Having to pay a large dental bill can be very frustrating and stressful for many people on a low or fixed income. While many people save money to cover medical expenses, dental work often isn’t included in those savings. …which puts dental health at backbench. This further leads to worsening of situation and loss of teeth, smile, confidence, and self-esteem for a person. It is considered after Eyes; Smile is what enhances our facial aesthetics.
It is no more difficult to pay for your dental bill than paying for two coffers a week from the cafe or paying your hairdresser every few months.
So if dental care is managed well, then it should not be expensive.
In fact, dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.
Tips to manage dental bills
Go to your dentist regularly as we all know, prevention is cheaper than cure.
Generally, if a filling of a cavity detected early cost $ 200 but if left to decay and rot, the same tooth can cost up to $ 5000.00 to save and if needs extraction then can cost up to $ 7000.00 to replace the tooth. If a choice is given between spending $ 200.00 or $ 7000.00, then I think, the answer is obvious.
Also, there are even weekly payment plans available for a routine checkup and clean as well, which generally have huge savings as well, which even takes stress away from that cost as well. Most dentists will also give some loyalty discounts as well for taking the initiative to look after your teeth. So dentistry is not much strain on your pocket ff planned well.
Yes, there would be cases, where teeth are already in poor shape due to neglect over a period of time. In that case, only the preventive approach may not fit.
You can finance dental work, for both necessary procedures such as cavities root canals, dentures as well as cosmetic dental work such as teeth whitening.
In nutshell,the situation is not that hopeless as most of you would think.
Most dental surgeries do have payment plans available to help you to bring your oral health on track. With these mostly interest-free payment plans, you can reduce the burden of your dental treatment and pay over regular instalments.
If you have been a long-standing patient at your dental office or if you have a payment history at the dentist that shows you can pay your bills on time, you may be able to arrange a payment plan with your dentist. … You can then arrange to pay the remainder of the bill in monthly fixed payments.
Do not lose hope. You can call us today if you need to pay off for your dental treatment.
We offer interest free payments plans both for preventative checkups and treatments at all our surgeries in Newcastle, Wingham and Tuncurry.
Can teeth get worse during or after pregnancy?
There is an old saying that expect to lose a tooth for every baby born is more a myth than the truth. Women generally complain that the baby has taken calcium from their teeth and has caused holes in the teeth. This is not true. Although there can be problems to teeth and gums during pregnancy but baby taking calcium from mother’s teeth is far from true. Baby can take calcium from mother’s bones but certainly not from teeth.
For bone strength, it is essential to include calcium-rich foods in your diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, be reassured that babies do not draw the calcium out from your teeth although there is some teeth problem which can happen during pregnancy.
So there is an element of truth as well in the concern but due to mostly different reasons than customarily believed.
The body goes typically through many changes during pregnancy which can affect mother’s oral health. The main difference which can affect the oral health are:
Hormonal changes which lead to worsening of gum response to plaque and can result in gum conditions like :
Gingivitis (gum inflammation) – which has symptoms including swelling of the gums and bleeding, particularly during brushing and flossing between teeth.
Worsening of pre-existing chronic periodontal disease in pregnancy may exacerbate untreated gum infection and can lead to tooth loss.
Pregnancy epulis or pyogenic granuloma – a localized enlargement of the gum, which is prone to bleeding. Epulis may require additional professional cleaning, and rarely excision.
Reflux or morning sickness leading to erosion of teeth and causing sensitivity.
Changes to dietary habits and sugar cravings leading to increased risk of tooth decay.
Neglect and poor routine of brushing, due to being occupied with the baby and exhaustion. It’s especially important to keep up your routine, as poor dental health during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, and preeclampsia.
You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you maintain good oral hygiene habits. Suggestions include:
Avoid brushing your teeth immediately for an hour after vomiting. Reason being that stomach acids can weaken enamel after vomiting, and the vigorous action of the toothbrush may scratch the tooth enamel.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain tap water.
Use a fluoridated mouthwash and fluoridated toothpaste.
Brush your teeth after having sugary snacks.
Brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste.
Floss between your teeth.
Visit your dentist regularly.
Things to remember
• The demands of pregnancy can lead to particular dental problems in some women.
• You are less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you already have good oral hygiene habits.
• With proper dental hygiene at home and professional help from your dentist, your teeth should stay healthy during pregnancy.
The simple answer to this question is “yes”. Perhaps the more important question to ask is why it is important to replace missing teeth? The body, as we have been led to believe, is more than the sum of its parts and all parts must function properly for the body to thrive. This is true, if the stomach is upset then the whole body feels ill. Just so with the mouth, gums and teeth, after all the fewer teeth you have the harder it is to chew your food.
The truth of the matter is that when a tooth is missing certain things begin to happen. The opposite tooth will begin to grow into the space. So if one lost a top tooth it’s opposing tooth on the bottom jaw would grow up in a process called extrusion or super eruption into the space. The teeth on either side of the gap would also slide off their axis, leaning at odd angles making proper cleaning very difficult. This could lead to further decay of the surrounding teeth, leading to more teeth being extracted, and so the downward spiral goes.
But this is only the tip of the proverbial ice berg. If the lost tooth is not replaced other more serious things begin to happen. Your gums can begin to recede exposing the root structures of surrounding teeth that can cause them to become terribly sensitive and more prone to decay themselves. Even this is not perhaps the worst thing that can happen if multiple teeth are missing.
What occurs when more teeth are lost is that you can lose arch. What this means is that you lose distance between the back of the last tooth on one side of your mouth and its opposite number on the other side. This causes your bite to collapse and the distance between your chin and nose to lessen making your face shrink. Your cheeks then slide into the hollows making you look much older than you are.
But all of this can be avoided. There are many options available nowadays to replace lost teeth on time before any of the things mentioned can happen. In fact replacing lost teeth with dental implants has been the treatment method of choice for over 40 years. Dental implants use titanium screws inserted into the jawbone to anchor false teeth in place. This method looks natural but is only one of options open to you.
Other option is ,you can have a fixed replacement like a porcelain crown and bridge or an over denture or conventional dentures. For crown and bridge , crown is fixed into the space your original tooth occupied with little or no fuss. These porcelain teeth can be made to resemble your other teeth, ensuring that the cap is not noticeable and looks natural. Dentures would be used in more severe cases where a lot of teeth needed to be replaced. They would be fitted to your mouth being anchored by the adjacent teeth. But with all these options open to you, you can always ensure that you have a lovely radiant smile once again.
By choosing to replace lost teeth it may turn out to be a little pricey and not all dental procedures are covered by health insurance. But in the long run it works out much cheaper to replace one tooth than a whole mouth of now rotten or missing teeth.
This is not a uncommon question which most of us have to answer when we visit dentist.
With dentistry evolving at such a high pace and with so many technological advances in dentistry, we have more and more options available now.
Although it is hard to explain all the difference between different materials available, I can touch base on three main materials available to make choice easy for you.
Amalgam silver-coloured dental fillings have been around for very longtime. It was first invented by English Chemist Bell in 1819. Later on it had some changes with mixing of other metals.
Amalgam is made up of a metal alloy of mercury, silver, tin and copper. It is mixed as a soft filling material that is placed into a prepared tooth and hardens over a short period of time.
It is a very reliable and durable material that was used for many years for dental fillings due to its success in a moist environment. However, unaesthetic nature due to the dark colour, its use of mercury and some doubts in relation to release of mercury has led a quest to find an alternative filling material.
Although lot of people have reservations about its release of mercury and effects on general health, it is not proven yet.
Another very popular material is composite which has almost replaced amalgam as a white filling and is widely used at present.
It is made up of glass particles mixed with an acrylic resin. It comes in different viscosities, each chosen by the dentist for different reasons.
It is used as soft material then hardened with help of light. It is chosen due to following benefits.
• Availability of multiples colour shades so the material can be matched to the tooth, that is why is called white filling.
• Increased working time for the clinician to manipulate the material to suit the tooth structure
• Composite resins are able to bond, or stick, to the tooth, which can lead to less tooth removal during preparation
• Easy to use for small and simple repairs and restorations
It is not hard as amalgam and has issues with longevity in large cavities due to wear, chipping margins, porosity and shrinkage . This led us to another material ceramic or porcelain.
In terms of terminology, porcelain fillings are often called inlays, onlays,tooth coloured white ceramic fillings or Cerec restorations whereas Composite or resin restorations are referred as plastic white fillings . Composite Resin is placed in soft and set hard with the curing light, which leads to its shrinkage whereas the porcelain restoration is a hard prefabricated filling that is bonded into the cavity. When a filling is on the larger side, requiring corners or cusp replacements, composite restoration does not last long and Porcelain has more longevity due to its lack of shrinkage, hardness and wear resistance and it is recommended to have porcelain reconstruction of the tooth to ensure that you are not back in the dental chair fixing the same tooth again any time soon.
The porcelain filling is no doubt more expensive, but when you consider you may have to replace a plastic resin filling over and over, the cost differential may prove to be a lot less than first envisaged.
More longevity, wear resistance and durability.
Better bonding to tooth.
Highly aesthetic result giving natural appearance.
No shrinkage of filling material.
Tooth-like transparency and smooth texture; ceramic is the closest we can get to natural tooth enamel.
Excellent for large fillings,amalgam replacement, broken and cracked teeth.
More cost effective long-term.
After a thorough check-up and diagnosis, your dentist will discuss which of these materials is best suited to you. The decision will be based upon your oral health and what material will be best suited to the type of work needed, both for restoration’s optimum function and appearance.