If the funds for your oral surgery have to come out of your own pocket, you might be tempted to delay the procedure — but this is not a wise move.
Cost is one of the leading reasons patients put off oral and maxillofacial surgery. Some people think treatment isn’t urgent if they aren’t bothered by pain or functional problems. Others have symptoms, but the price of the procedure makes them think twice about opening their wallet.
Regardless, holding off on getting oral surgery can mean paying a bigger price in the long run — and we don’t just mean more money.
Why shouldn’t you postpone treatment?
Oral Surgery Can Benefit Your Overall Health
As the saying goes, if you have your health, you have everything.
People seem to intuitively understand this in terms of their overall health and seek out treatment when needed. But when it comes to oral health, getting timely professional care is often seen as less important.
This type of thinking is misguided, because an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. If you need oral or maxillofacial surgery and decide to forgo treatment, you may be at a greater risk for serious medical issues, including heart disease, stroke and poor glycemic control.
Putting Off Oral Surgery Leads to More Pain
If you’re not in pain now, what’s the harm in postponing treatment?
Pain from an oral health problem can come on suddenly. Once you start hurting, you’ll wish you had scheduled your surgery. The pain won’t go away on its own, and it will probably get worse the longer you wait. Is delaying treatment worth the price you pay in added pain? We say no — and most patients would agree.
Postponing Oral Surgery Can Increase the Cost
Oral health problems are progressive, meaning that they worsen over time.
What might be a simple surgical procedure today could turn into a more complicated (and costlier) treatment if you wait several months. If you want to pay less to preserve your oral health, now’s the time to schedule your surgery.
Oral Surgery Can Be Affordable
Many patients who need oral or maxillofacial surgery don’t have dental insurance, or their procedure isn’t covered. And not everyone has enough cash in the bank or room on their credit card to cover treatment.
Fortunately, patients have several options to make surgery more affordable. Many oral surgeons offer payment plans or cash discounts for certain procedures. Dental discount plans can also bring down treatment costs.
If you’re concerned about fitting treatment into your budget, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can help. We want you to get the care you need, and our professional team will work with you to find a payment solution that works for you.
Don’t postpone your procedure any longer. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today and schedule a consultation to discuss our affordable payment options for oral surgery.