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Use it or lose it: Dental insurance benefits

dental insurance elma ny
Did you know that taking advantage of your remaining dental insurance benefits for the year can actually save you hundreds of dollars? Most dental insurance plans allow participants a certain amount of benefits per year. Most commonly we see this in the $1000-$1500 range. This is the maximum amount of money your insurance company will pay towards your care in a given year.What the insurance companies don’t go out of their way to tell you is that if you don’t ...

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Debunking the Fluoride Conspiracy

Flouride Safety Concerns | Elma NY Children's Dentist
Lately I have noted more people than usual turning down routine fluoride treatment for their children or choosing to use non-fluoridated toothpastes for themselves. Today I would like to discuss the importance of fluoride in oral health and debunk the myths associated with any harmful effects from fluoride.In order to better understand what health concerns my patients have in regards to fluoride I did a google search and the list of health problems that ...

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When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?

Children's Dentistry | Elma NY Dentist
A frequent question we get from parents of young children and expectant parents is when their child should first start seeing a dentist. Most of them are quite surprised at the current recommendation for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The AAPD currently recommends all children see a dentist when their first tooth erupts and no later than 1 year of age.Why is it Important?

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What can I do to improve my smile?

Couple Smiling | Springbrook Family Dentistry
One of the most common requests we receive at our practice is “I’d like to improve my smile.” Often people are looking to improve their smile just to boost self-confidence and other times it is to make sure they look great for a special event like a wedding. Depending on what you are looking to improve your smile and the time frame you would like it completed in, there are a number of different procedures.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign | Elma NY Dentist
What is Invisalign?One dental treatment that has become more and more popular in recent years is Invisalign. Invisalign is an alternative to braces in order to straighten misaligned teeth and create a beautiful smile. Invisalign is able to straighten crooked teeth using clear, flexible retainers that are made to fit like a glove over your teeth, thereby avoiding any unsightly metal brackets or wires used for traditional braces.How does the Invisalign process work?Prior to starting treatment, you will meet with the doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Those with severe tooth alignment issues teeth may require traditional braces or treatment ...

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Bridge versus implant?

Bridges and Implants | Dentist Elma NY
Tooth replacement has advanced quite a bit in the past few decades. Today we have multiple reliable treatment options for replacing missing teeth. While dental implants tend to be the best way to replace a tooth for most people, this can vary from one individual to another and should always be discussed with your dentist.In the past, a bridge was your only choice, and it involves more than just the missing tooth. The teeth next to your missing tooth would need to be "prepped" by removing most of the outside tooth structure in order to create the bridge. The prepped teeth are then connected with a fake tooth in-between. With ...

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What To Do When You Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergency | Elma NY Dentist
Dental emergencies are common and can range from minor to life-threatening. The following are some guidelines to follow should you encounter a dental emergency.Toothaches:Toothaches are one of the most common dental emergencies. They can arise from a number of issues including a deep cavity, an infected tooth, or even food lodged under the gums. Pain can be temporarily managed with over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or Tylenol until you are able to make it into our office. If you have any swelling it may indicate a serious infection and you should contact us immediately. If the swelling is causing any difficulty breathing you should head to the ...

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