You can take a more active role in your oral health by asking questions when you’re at the dentist’s office. Here are some things you should consider asking your dentist during your next appointment.
What are my payment options?
A good dentist should accept most major dental plans. At the same time, he or she should also offer financing options that will split your costs into affordable payments. Some dental offices also provide new patient discounts and discounted rates for patients who don’t have insurance. Be sure to ask about all of your options so you can get top value.
Can you help me overcome my dental anxiety?
If you get nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell your dentist about your anxiety, so he or she can take steps to make you feel more comfortable. Ask your dentist to explain what you can expect from a procedure so you won’t be surprised. You should also tell your dentist if you ever feel any unexpected discomfort.
What kinds of fillings do you offer?
Depending on your individual needs and preferences, your dentist should be able to provide a wide variety of filling options, including resin, porcelain, gold, and silver-colored amalgam, which consists of a very small amount of mercury mixed with silver, zinc, tin and copper. Be sure to get recommendations from your dentist based on your unique requirements and budget.
How can I improve the look of my teeth?
These days, there are a number of ways you can enhance the appearance of your smile. From powerful modern whitening treatments and natural-looking veneers to traditional orthodontics and contemporary Invisalign clear aligners, your dentist should be able to offer diverse cosmetic treatments. Ask your dentist how he or she can correct common aesthetic flaws so you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Should I consider implants?
If you have advanced tooth decay, missing teeth or cosmetic issues, ask your dentist about dental implants. In addition to bringing back the natural and healthy function of your smile, implants look and feel just like real teeth.
Can you screen for oral cancer?
During a typical exam, your dentist will ask about any potential changes in your medical history. He or she will also ask whether you’ve been having any unusual or new symptoms. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the American Dental Association’s list of common oral cancer symptoms, so you can tell your dentist if you show any troublesome signs. At the same time, you should make sure your dentist checks your mouth for any signs of lesions, discoloration or abnormal growths which could indicate the presence of oral cancer.