Schedule your appointment for your check-up, cleaning or any new or unfinished treatment before the year ends.
Appointments get booked up quickly at the end of the year. Book online or call us today for the most convenient times.
Nearly all employer-sponsored dental benefit
plans reset their annual maximum on January 1st.
In most cases, money you already paid into your plan won’t be refunded or rolled over to next year’s plan. When your plan resets with the new year, the unused money (and benefits) in your plan will disappear. That’s why it’s important to check how your plan or Flexible Spending Account works.
If it resets entirely on January 1st and you have unused benefits available, you should schedule an appointment before December 31st.
Think of it this way: by opting into your plan, you’ve already effectively paid for a number of dental appointments. If you don’t schedule them, you’re paying money for something you’re not using.
We recommend that everyone schedule a professional tooth cleaning appointment at least once every six months. When you eat sugary or starchy foods, dental plaque naturally builds up inside your mouth. It coats your teeth and wedges itself in very hard-to-reach places. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which you can’t remove with a toothbrush or floss. Tartar leads to cavities, gingivitis, and other, more severe dental problems.
Professional dental cleanings remove any tartar that’s built up inside your mouth. We use scalers and other devices to reach areas that are difficult for you to clean effectively. We’ll also identify ways you could clean and care for your teeth better. Almost all dental benefit programs cover periodic dental cleanings.
Dental exams are important for ensuring long term dental health. During exams, your dentist checks your teeth, gums, and mouth. We look for cavities, gum recession, diseases, and other signs of tooth damage. Regular dental exams are the best way to find potential dental problems before they become serious. We recommend everyone schedule a dental exam every six months.
Most dentists take x-rays every other exam, or once a year. X-rays are very important to allow our dentists to see parts of your teeth, jaw, and mouth, signs of potential problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Using x-rays allow us to compare a patient’s x-rays over time to see how these potential problems develop. X-rays help dentists get a much more complete picture of your overall dental health and history.
Fillings are one of the most common procedures dentists perform. Cavities form when tooth decay creates a hole in the enamel of a tooth. They expose the vulnerable, inner dentin of the tooth to further decay, disease, or structural damage. Fillings treat cavities by literally filling them in, restoring the tooth’s original, complete structure. Fillings not only correct cavities, they also prevent further damage.
Fillings are generally covered by dental benefit plans. Dentists place fillings in a single appointment, which usually only lasts 30 minutes to one hour and no pain. Filling in cavities while they’re small is very important, because if you leave cavities alone they only grow worse. By fixing the problem now, you’re preventing several bigger dental problems later. All the more reason to use those benefits!
Dental crowns are a common procedure that is done to treat a variety of tooth problems. Crowns are prosthetic “caps” that fit over a damaged tooth in order to restore its shape and function. Dentists use crowns to repair or hold together cracked or broken teeth, replace badly chipped enamel, and more. Crowns protect damaged teeth by encasing the remaining portion of the tooth above the gum line. They’re the easiest and least intrusive way to restore a very damaged tooth back to functionality.
Like the other procedures on this list, crowns can often prevent the need for more extensive treatment. If you need a crown, it usually means your tooth has been structurally compromised in some way (sometimes crowns are also installed for cosmetic reasons.) Unless you do something to address the damage, the tooth can only get worse. Eventually, you may seriously and permanently damage your tooth. Many dental benefit plans cover crowns as important and necessary procedures.
Even if you think you’re up to date on your dental health, it’s worth using your dental benefits to double check.
After all, you’ve already paid for it!
Gentle Care Dental works with many dental plans including HMO's and PPO's. We want to make sure you’re covered and getting the best dental service possible. If you’re looking for a dental practice that will work with your plan, give us a call today. Don’t wait–you don’t want to lose the benefits you’ve earned!
Prevention is key to keep your teeth and pocketbook happy. Most plans typically pay 100% for preventive visits, so if you have not had one yet, this may be a good time to schedule one.
Start thinking about using your coverage early (summer or in the fall). Tell us about what your dental needs are and what treatment you might need before the end of the year.
(For example, a back-to-school appointment is a great time to bring this up.)
Make any upcoming appointments early so you can take care of them before the holidays.
Once you've determined what your dental needs are, we work with our dentists and benefits provider to figure out what treatment is covered. Our financial experts would be happy to look into this information for you. You can also call your plan using the 800 telephone number on your identification card, or go to their website for information.
Oral Exam,Teeth Cleaning, Bridges, Dental X-Ray, Fillings, Crowns, Fluoride Treatment, Sealants, Dental Check-Up, Cavities, Toothaches
Metal and clear braces, Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Veneers, Teeth Whitening, Bonding, Chipped Tooth, Cosmetic Crowns, Laser Gum Surgery
Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Dental Implants, Gum Disease, Extractions, Root Canals
We specialize in dental trauma and dental anxiety. Our Doctors make sure your comfort is just as important as your dental goals and dental health.
Nuestro equipo habla inglés y español porque queremos que nuestra comunidad se sienta cómoda haciendo preguntas en su idioma preferido.
We make sure the whole family is accommodated at our multi-specialty office. We offer braces to dentures. Teeth whitening to implants.
Dr. Bertram Amiri is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco dental school (UCSF), and has been in practice since 1986. He draws on a variety of disciplines including medicine, pharmacology, psychology and hypnotherapy to provide comprehensive care that takes into account the entirety of a person's needs, their past experiences.