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How to Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

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Dental anxiety is extremely common with the majority of adults experiencing some level of apprehension about going to the dentist. However, for others, dental anxiety is serious enough that it impacts their ability to seek out care. According to Peter Milgrom, director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, for about 20% of people, the anxiety is enough that they only get care when it’s absolutely necessary, meaning they skip important routine check-ups and cleanings. For between 5% and 8% of Americans, their severe fear qualifies as a true dental phobia and they avoid dentists altogether to the detriment of their oral and overall health. To avoid letting the anxiety take over, here are some ways to manage a fear of the dentist:

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Is Dental Floss Toxic?

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In light of a recent study published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, our Naperville cosmetic dentists, general dentists and specialists have been asked by a number of patients, is dental floss toxic? Well, according to the American Dental Association, the concern is unwarranted and we have to agree. The study in question wasn’t actually a flossing study but one that involved a small sample of women and their self-reported use of a wide variety of consumer products and foods. The buzz is due to the fact that some of the women with higher levels of one type of PFAS in their blood stream (PFAS are a broad class of man-made chemicals found in everything from non-stick cookware to stain-resistant carpets) used a certain type of dental floss. The media coverage of the study has given the impression that dental floss is toxic when, in reality, even the study’s authors noted more research is needed and that Glide Floss and similar products aren’t necessarily the underlying cause. Read More

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What is a Dental Bridge and How Can it Restore Your Smile?

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Missing teeth can significantly impact your quality of life by interfering with chewing and speaking, as well as making you feel extremely self conscious. Not only that, when you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift to fill in the gap, which creates issues with your occlusion, or bite, and can lead to things like gum disease. It’s important to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, and one of the ways our Naperville dentists do that is with a dental device known as a dental bridge. Read More

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Are Dental Implants Safe?

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Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth and for good reason. They’re permanent, stable and look and function just like your natural teeth. There isn’t a better way to restore your smile. But are dental implants safe? Well, as with any procedure, there are risks involved with dental implant surgery and these risks can lead to implant failure. That is why it’s essential to see an experienced doctor like our Naperville prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca. When you work with a skilled dental implant specialist, dental implants are safe and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Here’s what you need to know about dental implant safety and the steps we take at Naperville Dental Specialists to ensure the procedure is a success.
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Innovative Dental Partners Receives a Best of Naperville Award for the 10th Consecutive Year!

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Naperville Magazine, a sister publication of Chicago Magazine, announced that readers voted us the “Best Dentist” in Naperville for the 10th year in a row! The team here at Innovative Dental Partners, known as Naperville Dental Specialists, Innovative Pediatric Dentistry and Innovative Orthodontic Centers, is so honored to be recognized by the community!

The magazine recognizes the leaders from Naperville’s community in 40 different categories every year, ranging from “Best Sushi” to, our favorite, “Best Dentist.” Best of Naperville winners are chosen based on votes from readers. That makes it all the more special because it shows that we have the most awesome patients who were willing to cast their ballots for us! Read More

Can I Get Charged with Slander for Leaving Bad Clear Choice Reviews?

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I had a truly horrific experience with dental implants and have been leaving bad Clear Choice reviews on a number of sites. I’d rather not get into the specifics of it here because my story is quite unique and this question might be traced back to me. That said, I received a phone call the other day and was told I needed to take down my posts- that they were illegal and I would get sued for slander if I left them up. I’m furious that they would low, but I’m also afraid that I could be in real trouble over this. It’s not so much that I think they have a case. They don’t. As far as I can tell, it’s within my rights to say whatever I want to say in my Clear Choice reviews, as long as I don’t misrepresent myself or lie. The problem is, they’re a huge company with deep pockets and I cannot afford to fight them if they come after me. However, the threats, on top of the experience I had in the office, have strengthened my resolve to spread the word. Am I in the right here or should I pull my posts to avoid a legal issue?

Thank you, Anonymous

 

Dear Anonymous,

If you have a legal question, it’s always best to talk to a lawyer. A legal professional will have the most current info and will gather the details necessary to provide you with an accurate assessment of your situation.

First, it’s odd that they would call you. Particularly with large companies, the first contact you would have is a formal letter from their lawyer. A small business might slip and give you a verbal warning, but a large company isn’t likely to do this. This is a red flag, which could mean that you might not have been speaking with someone who represents that company. If you have a record of the phone number from the call, cross reference it to make sure it’s really from Clear Choice. If it is someone from the practice, you can also check to see if it’s even someone in a place of authority to make a legal call. Likely, the person you spoke with either has no authority or was not affiliated with the company.

Secondly, this kind of lawsuit would be called a defamation of character suit or libel because it involves written words. If you had spoken the words, it would be a slander case. If you used that word, it isn’t an issue, but if the caller that word, it’s a sign they probably don’t understand the law.

Lastly, if you’re relaying the truth and giving your personal opinion, you’re typically not liable. However, you have to watch your word choice. There’s a chance a lawsuit might stick if you said, “These people are criminals,” and they haven’t been found guilty of any crime. However, if you can actually prove each person you reference has a criminal record, then you could write that. You probably couldn’t legally say, “They stole my money,” if you made a down payment and signed an agreement and their actions were part of the agreement you made, although there are some circumstances in which you could make that claim.

Again, you should definitely speak with an attorney if you’re concerned. You can also read the full Consumer Review Fairness Act for further details.

 

This blog is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca, a prosthodontist who provides general dentistry services for the whole family as well as expert dental implant care. Patients who are dissatisfied with Chicago Clear Choice reviews or who would like a second opinion on dental implants may call 630-848-2010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. LaVacca.

Should I Get a Clear Choice Second Opinion Before Signing the Contract?

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I’m wondering if I should get a second opinion on a Clear Choice treatment plan I was given. I’m expecting a relatively large tax refund this year, which I plan to spend on dental care. I really struggle to save throughout the year and getting this lump sum makes it possible for me to get everything out of the way all at once. Unlike others who write about getting Clear Choice second opinions, I haven’t necessarily had a bad experience with them. They recommended I get the All-on-4 dental implant procedure done, which is what I wanted anyway, and I was already familiar with the costs, so it seems fairly straightforward.

I’m still apprehensive about officially signing up to have the work done. I don’t know if it has to do with the place or the amount of money I’m spending. I’m considering scheduling a consult with another dentist to at least verify what Clear Choice told me. At the same time, I’m wondering if that’s really fair to the second dentist, particularly if I’m already mostly sold on Clear Choice. I don’t want to offend anyone or waste their time, but I would like to go be confident about my decision. Is it ok for me to see another dentist although I probably won’t retain his services? How do I explain it to him in a way he won’t find offensive?

Thanks for your time. TM.

TM,

It’s wise to consult with a dentist who provides Clear Choice second opinions—not necessarily because Clear Choice isn’t trustworthy—but because you’re making a major investment and are having second thoughts. When people receive All-on-4, they’re usually looking at a treatment plan of $10,000 or more. You wouldn’t buy a new car without reviewing all your options and doing comparisons. You probably wouldn’t purchase a home appliance or furniture without doing some research, and none of those things are as personal or sensitive as medical or dental care.

A Clear Choice Second Opinion Will Help You Make an Informed Decision

You are not doubting what Clear Choice has recommended, nor are you questioning the treatment plan you were given. You just want to know if you’re making a good decision. Most dentists are glad to consult and confirm a recommendation because it means you trust them. Although they would prefer that you choose them for the treatment, they also understand a patient’s need to make educated and informed decisions. If you can take your x-rays and treatment plan in with you, it will be easier for the dentist to efficiently provide a second opinion on the Clear Choice recommendation.

 

This blog is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca, a Naperville, IL dentist. Dr. LaVacca offers reliable Chicago Clear Choice second opinions and comprehensive family dentistry services.

 

Clear Choice Second Opinions: How Much to Tell the Next Dentist?

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I’ve decided to get 2 Clear Choice second opinions. I’m considering having the all-on-4 procedure done and I want to be sure I’m doing the right thing without paying significantly more than I should. All-on-4 requires removing 2 healthy teeth, but the doctor says I’ll probably lose them in the next few years anyway. I don’t know if that’s true or not, nor whether they would be removed prematurely. My questions are: 1) When should I get the Clear Choice second opinions? 2) Is it okay to tell the other dentists I went to Clear Choice? 3) Will I need new x-rays, or can I take mine with me? But doesn’t that tell the other dentists I went to Clear Choice? Many thanks. Patrick

Patrick,

Your questions are good. Normally, when you’re getting a Clear Choice second opinion, the dentist can make an educated guess about what was previously recommended. Clear Choice tends to recommend certain treatment, including All-On-4. Based on your oral health and the number of your remaining health, any dentist who is familiar with the company will likely know what was recommended.

Things to Consider Before Your Clear Choice Second Opinion

Before your second-opinion appointments, consider the factors below to determine what you will say to each dentist and how much information you will provide.

  • Tooth extraction – If you’re questioning whether teeth need to be extracted or not, you may get unbiased feedback by not repeating what a dentist recommended. This is especially true in smaller towns, where one dentist may not want to conflict with another dentist’s recommendation.
  • Treatment plan – If you’re getting the Clear Choice second opinion to confirm whether or not the treatment plan you were given is reasonable, you probably want to bring a copy of the treatment plan with you.
  • Treatment options – If you would like to know your options, it will be beneficial to provide at least some limited information. You can let the dentist know you’ve had consultations, but want to hear his or her recommendations for dental implants. There are always numerous treatment options to explore. In addressing it this way, you’ll likely hear about other solutions in an unbiased way.
  • X-rays – Today’s x-rays are digital and your exposure is low. Some liken it to the equivalent of a day in the sun. It should be safe to retake x-rays. But easiest option is to get copies to take with you, especially if you don’t want the consulting dentists to know you have been to Clear Choice.

This post is sponsored by Naperville American board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Sharing a Clear Choice Review for My Wife

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I’m writing in today to talk about what happened to my wife. We have been very cautious about her dental treatment, even reading Clear Choice reviews beforehand to make sure we weren’t taking unnecessary risks.

My wife has had more than her fair share of dental problems. I’m not going to get into specific details, but suffice it to say she is missing about half the teeth in her upper jaw, and several of the remaining ones aren’t doing so well.

We knew that it wasn’t going to be cheap based on the Clear Choice reviews we’ve read, but we had prepared for that, and were okay with it as long as the quality of the work was good. My wife was understandably anxious about the consultation, but the lady on the phone explained what to expect, and all seemed well.

Fast forward to the day of the appointment. As soon as the dentist came in, he started pushing her to get some kind of denture instead of just replacing the missing teeth. Now, I understand that I’m not a dentist, and maybe I don’t understand everything that’s going on here, but he wanted to pull all her remaining teeth. That just seems wrong to us. We thought he’d suggest some dental implants, or maybe a mixture of dental implants, bridges, and/ or a partial denture. And, he did say these were possible options, but every time we brought them up, he talked about why she should pull her remaining teeth. His argument: She’s going to lose them anyway.

I probably don’t have to explain this, but that was very upsetting for my wife to hear. He was talking about her like she wasn’t even a person, like she was some hopeless case, incapable of caring for her remaining teeth. She cried in the room, on the way home, and for most of the night.

She and I talked it over and we agreed we need to go someplace else that would work with her requests, without the judgments and pushback. But here’s the thing. We’re now on a contact list where they call us all the time and send us letters about getting treatment done. I’ve told them we’re not interested, but we still get calls and letters. At this point, it feels like harassment.

I knew based on the Clear Choice reviews we saw, that they were known for having pushier sales tactics, and I was prepared for that. I can hold my own. But, nothing prepared us for the way they made my wife feel or for the incessant calls after. We haven’t found a new dentist yet, but we wanted to share this experience and also ask if there is a specific chain or office that’s recommended.

Thank you,

Richard

 

Dear Richard,

We’re sorry to hear you and your wife had such a tough time. As far as finding a new practice goes, you may do better to start by getting referrals from people you know and trust. We don’t know your location, so it’s difficult to direct you to specific implant dentists. You can also check online reviews. You may receive more personalized care when you work with a single doctor rather than a chain that’s known for providing a specific type of service.

Next Steps After Disappointment with Clear Choice

We suggest that you schedule appointments for consultations with a few dentists who have several of the following qualifications:

  • Advanced training in implant dentistry
  • Board certification
  • At least ten years of experience in implantology
  • Credentials from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists or the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

A skilled dentist will conduct a thorough examination and let you and your wife know her options.

This post is sponsored by American Board certified prosthodontist and Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

How many Clear Choice Second Opinions do I need?

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I have a question about Chicago Clear Choice second opinions. I’m looking into getting the All-on-4 procedure for my top teeth, so I went to Clear Choice as my first option because they seem to have it down to a science. But, while I was there, I really felt like I was getting pushed into it. I already had a good idea of what I wanted, and that’s why I went there in the first place, but then they started pushing me to schedule the procedure. They told me that I needed to do it right away, and they tried to get me to leave a deposit. I understand that they’re a business, but they made me feel like it wasn’t about me anymore. They knew I wanted the procedure, so they were pushing to collect the cash right away. The experience discouraged me from getting All-on-4 done altogether. I went ahead and scheduled a second consultation with a different office. This one was recommended to me and it is a very small office. I think there is only one dentist and maybe two or three girls who work for him. In any case, he nodded along as I told my story, and then had his assistant draw up the paperwork. He barely even took the time to look in my mouth. Again, it was like it was all business.

So, now I’m wondering if I should go in for a third consultation somewhere else, or if it will even matter. Both these places offered roughly the same process and had similar quotes, so cost isn’t a huge factor. I suspect a third office will be more of the same. But, I also cannot say I’m really comfortable with either of these dentists, let alone looking forward to treatment from them. Should I go in for another consultation or choose one of the providers I’ve already seen and get it over with? Thanks, Dawn

Dawn,

You should get as many Clear Choice second opinions as it takes to make you comfortable. It doesn’t sound like you have dental anxiety or anything that might cloud your decision. The offices you went to are so focused on business that you didn’t feel like they cared about you personally. Here’s what we suggest:

Tips for Getting Clear Choice Second Opinions

Don’t tell the dentist more than he or she needs to know. In other words, don’t tell the dentist what type of dental implants you want or what the other dentists have suggested. This way, he or she will be more likely to discuss all the options with you and spend more time with you as well.

Check the dentist’s credentials first. Although you should give the dentist limited information, you should be well informed. Read his or her reviews and check out before and after photos on the website. It will help you understand the type of service provided before you even enter the office.

Ask questions. If you’re unsure about a process or why something is best, ask the dentist about the pros and cons of the treatment.

Compare apples to apples. The third dentist may propose something totally different because he or she isn’t clouded by the idea that you want All-on-4s. Also, the third dentist isn’t just confirming another dentist’s diagnosis and giving you a price. For this reason, you may not be able to compare the treatment plans exactly. If they don’t match up, wait until the end and ask for a comparison of the two. That way, you can see how the information you are given relates to what previous dentists said.

Understand the time involved. Any kind of implant dentistry can result in treatment that lasts a year or more. If you aren’t sure the dentist has your best interests at heart, it’s going to be a long year full of self-doubt. Be sure you’re selecting someone you genuinely trust and feel at ease with.

This blog is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca, a Chicago Clear Choice second opinions provider.