By Gordon J. Christensen DDS MSD PhD ScD
Written particularly for the dental sufferer, this source presents sensible information regarding dental well-being and cures. Readers can entry easy-to-understand information regarding ideas to their dental difficulties and approximately tips to retain a fit smile for all times.
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DIRECT ASSIGNMENT This type of plan is similar to direct reimbursement, with a few exceptions. Your company contracts with a local bank in your area. Your company places in the bank the amount Managed Care OVERVIEW OF DENTAL BENEFITS AS DESCRIBED IN THIS CHAPTER The information below describes the distribution of funding coming from companies to pay for dental services. This is a constantly changing area, but the trend is for fee-forservice dentistry to remain and increase slightly, dental HMOs to reduce in inﬂuence, dental PPOs to increase in inﬂuence, dental indemnity programs to decrease slightly in inﬂuence, and direct reimbursement and direct assignment to increase in inﬂuence.
Endodontic therapy alone (p. 40) B. Root canal (endodontic) therapy and an apicoectomy (root-tip amputation and root-tip ﬁlling) (p. 41) if the defect in the bone is large (FIG. 4). 37 38 Endodontics A B C D A and B show decay on the crown portion of these extracted teeth. Decay (caries) of this size can be treated without root canals. C and D show decay that has progressed to the dental pulp (nerve). These teeth require root canals to be saved. FIG. 1 FIG. 2 Pushing or tapping on tooth creates pain.
In studies by the author, many patients preferred electrical anesthesia to injected local anesthetic for simple procedures because the electrical anesthesia did not require a needle penetration, and when the procedure was completed there was no lingering “numb” feeling. If this concept interests you, ask your dentist about it. Electrical anesthesia device placed on a patient. Electrical current, mild and painless, can confuse nerve pathways and provide an anesthetic result for some dental procedures.
A Consumer's Guide to Dentistry by Gordon J. Christensen DDS MSD PhD ScD