Is Dental Care Affordable?
West Chester & Fairfield, OH
Dental care is fundamental for the health of your gums and teeth. You must ensure you floss and brush your gums, tissues, teeth, and other structures inside your mouth. This helps eliminate debris, food particles, and bacteria in your mouth. You should also visit us regularly so that we can assess your oral health and treat any issues.
The affordability of dental care varies depending on the dental procedure or treatment you require and your dental insurance coverage. However, you can always visit us at Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics, and we will discuss with you the treatments available and more information about the affordability of dental care services. Here is a review of some of the most common dental treatments and procedures we recommend for your dental needs and the factors that influence their costs:
If you have missing teeth, choose a replacement method immediately. Leaving empty sockets in your mouth compromises the integrity of your jawbone volume and density. Dental implants are recommended as a long-lasting alternative for your lost teeth. The implants are posts that we attach to your jawbone. These implants work as roots of your prosthetic teeth and must be surgically placed to ensure a stable foundation.
Dental implants may be more expensive than other options, such as bridges and dentures. However, they offer a more long-lasting solution, making them ideal for most patients. If you properly care for them they can last up to 25 years, making them affordable in the long run.
Dental bridges come with artificial teeth placed into position using dental crowns or metal clasps. Your other teeth or implants support these tools. The bridges can be made of porcelain or gold. Typically, porcelain is the most preferred material as it blends seamlessly with your other teeth. There are several types of bridges that you can select, and they include:
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most popular. They contain a pontic tooth and are placed into position by a crown. These solutions are primarily used when natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth can offer adequate support.
Maryland bridges come with a framework rather than a crown. We use the framework to bond to the abutment teeth and ensure you have a natural look.
We recommend using cantilever bridges if you have one natural tooth near the missing teeth. This bridge only uses a single abutment for adequate support. Ideally, they have an artificial tooth firmly attached to a crown.
We first install the implants on your jawbone; these implants come in handy to hold the bridges in the correct position. They are considered the most durable option for missing teeth.
The Cost of a Dental Bridge
The cost of dental bridges depends on the materials you select, such as zirconia, resin, or metal. It also depends on the number of teeth you still need to replace and whether the procedure is complex. If you have other underlying issues, such as gum disease, you may require additional treatment making the process more expensive.
Dental crowns are created to resemble the shape and size of your teeth. They are simply caps that cover weakened, discolored, or damaged teeth. These tools are made according to your dental needs and aesthetic concerns. Many materials, such as porcelain, metal, or zirconia, can make crowns. You can select a material that matches your preferred aesthetics and requirements.
In the placement of a dental crown, you might be required to make two visits to our clinic. During your first visit, we examine the nature of your teeth. If you are a good candidate for the crowns, we file and shape your teeth by removing the outer structure. Filing the tooth helps create enough room for the crown. We then make an impression of your teeth to ensure we create a custom crown. A temporary crown is first placed to protect the filed tooth before a permanent crown is ready. We place the permanent crown during the subsequent visit by bonding it to the teeth.
A crown is a relatively affordable option. However, the costs can vary depending on the material you select and the number of teeth that require these caps. If you need additional treatments, the costs will also increase.
Dental exams are regular visits that you make to our clinic. During these visits, we evaluate your oral health and manage any issues. As a rule, you should visit our dental clinics twice yearly. However, if you have underlying oral problems such as gum disease, you may need to make more visits. During the dental exam, we examine the health of your gums, teeth, and other oral structures. We help identify dental problems such as cavities, bite problems, or gum disease.
Dental exams, in most cases, also include a comprehensive dental cleaning. We use special tools to remove plaque, stains, and tartar on your teeth. Cleaning is fundamental and will help prevent common dental issues such as decay and gum infections.
Sometimes, we may need to perform diagnostic tests such as x-rays. The x-rays help to offer a detailed examination of your jawbone and teeth. This is integral to identifying underlying issues that cannot be easily identified via a visual exam.
Additionally, we get an opportunity to educate you about the best oral hygiene techniques during dental exams. If you have any concerns regarding your oral health, we will address them during these scheduled meetings.
The affordability of your dental care depends on the procedure we recommend and whether you are using insurance or not. However, generally, preventive care procedures such as cleanings and examinations are affordable compared to restorative procedures. To make your dental care more affordable, ensure you have valid dental insurance. A good plan can cover the costs of preventive and restorative procedures. You can visit us at Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics] and find out about the costs of dental care. You can also book an appointment by contacting us at (513) 829-4400.