Specialist in Prosthodontics

Frequently Asked Questions

 

DO YOU TAKE DENTAL INSURANCE?

PATIENTS ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF SERVICES.

THE OFFICE FILES ALL DENTAL CLAIMS WITH THE BENEFITS PAYABLE TO THE SUBSCRIBER. AS A SPECIALTY PRACTICE WE ARE CONSIDERED NON-PAR WITH ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AN INSURANCE COMPANY TO REIMBURSE ME?

THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE 30 BUSINESS DAYS TO RESPOND TO A CLAIM RECEIVED. MOST ROUTINE PROCEDURES ARE PAID IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THE MORE COMPLEX CASES MAY TAKE THE FULL 30 DAYS.

DO YOU SET UP PAYMENT PLANS?

YES WE DO. ONCE WE HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT PLAN IN PLACE, WE ASK FOR ONE HALF PAYMENT WHEN TREATMENT IS STARTED AND A FINAL PAYMENT UPON COMPLETION. WE ACCEPT CASH, CHECKS, VISA, MASTERCARD AND DISCOVER. WE ALSO PARTICIPATE WITH SOME PAYMENT PLANS THROUGH CARE CREDIT.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT MY INSURANCE WILL REIMBURSE?

ONCE YOU HAVE A TREATMENT PLAN WE CAN SEND A PRE-AUTHORIZATION REQUEST TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY TO SEE WHAT BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR TREATMENT. TREATMENT CAN BE DONE IN PHASES, TO HELP SPREAD OUT COST AND MAXIMIZE YOUR INSURANCE BENEFITS.

DO YOU DO IMPLANTS?

DR BLOEM’S SPECIALTY PROCEDURES INCLUDE THE RESTORATION OF IMPLANTS. WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH ORAL SURGEONS AND PERIODONTISTS WITH THE PLACEMENT OF YOUR IMPLANTS.

ARE YOUR CONSULATIONS FREE?

OUR NEW PATIENT CONSULATIONS/EXAMS ARE USUALLY A ONE HOUR APPOINTMENT. IF YOU HAVE XRAYS/MODELS FROM ANOTHER PROVIDER YOU CAN HAVE THEM SENT TO OUR OFFICE. OUR CURRENT FEES FOR EXAMS ARE $110.00(LIMITED), $155.00(COMPREHENSIVE), $232.00(COMPLEX WITH REPORTS).

HOW MUCH IS A CROWN (CAP)?

CROWNS VARY IN COST BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CROWNS THAT CAN BE MADE. YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A CONSULATION TO PLAN FOR YOUR NEEDS, SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH APPROPRAITE FEES.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A CROWN AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

A CROWN IS A RESTORATION THAT COMPLETELY COVERS THE TOOTH. IT IS NOT A FILLING, BUT RATHER A COMPLETE COVER OR "CAP". CROWNS ARE PLACED TO RESTORE TEETH THAT ARE EXTENSIVELY BROKEN DOWN OR TEETH THAT REQUIRE TOTAL COVERAGE FOR APPEARANCE. CROWNS THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER ARE USED TO SUPPORT WEAKENED TEETH. CROWNS CAN ALSO BE JOINED TOGETHER ACROSS AN OPEN GAP, WHERE A TOOTH IS MISSING, TO CREATE A "BRIDGE".

NATURAL TEETH ARE NOT IMPERVIOUS TO DECAY WHEN CROWNS ARE PLACED ON THEM. THE EDGE OF THE CROWN MUST REMAIN INTACT AND FREE FROM DECAY TO ALLOW THE CROWN TO LAST. WITH GOOD HOME CARE AND PERIODIC CHECKUPS, CROWNS CAN LAST MANY YEARS. CHECKUPS ARE INTENDED TO LOOK FOR ISSUES WITH DECAY, BREAKDOWN OR WEAR.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?

YOU WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE OFFICE STAFF. YOU WILL SEE THE DOCTOR FOR AN ORAL EXAM SO THAT YOUR DENTAL CONDITION CAN BE DOCUMENTED. WE HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH YOUR ORAL HEALTH. WE WILL GIVE YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHOICES OF TREATMENT AVAILABLE TO YOU. WE LISTEN TO YOUR WISHES AND CONCERNS ABOUT ACHIEVING GOOD ORAL HEALTH.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?

WE MAKE EVERY EFFECT TO SEE YOU THE SAME DAY. THERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR ANSWERING MACHINE FOR AFTER HOURS CONTACT.

CAN I HAVE A CLEANING IN YOUR OFFICE?

YES, WE HAVE TWO VERY EXPERIENCED HYGENISTS AVAILABLE 2-3 DAYS A WEEK.

HOW OFTEN DO I REALLY NEED TO HAVE MY TEETH CLEANED?

MOST OF THE POPULATION CAN MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HEALTH WITH 2 CLEANINGS A YEAR (ONCE EVERY 6 MONTHS). SOME MAY NEED TO COME IN EVERY 3-4 MONTHS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THEIR ORAL HEALTH. THE DOCTOR AND THE HYGENTIST WILL HELP YOU TO DECIDE WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TABLE FOR YOUR NEEDS.

WHY DO I NEED XRAYS?

X-RAYS ARE ONE TOOL WE USE TO HELP WITH YOUR TREATMENT PLANNING. WE WILL ONLY TAKE X-RAYS THAT ARE NEEDED. THEY ARE USED TO HELP DIAGNOSE A PROBLEM OR CHECK FOR DECAY.

WHY DO I NEED TO COME IN, IF MY DENTURES FEEL FINE?

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR ORAL HEALTH CHECKED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. YOUR MOUTH IS CHANGING ALL THE TIME. YOUR DENTURES MAY “FEEL” FINE BUT A PROFESSIONAL SHOULD MAKE SURE THEY ARE NO ABNORMAL CHANGES IN YOUR MOUTH.

DO YOU TREAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OLD?

GENERALY WE ARE AN ADULT BASED PRACTICE. THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN THAT ARE REFERRED TO DR BLOEM FOR MISSING TEETH FROM BIRTH DEFECTS, ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES.

WHY DO MY TEETH HURT AFTER I GET THEM CLEANED?

IF YOUR GUMS ARE HEALTHY THERE SHOULD BE LITTLE DISCOMFORT WHEN GETTING YOUR TEETH CLEANED. IF YOUR GUMS ARE BLEEDING OR RED AND PUFFY, THE HYGENTIST REMOVES PLAQUE AND TARTAR FROM THE TEETH AT THE ROOT SURFACES. DISCOMFORT WILL SUBSIDE QUICKLY. SEEING YOUR HYGENTIST REGULARLY, PLUS GOOD HOME CARE, ARE THE BEST WAYS TO MAINTAIN YOUR ORAL COMFORT.

Memberships

American College of Prosthodontists
Michigan Dental Association
American Dental Association
Washtenaw Dental Society