A dentist in Harley Street is readily available to guide their patients through a series of differing treatments specifically designed to restore, maintain and beautify their smile. Having a healthy mouth is critical to the overall health and well-being of an individual and more and more research is finding evidence to backup this claim.
Several health conditions have been linked to poor oral health, with other conditions alternatively having an adverse effect on the health of the mouth, gums and teeth. Heart conditions and gum disease appear to have an irrefutable link and pregnancy complications and low birth weight may also result from poor oral health. Diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV and alzheimers can have a negative impact on oral health as each disease progresses.
By understanding that the body is a holistic mechanism and that every part is intimately linked to another, both dentist and patient can improve the quality of care and the overall satisfaction of the treatment process and most importantly, the end result.
How can this be done?
There are three main fields of dentistry that a modern dental practice will be able to offer their patients. These are preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Each field is important to the overall health and satisfaction of an individual and should be equally considered in order for them to receive all round care.
They also tend to overlap, whereas cosmetic treatments can also have a restorative element to them, or even a preventive one; such is the case with porcelain veneers or a visit to the hygienist to have teeth professionally cleaned and whitened.
When visiting an oral health care provider for the first time, there are many considerations that need to be discussed, in order for the dentist to begin to understand their patient and gather information that is critical to allowing them to provide accurate care.
What kind of information will be requested?
Usually upon arrival, a questionnaire will be handed to a patient by the receptionist that will need to be filled out before the consultation commences. Information regarding medical history and previous dental work may be requested, as could other information that is understood to aid the dentist in asking the right questions.
Once in the consultation room, in order to allow the patient to begin to feel comfortable and relaxed, the dentist will talk about their lifestyle habits and oral health goals so that a positive relationship can begin to be established.
Examination of the entire mouth, internally and externally will then be performed and X-rays or scans may be necessary to provide the professional with further information. A detailed report will then be delivered whereby recommendations regarding further work can be discussed.
This is an opportunity for the patient to consider any cosmetic procedures that they may be interested in as well. An understanding and compassionate dentist will provide information regarding all of the options that are available to their patient so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the treatment plan will be suitable for them.
It is important that both the patient and the oral health care provider are in agreement with one another and that a positive relationship based on mutual respect is formed in order for complete satisfaction to be attained.