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How can I be sure my new dentist’s recommendations for more cleanings (3 vs 2/yr) & a new crown are justified; are there things I myself can observe?

How can I be sure my new dentist’s recommendations for more cleanings (3 vs 2/yr) & a new crown are justified; are there things I myself can observe?

Probably not...: ... unless you've gone to dental school. Your dentist is looking out for your best interests. At your age, it is not uncommon to need more frequent cleanings due to perio problems. Crowns don't last forever, either. You are always welcomed to get a second opinion from another local dentist. ...Read more

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Procedure for replacing crowns? When i got my crowns, my dentist told me they’d probably need to be replaced in 15 years or so. It’s been 15 years, so now i’m wondering how the dentist goes about doing this. I’m using a different dentist than back then. S

Procedure for replacing crowns? When i got my crowns, my dentist told me they’d probably need to be replaced in 15 years or so. It’s been 15 years, so now i’m wondering how the dentist goes about doing this. I’m using a different dentist than back then. S

Checkups: The average lifespan of a crown is 10-15 years, mostly due to new cavities. Routine checkups and x-rays can usually help find any problems early. Whenever your crown is replaced, the dentist will remove it, clean up the tooth, and make you a new crown, similar to how the first one was made. ...Read more

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What is the average age for a child's first dentist visit in the u.S.?

What is the average age for a child's first dentist visit in the u.S.?

By First Birthday: Actually the average age is probably much older than that. By the first birthday is the recommended age of first dental visit by the american academy of pediatrics and the american academy of pediatric dentistry. It is very important to establish the "dental home" early for children. Education an prevention can begin at that time for a lifetime of good dental health. ...Read more

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What is a holisitic dentist?

What is a  holisitic dentist?

Holistic approach: Like all holistic practitioners, holistic dentists will look at your dental health in the context of you as a whole person & understands how dental issues can effect the rest of you. Holistic dentists emphasize non-toxic dental materials & are usually experts at how to safely remove mercury & other toxic materials from your teeth. See ...Read more

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How can I find the best dentist?

How can I find the best dentist?

Ask around: You should start by asking friends and family if they are pleased with their current dentist. Then you can do a little research online, see pictures of the dentist, pictures of the office, education, qualifications, faculty appointments, etc. Finally go in and meet them. If you like what you hear and see. It will work fine for you ...Read more

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How not to be afraid of dentists?

How not to be afraid of dentists?

Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome the phobia. Both techniques can cure you of the fear of dentists. . Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more

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Why do dentists take impressions?

Why do dentists take impressions?

The first impression: The impression is used in dentistry to make an exact replica of the patient's teeth, gingiva, and surrounding tissue. Dental impressions are very common and are used almost daily in dentistry. ...Read more

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How do I become a general dentist?

How do I become a general dentist?

Dental school: After completing a college degree, then you need to apply to a dental school. Most dental schools in the us are 4 year programs and then some require additional residency programs depending upon the state that you want to practice in. Upon completing your dental school education and getting your degree, you are a general dentist and you need to get a license in the state that you wish to practice. ...Read more

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How often should I see the dentist?

How often should I see the dentist?

Every 6 months: If all is well, every six months. If you have chronic problems or difficulty keeping your teeh clean -- more often. We have many patients in for teeth cleaning every 3 -4 months, because they are unable to stay ahead of the calculus (tartar) buildup. ...Read more

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Again:why dentists make you an ape?

Again:why dentists make you an ape?

For whatever reason.: Many people stress about going to the dentist, although seeing a dentist on a consistent basis is important for your health. Many years ago, seeing a dentist was painful & unpleasant, but today, this is not the case. Many dental offices are designed specifically for patient comfort, stress reduction and are "non-threatening" places to go, but people's perception may be different than reality. ...Read more

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