Addressing Concerns About Common Procedures

While you may understand the safety and importance of some of the dental procedures that your patients will be required, the patients are not aware of any of these things. They may be worried about what the procedure may mean, or what it involves. Unfortunately, it takes more than just knowing how something works to understand how to properly educate others on it. The good thing is that great educator skills can be acquired!

 

While much of this will come from hands-on experience, there are some specific ways that you can lay out the benefits and details of dental procedures that will help patients understand them. 

 

The most important thing to remember through all of this, of course, is to always remember to use “layman” or common terminology. Do not use medical terminology – your patients will only grow more confused about it as a result, and may become even more threatened too. Always use language that the patient will be able to understand. Take a look at some of the explanations of procedures below to learn how you could educate patients on them or address their concerns.

 

Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are a very popular upscale dental treatment that involves surgically placing artificial tooth roots into the jawbone in order to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants can be expensive but are considered a long-term solution for tooth loss (and a far more preferable one to dentures!) 

 

In fact, dental implants solve many problems which can affect a patient’s health and overall quality of life, such as: 

 

  1. Missing teeth. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, dental implants provide a permanent or stable solution. 
  2. Jawbone loss. Tooth loss can commonly lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can cause the patient to lose even more teeth, and can also lead to facial deformities. Dental implants will stimulate bone growth and help to preserve the jawbone. 
  3. Gum disease. Advanced gum disease can cause tooth loss and damage to both the surrounding teeth and the gums. By replacing a patient’s missing teeth with dental implants, both the appearance and functionality of the mouth can be restored.
  4. Bite problems. Missing teeth can cause bite problems and affect a patient’s ability to both chew or speak properly – not only does this make day-to-day life more difficult, but it can also cause confidence issues to arise as well. Dental implants will restore the bite and massively improve a patient’s oral function.
  5. Unstable dentures. For patients who have dentures, switching to dental implants instead can massively improve stability as well as prevent slippage and discomfort, two things that those with dentures suffer from most. 

 

Overall, dental implants are a versatile and effective solution for a range of dental problems. Patients will benefit greatly from a long-term, natural-looking, and functional replacement for their missing and damaged teeth. 

 

All-On-Four Implants

 

All-on-four implants are tooth implants for those who suffer from severe tooth loss. These implants work by replacing all of the upper and lower teeth in just four implants placed together. This can be less time-consuming, expensive, and invasive than replacing each individual tooth. The results certainly speak for themselves for patients who benefit from this procedure – it provides a life-changing value to people who are suffering from severe tooth loss. There are several benefits that greatly improve the quality of life of patients who are eligible to receive them:

 

  1. Improved oral function. All-on-four implants can restore the ability to bite, chew, and speak properly. Patients will once again be able to enjoy their favorite food and communicate more clearly as they had before they suffered from their severe tooth loss. 
  2. Improved confidence. All-on-four implants will improve the appearance of teeth and gums for patients who have little of the natural kind left and will look far more natural and aesthetically pleasing than dentures. This will lead to a prettier smile, which will certainly lead to a big boost in self-esteem and confidence! 
  3. Better oral health. These implants can prevent further tooth loss, and stimulate bone growth in the jaw, which has a positive effect on overall oral health and will also work to prevent future dental problems.
  4. Long-term solution. All-on-four implants provide a permanent and stable solution for severe tooth loss, which can eliminate the need for frequent dental appointments or repairs that are associated with other tooth replacement options. 
  5. Improved quality of life overall. Finally, all-on-four implants can improve the quality of life by providing a natural-looking and functional replacement for missing teeth, allowing people to enjoy social activities, eat their favorite foods, and feel more comfortable and confident in their everyday lives. 

 

Full Mouth Reconstruction

 

Sometimes, a patient’s oral conditions require something referred to as full-mouth reconstruction, which is a comprehensive dental treatment that involves multiple procedures which work to restore the appearance and functionality of both the teeth and the gums. This dental treatment may include dental implants, orthodontics, veneers, and other cosmetic and restorative procedures. This procedure is best for patients who are looking to solve multiple dental problems, such as: 

 

  1. Missing teeth. Full-mouth reconstruction can replace missing teeth with dental implants or other tooth replacement options, which will restore the appearance and functionality of the mouth. 
  2. Tooth decay. Full-mouth reconstruction can address tooth decay and damage by providing restorative treatments such as dental fillings, crowns, and root canals. 
  3. Gum disease. Gum disease is also helped significantly during the process of full-mouth reconstruction – whether the patient needs scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery, or even gum grafting.
  4. Jaw problems. Jaw problems often arise when significant oral damage is present. This treatment will also address issues associated with the jaw, such as a misaligned bite or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder through the use of orthodontic treatments or surgery if deemed necessary.
  5. Cosmetic concerns. Finally, full-mouth reconstruction most certainly can address any cosmetic concerns that the patient has well, including stained or discolored teeth, uneven or misshapen teeth, and other aesthetic issues through the use of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental veneers or bonding. 

 

Full Mouth Reconstruction

 

Orthodontic treatments have been hit with an influx of new options lately. Not only are there braces, but there are also treatments such as Invisalign and clear braces – which are considered especially great options for patients who are adults and do not want to wear braces for the extended amount of time that is required in order to fix their alignment issues. Invisalign and clear braces are especially considered to be upscale dental procedures because they are designed to straighten teeth and correct bite issues while maintaining a discreet appearance. 

 

 

Orthodontics is a dental specialty in and of itself, specifically focused on correcting dental and facial irregularities. Some of the benefits that patients find in orthodontic procedures include:

 

  1. Crooked teeth. Sometimes, teeth are crooked and misaligned, which causes both functionality and appearance issues. 
  2. Overbites and underbites. Just as it sounds, an overbite is when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth, and an underbite is when the lower teeth protrude over the upper teeth. Not only does this cause issues with functionality, but it also might result in insecurities in appearance. In fact, an overbite or an underbite can affect the entire face shape of someone afflicted with it!
  3. Tooth crowding. If teeth are crowded, they might not be able to grow properly. It’s best to catch this early when they can be guided or corrected.
  4. Tooth spacing. Just as teeth can be too crowded, they can also be too spaced apart as well.
  5. Jaw problems. Alignment issues can lead to jaw problems, such as a misaligned bite or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.