Delaying gum disease treatment? 3 reasons why you shouldn’t
There are many reasons we can come up with to skip out on going to the dentist regularly (or even at all). Not many people go to the orthodontist’s office because they want to. It can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, costly…the list goes on. Nevertheless, time waits for no one. Sooner or later we all have to face the music if we want our teeth to be healthy; and sooner is always preferable to later. It’s no secret that if you stay on top of your oral hygiene, trips to the dentist can be less frequent and more pleasant. Here’s three of the most common excuses we use to talk ourselves out of it (and why you need to get your mind out of that gutter!)
1. “The cost of gum surgery is too high.”
Periodontal treatments can actually cut costs! You’ve probably heard the saying pay a little now, or pay a lot later, right? Well oral hygiene and visits to the dentist are no exception to this rule. Your mouth can be a good indicator of your overall health. How is that possible? Believe it or not, other complications separate from oral health can arise from the clutches of gum disease and periodontitis, and they can be quite serious. Diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and cancer, to name a few. These conditions are also much more life-threatening and severe than simple gum disease. It goes without saying that, while your periodontal treatments may cost you a little now, when coupled with the cost of treatments for any one of these diseases, it will end up costing you a lot more later, too.
The average cost per quadrant for LANAP® is about $1500. Traditional periodontal surgery can actually end up costing more in the long (and even short) run. Many providers offer payment plans or participate with financing providers, such as CareCredit. And many insurance companies will actually cover the LANAP® procedure if coded properly by the provider.
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2. “My gum disease isn’t urgent.”
Nothing could be further from the truth! While it is true gum disease can often be so mild many learn to live with it, this line of thinking is unsanitary and very risky. As we mentioned earlier, gum disease and periodontitis can lead to other diseases that can be very serious. If that wasn’t reason enough for urgency, there’s more. Gingivitis comes with symptoms such as: red, swollen and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath and bad taste in mouth, gum recession, loose teeth, and alteration of your bite. If left unchecked it can develop into the more serious periodontitis, which comes with all the symptoms of gingivitis, but much more advanced. At this stage, gum and bone tissue can also begin to deteriorate via necrosis. Teeth may even fall out as a result. Once this begins to happen, you are most likely going to need surgery to repair the damage done from neglecting to treat your gum disease sooner.
3. “Surgery hurts too much.”
Periodontal care has come a long way over the years! You may be surprised to find out that periodontal care can performed using LANAP® laser treatments. It is a much less painful type of treatment for periodontal disease and significantly more successful than conventional surgery. Laser treatments are capable of getting at the source of the inflammation in your gums without destroying any of the healthy tissue surrounding the affected area. If that wasn’t enough, you can look forward to a scalpel and suture free operation, sending you home virtually pain free. There’s never been a better time to see your periodontist!
Don’t keep making excuses. Don’t wait. You can have healthy teeth & gums and a healthier life sooner and more pain-free than you think. LANAP® has even been more affordable than traditional periodontal surgery in some cases. LANAP® is less-invasive with less downtime and shows powerful, long-lasting results.
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