Category Archives: General Dentistry

News information and updates regarding general dentistry practices.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Are dentists affiliated with insurance companies? No, you are their customer. Your dentist will request the estimated coverage on your policy (the % your insurance covers of a particular treatment) and calculate your out of pocket cost accordingly. Estimates are not a guarantee of payment by your insurance. Dentists cannot accurately know in advance what your insurance company will actually cover or not, until after the insurance company receives the billing information. So as the patient, you are responsible for … Continue reading

Saving Your Tooth: A Smart Investment

Root Canal or Extraction – Weighing Your Options Root canal treatment to save your tooth is almost always a better option than extraction. It’s a good investment in the long run for several reasons. Long term complications that result from extractions include: Bite Misalignment Drifting Adjacent Teeth Bone Loss at the Extraction Site Bone loss over time reduces the likelihood of qualifying for future implant treatment in many cases. In addition, the cost to have a future bridge or implant … Continue reading

Dental Insurance: How does it work and who can you trust?

Many people mistakenly believe when they go to their dentist who is contracted (or in network) with an insurance company, (say Delta Dental), the dentist represents the insurance company. Not True. Your dentist receives a fee schedule, the insurance company’s fee schedule, at the time they contract. This gives the dentist a right to be advertised on the insurance company’s list of in network providers. Being “In Network” dictates the maximum fee the dentist may charge for treatment procedures allowed … Continue reading

How to Read an EOB

Sections: What is an EOB? The Anatomy of an EOB Dissecting an EOB Why Check an EOB? Top Errors on EOBs Dental Insurance Provider Refuses Payment References and Additional Resources « Back to Resources What is an EOB? An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is NOT a bill. It is a summary sent by a health insurance company every time a patient receives treatment from a medical professional. It outlines the dates and types of treatment received, and the costs the … Continue reading

Emergency Dental Care USA Opens Newest Location in North Texas

(Denton, TX) Emergency Dental Care USA, a dental practice aimed at providing same-day care to patients with dental emergencies has opened their newest location in Denton, Texas. It is the fifth office Texas, and one of three in North Texas. Other offices are located in Fort Worth, Farmers Branch, Houston and San Antonio. Emergency Dental Care can be found just south of University Drive on North Elm Street. The office was previously occupied by Lloyd Ridenour, DDS Family Dentistry, and … Continue reading

Emergency Dental Care collects treats for Offutt AFB troops

Emergency Dental Care USA will be collecting candy for two units of Offutt Air Force Base personnel during its third annual Halloween Candy Buy Back. The event will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Central Omaha Emergency Dental Care office located at 2605 S. 84th Street. It is sponsored by Michael Obeng, DDS. “We are honored to partner with Offutt Air Force Base for this candy buy back,” Dr. Obeng said. “We are proud … Continue reading

Afraid of going to the Dentist?

Fear can be a vicious cycle. So avoiding the dentist can make your dental visits more painful, costly and contribute to your fear of going to the dentist. Dental problems often start as minor issues that can be easily and painlessly resolved; but when left unchecked, minor problems turn into major ones that are costly, unpleasant and sometimes, painful to deal with. When you wait until you can’t stand the pain any longer, your fear of the dentist always be … Continue reading

Use it or Lose it: Get the Most Out of Your Dental Insurance Plan

The last few weeks of the year can be a great time to get dental work done. Most dental plan benefits reset at the beginning of the year, and if you don’t use it – you lose it. Get the most out of your dental insurance plan with these three steps. 1 Find Your MBA. Look at the paperwork you received when you signed up for your dental insurance or go online to find the explanation of your dental benefits. … Continue reading

Aging & Your Teeth

As we age, our mouth can begin to show the wear and tear of everyday life. Below is a list of common ways teeth and gums change with age. Although your risk for these problems increase with age, none of them are guaranteed, and most can be prevented by good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Gum Disease – Recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest more than 50% of Americans over the … Continue reading