Brushing teeth is not enough in maintaining good oral health. People need dental check-ups to keep oral health at its best. The essential dental health services can be associated with the help of dental plans. It also covers the dental health of the whole family.
A dental plan has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Starting with the advantages, these plans may even go beyond teeth protection. Firstly, is about affordability of dental services. With dental plans, dental costs will be significantly lessened. Money matters are of great concern because people consider the price of the services. Another benefit of dental coverage is the chance to visit dentist regularly. It helps in prevention of tooth problems. Next advantage is that when a person needs to have immediate care in times of emergencies, they can go to their dentist right away. It is because they do not have to think of the expensive fees that they need to pay because they have insurance to do it for them. It also gives a piece of mind for the person at the very least.
Subsequently, with a dental plan, teeth and gums' maintenance will be ensured. This will help in oral disease prevention. It is imperative to have healthy teeth in order to have healthy body also. After that, if ever oral health diseases were not preceded, at least the complications can be reduced. Some people ignore complications of their dental illnesses because they do not have sufficient money to finance the procedures. Obtaining a dental plan can help decrease not only the expenses but the complications that may arise from dental diseases.
In regards to a dental plan, its advantages have equal disadvantages. A downside is that obtaining dental plans initially, are expensive. And, in terms of monthly promotions, payments are not that cheap and may be hard for others to get it. Considering also the services excluded by some dental insurance companies. Some dental insurance does not cover dental cosmetic procedures like braces which is necessary for some people to have it.
There are also credit limits implemented by insurance companies on the amount of dental charges in a year. It is a weakness for a plan especially if the person needs regular follow-check-ups. Also, some plans offered contained complicated policies which make it difficult for others to comprehend what is written in their plan. Lastly, some plans implemented a limited choice of dentists. If a person already has a preferred dentist but then he holds a plan that does not include his dentist, it will then be a disadvantage.
In obtaining dental plans, it is better to weigh out options and its benefits and disadvantages. It is important that the dental coverage varies is beneficial and for the advantage of a person because when emergencies arise in any event, there is nothing to worry about.
Have you ever heard of dental sealants? These are protective coverings mainly made of plastic that are used to cover the chewing surface of teeth, especially the pre-molars and molars. The main purpose is to prevent tooth decay.
Sealants are simple to apply. A dentist will simply spread the sealant over the chewing surface of your tooth and he will allow it to harden. As it hardens, it will seal all the gaps and depressions on the surface of the tooth. This gives a smooth refined surface which is easy to brush and is protected from decay. They last several years, but still need re-application from time to time.
There are advantages and disadvantages of having dental sealants:
- Sealants are very useful in children, they prevent the decaying of their teeth since they do not know how to brush their teeth thoroughly yet. This reduces the pain of having constant cavities.
- The teeth are easier to clean after the procedure, because it gives a smoother surface. Children will especially enjoy brushing their teeth because the grooves and roughness on the chewing surface will no longer be there.
- The process is simple and pain-free. People are generally afraid of visiting the dentist, so it's encouraging for them to know that putting sealants is a pain-free process, and can be done quickly.
- The risk of having grooves and depressions in the teeth are minimized. There are also less tooth decays and less pain in the long run.
- There is a big saving of money in the long run. This is in term of making less trips to the dentist in future years, and also there is a saving where perhaps a more expensive procedure like a root canal would have been needed later if the child had not had a sealant put in.
- The initial payment can be expensive because the insurance companies do not easily justify the cost of putting sealants. As much as it is cheaper in the long-run, the initial payment is difficult to justify as some people see it as an unnecessary.
- Unfortunately sealants do not last a life time; they need to be re-done after every ten years. Also constant review needs to be done regularly.
- In cases where decay had already started when a sealant was put, the decay would be well hidden and it would continue to destroy the tooth, leading to worse damage. Sealants can not be put on teeth which have fillings.
- People generally hate visiting the dentist; therefore it's difficult to convince them to go to the dentist for a preventive procedure like this one. They would rather go when they have an urgent dental problem.
You can now make an informed decision as to whether you should get sealants applied on your teeth or those of your children. Whatever decision you make, you can still have good dental health.[Top]
Dental implants over last 10 years have grown immensely in popularity. There have been new composites, better methods of implantation, and better methods of fabricating the implants. This has been an exciting time in the world of implants.
Most of the excitation over dental implants is a result of advantages with having them put into place. However, there are some disadvantages to them in the United States. One of these disadvantages is the cost of dental implants. This is probably the most common disadvantages that patients will point to. Implants are body parts and you really want to make sure you have an experienced implant surgeon who does a routine amount per year. It is difficult to elucidate a definitive cost or even a ballpark cost as patients have such individual needs and difficulty with their implant placement.
However, the cost of dental implants can typically be more affordable than what is presumed in most patients' minds. One can obtain a special from the dental office, or may even negotiate some or finance the implant investment.
Another disadvantage is that dental insurance often does not cover the cost of dental implants or bone grafting. At times the insurance may cover part of the procedure, such as paying for the crown, the abutment, or even the implant itself. Unfortunately though, one must keep in mind that dental insurance just simply is not set up for this kind of expense. There are very low annual limits and this has not changed in over 3 decades. So in reality the insurance may only cover with simply one implant, but most patients need more than one implant. Some dental insurance plan simply exclude implants altogether.
Another disadvantage is that dental implants require a surgical procedure. The implant is being placed into your bones, and there are some very small risks that add up to about 1% for individuals. This may include risk of nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, damage to other teeth, infection, etc. This is one reason is very important to go see an completed dentist for your implants.
Another disadvantage is that dental implants are not made to last forever. Implants maintain sufficient durability to most likely last for 10 to 20 years. However, an implant such as a porcelain crown or a bridge on an implant can break or chip. But keep in mind that implants are really no different than the teeth without implants. Crowns, fillings, dentures, they simply do not last forever and often need additional revision work. Going to see a very good dentist who maintains a technologically modern office may help dramatically such as a great lab, the design for the implant, and maintaining the appropriate diagnosis and implant is the key to getting fitted with durable implants and minimizing the need for revision .
As is the same with joint replacements, one can lose bone around the implants that are placed. If too much bone is lost, you will need to have a replacement of the entire implant. This is another reason to us choose a very skilled implant dentist.
The last disadvantage to be discussed here is timeframe. Placing a dental implant itself may only take an hour. But it takes time for the bone to grow into the implants. This may take anywhere from 3 months to 18 months depending on the patient's unique situation. With all these disadvantages, the pros still outweigh the cons when it comes to having implants placed. It is a long-term benefit for interrogations actually short-term, and when teeth are lost it truly is the best option is to have a dental implant.[Top]
Many doctors recommend dental implants for their patients who need them. These are actually metal based roots that are placed and attached to the bone or jaw of the patient. Usually, or in all cases, the metal used for the rods is titanium. The reason for this is because it is readily accepted by the human body and poses fewer risks compared to other metals. The titanium rods are screwed and established on the jaw by opening the gum with the missing tooth (multiple rods can be placed, if necessary.
Some doctors recommend a recovery period for the rod to be accepted by the body before actually putting on the final bridge, crown or dentures. Dentists will place a temporary toothlike replacement unto the rod in order for the person to avoid biting down on it and injuring itself or damaging the recently established rod. It is important that something stable be placed to cover the rod because any damage to it by biting down on it can cause complications to it.
A soft diet is usually recommended during the recovery period. When the time for the permanent appliance to be placed comes, the dentist attaches it and recommends care when using it for several weeks. Recently, more and more surgical dentists are immediately placing the permanent appliance into the titanium rod to get rid of the repeat procedure which makes recovery longer. The dental implants are usually used to house or support several kinds of appliances used for dentistry. Dentures, implant supported bridges and crowns are the usual fare for these. They allow unidirectional movement for the tooth without the risk of any reciprocal action.
The advantages of using dental implants are several but the most important is the return of function for the oral cavity. Missing teeth hinder or hamper chewing and other digestive functions of the oral cavity since there may be discomfort or pain when the exposed gum is hit by a solid bit of food. The return of function is probably the most advantageous from this procedure. Aesthetics is also another factor that may drive a person to go and have this kind of procedure done. Missing teeth are a turn off for many especially when these are located in the anterior part of the oral cavity. Front teeth are part of one's smile and missing teeth can affect the looks and smile of a person. Another benefit from the dental implant procedure is the lower risk of injuring the exposed gum when eating. Some people eat hard foods that can damage gums.
One disadvantage of having dental implants is their cost. Any dental procedure is basically expensive and may not be included in insurance policies. This is one of the most likely causes why some people are wary of dental procedures. Another disadvantage is that once something is wrong with a tooth, the checksups and the maintenance visits are usually never ending. The time, money and effort that one invests in dentistry can be immune.[Top]