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

Mar
10

Enamel Loss and You

Posted in Crowns

Did you know that the enamel surrounding your teeth is the hardest substance in your body? It’s even harder than bone.

For a quick lesson in anatomy, enamel is the hard clear substance that covers the crown of your tooth, the part that appears above the gum. Enamel protects the tooth from damage and insulates the nerve inside from extreme hot or cold temperatures.

The body does not renew enamel, so if it cracks or erodes in any way, it is gone forever. Causes of enamel erosion include:

  • Acidic drinks such as soda or fruit juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Chips or cracks from trauma
  • Teeth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism
  • Brushing too aggressively

How do you know if you are experiencing enamel loss? Well, your tooth can become discolored, becoming more yellow or gray as the under layer of the tooth, the dentin, becomes visible to the eye. You might also see pitting on the tooth surface or even experience pain when the tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures. If left untreated, the pain could get worse.

Remedies for enamel loss can include dental fillings or porcelain crowns. Some experimental gels are reportedly in the works, but have yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Regardless, if you see any signs of enamel erosion or are experiencing any pain, it is important to see your dentist immediately before the situation gets worse.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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