November 11, 2021
Has your dentist told you that you need a new dental crown? This may seem like something you can easily put off until after the holiday season. After all, you aren’t in any pain, and you have lots going on. The issue with this is that you will be missing out on several different benefits, and you could be putting your smile at risk. Continue reading to learn why you should opt for a new dental crown soon and how your insurance will play a role.
Why Should You Get a New Dental Crown Before the End of the Year?
Crowns are sometimes necessary in order to repair and protect teeth after an injury, tooth decay, or tooth loss. When you put off getting this much needed restoration, your tooth could end up being damaged even further. Here are just some of the negative things that could occur if you wait too long:
- Exposure to bacteria: If your tooth isn’t currently being protected by a dental crown, it can wind up enduring additional decay, or you could even develop a painful infection in the mouth. This is because it isn’t being protected from harmful bacteria.
- Irritation of soft tissue: When the damage to your tooth has left it with rough or sharp surfaces and broken edges, you could end up with painful sores and irritation of the soft tissue in the mouth.
- Additional damage: If your compromised tooth isn’t being supported, you’re leaving it vulnerable to break down even more. Without having it treated properly, this will only become more severe. You could even end up in need of a root canal or extraction. In the end, getting a dental crown can help you to avoid a painful dental emergency in the future.
How Do Your Dental Insurance Benefits Play a Role?
If you have dental insurance, your unused benefits will most likely expire before the end of the calendar year. Your annual deductible is the amount of money that needs to be paid out-of-pocket each year until you are able to take advantage of your benefits. Each January, this amount resets, so you will be responsible for paying it once again. If you have already met your annual deductible for 2021, you are much more likely to save on a crown by getting it now instead of putting it off till after the holiday season.
When it comes to your oral health, this isn’t the time to wait. Give your dentist a call so you get your new crown before 2022 rolls around. Your smile and your wallet will thank you!
About the Author
Dr. Brent Cline earned his dental doctorate from Creighton University and has completed nearly 70 hours of continuing education in the past two years, significantly exceeding the state-wide requirements. He also has an IV sedation certificate from the state of Idaho, which makes it possible for him to provide calming sedation services to patients in need. For more information on dental crowns or to schedule an appointment at his office in Idaho Falls, visit his website or call (208) 529-0420.
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