Dental Warranties

dental warrantiesAmericans spend a lot of money on products designed to protect major purchases like smartphones, cars, homes and other appliances and electronics. These warranties protect the items from expensive repair, replacement or maintenance. What about dental warranties?

Is dental care something that patients want warrantied as well?  Studies show that they do.  In an article from dentalwarranty.net, they explain why. They also go in detail about how you, as a dentist, can gain and maintain your patients by offering dental warranties.  Check out the article here: Do Dental Patients Want a Warranty On Their Treatment? — Dental Warranty.

Cosmetic Dental Fillings

cosmetic dental fillingsIf you get a cavity, your dentist will fill it with some sort of filling after drilling it out. There are different types of fillings.  Cosmetic dental fillings, or white fillings (also known as composite resins), are what many dentists use these days as it can greatly improve your smile. They are also more durable.

Silver fillings, amalgams and metal fillings are all the same thing.  If you have these, they are probably old and may even have cracks, splits or gaps.  Silver fillings can be replaced with white fillings as long as there is enough healthy tooth structure left.

White fillings are not just for repairing the tooth after a filling.  This material can also be used to fill in gaps, rough edges and even smooth out uneven surfaces.

If you need a filling, be sure to talk to your dentist about the options and if cosmetic dental fillings will work best for you.

Are Cosmetic Dental Fillings Right For You?|Kirk Kimmerling DDS

The Economy And The Oral Health Of America

28440396-business-man-run-over-the-negative-graphAn entertaining article found on CNet claims that economic performance can be predicted by the oral health of America.  This article, written by Chris Matyszczyk, says that there have been less dental crowns, veneers and dental implants purchased this year.  Because these things are often payed for with cash, does it express a measure of the country’s prosperity?

According to the CEO of a business intelligence app, Sikka, America’s mouths show three economic phases: crisis, recovery and transition.  If you want to learn more about this interesting data, check out the article here: If you want to know how the economy is doing, look inside America’s mouth – CNET.

Understanding Patient Needs

patient needsAs a dentist, you obviously want to be sure that your patient’s dental health is top priority.  But it is important to meet other needs of your patients including emotional needs, financial concerns, scheduling issues and any other factors that will influence how your patient feels about their dental care.  This is not always an easy task. Here are some ideas to help you in understanding patient needs.

Ask – The best way to find out what your patient needs is to simply ask.  Many times, health care professionals think they already know what the patient wants.  A lot of emphasis is placed on pain free procedures and using the most advanced technology.  While this is important, it may not be the patient’s top priority.

Ask The Right Questions – Good questions will guide your patient to give you the information you need for the proper treatment. It is important to let the situation guide you to the correct questions, there is no script.

Improve Communication Skills – Good communication skills start with the ability to listen. When you ask a question, be sure to listen carefully to the answer and let your patient guide you as you develop a treatment plan.  Directing the conversation is also an important part of communicating with your patient. It may often seem that your patient is talking about things that have nothing to do with the task at hand.

Learning To Understand Your Patients’ Needs | Dr. Don Deems

Caring For Dental Crowns

28445364-vector-set-of-teeth-on-white-black-groundIf you have had some dental work recently, you may have had a dental crown placed to provide the best fix for your tooth that may be prone to breaking or cracking. Dental crowns are made from ceramic, porcelain and gold. With proper care, a dental crown can last anywhere from 5 years to a lifetime.  Here are some tips on how to care for your crown.

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush and toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.  The gum line can become aggravated from receiving the crown and sensitive toothpaste will help.

Floss three times a day to remove buildup around the crown. Gargle with an antiseptic rinse that will eliminate oral germs and help to dislodge food that is stuck in the gum line.

Avoid sticky foods such as candy, caramel, etc. that may loosen the dental crown from the cement holding it. Also, hard foods, such as nuts, carrots and hard candies are not recommended as they may break or dislocate the crown. Beware of foods that are too hot or cold because a crown may increase sensitivity to the teeth.

How To Care For Dental Crowns | eHow