Dental Restoration - CheckDent Informs You What To Look Out For!

Tooth Odyssey

Tooth Odyssey

Restoration of the mouth doesn’t only cost money – it also costs time and energy.

For a lot of people dental restoration also involves fear and other discomforts. We’d like to give you a couple of basic pointers here as to how dental restoration can go and what you should consider beforehand and what you should look out for.

These are personal impressions which we’ve collected in the course of our work. These impressions are a mixture of patients’ questions, experienced and seen and cannot be applied one to one in every country – dental restoration will be carried out differently in the USA as opposed to, for example, in India. These recommendations do not claim to be complete and accurate – what is written here also needs to be checked critically!

First of all it is necessary to clarify what led you to your current dental status. That there are no bad teeth, or, better put, only very rarely, can be experienced in the "Tooth Anomalies" video!

Plaque is the greatest evil. It causes caries and periodontitis. When you’ve seen the videos it should be clear why the dentist has to drill, or why your gums are pulling back and bleeding. Once you, probably like everyone else, can clean your lower front teeth very well it must be the cleaning technique on the back teeth that needs improvement.

In order to remove plaque efficiently from the side teeth we recommend the following procedure:

  • Start by cleaning at the sides, that is to say brushing your side teeth first; as you use up time and your motivation diminishes, keep the easy-to-clean areas – i.e. the front teeth – for the end!
  • Check the effectiveness of your cleaning every now and again with plaque tablets!
  • Use a mouthwash regularly, at least once a day, or other cleaning devices such as dental floss. As long as plaque is “soft” the gentle stream of mouthwash can easily remove it, even from places where a toothbrush can’t reach, for example such as between the teeth and also in the sulcus (the gap between the gum and the tooth).

Once you manage to clean your rear teeth as well as the front ones, a „total restoration“ doesn’t lie ahead. According to your starting situation this will more or less not be necessary. Now how do I find the right therapist?

With our Dentist Search you can search for the right therapist in your region. When using it, please observe the following rules:

  • A conscientious dentist will explain the related matters to you and not only “sell” you crowns!
  • Before any treatment a report including diagnoses should be generated and, in order to avoid any misunderstandings afterwards, should be provided to you in writing. It should not be a problem for any doctor for him to hand over his diagnoses in writing and this only so that you can think over the conclusions should you get a second opinion. One of the most important rules is to get everything in writing – even second opinions. So when you hear “the tooth is bad” then please, in writing, why is the tooth bad? “Bad” is no diagnosis!
  • When you have 2-3 written diagnoses and offers it will be easier for you to decide on which dentist is suitable at home in peace and quiet.

You can obtain a lot of information in advance about individual treatments, such as crowns, bridges, bone reconstruction, implants, root treatments and so on from the internet. You can even watch Checkdent videos about them.

With this knowledge, along with a change in behaviour you can break through dental suffering!

Since dental restoration costs money, it’s right to think about how to go about it. Most filling materials such as plastic, cement, and glazing cement last 2-4 years, amalgam up to 4-8 years. In contrast, inlays, crowns and veneers, when properly done can last 30-40 years or more. With every change of filling there’s inevitably some loss of tooth material, so which material is best for you depends not only on your purse but also on your age...

An 80 year old patient will probably find that properly done amalgam fillings will last long enough, and with younger people of around 30-50 other materials should be made use of. False economy can ultimately not only cost you more money but also your health!

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