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Gum Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of your gums. It can damage the tissue and bone that support the teeth. If left untreated It can cause severe dental problems and tooth loss.

Most people don’t even realize that they have periodontal
disease until it is too late. That’s why it is important for you to visit your
dentist and dental hygienist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. At these
appointments we can check for signs and symptoms of gum disease and diagnose it
early. Some common symptoms people face are bad breath, red/inflamed gums,
bleeding and tender gums, and sensitive teeth.

The earlier we can treat the gum infection, the better chance the patient has to keep their mouth clean and healthy.

What types of periodontal disease are there?

There are two major types of periodontal disease called
gingivitis and periodontitis. The most common form that people have probably
heard of is Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. In
fact, over half of adults the united states have this form of gum disease and
don’t even realize it.  With gingivitis
there is typically not a significant amount of bone loss, and fortunately it
can be reversed. However, if left untreated gingivitis can quickly turn into
periodontitis which Is a more severe form of gum disease.

Periodontitis is an irreversible form of gum disease. The
damage to the tissue and bone has already happened, and the bone loss around
the teeth cannot grow back.  Once the gum
disease turns into periodontitis, the teeth can often become loose and
sensitive. Periodontitis can progress very quickly after it reaches this stage,
which is why it needs to be treated differently than a regular, healthy

How do I treat periodontal Disease?

Gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) can be treated with a slightly more aggressive dental cleaning than a person with a healthy mouth would receive. We may recommend that a patient with gingivitis come in for one extra dental cleaning a year until we can reverse the disease process. Gingivitis is mainly treated at home and the success rate is mainly based on the patient’s homecare.  The most important things a person should be doing at home include: brushing two times per day and flossing daily. We typically recommend an antibacterial mouth rinse for a person with gum disease, to help limit the amount of bacteria present in the mouth. With daily flossing, and brushing two times a day for two minutes, most cases of gingivitis can be reversed in a couple of weeks.

Periodontitis (The more
aggressive form of gum disease) is irreversible, but it can be maintained.
Treatment for periodontitis includes a deep cleaning called scaling and root
planning. Once the scaling and root planning is completed, we recommend that
the patient stay on a three month periodontal maintenance cleaning program. A
periodontal maintenance cleaning is a more aggressive cleaning that goes below
the gumline. Patients with a history of periodontal disease need deeper
cleanings because periodontal “pockets” have formed and bone loss has already
occurred. A pocket is the space between the tooth and gum tissue where plaque
and calculus form. While more intensive, this cleaning process is essential to
restore and maintaingum and bone health. If the bacteria is left
untreated, it can lead to inflammation, infection, tooth loss and can cause
other serious health issues.

Our main focus here at Oshkosh smiles is to help patients keep their mouths healthy and happy. Education is the first step in making our goal happen. If you have any concerns about your gum health, or think you may have gum disease, please contact our office at 920-233-6001 to schedule a consultation.

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Oshkosh Smiles Dental Insurance

Oshkosh Smiles – Dental Insurance Questions

Do you have questions about dental insurance? You are not alone.

Knowing the benefits of your dental insurance can save time and improve your overall health. By seeing your dentist regularly, you can catch dental problems before they get too serious and require more extensive and expensive procedures.

To help you on your journey toward a healthier smile, we have created a video of the most commonly asked dental insurance questions.

“My Dental Insurance is out of network. Can I still be seen at your office?”

YES! You will still have insurance coverage at our office.  Sometimes the coverage is exactly the same, or a service may be covered, but at a different percentage. For example, an in-network plan may have coverage for a service at 100%, where as an out-of-network provider may have coverage at 80 or 90%.   A lot of our patients choose to stay with us, even though their plan is “Out-of-Network”, because they know the quality of care they are getting is worth the difference!

“What is the difference between Dental and Medical Insurance?”

The biggest difference between Dental and Medical insurance is your deductible. A dental insurance deductible is typically only a $50 or $100 fee that is charged once a benefit year for any services other than preventative. Another difference between dental insurance and medical insurance is the dental maximum. The dental maximum is an allowance that is given to you each benefit year to use towards your dental services, and is a much smaller allowance than a medical maximum.  Although there are differences with dental and health insurance, sometimes we are able to utilize both plans by billing them together when certain services are performed. Some of the services that could be billed under both your medical and dental are biopsies, certain extractions, and TMJ splints. If x-rays and exams are needed due to a medical accident, we also may be able to utilize both your medical and dental benefits.

“Do I need to bring my insurance card with me to my appointments?”

It is very helpful for our office to have a copy of the patient’s insurance card. We are able to help patients best maximize and utilize their benefits each year. We are able to find out their detailed benefits faster, and also able to find out any special benefits the insured might not be aware of. For example, adults being able to have fluoride treatments covered two times per year, and more frequent cleaning appointments covered.

“How often should I come in for dental cleanings?”

A lot of patients don’t know how often to come in for their
routine dental visits, most think it is only every six months. However, some
plans have extra benefits that allow you to come in every 3 months! If a
patient is pregnant, has diabetes, periodontal disease or, or has a suppressed
immune system (which can be cause by a medical conditions or medications you
are taking) they could receive extra benefits which are “hidden” in their plan.
If a patient’s plan has this benefit, we are able to enroll them to receive
extra cleanings and sometimes fluoride treatments.

We encourage you to contact us with any dental insurance questions you may have.

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Oshkosh Smiles- Dental Payment Options

The team at Oshkosh Smiles Family Dental realizes unforeseen circumstances arise that can make it difficult to pay for dental treatments. This video outlines your dental payment options.

“What payment options do you have for your office?”

At Oshkosh smiles we value our patients and understand that
unforeseen circumstances can happen in your lives. That’s why we are willing to
work with our patients when it comes to payment and financial arrangements.

Most dental offices require payment in full the same day as
your services. Here at Oshkosh smiles we allow patients to pay their balance
within 3 months without penalty. We also understand that this may not be a long
enough payment period for some patients, which is why we also accept care
credit at our office.

“What is care credit?”

Care credit is different from a regular credit card. Care
credit is a zero-interest healthcare credit card specifically used towards your
wellness. A lot of people are “scared” by the term credit card. However, Care
credit only pulls what is considered a “soft” credit score and has little to no
effect on your score. It would be similar to you opening up a new checking
account at a bank.

 Not only is it a zero
percent interest option, but it gives you a longer period of time to pay than a
regular credit card does.  Here at our
office we can give patients 6,12 or 18 months to pay their full balance over
200 dollars without any interest charges.

“Benefits of Care Credit”

Not only can you use you care credit card at our Dental
office, but you can use it at many other businesses as well. Some examples are,
The pharmacist, Dermatologist, Vet, Chiropractor, Eye Doctor, specialists, and
for cosmetic surgery. Best of all, you can use it for every member of your

We appreciate our patients and that is why we want you to be
informed of all of your options when it comes to your dental care. Care credit
is a great option for many of the patients we treat.

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Dr Paul Leeman

Dr. Paul Leeman Joins Hanneman Dustrude Dental

Dr. Paul Leeman has joined Hanneman Dustrude Dental of Oshkosh!

“Dr. Leeman has extensive experience providing general dentistry for adults and children. I am confident he will help our patients improve their oral health and satisfaction with their smiles,” states Dr. Mike Hanneman.

Dr. Leeman is a graduate of St. Norbert College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He has experience providing oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics and restorative dentistry. Believing in the philosophy of lifelong learning, Dr. Paul has earned post graduate training in smile design, surgical techniques and jaw pain treatment.

“I look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our staff and patients families. The Hanneman Dustrude Dental team has a strong reputation in the community of Oshkosh for providing the most up-to-date, optimal and best care for their patients. I’m excited to be invited to build upon those pillars of excellence,” states Dr. Paul Leeman.

The addition of Dr. Leeman to the practice allows two of their valued dentists their well-earned retirements. Drs. Karen Dustrude and Tom Galow will be retiring this month.

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Preventing Injuries with Mouthguards

Dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities. All ages, genders, and skill levels are at risk. Studies have shown the injury risk is 1.5-2.0 times greater when not wearing a custom fitted mouthguard!

Mouthguards make sense for preventative care, but children engaged in sports are not wearing them. Research conducted by Delta Dental discovered nearly seven out of 10 American

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dental care concerns team

Dental Care Concerns? We’re Listening

Do you have dental care concerns? Has it been awhile since you visited a dentist, or do you simply need a second opinion? As one of the most established dental practices in Oshkosh, we believe experience does matter. We combine the best with the old and incorporate new tools when it improves the communication and care opportunities with our patients. That’s why we have adopted social media. We know that’s where people receive updates important to them. We use our

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AGD Fellow Dentist

Hanneman Receives AGD Fellowship Award

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD),, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public, is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Hanneman, DDS, FAGD, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin is an AGD Fellow Dentist.

The Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek

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