The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people see their dentist twice a year to maintain good oral health. However, less than ⅔ of people see their dentist even once a year, and many people go five or ten years, sometimes more, without seeing a dentist.
If you’re in this group, you are in critical need of seeing a dentist, but you might not know what to look for at your new dental office. Here are a few of the things that your new dentist should offer to help you get back to a beautiful smile and a good state of oral health.
One of the most common reasons why people avoid the dentist is anxiety or fear of the dentist. Many people stopped going because they didn’t know they had options for getting dental care in a way that’s free of anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is an ideal approach for overcoming the dental anxiety that might have been keeping you from the dentist for years. With simple medication, you can overcome your fear, but you won’t be asleep or completely unaware, either. You’ll be able to respond to questions and follow instructions, but you’ll be calm and won’t feel anxious.
The use of CT scans in dentistry has transformed the discipline, removing some of the guesswork and exploratory surgery that dentists used to use. Now a dentist can us CT scans to precisely image the interior of your teeth and bone. This can help detect infected teeth, gum disease, and diminished bone density. It helps plan many different kinds of procedures, including dental implants, bone grafts, and endodontic treatments.
The CT scans used by dentists are more detailed, lower radiation, and more open than those you might have gotten from a doctor. They’re ideally suited for dental treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry has been around for a long time, but it’s only recently that we’ve come to understand just how much of a difference our smile makes in our lives. Our smile can impact our personal and professional relationships, even our sense of self.
Now we understand that looking good is an essential function of our teeth, and a dentist who isn’t making sure your results look beautiful isn’t really giving you full treatment for your oral health.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or, sometimes, TMD) is a condition that has been either ignored or poorly treated in the past. Many doctors and even dentists don’t recognize the diverse symptoms of this condition, so people with TMJ often spend years undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Persistent symptoms like headache, jaw pain, and limited jaw motion go untreated.
But new scientific understandings of TMJ give us access to the right tools for properly diagnosing the condition and treating it properly.
Dental implants have been around for about 50 years, and available in the US for nearly 30, but it’s likely you didn’t know about them or pay attention to them the last time you were at the dentist.
But now dental implants are an important consideration for your dentist. It you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants are almost like getting your natural teeth back. They look like natural teeth, function like natural teeth, and require just the same maintenance. Plus they can last a lifetime (30-50 years!)
Denture Fountain of Youth ®
Dentures Don’t Have to Look Like Dentures Anymore! ® If you haven’t been in a dentist’s office for awhile, it’s likely your image of dentures still resembles the ones your grandparents wore. They were unattractive, uncomfortable, and came out often.
But FOY ® Dentures are a modern take on dentures. Using the latest insights in cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry, they look beautiful and fit ideally for optimal comfort and function.
In the past, we used to think that orthodontics was something that people did in their teens, but these days many adults are choosing to have their teeth straightened as adults. That’s partly because the options for straightening your teeth are better than ever. Beyond traditional braces, there are options like Invisalign and functional orthodontics that can help you achieve your goals for your teeth.
We Offer All This and More
If you’re looking for a new dentist in Rochester, MI, we want you to understand that we offer all these procedures and more at Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry. This means that we can provide you with the highest quality dental care. It’s never too late to enjoy a beautiful smile and healthy teeth–if you work with the right dentist for you.