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What to Expect During Dentist Consultation

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Dentists are the medical practitioners that people turn to when they face dental problems. These medical professionals can provide a wide range of dental services based on the specific needs of each patient. Whether you want to improve the appearance of your smile, the functionality of your teeth, or your overall oral health, a dentist can always tailor a solution that suits you. But where do you start? The first and most important step is to go for dental consultation. However, the sad reality is that many people experiencing dental problems fear taking this crucial first step because they do not know what to expect during such consultations. 

Knowing what typically transpires during dental consultations can help allay these fears. Here's what you should expect at your first appointment.

A look at your medical history

The first thing your dentist will do is to check your medical history to learn about any dental problems you might have encountered in the past. Reviewing your medical history will help make your dentist aware about conditions pertinent to your dental health that could influence the decision on how treatment should be carried out.

General examination of your teeth and mouth

Don't be surprised when your dentist asks you to sit on the dental chair and say, "Ahh!" Generally, that's an easy and polite way of getting you to open your mouth wide, so they can perform a visual examination of your teeth and mouth. A quick visual check can give your dentist a general idea of your oral health. There will be no incisions or extractions at this point, so there's no reason for you to be afraid. As part of the general examination, your dentist may also have to take dental x-rays. Don't worry, these x-rays are painless and harmless. 

Recommendations on dental treatment

Once they have reviewed your medical history and conducted the necessary dental examinations, your dentist may recommend treatment options available to you. They may recommend single or multiple remedies, depending on your specific needs. At this point, you are entitled to ask the dentist any questions and concerns you might have regarding the treatment or treatments recommended. If you are feel comfortable with the treatments, then you can give the dentist a go-ahead to refer you to a dental specialist that can handle your specific issue. 

As a patient, you reserve the right to consult as many dentists as you want regarding your specific dental issue. So get recommendations from a second, third or even fourth dentist and compare what they recommend if you so desire.