The sound of scraping teeth coming to the waiting room, the fear of what to do if a dental help is found … There are many people who are not good at dentists. In addition, it takes money and time to treat teeth, so it is easy for the dentist to be far away from the dentist. Today, let’s look at the results of dental treatment surveys, why there are differences in costs due to dentistry, and how to care for your teeth.

Current situation seen from data of dental treatment

Unexpectedly? Leave rate of tooth decayIf you feel the need for treatment, such as having a toothache or a sore, will everyone go to the dentist right away? According to the questionnaire result (Note 1) that the National Liaison Board of Japan conducted in 2014, “Good dental care with insurance”, “Is there any place where it is left without treatment?”

Were 29.0%. By gender, it is 44.2% for men and 55.8% for women, and it is clear that more women are left without treatment. By age group, the 50s was the highest, at 21.4%. Next comes 19.7% in the 60s and 19.4% in the 30s, and it can be seen that the leaving rate in the 30s to 60s is high.

 
In addition, as reasons for leaving without treatment, there were many cases such as “no time” (59.3%), “not good at treatment” (31.1%) and “worry about expenses” (26.5%) .What insurance does not payI think some people have the image of spending money on dental treatment. However,

depending on the content of the treatment, there may be some cases where insurance may be available, and in some cases, treatment may be relatively cheap within the coverage of the insurance. Let’s look at some specifics.Example of treatment for which insurance is applied

  • Filling: The initial stage of caries is shaved and white-filled to restore the teeth to their original shape.
  • Cast crown restoration: A mildly tooth-carved, cast-in-placed silver filling that restores the teeth to their original shape.
  • Bridge: We scrape the teeth in front of and behind the missing teeth, and use them as a foundation to connect them like a bridge to make teeth.

Example of treatment without insurance

  • Implant: Implant an artificial tooth root in the toothless part and attach an artificial tooth on it.
  • Orthodontic: cure teeth alignment and bite while moving the position of the teeth using an appliance.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry: Make teeth look more beautiful with whitening teeth whitening, and treatments that use ceramic to clean the color and shape of the teeth.

With the new insurance system, which began in April 2014, insurance can now be applied to white overlays that do not use metal. It is helpful for people with metal allergy. However, depending on the material used, insurance may not apply. Also, be aware that there are differences in the strength, ease of discoloration, and which teeth can be used to treat each material. For more information, please consult your dentist.

Unexpectedly not known? Reasons for differences in costs depending on dentistry

How is the cost difference of dental treatment born?One of the reasons for the cost difference in dental care is “mixed care”, which combines insurance and non-insurance care. In principle, mixed care is not permitted in principle in the Japanese health insurance system. 

However, in dental treatment, if the patient wishes, it can shift from medical treatment to medical treatment at their own expense. For example, after receiving dental treatment at a health care office, you can choose a non-insurance ceramic filling in place of the insurance silver filling. 
The cost also depends on the material used to mold the teeth and the time the dental technician spends on making dentures and teeth. 

In addition, the fee for self-administration can be set independently by the dentist, which may vary depending on the location and size of the dentist.Estimated cost for dentistsThe following table shows the typical costs for dentists.

  • Regular medical checkup: 6,000 yen to 10,000 yen (when there is no need for treatment as a result of examination)
  • Early-stage caries treatment: 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen (insurance treatment)
  • Moderate dental caries treatment: 2,000 yen to 10,000 yen (insurance medical treatment)
  • Bridge: 7,000 yen to 20,000 yen (insurance medical treatment)
  • False teeth: 5,000 yen to 40,000 yen (insurance treatment)
  • Roentgen: 700 yen to 10,000 yen
  • Scale removal (scaling): 800 yen to 1,000 yen (insurance medical treatment)
  • Fluorine application (once in 3 months): 300 yen to 540 yen (insurance medical treatment)
  • Brushing instruction: 240 yen-3,000 yen

Depending on the content of treatment, the cost may vary considerably. Also, self-consulting services can not afford insurance and can be quite expensive. For example, ceramic fillings often cost more than 50,000 yen, and implant and orthodontic treatment cost hundreds of thousands of yen. If you want to get expensive treatment, you may want to consider a dental loan that specializes in dental treatment.

In normal teeth and healthy teeth

Daily dental care leads to savings!In the treatment of dental caries, the teeth are scraped, so if you repeat, your teeth will wear off more and more. In addition, severe tooth decay can result in the loss of the teeth themselves. Early-stage treatment is important because it takes money and time to get worse. 


In addition, what has recently been discussed in the news is the “collapse” of a child who has 10 or more severe caries. The poverty problem, the increase in single parents and double-income families, etc. are the background that parents can not take their children to the dentist or care about their oral care. 


The risk of losing teeth and the cost of treatment can be reduced by making efforts to keep healthy teeth normally, and to receive early treatment if you feel something unusual. 


Do you know the “8020 (Hachimar niimaru) exercise” promoted by the Japan Dental Association? This is an exercise called “keep at least 20 teeth at 80 years old”, and it is thought that you can enjoy the pleasure of eating with your own teeth for a lifetime. 

I want to improve my eating habits by keeping my healthy teeth forever.What you can do to maintain dental healthAs well as brushing your teeth daily to clean your teeth, be careful with the toothbrush and toothpaste you use to brush your teeth. 

Toothbrushes have a long life, and old toothbrushes can not remove enough dirt, or bacteria can accumulate. The guideline of toothbrush replacement is said to be about one month, but look at the toothbrush from the back and let’s replace it when the bristles are out of order. 


There are many kinds of toothpaste that are specially designed for the prevention of dental caries and periodontal diseases, so select them well according to your oral condition. I also want to introduce dental floss and interdental brushes that can remove eating debris and plaque that can not be removed with toothpaste. 


Even if you have no pain or discomfort in your teeth, get a regular check-up with a dentist, and take dental plaque removal, fluoride application, and brushing instructions to prevent dental caries.