Dentists are a partner for life. As ideally expect our teeth last us forever, it is essential to know to choose a good dentist confidence that meets our oral health and that of our family with the highest professional level.
Below are some hints and tips that can help us distinguish a good professional who is not.
Characteristics of a good dentist
A good dentist has a personal interest in his patients and their health. Is very oriented towards prevention and is not overly prone to the latest fashions or trends in treatments unless they are extensively tested and scientifically supported.
Uses x-rays to diagnose and probably suggest a full mouth radiograph if the patient does not have any prior.
Performs a thorough examination of the mouth including the teeth, gums, tongue, lips, inside the cheeks and palate, the skin of the face and neck, as well as exploring the neck for abnormal lymph nodes enlarged or thyroid and parotid glands. In adults, explore the gums with a periodontal probe to detect bags and pockets of infection between the tooth and gum. Good dentists also carefully recorded in the patient’s record all data obtained from the scan.
A good dentist will describe how to maintain good teeth and explains how to brush their teeth . Usually the dentist advises on this topic is really committed to the health of their patients.
He also advises on diet and tells him what habits and what foods are bad for your teeth.
Demonstrates interest and are friendly when answering clearly doubts the patient poses.
Recommends a thorough cleaning of the mouth and dental clinic has a dental hygienist and collegiate entitled.
Insists save teeth that patients themselves or other professionals considered lost.
It is recommended by patients and treating them takes many years. Think of a dentist, especially if you choose to work alone or in a small dental clinic, you must get and keep their patients through the merits of his work.
Recommends that regular reviews that detect problems before they become serious (the best treatment is not to do) is made. Mouth routine cleanings, evaluations of the occlusion (bite), periodontal examinations, preventive interventions, and fluoride treatments often avoid further damage and costly rebuilds.
The frequency of reviews (including removal of tartar and taking x-rays) should be based on the study of the frequency of the patient’s tooth decay, the rate of formation of tartar, gum status or the presence of other more specific problems. Once the current treatment is completed the patient should be included in a schedule revisions and should be notified when the next review expires.
A quality dental work last long in most cases, while a shoddy job may fail in a few years or seriously harm the rest of the mouth. The price is not always the best indicator to assess the quality of a treatment rather pay special attention to the time spent by the dentist to perform the work. Quality dental treatments cannot be performed as a work in assembly line type series, require time and careful attention to detail.
Before initiating treatment must clearly inform you what it is that you are having and what will be the expected result. Consider treatment options, because there may be different ways to achieve the same result. For example, a fixed bridge, a removable appliance or an implant may be perfectly valid treatments to replace a missing tooth but have different advantages, disadvantages and costs.
The best test to see if you have found a good dentist, will give the emphasis to prevention to maintain the health of your teeth rather than curing it.
Beware of the showy or flamboyant advertising because it is indicative of an emphasis on the treatment for the masses rather than a quality dental care. When the price charged for each treatment is low it may be that the number of services performed is greater than really necessary, so that eventually we can get much more expensive.
Dental clinics whose advertising emphasizes aesthetics, holistic treatments in a single visit, short duration of treatment, no pain or conscious sedation you may not be interested in maintaining the dental health of the patient in the long term.
Be careful if a dentist proposes to light any extraction. Ask if there is no way to save the tooth.
The routine use of intravenous sedation is another bad sign as it means that patients are exposed to unnecessary risks. Although general anaesthesia may be appropriate in some cases (very young children, adults with attacks), most patients do not need it for routine dental treatments.
Keep in mind if you do not interrogate him with details about your dental and medical history. Before starting any treatment, you should ask if you are allergic to some anaesthetics, antibiotics or other medications. Also want to know if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hepatitis, or if you are pregnant. In all cases, dental treatment should be done with more care than usual.
A small percentage of dentists endorse or adhere to certain unscientific practices. You should avoid any dentist:
- Sell vitamins or other dietary supplements
- Automatically recommend replacement of amalgam fillings or tooth extraction under endodontics.
- Identifies with the “holistic dentistry” or “biological”
- Go beyond dentistry you diagnosing “heavy metal poisoning” or other diseases of the mouth, gums, teeth and associated tissues.
Other tips for locating a good dentist
It is advisable to have located a good dentist before an emergency occurs. You can ask among friends and acquaintances if they recommend a dentist, or ask your family doctor who takes care of their own teeth.
Another interesting possibility is to ask at the local vocational school or college nearest dentistry, they are usually aware of the best techniques used in the country and can easily recommend a good specialist need dental treatment.
Consumers Research published in the United States these issues to judge the professionalism of the dentist after submitting to a treatment:
- How do you feel when chewing teeth?
- Is there any part of the dental work done that is irritating your gum?
- Does the treated tooth look like a tooth?
- Does dental floss or the tongue is caught in some part of the tooth?
- Dentist? Took time to polish your fillings?
- Do you feel pain when drinking hot or cold liquids?
- Is there any type of debris, or waste in your mouth after treatment?
- Do you use dental water jet pressure to cool the teeth as is carving a cavity or opening?