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Common terms and conditions that insurance carriers use to deny benefits.

Insurance Paper | Insurance Terms Gretna, LA

In the previous two blog posts, I’ve discussed various dental insurance terms that carriers use to help you better understand dental benefits. Probably though, the most frustrating thing that most patients and dentists experience with carriers is denials of benefits. Unfortunately, dental insurance companies lose money each time they pay out a claim and some of them have departments and systems set up to deny coverage to their subscribers. In this short essay, I’d like to describe common terms and conditions that insurance carriers use to deny benefits to ensure that they don’t pay out too much money for your care as well as what you can do to ensure ...

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Terminology Important to Understanding Dental Benefits

Dental Terminology | Dentist in Gretna LA

In our last blog post, we covered an overview of dental benefits from the differences between HMO and PPO as well as what typical PPO plans cover. In this post, I would like to cover some routine terminology that the different carriers use as these terms are important to understanding dental benefits. By understanding these different terms that are used, subscribers can better utilize their policy to make sure they are getting the best bang for their buck. I would like to cover “in-network” vs “out-of-network,” pre-authorization, and coverage details.

Insurance Plans

One of the most common questions that we receive from new patients is “do you take insurance?” and this is ...

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Understanding Your Dental Insurance or Dental benefits

Dental Insurance paper with Approved stamp

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, one of the most frequent discussions in our office is about a person’s dental insurance or dental benefits. This series of blog posts will be about using 3rd parties to help cover the cost of dentistry from describing what they are to common terminology used by the companies and common problems that occur. My goal for these blogs is to inform you so that you know how to work with your insurance company to get the best possible care. For the first blog, I want to discuss what dental insurance is, the difference between PPO vs HMO, and whether you should sign up ...

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Nightguards: Protecting Your Teeth and Smile

Mouth Guards Gretna LA

We can injure our smile three different ways. We can get cavities which is a bacterial infection that causes break down of the teeth. We can get gum disease which is an infection and swelling around the bone that supports the teeth. We can also grind and clench our teeth in ways that are destructive causing teeth to fracture and the bone to be injured. In this blog, I want to discuss nighttime tooth grinding, how nightguards can help protect teeth, and when do I recommend night guards.

The Reason For Mouth Guards

The medical term for grinding is called bruxism; however, for this article, I will refer to it as grinding. ...

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Daytime Clenching and Grinding

Jaw Clenching | Gretna Jaw Pain

Clenching and grinding also known as parafunctional activity or bruxism by dentists is generally broken up into two different types: clenching while sleeping and clenching while awake. While both can wear and break teeth, they are caused by different factors. Generally, night time clenching and grinding is difficult to stop because we are sleeping and we cannot control what we do at night time. Daytime clenching on the other hand is much easier to control because we are awake, but it is still a habit that can take time to break. To understand daytime bruxism, the three factors are why do we do it and what happens to mouth, how ...

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What Is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?

Dental Office | Dental Cleanings Gretna LA

Your family’s dental cleanings in our Gretna, LA dental office are customized to meet each individual’s needs. In order to determine what type of dental cleaning you will need, an exam with Dr. Russell Schafer, including a check of the gums, will determine if excessive amounts of tartar or periodontal disease are present. We want to be sure to schedule enough time to give you a complete dental cleaning that meets your needs.

Here are a few factors that play a role in your next dental cleaning appointment.

Good Home Dental Care Counts

Skipping flossing your teeth until the day of your dental appointment will do little to promote a healthy smile. ...

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Paying for Dental Treatment

Paying for dentist

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we work hard to help our patients get to good health. Whether that is as simple as a regular 6-month cleaning or as complicated as fixing every tooth, we want our patients to feel proud of their smile. One of the most common questions that we have in our office is how to pay for treatment. In this blog, I want to discuss the various ways we work with patients to make treatment affordable from prioritizing needs to insurance and dental benefits to financing.

When a person comes to our office needing multiple teeth fixed, treatment can generally be prioritized depending on where the infection ...

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