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Reprinted from New Jersey Top Dentists Magazine

Local Periodontist To Display Drawings and Paintings at Morristown Medical Center

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Dr. David Goteiner, a Chester-based periodontist and artist, will display selected drawings and paintings at a solo art exhibit from Aug. 4 through Sept. 14 at Morristown Medical Center. The exhibit is the latest in a series sponsored by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Goteiner has selected 34 pieces that will be displayed in the main corridor of the Medical Center (Madison 1). Part of the proceeds of the art show will go to the Woman’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Two of the pieces are Rendevous and Venezia. Rendevous is a painting of a Norwegian three-masted training schooner plying the North Sea on its way to a meeting with mythical creatures. Venezia is a study in light and shadows on Ria de la Vesta, Canal of the Tailors. It portrays a typical scene from Venice that disappears just as it captures your heart.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, Goteiner came to this country as a baby and developed a love for the arts at an early age. In 1982, he met highly regarded painter Anatoly Ivanov, then a recent immigrant from Russia. From then on, he has pursued his passion to paint and has continued to study with Ivanov.

Not all of Goteiner’s art is on a canvas. He is a practicing periodontist who sees patients in Chester. He received his dental and specialty training at Columbia and Harvard universities. His work restoring teeth and gums is, itself, a form of artistry. He also teaches at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. He lives in Sunset Lake with his wife, Carrie.

More information about Goteiner’s periodontal practice and samples of his artwork can be found at www.artofperio.com or by calling (908) 879-7709.

Insurance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Why doesn't my insurance company cover all the costs for my dental treatment?
Dental insurance isn't really insurance (defined as a payment to cover the cost of a loss) at all. It is a monetary benefit, typically provided by an employer, to help their employees pay for routine dental treatment. Most plans are only designed to cover only apportion of the cost.

But my plan says that my exams and other procedures are covered 100 percent.
That 100 percent is usually what the insurance carrier allows as payment toward a procedure, not what your dentist or any other dentist in your area may actually charge. The allowed payments are sometimes referred to as UCR or “usual and customary and reasonable” charges. However, UCR more typically represents a list of payment amounts negotiated between your employer and the insurance company. An employer usually selects a plan with a list of payments that corresponds to its desired premium cost per month. Therefore, there usually will be a portion not covered by your benefit plan.

If I always have to pay out-of-pocket, what good is my insurance?
Even a benefit that does not cover a large portion of the cost of what you need pays something. Any amount that reduces your out-of-pocket expense helps.

Why is there an annual maximum on what my insurance plan will pay?
Maximums limit what a carrier has to cover each year. Dental plans are different from medical plans, in that dentistry is needed frequently. Medical emergencies are rare. It is your dentist's responsibility to recommend what you need. It is the insurance carrier's job to control payments.

If my insurance won't pay for this treatment, why should I have it done?
It is a mistake to let benefits be your sole consideration when you make decisions about dental treatment. People who have lost their teeth often say that they would pay any amount of money to get then back. Your smile, facial attractiveness, ability to chew and enjoy food and general sense of well-being are dependent upon your teeth.

What should I do if my insurance doesn't pay for treatment I think should be covered?
Everyone at this office will do their best to maximize your reimbursement. As your periodontist, I do not have the power to make your plan pay. If your insurance doesn't pay, you are responsible for the total cost of treatment. Sometimes a plan will pay if patients send in claims for themselves, or if the Employee Benefits Coordinator where you work steps in. We will be happy to give you copies of what you need.

From: "My Insurance Covers This...Right?"
By Carol Tekovec, CDA, RDH
Her pamphlet is available by request

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