Often people will neglect to have routine dental exams and teeth cleanings for various reasons. The reasons for failing to receive routine dental care include busy schedules, budget constraints and in many cases a fear of the dentist. In many cases, the fear of the dentist often results in people not visiting the dentist for years, even if they develop dental pain, which gets increasingly worse.
It is important to keep in mind that it is never too late visit the dentist and the entire dental team is committed to improving their patient’s dental health and appearance, even if it has been years since their last visit. In addition, the dentist will not be judgmental of the patient’s reasons for not visiting earlier. All that matters is that the patient is here now and how can the dental team help!
During the initial visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam, including x-rays and a visual exam. The dentist will also inquire about any pain, as well as what bothers the patient about the appearance of their teeth. Upon completion of the exam the dentist will make their recommendations to the patient, as too the beast course of action.
Depending on a number of factors, including the patient’s at home dental care, all that may be necessary is a cleaning of the teeth and a couple of cavities being filled. In other cases if more extensive restoration work is necessary, the dentist will prioritize the treatments necessary and develop a phased approach to correcting the problems.
The dentist will also discuss various anesthesia options available, including sedation, which will make the treatments pain free. Most patients find the initial visit the hardest and the visits where the actual work takes place a piece of cake!
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
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