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Title: How to Make the Most Out Of Your Next Denture Clinic Visit

How to Make the Most Out Of Your Next Denture
Clinic Visit
  • What happens during a typical visit at the
    denture clinic? What do you do when you have an
    appointment scheduled with your dentist?
  • Research shows that at least 60 of adults aged
    between 18 and 64 visited the dentist in 2016.
    While a good percentage of people see their
    dentist for regular dental care and treatment,
    not many take the time to prepare for these
    visits. Many denture patients cannot describe
    what happens during a visit to the clinic. They
    merely sit on the chair or lie on the dentists
    bed and zone off as the dentist works.
  • The kind of approach that people have towards the
    denture clinic is what causes them stress and
    anxiety whenever they have an appointment.
    Listening to strange noises and watching strange
    appliances poke at your teeth is undoubtedly
    stressful. The experience can cause you to forego
    treatment and expose yourself to poor oral
  • Understanding what goes on during your usual
    visit at the denture clinic can help relieve
    stress and anxiety. Whats more, it also enables
    you to make the most out of the appointment.
    After all, you have paid for the procedure, and
    it is only fair that you get the best value from

Table of Contents
  • What Happens When You See a Dentist?
  • How to Make the Most Out Of Your Denture Clinic
  • Dos and Donts for Proper Denture Etiquette.

What Happens When You See a Dentist?
  • The procedures that one undergoes when they visit
    a dentist will vary depending on the treatment
    that they wish to receive. An individual going in
    for dental cleaning will undergo different
    procedures as compares to one who needs root
    canal treatment. However, there are basic steps
    that you follow, and knowing them can put you at
    ease throughout treatment. These are
  • Examination The initial step is where the
    dentist carries out a thorough exam of your
    teeth, gums, and mouth. They can use tools to
    check for tooth decay and cavities. The dentist
    will also ask about your oral health and any
    problems you have with your teeth since the last
  • X-rays Depending on your symptoms, the dentist
    may ask you to take X-rays. These help to reveal
    any problem that cannot be visually detected. It
    could be a problem with the jaw, teeth, or gums.
    X-rays are incredibly easy and painless, and they
    are taken at the denture clinic.

  • Subsequent examination After getting the X-rays,
    the dentist examines them thoroughly to check for
    problems. If they detect an issue, they will
    carry out a subsequent analysis of the affected
    part. For example, if your dentist notices a
    problem with your bite or jaw bone, they will
    carry out some exams for confirmation.
  • Treatment Once the exam is done, the dentist
    will seek your consent to initiate treatment.
    They will explain the results and give the
    recommended treatment to eliminate the problem.
    Dental treatment can be completed in one day or
    several appointments depending on the kind of
    procedures. Your dentist will explain the
    procedure and the length of treatment before

  • Follow-up and cleaning After the procedure, the
    dentist may ask you to come in for a follow-up to
    ensure that the treatment has worked properly.
    They may also recommend that you visit the
    denture clinic at certain intervals for regular
    cleaning and examination.
  • Denture appointments are relatively
    straightforward and easy. However, due to the
    nature of the treatment, many people are
    apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Even
    when they go, most patients dont make the most
    out of the visit due to fear and anxiety.

How to Make the Most Out Of Your Denture Clinic
  • What does it mean to make the most out of your
    visit to the denture clinic? And why should you
    even care to put an effort into making the most
    means that you take maximum advantage of the
  • You only get to see your dentist once a year (or
    more if you are intentional about your oral
    health). There is much you can get from your
    dental appointment, and this will help you
    maintain oral health and be more relaxed during
    your next visit at the dentists office.
  • Here are the essential things that you can do to
    make the most out of your next denture visit.

  • 1. Say Hello
  • Have you ever walked into the denture clinic and
    instantly felt nervous and scared? Well, this is
    what happens to most people. The thought of sharp
    tools inside your mouth is enough to make you
    turn back at the front door.
  • When you enter the clinic, you will find a
    receptionist or other customer service personnel.
    Say hello to them. And since most dental
    receptionists are trained to make their patients
    feel at ease, being friendly will break the ice
    and get you comfortable. The exchange of smiles
    between you and the staff is enough to get your
    mind at ease and prepared for the next step
    seeing the dentist.

  • 2. Open Up to the Dentist
  • The first thing your dentist will do is ask about
    your oral health before proceeding to examine
    you. It is paramount that you are as open as
    possible. Most people fear the dentist, and this
    causes them to conceal existing dental health
  • Do you have tooth sensitivity? Does your jaw
    click when you open and close the mouth? Are you
    experiencing pain after a minor facial injury?
    Let your dentist know. Dont just say that you
    have an aching tooth and ignore other problems.
  • Talking to your dentist about any underlying
    problems is for your good. Some issues can be
    managed early to prevent worse oral health
    problems. However, your dentist may not know if
    you downplay your problems. For example, if
    youve only gone for teeth cleaning but have a
    painful jaw, your dentist may not order for an
    X-ray. Therefore, they wont know that you have
    another problem which if not managed can cause
    you to undergo jaw surgery.

  • 3. Ask Questions
  • Asking questions is an essential step during
    treatment. Your dentist is eager to discuss
    procedures with you if you are ready to enquire.
    They will be keen to use layman language that you
    can easily understand. Dont shy away from asking
    what the scalpel-shaped tool is and what it does.
    After an examination, enquire about the state of
    your oral health. Once the X-rays come in, look
    at them together with the dentist and ask what
    they mean.
  • Asking questions makes you knowledgeable about
    the treatment process. Once you know what is
    happening, you will be less anxious and nervous
    about the procedure, and this changes your
    perception of the denture clinic. Also, the next
    time you experience a similar problem, you will
    know what to expect when you visit the dentist.

  • 4. Ask About Payment Options
  • One of the reasons why many people go for months
    or years with untreated dental issues is due to
    the cost of treatment. Some procedures such as
    getting clear braces, dental implants, or dental
    surgery can be costly. Many people will walk away
    if they visit the denture clinic and are told
    that they require a procedure that they cannot
  • Postponing treatment can put you at risk or
    worsen the problem and make treatment more
    expensive and complicated. Therefore, dont
    immediately assume that you cannot pay for the
    procedure. Ask your dentist about the available
    payment options, mainly if your insurance is not
    covering the cost. Some viable options include
    the following
  • In-house payment plans Some denture clinics have
    payment plans where you can finance treatment.
    These plans are mostly available for treatments
    that stretch over weeks or months.
  • Dentist loans
  • Credit card
  • Dental care credit
  • Bank overdraft
  • Dont go back home with an unresolved problem
    because you cannot afford treatment. Talk to your
    dentist, and they will be happy to brainstorm
    viable options for you to finance your treatment
    and take charge of your oral health.

  • 5. Share Your Fears
  • No matter how excited you are for your
    appointment, nothing prepares you for the fear
    that you will experience as you lie on that bed.
    If you fear needles, you will be anxious about
    getting injections. If the sight of blood scares
    you, removing a wisdom tooth will not be an easy
    task. If you are scheduled for surgery, you may
    be worried about the success of the procedure.
  • The best way to manage these fears and have a
    relaxed time at the clinic is to share your
    concerns with the dentist. Dont feel ashamed to
    tell them that you are anxious about feeling
    pain. Sharing will relax you and also give the
    dentist insight into how to handle your treatment
    without causing you anxiety.
  • For example, if you fear needles, the dentist may
    opt for a different form of anesthesia that does
    not involve pricking your skin. An example is
    nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Also, if you are
    anxious about seeing blood during a procedure,
    they can give you general anesthesia that keeps
    you asleep throughout the process. When you are
    scared about the success of a procedure, the
    dentist will share success statistics to keep
    your mind at ease.

  • 6. Speak Out During Treatment
  • People have different pain tolerance levels. Your
    treatment should be entirely painless therefore,
    if you feel pain during treatment, dont be
    afraid to speak out. While some individuals can
    endure an entire procedure with just two shots of
    local anesthesia, others may require four. Some
    people can sit with their head angled upwards for
    an hour while others cannot hold this posture for
    a straight fifteen minutes.
  • Letting your dentist know that you are
    uncomfortable will enable them to manage the
    situation and make you feel at ease. They may
    give you another dose of anesthesia to ease the
    pain before continuing with the procedure. If you
    are tired of leaning your head back, they will
    take a break or change positions.
  • Remember, if the procedure is painful or
    undesirable, your brain will associate dental
    appointments with pain and discomfort. As a
    result, you become reluctant to visit the clinic
    even for regular cleanings, and this translates
    into an increased risk of poor oral health.

  • 7. Ask for Advice
  • After receiving treatment, many people will just
    walk out of the denture clinic and wait for the
    next appointment yet they know little about oral
    health care. Limit your visits to the dentist by
    asking for professional oral health advice before
    leaving the clinic.
  • Did you come in for cleanings to eliminate tartar
    and plaque? Ask the dentist to give you tips for
    preventing the build-up of plaque in the future.
    Dont know the best toothpaste or mouthwash in
    the market? Your dentist will be happy to
    recommend a few options. Do you need to know if
    the DIY teeth whitening solutions are helpful?
    Ask the expert, and they will give you a
    professional opinion. Have you gotten new dental
    appliances such as dentures, implants, or braces?
    Ask about how to care for them.
  • Professional advice on oral health care can help
    you to save money on denture treatments. Always
    ask what you can do to prevent the problem you
    had in the future. Even seemingly silly questions
    such as how should one floss their teeth can
    help you avoid some of the common dental health
    problems that people battle with today.

Dos and Donts for Proper Denture Etiquette
  • As you make the most out of your denture
    appointment, remember to observe etiquette as
    well. Your dentist may not complain if you dont,
    but your behavior may out them off and limit
    their ability to render exceptional services. In
    this light, take note of the following dos and
    donts for proper denture etiquette
  • Dont work out before your appointment. Unless
    you want your dentist to be cringing their nose
    as they examine you, avoid working out before
    visiting the clinic. If you do work out, take a
    shower and get a change of clothes.
  • Reschedule if you are sick. Colds and coughs can
    make treatment hard and gross. Therefore, if you
    are sick, reschedule to a later date.
  • You dont have to brush before seeing the
    dentist. If you have bad breath, dont try to
    hide it. You are more likely to get help if your
    dentist notices it.
  • Dont lie about your oral care habits. If you
    dont floss, dont say you do as this will hinder
    you from receiving proper guidance.
  • Mind your language. Dont be rude to your
    dentist. If you have to cancel, postpone, or
    voice concerns, ensure that you use a
    professional tone and acceptable language.

Final Thoughts
  • Visiting a denture clinic doesnt have to be a
    dreadful affair for you. It can be an appointment
    that will leave you relaxed and educated about
    your dental health. Follow the tips shared here
    to make the most out of your visit and relieve
    the stress and anxiety associated with such
    visits. Always remember to ask as many questions
    as you have regarding oral health and treatment.
    Also, take note of the dos and donts to ensure
    utmost professionalism and proper etiquette when
    seeing your dentist for checkups, procedures, and
    appointment scheduling.
  • Osmin Denture Clinic and Smile Diana Dentistry
    Inc. is an established dental and denture clinic
    in Toronto. The clinic believes that every
    patients needs is different and strives to
    always take a customized approach to serve every
    client that goes to the clinic for dental care.
    For all your denture concerns, dont hesitate to
    reach them at 647-294-3310 or via email . They are readily
    available to provide free consultation. Most
    importantly, the clinic accepts all dental plans
    and dont charge any upfront cost.

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