Getting Your Teeth in Order

Getting Teeth In Order...


            The new year ushers in a flurry of activity to many dental offices.  Between holiday sweets, colder weather, New Year’s resolutions, and renewed insurance benefits; appointments tend to get booked fast and furiously well into the spring.  It is quite common for patients to walk in a little intimidated or confused about how and where to start in getting themselves to beautiful, white, straight, healthy teeth surrounded by pink, healthy gums. 


            There are many paths to oral health.  The art and science of dentistry usually has more than one solution to most every problem.  In a broad sense, there exists a path to achieving oral health.


            All dental care starts with a patient’s chief concern.  Simply stated, “What brings you to the dentist today?”  Any plan to fix a person’s teeth should revolve around informed choices that they make for themselves.  The first step in addressing a chief concern is to get enough information to offer risks and benefits of various treatment options.  This information gathering often includes dental x-rays, pictures, gum evaluation, oral cancer screening, and a thorough doctor’s examination.  Various other diagnostic tests may also be performed.  All of this information can then be evaluated by the doctor and his or her team and presented to the patient in an organized way.  A lifetime plan is developed to get you from where you are to where you want to be.


            After a plan is made, the next step usually involves removing infection.  This often includes initial gum therapy and other procedures to prevent the dreaded weekend toothache.  In this stage of treatment, a healthy foundation is established to ensure future success.


            The third stage is where the fun begins and lives are changed.  This is where teeth get straightened, whitened, strengthened, and any missing can be replaced.  It is this stage of treatment where we achieve beautiful, white, straight, healthy teeth surrounded by pink, healthy gums.


            The final stage of dental care happens more at home than in the dental office...a lifetime of maintenance.  During treatment, patients are taught how to care for and maintain the investment they’ve made in themselves.  Once a healthy state is achieved, the baton is passed to home care.  Dental restorations will always last longer if cared for properly at home and in the dental office.  It’s a team effort.


            Until next week, keep smiling.


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