I haven’t been to the dentist before. My parents never took me growing up and I just kept putting it off as an adult because it didn’t seem important. I’ve never felt very healthy and recently learned that some people who always feel bad but don’t have a medical problem, usually have an underlying dental problem. I decided that might be me and it’s time to get my mouth checked out. I’m really glad I did. He said I need a full mouth reconstruction. The price was astronomical. Is there a way to make this more affordable?
I’ll say right off the bat that I think it’s fantastic you’ve taken this step to get healthy teeth and gums. You’re going to feel worlds better. That being said, I’m not convinced you need a full mouth reconstruction.
You gave no indication that your mouth had extensive decay or that you were in pain a lot. You just mentioned possible underlying dental causes. I don’t want you being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous dentist who sees a newbie coming a mile away.
Because of that, I’d like you to get a second opinion. You can probably find a dentist who does free second opinions. Or, if there’s not one in your area, the nearest decent sized city should have either a school for hygienists or a dental school. They’ll usually do exams and cleanings for around $50. Not bad.
When getting a second opinion, never tell them the first diagnosis or who the dentist was you saw. If they ask, tell them you just want their untainted opinion. The reason for that is if they happen to be buddies with the other dentist they might feel guilty countering his or her opinion. This way you get their honest, unswayed thoughts.
While you are likely to need more than the average amount of work, including some fillings and possibly a dental crown, I’d be surprised if you really needed a full-mouth reconstruction.
Affording Extensive Dental Work
Let’s say for the sake of argument I’m completely wrong and you do need extensive work done. There are affordable ways to get good dental care. However, full-mouth reconstructions are very advanced, complicated procedures which aren’t taught in general dental school. It takes a great deal of planning to do correctly. It would be best if you sought out the right dentist to do it and worked out phased treatment to make the cost more do-able. There are qualified dentists who will help with payments.
For now, get that second opinion. If it turns out you do need a that full-mouth reconstruction, write back and I’ll help you find the right dentist in your area to do it.
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