How healthy your teeth and gums are usually plays a big role in how healthy the rest of your body is and in how you look. People generally don’t find missing teeth or teeth that are stained brown from tartar to be attractive, for example. Although taking excellent care of your mouth is important for your health overall, plenty of people avoid making an appointment with their dentist because of some pretty common misconceptions.
All Dentists are the Same
Just as there are different types of medical doctors, so there are different types of dentists. The person you see for your regular cleaning and examination is most likely a general dentist. If you have any issues with your teeth, your general dentist will most likely refer you to a specialist, who has received education in that specialty beyond dental school. For example, if you are dealing with gum disease, your dentist might recommend you see a periodontist. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, your regular dentist will most likely refer you to an oral surgeon.
It’s important to find the right dentist for your specific problem, as a specialist will be able to provide the best care and will have an understanding of recent advancements in the field. Along with having the education and training needed to perform specific treatments, a dental specialist will be able to show you past patients, so you can get an idea of the level of care he provides.
No Matter What, Your Dental Visit Will Hurt
Admittedly, some of the tools used by a dentist can look pretty intimidating, from the metal scraper used to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth to the needle used to inject Novocaine into your gums. But, a routine dental exam usually isn’t particularly painful, especially if you’ve been practicing a good oral care routine at home and see a dentist regularly. Special treatments, such as surgery or the placement of dental implants, might be uncomfortable, but the dentist will give you an anesthestic to numb the area and reduce any pain you might feel.
If you are particularly concerned about discomfort or pain during a dental visit, you can talk to the dentist about your options for sedation dentistry. Designed for people who are very uncomfortable with the idea of going to the dentist or who have a dental phobia, sedation dentistry can make a dental visit more relaxed and easier for all involved. You won’t be completely under when you are sedated, but you will be less aware of what is going on.
Dental Procedures are Beyond Reach
Another thing that might be keeping you from the dentist’s chair is concern that you won’t be able to afford any sort of treatment or procedure. It’s worth remembering that the longer you wait for treatment, the more expensive it might be, as the dentist might have to do more work than he would if the condition was caught and treated earlier.
It’s also worth remembering that there are a number of options available that aim to make dental work more affordable or aim the reduce the burden of payment. One option might be dental insurance. While many insurance policies don’t cover the full cost of a necessary treatment, such as wisdom tooth extraction or canine exposure, and might not cover cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening or veneers at all, many policies do offer at least a small amount of coverage. For example, you insurance plan might cover 50 percent of a periodontal disease treatment or 50 percent of the cost of removing your wisdom teeth.
If a treatment or procedure isn’t covered by insurance and you don’t have the cash in hand to pay for it out pocket, there are a few other options available to you. One is to finance the procedure through a healthcare financing company. The practice of Dr. Gallardo and Dr. Lamas offers several financing options to patients, for example. The advantage of healthcare financing companies is that they usually offer low or no interest rate plans, as long as you pay the amount due within a certain time frame. Another option is to obtain a private loan from a bank or use a credit card with a higher limit to pay for the procedure.
Dr. John Paul Gallardo and Dr. William Lamas offer gum disease treatment and implant dentistry to patients. They also recently added an oral surgeon, Dr. Juan Arroyo, to their team. Dr. Arroyo performs a variety of oral surgeries, including wisdom tooth removal, on a regular basis. If fear and confusion has been keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need, call (305) 447-1447 to schedule an appointment today and learn more about how dental care can help you.