Whenever you have doubts about the type of treatment that you need, ask questions. You might ask how you can have cavities and need dental crowns, but not have any toothache pain. The dentist can then explain that most cavities will often have no symptoms. Unfortunately, it is not until a cavity is fairly deep that you begin to feel sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages. By that time, the tooth will often require more treatment, such as a root canal to address a cavity that is notably infected.
The good news is, in this day of the information super highway, there’s plenty available at your finger tips to become a better informed consumer.
Check out these quality dental references to learn more.
Academy of General Dentistry www.agd.org
American Dental Association www.ada.org
American Orthodontists’ Association www.braces.org
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry www.aacd.com
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry www.aapd.org
American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry www.estheticacademy.org
American Academy of Periodontology www.perio.org
American College of Prosthodontics www.prosthodontics.org
AT Dental www.atdental.com
Brace Information www.bracesinfo.com
Dental Fear www.dentalfear.com
Dentists for Kids www.dentistsforkids.com
Dental Issues and General Information www.dentistry.about.com
Dentistry Online www.floss.com
Healthy Teeth www.healthyteeth.org
National Institute of Dental & Craniolfacial Research www.nidcr.nih.gov
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- Dental Caregiver’s Guide
- About Oral Cancer
Who Do You Trust In Dentistry?
It may be the case that some have had a bad experience with their dentists over the years. It’s always, however, best start with the premise that most dentists are true professionals, and are honestly seeking to do right by their patients. With that truth in mind, some are more skilled & talented than others , like any other profession. So shop around, it’s OK.
The best way to find a good dentist is by “word of mouth” – Pun intended! Ask around at work, school, or your friends & family – who do they go to? Who have they had positive experiences with? It may take a little trial and error, but it’s worth the effort.
Once found, stay in touch, communicate and visit him/her regularly. Be informed, and ask direct questions. A good dentist will not only be technically proficient, but will also have the necessary people skills that will put you at ease.