advanced dental care of ridgefield

Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Hongsok Hwang, D.D.S., F.I.C.O.I.

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Does insurance cover implants?

More and more insurance plans are covering implant related procedures. The benefits can range from 40% to 80%. There is extreme variability in what and how much is covered. The best way to know is to submit for an Estimation of Benefits (EOB). We can submit the EOB for you. The process usually takes a few weeks.

Does insurance cover veneers?

Unfortunately the majority of insurance plans do not cover veneers. However we can help you finance the cost of veneers through Care Credit

What are Veneers?

A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth's surface from damage. 

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What is a dental Implant?

A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support a crown, bridge or denture.

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Do you accept Insurance?

We take most forms of dental insurance and encourage you to call our office so we can answer your insurance questions. We are a participating provider with the following insurance plans - Aetna PPO, MetLife PDP and Delta Dental PPO. We do not accept Medicaid or any DMO (dental managed care) plans. 

Do I have gum disease?

Gum disease affects the bone, periodontal ligament, cementum and gums. The most common cause is plaque-induced inflammation.  Plaque harbors millions of bacteria, leucocytes, protozoa and fungi. Bacteria are naturally always present in the oral cavity. However, when plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it causes foul odors common in a person with gum disease. Plaque hardens and calcifies and is then referred to as tartar, or calculus. Once the calculus builds up around the teeth, it causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets which allow food and debris to accumulate even more.  The teeth will eventually become loose.

The bacteria living in plaque can enter the bloodstream.  Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks in those who have gum disease.  It is recommended that a dental prophylaxis and thorough examination of the mouth be done every six months, preventing plaque buildup on teeth.