Preventative dental care

Repost: Preventive dental care translates to long-term savings

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Original article written by Katie Kuehner-Hebert for Benefits Pro.

Preventative dental care translates into long-term savings. “Employer groups with higher utilization of preventive dental care over a six-year period experienced an 86% reduction in the use of major dental services.”

“Those with no preventive care for at least two years were 55 percent more likely to reach their dental plan maximum compared to those who received preventive care at least once a year.”

“We all know this intuitively: If you brush and floss your teeth daily and regularly visit the dentist for a check-up and a professional cleaning, you might just not need that dreaded root canal.

Moreover, employees and employer will likely pay less in dental insurance claims for more serious treatments, sums up Guardian’s research brief, “An ounce of prevention.”

The brief cites Guardian’s 5th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, “Dental Benefits: A Bridge to Oral Health & Wellness,” which found that employer groups with higher utilization of preventive dental care over a six-year period experienced an 86 percent reduction in the use of major dental services in subsequent years, for a net savings of 16 percent on dental claims costs.

Dental plan members also saved when getting a check-up and cleaning at least once a year, according to the study. They required less major dental services and, as a result, had lower out-of-pocket costs over a three-year period.

Those who did this for two years in a row had a $90 decrease in claim costs in the third year. However, members with no preventive care experienced an average increase of $720 in claim costs.

to avoid serious oral health problems that require more costly treatment in later years

“Many working Americans believe that if they brush their teeth and have no pain, then there is no need to see the dentist,” the authors write. “But Guardian’s recent analysis of claims data shows that plan members who receive at least annual preventive care are more likely to avoid serious oral health problems that require more costly treatment in later years.”

The study also found that those with no preventive care for at least two years were 55 percent more likely to reach their dental plan maximum compared to those who received preventive care at least once a year. Moreover, about one in four plan members (23 percent) who reach their annual maximum tend to reach it again the following year, and 7 percent hit the maximum in three or more consecutive years.”

Read the full article here.

Dental payment plans and financing

Looking for dental payment plans and financing options? We understand that dental treatment can get costly. At simpli dental, we want to ensure that our patients have the opportunity to comfortably pay for their treatment.

simpli dental utilizes third-party dental financing providers that offer our patients payment plans. These companies include the following,

How to take advantage of dental financing options…

  1. Apply for financing through one of the three companies listed above.
  2. Receive notification of approval for financing and provide that notice to simpli dental.
  3. Get your dental work done without paying. The financing company will pay us directly.
  4. Make regular monthly payments to the financing company following your dental treatment. The number of payments will be determined by the cost of treatment and your regular payment amount.

Why doesn’t simpli dental offer in-clinic financing?

We are a dental clinic that strives to offer as low of prices as possible for dental treatment. Therefore we need to ensure that we keep our costs low. In-clinic financing options would require costly resources and expertise. simpli dental believes that our focus is better placed on providing quality dental treatment.

If you would like to learn more about the price of some of simpli dental’s treatments, please view our pricing page here.

If you are interested in learning more about dental financing and payment plans and would like to book a free consultation at our clinic, please click here.

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How much does a teeth cleaning cost in Regina?

simpli dental provides teeth cleanings for patients in Regina and the surrounding area!

Are you wondering how much the cost of a teeth cleaning in Regina would be?

Recently we posted about the importance of getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. But we understand that it doesn’t stop there. You may want to know how much it costs to get your teeth cleaned.

There are several factors to consider when determining how much a dental cleaning will cost. The primary factor is the length of time it takes for the dental hygienist to complete your cleaning.

When we complete a dental cleaning at simpli dental, we charge for the following:

  • Scaling (hand or ultrasonic)
  • Polishing
  • Fluoride

The fees for scaling and root planing are determined based on units of time. One unit of time is 15 minutes. The fees are:

  • 1/2 unit: $18.45
  • 1 unit: $36.90
  • 2 units: $73.80
  • 3 units: $110.70
  • 4 units: $147.60
  • Polishing: $32.40
  • Fluoride (rinse): $15.30
  • Fluoride (gel or foam): $18.90
  • Fluoride (varnish): $22.50

Most patients require between two and three units of scaling.

Teeth Cleaning Before & After

Remember that every patient is unique and may require a different level of service. The best way to determine the cost of a dental cleaning would be to speak with your dental health provider.

If you would like to book an appointment to discuss treatment with one of our dentists in Regina, please contact us here.

Please note that these prices are subject to change and may not be the most recent figures.

How to save money at the dentist

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Looking to save money at the Dentist? Then read on…

The answer to the question of how to save money at the dentist is a simple one, go to Mexico! We’re joking, don’t do that unless you have done thorough research on the dental provider. We are fortunate in Canada that the quality of work we see from our colleagues is of a high standard. A wide variety of treatment come out of foreign countries, both good and bad.

The main problem with getting dental treatment done in a foreign country is dealing with post-treatment complications. Many people expect a local provider to warranty or repair work done by another dentist. Unfortunately that rarely happens as the local dentist is put in a difficult situation not knowing the treatment plan, materials used or complications that occurred during the procedure. Unless you are looking to get a nice vacation out of the deal, we have a few other ways to save money on dental treatment as opposed to going out of the country.

Ways to save money on dental treatment:

  1. Get dental insurance. Health benefits can be obtained through an employer, government or individually. They can be a great way to help subsidize the cost of dental treatment. Make sure you understand what your insurance plan covers. Your plan will likely have a yearly maximum and any amount over that is 100% your responsibility with no assisted pay from the insurance provider. Keep in mind that your dental benefits is a plan between you and your insurance provider. A dental clinic will help you understand your benefits and submit proposed treatment to your insurance provider for a pre-authorization approval but ultimately it is your responsibility to know what you are covered for. Due to privacy regulation, insurance providers are disclosing less information to dental clinics. Therefore the burden has been placed on the patient to know their policies and what they are responsible for paying out of pocket.
  2. Schedule regular visits with ongoing maintenance. The patients we see in our clinic that spend the least amount on dental treatment are those that come in on a consistent basis. It may seem counter intuitive. Why would visiting the dentist more often result in lower costs? This is due to the fact that with regular visits, oral health problems can be detected early resulting in the treatment being less costly. For example, a cavity detected early on can be placed with a filling for a couple hundred dollars. If left longer to the point where it can be felt and is painful, it could require root canal treatment, posts, fillings, and a crown, resulting in several thousands of dollars.
  3. Find a provider you trust(Like Simpli Dental?). Having confidence in your dentist, hygienist and clinic staff is crucial in knowing you are receiving the best treatment. A good provider will give you all of your treatment options and tell you what they think is best for your oral health. By seeing someone that you trust, you will know you are getting the most honest treatment possible.
  4. Listen carefully to treatment plans and ask questions. There are many options to fix a tooth and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Some are better than others and many vary in price. Make sure to ask your provider questions to ensure you understand what all of your treatment options are. Many times, we focus on one treatment option and block out others that may be more affordable.
  5. Know the long-term effects. A quick and cheap fix may end up costing you more money in the long run. For example, an extraction is often a more affordable option than saving a tooth that may require several appointments and multiple treatments to fix. However, the space you are left with may cause problems when teeth shift or bone levels recede. If you decide later on that you want to fill the space from an extraction, you may end paying more because it is more complicated to fix than if it were done earlier.
  6. Get a second opinion. You have options and you should explore them. If you are proposed a treatment plan that you don’t have full confidence in, go and get a second opinion. There are many providers available that will give you their professional opinion that you can compare.

If you have questions or would like to see a dentist for a consultation, please contact us.

How Invisalign Works

Price of clear aligner orthodontics, commonly known as Invisalign

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Post Summary:

  • Clear aligner treatment is used to straighten teeth using removable clear aligners
  • Invisalign is a popular brand of clear aligners
  • simpli dental’s price for clear aligner treatment is $500 one time plus $90 per set of trays (upper AND lower)
  • simpli dental’s price for clear aligner treatment does not include a third-party lab fee and are $195 one time plus $40 per aligner (upper OR lower)
  • Typically, our patients require between 5 and 20 sets of trays
  • Clear aligner treatment at simpli dental is done by a general dentist and not a specialist orthodontist
  • If you would like to book a consultation to discuss orthodontic treatment, Invisalign or other clear aligner systems, please contact us.

For more information on clear aligner treatment, Invisalign, and orthodontics in Regina, please read on…

The straightening of teeth can be beneficial in achieving and healthy and beautiful smile. You may have your own reasons for considering orthodontic treatment but some of the common ones include,

  • To correct an overbite or underbite
  • To correct spacing between teeth
  • To correct crowding of teeth
  • To prevent wear
  • To increase confidence
  • To better your oral and systemic health

Clear aligner orthodontics is a method of straightening teeth using plastic, clear aligners that are custom fitted to the patient’s teeth. Invisalign is the most popular brand name and one of several providers of clear aligners available. Invisalign for clear aligners is like Kleenex for facial tissue!

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There are many advantages to using clear aligners over traditional braces, however they do have their drawbacks and limitations. Ultimately, it is up to the treating doctor to decide whether or not a patient is a good candidate for clear aligner treatment or if they should undergo traditional orthodontic treatment with braces. Some of the advantages of clear aligner orthodontics are,

  • They’re clear (bet you could have found that out yourself!)
  • Thy are more aesthetic
  • They can be less expensive
  • They’re removable
  • Easier to clean your teeth and gums than braces

Deciding to have your teeth straightened not only improves the appearance of your smile. Straightening teeth also improves the function of the teeth and muscles in general. A malocclusion (misalignment of teeth) can open up patients to a number of complications including:

  • Increased number of cavities due to the difficulty of cleaning overlapping teeth
  • Fracturing and wear of poorly positioned teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint problems
  • Chronic inflammation of the gums

The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on multiple factors that are taken into consideration by the treating doctor. Some of those factors include the type of appliances that are used to correct misaligned teeth as well as the severity of this misalignment or facial structures. To give you an idea of our prices for clear aligner treatment, please see below.

  • Professional fees: $500 one time plus $90 per set of trays (A set includes upper and/or lower trays)
  • Laboratory fees: $195 one time plus $40 per tray (includes upper OR lower tray, if both upper and lower trays are needed, it would $80 per set)

Please note that laboratory fees are not charged by simpli dental, we only act as an intermediary to collect on behalf of the laboratory. A dental laboratory is used to manufacture the clear aligners.

We cannot determine exactly how many sets of clear aligner trays you will need to achieve your ideal smile but we can tell you that on average, the patients we treat require between 5 and 20 trays.

To book a consultation to discuss clear aligner therapy, Invisalign, or orthodontic treatment in Regina with our dentists, please click here.


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How much does a dental implant cost?

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There are many factors and components to consider when discussing the cost of a dental implant. To begin, lets start with what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a metal structure that is implanted into the jaw bone to replace the root of a tooth. This is done through a surgical approach where a small amount of bone is removed to make room for the dental implant, the implant is then placed into the jaw and then is either covered over by the patients gums and sutures or with a metal healing cap. The implant is then typically left alone to allow the bone and implant surface to integrate. There are other components that need to be considered when getting a dental implant. Technically, the implant is only the metal piece that is placed into the bone but the tooth (crown) that is placed on top is commonly grouped in with a dental implant. The crown is made by a dental laboratory typically outside of the dental clinic. The crown can be made out of several materials and include porcelain, metal (gold), or zirconia. It is attached to the implant through what we call an abutment. The crown is either cemented or screwed onto the abutment. So in summary, a tooth that is replaced with a “dental implant” is made up of three parts,

  • Dental implant
  • Abutment
  • Implant supported crown

Now, why do dental implants cost so much? There are several factors that need to be considered, they include,

  • Education
  • Price of materials
  • Specialized equipment
  • Time
  • Supply and demand
  • Third-party expenses

Education: The dental provider that is placing the surgical implant typically goes through additional training to perform this procedure. Dental implant placement surgeries are not typically taught to proficiency in undergraduate dental programs. Therefore, general dentists must take additional training where there are costs associated with travel, tuition, and downtime from work. Specialists including oral surgeons, prosthodontists, endodontists, and periodontists typically receive surgical implant placement training in their graduate studies. These programs range in time from 3 to 6 years in addition to general dentistry education.

Price of materials: In addition to the three parts discussed above (implant, abutment, and crown) there are several other materials that need to be considered. They include but are not limited to healing abutments, impression copings, impression trays, impression material, anesthetic, irrigation, consumables, and many others. Many of these items are implant specific, highly regulated, and therefore quite costly.

Specialized equipment: The equipment needed to place and restore a dental implant is typically specific to dental implants. Therefore, it cannot be used for other purposes inside a dental practice. This equipment needs to be purchased and can be expensive.

Time: Simply put, everyone’s time is worth something. If an oral health provider and their staff are spending time placing or restoring your dental implant, they need to be compensated for that time.

Supply and demand: Dental implants are becoming a more popular choice of treatment but typically are not done on a frequent basis in dental practices. As more people get implants, more manufacturers supply the necessary components, and more providers place and restore them, they may come down in price.

Third-party expenses: When a dental provider takes an impression to get your implant supported crown made, he or she typically sends it to a third-party laboratory to fabricate the crown. That laboratory has expenses (equipment, wages, rent, etc.) and charges a fee for their service.

For your reference (at the time of writing this blog post on the price of a dental implant),

  • simpli dental’s price for an implant supported crown is $661 plus laboratory (Compare at $1322 plus laboratory from the 2019 suggested fee guide)
  • The price for dental implant surgery ranges, from our experience, most providers that complete the surgeries charge between $1500 and $2000 for this procedure.
  • Other costs to consider are additional components and laboratory fees that may be passed onto the patient

We hope this sheds some light on the price of a dental implant. If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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