Boyles Dental

Before you buy dental insurance, read this!

Having insurance always seems like a good idea, especially when it comes to your health. No one likes to be stuck with a large bill for an unexpected emergency. Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans aren’t anything like the medical insurance plans we are accustomed to.

With health insurance, you pay your deductible, and then a significantly smaller portion of the remainder of the bill. Dental insurance coverage is the opposite. You receive a certain amount of coverage, and after that, you’re responsible to pay the balance of the bill.

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While dental insurance typically covers most preventive dental care (which costs about as much as your premiums) it may cover very little actual dental work, which is most likely the reason you bought the plan in the first place – for help with major, more expensive procedures. And did you know that the majority of caps on payouts for dental insurance haven’t changed since the 1970s? That means most consumers have to pay out of pocket, or wait until the following year, for procedures such as root canals or crowns, which cost more than twice what they did when Nixon was in office! Not to mention complicated exclusions, deductibles, and dealing with insurance call centers!

It’s hard to believe that companies are even calling what they are offering “insurance”. In essence, the majority of dental plans are really a form of prepayment, with narrowly defined benefits, where it’s difficult to recoup the cost of your premiums.

As a consumer, you do have an alternative to high priced and complicated dental insurance plans with little benefits and a poor return on your investment. You don’t have to gamble on how much dental care you might need, or delay necessary treatment due to plan restrictions.

edit-d70_1694-2At Boyles Dental, we are now offering Patient Savings Plans for adults and children. Our Patient Savings Plans offer a better alternative to dental insurance for the entire family. For a one time minimal annual enrollment fee, you can receive professional, comprehensive dental care, without the insurance hassle or cost! This means NO deductibles, NO waiting periods, and NO annual maximums. In addition, our plans are HSA and FSA friendly.

For about $29 per month, an Adult Patient Savings Plan with Boyles Dental covers 100% of routine preventive care, which includes adult cleanings, periodic doctor exams, a comprehensive exam for new patients, and x-rays. Members also receive 15% off ALL treatments and services, including fillings, crowns and bridges, implants, root canals, extractions, dentures, partials, cosmetic services, sedation, mouth guards, periodontal therapy, emergency exams, and more! Our Child Patient Savings Plan, for children ages 14 and under, costs approximately $20 per month and covers cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and x-rays at 100%, with 15% off all treatments and services as well.

Savings plan membership fees are paid in full once per year with membership running for 12 consecutive months. Please contact our office at 919-847-0150 for the full list of treatments and services included in the plan membership as well as pricing, terms and limitations. We are happy to sit down with any of our patients to  review how our plan compares to dental insurance to ensure you are making the right decision for yourself and your family.

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The Latest in Dental Imaging Technology, Now Available at Boyles Dental!

If you’ve been to our office lately, you have probably noticed a brand new, and very large, machine now occupying its own room at Boyles Dental. We have recently added a Planmeca ProMax to our practice, used for taking digital panoramic x-rays and 3D images.

Part of our mission at Boyles Dental is to offer our patients the latest in modern technology that adds value, not unnecessary cost, to our patients’ oral health and well-being. This groundbreaking device brings an exciting new perspective to our practice, with an abundance of benefits for staff and patients alike.

How will this machine be integrated into the practice?

The Planmeca ProMax captures both 2D panoramic images and 3D views of the entire oral cavity, including jaw joints and nasal sinuses.

This new type of imaging will not replace bitewing x-rays, but will be supplemental to them. The panoramic images will allow us to see a much broader perspective of the jaw in 2D, while the 3D x-ray will show us an exact spatial relationship (to 1/10th of a millimeter) of the entire mouth in various slices.

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What are the major benefits to a patient?

The Planmeca ProMax gives a more thorough picture of the patient’s entire oral cavity, aiding us particularly in the following areas of dental care:

  •      Bone and hard tissue abnormalities
  •      Infections and fractures
  •      Tooth and jaw development
  •      Impacted teeth
  •      Sinus visualization
  •      Implant planning
  •      Endodontics

The results allow us to provide the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment in a more efficient manner for each patient.

Dr. Boyles and his staff will be able to produce immediate images that will then be shown and explained to each patient, allowing you to be a partner with us in your dental care and more involved with the entire process.

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For a patient, getting a panoramic or 3D x-ray taken is quick and easy! The patient simply stands in the center of the machine and bites down on the bite fork while the camera rotates in a half circle around the head, starting at one side of the jaw and ending at another. The process only takes a few seconds. For gaggers, children and others who have a hard time keeping the traditional bitewing film in place, this experience will be a welcome change!

How often will you take these images?

Panoramic images will be used during your initial dental visit and then every 3-5 years thereafter as part of your routine checkup and dental cleaning to check for signs of dental problems. The 3D images will be utilized as needed for diagnostic and treatment planning assistance.

We look forward to seeing you soon and can’t wait for you to try out this exciting new piece of modern dental technology!

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What exactly does FAGD mean?

Dr. Boyles is one of less than 5% of dentists nationwide to achieve the FAGD accreditation. But what exactly does the FAGD distinction mean in dentistry? And what does it mean for our patients?

Dr. Boyles featured in the Fall 2014 issue of North Carolina Dental Review Magazine.

Dr. Boyles was featured in North Carolina Dental Review Magazine in 2014.

A Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) is one of the highest awards that a dentist can receive. In fact, only about 4-5 dentists per state per year achieve this distinction! The fellowship was created more than 50 years ago by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) to honor those who recognize and embrace the professional obligation to remain current in the knowledge and skills necessary to insure delivery of the highest quality oral healthcare to better serve patients.

To earn the fellowship, a dentist must:

  • Be an AGD member for at least 3 consecutive years
  • Earn a minimum of 500 continuing dental education credits
  • Pass a comprehensive 250 question examination and review by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the AGD are met
Dr. Boyles accepts his FAGD award with a colleague at the national AGD meeting in Detroit in June of 2014.

Dr. Boyles accepted his FAGD award at the 2014 AGD meeting in Detroit.

If the dentist passes the examination and the AGD review, he or she is invited to accept the award at a ceremony during the annual AGD meeting. Dr. Boyles proudly accepted his award in Detroit on June 28, 2014!

What does all of this mean for our patients? As a patient at Boyles Dental, you are receiving the highest quality of dental care available from a trusted expert in the field who recognizes the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. Dr. Boyles is committed to remaining current in his profession and to learning new techniques for the benefit of his patients and the betterment of dentistry as a whole.

Since his FAGD accreditation in 2014, Dr. Boyles continues to take more than 75 continuing education hours each year to uphold his commitment to the fellowship and to his patients.

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