3 Questions To Ask When Visiting A Dentist For The First Time In Years

Posted on: 31 July 2018

Has it been some time since your last dental checkup? Do you finally have dental insurance, but you're not sure about what to discuss during your upcoming exam? If you haven't been to one in some time, visiting a dentist can be a scary experience. But by arming yourself with a list of questions to ask beforehand, you'll be better equipped to know what to discuss with your dentist. Some things that you may want to ask include:

What treatment options are there? If it's been a while since you last visited a dentist, there's a good chance that you are in need of at least a couple of fillings and possibly other things as well. A good dentist will discuss with you whether or not it's absolutely necessary to get everything done immediately or if you can postpone some of the work until a point in the future. For instance, dental insurance often has a limit on how much you can claim per year. If you exceed this, you'll have to pay for any other treatments out of your own pocket. If this is something that you can't afford, you should be able to work out a treatment schedule where the most important stuff gets repaired first and the stuff that can wait is performed after your insurance cycles over for the year.

Do you take payments? For things that can't be postponed and that aren't covered by insurance, you're going to have to pay yourself. But although you may not have enough money to pay for the procedure up-front, many dentist offices will allow you to make payments on their services. Doing this will allow you to get the treatment that you need as soon as possible without having to wait until you've set aside enough money for everything.

Can everything be done at once/over multiple sessions? Depending on your job, you may not be able to take more than a day or two off in order to get your teeth fixed. On the other hand, you may want to have things done over a period of time instead of all on one day. A good dentist should be able to work with you according to your preferred timeline, allowing you to schedule a treatment plan that works right for you. If this isn't possible, for whatever reason, he or she will explain why everything needs to be done differently than you'd prefer.