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Dental Crowns by a Dallas Texas Dentist

» 30 June 2015 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dental Crowns, Dentist in Dallas TX, Root Canals » Comments Off on Dental Crowns by a Dallas Texas Dentist

Dental crowns are used in dentistry for many different application or uses.  This article will discuss purposes and potential uses of dental crowns with patients.  As a dentist in Dallas, TX, I see patients that would benefit from having a crown on a particular tooth.  fillings-02

At times a patient may have a tooth that has broken or fractured whereby there is not enough tooth structure remaining to place a filling.  If there is insufficient tooth structure for a filling to stay “anchored” to a tooth, a dental crown is an excellent option.

Another common use of a dental crown is after a root canal procedure on a tooth. After a root canal procedure, a tooth may become “brittle” or is in need of re-building due to decay or other problems with the tooth.  By placing a dental crown on a root canal tooth, the tooth is reinforced and strengthen by having a protective covering over the tooth.  Therefore, when biting or chewing, the tooth is covered and protected by the crown.  The underlying tooth is protected and less prone to fracture or breakage. (Keep in mind that if your tooth already has a dental crown prior to the root canal, it may not need a new crown.  If the existing dental crown is adequate and free from decay or problems, a filling may be placed over the hole that was created to do the root canal.)

Most all posterior or back teeth are covered with crowns after root canals to protect them from breakage.  Anterior or front teeth may or may not at times require crowns.  Front teeth may need crowns to not only strengthen them but to make esthetic improvements to the patients smile.

Dental crowns are also used to strengthen unbroken and “whole” teeth that may have very large fillings already present within the tooth.  Teeth that have existing large silver fillings or composite/”tooth-colored” fillings have a high probability of breakage which may necessitate the need for an extraction of the tooth.  Although a tooth may have a large filling, the remaining natural tooth structure or enamel may be weak which will make a tooth more prone to fracture or breakage.  Remember, a tooth when it breaks may fracture into the root of the tooth which may make the tooth hopeless to repair or place a crown.  Therefore, that tooth would need an extraction.  All attempts are typically made to restore and repair a tooth but at times the tooth is “non-fixable” and an extraction would be needed.

Old dental crowns may need to be replaced if there are problems with the existing or older crown.  If there is decay around the neck or margin of the crown, a new crown may be needed.  If the older crown is broken or if a hole has been worn through the metal of the crown, a new crown may be needed.

In summary, several different purposes of dental crowns have been described.  There are many different reasons that a crown may be need or a new crown place on a tooth.  Only a dentist can diagnose and determine if a new crown is needed.  A clinical examination if necessary with an x-ray of the tooth to determine the best course of treatment.

Dr. William H. Miller, a dentist in Dallas TX, is able to help determine whether or not your tooth would need a crown.  Dr. Miller, with over 30 years experience in Arlington,  has a small office in North Dallas and treats only one patient at a time. He wants to spend time with his patients to get to know them and ensure that he can deliver his best in personalized, caring dentistry.

 

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Dallas TX Dentures, Root Canals and Dentistry

» 30 June 2015 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dentures, Root Canals » Comments Off on Dallas TX Dentures, Root Canals and Dentistry

Dentures, Root canals…. Dentistry!

Dentistry has many different procedures that can be used to help patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.  Dentures and root canals are only two of the many procedures that a dentist may use to improve a patient’s smile.  Many people wear dentures to chew and maintain their smile.  Root canals are also used as procedures to enable someone to keep their tooth that may be painful or that has broken or cracked.

Other resources that a dentist may use as procedures in a dental office are examinations, x-rays, fillings, crowns, deep cleanings and a variety of procedures to replace missing teeth. If someone is missing a tooth or just a few teeth, a dental implant is a viable option and is widely used today in the United States and internationally as well.  Fixed bridges are also an option as well for replacement of missing teeth.  Removable devices or prosthesis can also be made to replace a missing tooth or teeth.  These are commonly known as dentures or partial dentures.

Dentistry today is very exciting and has much to offer patients.  Teeth are very important to one’s smile, self-esteem and digestion of food for our bodies.  Keep and maintain a healthy smile and seek regular dental visits throughout your life! Dentistry is a health profession of which a doctor-patient relationship is paramount to good dental health.  Choose a dentist that is willing and able to spend time with you, the patient.  The better the dentist knows and understands you, the better the dentist and staff can assist and help you attain your best for your mouth and your smile!

 

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Choosing a Dentist based on Dental Insurance

» 18 June 2015 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dental Insurance » Comments Off on Choosing a Dentist based on Dental Insurance

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The practice and business of dentistry has changed in the past several years. Choosing a dentist is a very important decision. A person has only one set of adult teeth and these teeth need to last a lifetime.  With proper care and attention, most healthy adults should be able to keep their teeth for a lifetime!

Brushing and flossing are very important to a healthy smile, Regular dental check-ups are also necessary.  One can’t visualize their teeth and determine if there are problems and therefore a dentist is needed to evaluate one’s teeth and gums.

There are many factors in choosing a dentist.  Many select a dentist based on “non-dental” considerations.  Some of these may be location, ease of parking, hours of operation etc.  Some select on “word of mouth” recommendations by friends, fellow workers and family members.  Today, many people select and choose a dentist based on insurance.  Those in the United States that have dental insurance have opportunity to have a portion of their out-of-pocket expense lowered by payment by a third party, dental insurance.

Dental insurance has changed significantly during the past several years.  The majority of dental insurance companies today have Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO’S).  These organizations or plans are the primary framework for benefits for those that have dental insurance.  Patients always have a choice when choosing their dentist but it is very highly recommended by the insurance companies that patients choose dentists that are contracted, “signed-up” providers with the dental insurance companies.

If a patient chooses a contracted dentist his out-of-pocket expense is less than choosing a non-contracted dental provider.  But it also a great financial benefit to the insurance company as it pays much less to one of it’s contacted providers than to a regular, non-contracted dentist.  One can easily see why the insurance would want a patient to go to a “contracted/insurance dentist” as it pays much less to one of “their providers” than a “non-contracted dentist” that has no legal/contractual affiliation with the insurance company.   Some estimates are that insurance companies may pay anywhere from 20-60% less to contracted dentists and therefore have much higher profits and make as much as 60% more by patients going to their selected contracted providers.

Dentists are solicited by insurance companies to “sign-up” to become providers with the insurance company.  Insurance companies will lead dentists to believe that they will gain new patients by being a preferred provider.  But that comes at a cost to the dentist.  When a dentist signs the, many times, multi-page contract with the insurance company he agrees legally and contractually to a schedule of fees that may be 20-70% less than their normal fees for services.  Therefore, a dentist provides services that are discounted to the patient and insurance company of many times half price or more.

Some thoughts to consider when selecting a dentist based on Dental Insurance….

 

* Would you select a dentist that has a contract with your dental insurance company for fees charged?

*  Do you feel comfortable with a dentist that has a legal/contractual relationship with the insurance for dental services?

* Keep in mind that your coverage and choices may be limited due to contract(s) between a dentist and the insurance company on your behalf.

* In-network, contracted dentists have, by contract, many guidelines set forth by the insurance companies that may affect your dental care.

* Out-of-network, non-contracted dentists have no direct limitations set forth by an insurance company that would affect your treatment or choice.

* Out-of-network dentists have no contractual relationship with insurance companies and are not directly limited and dictated by an insurance company.

 

We hope that this information has been helpful to you as you look at dental insurance as criteria in selecting your dentist for you and your family.  Dallas Texas dentist, Dr. William Miller is an experienced general dentist that has been providing his very best in personal,  quality focused dental care for over 30 years.  He works with one patient at a time so that he and staff may devote 100% of their time to YOU during your scheduled visit.  Dr. Miller practices dentistry as an Out-of-Network provider for all insurance companies.

 

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The Process of Tooth Reshaping

» 13 January 2015 » In Tooth Reshaping » Comments Off on The Process of Tooth Reshaping

The flashing of a smile can often be the first impression someone has of an individual, so making the most of that simple act is something that needs to be taken into consideration when evaluating the process of tooth reshaping.

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Common Foods That Can Damage Your Teeth

» 18 December 2014 » In Cavities, Dentist in Dallas TX, Teeth Health » Comments Off on Common Foods That Can Damage Your Teeth

Individuals who think that they’re taking their dental health seriously by avoiding sugar-laden delights might be surprised to learn that there are seemingly harmless or healthy foods that can damage your teeth as well.

-POPObviously, sweets, soda and the practice of chewing ice are traditionally frowned upon by the dental community, but some others can be problematic.

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5 Reasons Why Flossing Teeth is Important

» 16 December 2014 » In Dallas Texas Dentist » Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why Flossing Teeth is Important

Flossing teeth is never on anyone’s list of favorite things to do, yet for a number of reasons, it’s important that it be done on a daily basis. Neglecting to do so can be the cause of a number of issues down the road.porcelain-crowns-01

Many people believe that simply brushing your teeth is sufficient to avoid any dental issues. However, a toothbrush only cleans the top and side of your teeth, while flossing gets under the gum line and between teeth. Combining these two chores can help limit any dental problems you may run across. The benefits of flossing teeth are clearly evident by looking at five solid reasons listed below

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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease

» 18 August 2014 » In Periodontal Disease » Comments Off on The Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Would you want your doctor to diagnose a suspicious lump on your body without physically viewing the area on your body? Of course not. Yet, at times a patient may “diagnose” themselves by going on Google and doing their own “research” about gum/periodontal disease. This can at times be good for general information about gum or periodontal disease, but is not the best tool for specific information about an individual patient diagnosis.

Dr. William H. Miller, a dentist in Dallas, diagnosis gum disease on a clinical patient level in his Arlington, Tx dentist office. Dr. Miller understands the value of one-on-one care and of a trusting relationship between patient and doctor. He also knows how serious gum disease can be if left untreated.

When you come to Dr. Miller for a diagnosis of periodontal disease, you can expect several items.

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Gum Therapy for Gum Disease

» 19 May 2014 » In gum disease » Comments Off on Gum Therapy for Gum Disease

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Adults who do not see a dentist for regular cleanings may be unaware that they are in danger of losing their teeth. Gum disease may be the culprit. Gum therapy is the best known treatment for gum disease.

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Affordable Dental Bridges Cost for Your Teeth

» 15 May 2014 » In dental bridges » Comments Off on Affordable Dental Bridges Cost for Your Teeth

Dental-Bridges

Today, there are several options for people who are missing teeth due to accidents and other dental issues. One option for those who have surrounding natural teeth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is made up of crowns. One nearby, healthy tooth on each side is used as a support for a bridge. Between the crowns are prosthetic teeth called pontics. They can be made out of different types of material such as ceramics, gold, porcelain, or an alloy.

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Emergency Dentist Services

» 13 February 2014 » In emergency dentist » Comments Off on Emergency Dentist Services

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Dental emergencies may occur at all hours of the day and night. It can be difficult to find an emergency dentist who will see you in time to avoid permanent damage to your teeth and gums. Here are some suggestions that you may consider while waiting to see the dentist. Following are a few examples of potential dental emergencies that may sometimes occur.

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