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Is It All Right to Tell Your Dentist You Don't Like Something They Do?

Posted on 7/30/2017 by Dr. Smith
Smith Dental aims to make every dental patient happy.
It is important to build a good relationship with your dentist. Remember that a relationship is a two-way street. Your dentist would probably have no problem telling you that you aren't explaining your problem clearly enough for them to be able to diagnose and treat it. Likewise, you should be able to tell your dentist if there is something they do that you don't like. That is what makes a relationship; the ability to talk with one another and come to an agreement. If you can’t do that, then you may as well find a new dentist because good communication is an important component of your dental health.

What Kinds of Things Can I Complain About?

If you have a lot of cavities or may need extensive dental work, it is important that you understand exactly what procedures need to be done and what they are. You should also know how the procedure is performed and how many visits it will take to complete. If your dentist doesn’t explain this to you very well, by all means, ask all the questions you need to.

Most dentists will show you the x-rays of your teeth before recommending a procedure. They will show you what is wrong, on what tooth and what options you have to correct it. But sometimes the dentist talks too fast. Or the dentist may show you what is wrong with several teeth without making sure that you know what tooth, specifically, is being discussed. This causes a problem when you have the procedure because you may think it was going to be on one tooth and then you may discover it was on another tooth.

You are perfectly within your rights to ask your dentist to slow down. If you aren’t sure which tooth he is pointing to, then ask. They are your teeth, and you have to know what you are going to have to live with. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 746-9361.

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