No-one wants to think that a medical professional, especially a dentist can make mistakes but like any profession, there are some common errors that dentists can make that their patients should be aware of.
1. Early Detection
One of a dentist’s primary functions is to detect oral health problems early on and take actions to prevent issues from occurring or worsening. As most dental patients only see the dentist when a problem is already in existence, the dentist only deals with the problem at hand and does not perform a full evaluation. This makes early detection of future problems difficult.
Always make a follow-up appointment with a dentist after having any procedure performed in order to have a full evaluation.
2. Identifying Phobic Patients
Most dental patients are uncomfortable with seeing the dentist while some are simply afraid and others may have an extreme phobia. Dentist often over-look the needs of patients who are phobic and treat them the same way as patients who are just uncomfortable or scared.
Always tell your dentist if you are phobic or just scared before showing up in their rooms. They can then take the necessary steps to alleviate your fears or deal with your phobia.
3. Identifying The Need For Tooth Extractions
Modern dentists will only extract teeth as a last resort. This is because extractions, especially multiple extractions, often lead to the deterioration of the underlying bone. They would always rather perform procedures to save the tooth like fillings, root canal, caps and other restoration. While in some cases these steps can save a tooth, more often, the tooth will still need to be extracted after going through an uncomfortable and expensive procedure.
Always speak to your dentist about the options available to avoid unnecessary procedures before an extraction.
4. Manual Vs. Surgical Extraction
Manual tooth extractions use forceps and other dentistry tools to remove the tooth. Surgical extraction involves the use of surgical apparatus to remove a tooth or teeth under anesthetic. Manual extraction can be traumatic for a patient as well as cause fractures in the tooth and damage to the gums and surrounding tissue. Surgical extractions have a slightly longer healing time but are far less traumatic for the patient and the mouth.
While manual tooth extractions are preferable in some cases, it is important to ensure that the tooth has been fully evaluated before allowing your dentist to take this route rather than opting for surgical extraction.
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