Mouth Burns

The next time you find yourself in this embarrassing situation, take heart. There are a number of things you can do to provide immediate relief for the pain and get your burned mouth back to feeling its best. Here are tips from dentists to help you heal and prevent such a burn in the future. Top Dentist Tips for a Burned Tongue or Mouth The damage is done – the too-hot food has been consumed, and your burned mouth is in pain. Now what? It’s a good idea to coat your burned tongue or mouth with something soothing that provides another layer of relief. Milk is an excellent choice because of its coating action. Once you’ve taken these steps for immediate relief, it’s time to turn to over-the-counter medications to directly treat the burned tongue and mouth. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other pain medicine are all fine choices. As your burned ...
Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health

Are you or someone you care about planning a pregnancy, currently expecting, or a new mother? The arrival of a new life is an exciting time and usually full of planning and preparing. Something many expectant and new moms are surprised to learn is that pregnancy can have an effect on your oral health. We would hate for a new mom to experience dental health issues and need to spend time in our office for treatment instead of being with her new bundle of joy. Pregnancy hormones do more than cause a mother to become emotional, have food aversions, and deal with morning sickness. Hormones can also cause a change in the state of your oral health and leave you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Below are recommendations for dealing with your oral health during all stages of pregnancy. Dental Care Before Pregnancy If you are hoping to ...
Protect Your Kids From Cavities

Protect Your Kids From Cavities

If you have a young child in your life, you know how difficult it can be to get them to clean and care for their teeth properly. When brushing on their own, young children have a habit of only brushing the fronts of their teeth and the tops of their molars. While it is essential to clean those areas, if that’s all your kids are doing, they’re not brushing their teeth effectively. They are also making it easier for decay to creep in and create problems with their oral health. Sure, parents and older siblings often help kids brush, but it is not always ideal, not to mention that some adults have the same problem. We offer a treatment that can be beneficial for all of our patients, young and old. Read on to learn more about this treatment. What are Dental Sealants? No matter how well we clean our ...

Oral Health Resolutions For A Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and your family! One of the fun traditions we do each year at our office is declaring New Year’s Resolutions. And one of the most important resolutions you can make is to improve your oral and teeth health and build a healthy smile.

Healthy teeth impact all aspects of your life. Committing to oral health resolutions truly is a way to have a Happy New Year, all year long. Here are a few tips to improve your smile…

Eat Plenty of Healthy, Natural Foods

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The food you eat is important for your dental health. Select foods high in vitamins and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. These help to protect your teeth and gums, plus provide bacteria-fighting power to prevent disease.

Kick Bad Tobacco Habits For A Healthy, Happy New Year

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Using any form of tobacco can be a serious harm to your mouth and overall health. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. The sooner you quit, the better the chance of restoring your oral health.

Cut Back on Alcohol

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One of the best oral health resolutions you can make is to cut down on your use of alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause cavities, gum deterioration, and tooth loss. If you do drink alcohol, remember to always brush your teeth afterwards to protect your teeth and gums from its effects.

Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day And Floss At Least Once A Day

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Your teeth can remain healthy if you practice good dental care, which involves brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once per day. Developing these good dental health habits is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plus you’ll enjoy whiter teeth and fresher breath.

Visit Our Office for Regular Checkups

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We recommend you Canandaigua Dentistry at least twice a year. This helps prevent any dental problems before they get too serious and require more comprehensive treatment. Allowing us to monitor your oral health is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy smile all year long.

Make an oral health resolution to improve your dental care for a Happy New Year; you’ll be glad you did for years to come.


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