Monthly Archives: May 2015

Getting past fear of the dentist

I have been afraid of the dentist my entire life. It started with a dental appointment as a child that is the stuff of nightmares.  I really need to get past this, because I realize it is affecting my oral health.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to the dentist. I fear I’m causing myself serious problems. What are some things to do that can help me get past this?

LeeAnne S. – Tallahassee, FL

LeeAnne,

Many patients with dental anxiety have had unpleasant appointments as a child.  It is hard to get past such fearful memories. What you need most is to get some good experiences. If you need a lot of work, that might be frightening to you. I suggest to get your teeth back into shape you use sedation dentistry.  That will give you a completely pain free experience and allow the dentist to do a lot more work than he (or she) would have been able to without the sedation.

Ask the dentist how he feels about fearful patients.  Some dentists who do sedation, do it for the convenience and because patients ask for it, but they’re not exactly fearful patient friendly.  Others, like Dr. Potts,  specifically like seeing fearful patients because they want to give them good experiences and change their minds about dental care.

You will find a dentist like that changes your whole outlook and going to the dentist.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.

Crown fell off

I don’t know why my dental crown fell off.  My dentist says it’s no big deal and happens all the time.  He’ll put it back on for free, but he can’t get to me today.  He’ll see me in about a week. I’m so embarassed. I don’t want a stub on one of my visible top teeth for a week. Is there a way to put it back on myself?

Adrian L. – Minnesota

Adrian,

You’ve only written one small paragraph and I already think you need a new dentist. First, dental crowns don’t fall off all the time. In fact, they shouldn’t fall off at all. Second, if you wait a week before your dentist puts it back on, you’ll have to get a totally new crown because your teeth will have shifted and your crown will no longer fit.

I wouldn’t normally suggest this, but in your case, I think you need to see an emergency dentist. This will get your crown bonded back on quickly AND properly.

If your crown fell off, it’s because your dentist doesn’t know how to properly bond them on. To be frank, between the lack of skill and the lack of caring, you need a new dentist.

I don’t recommend trying to do it yourself. It’s unlikely you’d get it in just the right position and that would end up causing you pain when you bite down.  An emergency dentist can likely get you in today.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.