Prepare Your Smile For 2022

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2022 is only a few weeks away! Which means if you have dental insurance coverage, or a health savings account, then you only have a short time to use your benefits before they expire. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist discusses the importance of a checkup now to find out if you need care before 2021 comes to an end.

Your Dental Insurance Benefits

People with dental insurance have a set number of benefits they can use in a year, and these will expire at the end of December. There is often a waiting period before the 2022 benefits become available. If there is a health savings account, then again in many cases, the funds will expire unless used. We don’t want you to lose what you’ve earned, so we urge you to give us a call and put them to good use. Our office staff is ready to help you understand your coverage amounts, and plan a treatment that fits within your schedule and your budget. We also want to help you improve your oral health before the holiday season makes your schedule too hectic!

Getting Started with a Checkup

The initial checkup is the first step. With an exam, we use digital x-trays and an intraoral camera to create several clear and detailed images of your teeth, gums, roots, jaw, and oral structures. The images allow us to diagnose any concerns with precision and accuracy, and also walk you through the diagnostic process as well. In the same visit, we will also clean your teeth, removing harmful plaque and tartar buildup to limit the risk of cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.

Possible Treatment Options

For kids and adults alike, we have treatment options to help restore the health, function, and beauty of the teeth. Aside from our checkups and cleanings, we have preventive treatments to address sleep apnea, TMD, or even bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Fluoride and dental sealants can help safeguard a child’s smile, and we also have lifelike and durable dental restoration to treat damage, decay, or infection, such as crowns or fillings. For those with missing teeth, we have implant dentistry, bridges, and even dentures. Cosmetic restorations could help you feel more confident in your smile, removing stains, reshaping malformed teeth, and even closing gaps between the teeth smile. If you have any questions about how we transform smiles with our comprehensive treatment options, then contact our team today to learn more.


We’re ready to help you and your family make big changes before the year comes to a close. To find out more about using the benefits or funds you’ve earned before they’re gone, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.