I get many questions about costs of dental treatment and cheaper alternatives. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a budget to work within. Unless you are fortunate enough to either win the lottery or inherit substantial wealth, we probably can’t get all of what we want or need. There are always places and ways where we can save a buck or two or even hundreds or thousands. But just because we can doesn’t mean we should, especially when it comes to something as vital as our teeth.
Look at it this way. We are given one set of teeth (not including our primary or baby teeth) for our whole life, if we treat them well and take care not to abuse them, they should last us pretty much the whole time we need them. But some of us had some cavities when we were young, and unfortunately, dentistry begets more dentistry. So if you had some issues with your teeth at a young age, holding on to those teeth without any major issues for the rest of your life becomes a little more challenging.
Our teeth are under constant abuse from chewing, clenching, and grinding. They are constantly being bathed in saliva that’s teeming with bacteria and acids just waiting for you not to brush and allow them to start breaking down that enamel barrier. Add a filling or two that was done a few decades ago and that bacteria now has an entry point on your tooth as well. All of this most likely culminates in recurrent decay (cavities under old fillings or crowns) that most likely can not be just fixed with a filling or a patch. Would you really want to do that even if we could?
My philosophy has always been to do the least invasive procedures that will get us the most longevity. I’ve been fortunate enough to practice dentistry on both coasts of our country but also on the other side of the world in Japan for three and a half years. Not only that, I’ve worked on patients from all around the United States and all around the world. So I’ve seen a lot of dentistry. Some of it good, some of it bad. I’ve taken note of the bad stuff and most of the time it was dentistry that just wasn’t well planned. Sometimes it’s not even the dentistry itself, it’s the choice of materials. I learned at a young age in Boy Scouts, if you don’t plan ahead, plan to fail.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to your teeth is to plan for the long term. No one reading this should ever be in dentures like your grandparents or maybe even some of your parents. It’s just not something we should see in this day and age. When it comes to your teeth, you and your dentist should plan for the long term, not doing so can end up costing you more through out the course of your life.
When it comes to discounted dental work, discount dental insurance, heading south of the border for dental work, or just patching things up, just remember, you get what you pay for.
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