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By [email protected]
June 12, 2017
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BUSINESS CORNER:

Do you know the history of dental insurance?  Here’s a little history lesson for  you (yes it’s summer and school is supposed to be out but ….)  Dental care was always on a pay-for-service basis until 1954 when California introduced the first actual dental insurance plans. Dental insurance plans became more popular and more widespread during the 1960s with Delta Dental leading the pack.  What became known as Delta Dental Plans began the concept of pre-payment. As these plans became more widely available during the 1970s, the maximum annual coverage was about $1,000.  These were self-owned dental insurance plans.  In the 1970s employer-based dental plans were introduced when labor unions such as the UAW made dental insurance cover part of collective-bargaining agreements. These plans typically covered 100 percent of preventive care, 80 percent of the cost of minor dental work such as fillings and simple extractions, and 50 percent of major work such as endodontic work.  Today, most insurance plans include an annual maximum deductible and benefits that start over at the start of each calendar year.  In the 1980s, Dental Health Maintenance Organizations (DHMO) began.  These, arguably, offered the first true dental insurance plans. The plans set no maximums and charged no deductibles. The patient received treatment at a reduced fee provided they saw a participating provider. This is still the basis of how the plans operate today. The provider refers patients to an in-network specialist as and when needed.  However, the reduced fee paid to the DMO dental office is so low that many dentists do not participate in those plans.  The Dental Preferred Provider Organization (DPPO, better known as PPO plans) grew out of the Delta type plans. By 2011, DPPO plans had about 65 percent of market share. Payment is based on fee-for-service. In-network providers agree to a reduced fee basis for treatment. When patients go out of network they incur higher costs.

For most dental insurance plans the calendar year maximum is still at $1,000.  If dental coverage had kept up with the rates of inflation, the average annual maximum would be close to $10,000. Can you even begin to imagine what that kind of coverage could do for our health Don’t spend too much time dreaming, because, sadly, it did not.

At this point in time, the Affordable Care Act requires that health plans include an offer of dental coverage for children up to age 18, although there is no requirement to accept dental coverage.

If you have dental insurance our dental team will do their best to maximize your dental insurance benefits.  At the same time, we ask that you learn about your insurance plan since they can be very different from each other.  We can have 10 patients with Blue Cross, for example, and all 10 plans can have different benefits, as negotiated by the employer.  Dental plans for retired patients can have very limited coverage which can be an awful surprise if the patient schedules for a crown and finds out later there is no coverage for dental crowns!!  And if you DON’T have dental insurance, or pay for your own with monthly premiums, ask us about our Good Neighbor Discount Loyalty Plan.  No premium, no deductible and no calendar year maximum – a great plan for patients of all ages!! 

CLINICAL CORNER:

June is Oral Health Month! This year's theme is leading by example, specifically giving parents the tools to teach kids the importance of establishing healthy habits like brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly. 

Oral health has many links to your overall health, so equipping children early with that knowledge can lead to happy, healthy smiles for generations to come!


OFFICE NEWS CORNER:    

Another short history lesson in honor of our dads: The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.  So as we celebrate our dads, whether they are still with us or not, let’s remember:  “The imprint of the father, remains forever on the life of the child.”  - Roy Lessin 

Allure Dental is excited to be part of the Papillion Business Networking Group (PBNG). This network of small businesses meets twice a month to share networking and business growth ideas and support each other for business success.  If you need a realtor, lawn guy, roofer, chiropractor, carpet cleaner, etc., call our office and we can put you in touch with a great business owner! If you own a small business located in the Sarpy County area or that provides services to customers in Sarpy County, call for information on our next meeting.  It’s nice to be able to share information with other like-minded business owners and keep up with what’s going on in the small business community of Sarpy County!!

 

By [email protected]
May 03, 2017
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PRACTICE CORNER:

Dr. Noel has alwasy been concerned that patients without dental insurance tend to not receive two dental cleanings per year and often did not receive the professional dental care they need. In an effort to provide services to those needing dental care, we are offering our Good Neighbor Loyalty Discount Plan any to persons without dental insurance. This is NOT an insurance plan and there is no enrollment fee or administrative fee associated with the plan and there is no third party involvement.  

The Plan Is Simple:

  • $250 per year, due with enrollment form, covers a single person.  Under that $250 the individual gets two (2) dental cleanings, x-rays and exam per calendar year as well as 15% off any active care that is needed (provided that the individual pay in full for the service at the time service is provided).  If the patient has been treated for periodontal disease and has periodontal maintenance three (3) or four (4) times per year, as is standard, those additional two appointments will need to be paid outside of the loyalty plan, by the patient, at the time of service.
  • $500 per year, due with enrollment form, covers the head of household, spouse or significant other and any dependent children, age 26 or under, living in the home.  Under that $500 payment, each covered member is entitled to two (2) dental cleanings, x-rays and exam per calendar year as well at 15% off any active care that is needed (provided that the service is paid in full at the time of service).  If the patient has been treated for periodontal disease and has periodontal maintenance three (3) or four (4) times per year, as is standard, those additional two appointments will need to be paid outside of the loyalty plan, by the patient, at the time of service.

 
 
CLINICAL CORNER:  

Dr. Noel went through an implant residency program and is able to place dental implants, including bone grafting. He even has a few dentists who refer to him versus an oral surgeon or periodontist.

Dental implants are by far the best tooth replacement solution available, providing a longer-lasting result. Implants help preserve the tooth-supporting bone that natural deteriorates when a tooth ist lost. Bone loss is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth. Learn more about Dental Implants and their benefits!


 
OFFICE NEWS:  

We are finishing up the last details on our move and still getting settled in, but we are already enjoying seeing patients in our new larget office. Plus, we are all AMAZED by our step count these days!

Since our move, it has been so fun to hear patients talk about coming to this building when it was Mr. Kelly's restaurant back in the day. Some have worked here, some dined here and now you visit the dentist here! Our new building is most widely known as the former Mr. Kelly's restaurant, however it has also been a business office, a church and now a dentist office! We lease 60% of the first floor. Other offices in the building include message therapists, behavior therapists, insurance agents and a mortgage broker. 

Mr. Kelly's:

Mr Kelly's was one of the first "suburban" Omaha-area restaurants.

This was the flagship dining establishment of the newly-incorporated city of La Vista, standing guard at the intersection of 84th. and Parkview Boulevard (nee' Easy Street).


What happened?

It was briefly rebranded as a branch of Dugger's, an existing steak house on Center, and eventually closed.

What's there now?

It's been offices in recent years, currently home to a mortgage broker.

By [email protected]
April 06, 2017
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OFFICE NEWS:     

Did you know that Allure Dental is moving? After 40 years in the same location, the building we’re in is being torn down, so we are on the move! But we’re not going far! We knew that our patients would want us to remain in the area so we’re moving to 7200 South 84th Street,  Suite #1, an office building.  

As we hear from patients who’ve lived in the area for many years, our new location was originally Mr. Kelly’s Restaurant back before the area was so developed. It’s been fun hearing stories from patients about how they dined at the restaurant, were members of the private club or even worked at the restaurant! We can assure you it no longer resembles a restaurant in any way!!  

We have about 60% of the main level, with the entrance on the south side of the building and parking exclusively on the south side for our dental patients. We think you will enjoy the larger office, which gives us the opportunity to better serve our patients in more comfortable surroundings. You should be able to easily see the sign on the south side of the building and the tall monument sign out front.  Our moving process begins on Thursday, April 20 and we hope to be well settled within a few days.  

We are hosting an Open House on Friday, April 28 from 4pm to 6pm... stop by and tour the office.  We’re excited about our new home and can’t wait to share it with you!  Our phone number remains the same (402-331-0828,) so please call Marsha if any questions.


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Dr. Noel never tires of learning how to improve the services he provides to you, our dental family. Over the summer of 2016, he attended some advanced training to improve the surgical process for patients with gingival (gum) recession. If you’ve ever had sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures or know someone who has, you know how uncomfortable gum recession can be. And for some patients, the gum recession causes them to be self-conscious when smiling.  

The continuing education course that Dr. Noel attended showed him different instruments to use with a tissue graft and how taking tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth can be avoided. With this new procedure, the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free treatment options for receding gums. The process and recovery is much easier for the patient.

We’re seeing great success and happy patients with the new procedure!  If you or anyone you know suffers with gum recession, have them schedule an appointment with Dr. Noel. At that appointment Dr. Noel will do an exam, chart recession depths and take oral photographs and prepare a treatment plan. There is no cost for the exam and consultation appointment, as a courtesy to our patients.

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By [email protected]
February 21, 2017
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Spring Whitening Special Offer - Dr. Burke Noel - Papillion Dentist

SPRING WHITENING SPECIAL

Dr. Burke Noel, Papillion dentist, is offering a special that includes: a limited exam, panormaic x-ray and a home whitening kit (valued at over $240) for $89. This offer will expire June 1st, 2017 so call us today to use this fantastic offer and get your smile ready for Spring!

(Exam and x-ray are necessary to access the best whitening regimen for you.)

By Tara Implant Dental
May 23, 2014
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Welcome to the Blog of Allure Dental

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Papillion, NE area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.





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