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Has anyone ever heard of dr. Donosaur dental medicaid insurance. Will they cover braces? Will they cover orthodontics like braces?

Has anyone ever heard of dr. Donosaur dental medicaid insurance. Will they cover braces? Will they cover orthodontics like braces?

Mostly no: Medicaid does cover orthodontics in some states in our country. Therefore, ask your orthodontist. Medicaid also administers payment to providers for exception patients with craniofacial deformities such as oral clefts, etc. And even in rare cases of extremes of "normal". Eligibility is attained by attending by referral an oral cleft craniofacial anomaly team. ...Read more

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Can we rent a wheelchair or walker reimbursed on medicaid?

Can we rent a wheelchair or walker reimbursed on medicaid?

Maybe: It depends on the reason you need a wheelchair or walker as well as specifics related to the state you have medicaid coverage in. ...Read more

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How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

I am sure recorded: I am sure that the measurements are being recorded, either manually, on computer or there are some programs where the instrument doing the measuring senses the reading and records. Need to have a record to compare on subsequent visits and protocol. ...Read more

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Dreading that tomorrow I'll have a subepithelial gum graft procedure to cover 1 recessed tooth (4mm). Thinking of cancelling appn't. Advice?

Dreading that tomorrow I'll have a subepithelial gum graft procedure to cover 1 recessed tooth (4mm). Thinking of cancelling appn't. Advice?

Don't cancel.: I know a surgical procedure can be frightening. The graft you described is really a pretty easy procedure. I have had it done myself and it was very easy with not pain. Trust your doctor and he will take care of you. Be sure to get all your questions answered by him before hand. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anyone recommend a dentist in Paulding County, GA that will remove wisdom teeth on a payment plan or sliding scale? Desperate.

Can anyone recommend a dentist in Paulding County, GA that will remove wisdom teeth on a payment plan or sliding scale? Desperate.

Dental Society: Please contact your local dental society. They will be of more help since they have information specific to the area. ...Read more

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Relapse, will invisalign or a removable appliance move my teeth back? Pics w/ phone - webcam http://tinypic.Com/r/ppp9j/6 http://tinypic.Com/r/ddj

Not diagnostic: Your picture indicates upper and lower anterior crowding. What is not discernible is the amount of bone support. Straightening teeth with inadequate bone support is doomed to failure. Fixed appliances may be necessary. With your history once a solution is found, aggressive post-correction retention will be mandatory. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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Will medicare cover a chipped tooth?

Will medicare cover a chipped tooth?

Probably not: It will not cover routine dental services unless it is in the hospital or related to a systemic disease like cancer. ...Read more

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Has anybody had surgery to remove a carpal boss (bony overgrowth)?

Has anybody had surgery to remove a carpal boss (bony overgrowth)?

I have done this: Carpal bosses are bony overgrowth at the junction of the metacarpals and wrist bones and are usually associate with osteoarthritis of the underlying joints. They have a tendency to recur after removal unless the underlying arthritis is treated. ...Read more

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Cohesive implants 280cc with lift , 7 week post op fearing displacement?

Cohesive implants 280cc with lift , 7 week post op fearing displacement?

Post Op Care: Surgeons are always on the look out for complications following surgery. You would have been given specific instructions after surgery on what to watch for and how to contact your surgeon should a complication arise. Given your worry it is time to sign off of the internet and to contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is caring a portable wifi router in my pocket harmful?

Prob not?: Uses same frequencies as cordless phones. The strength of signal drops off rapidly the further away you get from the source. No conclusive evidence that it is harmful. But wifi router not usually carried on your person. ...Read more

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Are kids with their own chip insurance policies having trouble getting regular insurance later?

Are kids with their own chip insurance policies having trouble getting regular insurance later?

No difference: Chip functions a lot like medicaid for kids, and should not affect a child's eligibility for other health insurance later in life. Bigger issue for future insurablilty is exclusion for "pre-existing conditions, " something which president obama's health care plan addressed and will be fixed for all by 2014 if the health care bill is not overturned. ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass 12 yrsago. Lost 130#. Gains about 95 back. Would weight watchers work for me. . Can't afford a revision.?

Had gastric bypass 12 yrsago. Lost 130#. Gains about 95  back.  Would weight watchers work for me. .  Can't afford a revision.?

Absolutely : Yes weight watchers, jenny craig or any of the other weight loss programs would work. It would certainly help if you worked closely with a nutritionist and a trainer at te gym. You proved to yourself already that when you had the right tool and you used it, you lost weight. You simply need to use a new tool to help yourself in the right direction. Good luck. ...Read more

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Has anyone considered a direct-pay model (not necessarily concierge) but just cash instead of accepting insurance?

Has anyone considered a direct-pay model (not necessarily concierge) but just cash instead of accepting insurance?

Direct pay: I have a hybrid practice, with part of it concierge and part of it direct pay/cash. I take no insurance. It sure beats dealing with insurance! ...Read more

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A 5yr old have erupting perm mand molar. But the gum behind E is overgrown &pocketed on E-dista aspect. Would brushing&irrig or Surg remov flap?

A 5yr old have erupting perm mand molar. But the gum behind E is overgrown &pocketed on  E-dista aspect. Would brushing&irrig or Surg remov flap?

What did dentist say: You need someone to look in there and see what things actually look like. Many times conservative treatment with good oral care will alleviate the edema and swelling as tooth eruption finishes. In some extreme cases, surgery may be needed, but these are few and far between in this young age group. Try conservative management first, can always then still opt for surgery ...Read more

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Tooth 14 rock solid in jaw. No pain. Deep sulcus with fistula. Periodontist will extract. Guesses if tooth abscess. Says lesion. Savable?

Tooth 14 rock solid in jaw. No pain. Deep sulcus with fistula. Periodontist will extract. Guesses if tooth abscess. Says lesion. Savable?

See an endodontist: for evaluation. Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals and saving teeth. No matter how effective dental implants are, and they can be very effective, generally nothing is as good as a natural tooth. ...Read more

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Will surgical steel piercing show on a dental xray?

Will surgical steel piercing show on a dental xray?

Of course: Yes, it will show and may interfere with the image. You will be advised to remove it before the x-ray is taken. ...Read more

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Anytime I have flap surgery = extraction. Maybe, the periodontist missed pocket depths. Cleaning/exam every 3 months and do not neglect. Comments?

Anytime I have flap surgery =  extraction. Maybe, the periodontist missed pocket depths. Cleaning/exam every 3 months and do not neglect. Comments?

Expected vs actual: Just as sometimes a person requires exploratory abdominal surgery to be able to actually visualize what cannot be seen, even with sophisticated diagnostic tools, so too, when a periodontist can visualize bone topography, it may change what we "expected" to see vs. What is actually present. It sounds like your periodontist is doing his\her best. Don't be discouraged. ...Read more

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Has anyone had cosmetic nose surgery leave them with eagle beak deformity? Why?

Has anyone had cosmetic nose surgery leave them with eagle beak deformity? Why?

Pollybeak : Pollybeak deformity happens when either scar tissue forms above the tip and under the skin, or when not enough of the dorsum is removed at the original surgery. This problem is repairable with revision rhinoplasty. ...Read more

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Problems with teeth, requires surgery. Will health insurance pay?

Problems with teeth, requires surgery. Will health insurance pay?

No: Most health insurance does not cover dental procedures. If you have separate dental insurance, it is likely covered to a certain degree. Read your policy, check your insurance's website, call your insurance company, or check with the oral surgeon's office for more information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Carrying a spartphone in front pocket safe?

Smartphone: No scientific evidence as to hazards of that, that i know of. ...Read more

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What causes fat pockets in the body?

Fat pockets: Are areas where adipose tissue is stored. ...Read more

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What causes fat pockets on your back?

This is one: storage area for adipose tissue. Fat can be stored in many areas. ...Read more

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Feel like phone is ringing in my pocket but their isn't a phone on me. What is that ?

You are not alone: The phenomenon , called Phantom phone ringing, is a sensation felt by many of phone ringing in their pocket without a phone or when it is not ringing. It requires no special treatment as you get used to this innocuous sensation once in a while. ...Read more

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What to do about gum pockets?

What to do about gum pockets?

See Specialist: See the Periodontist - the specialist in gum tissue treatment. Get a complete exam and diagnosis and discuss your condition and options for treatment. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Carrying a spartphone in front pocket safe?

Smartphone: No scientific evidence as to hazards of that, that i know of. ...Read more

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Is caring a portable wifi router in my pocket harmful?

Prob not?: Uses same frequencies as cordless phones. The strength of signal drops off rapidly the further away you get from the source. No conclusive evidence that it is harmful. But wifi router not usually carried on your person. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for an out-of-pocket venogram?

What is the typical cost for an out-of-pocket venogram?

Variable: Rarely done these days. Outpatient Doppler venous duplex exams are non- invasive, highly accurate and economical. Call the Vascular lab at your hospital or vascular surgeons office and ask. Usually covered if proper indications to have it done. Pain, swelling, prior clots, varicosities etc. If ultrasound and d-dimer are negative the liklihood of DVT is very low. ...Read more

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Can keeping cell phone in trouser pocket make a man impotent?

Can keeping cell phone in trouser pocket make a man impotent?

NO: There is not a concrete scientific prove for this concept yet. ...Read more

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How can periodontal pockets decrease if the damage is permanent ?

How can periodontal pockets decrease if the damage is permanent ?

Bone loss..: .. Is permanent. The level of the bone will not grow back, so that damage is permanent. The gum tissue, through treatment (surgical and non-surgical) can recontour, decreasing pocket depth. ...Read more

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Why does it feel like I have a ball in my back pocket when i sit?

Why does it feel like I have a ball in my back pocket when i sit?

Abscess: You may be sitting on an abscess or infection of some type. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between real periodontal pockets from false ones?

What is the difference between real periodontal pockets from false ones?

Bone loss: "real" pockets are due to bone loss and subsequent loss of the attachment complex on the root surface. Pseudopockets are caused by hyperinflammed gum tissue, the is swollen and bleeds but no bone loss is involved. Psuedopockets can be just a tender to clean as "real ones" and may require local anesthesia for a thorough cleaning. ...Read more

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My dr diagnosed me with diverticulitis without pockets. What does that mean?

My dr diagnosed me with diverticulitis without pockets. What does that mean?

Not sure: as diverticulitis requires you to have diverticulosis or the "pockets". IF you do not have diverticulosis you can not have diverticulitis. Perhaps you should clarify with your doctor as you may have misunderstood, or get another opinion. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dr diagnosed me with diverticulitis without pockets?

What do you suggest if my dr diagnosed me with diverticulitis without pockets?

Not sure exactly: What you mean by pockets. If you mean diverticulae, as diverticulitis cannot occur without diverticula(outpouchings). If you mean an abscess, not all cases of diverticulitis lead to an associated abscess. ...Read more

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Can you explain how do periodontal pockets decrease if the damage is permanent ?

Can you explain how do periodontal pockets decrease if the damage is permanent ?

Get it treated : You are correct periodontal disease will not correct itself you should see a periodontist who will rebuild the lost bone after removing all the infection your pockets will be eliminated and they will teach you how to properly take care of your gums so the problem doesn't recur. ...Read more

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Bcuz I got a leseracrion from a pocket knife while cutting patotes dp I have a higher chance of getting tetnus?

Bcuz I got a leseracrion from a pocket knife while cutting patotes dp I have a higher chance of getting tetnus?

Only if dirty: potatoes or the knife had been used outside and not cleaned before using. If all were clean and you washed the cut you are probably fine. But get a booster when you can for the next time you cut yourself. ...Read more

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Next week, I have my periodontal cleaning and am very apprehensive about having any deep pockets. Any advice for this?

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Next week, I have my periodontal  cleaning  and am very apprehensive about having any deep pockets. Any advice for this?

Good hygiene: Preventing deep pockets usually entails good and consistent oral hygiene care at home. Follow the advise given by your dentist and hygienist. It is important to keep your appointments with the dentist and hygienist. Once periodontal pockets have developed, deep scaling and surgery may be necessary. Maintaining and developing good hygiene habit is your best defense against developing deep pockets ...Read more

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I don't have insurance but I have a large lypoma on my back i would like to have removed. Paying out of pocket, about how much would it cost?

Depends.: On size, location, and each doctor's individual fee schedule. Find a few doctors who do not charge a consultation fee and see what the cost estimates are for surgical removal. A general surgeon or plastic surgeon would be the best at this. Cost are more in california than in the upper midwest. I'd guess about $1000 but without an exam impossible to say. ...Read more

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Does insurance usually cover prosthetics? Does insurance usually cover the cost of prosthetics, or will I have to pay for it out of pocket? .

Does insurance usually cover prosthetics? Does insurance usually cover the cost of prosthetics, or will I have to pay for it out of pocket?

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Yes, but: Even when insurance covers the cost of a prosthesis there is often a cost to the person receiving the device. Most commonly the person receiving the device is responsible for about 20% of the cost but again this varies depending on the insurance. ...Read more