Q: I just moved to the area, but before I left my doctor told me I need a crown. Does it really matter who I go to; finances are an issue?
First, today’s rant: I read a study that just came out in a dental journal with the scary title of: “Patient aggression toward dentists.” The statistics were astonishing: Almost 50% of dentists reported experiencing at least one act of physical aggression from a patient during any point in their careers, and almost 25% reported this happening in the past year! And, 74% reported verbal aggression including threats of violence during their careers with 55% getting hammered during the last year. (This include slamming or throwing a credit card in anger at or near the doctor or his staff.) Let us not wait until March 6th, national dentist day, to be kind to our oral healthcare specialists.
Although a crown may not vary from office to office as far as its chemical composition, the treatment rendered to make the crown varies tremendously based on how high tech the office is. This can affect patient comfort and the longevity of the crown.
Here is what we do and why it takes only 20 minutes and not two hours in the dental chair:
Use the above as a high tech checklist to evaluate an office for your crown treatment.