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Some common treatments we may recommend for your child during his or her dental journey are listed below. Please contact our office with any questions and for additional information. At the end of each visit at our practice, we also provide you with a Report Card with detailed information and descriptions of services.
This treatment was applied to your child’s teeth to make them stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. A thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months have been shown to be effective in preventing dental disease.
The groovy areas of teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least-benefited by fluorides. Sealants are applied to the surfaces of back teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants generally last 3-5 years. Dietary habits such as chewing ice or hard candy can shorten the life expectancy of a sealant and allow a cavity to form on the groovy areas of the teeth. Sealants do not help prevent cavities on smooth surfaces, including between teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings (composites) are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth. Many insurance companies will not pay for this type of filling in back teeth. We do not place silver (amalgam) fillings in this office.
Stainless steel crowns are used to restore back teeth that are too badly decayed to hold fillings. Stainless steel crowns are also used in children who have a high cavity rate to avoid re-treating the same tooth.
Extractions are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar has to be removed prematurely, a space maintainer may need to be placed. Some extractions are needed for orthodontic reasons to help facilitate tooth alignment.
Space maintainers are used to hold space for the permanent tooth when a primary tooth has been prematurely lost. In younger children, if the space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the extraction site can drift into the area where the tooth had been removed and alter the eruption of the permanent tooth.
Stronger topical fluoride medicament applied to cavities to stop them from increasing in size with improved oral hygiene and diet. The silver antimicrobial component turns the cavity black.
Nutrition guidance is offered in accordance with your child’s stage of development and oral health findings.
BCBS of NC, Cigna’s Radius Plan, Delta Dental, HealthSmart, Aetna PPO, and Ameritas. However, we assist you by filing to both in- and out-of-network insurance providers as professional courtesy. Our office also accepts Medicaid and NC Health Choice
Our in-network insurances have agreed to pay a certain amount of our fee. If your insurance covers 80% for a procedure, you are still responsible for the 20% difference. For example, if our fee is $180 for a procedure and the contracted amount is $180., insurance would then cover $144, which is 80% of $180. The parent’s portion would be $36.
Typically that is not the case. It depends on the plan, but many pay the same percentage on services for both in- and out-of-network. Contact your insurance provider and ask what they cover for out-of-network providers.
We only file secondary insurance for federal plans and for patients that are dually insured and enrolled in Medicaid.
Yes, we do. This plan covers preventive procedures such as cleanings and radiographs with a $20 to $30 co-pay. However, since it is a medical plan with pediatric dental coverage, they do not cover treatment until the full deductible is met. In the event your child has treatment needs, you will be responsible for the entire amount for treatment provided.
Importantly, please ALWAYS keep our practice updated if there is any change in your insurance coverage.
In an effort to create an equal opportunity for all children to receive dental care in a healthy, safe environment, we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urging all parents of children who are medically eligible to maintain an up-to-date immunization status, according to the AAP immunization schedules. Carolina Pediatric Dentistry adopted this policy in an effort to protect children who may be unable to receive immunizations due to medical risk and vulnerability. If you have questions regarding vaccines, please talk to your child’s pediatrician.