Smile When You Get that Refund

Thursday, March 6, 2008 General News J E 4
VOORHEES, N.J., March 5 Federal tax refunds averaged$2,548 in 2006 and should be similar for 2007. Together with the government'seconomic stimulus tax rebate, which will put $300-$1,200 or more back in thepockets of most taxpayers this Spring, it's a potential windfall of cash justin time for summer vacations.

But rather than getting away for a week, you can make a lifelonginvestment with that money. According to Dr. Jack Piermatti, a prosthodontistand director of Dental Arts of South Jersey, those with dental problems inneed of implant surgery but lacking the funds can do it now.

"We get a significant number of new patients during tax season," saysPiermatti, who treats patients from all over New Jersey and the DelawareValley, and has performed more than 11,000 dental implants during his career."Many people see the value of investing in their appearance, especially whenit's a permanent fix like new teeth."

The benefits of dental implants go beyond the cosmetic. Improved chewing,particularly of nutritious -- frequently hard -- foods like fresh fruits andvegetables, can lead to better health. Speech is often improved. And enhancedself-esteem almost always comes along with new pearly whites.

Dental implants, which aren't usually covered by insurance, average about$1,200 each in the U.S., not including the crown. But unlike dentures andother solutions for missing teeth, the procedure permanently anchors the newtooth to the jaw.

As an elective procedure, implants are often put off because of otherpriorities, says Piermatti, but the longer you delay, the more costly the workwill be, as one or two bad or missing teeth can lead to deformities in otherteeth and even the facial structure itself.

"If you're looking for something really worthwhile to do with your taxrefund, investing in your body and your self-esteem is the way to go. You'llsee the result every time you look in a mirror," says Piermatti.

For more information on dental implants, visit Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Jack Piermatti , Dr.

SOURCE Dental Arts of South Jersey


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