Right now dentistry is that branch of medicine in which the “take three and pay two” is admitted, “get a cleaning and we give you the one of your companion”, and prices “from” and several asterisks. Beware of the prices: you will always find who makes it cheaper.
When a patient is looking for a dentist, one must be careful, because there are many clinics (mostly franchises and insurers, which are not owned by dentists) that do not seek patients, but clients, strictly. Clinics in which the patient is directed and manipulated so that it passes quickly through the hands of a dentist, who will dictate a treatment plan that will quickly become a budget and more quickly in a wide range of options and forms of payment, terms and various financing conditions.
They will explain in detail how to pay for the treatment, but you have long since lost sight of the dentist to whom you can ask about treatment options, difficulties, expectations, conditions, work times, etc. The dentist-patient relationship is simply non-existent, because among other things dentists rotate with incredible ease.
Today they are, when you start the endodontic is another, you finish another, the bolt puts another, the crown another. If there are complaints, you have no idea who attended you, who to direct it to, or what to expect if a treatment fails. Because that yes, you have guaranteed the prosthesis for life, but have not bothered to explain that they understand by “guarantee” or by “prosthesis”.
It is not about “open your mouth and close your eyes”
In short, if you want to have control of YOUR MOUTH in YOUR HANDS, the first thing you have to do is to think about what you want. Do you want a good result? Do you want it fast? Do you want only an emergency solution (for example because you get caught in the middle of the holidays and you will not swear eternal love to a dentist who is 500 km away from your house)? But do not tell only the person who picks up the phone, or the assistant who receives you initially at the clinic. Tell the dentist, in the cabinet.
Opening your mouth should always be the last step. Before, you must have talked about everything. What happens to me, since when, why do I think it happens to me, what other health problems do I have? Because the mouth is not a separate organ. If we have diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, coagulation problems, infectious diseases, if we have risky sexual practices, if we do not pronounce correctly, if we have a bad taste in the mouth, if we snore, etc., our general health and also our mouth is affected. All these data must be reflected in the clinical history that they make of us. We must explain what we want to achieve, how much time we have, how many appointments we would like to have finished the treatment. We must commit ourselves to follow some care that the dentist or hygienist will explain to us what they consist of, how to do it.