What dental insurances does Dr. Herman participate with?
Answer: Dr. Herman participates with many PPO insurances including Aetna, Ameritas, Assurant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bollinger, Cigna, Delta, Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Guardian, Horizon, MetLife, United Healthcare and many more. If you are unsure about your insurance, give our office a call, 732-747-4444.
Why doesn’t dental insurance cover all expenses?
Answer: Almost all dental plans are the result of a contract between your employer and an insurance company. The amount your plan pays is agreed upon by your employer with the insurer. Dental benefits should not be confused with the dental services you need, which are determined by you and Dr. Herman. Many dental plans set annual maximums, pre-existing conditions, plan limits, “not dentally necessary” treatment, least expensive alternative treatment, etc.
What is a cavity?
Answer: Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity is an infection of bacterial origin that causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues of the teeth). Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics.
What is Periodontal Disease (Gum)?
Answer: It is infections of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. If periodontal problems are not treated, they can become severe and may lead to toot loss. Periodontal diseases are often painless. You may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are damaged.
What is a crown (cap) and why do I need one?
Answer: A crown is a cover that is placed over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. You may need a crown if you:
• Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
• Have a missing tooth and need a bridge
• Need to cover a dental implant
• Have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
• Have had a root canal treatment – the crown will protect the restored tooth
• Want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth to improve your smile
What is a root canal?
Answer: The space inside the root canals is filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue of which the dentin portion of the tooth is composed. The dental pulp helps complete formation of the secondary teeth (adult teeth) one to two years after eruption into the mouth. The dental pulp also nourishes and hydrates the tooth structure, making the tooth more resilient, less brittle and less prone to fracture from chewing hard foods. Additionally, the dental pulp provides a hot and cold sensory function. Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled. When the dental pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it dies. The most common causes of pulp death are cracked tooth, a deep cavity, problems with large fillings, or serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the dental pulp.
What are dental implants?
Answer: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth. Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of natural teeth. But when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it’s good to know that there are options for restoring your smile. You may want to choose dental implants if you:
• Are self-conscious because you have missing teeth
• Wear dentures that are uncomfortable
• Are unsatisfied with your removable partial dentures
• Do not want to have intact tooth structure removed to have a fixed bridge placed