I never was able to go to the dentist as a child. My parents never had the money. I used to resent them for that. But, I had saved up money to go to the dentist and now I understand. This dentist told me I need a lot of work and suggested what he called a full-mouth reconstruction. This is way beyond anything I can afford. In fact, it costs more than all the cars I’ve owned put together. Is there an affordable way to get this done?
Our parent’s actions often seem more understandable as we age, however, avoiding the dentist altogether is never recommended. It will actually end up costing you more money in the long run, something your parents just may not have understood.
That being said, I don’t think this is the best dentist for you to be seeing. He’s jumping a lot of guns. I don’t know if he’s doing that because he’s lazy or because he is trying to milk you for as much as he can. Either way, you want a different dentist.
A full-mouth reconstruction means grinding down all of your teeth and placing dental crowns on all of them. This can only be done by the top 1-2% of dentists in the country.
It takes advanced training in both restorative dentistry and aesthetics. Not many dentists have this. If it’s done incorrectly, it can completely destroy your bite, leading to severe TMJ problems.
Find a Dentist Willing to Work Hard
What you need instead is a dentist willing to work hard to preserve as much of your healthy teeth as he can while taking care of the issues that have further and need treatment.
Affording this is easier too. You simply have the dentist list out everything that needs to be done to your teeth without wasting unnecessary structure.
Ask him to list it out from most urgent to least. This way you can do what’s known as phased treatment. You work on the urgent things so you don’t end up with a dental emergency, then slowly (as you are able) get the next thing done.
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