Whenever you think of the dentist, you probably think of the routine maintenance that he or she will do to your teeth. However, they have more than just a few responsibilities. A dentist diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education. In this post, we’ll dive into why and how they do all these things for their patients.

Your Future Appointments

Your next appointment could be because you started having tooth aches or because you accidentally bit down too hard on a juicy apple. Chances are you have injured your teeth/gums and went to the dentist looking for a remedy. After explaining the situation you’re in to the dentist, he will begin his procedure and find out what’s really going on with your oral health. After finding the problem, the dentist will decide the best course of action for you to take. There are a number of treatments/solutions that he or she may offer to you. Deciding on a solution isn’t always the easiest thing in the world for a dentist, because there are several variables.

Bad & Good Health

If you have good oral health, the dentist may just skip over doing any treatment because the treatment isn’t needed. In this case, they would schedule you for another appointment in 6 months to make sure your oral health is improving. If you have bad oral health, the dentist may need to do a wide range of procedures. Depending on how bad your teeth are and what actually needs done to them can determine this. This is where cost and insurance get involved because they are both tightly knit with which procedure you may need. A routine cleaning is usually less than a few hundred dollars, which isn’t bad. However, implants can run anywhere from just around thousand, to over five grand! 

Discuss which treatment suits you and your dentist best. Ask if your insurance will cover all the dental bills or if at all. If not, most dentists recommend payment plans for their procedures. All of these factors will play a huge part in how pleasant your next trip is to the dentist’s office.

To find out more about how dentists acquire these patients, click here.

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