Dental Savings Plans
Save on Your Dental Care
Going to the dentist can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have dental insurance or your insurance isn’t in network for a certain clinic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get regular dental care. Many dental offices offer dental savings plans, sometimes referred to as membership plans, for those who don’t have insurance.
Signing up for a membership plan with your dental care provider can help make sure you get the dental care you need- even without insurance!
What Are Dental Savings Plans?
Dental Savings Plans are membership-based discount plans for dental health care. These plans are a great alternative to dental insurance, and plan members typically save between 10-60% on the regular price of dental care and treatments. By joining, you gain access to member-only discounts that participating dental care providers have agreed upon. You pay the discounted rate directly to the dentist- no insurance is needed!
What Do These Plans Cover?
This all depends on the practice, but typically they cover the following:
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Restorative Dental Care
- Specialist Dental Care
- Preventative Dental Care
Talk with your dental office to see what their membership plans may include.
Choosing a Plan That’s Right For You
One big plus of having a dental savings plan is that you have options. Simply by searching for the following, you can choose a plan that’s right for you:
- By savings: Choose the plan that has the best overall savings
- By dentist: Choose the plan that your dentist accepts
- By procedure: Choose the plan you want based on your dental care needs.
Here at Moorehead Dentistry, we want to make sure everyone has the option to get dental care. That’s why our dental savings plan can help you have peace of mind when you come to the dentist. To find out more about our membership plan, click here or call one of our three offices. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the dental care you deserve.
4 Signs You Need Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Dental Care at Moorehead Dentistry
Damage to teeth and gums can’t be ignored. It’s always important to act quickly if something is wrong, but some dental issues are more pressing than others. How can you know the difference between a dental problem that needs to be solved soon and a problem that needs to be solved now?
We never want our patients to put off a dental procedure when it could lead to lasting harm, so we’ve compiled a list of important warning signs that mean you should get your teeth checked out as soon as possible. After all, you’ve only got so many teeth — it’s best to keep them all in good shape.
1. Broken or missing teeth
It goes without saying that obvious physical damage to your teeth is one of the most urgent dental emergencies you can experience. If your tooth has been damaged, rinse your mouth with warm water immediately and call us as soon as possible. If your tooth has come out, gently try to put it back into the socket (without touching the root!) or keep it in your mouth to protect it until we can see you.
2. Dental abscesses
A dental abscess is a small collection of pus inside of a tooth or gums that is caused by a bacterial infection. If your symptoms include shiny red swollen gums, a fever, or pain that spreads to your jaw or neck, you may have an abscess, even if you don’t see it. Try to see us as soon as possible, but, in the meantime, you can reduce the pain of the abscess by avoiding cold drinks. Use a soft toothbrush to very gently clean the area until we can get you into the office.
3. Lost filling or crown
A crown or filling can become loose or even fall out for a variety of reasons. If you lose a crown or filling, it’s important to try to save it — we may be able to reuse it. Rinse the area with warm salt water and continue to brush the damaged tooth (gently!) until we can see you.
4. Significant pain or swelling in the teeth, gums, or jaw
Constant pain or swelling in your mouth is never normal! This symptom may seem vague or common, but it could be a sign of major damage or an infection that could have nasty results if left untreated. Don’t tough it out. Call us and we will decide together whether you need to come in for an appointment.
Ignoring any of these four dental problems could result in the permanent loss of teeth. Infections can even spread to other parts of your body and cause serious general medical issues, so it’s extremely important to get your teeth examined if you experience any dental emergency on this list!
We want your tooth pain or mouth pain to stop.
First and foremost, if you are in pain, we want to help you get some relief. Then we can address any underlying causes to solve the problem using dental best practices. If you believe you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give one of our three convenient locations a call as soon as possible. We’ll get you an appointment soon, so you can go back to your life and leave tooth pain behind.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental Implants at Moorehead Dentistry
Dental implants have become many dentists’ go-to procedure for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Moorehead Dentistry offers implants as a great alternative to dentures when a lack of natural teeth roots doesn’t allow building dentures or bridgework tooth replacements.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Like any type of surgery, there are a few risks to getting dental implant surgery. However, the problems that come with dental implant surgery are rare, typically minor, and very treatable. Risks include:
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips, or chin
- Infection at the implant site
The advantages of using dental implants.
Dental implants are one of the most reliable dental procedures with a 95% success. They also offer advantages that other missing teeth solutions do not, such as:
- Appearance – Implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
- Speech – No need to worry about slipping dentures or loose bridges that can cause slurred speech.
- Comfort – Implants are permanent and stable, so no chaffing or discomfort will happen like with dentures.
- Oral health – Implant placement does not require modifying surrounding teeth as a bridge does. Also, implants stop bone deterioration and stimulate healthy bone tissue growth.
Dental Implant Procedure
When considering having a dental implant procedure, a patient will typically go through the following steps:
- First, the patient will go through a thorough exam and consultation with the dentist. The dentist will then make an individualized treatment plan.
- At the next appointment, the team will place your implant, which acts as a substitute tooth root.
- Then, the tooth is given time (about 2-3 months) to heal and integrate with the bone tissue.
- Once the implant has bonded to the bone tissue, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant.
- Impressions are taken of your teeth to create either a custom crown to replace one tooth or an implant-supported bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth. Crown restorations are custom-tinted, so they blend in beautifully with your natural teeth.
- The finished crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant(s).
Once you get the finished implant, your new teeth are ready to use! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of our three offices. We want your implants to look and feel like real teeth and your smile to look its best!
Sedation: Making Your Dental Procedure as Comfortable as Possible
Overcoming Dental Anxiety: A Comfortable Visit to Moorehead Dentistry
As we age, we often realize that things we disliked as children were actually for our own benefit. Whether it’s developing a taste for vegetables or appreciating an early bedtime, our perspectives evolve. However, one thing that rarely becomes a favorite is a visit to the dentist’s office. Even if dental visits don’t terrify you, the anticipation can be nerve-wracking for many. Approximately 15% of Americans avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety, leading to potential issues for their oral health. At Moorehead Dentistry, we acknowledge the apprehension associated with dental visits and are dedicated to ensuring your experience is as comfortable as possible with sedation dentistry.
Making Your Visit Painless
We understand that the fear of discomfort during a dental procedure can be a significant concern. Our commitment to your comfort involves leveraging the advancements in modern medicine to make most procedures relatively painless. Local anesthesia is a common method we use to manage pain, but for those with anxiety, sedation can transform your dental visit into a breeze.
Controlling Dental Pain: Methods Explained
Dentists employ three primary methods to manage patients’ pain and stress during procedures:
- Local Anesthesia:
- Numbs the immediate area being worked on.
- Applied with a swab or syringe directly to the skin or muscle.
- General Anesthesia:
- Renders the patient unconscious for the duration of the procedure.
- Sedative Medication:
- Calms the patient with different levels of sedation.
- Administered through a needle or catheter into a vein.
Advantages of Sedation
Sedative medications, when combined with local anesthesia, offer a painless and emotionally comfortable experience. Patients under sedation are semi-conscious, able to respond to verbal commands, and don’t require as close monitoring as with general anesthesia. Additionally, many sedatives leave patients with no memory of the procedure, alleviating concerns about traumatic memories.
Oral sedatives, taken by mouth, help calm nerves without rendering the patient unconscious. At Moorehead Dentistry, we tailor our sedation methods to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Your Comfort Is Our Priority
While a dental visit may never be your favorite activity, Moorehead Dentistry goes the extra mile, offering sedation and other techniques to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible. If you have questions or specific concerns about any procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our three office locations. We’re here to ease your anxiety and make your dental experience positive.