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December 12, 2019

December is a time for reflections on the reason for the season, family, and for some, many questions about dental insurance. January resets the game table as dental coverage changes bring uncertainty and our patients, thankfully, call the office looking for advice about how to navigate the dental insurance waters in hopes they make the best choice.

What questions do they ask? I thought I’d share them!

1. Which plans are in network with Spring Valley Dental Group?

Currently, SVDG is in-network with four plans: Delta Dental, United Concordia, MetLife, and BC/BS of IL. We also accept plans that are out-of-network and will file claims for all.

2. What does it mean to me if Spring Valley Dental Group is out of my plan’s network?

A patient with an out-of-network provider will see an increase th...

August 18, 2019

Some will want to frame the following thoughts as an attack, or a move to protect my profession from an invasive competitor. This is simply not the case. Read on, and you’ll see I’m really looking out for my patients; attempting to ensure they get what they desire out of an orthodontic treatment.

Smile Direct Club is a company with a product intended to help the general population cut out the middle man and treat themselves to straighter teeth. There’s a desire for all kinds of DIY instructions, many available across the internet, and dentistry is no exception. Smile Direct offers an imitation of the Invisalign aligner treatment. As you may know, Invisalign uses a series of plastic, elastic aligners, in a specifically designed sequence, to push your teeth in tiny increments over time....

May 23, 2019

Spring Valley Dental Group dentists have been placing dental implants, in one form or another, for over 40 years. But unless you've experienced their use, most know very little about these little wonders. I thought I might take the time to share with you my answers to questions we commonly hear in the office. 

1. How will a dental implant benefit my oral health?  

Dental Implants are designed to fill in for missing teeth, preserve the jawbone and function as would a normal tooth. By restoring a tooth that feels like your tooth and functions normally is the true key to comfort and improved overall oral health.  Some literature I’ve been reading suggests mental function is also positively impacted. Patient satisfaction with implant dentistry is very high, even with the limited risks...

About once every two years or so, someone imagines they’ve discovered a new risk of fluoridating water supplies. Then, the article is generally circulated quite well, (...if it bleeds, it leads...), and the whole of dentistry suddenly finds themselves defending the safety and efficacy of fluoride. Realize, tooth decay is good for those of us in the dental business. And obviously, something that makes “cavities” less likely is not good for our business. So why do you think dentists are so supportive of an element that very effectively reduces the need for our services? Are you curious yet? Let me give you an example from my office.

Several years ago, a wonderful family, personal friends of ours with four kids, were seeing me as their dental provider. The mother of the family who is...

February 19, 2019

Let’s start by saying, we love your kiddos. Sometimes we first see your babies in a car seat when you’re coming in for a dental appointment or you’re just stopping by. Other times we see them in the office when they get their first tooth or when they bump those precious first teeth after tripping on their brother or sister or the dog. And sometimes we see them at their first scheduled dental appointment.

If we’re lucky, we get to watch them grow and mature into adulthood through their visits. We hear all about activities, vacations, boyfriends and girlfriends, new jobs, drivers license, college applications and weddings. We love your kids!

We also love all of you! We appreciate the trust you have in us. You know and trust, we have your best interests at heart. We will treat you with res...

February 1, 2019

Most days at the office, I feel a little like a broken record, (old guy reference), repeating myself on the same topics. A patient might hear my spiel once, but my staff and I hear my words over and over again. Since the topic of what to do with a cracked tooth comes up so often, I thought it might be nice to share a bit of what I know.

Teeth sometimes crack. Of all the patients I see, I find more cracks that people don’t know are there, than ones that patients find out about the hard way and bring to me. Cracks are seldom an “all at once” event, but rather are progressive, starting out as barely perceivable and ending up with someone noticing. If you’re a lucky soul, it’s your dentist discovering such a crack, because when no one notices a problem until the patient is feeling bite pa...

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