We, humans, tend to underestimate our health. In difficult situations, such as when a worsening toothache or other dental disease affects our performance, we always seek the help of a local dentist. Being so preoccupied by pain, with focus on the procedure and not on the series of questions we should ask our Cockburn dentist before leaving the clinic. You can save up to a thousand dollars on your next dentist visit by asking these simple questions:
Can you give me a detailed prognosis of how I got to this condition?
Dentists charge a handsome amount for their services; therefore, we should also ask a handsome amount of questions to get our money's worth. If you got your condition from any traumatic injury, or suddenly experienced unusual throbbing pain while you were on a dietary regimen, tell it in detail to the dentist, so he/she can readily assess what's going on in your mouth. Dentists are not mind-readers – so tell that we they need to know.
What areas do you specialize in?
The banner outside of the office or on the website may not always give a clear embodiment of that dentist's purported 'specialty'. If you are in any way doubtful, or just making sure that your dentist does well in what he claims, ask him a few questions about his track record and how he earned his reputation as a 'leading' cosmetic dentist. Many a time, dentists fall short of their promises and give their patients substandard services.
If you feel that your tooth/teeth did not get any better or if the procedure – and by regard, any procedure (might it be a simple tooth extraction or a root canal) – just worsened the previous condition of your tooth, go back to the dentist and ask for an explanation on why your tooth did not get better. If he declines or reacts prematurely in any way, and does not give even a partial refund if he knows what he did is wrong, you can file a report to your local dentist organization.
Be sure to check your dentist's affiliations before filing a complaint. Sending a complaint directly to his affiliate organization may expedite the process of ruling out the flock of 'good' dentists. Visit the Dental Association website for more details on this matter. There have been many cases of 'bad' dentists, meaning you're not alone in your plight.