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Oral Piercing

Oral Piercing

As your dentist, I wanted to take a moment to let you know some of the common risks of oral piercing:

  • Excessive drooling and difficulty speaking. Mouth jewelry can cause excessive saliva production and can affect your ability to pronounce words clearly.
  • Bad breath. Bacteria breeding around your piercing can cause bad breath.
  • Damage to teeth and gums. Teeth may be chipped or cracked from contact with the jewelry. Lip and tongue piercings that rub against gums can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, exposing the root.
  • Infection. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and the site of oral piercings may easily become infected. Food particles that collect around the pierced site are breeding grounds for bacteria.
  • Allergic reactions. The metal may cause an allergic reaction at the pierced site.
  • Swelling. Your tongue — the most popular piercing site in the mouth — could swell large enough to block your airway.
  • Prolonged bleeding and nerve damage. Piercing can cause uncontrollable bleeding. Some people report temporary or permanent nerve damage after a mouth piercing.
  • Choking. You can choke on any studs, barbells, or hoops that come loose in your mo

 

If you already have a piercing, keep the following tips in mind:

Contact your dentist or physician immediately at any sign of infection.
Keep the piercing site clean by using a mouth rinse after every meal.
Minimize clicking jewelry against teeth.
When taking part in sports, take out the jewelry and use a mouthguard.
Consider removing the jewelry before it causes a problem.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We can also check your mouth during your next dental visit if you have concerns

Dr Tabbi

Your Regular Dental Visits

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
PUTTING OFF DENTAL TREATMENT IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

Problems may start out small, but could get much bigger. Possible effects of waiting too long for treatment may include:

  • More pain
  • More complex and lengthier treatment
  • Increased treatment costs due to more harm to mouth and teeth
  • Higher risks of infection or complications
  • Longer recovery time
  • Having to take more time off from work for treatment and recovery

To put it simply, an investment in dentistry now may save you discomfort, money and time in the long run. Please know that if you have money concerns about the treatment plan, our staff can work with you on a payment plan so you can begin the treatment you nee

New Associate Dentist

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hatem has joined our practice as an associate.
Dr. Hatem has been practicing as a general dentist in southern California for 6 years since his graduation from dental school. Dr. Hatem is an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association.
Dr. Hatem has a caring patient manner and an interest in cosmetic dentistry. We have every confidence that Dr.  Hatem will be a strong asset to our dental team.

How Insurance Plans Work

How Insurance Plans Work

Many of our patients use dental benefit plans, so we would like to explain why your insurance may not cover the entire cost of your dental procedure, or why it covers some dental procedures and not others.

Most dental benefit plans are the result of a contract between an insurance company and your employer, union or association. The person who negotiates the terms of your insurance plan makes the final decision on maximum levels of reimbursement through a contract with the insurance company.

Other plans may want you to choose your dental care from a list of their preferred providers. Choosing your dental care provider from this defined group can affect your levels of reimbursement. Your plan may also tell you that they will only pay benefits for the least expensive alternative treatment for a condition, or deny coverage for conditions that existed before you enrolled in the plan.

A deductible is the amount of dental expense for you are responsible for before your plan will assume any liability for payment of benefits and could increase your out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, many plans do not provide coverage for all dental procedures. This does not mean that these procedures are not necessary – it just means that your employer has purchased a plan that does not cover the cost of providing coverage for these services.

If you have questions about your dental benefits plan, we recommend you contact your insurance provider or your human resources department at work.

The Benefits of Direct Reimbursement

In recent years, corporate belt tightening and insurance companies may have limited your choices when it comes to dental care. When your employer implements direct reimbursement, you visit the dentist of your choice, receive treatment, and arrange for payment. After your appointment, you present a paid receipt or proof of treatment to your employer or plan administrator for reimbursement. In addition, many plans will allow benefits to be assigned directly to the dental office. 

This plan reimburses you based on total expenses incurred. There are typically no deductibles and few excluded services. It frees us to determine exactly the care you need for a healthy and long-lasting smile. Direct reimbursement also helps you avoid unpleasant financial surprises since you can calculate your share of the dental expense in advance.

 

Talk with your employer or benefits administrator about the value of direct reimbursement.

 

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