For some people the cost of good quality dental care can be enough to keep putting things off, or just keep going to their cheap dentist, who will patch one little thing up every time they go, leading to a false economy.
The problem is that with so many people used to cheap dentistry, their mouths are very likely to be in a unstable condition, by this I mean some teeth may (for example), have very large black fillings, which have been patched up, and are not really strong enough to predictably last more than 5 years. In addition, when doing all this work, the harmony of the bite has not been taken into consideration, and because of this, fillings and teeth keep wearing down and breaking.
When someone with a mouth full of poor quality work seeks the service of a good dentist, the cost of correcting the years of neglect can soon add up. The good news is that there are many ways to spread this.
1. Stage treatment.
By prioritizing the treatment to tackle the most pressing things first, and then every month, or few months, you have something else done, then eventually you can reach perfect health, and at a pace that you are comfortable with.
When you have reached this point, chances are you will need little work as time goes on, and your dental bills will become quite low.
2. Financing Treatment
Some practices offer the option to finance larger treatment plans, this works very well if a lot of treatment is needed, or a few more expensive treatments are needed, like dental implants or braces.
Most will offer 0% Finance, or even low interest for 24 months.
3. Plan everything from the beginning
If you are considering replacing a missing tooth, and straightening your teeth at some point, then it makes sense to speak to your dentist about all these things at the outset. Often, by planning for future treatment, you will get a better outcome, and you can avoid replacing work already done.
Imagine you wanted to re-plaster a wall, and then a year later you wanted to hide some wires behind that wall – you would need to break the wall and redo all that work – wouldn’t it have been cheaper to lay the wires at the outset, to save on the total future cost? The same is often true in looking at long term health of the mouth.
4. Don’t put things off
This is especially true for treating gums, as well as that annoying tooth which keeps breaking every 6 months! Its always better to do some temporary treatment to buy some time, and stop the problem getting worse. This can buy you some time, and give you an opportunity to actually find out the true cost of sorting the problem out.
If you lose a tooth, and want to have it replaced with a dental implant, then its never a good idea to wait (if you can help it), the longer you wait, the more bone you lose in the implant site and other teeth start tipping into the space of the missing tooth. This will mean extra treatment to correct all these things. Again, if you tell your dentist that you want something there, then they can put something temporary there to stop other teeth moving into the gap!