With these 10 tips, you can easily find a good cheap dentist in your area.
- Recognise misdiagnoses-they-are-not-rare
- Get a second opinion before any treatment
- Always get a cost estimate HKP
- Is your dentist a real expert
- Dentist or bag-cutter
- Implants and their risks
- Whiter teeth are not healthier
- Treatments like an assembly line
- Always compare laboratory costs for dentures on the internet
1. Recognise misdiagnoses-they-are-not-rare. Your dentist has several methods of involving you in his diagnosis. He can use a camera or mouth mirror to show you where darker areas mean tooth decay. And yet these diagnoses are often wrong. Many organisations, e.g. the scientific institute Wido of the AOK, Stern and Ökotest have sent pre-diagnosed test persons to dental practices in recent years. The result was always the same: Harmless discolourations on the tooth are regarded as caries, real caries is overlooked. Many damages to gums and teeth are arbitrarily or wrongly diagnosed. Young people with perfectly healthy teeth can also be particularly affected, as the recent study shows.
2. Get a second opinion before any treatment. If you have even the slightest doubt about your dentist's diagnosis, get a second opinion. Question the treatments you need and get another doctor to check whether there really is decay, the crown needs to be renewed and the filling needs to be replaced. Maybe your dentist is just being overcautious or is one of the third of doctors who wanted to drill without any medical necessity in the current study. No patient can tell if the dark spot is decay or just a harmless discolouration. The only way you can test it is to get a free second dentist opinion.
3. Always get a cost estimate. Before starting treatment, have a treatment and cost plan (HCP) given to you and submit it to the health insurance company or insurer. The costs and the treatment objective must be known and accepted. Health insurance companies as well as our more than 700 partner dentists offer a free HKP in addition to patient counselling. It is in your interest to have the costs checked before an extensive therapy measure. This is because there are often price differences in the 4-digit range.
4. Is your dentist a real expert?For every disease there is an expert with special treatment methods. For periodontal (gum) disease, the MSc Master of Science in Periodontology, for root canal treatment the MSc Master of Science in Endodontology - yet many "experts" may not be true specialists. The decisive factor is the specialist training that demonstrates the qualifications. The spectrum ranges from a weekend seminar to a Master's degree course lasting several years. This is because many designations such as periodontist, endodontist but also implantologist are not protected and any dentist could call himself that - even without any specialist qualification.
5. Dentist or bag-cutter?The "Democratic Dentistry Association" (VDZM) and the " German Working Group for Dentistry" (DAZ) are the advocates of statutory health insurance in dentistry. Dentists who organise themselves there are very likely to be a good choice.
6. Better than their reputation - the health insurance benefit. Make use of health insurance benefits for your dental treatment. Ask your dentist specifically about this and find out about the benefits. Instead of a ceramic crown, it may be a full cast metal crown in the rear, non-visible area. This type of crown preserves more of your own tooth and is less expensive. When it comes to tooth replacement, a bridge can be more sensible than an implant.
7. Implants and their risks. Implants are considered the most permanent and best way to compensate for tooth loss. The risk of getting uncontrolled gingivitis is high and also depends on the implant-abutment connection. Researchers are still in the dark about the cause and its treatment. Data on the frequency of peri-implantitis (implant inflammation) varies and, according to studies, affects one in five patients.
8. Whiter teeth are not healthier. Don't be blinded by advertising promises. Whiter teeth look better than yellowed fronts. Nevertheless, you should bear in mind that every procedure also damages the tooth substance. As described in point 1, caries can be overlooked and this is dangerous with bleaching. If you want to have white front teeth, this is possible with ceramic veneers. In this case, intact enamel must be ground off, which makes the teeth more susceptible to dental diseases later on, up to and including tooth loss.
9. Treatments like on an assembly line. In some practices, it is the order of the day to first ask new patients to have their teeth professionally cleaned. Often even before the dentist has seen the patient and been able to assess oral hygiene. You should stay away from such practices, as services are offered without being necessary in the individual case. You should stay away from such practices that proceed in this way without medical advice from the doctor or want to start immediately with panoramic photographs.
10. Always compare laboratory costs for dentures on the Internet. The largest part of the dental prosthesis costs, usually far more than 50 percent, is the laboratory costs. A dental laboratory is nothing other than a production company for medical products. It is therefore subject to the same business management rules as any other production company. A large company can buy large quantities of raw materials more cheaply than a small one. That is why the prices of large laboratories are up to 80% cheaper for the same quality.
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