Like all dentists in Ontario, our fees have increased for 2021 as they do every year at this time. The Ontario Dental Association releases a fee guide every year that most insurance companies use. However, many companies use guides that are years out of date or may use the guide rigidly, as if all people and all dental offices were identical. As before, if you have insurance, your coverage may or may not match our fees exactly. Our relationship is with you, not your insurance company and as such, you are responsible for the entire fee, regardless of your degree of insurance coverage. To make life easier for our patients, we only require the estimated difference between our fees, and what your insurance might pay, on the day of treatment. Should you require an estimate to submit to your insurance before treatment commences, please advise us well in advance as replies from them can take as long as 6 weeks. For those without insurance coverage, the same payment policies will apply as in previous years.
We are very proud of the services we offer and the people who make it all happen. Our staff of senior dentists and hygienists are well prepared to offer the best of what dentistry in 2021 has to offer. Our experienced and knowledgeable support staff are also well prepared to help you at every turn. An additional twist for 2020-2021, the pandemic has created many challenges for everyone including our staff and supply chain. Our dental office has stepped up to the challenge, providing one of the safest environments available today. Our commitment to maintaining that safe environment is exemplary and is noted and reviewed by our patients and we thank you for noticing. We hope that everyone is staying healthy during these difficult times and know that we continue to be here for you when you need us.
With respect to how fees are determined, see below an excerpt from the Ontario Dental Association regarding their Fee guide:
"ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION SUGGESTED FEE GUIDE FOR DENTAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
This Guide is published by The Ontario Dental Association. The Guide is based on the provision of dental services which are performed under normal conditions and is intended to serve only as a reference for the general practitioner to enable development of a structure of fees which is fair and reasonable to the patient and to the practitioner. The Guide is not obligatory, and each practitioner is expected to determine independently the fees which will be charged for the services performed. This Guide is issued merely for professional information purposes, without any intention or expectation whatsoever that a practitioner will adopt the suggested fees."
How are fees determined?
Dentists are obligated to adhere to a high standard of dental care and must comply with strict statutory requirements designed to ensure the highest level of patient safety. Dentists are responsible for the costs related to operating a dental office.
Specialized equipment, products and materials used in dental treatment
The complexity of the treatment
Sterilization and safety protocols
Hiring trained and licensed staff and
Ongoing continuing education for the dental team
Practice location and other overhead costs.
Like any business owner, dentists must pay for the full costs of running their business. These costs can vary depending on many factors like location, the size of the practice and the number of staff. These variables are reflected in the fees charged to an individual patient for dental services. Dentists have to consider countless factors when determining their fees. Operating costs will vary between dental offices as well as provincially.
It is our commitment to provide the highest quality of care available. Our treatment Coordinators will be pleased to sit and discuss your recommended treatment and the associated fees to help organize your appointments and budget.
We are pleased to offer direct billing to your insurance company, you only pay the difference day of service. Our office can assist you in gathering the specifics about your plan and its limitations so you have all the information prior to booking your appointments. Please print this form and contact your insurance company, they will assist you in filling it out prior to your first visit with us.
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We are also pleased to provide financing through Health Smart to ensure you get the treatment that you need, when you need it. The application process is quick and easy. The financial agreement is arranged between you and Health Smart Financial Group directly, allowing you the freedom to proceed with your dental treatment when you are ready. Applications are processed same day, so you will not have to wait to start your treatment and with interest free options you can find a payment plan that works for you!
Treatment of our patients is not based on their insurance, but rather, based on their dental exam, medical history and the communication between the dentist and the patient.
Please keep in mind that your insurance is a contract between you and the insurance company/employer. You are ultimately responsible for your account. We offer electronic insurance submissions where possible. We ask that you provide the front desk team with your policy numbers/information and inform them of any changes to your policy.
We accept debit transactions and most major credit cards.
The Manor Dental Centre is always making changes to ensure our patients have the best experience possible!
The office is offering Saturday hours *please call for availability.
We are billing direct to your insurance company! Pay only your balance at the time of service. Call the office for more information.
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What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in cells of the mouth. Malignant means that it can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.
The oral cavity is part of the digestive system. The structures in the oral cavity help you speak, taste and chew. The oral cavity includes the lips, cheeks, gums and teeth. It also includes the part of the tongue in the mouth (called the oral tongue), the bony part of the roof of the mouth (called the hard palate) and the floor of the mouth under the tongue. A mucous membrane lines and protects the inside of the oral cavity.
Cells in the mouth sometimes change and no longer grow or behave normally. These changes may lead to non-cancerous, or benign, conditions. These conditions include candidiasis (also called thrush) and aphthous ulcers\(also called canker sores). Changes to cells in the oral cavity can also lead to non-cancerous tumours such as hyperplasias and papillomas.
Sometimes changes to cells in the oral cavity can cause precancerous conditions. This means that the cells are not yet cancer but there is a higher chance these abnormal changes will become cancer. The most common precancerous conditions of the oral cavity are leukoplakia and erythroplakia.
In some cases, changes to cells in the oral cavity can cause cancer. Most often, oral cavity cancer starts in flat, thin cells called squamous cells. These cells make up the squamous epithelium, which is a layer of the mucous membrane. This type of cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.
Other types of cancer can also develop in the oral cavity, but they are rare. These include
salivary gland cancer
The Manor Dental Centre strongly believes in prevention and education. We are proud to bring Oral Cancer awareness to our patients not only by doing a complete oral cancer exam at your regular check up appointments, we now have the technology to see what may not be apparent or sometimes not even visible with the naked eye alone. Our office uses the VELscope Oral Caner Screening Device which allows us to see tissue abnormalities, document and monitor them to help keep you up to date on any changes in your mouth. The VELscope emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue.
Ask your dental professional about Oral Cancer, the screening process and how we can help you be pro-active with your oral health.