Dental Tips Blog

May
6

Affording Your Dental Care

Posted in Crowns

Delaying dental treatment doesn’t mean the teeth won’t get any worse. In fact, most conditions become more complicated, expensive, and invasive the longer they are put off. What could be a filling today will become a root canal and dental crown tomorrow. Or worse, a tooth that needs to be extracted.

If you’ve been putting your dental care off because of how much it costs, then it’s time to reconsider. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you want to reduce the long-term cumulative amount you spend on dental care:

Use your preventive coverage as much as possible.

It’s not uncommon to have patients with insurance coverage that never see their dentist until there is a problem, and are then upset because of how much it is going to cost to get their mouth healthy again. Taking advantage of bi-annual cleanings, exams, and x-rays can catch things before they happen. 

Ask about financing options.

Most dental offices accept major credit cards, and have some type of financing option such as in-house financing or a 3rd party 0% or low interest financing plan. Taking advantage of these will help save your teeth and keep care expenses down when they are addressed earlier. 

Weigh your treatment options.

You might really prefer one type of treatment, although other options are available. Weigh the pros and cons to each type of therapy, as well as their costs. Which one will cost less in the long-run? A bridge that involves 2 healthy teeth, or a stand-alone dental implant? 

Visit a dental school.

They can be very difficult to get into as a patient, but dental schools need patients in order to successfully train their students. Experienced dentists supervise care, and although the treatment time will take much longer, the price is greatly reduced.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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