Nervous dental patient in London? – We Can Help
Many people have a deep inbuilt fear of visiting the dentist. For the majority, this is probably the result of a traumatic dental experience whilst in their childhood. Certainly, dental techniques and tools were not as sophisticated as they are now.
Dentists and especially cosmetic dentists are also increasingly aware of nervous patients and where necessary, can offer sedation where needed. At the very least, most dentists are more sympathetic to nervous patients and will do all they can to put the patient at ease whether through simple relaxation techniques or where needed, medication.
Our Harley Street dentists in the heart of London now practise minimally invasive dentistry which essentially means that they will not do more work than is actually needed and will advise on preventative steps that can be taken to improve the health of your teeth.
For example, after an initial consultation, if the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth is high and therefore likely to cause problems, your dentist will advise possible changes to your diet or the way you take care of your mouth on a daily basis, for example use of a mouthwash may be suggested.
If however, it reaches a stage where a tooth needs to be filled for example, a dentist will now only remove the decay and will avoid removing any of the remaining healthy tooth material unless it is absolutely necessary, thereby saving as much of the healthy tooth material as possible.
A good quality dentist will also only use materials that have been tried and tested for strength and durability to avoid excessive repairs having to be made during its life span. Naturally, on occasions this may be unavoidable but repairs can certainly be largely avoided by taking care that the correct materials are used.
By using the latest technologies such as Cerec for example, the number of visits to a dental practise can be kept to the minimum as it allows the procedure to take place on a single visit and removes the necessity of the creation of a crown or veneer having to be outsourced to a dental laboratory.
Even with procedures which are naturally invasive, such as dental implants, where a titanium screw is placed into the jawbone, more and more dentists are now using mini implants. This allows the whole procedure to be completed in a single visit but also, as the titanium posts are smaller, need less drilling and therefore avoid the need for bone grafting in patients whose jawbone structure is insufficient for the implant placement.
All of this probably appears quite remote from the dental experiences you may have had as a child but the use of minimally invasive dentistry is definitely a change for the better.