In the current economy, many families are doing whatever it takes to cut costs. Putting off dental visits can actually end up costing you more in the long run, but there are ways to reduce dental expenses. The following tips will help you keep your teeth healthy and leave more money in your wallet:
Take good care of your teeth.
It may seem obvious, but brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will go a long way toward good oral health. The better shape your mouth is in, the less money you will spend on fillings or other repairs. If you have young children, encourage these habits with them as well.
Visit the dentist regularly.
Usually, your dental insurance covers a cleaning and exam twice a year. You have already paid the premiums so why not use the service. Plus, these appointments allow your dentist to monitor your dental health and catch any issues before they escalate into bigger problems.
Complete the necessary and/or more expensive procedures right away.
This tip may seem counter-intuitive to saving your budget, but this strategy really does work. If you don’t get the crown you need now, you could face a crown and a root canal later.
Inquire about payment plans.
Especially if you don’t have dental insurance, asking about payment plans can really help your pocket book – so you don’t have to pay a large sum all at once. At Metrowest Prosthodontics, third-party financing is offered through CareCredit and Citi Healthcard. Low or no-interest financing is available for qualified applicants.
Making a trip to the dentist’s office doesn’t usually top anyone’s lists of fun things to do; however, you don’t have to view the experience with dread. Regular checkups enable your dentist to evaluate your oral health and keep your smile in good shape. The American Dental Association actually recommends twice yearly visits in most cases.
Knowing what to expect from your visit may ease some of the stress. When you have specific issues to discuss, like cosmetic updates or replacement options for missing teeth, consider writing down your concerns and bringing the list with you. If you are new to the office, call ahead to find out about any necessary paperwork you may need to fill out before your actual appointment time.
At the beginning of your visit, the dentist or hygienist will usually review your oral and overall health to make any updates to your history. Depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment, X-rays may also be taken. Usually, the hygienist will look at your teeth, evaluate your gums, and perform a cleaning. If the hygienist discovers any issues, like signs or gum disease, the dentist will make recommendations to address the problems and restore your oral health.
After your cleaning, the dentist will usually examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. The doctor will want to assess your current oral health status as well as look at previous restorations to make sure there aren’t any problems. Your dentist will also let you know of any current concerns, including possible cavities or gum inflammation. At this time, your doctor will explain the suggested treatment and create a detailed plan for any additional care.Read More »
As approximately 70 million Baby Boomers start to reach their Golden years, dental health issues can become a concern. Although the aging process does have an impact on dental health, proper care of teeth and gums can ensure the lasting beauty of your smile. Knowing what to look for can help you take precautions and keep your oral health in tip-top shape.
Dental issues as we get older can include:
Old dental fillings that leak – At one time, amalgam (metal or silver) fillings were the standard in dental care. Over time, these fillings can change shape, resulting in cracks or leaks. If you have metal fillings, have your dentist look for any problem areas and then discuss replacement options with your doctor. Composite fillings are commonly used now because they match natural tooth coloring and allow for more conservative repairs.
Periodontal disease – Though you may not exhibit symptoms initially, periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can wreak havoc on your mouth. Caused by bacteria that create infections beneath the gum line, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Bleeding or swollen gums are the early signs of gum disease, so contact your dentist immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Missing teeth – Estimates suggest that 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth. Missing teeth not only make you feel self-conscious, but they can also cause oral health problems, including shifting and alignment issues. Dental implants or dentures can restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.
Dark, stained or worn-looking teeth – With age, our teeth naturally yellow or darken. Cosmetic dentistry options, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, can take years off your appearance.Read More »
You’d probably be considered a little bit strange if you were excited about having a serious dental procedure like a root canal. It’s no secret that it will likely be uncomfortable and require some time for recovery. However, the pain that accompanies an infected tooth should make you realize that getting it corrected will be worth it. If you’re still unconvinced and are considering skipping a root canal, you should know that serious problems can occur. Let’s find out what can happen.
What is a root canal?
First, the reason you need a root canal is likely that you have an infection in your tooth. This procedure involves removing the infected tooth pulp and cleaning the root canal to get rid of all bacteria. Sometimes a temporary filling will be placed if the procedure will be done in more than one session. Once cleaning is complete, the pulp chamber and root canal will be filled and sealed.
What will happen if I don’t get a root canal?
• The biggest concern about ignoring a needed root canal is that the infection may spread to other parts of your mouth. It can go to your other teeth, gums, mouth tissues, or jawbone. Any of these can cause major pain and swelling.
• Sometimes a severely infected tooth (or teeth) can’t be saved and must be extracted. If your dentist doesn’t pull the tooth, it will fall out and spread the infection even more.
• An infected jawbone might be so damaged by infection that some of your jaw may require removal.
• The infection may spread to your bloodstream or other parts of your body, causing a life-threatening situation. Infections are nothing to fool around with; they can be very serious and should be treated at the earliest stage possible to avoid potentially life-threatening results.
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