Dental Technology

Paperless Charts

Paperless charts are another way of describing our computerized management system. All of your information, from treatment history and health information to digital radiographs and photographs is stored electronically and can be accessed by Dr. Scott and her team instantly. Your visits are more efficient thanks to this advancement in organization. And, it uses far less paper materials than traditional files. This also helps the environment.

Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

Digital radiographs are a technological advancement that results in far less radiation for our patients and an almost instantaneous picture for the dentist. Unlike traditional, film-based radiographs, digital radiographs can be enlarged to show more detail and can be archived in our system for future reference and comparison. You will appreciate a more comfortable visit with less waiting and quicker treatment. We are pleased to offer the NOMAD machine for our digital xrays and this link shows how the NOMAD has less radiation than ambient air!

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera lets you see inside your mouth during both treatment planning and dental procedures. Our intraoral camera displays your teeth on a video screen, allowing Dr. Scott to walk you through your proposed treatment. The use of this camera allows us to work with you as a team to meet your dental care goals. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your treatment options with you. We want you to picture how your appearance will improve with dental care, giving you all the more reason to smile.

Air Abrasion

Drills have been the traditional choice to remove tooth decay, but with Air Abrasion, decay can be removed with a powerful burst of air – no drills necessary! Wherever possible, Dr. Scott prefers to treat decay as conservatively as possible.

Air abrasion generates no heat, sound, pressure, or vibration, and leaves more of your tooth intact. Don’t let a fear of drills keep you from a necessary dental procedure. Ask us about Air Abrasion.

Auto Appointment Reminders

To better serve you, Holistic Dental Associates offers auto-appointment reminders to our patients via email, text and/or phone call.

CAD/CAM System

CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing. It is a technological breakthrough that has aided dental professionals in creating porcelain dental restorations in a matter of seconds. This computer program first goes into effect by taking 3-D images of the patient’s teeth and gums. These images allow our team to design dental restorations that are specific to each patient’s teeth and gums. Our skilled dentist then takes the information and process it into a sculpting machine that recreates the design.

CAD/CAM dentistry makes the process of making dental restorations quick in a matter of minutes. Instead of patients waiting days or weeks to get dental restorations made, patients can now restore their teeth in the same dental visit. Patients no longer have to get temporary dental restorations because of the amount of time saved by CAD/CAM dentistry. Not only does CAD/CAM dramatically decrease the waiting process, but it is proven to be more precise in shape, fit, and color.

CEREC

If you’ve previously received crowns at the dentist, you may remember the process requiring at least two dental visits over a two or three week period. CEREC™ is a technological system that allows for the fabrication of all-ceramic tooth restorations in a single visit. Many restorations require several visits to the dentist, but with CEREC’s™ system a natural-looking restoration, that has many of the properties of natural teeth, can be custom created for you in less time assuring you of a more comfortable dental experience. This precise and efficient technology saves you valuable time and gives you your dazzling smile faster than ever before. Talk to us about receiving a same day crowns.

TESTIMONIAL

“Always have a great experience with Dr. Scott and her staff, both when I’m in the office and calling in. They are very professional, nice to talk with, and have obviously spent a lot of time getting their processes and systems down. So you get great work done, by great people.”

• Richard S.

Preventive Care

When it comes to keeping your beautiful smile, and your good health for life, prevention is always the best treatment. Dr. Scott says, “Preventing is better than fixing.” Your customized treatment care will always include treatments designed to prevent issues, such as gum disease, before they start.

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HOLISTIC DENTISTRY

We treat YOU, the individual, as a whole person – not you, the filling on tooth #3. Your oral health is tied to the rest of your body’s health, so we promise to NOT just see your teeth.

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Oral DNA Test

Did you know that nearly 75% of Americans over the age of 35 are suffering from some form of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease not only causes dental issues such as bad breath and tooth loss, they also have a direct connection to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer.

The good news is Holistic Dental Associates can help! With a simple swab of your cheek we can find out the details of the oral bacteria in your mouth. We are then able to quickly and precisely diagnose and treat your gum disease!

Good oral health is vital to your overall health. Don’t wait! Ask us about how you can help prevent periodontal disease and potentially life threatening health issues in the future.

Electronic Claims

The following is a list of reasons why your insurance claims should be filed electronically:

1. Speeds Up Your Payment Time.

By passing the normal mail route, you can expect claims to be adjudicated within 24 hours.  On the average, there may be also an overall reduction in the payment cycle of 7-14 days with a 98% claim acceptance rate.  At a recent national electronic transactions conference, it was suggested that if dentists continue to send paper claims, payment time may be delayed.  The checks may be bundled together and paid quarterly in an effort to honor those claims submitted electronically in 10-14 days.

2. Reduces Paperwork Time and Errors.

Many human errors that normally occur if claims are completed manually are eliminated.  Errors on the carrier’s end are equally reduced because data entry in no longer necessary.

3. Lowers Claims Processing Costs.

The estimated cost per claim is approximately $4-$6 each if processed manually.  This cost includes postage, stationary, labor and accounts receivable time.  Filing the same claim electronically would cost .50 cents each.

4. Increases Cash Flow.

The Explanation of Benefits (EOB) and the check will be sent to your office as usual, but on a more timely basis.  An increased cash flow means more money to purchase equipment, hire employees, pay bills and pay them on time, etc.

5. Process Most of Your Claims.

All of your claims can be sent electronically to the clearinghouse who will then pass on your claim to commercial and third-party payers.  Both electronic and paper claims may be sent through the clearinghouse.

6. Fewer Radiograph Submission With Claims.

Many payers have a “no-x-ray” policy that enables them to accept a majority of their claims electronically.  It is estimated that approximately 24 restorative and 17 prosthodontic codes will require radiographs, although only 5% of all dental claims need x-rays.  If this is the case, the carrier will notify the doctor via a “request for additional information” report.

7. Frees Up Time Of Front Office Staff.

Employees can devote more time to patient care, scheduling and marketing or your dental practice.

8. Claims Cannot Be “Lost” By the Insurance Carrier.

Once the electronic claim reaches the carrier’s computer, it is virtually impossible to lose.  If a paper claim reaches the office, it can be lost in the shuffle.  The claim entering the company’s electronic files will be adjudicated above all incoming paper claims.

9. Checks and Balances Made for Data Integrity.

Edit validations are performed on each claim and confirmation reports are provided.  Notification is given within 24 hours if the claim has been rejected.  All claims that are sent to the insurance companies are “clean” claims.

10. Confidentiality Of All Claims.

No data is provided to carriers other than what is required to process the claim.  Be assured that all data will remain confidential.

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