SOURCE: Thomas Feder, DDS

Dr. Thomas Feder

May 31, 2015 10:20 ET

Belleville Dentist Unveils 'Healthy Smiles' Dental Plan for Patients

BELLEVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - May 31, 2015) - Dr. Thomas Feder, a Belleville dental implant dentist, has launched a new office-run dental plan for patients called the “Healthy Smiles Program.”

Dr. Feder, who has practiced in Belleville for four decades, implemented the new plan on May 1. The “Healthy Smiles Program” covers cleanings, X-rays and exams for a full year while offering special discounts on any additional dental work at Dr. Feder’s Belleville dental practice. The plan is only a fraction of the cost of traditional dental insurance and there are no caps.

“After hearing some concerns from our patients about dental insurance, we developed an affordable plan that allows them and their families to continue visiting our office for all of their dental needs,” Dr. Feder said.

Dr. Feder said the new plan was established to give area residents easier access to dental care -- or provide an alternative to patients stuck with costly or subpar dental plans. Studies show that between 30 to 40 percent of Americans do not regularly visit a dentist. By skipping dental appointments or avoiding the dentist altogether, patients risk serious dental problems like gum disease and total tooth loss.

With Dr. Feder’s “Healthy Smiles Program,” patients without insurance no longer need to fear receiving large bills for their checkups because preventative needs are covered in the plan.

“This plan makes it easier for patients to get the care that they need,” Dr. Feder said. “Unfortunately, some people completely avoid the dentist, and that almost certainly leads to serious dental issues and extremely costly visits to the dentist down the road.”

Dr. Feder’s Belleville dental practice, at 16 N. Jackson St., has seven dental chairs, digital X-rays and TVs in each room for patient comfort.

Dr. Feder has been in practice for more than 40 years, providing general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. He was inspired to become a dentist by his father and great uncle, both of whom were Illinois dentists.

Dr. Feder’s office offers cleanings, exams, fillings, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, dentures and dental implants. He uses a revolutionary tool called the Vibraject to give pain-free injections to patients. The Vibraject sends out vibrations to distract the brain from feeling pain in the area of the injection.

Dr. Feder graduated from the St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1970. He served three years with the U.S. Public Health Service, two of which he was assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard. He has been in private practice since 1973. Dr. Feder earned his Fellowship recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1982 and was voted one of America’s Best Dentists in 2013 by the National Consumer Advisory Board.

Dr. Feder is committed to public service and spent 12 years on the Belle Valley School Board.

Dr. Feder works with one associate, Dr. Michael Smith, a Missouri native. Dr. Smith joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 2009 and now serves as a captain in the Dental Corps. Like Dr. Feder, Dr. Smith also has extensive training in placing dental implants.

Dr. Smith is a 2011 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.To learn about Dr. Feder’s Belleville family dentistry, visit his website at www.thomasjfeder.com or call 618-219-1412.

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