The relationship between the dentist and the patient is unique and important. Unique in that it is a very intimate relationship with a professional. After all, how often do you allow someone to put their fingers in your mouth? It is a vital relationship because you need to be able to trust that your dentist has your best interests at heart. Oral health is not only about the health of your teeth and gums; it can also affect your overall health. You and your dentist must be a good fit, and there can be varying reasons you may choose to find a new dentist.
There is a lot going on in your mouth, even when it is squeaky clean. There are things you can see, and things you cannot see. Dental X-rays, or radiographs as they are sometimes called, give your dentist the inside information on what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums.
One of the most frequent questions we hear from our dental patients is, “Will my dental insurance pay for this?” The answer is, “It depends.” Why? The reality is that every insurance provider offers different benefits, and the details can be confusing.
Living with toothache pain one moment longer than necessary may seem like agony. The cost of doing so affects your comfort level, time, and budget. Usually, any problems developing will be discovered in your annual checkup, before they become serious issues. Sadly, for one reason or another, it’s not always possible to have an annual checkup.
In a magical world, there would be no need for preventative dentistry or comprehensive dental exams, because nothing would ever go wrong inside a person’s mouth. In fact, there would be no need for dentists at all! But we don’t live in a magical world, we live in a world where humans need to take care of their oral health or suffer the consequences. That means choosing the right dentist.
It is often said that smiling shows confidence and a positive outlook. However, for many people, a smile is not a true representation of how they feel inside. When your smile is guarded due to insecurities related to the shape or appearance of teeth, feelings of low self-worth will soon follow.
The average person thinks of The Dentist as one person who can remedy all oral ailments. While the general dentist knows about most procedures in the dental field, there are several branches of dentistry that require specialized training to deal with particular kinds of dental care.
Dental caries, or cavities, begin with a tiny hole in the tooth enamel. As time progresses, the hole becomes larger and more tooth structure becomes decayed. In the worst-case scenario, the decay progresses and attacks the nerve center of the tooth. But what causes cavities to form in the first place?
Across the nation, dental practices tout themselves as being “comprehensive,” meaning that they offer most, if not all, the services you would expect to find in a dental office. In our practice, with our focus on preventive care, we look at the entire person, not just a tooth in trouble. When you consider that your oral health also influences your general health and well-being, then the term comprehensive can encompass more than the usual dental services.
Patients frequently ask about wisdom teeth. It seems like the only time anyone notices those four extra molars is when they are causing trouble. When suffering from wisdom teeth pain, most people wonder why they even have them. Here are some of my answers as to why we have them, what they do, and how did they get that name?