Remember the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”?
If contestants were unsure of the answer, they had 3 life lines – poll the audience, phone a friend and 50/50. Sometimes choices in dentistry can be confusing. There are no guarantees and often the best choice of treatment is based on the individual and factors beyond anyone’s control.
Here’s the problem. No one has a crystal ball. There are too many factors influencing dentistry to make it an exact science.
IF you have a family member or friend who is in “dentistry” you may be able to ask them for an informed opinion regarding treatment recommendations. But if you do not have the option of “phoning a friend” who knows dentistry, keep in mind that you do have your dental team and we are on your side.
Our office mission statement is “Providing excellence in dental care to you and your family while treating you like one of ours!”.
If you are unsure of something….. here are some steps to help you decide what is right for you.
1) Ask lots of questions – no question is a “dumb” question. Make sure you understand each option thoroughly. What are the pros, the cons and the cost. While the dentist cannot tell you how long something will last, some procedures definitely have higher success rates than others.
2) Have the dentist, hygienist or assistant show you pictures or diagrams to explain each procedure.
3) Make sure you consider all the factors when making your decision.
– pros and cons of each procedure
– cost – something might be more expensive to start, but if it lasts 5 – 10x as long, it may be worth it in the long run. However you may be at a stage in life that although you want the best treatment possible, you just can’t afford it. If cost is a factor let us know, perhaps alternative financing might be an option.
– are you worried a procedure might hurt, or are there other factors influencing your decision (such as time to complete the procedure, how it will look etc.). Discuss these things with us. For example, many people are afraid it will hurt to have a dental implant placed, but in reality, there is usually very little pain associated with placing an implant – it is a very gentle procedure with little downtime after. Don’t be afraid to ask us.
4) Make sure you trust your dentist and dental team. You must be confident that they have your best interests at heart. Most dentists are honest individuals
who care about you and what is best for you.
Asking friends. On a side note, if you are going to ask a friend their opinion, make sure they know dentistry. Often friends will tell you “oh I had a root canal and it was awful”. Well that may have been true – maybe they had it 40 years ago, or maybe they weren’t frozen properly among other things. Often friends do not give accurate current information, or their view may be skewed by other factors. If you hear something like that from a friend – ASK your dentist. Will this hurt?