Finding a good dental practice in Leeds is likely to be relatively easy, considering that Bradford College houses a state of the art dental training and educational facility, boasting a 100 percent pass rate for it students this year. But despite the excellent levels of care on offer, many are still too frightened to sit in the dentist chair and their dental health is suffering as a result. If you are concerned about your dental health, but are still worried about taking the next step, here’s some useful advice to consider.
Why visits to the dentist are so important
The standard advice is that you should visit the dentist every six months for a routine check up, but many people often go several years without booking an appointment, with some only reserving the trip for painful emergencies. These trips can often be far more painful and stressful because the tooth was neglected for so long, when with more frequent trips the problem could have been spotted and dealt with far earlier on, before it became troublesome.
Dentists don’t only drill holes, pop in fillings or pull out teeth – they are there to assess the overall health of your mouth, teeth and gums too. They can spot issues very early on and help you to manage any issues so that you avoid having to have more extensive treatments or extractions. In cases where extractions are necessary, they can also talk you through the options and help you to feel more at ease with the treatments which you might need to have.
The benefits of good teeth
Having a good set of teeth is about more than just enjoying a pain-free bite. There has been many reports of the clear benefits that having healthy teeth provides, from better job prospects to better confidence and even better relationships! With your teeth constantly on show, it makes it even more obvious when there is decay, missing teeth, or a wonky bite, and all of these can have a massive impact on the quality of life for the individual. With sugar forming such a significant part of many foods, and even ‘healthy’ sugars in fruits causing irreversible damage to teeth veneers, avoiding tooth decay can often be a near impossible task. Many also think that the cost of having their bad teeth fixed will be too much for them to afford. The good news is that most work available on the NHS is capped into certain bands, meaning that you can get a surprisingly large amount of work done for a fairly reasonable fixed price. Many dental practices will also let you pay this amount in installments too, making it even more affordable.
Finding the right dentist for you
There are many factors to consider when choosing a dentist and just like with your doctor’s surgery, everyone will have different experiences and preferences depending on what they want or need. If you have an ongoing condition that needs managing, or need significant reconstruction work, then you might look for a dentist that has particular expertise in this area. If you are very nervous patient, then you may want to opt for a smaller, family-orientated practice which provides a more catered service for those who are anxious or have phobias about dental surgeries. In addition, each dentist at a certain practice will also provide a different experience, so if you are currently seeing a dentist but don’t feel comfortable, you could always try opting for a different dentist at your next visit to see if this puts you at ease.
Seeking out independent reviews or recommendations can help, but it is always a very personal experience, so what works for someone may not be right for you and vice versa. Your teeth will be with you for life, so it’s worth taking the time to find a dentist you really connect with so that you can continue to maintain healthy teeth and gums for as long as possible.
What are the risks of dental treatment?
Millions of dental treatments take place every year without any complications whatsoever and the risks of things going wrong a very small, however it is important to understand the situations in which complications can occur, so that you know best how to deal with the situation if it arises.
Dental negligence is a situation which arises when a dentist or dental nurse has acted in a way which has caused harm or injury to a patient, but could have been avoided. This means it could have been down to poor performance, inappropriate use of a procedure or instrument or acting negligently, such as simply not following procedure or protocol.
The most common problems associated with dental negligence include extraction of the wrong tooth through misreading x-rays or notes, issues with dental implants, preventable nerve damage and failing to sport early signs of more serious conditions such as infections and even cancer. As mentioned, this is very rare, but when it does happen the consequences can be severe.
If you feel that you have suffered due to potential dental negligence, the first step is so speak to an expert in the field, who can advise you of the criteria for claiming compensation and assess whether you qualify. More information on this process is available at www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk.
For many anxious patients, the fear of visiting the dentist and the treatments is often far worse than the actual experience. Often just taking the step of booking the appointment in the first place is a huge step and for the majority, no major work will be required except perhaps a brief clean of the teeth and some minor ongoing hygiene appointments. It is worth remembering that you are always in control of the treatments you undertake and the trick really is all about finding a dentist who can work with you to ensure you manage any fears whilst also keeping on top of your oral health.