Out of Network & Out of Our Minds?

Whether you’re new to our practice or have been seeing Mike since you’ve had baby teeth, chances are you’ve heard us say, “We’re out of network.” But no matter how long we’ve known you, you may still be wondering: “What does that mean for me?”

Does that mean we’re out of your price range? Nope. Does that mean we’re out of our minds? No, we’re quite sane! It may sound scary, but believe us: We choose to stay out of network so we can serve you best. We do it out of love!

We Treat Your Individual Needs
We treat you based on what YOU need, which may sometimes vary from what an insurance company determines is appropriate. Insurance companies may decide how often people can obtain services like X-rays, cleanings, and treatments, they set the fees a dental office can charge for these services, and they can even determine which material a dentist can use in a filling!

We feel we can provide you with much better service if we together determine your optimal treatment plan, and then follow that plan to ensure you’re getting the best treatment possible.

Does it Cost More?
Does out of network mean it’s more expensive to get treatment? Not necessarily. Most of the time, out-of-network benefits have the same copays and fees as in-network benefits! Also, since we have the freedom to treat you based off of your needs, without the influence of a third party, we can take a conservative approach if that’s your preference. This could actually save you money in the long run!

We believe in having very honest relationships with you, and this is best achieved when we can make decisions about your health together without having to compromise your treatment plan.


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Squirrel Fun: How Many Teeth Do Squirrels Have?

dreamstime.squirrel blog In our tree-top roost on Farwell Avenue, squirrels are a major source of entertainment. Recently, I was startled by a squirrel running up the tree outside our lunchroom during a meeting. When I jumped, everyone at the lunch table jumped. And that led to squirrel stories.

Christina told us about how she saw a tiny squirrel scramble up a tree with half a corncob in its mouth. Tara said that her neighbor, a scuba diver who happened to carve his Halloween pumpkin underwater, had to contain his anger at a squirrel that destroyed it. One neighbor said she fretted about fast drivers endangering our neighborhood squirrels.

All this squirrel talk piqued our inquiring minds so we started thinking of some squirrelly questions: How many teeth do squirrels have? How many teeth do we have? How are squirrel teeth different from human teeth?

Squirrel lowdown

Squirrels scurry through most neighborhoods. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world except, oddly enough, Australia. The tiniest squirrel is the African pygmy squirrel and it is only five inches long from nose to tail. The Indian giant squirrel is three feet long. Five species of tree squirrels live in Wisconsin: the gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, and two species of flying squirrel.

Squirrel teeth re-grow!

Squirrels in our neighborhood eat nuts, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and other plants. They also dine on small animals, such as insects and baby birds. Tree sap is a delicacy to some species.

A tough nut or crusty bread is not an enemy of squirrel teeth like it is for us lowly humans. Squirrel teeth never stop growing. They have four front teeth that regenerate and never wear down from their constant gnawing.

We always love interesting questions – whether we are pondering about squirrels or thinking over the great questions kids ask us. We’re curious and we love tracking down the answers!


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Baby Tooth Extraction: Helpful Tips for Easy Healing

dreamstime_xs_25736624Sometimes a baby tooth needs a little help letting go and needs to be extracted to let the adult tooth come through. It’s usually a much more straightforward procedure than extracting an adult tooth because the roots are embedded in tissue and not bone. But the socket can still be tender for several days afterward. Here are some tips to help a child through the process. Note that these tips can be equally useful for adult recovery!

  • Limit hot foods for several hours until the numbness wears off
  • Keep food choices soft for the first 24 hours. Good choices are yogurt, pudding, pureed soups and, my favorite, ice cream.
  • Avoid brushing the extraction site after the procedure. Rinsing with warm salt water may help with healing and keeping the area clean.
  • Brush the other teeth. Use positive reinforcement to keep the child keep brushing, maybe even offering a small reward. Allow the child to brush the other areas of his/her mouth a little at a time if necessary.

The sensitivity from an extraction should fade within a few days. If it doesn’t, you may want to follow up with your dentist. Do the best you can to encourage your child to keep his or her mouth clean.

Author: Mike DeWan, DDS


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Crowns: When Temporary is Semi-Permanent

Woman smile. Teeth whitening. Dental care.A temporary crown used to be temporary. But sometimes a situation demands that a temporary crown performs in a semi-permanent manor. We have a solution for that! It’s a laboratory-processed resin crown with exceptional strength and life-like esthetics.

Semi-permanent performance

A typical temporary crown is designed to provide short-term protection while other work is being done. For instance, while you wait a week to receive a final gold or porcelain crown, a temporary crown protects the prepared tooth. Those types of temporaries are still fabricated every day in many dental offices.

After gum surgery or implant placement, however, or when a permanent crown or bridge is not the best solution, a temporary crown or bridge must function for a year or more to allow long-term healing. The Radica crown provides that long-term function.

Steps

A resin crown is prepared exactly like a gold or porcelain crown:

1. The tooth is shaped and an impression is made of the prepared tooth.
2. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory that fabricates the crown.
3. One week later the crown is cemented.

One more benefit

Besides its amazing strength and beauty, I like these laboratory resin crowns because they are easy to repair if decay slips into the margin or if it fractures. A porcelain or gold crown, on the other hand, needs to be completely refabricated if damage occurs. At DeWan Dental Wellness, we always take your unique situation into account to find the solution that best fits your personal needs.

Author: Mike DeWan, DDS


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Fluoride Varnish: Not Just Kid Stuff

Future doctor checking mother's denture at the dental office.You may think that fluoride treatments are just for kids. Not so! While children and teenagers are obvious candidates, adults can certainly benefit from fluoride varnish as well. We’ve recently begun offering fluoride treatment for adults, and the response has been enthusiastic!

Fluoride varnish might be for you if you have:

  • more than three restorations (fillings, crowns, etc)
  • special health care needs (medical conditions that limit self-care)
  • visible plaque
  • recession or exposed root surfaces
  • dry mouth
  • chemo/radiation therapy

Why fluoride varnish

According to the American Dental Association, fluoride varnish accomplishes three major goals:

  • It helps harden the tooth enamel coating that protects teeth from the acid produced by decay-causing bacteria for up to three months after application.
  • It reduces the ability of decay-causing bacteria to stick so it’s easier to wash away the bacteria with saliva, brushing and other dental hygiene activities.
  • It reduces tooth sensitivity.

Cost

Insurance typically does not cover adult fluoride application but we’ve tried to keep the cost as low as possible. It is $35 for a single application to all of your teeth.

What you can do

Other things you can do to strengthen your teeth:

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Ask us if prescription fluoride would work for you.
  • Use a fluoride rinse like ACT directly before bedtime so it has time to do its work.

Author: Michelle Fox


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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