How to choose the right treatment for you?
With the vast amount of information available on the Internet, you can easily find out which treatments are available. The difficult part is knowing if the treatment is suitable for you.
Life is full new inventions, gadgets and latest techniques. The information flow is overwhelming. Some modern things are fantastic and some are just marketing ploys. As a patient it would be very difficult to know which treatments are reliable and which are not. Our role is to clarify the differences so you can make an informed decision based on reliable information.
We will not spend time explaining how different treatments are performed, there is enough information about this on the internet. What we will do instead, is give you some honest advice on how to choose a dental treatment so as to save you time, disappointment and money.
The process of choosing a dental treatment should be based on these steps:
- Have a dental examination.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment in order to have time to provide us with all the necessary information. This is important in order to make your treatment safer from a medical point of view and to establish whether any medical conditions or medication have caused or contributed to dental problems.
- If needed, have further investigations (Scans, dental impressions for study models, clinical pictures etc)
- Read your treatment plan. Make sure you understand the advantages, disadvantages and risks with the suggested treatments and do not be hesitate to ask about them or about alternatives.
- Take your time to decide and if you want us to start the treatment, then please call us to book an appointment. You have the right to stop any treatment at any time.
- Your Dentist should discuss different options with you without trying to sell you a certain procedure. He/she should explain the advantages and disadvantages with each option and may give some advice but ultimately it is only your decision that counts. Once you have had a dental examination and all necessary investigations, you should be given enough information in order to be able to make an informed choice.
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Please note that dental sedation in primary care setting (out of hospital) is provided under strict guidelines. Patients with complex medical histories, patients over 70 years old, patients with BMI (body mass index) over 35 and children may still be treated but may require a special assessment. You can find many BMI calculators online but you will need to know your weight in kilograms and your height in meters.
Doing your own research
It is perfectly all right to do your own research into what treatments may be available, but please be aware that unless you have dental or medical training and experience in reading medical reports, you may be wasting your time. If in doubt, ask your dental professional.
Dental professionals should look after the interests of their patients and should inform them of insufficient or misleading information regarding dental treatments, products or materials.
For example, some manufacturers of dental materials or some providers of dental techniques may quote the most successful research data for their products and may not publish negative reports. To actually know how well these products perform in real life, you will need the advice of an expert. This is where we come in.
Insufficient information can lead to frustrating results
For any major work, such as multiple implants or large bridges, always seek the opinion of a reliable dentist.
Do not fall for unscrupulous advertising. The best experts can always substantiate their claims and will talk objectively about different techniques or products without trying to sell you a specific treatment as the universal answer to all dental problems.
And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Classic examples are implant cases usually advertised at as low as a quarter of the average U.K. cost. Be cautious of such claims and ask a professional for advice before you commit to treatment or part with your money.
There are many cases where the patient’s desire for a specific treatment has led to catastrophic results.
Many patients have heard about dental implants. If dental implant treatment is performed thoroughly, on a suitable patient and using the correct technique and proper assessments, it can be a fantastic treatment which can vastly improve the function and quality of life for many patients. If not, it can lead to painful and costly failures.
Our oral surgeon colleagues deal regularly with failed implant cases. Unfortunately, these patients end up paying twice and undergo unnecessary pain to put right failed implants.