Smiling could make you happier. But what if you aren't happy with your smile? For that once-in-a-lifetime grin, why not consider the advantage of restorative and preventative dentistry in addition to your current routine? Dentistry is more than just the annual trip to the office. Be proactive and consider getting to know your dentist. Investing in a professional relationship with your dentist is more than just paying the bill. Let your dentist get to know you, too.
Hopefully, once a comfortable level of trust has been established, any previous anxiety may diminish in the face of quality care and expectations. But generally, even on the first visit, your dentist can fill you in on the three levels of office care: cleaning and prevention techniques, restorations, and cosmetic dentistry. If you want the most for your mouth, consider the three levels below.
More than Daily Brushing and Flossing
Cleaning and prevention includes more than just waking up and performing the usual oral hygiene routine. As people age, their bodies change, and so your home regimen might need to change, too. Additionally, cleaning and prevention also means scheduling check-ups every six months, following through with the visits, and implementing any advice given by your dentist.
Ask your dentist for current recommendations for home routines to make sure you are up-to-date on current research. Currently, this also includes brushing twice per day and flossing (at minimum) before bedtime, as well as a good rinse for your specific oral care needs. However, adequate home maintenance is based on your overall routine, such as diet, infection-fighting ability, and physiology.
A trip to your dentist may include x-rays, assessment of previous dental work, diagnostic services, as well as the traditional cleaning for stains, plaque, and tartar, as well as educational services, including but not limited to tobacco-cessation programs.
The Process of Restorations
As with any process, restorative dental work may take time. Investing in meaningful dialogue with your dentist in this area could lead to long-term benefits, such as a professional who could theoretically see you through the majority of any complex restorative work needed.
The Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry indicates restorative may include: periodontics, endodontics and fixed and removable prosthodontics, including maxillofacial prosthodontics, and implant dentistry.
In simpler terms, this could include, but is also not limited to: gum disease, dental pulp assessment and root canals, dentures and tooth replacements, TMJ, aesthetics, and bridges. With the advanced state of global oral care, and renowned specialists all over the world, the trick is simply finding what your insurance, budget, and preferences include.
For example, if you are a US Citizen, is there significant research to show you may receive better and/or less expensive dental work in a closer country, such as Canada? Tenacious questioning and investigation are the only way to yield results.
The Art of Cosmetic Dentistry
It is socially acceptable to simply want to change your appearance in order to make yourself look and feel better. Whether simple tooth-whitening procedure or reconstruction following an accident, cosmetic dentistry in the 21st century requires the high degree of talent and skill expected from artists.
There is no price to be placed upon restoring your confidence and improving esteem. An experienced cosmetic dental specialist can assist your quest for both - and for the perfect smile.
If you are currently without dental insurance, ask your dentist if there is a payment plan available for your specific needs. Unfortunately, more serious issues like gum disease and oral cancers will not wait for insurance, so consider your right to at least question if there are other options available for you.Share
24 September 2014
Last year, my dentist told me that the last of my natural teeth had to go. At that point, we began to talk about the pros and cons associated with dentures and with dental implants. After learning more about each option, I decided to go with the implants. I did make the decision that is right for me. While it took a few months for everything to be in place, they have been great. I find them easy to care for, and people don't know that my teeth aren't real unless I choose to tell them. If you are facing a similar decision, let me help. I'll explain why I chose the implants and how things worked out for me. That will help you come up with the decision that will be the right one for you.