Find a Dentist You Trust BEFORE An Accident

Dr. John Luther

Dr. John Luther, D.D.S. & Founder

February 19, 2019

It is important to trust your dentist, especially if you have an emergency situation and need help quickly. The last thing you want after getting in a car accident is to be afraid about the type of treatment you may get for your dental injury. A quality lawyer can help you navigate the difficult legal waters after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence. However, it’s important to receive the medical care you need following an injury as well.

We can all agree that it can be awkward to be in the dentist’s chair with your mouth wide open and a person hovering over you with his or her hands in your mouth. This is a precarious and often uncomfortable position to be in. A good dentist will understand these feelings and work hard to provide a nurturing atmosphere in the office. In the event of an accident, this comfort in getting your treatment will help you ease your mind. Many dental offices not only provide in-office services, but also do their best to answer any questions you may have over the phone. If you have a strong relationship established with a dentist you trust before any accidents occur, it will save you the worry about who to go to in an emergency.

Common Procedures

In order to establish a good relationship with a dentist before an accident occurs, you may go through some routine appointments along the way:

Regular cleanings- it is commonly recommended for individuals to get their teeth cleaned every six months. This way, the dental team can monitor the overall health of the teeth and gums as well as remove any plaque and tartar that is missed with daily brushing and flossing.

X-rays– for the average person, x-rays are recommended once a year. The images produced by an x-ray allow the dentist to see what is going on in between teeth, as well as inside the teeth and gums.

Fillings– in the event that a tooth develops a cavity, a dentist will treat and seal it so that the cavity does not continue growing.

Dental crowns– this is a common procedure for someone who had chipped a tooth or if there is decay and the tooth needs to be filed down. The crown is basically a cap that looks and feels like the actual tooth once did.

Root canals– if the center of your tooth, which consists of nerves and tissue, has become infected, it can be very painful. In fact, it can also infect the bone underneath if it is not treated right away. Root canals have had a very bad reputation for a long time. However, this is a very common procedure nowadays and a dentist will answer any questions that might be causing you concern or anxiety while anticipating the procedure.

Bridges and dental implants– in the event that you are missing one or more teeth, complications can occur if you do not get a bridge or an implant. A dentist can explain the process for both options and will recommend what is best for your situation.

There are numerous options available in any given search and it is difficult to know who you will feel comfortable going to. Trying out some different options to find a dentist you feel comfortable with can help you be more at ease should an accident occur.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., for their insight into personal injury and getting treatment.

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Timbercrest Dental Center has been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus. As leaders in the healthcare profession, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our patients, our dental teams, and our community. Consistent with the recommendations from the Wisconsin Board of Dentistry, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Surgeon General, we will postpone any non-emergent/elective care for two weeks starting 3/20/2020. We took this very difficult decision seriously and propose the following plan of action subesetent to the two-week hiatus. We will still have availability to treat emergent dental needs.