Wednesday, February 18, 2015

9 Things To Consider Before Treatment Begins

As you consider having extensive dental treatment, it may be beneficial for you to review the following points: 

1. Time Commitment. Because of the nature of dental appointments, it may be necessary for you to take some time off work. A few longer appointments are generally more efficient and less inconvenient than many short appointments. This will minimize your time in the office. Usually, the best time to have a long appointment is in the morning. Once the treatment has begun, it needs to be completed in a timely fashion. If treatment is delayed or missed, it could change the proposed treatment plan. This could adversely affect the total cost to you.

2. Dentistry is both an art and a science. In complicated and technically difficult cases, and because of our high standards, it may prove necessary to redo a portion or go back and retake impressions or remake crowns, etc.

3. Make certain you are aware of what treatment is required and the goals of the treatment. If you do not understand why we have made a particular recommendation or treatment sequence, or the length of treatment required, please ask us for clarification before treatment begins. It is possible that previously undetected dental problems will be discovered once tooth preparation has begun. When this occurs after the treatment plan has been developed, you will be immediately informed.

4. You should be comfortable with all financial arrangements before any treatment is begun. Pre-estimates sent to insurance carriers can help approximate your out-of-pocket costs. Establish your dental budget. This will determine how much and how quickly treatment can proceed. Understand that you, and not your insurance carrier, are ultimately responsible for the total cost of treatment. If you would like to have more treatment than you can easily afford at one time, the dental procedures can be done in phases over months or years. This will also allow you to use your insurance benefits to the maximum permitted. Payment is expected as work is completed.

5. Thorough oral self-care is very important, both at the beginning of treatment and afterward. The better your oral health is, the easier the restoration process will be. You may be asked to use an antimicrobial prescription mouth rinse from 2 weeks before we begin treatment until after all restorative treatment is completed. Please follow these instructions.

6. While dental restorations function well for years of service, nothing lasts forever - not us, not dental restorations. We use the best available dental materials and techniques, but the reality is that some restorations simply last longer than others. With today's longer life span, the restoration might even wear out! The better you maintain your dental restorations, the longer they will last. Just as with anything else, proper maintenance is required.

7. Before beginning treatment, understand clearly what will be required of you for daily oral self-care, your periodic professional dental hygiene recare appointments, and the limitations of the restorations and dental prostheses you will receive. This means that you must brush and floss your teeth as instructed every day. When extensive dentistry is completed, a 3- to 4-month interval for periodic dental hygiene recare appointments is strongly advised.

8. Dental restorations are subject to the same physical abuse as natural teeth. Whatever oral habits will break a natural, undrilled, undamaged tooth - such as chewing ice, biting fingernails, hard objects, etc. - will probably be able to break a restoration as well. Expansion and contraction for hot liquids and cold foods can cause damage, as can the wet, dark, bacteria-filled oral environment of the oval cavity.

9. If you have ever considered whitening your teeth, the time to do it is before dental restorations are placed in teeth that are visible when you talk or smile. If you are interested in tooth whitening, ask us now!


  1. These are some of the best tips I've ever read, as far as getting medical services is concerned. I am trying to be extra health conscious from now on. My plan is to start with something manageable like dental care. Hopefully, this can turn my health around.

    1. Bryan, Thank you very much for you feedback! It is very important to establish a healthy dental routine, it is very simple to take steps to a healthier smile just by brushing 2x a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day. This alone can aid and produce a healthier smile in no time.

  2. I totally agree with you that daily oral care is essential, even if you go to the dentist regularly. The visits to the dentist don't really mean anything if you don't take care of your teeth the remainder of the time. And, like you said, in more intense dental treatments, the lack of oral health could actually cause issues and infection.

    1. Gerald,

      We couldn't agree more! Dental visits become not only more invasive but more costly when daily hygiene is neglected. While dental cleanings make our teeth feel so squeaky for a couple weeks, tarter and build-up will occur if basic brushing and flossing are not implemented into daily habits.

  3. This is an informative post. Dental health care is a really expensive affair and thus people avoid visiting a dentist unless its something really serious. This is the precise reason why dental tourism is on increase specially in India. However, Dentist India has world class amenities and cost of treatment is 1/3rd of any other clinics across USA. Through Dentzz Review I came across this video where a patient from Australia shares his experience.

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