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.


Slow Down with East Side Dining

This time of year is full of hustle and bustle. Slow down before or after your dental appointment and let someone else serve you. Here’s a list of our favorite restaurants on Milwaukee’s East Side within walking distance of DeWan Dental where you can stop for a cup of coffee or bite to eat.

East Side Restaurants

Asian Fusion (Chinese)
Beans and Barley
(natural foods café, deli and market)
Bee’s Cuisine (Southeast Asian)
Blooming Lotus Bakery (gourmet bakery)
Buddha Lounge (Asian / American)
Chubby’s Cheesesteak
Colectivo (coffee, sandwiches, soups)
Divino (Italian, wine bar)
FreshFin Poke (vegetarian, sushi, poke)
Good City Brewing (brewery, American)
Hooligan’s Super Bar (bar and grill)
The Hotchspot (pizza, burgers)
Insomnia Cookies
Ian’s Pizza
Izumi’s (Japanese)
Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
Kawa Ramen and Sushi
Ma Fischer’s (everything under the sun)
Mr. Senors (Mexican)
Seoul (Korean)
Simple Café (creative, locally-sourced breakfast and lunch)
Yo Factory (frozen yogurt treats)

For complete descriptions of these restaurants and dinner options check out the East Side Milwaukee website. To get more updates on what’s happening on Milwaukee’s East Side follow DeWan Dental Wellness on Facebook and Twitter!


Give Thanks Your Cousin Pete is not a Crocodile

The Thanksgiving dinner table can be a scary place. Your cousin Pete’s appetite is so voracious, he might mistake your arm for a drumstick! It turns out that Pete’s bite is nothing compared to other champion chompers of the animal kingdom, however. According to Science Focus, it would be much worse to have one of these other animals at the dinner table. Keep in mind that the average strength of a human bite is 162 pounds per square inch (psi).

Which animals bites are strongest?

  1. Nile crocodile: 5,000psi
  2. Saltwater crocodile: 3,700psi
  3. American alligator: 2,125psi
  4. Hippopotamus: 1,800psi
  5. Jaguar: 1,500psi
  6. Bull shark: 1,350psi
  7. Gorilla: 1,300psi
  8. Polar bear: 1,200psi
  9. Grizzly bear: 1,160psi
  10. Hyena: 1,100psi

While we can’t increase the strength of your bite to crocodilian proportions, we can help you achieve your best smile. Download our free e-book 10 Secrets to Dental Health for a few tips, or come talk to us in person by making an appointment today.


Behind the Scenes with Our Partners: Dr. John Darling

When you need a specialized dental health service, we enlist a team of partners to serve you. Dr. John Darling is one of those amazing partners.

Even future surgeons have to start their career path somewhere, and Dr. John Darling started his behind the counter at a candy store.

“I spent my summers in Northern Wisconsin and my first job was at Dan’s Candy Store in Minocqua,” he told us.

Maybe seeing the damage the right hard candy could inflict upon the wrong tooth inspired him. So today Dr. Darling offers a variety of oral surgery services including extractions, implant placement and bone grafting at his practice located on Silver Spring Drive just east of Port Washington Road.

“When I refer a patient to John, he or she comes back smiling,” Mike said. “John prides himself on running a patient-centered practice rather than a high-volume practice. And patients really see the difference.”

John studied all over the country. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from the Marquette University School of Dentistry. Then he completed a one-year internship at St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu, HI and a four-year oral surgery residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, MI.

When he isn’t at his office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, his two daughters and his two black labs.

If you’re experiencing any issues that feel like they go beyond your teeth, such as neck, face or jaw pain, remember that DeWan Dental Wellness has a dedicated network to help seamlessly coordinate your care. Reach out and make an appointment with our East Side Milwaukee dentists who will help you meet any dental challenge.


Fixed or Removable? Pros and Cons of Bridges and Partial Dentures

Darkening a tooth makes for a great Halloween gag. But missing a real tooth is no laughing matter. Replacing it is critical to long-term dental and overall health. So how do you decide between fixed and removable replacement options?

Advantages of a fixed bridge

One fixed option is a bridge, or a fixed partial denture, a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place — only a dentist can remove it.

Bridges are great because they:

  • look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  • don’t require removal for cleaning.
  • may cost less than implants.

Bridges are not so great because they:

  • are likely to be more expensive than removable partials
  • affect the teeth next to the bridge
  • may require extra effort to clean under the false tooth

Advantages of a removable partial

A removable partial denture features replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base (possibly covering a metal framework) that matches the color of your gums. They can be easily taken out of the mouth for cleaning and often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth.

Partial dentures are great because they:

  • are usually less expensive than fixed bridges or implants.
  • are usually easier to repair than fixed bridges.

Partial dentures are not so great because they:

  • can be less stable than other choices.
  • can break or be lost.
  • can be uncomfortable.
  • can be embarrassing to some people when they remove them at night and for cleaning.
  • may need more frequent replacement than other options.

Find out how we’ve helped people decide upon the best technique for restoring their smile by downloading our free ebook Before and After Dental Work. To meet with east side Milwaukee dentists who can help you decide between fixed and removable, make an appointment today.