Dentistry put off…. gets expensive

| February 4, 2013

Postponing Routine Dental Work? It Could Cost You

Think long and hard before you put off your next visit to your Grandview dentist. While it may be tempting to procrastinate, postponing necessary dental work can complicate your dental health–and increase your costs. At Grandview Dental Care, we’ve witnessed this first-hand numerous times. What starts out as a small area of decay on the tooth only gets bigger. And a bigger filling means a bigger co-pay. Truth is, the most expensive dentistry we ever do is the dentistry that gets put off until another day. Here’s why.

Untreated Dental Problems Only Get Worse

First, as the decay becomes more widespread, it weakens the structure of the tooth, which can cause it to break or crack. A broken or cracked tooth needs a crown, which is already a more costly procedure than a simple filling. Even worse, when deep decay is not addressed, it can infect the nerve of the tooth. This could necessitate a root canal, which is yet another expensive dental procedure. But it doesn’t end there. If the decay, the cracks or the root canal are not treated, infection sets in, and that could mean the loss of a tooth. This is especially the case if the tooth breaks below the gum line.

Once the tooth is lost, the problem continues to snowball financially. To prevent the remaining teeth from migrating into the missing space–which could cause an uneven bite and the increased risk of more breakage–the space needs to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge. These are expensive procedures compared to a filling, proof that dental care is the least expensive when it is taken care of at the time of diagnosis.

Regular Dental Visits are Best

Remember, what begins as a relatively minor dental solution can evolve into a full-blown problem if you choose to procrastinate. The smart thing to do is to visit your dentist regularly–before it starts to hurt–to prevent bigger problems down the road. The consequences of not getting a filling are simply too risky.

At Grandview Dental Care, we’re concerned about your dental health. We understand that regular professional dental care is the best way to minimize the cost of dentistry. Don’t underestimate the importance of regular dentist visits to help prevent expensive dental problems.

Founded in 1978, Grandview Dental Care is a leading Grandview dentist offering a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services in the Columbus area including Invisalign, sedation dentistry, veneers, etc. Grandview Dental Care is conveniently located at 1220 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43212 in Grandview Heights, near Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, The Ohio State University campus, and downtown Columbus.