Dentist Visit Considerations
When going to the dentist, you may have some questions about what it will be like. If you are wondering about your dentist visit, here are some considerations for you to look at in the meantime.
The First Visit
Before your appointment, as you fill out a health history, you can relax, have a cup of coffee, and watch television. During your cleaning, you can continue to relax, and I will check in with you once your procedure has finished.
We accept most dental insurances. We will fill out the forms for you and submit them on your behalf, and you will pay the balance. If you have dental insurance, we do not charge up front; we bill the insurance company and collect the copay afterwards. We will work with you to find a payment plan that fits your budget. We also offer CareCredit.
Frequency of Visits
The frequency of visits should depend on the condition of the mouth. If a patient’s mouth is in good health, we recommend visits every six months. There are several signs that can occur that would cause a person to want to see a dentist: tooth sensitivity, broken teeth, bleeding gums. If the patient has a buildup of plaque or the beginning of gum disease, we would instead recommend checkups three months. When a more advanced gum disease is present, we may even recommend alternating visits every three months between our practice and a periodontist.
Why You Should Regularly Visit the Dentist
If you do not have regular checkups with a dentist, much larger problems can occur. We like to catch things early. For instance, if a cavity develops, it is quicker and less expensive to treat it immediately. If a patient lets the cavity get to the nerve, a root canal and a crown may be needed. These are all avoidable occurrences with regular visits.
If you have any further questions about your dentist visit, please call and schedule a free consultation with experienced Amherst dentist Douglas Hamill DDS.