By one estimate, teeth are figured to have upward to 2,000 nerve endings per square millimeter. That’s the greatest concentration of nerves anywhere in the body. As far as soft tissues go, your lips and tongue have the most nerves.
Odds are good that your dentist will get on one of those nerves, sooner or later!
Why Dental Treatment Bites
Despite how it may seem, your dentist is not trying to hurt you.
Your mouth is a surprisingly tiny workspace. Remember how many nerves you have in your mouth? It’s difficult to not bump one, on occasion.
On the plus side, dental instruments are constantly updated to become slimmer, lighter, and gentler. You’ll notice that a lot more procedures are now done with lasers, pressurized air, and jets of water as opposed to manually shaping or drilling with metal tools.
How to Make Dental Treatment More Comfortable
Who knows? There may yet come a time when we will be able to remove a dental restoration, drop it off at the dentist’s for repair, pick it up, and pop them right back in.
But for now, we have to accept the fact that dentistry is complicated work in a tiny field and it’s rarely easy on anyone – patient or dentist.
Clear communication is the best tool to smooth things over.
Let your dentist know in advance what your fears and concerns are. Ask what can be done to help you stay comfortable in the treatment chair.
Having a good relationship with a dentist at an office you like can help make treatment so much easier. Contact a local dentist today to turn over a new leaf in your oral health.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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