You already know not to have tooth surgery right before your wedding, but when is the best time to have it done? Getting your teeth whitened before photos are taken is a great idea, but how far in advance should you make an appointment?
Now that you have your dental plan for the New Year, you have to decide how to schedule your procedures in the most effective way. Fortunately you don’t have to schedule your dental plan all at once. You can space treatments around obligations and holidays, while also setting aside the necessary finances for when you will need them.
Scheduling Exams and Cleanings
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and thorough examination. Because there are six months between appointments, you can schedule your visits far in advance and still ensure you will be available. If something comes up, you also have plenty of time to reschedule. Some patients need scaling and planing in order to eliminate tartar build-up completely. If that is your situation, then you may need to see the dentist every 3-4 months instead of only twice a year. You also don’t want to schedule a cleaning the day before an important event, as your gums may be a little sore for a few days.
Scheduling a Root Canal
The actual root canal should not cause any significant discomfort, as the dentist will numb the area thoroughly. However, it is normal to have some sensitivity and inflammation for a few days after the procedure. Although over-the-counter medication can usually take care of any discomfort, you won’t want to schedule a root canal right before a holiday or special event, just in case you aren’t feeling up to par. Also keep in mind that it may take more than one visit to complete the root canal, depending on the severity of the infection.
Scheduling Oral Surgery
There are several types of oral surgeries performed on a regular basis, but the most common procedures are extractions and wisdom teeth removal.
Scheduling Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can be scheduled at your convenience. You will need to make two appointments – one to be fitted for the trays, and the other to check the fit once they are ready. Be prepared to wear the trays twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for several weeks. If you are whitening your teeth for a special event, give yourself a few weeks lead time to ensure the best results.
No matter which treatments you think you may need, it is best to first schedule an appointment with your dentist. He or she can prioritize your procedures and the office manager can help you to determine which treatments are covered by insurance. Then you can space out your procedures accordingly.
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