Do you have a good dentist

Most of us dread the thought of going to the dentist for a checkup. Sometimes we choose to endure the pain instead of going to our dentist. For some of us, even the “smell” of a dental clinic can cause unnecessary anxiety. These reactions are likely caused by a previous bad experience or unfounded fear of dental procedures. Finding a good dentist is important to minimize these fears and concerns, but how do you know if your dentist is a good dentist? Most of us usually stay with the dentist our family had for years, not even realizing that we have many options when we know how to tell a good dentist from a bad one. Do you know if you are being treated adequately? Probably not, because this is not always obvious.

How do you choose your dentist? Dentists must have the necessary technical skills. You may not be able to accurately judge a dentist’s acumen, but often you can distinguish good and bad dentistry. A good dentist will occasionally pause during a lengthy dental procedure such as probing or drilling. This gives you some time to relax and rest your jaw. After any dental work, you should check the following and see if your dentist did it right.

1. Your gums should not bleed and you should feel your bite slip back to its natural occlusion.

2. If you have had your teeth filled, no fillings should get stuck in your tongue, interfere with flossing, or trap food particles and plaque.

A well-done silver filling should last at least 10 years, depending on its size and location, while crowns and bridges should last even longer. A dentist who successively performs temporary fillings rather than immediately performing a permanent restoration is probably treating more patients than he can actually handle. This also means that he doesn’t have enough time to focus specifically on your issues, or it could also mean that the more you come back for treatment, the more income this will generate for him.

Your dentist should discuss the options with you. Dentistry presents more alternative treatments compared to medicine. A single affected tooth can be provided with not just one form of dental treatment, but several possible treatments. Your dentist should be able to discuss the different options with you. In addition, your dentist should be concerned about your limits. Different individuals have different tolerance levels for pain and he should be able to appropriately address that concern with an adequate anesthetic or sedative if deemed necessary. If you are concerned about how much you are going to spend on dental work, you should ask your dentist and never hesitate to ask him for a written estimate of the proposed dental treatment. This should include the estimated cost and length of the procedure. At the end of the dental treatment, he must be able to provide you with an itemized bill.

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Some dentists can be so overzealous that they become annoying. Keep in mind that these types of practitioners sometimes perform suspicious practices. It is wise to look for a new dentist if your dentist does the following:

1. Make sure you have all your silver amalgam fillings replaced to protect against the dangers of mercury vapors released by the amalgam fillings when you chew your food. Much evidence shows that amalgam fillings are relatively safe to use.

2. Want to install crowns on multiple teeth that aren’t even needed. Get a second opinion if you are unsure of his proposal.

3. Makes you worry about your appearance so he can suggest cosmetic dental procedures for you.

Finding a good dentist who can provide you with adequate care and services and who will earn your trust is easy if you know what to look for.