Get Your Dental Treatment Before the Prices Go Up

Dental Costs Under Obamacare will increase.It is a surprise a minute as Obama-care becomes implemented. Nancy Pelosi said we wouldn’t find out what was in the bill until it was passed, and she was right.

Obamacare’s medical device’s tax will cover dentistry. Many Physicians are considering retiring early due the intrusive hand of the government. The Senate passed Budget allows for treatment of illegal aliens under Obamacare, so take charge of your health now. Proper treatment will be hard to get.

I just had to get that off my chest. Now back to being a wise prepper. The only good advice that I can give to you is about my specialty, Periodontics (gum disease). You need to have no disease in your mouth to avoid untreatable toothaches after the lights go out. The only person who can help you before that happens is a your money by going ASAP!!! The prices are going up for many reasons.

After you get your mouth healthy, keep it healthy as mentioned in previous articles. If you can afford the very expensive implants, my opinion is that the Periodontist does the best job. Not only has he or she been trained to be a General Dentist first, he or she has been trained for three extra years to be a Periodontist to place implants and save teeth that have periodontal disease. Other specialties have extra training, too. The Oral Surgeon and the Prosthodontist have extra years of training in implants. However, only a Periodontist will do the best job of evaluating your remaining teeth and help you keep them through proper treatment. My many years as a Periodontist have taught me that many dentists misdiagnose or mistreat periodontal disease. Later they send patients with hopeless teeth to the Periodontist. Sometimes miracles occur, but usually many teeth have to be extracted. Implants or dentures are needed then.

Dental Implants Covered by Obamacare

Implants can fail, just like teeth, from the same inflammatory reaction to plaque that causes periodontitis. Only the implant does not have a periodontal membrane between the tooth and the jaw bone. Thus, we call the disease perioimplantitis. The result is the same, loss of bone and loss of the implant and the expensive attached crown. A periodontist can help you keep your implants and teeth healthy. See for locating a Periodontist near you. (I’m retired!)

Start stockpiling now. Iran and North Korea say they are aiming at destroying us with nuclear weapons. One overhead explosion could wipe out all electric power for months!! One of my friends says he will take poison if that happens. I’ll be prepared to support my family to survive. Do the same for yours.

The Dental Dilemma: Braces for Johnny or Generator for the House?

Priorities, priorities, that is what we have to decide. Unlike the leaders in Washington, we have to balance our checkbook! The past dental articles I wrote concerned getting and keeping your mouth healthy so if a disaster occurs, we shouldn’t have to worry about intolerable throbbing pain in the mouth. But, some dental treatment is optional, and expensive.

Preppers choose dental work based on budget.Dentists are constantly frustrated by the fact that half of the dental population in the USA only comes in for treatment when something is bothering them. The reason for delay is fear of the dentist and lack of money to pay for the treatment. Most dental insurance provided by the employer has a maximum coverage per year. Reach that limit, and the rest comes out of your pocket. With the federal government printing paper money to ‘increase jobs’, the result is the dollar that is worth less and everything costs more, including dental treatment. So don’t spend your money on treatment that can be avoided.

Avoid root canals, the tooth may last only eight years, and then need extraction! When decay invades the tooth and reaches the nerve, the pain is usually prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot. A dental x-ray will help determine if you need a root canal treatment. Dental specialists, Endodontists, do this treatment better and faster than a General Dentist, but charge more. Since the life of a tooth is limited once a root canal is done (the root becomes brittle and can fail), a cheaper solution is extraction and replacement. Replacement can be an expensive implant or less costly partial denture. Or going see many people like that.

Avoid braces for Johnny. The parents want a beautiful smile, but is it necessary? One dental argument is that the teeth need to be straight for cleaning..but as a Periodontist I can say that usually that isn’t needed. When the child grows up he or she can send themselves to college and get a pretty smile. If a disaster happens, being a Prepper may be a way of helping your family survive.

Avoid having wisdom teeth extracted. Getting them extracted can prevent future periodontal disease in that area, but it takes a long time for that to occur. Also, having them extracted early can help bone regeneration. The oral surgeon likes to take all four out under sedation. That is nice for his pocket book. Delay this procedure in most cases and buy prepper supplies. Studies have shown that the wisdom teeth do NOT make your teeth crooked!! Myself, I can afford the treatment for my grandchildren, but will be using an experienced military trained general dentist who will use local anesthesia (shots only) and do two teeth at a time, leaving one side to eat. I feel that this decision is cheaper and safer than IV sedation.

My suggestion is delay the braces and buy a generator, food for an extended period of time, or whatever you think will help your family survive if the lights go off for a long, long time.


Should I Refinance the House for Dental Implants?

Dental hygiene is important. Some people finally realize that they are mortal and that they need to start taking care of their bodies before it is too late.  Some never do.  During my tour in Viet Nam this reality check came in my early twenties.   Later, I went back to school and became a General Dentist.  Every time I review the medical history of a new patient I am shocked at how complacent most people are about their health and their oral health.  “Yes, DrGrumpyMarine, I am healthy.”  (They are taking five or more medications, they have diabetes and high blood pressure, etc.)  They have lost several teeth and have no clue why.

Usually the main reason an adult will lose teeth is because of periodontal (gum) disease.  Once symptoms occur, it often is too late, and an extraction is needed.  Get this done before the lights go out.

In the military, we can’t afford to give everyone implants.  Military General Dentists replace the hopeless teeth with dentures (all the teeth are extracted) or with partial dentures (some teeth are retained for stability).  But in civilian life, the dentists want to place implants.  Implants are great, and have a great fee.  Implants can fail, however.  So if you are living paycheck to paycheck, perhaps you should consider other very satisfactory, less expensive options.

Fixed bridges are just about as expensive as implants.  If you lost some teeth already, just putting a bridge on the remaining teeth may be a bad investment.  Partial dentures are fine, and are much less expensive, but again, unless you have proper periodontal treatment on the remaining teeth, the partial will fail with time.  So what else to do??  Take all the teeth out and have an end to dental problems?  That question is asked of dentists daily.  The answer is that you are trading one problem for another.  Upper dentures work pretty well, but the lower (mandibular) ones usually are a nightmare.  Most people usually throw them in the lake and go without a lower denture!!

After 36 years of being a General Dentist and finally a Periodontist, I suggest what I mentioned in the previous articles.  Go to a Dentist or Periodontist and save what you can.  If  you are a Prepper, save as much money for other things, get the healthiest mouth that you can afford.  Don’t refinance the house for Implants if you can find a Dentist who will make partials or dentures instead.

Next time I will discuss keeping what teeth you have, and the controversy of Fluoride.