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Dental Procedures

Category(s): Dental

Dentistry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the mouth-encompassing the teeth, jaw, and facial area. The most common practices deal with the prevention or treatment of tooth decay and gum disease; though dentistry also involves elective cosmetic work as well. Prevention and treatment in regards to oral health is important as it may signify bigger problems within the body, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, or cancer; and gum disease has been associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and preterm birth. It is recommended that patients practice proper hygiene (brushing, flossing) and go for twice yearly checkups (professional exam and cleaning). Before you proceed with any dental procedure consider a few factors including:



• Expectations: These procedures are intended to improve the condition of your teeth and gums, not to make them perfect. Candidates are best suited if they have no general health issues or if those conditions are stable and controlled, as other uncontrolled diseases or conditions could cause failure of some dental work.



• Expense: Most necessary dental procedures are covered by most healthcare plans, such as general cleanings, tooth extractions, etc. However, elective procedures such as Veneers, and sometimes even bridges or Implants are typically not covered or have a high copay. Even if the procedure is covered, additional funds may need to be used for follow up care.



• Risks: The chance of having a serious dental-threatening complication is less than 1% on average, depending on the doctor's experience and technology used. The greatest risk is that work will need correction or that materials used are rejected by the patient's body and will need to be replaced.



• Recovery: Most procedures have no recovery time, however more invasive procedures like gum surgery could take up to a week or more to heal. Certain procedures, like dental implants, can require up to 4 months healing with restrictions such as limiting nuts and hard to chew substances during that time. These time frames do not include adaption to how the changes can affect your personal and professional life.



• Psychological changes: Dental procedures can improve sight and self-esteem but isn't likely to relieve depression or any other mental conditions.



After determining to pursue a dental procedure, the next step should be to find a dentist and schedule an online consultation. Have a list of topics ready including medications you are currently on, questions about the doctor and procedure(s), and resulting desires/expectations. Working closely with your doctor throughout the process will improve the chance of satisfaction with the results of your procedure(s).


 


 
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