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By Dr. Charles Bohle
March 27, 2014
Category: FAQ's
Tags: Payment Plans   Financing  

One Frequently Asked Question by our patients is, "Do you offer a payment plan?"  At Bohle Family Dentistry, we want everyone to be able to afford whatever dental treatment they might need.  Because, everyone's financial situation is not the same, we try to offer several ways to be able to pay for your work.  Of course, all the traditional methods are available such as cash, personal check and multiple credit cards.  We also accept your insurace assignment and try as best as possible to find out in advance what your insurance company might cover and how much they might pay.  Certainly, this is always an estimate since trying to predict how an insurance company will act is always difficult. 

But what about those people who are unable to pay for the needed treatment in full as they receive it and don't even have insurance coverage.  For them it is harder to be able to afford what can be much needed treatment.  We offer CareCredit & Springstone Patient Financing payment plan options. We also work with a local Paducah company Heights Finance.  Using one of these companies will allow you to spread your payments out over a longer period of time, hopefully making it more affordable.  These companies typically offer a range of options for you to choose with different monthly payments depending on the length needed or interest rate.  Make sure you have a through understand of your contract before committing to a finance company.

Sometimes a patient will tell us they cannot afford their work.  It is important to look at all your options and to also know what the consequences of delaying treatment will be.  If a person needs a filling but delays that treatment, what might happen?  I promise you nothing good.  A cavity does not heal and always get larger and a larger cavity is more expensive than a smaller one.  Let's say you wait even longer, then that might get large enough that a filling will not fix it and it needs a crown or worse maybe a root canal.  Now you have turned a situation that might have been several hundred dollars and turned it into several thousand dollars.  Was that the best decision?  Not if you value your teeth and a healthly smile.

Do yourself a favor and get your needed dental work done as soon as possible.  You will not only then have better dental health but you will have saved yourself money and your bite, smile and looks.  Don't think just having all your teeth extracted is the simple way out.  The cost of all the extractions and the denture if spent when the problems were small would be much less and you have your teeth.

It is important to get your dental work completed.  It will save your teeth and your wallet.

 

 


By Dr. Charles Bohle
March 20, 2014
Category: Trip
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My wife and I recently took a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico to attend a dental meeting (yeah, I know).  Really, I did go to class and sat there listening to lectures while outside it was sunny and 80 degrees.  But, I learned alot and that is what is most important.  I had an afternoon free so I signed up for a whale watching tour.  Humpback whales like to spend their winters in Mexico while the Alaskan waters may freeze.  They have the babies there and then go back to  Alaska for the summer.  Sounds like a nice schedule actually.

This is called "The Arch of Los Cabos" and it separates the Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Cortez.  It is the landmark sight at the head of the bay for Cabos San Lucas.  The waters churn here as two oceans collide.  There is a sandy beach nearby that reaches both sides.  One side is called "Honeymoon Beach" and has calm waters, the other side is called "Divorce Beach" and you cannot swim there because of dangerous currents.  As you can see, the water is beautiful.

On we went to spot some whales.  Quickly we found a mom and baby and the baby was in a playful mood.

Here it is jumping and having a grand ole time.  The baby was larger than our boat and could easily crush us if it wanted.  The sound it made when it landed back into the water was very loud.  We went down the coast next and found a large, older mom with her baby.  At one point she surfaced immediately next to our boat, then did a new dive.  I had never been closer than that before.

You can tell she is older by the sealife growing on her tale.  If you ever have the chance to take a whale trip, I would highly recommend it.

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By Bohle Family Dentistry
March 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
ChristieBrinkleysTipsonToothWhitening

Christie Brinkley's world-famous smile has graced the covers of countless magazines for over 30 years. In fact, in her own words from an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the supermodel said, “I think my smile was really my passport to success in the modeling industry.” And while most of her smile's appeal comes naturally, Christie does give it a boost with good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and tooth whitening. As Christie says, “When it comes to teeth, keep it as natural as possible. Do not go overboard on whitening. You want your teeth to compliment your face…your friends should not be required to wear sunglasses when you smile!”

Aside from some potential minor side effects such as tooth sensitivity, whitening teeth through bleaching is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile conservatively and successfully. There are three common methods, as described below:

  • An external or vital approach where “vital” (living) teeth are bleached through direct contact to the tooth's surface.
  • An internal or non-vital approach where the tooth is whitened from the inside during a root canal treatment.
  • A combination approach in which both internal and external bleaching techniques are used.

But what causes teeth to become discolored?

Tooth discoloration can be caused by a traumatic blow to your teeth resulting in nerve tissue (pulp) death. However, there can be many other causes: consuming or using products that stain the teeth such as coffee, tea, cola, tobacco products and red wine, to name just a few. Aging is another factor, as it results in changes in the mineral structure of the tooth as the enamel, the outermost layer, loses its beautiful and youthful translucency. Other causes include exposure to high levels of fluoride; tetracycline, an antibiotic, administered during childhood; inherited developmental disorders and jaundice in childhood; and tooth decay.

The good news is that we routinely brighten smiles through tooth whitening. To learn more about brightening your smile, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or if you are ready to have your teeth professionally whitened, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss your whitening treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Christie Brinkley, continue reading “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”


By Bohle Family Dentistry
March 03, 2014
Category: Oral Health
ReducingtheRisksandEffectsofDentalSportsInjuries

Sports are an important element in human society — besides providing enjoyment they also build discipline, teamwork and character.

But sports activities, especially for children and teenagers, also carry the risk of physical injury — and your teeth and mouth aren’t immune. About 22,000 mouth injuries occur annually in individuals under the age of 18. As the degree of contact within the sport rises, so does the risk of dental injuries.

To reduce this risk, it’s important to adopt a comprehensive approach to dental injuries, beginning with protection. For any sport that involves a ball, stick, puck or physical contact with another player, athletes should incorporate two pieces of equipment to fully protect against mouth injury: headgear and a mouthguard. Both help to evenly distribute the forces generated during an impact and thus reduce the chance or severity of injury.

The design of headgear will depend on other factors involving a particular sport. Mouthguards are more singular in their purpose, and so what works in one sport should work in another. While there are a number of types like stock or “boil and bite,” the highest level of protection is a custom-fitted mouthguard created by a dentist to specifically fit the individual’s bite. Although more costly than other options, it can better reduce the chances of an even more costly mouth injury.

Because we can only reduce the risk of injury but never eliminate it, protection is only part of the approach. Individuals, parents and sports officials should have plans in place for treating dental injuries should they occur. Depending on the level of trauma, individuals should have access to a dentist as soon as possible. It’s also important to know what to do when specific injuries occur, whether they require an immediate, urgent or less urgent response. The Dear Doctor magazine article, “The Field Guide to Dental Injuries” is an excellent primer on dental injury treatment.

Sports can have a positive effect on physical, emotional and social development. Adopting a well-rounded approach to dental injury prevention and treatment will help keep the focus on those benefits.

If you would like more information on protection and treatment from sports-related dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”