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The High Cost of Avoiding Dental Care | Dentist in Westlake Village Explains Why

October 20, 2017


The High Cost of Avoiding Dental Care | Dentist in Westlake Village Explains Why

According to a 2013 study entitled Aspen Dental Cost of Delay Study, one in three Americans will delay visiting their dentist.  Tooth decay is almost completely preventable, but only if you get preventive services that are necessary for early diagnosis and interventions that can stop or slow the progress of most oral diseases. The only way to avoid large dental care expenses down the road is to seek preventive dental care in a timely manner and routinely see your dentist.

Delay Will Cost More

A tooth that could have been simply filled can become a tooth that requires a root canal, and the cost of the procedure multiplies.  A report by Oral Health America stated that preventive dental care and management can save over $4 billion every year in the cost of the various treatments.  When oral diseases go left untreated, it can not only lead to pain, infection, and tooth or bone loss, but also contributes to an increased risk for serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and poor birth outcomes.  Seeing your dentist and hygienist every 6 months for a routine hygiene visit and check up will keep dental problems to a minimum and also help you avoid serious health concerns.

Afraid of the Dentist?

Many people avoid the dentist for fear of pain or past negative experiences.  At Westlake Village Dental Health, our practice’s mission is to provide you with exceptional care in a comfortable environment. We consider our patients like our family and we want them to feel good about coming to their visits. We are committed to providing excellent patient care and we have integrated the most advanced dental techniques to help all patients enjoy optimal oral health.

The Bottom Line

If you have any dental concerns, even if you feel it is insignificant, make an appointment right away.  You don’t want a small problem to grow and turn into a serious dental health condition that will require you to spend a lot more than the initial cost. 

Call us today at Westlake Village Dental Health (805) 494-4887, to set up an appointment so you can get the preventive care you need.

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Teeth Whitening

As we age, our teeth become darker, yellower, or stained. This is a big reason why whiter teeth make people look more youthful. Genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods also play a role in the darkening of our teeth. The at-home teeth whitening products sold in drug stores simply aren’t as potent and results take several weeks. At Westlake Village Dental Health we offer both in-office whitening and take-home kits which use custom molded trays. Whitening via a professional dentist is quicker and more potent, thus leading to significantly faster results and a brighter smile.

Dental Veneers

If you have teeth that are crooked, damaged, or have gaps, you might be recommended dental veneers to transform your smile. Porcelain dental veneers are made individually for each patient to resemble their natural teeth, in size and color. The veneers themselves are thin layers of tooth-colored material that are applied to the front of the tooth and are shaped so they blend in with the surrounding teeth for a natural, but improved look.  Dental veneers can completely transform a smile and give a huge boost to your confidence!

Dental Implants

When a patient has one or more missing teeth, they may want to consider getting a dental implant(s). Dental implants are metal posts that are implanted into the jaw bone and acts as the tooth root. Compared to dentures and bridges, implants look and function more like natural teeth. As a result, you would care for dental implants just like you would your own teeth – with regular brushing and flossing.

Repair Your Smile Today

To learn more about how you can restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Choi and he can recommend the right treatment for you and your needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling (805) 494-4887, or schedule an appointment online.

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