Value for Money in Dentistry
There has been a lot of confusion about what people consider as ‘value for money’ in dentistry. This has been largely influenced by traditional dentistry which has created a certain illusion about ‘value’ being determined by dental insurance. Think about it – does that cheap insurance policy that you have cover the various treatment options your teeth might need?
Traditional dentistry views the jaw, teeth, and gums as one mechanism that’s independent of all other mechanisms such that whenever a problem arises, they can just fix it without thinking about the rest of your body. Unfortunately, this kind of fixing does not last, and patients usually end up going back to the dentist or developing other problems such as chronic diseases. Is that value?
The Cost of Traditional Dentistry
People often find biomimetic dentistry too expensive. However, a couple of years after getting a traditional treatment, they start getting dental problems and realize that the treatment was not good enough to maintain the health of their natural teeth. Unfortunately, this is the scenario that countless patients have experienced and dearly regret not getting a better treatment option in the first place.
While the conventional treatment procedure solves the immediate problem, it does not last for long. The drilling and use of fillings usually damage the tooth, and this is likely to cost you more in the future. Therefore, the cost of traditional dentistry is the cost of the initial examination and treatment plus the cost of all ensuing additional or repeat treatments.
Holistic dentistry uses natural materials to treat decayed, damaged or diseased tooth. However, what really stands out is that, unlike traditional dentistry that damages even the healthy tooth structure, biomimetic seeks to save the maximum healthy tooth structure possible. And this is one of the main reasons why Dr. Woods uses this conservative approach. The procedure mimics the natural tooth functioning and maintains the healthy relationships that exist between different mechanisms within the mouth. Therefore, it does not affect the mouth-body connection hence safe for your holistic body health.
Though the initial examination and treatment cost is higher, biomimetic treatment lasts way longer than traditional treatment. As a result, you don’t incur subsequent costs for extra or repeat treatments. Therefore, you save more in the long run. This is where the difference comes between biomimetic costs and traditional costs.
We cannot insist enough on how important your oral hygiene is to you. And since the mouth and body are connected, oral health is interlinked with your general health, well-being, and quality of life. Dr. Woods takes this very seriously, and therefore, does everything possible to ensure your overall well-being. And what better way than offering holistic dentistry?
Holistic/conservative dentistry seeks to treat the whole patient, and not just the symptoms. Dr. Woods, therefore, addresses the root of the problem to ensure that the problem does not recur nor affect other parts of your body and your overall health. Getting value for money in dentistry is not how much time you spend with the dentist, but rather, how well you’re treated as a whole by the dentist.