Being the patient, you are not exactly supposed to be learned about dental procedures and all kinds of professional information about things that are carried out in the dental office. You did not go through years of schooling and training to know exactly what to do in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of dental disease, but you can make yourself more knowledgeable about these things. Being a patient, you are not exactly expected to know how to treat yourself but as a smart patient, it may be necessary for you to know a little something about dental appointments and treatments.
When dental procedures are prescribed or ordered for a patient, it is matched with their specific need. When a patient comes in, often there is a chief complaint handed out that should require some necessity to be met. As a patient coming in for a treatment, you are entitled to know something about your treatment and it is good to know what kind of dental procedures are best to meet your specific need:
– Toothache. One of the most common reasons that patients seek the help of a dentist is to deal with a toothache. Some toothaches are mild but some can be characterized as debilitating and totally disarming, disallowing them to go on with their daily activities. A toothache can affect a tooth in different degrees. The most simple toothache is resolved easily with a dental filling but when the infection has spread greatly, a pulp treatment that will kill the tooth is going to be more effective. More severe toothaches that cannot be resolved by either of these two dental procedures may require a tooth extraction.
– Lost tooth. When a tooth is lost either from an accident or a tooth extraction will bring about changes in the mouth. A lost tooth can be resolved with prosthetics. A patient can receive a removable denture, dental bridge or a dental implant — all of these prosthesis will restore the mouth’s function and aesthetics.
– Night grinding or bruxism. The grinding or clenching of the mouth, which is an involuntary habit, is a very bad habit that caused destruction and damage to the teeth and jaw, especially when it is a constant activity observed on the patient. There are different solutions that can be offered, but the most commonly prescribed treatment is the wearing of a night guard. A night guard will protect the teeth by providing some kind of cushion for the forces.
– Jaw pain. Jaw pain may be indicative of all kinds of things. It may indicate a jaw fracture or a joint disorder. Jaw fracture will have to be treated with a splint/brace for stabilization and a different kind of splint for repositioning and reconditioning to resolve the joint issues.
– Crowded and misaligned teeth. When teeth are crowded and misaligned, this poses not just an aesthetic issue but may also bring about jaw problems.Orthodontic treatment is the most acceptable solution for misalignment and malocclusion, but extensive crowning can also do the trick.
– Broken teeth. Broken teeth can receive the following dental procedures: dental filling, dental crown and dental bridges.
– Bleeding and purulent gums. When there is pus and blood found within the gums, the patients dealing with gum disease and the treatment for such a condition involves the scaling and planning of teeth and perhaps bone, when it is necessary.
Patients may have other problems with their teeth. The dentist is trained to deal with all kinds of problems and every problem is designated a perfect dental procedure.