Clearing the Inbox
February 07, 2013
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Clearing the Inbox...


            We receive a lot of good questions through our email inbox.  Many of these are very specific to a certain patient problem and require a personalized answer.  There are other questions that come up more frequently and apply to a lot of common situations.  Those topics get moved to a special email folder to supply fodder for my weekly musings. 


            Thanks in advance to those of you who have sent these in.


            I had some fillings done and my bite doesn’t seem to fit right.  Is something wrong?  More than likely, there is nothing “wrong” with your fillings.  When your dentist checks your bite after finishing up a filling, your jaw is tired from being open and part of your mouth is numb.  Before polishing, multiple adjustments are often made with a special marking tape that shows how your teeth fit together.  Sometimes (when the numbness wears off and your teeth get back to chewing and talking and moving) there will be an interference in your bite that keeps them from hitting the old way.  If this sensation lasts more than a few days, a quick trip to your dentist is necessary to make a minor adjustment.  No worries, though, as another round of numbing is rarely needed for this adjustment.


            What is the best dental insurance?  This is probably the most common email question we receive.  Dental insurance works differently than medical insurance in that there is most always a yearly maximum payout.  For dental insurance to make economic sense, this yearly payout should exceed what an insured patient pays in.  For this to happen, an employer will usually have to add money to the “pot” as an employment benefit.  There are also an assortment of reduced fee coupon and dental HMO type plans available to patients without employer provided benefits.  These plans require that patients see a dentist on the companies’ list to get the advertised discounts.


            Why does my doctor update my medical history and make me fill out all that paperwork every time I visit?  Three words, “because we care.”  We live in a world of ever changing pharmacology.  A medicine or supplement you start taking could affect your teeth, gums, or anesthesia.  Also, there are a variety of medical conditions that can affect or change the course of your dental treatments.  Most importantly, in the event of a medical emergency, your dental team will be better able to take great care of you.


            Until next time, keep smiling.


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