There are thousands of people who avoid going to the dentist as they are unsure what to expect. This fear can be reduced and even eliminated if you have some idea on what your appointment will entail and what to expect moving forward.
Whether you’re going to the dentist due to tooth sensitivity or you’re attending a routine appointment, you will find that the appointment will start pretty much the same. All dental appointments will start with an assessment, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon from the United Kingdom.
During this examination, the dentist will check the teeth and gums and if the patient has arrived due to pain, they will identify the problematic tooth, identifying what could be the cause of the sensitivity.
During the initial assessment, the dentist will also discuss your general health to identify if you have any illnesses or diseases which may impact the outcome of any procedures, such as diabetes, where it may take you longer to heal after a procedure. They will also ask about your lifestyle habits, this will include tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Tobacco use can cause a number of oral health problems in the long run.
Many people avoid the dentist because they fear they will be scolded in terms of their oral health. Dr Tariq Drabu assures that this is not the process and the dentist will only make recommendations and offer advice. They are not there to tell you off, but rather to steer you in the right direction when it comes to your oral health moving forward.
Once the evaluation or assessment is completed and any potential problems have been identified, the dentist will discuss these in detail, helping you understand what the problem is and the best course of treatment available. There may be a few options for you to consider, each one should be described to you so you fully understand the process and the cost involved.
If you have arrived at the dentist for a first appointment because you are in pain, then work may be carried out once the problem has been identified and you agree to the treatment available. This may be something as simple as a filling to something a little ore serious, such as root canal treatment.
In the event that the treatment you need has to be carried out over a number of appointments, a follow up appointment will be made for you there and then. Even if you feel better and the pain has subsided, it’s imperative to attend this follow up appointment and not ignore it.
In most instances when you have follow up appointments for the same treatment, you will only be given a temporary filling. These fillings aren’t permanent and it will crumble and fall away in a few weeks, which is why you cannot afford to ignore your follow up appointments.
Once your treatment is over, the dental team will make you a routine appointment to see your dentist. This is usually every six months to a year, depending on your oral health. You also cannot afford to miss these appointments.
Routine appointments are an opportunity for the dentist to examine your face, mouth, teeth and gums to identify any problems. Catching these problems early can reduce the amount of treatment needed and can actually save you money in the long run.