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Dr. Reese, November 2012

Dr. Reese has had a great 2012 so far. He's had some new faces around the office and seen some new patients, but one thing that warms his heart are the patients he sees year after year for hygiene appointments or oral checkups. Being a practicing family dentist for over 25 years means he's watched a lot of his patients grow up, graduate, and have families of their own.

You may have heard that Dr. Reese does oral surgery, but you might not know that because Dr. Reese is so good with his hands he is often asked to teach other dentists how to do dental implants. This weekend Dr. Reese will be having a training seminar at his office and nothing thrills him more than sharing what he's learned over the last 25 years.

As Christmas-time approaches and the office starts to fill up with Christmas cards and decorations of the season, Dr. Reese would like to thank you for being a patient and to remind you to use your hard-earned insurance benefits and/or health savings account cards before the end of the year. Most insurance companies reset your benefits at the end of the calendar year. We hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you in the office.

About Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist located on the south side of Indianapolis on US 31 just north of Greenwood, Indiana. He specializes in IV sedation for phobic patients and oral surgery, but also treats TMJ, does root canals, and provides orthodontic care. If you are in need of a dental home, please consider this to be our invitation to see the difference.

Dental Insurance

We realize how confusing dental insurance can be so we have written this post to help you understand the complexities of dental insurance. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we are insurance friendly and file most insurances, but one of the most common misconceptions is that dental insurance is designed to pay for the total amount of all dental care. On the contrary, most dental insurance contracts have limits and/or various degrees of co-payment which doesn't always cover all of your dental treatment.

All levels of payment by insurance companies, including allowed fees, usual and customary (UCR), are governed by the premiums paid. They have nothing to do with the actual charges. Our fees are based upon a combination of our cost, our time, and our constant dedication to supplying our patients with the highest quality dental care. The treatment recommended by our office is never based on what your insurance company will pay because we believe your treatment should not be governed by your insurance contract.

However, it should be understood, that the dental insurance contract is between the insurance company and the patient, who bears the ultimate financial responsibility. We hope this information has been helpful. Please take the time to review your dental insurance contract thoroughly so we may best serve your dental needs. As always, you may feel free to ask our front desk staff for clarification on dental services, billing, and insurance. You may also want to read why we don't participate in insurance networks plans or how you should use it or lose your dental insurance this year.

Why We Don’t Participate in Network Insurance Plans

Many employers and insurance plans are directing, and even driving, those with traditional insurance into what they consider their more 'cost effective' network plans. 25networkmoneyOn paper and at first appearances, these network savings plans and offerings may look cost effective to you the consumer and end user. What a paper contract can't show you is the quality of service you receive (or actually don’t receive) for your insurance premium dollars. Dentistry, as in all health care, is a service that occurs under a variety of circumstances, not a product that can be massed produced or manufactured. Dentistry in particular is a service that requires a high level of skill, knowledge, and experience in addition to varied pieces of equipment and technology. Along with all these items, the most important requirement is a genuine care for the patient’s well being and pride in their work.

My intention and our allegiance rests with our patients. We understand that insurance benefits are a tangible work related compensation that must be utilized when available. The network plans that we have been approached with, do not have you the patients, best interest at heart, nor do they allow us to provide the quality of care and service to our patients that we desire. Dentistry more than any other healthcare doesn't lend itself to 'healing, and restoration' a midst an environment of hurry and shortcuts. Dentistry, and restorations done poorly and hurriedly do often hurt, and won’t last as long as they could, or even jeopardize sound teeth.

I believe so strongly in this method of providing dentistry that I have created a 5-Year Warranty Program that backs up my dental work for up to 5 years for as long as you see our hygienist for regular dental cleanings.

Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Kids and Orthodontics

Did you know that utilizing orthodontic treatment (braces and invisalign) while your child is still growing may produce the most efficient results? We've found that seven years old is optimal for an orthodontic evaluation. At seven, children have the prime mix of adult and baby teeth allowing Indianapolis Dentistry's Dr. Ted Reese to easily spot any potential problems with your child's emerging teeth and jaw growth.

Why should you consider braces or invisalign for you child? 

There are numerous physical and emotional benefits to correcting your child's teeth at a young age. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to maintain and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Emotionally, a child's teeth can greatly affect his or her self esteem. By correcting their smile, you will give them the boost of confidence they need during an already difficult adolescent period. Furthermore, when utilized at a younger age, the social impacts of braces and invisalign on your child will be minimized!

Today's braces can be as discrete, or overt, as your child desires! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time, but the ceramic braces are tooth colored and (other than the wire) contain no metal. We also offer a multitude of colored bands to choose from and for children (or kids at heart) we offer Wild Smiles Brackets to make the braces experience a little more fun!

Invisalign is also a great, cost effective option for children anxious about the aesthetic and social implications of traditional braces.

No need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Insurance Benefits: Use 'Em or Lose 'Em

Make sure you use your dental benefits before the end of the your as most dental insurance plans run on a calendar year. Most insurers give you a certain amount of money each year, if you don't use it all, you lose it. This is called a "yearly maximum" and it is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental treatment within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

It's not just your yearly maximum that matters though, you need to consider your yearly deductible, which also starts again when your plan rolls over. The deductible is the amount of money that you pay out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies based on your insurance plan.

If you have dental insurance, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any other dental services, you should always have your regular oral hygiene cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other dental problems.

Don't delay important dental treatments as dental problems tend to worsen the longer they go untreated. Many patients need treatment that could have been avoided if they had come in earlier. By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive dental treatment in the future. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later, for example.

If you have any questions about insurance, please do not hesitate to call 317-882-0228 and talk to one our staff. We are insurance friendly and would be happy to work with you to discuss what your insurance plan will cover.

For Your Wellbeing and Benefit

Why we don’t participate in Network Insurance plans Many employers and insurance plans are directing, and even driving, those with traditional insurance into they consider their more ‘cost effective’ network plans.

On paper and first appearances, these plans and offerings may even look more cost effective to you the consumer and end user. What a paper contract can’t show you is the quality of service you receive or actually don’t receive for your insurance premium dollars. Dentistry and all health care is a service, not a product that can be massed produced or manufactured under a variety of circumstances. Dentistry in particular is a service that requires a high level of skill, knowledge, and experience in addition to varied pieces of equipment and technology. Along with all these items, the most important requirement is a genuine care for the patient’s well being and pride in their work.

When an insurance company, whose sole purpose to exist is for monetary profit, devises a better way to do business, it simply means they have found a better way for the insurance company to profit. Regardless of what is said or implied about “cost containment, service utilization, etc…” the bottom line remains their interest in their profits. To do this they have to charge you more premium dollars, which they readily do almost yearly, and pay the providers (hospitals and doctors) less.

The Network dental plans have been the latest venture in ‘cost containment’ for the insurance carriers in which dentists and more frequently franchise clinics are contracted to provide a service(cleaning, filling, extraction, etc.) for a specified fee. The fee is always reduced from what the dentist would normally need to charge. In exchange for this consideration of a reduced fee, the dentist or doctor is placed on a ‘network list’ of which employers will encourage to send their employees. The intention is to transfer a ‘production model’ where mass production drives down the per unit cost and apply this to healthcare and dentistry! The insurance companies focused on profit think this model works but patients and doctors have found the hard way that patients needs and well being don’t have much in common with widgets.

The reality has become unsettling at best, if not even detrimental. Corporate owned Dental clinics with production oriented staff and inexperienced doctors have become the norm, but the patient satisfaction and quality of care has suffered. Young doctors aren’t being given the chance to develop a doctor-patient relationship, but are placed in an environment that is monetary based and production driven despite the patient’s best interest or needs. Not only does the patient’s care and ultimately health suffer, but the profession is becoming indifferent to being truly able to deliver quality healthcare and pushed always closer to a clock punching mentality.

Whether we like to admit it or not, Doctors are susceptible to human error as are patients. When the pride and value in our workmanship and knowledge becomes minimized and the inability to establish a caring relationship with our patients is overrun by contractual obligations to produce ‘x’ goods in ‘y’ amount of time, the susceptibility to err will certainly rise.

To be sure, doctors, nurse, and hospitals must profit to maintain and ensure their future. What network and many traditional insurance plans don’t allow for is the check and balance, and reward system, of an unencumbered doctor/patient relationship. Healthcare has become so subconsciously, but intentionally, driven by insurance benefits, that if insurance plans deny or exclude a procedure it is perceived, and even communicated by some unscrupulous carriers, that it isn’t really needed by those whom insurance is suppose to be providing benefits in the first place. The profitable alternative, for an insurance company, will always be to deny and discourage rather than to actually provide a benefit. Think about it. Is a clerk, or medical evaluator, on the other end of a phone line, possibly a thousand miles away, have the patients best interest at heart, let alone the ability to truly assess their needs, or have they been straddled with a ‘bottom line’ by the same widget driven industry?

Dr. Reese on Insurance Plans
Dr. Reese on Insurance Plans

My intention and our allegiance rests with our patients. We understand that insurance benefits are a tangible work related compensation that must be utilized when available. The network plans that we have been approached with, do not have you the patients, best interest at heart, nor do they allow us to provide the quality of care and service to our patients that we desire. Dentistry more than any other healthcare doesn’t lend itself to ‘healing, and restoration’ amidst an environment of hurry and shortcuts. Dentistry, and restorations done poorly and hurriedly do often hurt, and won’t last as long as they could, or even jeopardize sound teeth.

For your better wellbeing and benefit,

Ted M. Reese, DDS