With the beautiful weather starting, it’s a great time to have whiter teeth. You smile is your first impression when meeting new people, it is the window to you soul and it makes the world a better place. At Rangewood Dental, Dr. Hickenlooper can review with you how to get the smile you have always wanted. We do in office whitening, take home whitening, crowns, veneers, bonding, white fillings, replace missing teeth with implants, bridges or a partial denture and we can reshape teeth to have a better look. We have payment plans and accept most insurance plans. The consultation is free, so call today and talk with Jenny or Nadine. Call 719-434-5800 now
It is that time again when as an employee of any company that open enrollment has started. Most people are confused as to what coverage for Dental to choose. You have so many choices to choose from that it runs together and people give up and just pick anything.So here is some information that might help make choosing easier.
*HMO : most of the time this plan gives the best price for the amount of money you spend monthly and usually the best percentage of coverage for example Diagnostic/ preventive is 100% covered, Basic which is fillings, Endodontics (root Canals) Periodontics, Oral Surgery are usually between 80 to 90% covered. Major which covers crowns,bridges,dentures,partials and sometimes implants are usually covered between 50 to 90% depending on the plan that is picked. this plan maybe cheaper for the employee out of pocket per month but the catch is that you have to stay with a Dentist that is listed by the Insurance Company and on occasions if for what ever reason you wish to change dentist it can be very difficult to do so. This is the only way you will not pay Out of Network fees out of pocket or the whole bill.
*PPO : There is a standard coverage of 100/80/50 %. the price per month might be higher for the employee, but you get to choose any in network Dentist that accepts PPO and you can still get a list of Dentist that are taking that specific Insurance. This plan is one of the easier plans to change from dentist to dentist and still be able to keep in the network fees.
There could be waiting periods on both type of plans, plus a missing tooth clause, where if you had a tooth extracted using a different Insurance company the new one is not obligated to pay for replacing that tooth or teeth. So be sure to check if there are waiting periods and any clauses that would leave you with the unexpected bill. Here at Rangewood Dental we are accepting PPO plans, no insurance, medicaid. Call Jenny or Nadine if you have any questions or would like to schedule today at (719) 632-2952.
In today’s society soft drinks or soda is a main stay drink, it comes with every fast food or restaurant meal and people drink it at home at an alarming rate. The average person is putting about 23 pounds , if not more of sugar into their bodies every year. It does not matter if you are drinking diet or sugar free because it is just as harmful to your teeth from the high acid levels. when drinking soft drinks and other sugary liquids, you are exposing your teeth to something over time that even with good brushing and flossing, can break down the hard enamel that protects your teeth. The main drinks that contain high acid levels are Pepsi,Coke, Orange, Hawaiian Fruit punch, Squirt and any sodas that are citrus. Drinks that contain high levels of sugar are orange slice,grape & orange minute maid soda, Mountain Dew, Barq’s root beer and cream soda. Beyond tooth decay excess sugar consumption can lead to Obesity, diabetes, Calcium- robbed bones, kidney stones, osteoporosis and over all poor health. Try limiting the amount of soda and other sugary drinks, especially if you are wearing braces and or retainers. drinking alternative items like water and reading labels for sugar or high fructose corn syrup,sucrose, glucose or dextrose will help you be aware of all the sugar you are putting into your body. Adding a prescription Fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and getting your regular cleaning check ups done will also help you.
Rangewood Dental’s Referral Program is awarding you for every friend, neighbor, and loved one to our wonderful dental office. For every person you refer, we will mail you a Target Gift Card. We love having more wonderful patients, such as yourself, coming to see us. We enjoy all of your friendly and warm smiles. We are truly grateful for all of our patients and their support!! Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to your next visit with us.
WHAT ARE SEALANTS?
Sealants are a safe, painless, and low-cost way to help protect your child’s back teeth from decay. Sealants have been used on children’s teeth for more than 20 years. A thin, plastic, tooth-colored or clear coating (sealant) is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. This forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
WHY SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE SEALANTS?
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have tiny grooves that form as each tooth develops. This is where most decay occurs in children. That’s because the bristles of a toothbrush can’t get down into the grooves to remove the food and bacteria that get trapped there.
WHICH TEETH SHOULD BE SEALED?
Usually the molars and premolars are sealed. Fluoride helps protect the smooth surfaces on the front teeth and on the sides of the back teeth. But only sealants can keep food and bacteria from getting into the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN GET SEALANTS?
Sealants should be applied as soon as the first permanent molars (6 year molars) erupt. This occurs between 5 and 7 years of age. The second molars (12 year molars) and the premolars should be sealed as soon as they erupt, between 11 and 14 years of age. That’s because the greatest chance of decay occurs during the first year after the teeth erupt. However, it’s never too late to apply sealants, as long as the teeth are free of decay and fillings.
WHAT ABOUT BABY TEETH?
The baby molars often don’t need to be sealed. However, your dentist may recommend sealing the baby molars if there are “space holders,” losing baby molars from decay can cause crowding when the permanent teeth come in.
HOW LONG DOES SEALING TAKE?
Generally, all the back teeth can be sealed in one 30-60 minute office visit.
WILL INSURANCE COVER SEALANTS?
Many dental insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of sealants for children. Check with your insurance company for details.
HOW ARE SEALANTS APPLIED?
The dentist or other trained staff person in the dentist’s office applies the sealants. There’s no numbing and no pain. The treatment is done in a few simple steps:
- The teeth are cleaned, dried, and etched so the sealant will adhere. Any plaque is first removed from the teeth. Cotton rolls are placed around the teeth to keep them dry. Then each tooth is treated with a mild etching solution to kill any bacteria and make the surface slightly rough. A rough surface helps the sealant adhere better.
- The sealant is painted on and hardened. The chewing surface of each tooth is painted with liquid sealant, using a small brush or applicator. Spaces between the teeth are not painted, so your child can still floss between each tooth. The sealant is then hardened, usually with a special light.
- The sealant is carefully checked. Each tooth is examined to be sure that the grooves are fully covered and that the sealant won’t interfere with chewing. The sealant bonds to the tooth as it hardens, so your child can eat normally right away.
The dentist or hygienist will look at the sealants at each regular dental checkup. Problems are rare and can almost always be corrected. Call the dentist if the sealants interfere with chewing or cause any sensitivity in your child’s mouth.
HOW LONG DO SEALANTS LAST:
Sealants can last for 3 to 5 years. If they chip or come off, they can easily be replaced. Any problems can be detected and corrected at your child’s regular dental checkups. As long as the sealants are in place, decay is less likely to develop in the grooves. You can help the sealants last by encouraging your child not to chew on ice cubes or hard or sticky candy.