Insurance

It’s hard to believe we’re already thinking about 2019 coming to an end, but we want to remind you that with most dental policies, any benefits not used by December 31 are gone with the new year.

If you’re overdue for a cleaning or haven’t had a chance to schedule the dental treatment recommended at your last visit, please call us to get those appointments scheduled. Our schedule fills up quickly this time of year and we’d hate for you to have to wait until next year to get your dental needs taken care of.

Our office is now open Fridays and we also have Dr. Kenny to help get our patients taken care of before we ring in the new year! Don’t be the person who forgets to use their insurance benefits and flex money, and then loses them! Call our office today (701) 237-4297.

If you have silver (amalgam) or gold fillings, you may have considered having them replaced with tooth colored fillings (composite). Dr. Johnson does not recommend replacing this type of filling material if it is just for aesthetic reasons. Often insurance won’t cover the procedure to change to a composite filling if it is for a cosmetic reason.

Some patients have concerns about mercury being present in amalgam material. Many studies have been done showing that the filling material is safe for patients to have in their mouths. There are several metals that make up the amalgam material and when they combine, the mercury is biologically inert.

It is important to remember that anytime Dr. Johnson has to drill on a tooth, it is a type of surgery. If he were to replace a gold or silver filling with a tooth colored filling, he has to remove the tooth structure around where the old filling was to place a new filling. Anytime a tooth is worked on it can cause damage to the tooth, requiring more dental treatment.

Dr. Johnson and our team monitor all teeth for signs of decay, wear and cracks. When the time comes for a filling to be replaced for any of these necessary reasons, we would recommend replacing a silver or gold filling with a tooth colored (composite) filling.

Here is a link from the American Dental Association on what others have to say about amalgam fillings:

https://www.ada.org/en/press-room/press-kits/dental-fillings-press-kit/dental-amalgam-what-others-say

Starting on January 1, 2019, all North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield (“BCBS”) dental plans will still be managed by BCBS, but United Concordia will process the claims. Don’t worry, Saving Smiles was one of the first in the area to sign up and is already in-network with United Concordia!

New cards will be issued for the BCBS/United Concordia plans and will still have the BCBS logo, but the ID number will have 12 digits (previously had 9) and the back will say that claims go to Harrisburg, PA. Federal BCBS will maintain the same ID number, but claims will also go to United Concordia.

Employers may choose to leave BCBS and switch to another plan all together. In that instance, we are also still in-network with Delta Dental, Health Partners, Cigna PPO Plans, Total Dental Administrators and most plans with Metlife, The Guardian, Ameritas, Humana and Always Care.

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Many people in the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo communities are without dental insurance, even though routine preventive care is critical to maintaining oral health and preventing larger, more costly problems down the road.

Our Saving Smiles Program is a great dental insurance alternative for individuals, families and businesses. The program offers personalized, quality dental care with special family-friendly savings. For a low annual fee, you’ll receive a substantial 15% discount on preventative and any restorative care. It’s easy, convenient and affordable.

The following in-office services are included in the program:

  • Cleanings and Exams
  • Fillings
  • Crowns, Implants and Bridges
  • Dentures and Partials
  • Extractions
  • Veneers
  • Night & Mouth Guards
  • Professional Whitening

 

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Please check out our Saving Smiles Program page or contact our office for more information at savingsmilesdentistry@gmail.com or 701.237.4297!

 

 

 

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