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By Richard G Mark DDS
April 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.

The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.

There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.

Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.

The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.

Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.

For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.

The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.

If you would like more information on managing your dental care and its costs, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Richard G Mark DDS
July 16, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

When was the last time you saw the dentist? Checkups and treatments by Independence, MO, dentist Dr. Richard Mark are essential in dental visitshelping you and your family maintain healthy smiles.

Visiting twice a year can improve your oral health

Scheduling appointments every six months offers many benefits, including:

  • Diagnosis of Cavities and Dental Problems: You may have a cavity and not even know it. In fact, cavities usually don't cause pain until they're fairly large. By then, significant damage to your teeth can occur. When you schedule appointments every six months, cavities will be diagnosed and treated before they grow too large or the decay spreads to nearby teeth. Oral issues can also be a sign of other health problems.
  • Reduction of Plaque and Tartar: Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a transparent, sticky film that causes cavities and eventually becomes a hard deposit called tartar if it's not removed from your teeth. Tartar is a factor in gum disease and can't be removed simply by brushing. If plaque and tartar aren't removed, this can allow bacteria to attack the gums around the teeth, causing inflammation. Symptoms of gum disease don't always present until some damage has already been done, so it's important that you maintain regular visits to your dentist. There is growing research about the link between chronic inflammation due to periodontal disease and systemic health. The plaque buildup can start a huge inflammation reaction which can spill into one's whole body, compromising peoples general health.
  • A Brighter Smile: Your smile will look a little brighter after plaque and tartar are removed and your teeth are polished.

If you have a possible problem, don't wait until your checkup to share your concerns. Call the dentist's office to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Pain in teeth should never be ignored. Although a cavity may be responsible for your toothache, pain may also be caused by an abscess, a bacterial infection that requires emergency treatment. Pain may also occur if you grind your teeth or have a sinus infection.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums: Gum changes can occur if you have gum disease but may also accompany an abscess.
  • Tooth Trauma: Call the dentist immediately if your tooth was knocked out or became loose due to a blow to your face.

Regular dental care is the key to both good oral and general health. Call Independence, MO, dentist Dr. Richard Mark at (816) 461-3660 to schedule your next appointment.