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Even in the 21st century, there are misconceptions about going to the dentist. While some people only go to the dentist when they feel pain or have a visible problem, others will avoid going at all costs because of fear or anxiety. There are probably many more reasons why people avoid going to the dentist, even though doing so only ends up making things worse in the long run by resulting in repairs that are more costly and extensive. Here are some common misconceptions about going to the dentist.
Going to the dentist is always painful
If you choose a dentist that is highly qualified to provide you with the care that you need, then going to the dentist should not be as painful as you might think. In fact, most restorative procedures like fillings, crowns, extractions, or root canals involve the use of anesthetic so that you will not feel a thing while receiving your dental care. However, the level of discomfort that you experience after the fact may vary depending on the extent of your tooth repair, and how well you adhere to the aftercare instructions that you receive from the dentist.
It’s too expensive to go to the dentist
Actually, it is not that going to the dentist is expensive, neglect is. Skipping those dental checkups will eventually lead to oral health problems that result in extensive repairs such as needing a crown or root canal, or worse, an extracted tooth that needs to be replaced. While none of these procedures are cheap, it certainly makes more financial sense to pay for routine checkups and cleanings to ensure that everything is in working order and to catch problems when they first show up rather than waiting for them to get worse. A simple filling can be much less expensive than having to replace an extracted tooth.
Those cleanings and checkups that are recommended every six months is not a way for dentists to make money. In fact, it is ignoring these appointments that end up costing most patients more money in the long run. If you have dental insurance that covers cleanings and exams, use it! If you are not as fortunate to have this benefit, make affording these appointments easy by setting aside a little bit of money every month so that you end up with enough to cover these routine appointments.
Dentists can only treat teeth
Many general dentists do limit themselves to only treating teeth, but in today’s modern dentistry, some dentists specialize in treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), sleep-breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, migraines/headaches, and performing oral cancer screening exams. Most people flock to their primary care provider when they experience chronic headaches, can’t sleep at night, or find a lump or lesion that seems suspicious. However, a qualified dentist in Poway such as Smiles by Dr. Cook can actually treat these types of health issues and more, and usually does so by using non-invasive methods that do not involve medication that you must take every day. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with any of these ailments, consider a consultation with the dentist.
Dental Care in Poway
It is time to set your misconceptions about going to the dentist aside. We are here to help you maintain optimal oral health, which also helps to guard your overall health. To learn more about oral care or to schedule a consultation, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, Carmel Mountain, and Rancho Bernardo, California.