Maintaining oral health is a shared responsibility between Big Smile Dental and the patient. As such, Dr. Siegel and his team offer 5 tips to make the most of a dentist visit.
Keep regular checkups
An underlying problem may exist, even if you don’t have bleeding or red gums, discomfort, or other symptoms. Only your dentist will know for sure. For this reason, it’s important to keep appointments as recommended by the dentists at Big Smile Dental. They will examine your teeth and mouth and identify appropriate treatments if you have an underlying condition. Importantly, these appointments help prevent issues in the first place.
While appointments every 6 months are standard, depending on your oral health and dental history, exams may be recommended more frequently.
Maximize your professional cleaning
Regular exams usually follow cleanings performed by Big Smile Dental’s skilled dental hygienists. You may practice good home care, but only specially designed instruments in the hands of trained professionals remove stubborn tartar or calculus. This hardened plaque doesn’t budge with brushing and flossing alone.
There may also be room for improvement as it relates to home care. For example, it may become known that you are not flossing properly on both sides of the tooth. Some food particles may remain. You may find out about the importance of brushing your tongue, an area that can promote bacterial growth and cause bad breath. Interdental brushes and other aids or techniques may be suggested to better clean in and around crowded or hard-to-reach spaces, such as the molars or under dental bridges.
Discuss treatment options
Should you need procedures to treat existing dental problems, Big Smile Dental will offer many options that fit your needs, goals, and budget. For instance, you may need to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) with a dental bridge, implant-supported crown, or denture. Big Smile Dental encourages questions about various treatments, such as:
- What are the steps associated with each procedure?
- How do the various available options differ?
- How much do these options cost?
- How long do these options last?
If you need multiple types of treatments, Big Smile Dental will work with you to prioritize procedures by need and urgency.
Discuss payment options
Big Smile Dental is proud to offer many ways to reduce the cost barriers associated with treatment. The office staff is used to navigating the complexities of the insurance world, so the benefits due to you are secured. For any costs that are not covered by insurance, Dr. Siegel offers interest-free financing for patients with approved credit. Discounts are available for patients who pay in full prior to treatment.
Some procedures, such as the placement of dental implants and the crowns supported by them, are staggered. As the procedures are completed in steps, this may buy more time for you to pay off the outstanding balance of your bill.
The longer you go without treatment, the worse conditions can become. Eventually, these conditions can result in the need for extensive treatment. Accordingly, you may need to take more time off school and work due to the pain and other symptoms caused by dental infections and other problems. Restorative treatment itself is generally more costly than preventive procedures, and requires scheduling around school, work, and other commitments.
Don’t wait until you are in pain to visit Big Smile Dental. If you are already in pain or suspect that you have an infection or other condition, call the office at 773-772-8400 day or night. Emergency services are available outside of regular business hours.