If you have been delaying visiting a dentist for fear of pain or high expense, you are not the only one. At least one in ten people who have the economic resources and access to dental services spend even years without visiting a professional in this area.
When a very strong toothache finally forces us to act, we usually ask an acquaintance to recommend us to a dentist, or we choose it on the Internet or in the advertising that we see in the media. The chosen dentist is usually competent and honest. However, some, a minority, are incapable, dishonest or both.
Here are some tips based on reports issued by competent and knowledgeable people in this area, who can help you choose a good professional.
First of all, make sure that the dentist you are going to see is registered and that the consultation is registered in Health.
Do not ignore the advice of friends regarding recommendations, but evaluate it critically. See how long they have been patients of the dentist they recommend. If they are impressed by the behavior of the professional in one or two visits, this opinion should have less weight than if, for example, the professional has attended to the family for years. Ask also to explain the work they did to them. Be skeptical if you only praise the extractions without pain; but it gives greater consideration if they mention that the professional insisted on saving pieces that the patients themselves believed lost. He also assesses if he was kind in answering the doubts that were raised and if his fees were reasonable.
Do not fall into the error of supposing that the dentists organized in a group guarantee better attention and lower prices for the mere fact of sharing their costs. A clinic that works alone should get and keep their patients for the merits of their own work, and not for the safety of a center that belongs to a chain or that is a franchise. Although it is against the interests of the group to have an incompetent or insensitive dentist among its members, many allow them to enter the group on purely economic criteria and corrupt their service sheet, sometimes arriving at piecework in some offices.
In any case, in the first visit you will discover many factors about your competition. Keep in mind if you are not questioned thoroughly about your dental and medical history. Before starting any treatment, you should ask yourself if you are allergic to some anesthetics, antibiotics or other medications. They will also want to know if they have diagnosed you with diabetes, hemophilia or any heart disease. In all these cases, dental treatment must be done with more care than usual.
One of the first steps that the dentist must follow is to obtain an x-ray of the entire denture. In the initial visit, a good dentist will never miss a thorough examination of teeth and gums. Then you must show, explaining in detail, the course of treatment you plan to carry out and the cost of each job, delivering a budget. Flee from free treatments: a person’s work has a cost. If it is “free”, its quality is usually doubtful or you are charged for it on the other hand.
Be very careful if a new dentist offers you any extraction right away. Ask if there is no way to save the piece. At first glance, removing a severely damaged tooth may seem more economical than undergoing costly root canal treatment. When a part has been removed, the stability of the adjacent pieces eventually becomes lost, and remember that neither the dental bridge nor the implant better they replace the same teeth, since now the pressure when chewing must be supported by the pieces to which the bridge has been fixed, or on the implant.
If you have already lost some teeth, implants may be the best option. But be very cautious with the quality of the implants, the hygienic measures of the premises and the means used to sterilize.
A test to find out if you have found a good dentist will be the emphasis that he gives to the preservation of your teeth. For example, in the subsequent hygienic, completely remove tartar and bacterial plaque, scraping carefully between the teeth and under the edges of the gums to ensure their total elimination. Finally, it will teach you how to properly brush and use dental floss regularly, as a way to prevent plaque buildup.
Prevention, check-ups and periodic hygiene are the best way to maintain a healthy mouth.