As per the findings of a recent survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health, more than 63% of 500 dental surgeons believe in surgical intervention for these micro-cavities. This is because they do not want to take the risk of these cavities progressing into something major at a later date. Therefore, the patient is operated upon, even if he does not have any symptom.
Most Patients are Overwhelmed when Their Dentists Tell Them about the Potential Problems that may Arise
For most patients, a visit to their dentist is a daunting job. In their nervous state, they tend to be overwhelmed when their dentists tell them about the potential problems that may arise. As it is, it is very difficult for a lay man to fully comprehend medical jargon. So, the patients readily trust their doctors and put blind faith in them.
However, it is a good idea to remember that your doctor is there only to assist you. It is ultimately you who has to take the final call regarding your treatment. There are certain points which you should follow when your dentist suggests some procedure. They are:
- In case you do not understand something, ask your dentist to explain the problem in a language that you can follow and understand.
- Question the doctor about the procedure, how is going to carry the procedure, its pros and cons and the complete expenditure entailed.
- Inquire about other treatment options available.
- Ask why the procedure recommended is the best option for you and what can happen if you do not go for it.
- Read about the procedure yourself, either from a book or on the internet and if you still have any niggling doubt, always go for a second opinion.
Therefore, do not agree immediately to all the procedures that your dentist recommends. Take your time before reaching any conclusion. You as a patient have every right to refuse a treatment that you do not feel right for you.