While these healthcare professionals have learned to live with the reality of being members of a profession that is almost universally feared by its patients, when those same people are in pain, the chances are they will be more than grateful they were able to gain access to the specialised attention of a dentist. There are few pains worse than toothache, and the very thought that it might be worsened by the need to have the offending tooth poked and prodded will often strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest of individuals, prompting them to delay making a dental appointment until the pain is no longer bearable.
By contrast, however, to enjoy the best possible outcome and perhaps make it possible to treat a tooth that might otherwise have required extraction, any patient who experiences pain should seek an appointment at once. Better still, in order to reduce the chances that pain might strike in the first place, a regular check-up is not only quite painless, but it should also obviate the need for more radical dental work by the dentist at a later stage. Incidentally, with regard to that more radical work, the fainthearted should be thrilled to learn that it is no longer as painful as it used to be.
There have been a number of developments over the past decade or so that have been helping to turn dental surgery into an increasingly pain-free zone and to finally put an end to those days when patients just had to grin and bear it. One of the most significant has been the adaptation of lasers to perform work on soft tissues such as the gums, eliminating blood loss due to cutting and the need for sedation. Where drilling is necessary, the modern dentist now has sharper, disposable drill burrs that enable more precise cuts and a reduced risk of incidental damage to teeth, while the new drills are both quieter and less prone to vibration.
Also, the introduction of composite and porcelain fillings has reduced the need for deep drilling and the undercuts required to secure a metal filling, as these can be anchored in place with a special dental adhesive. Furthermore, for those occasions when a little pain may be unavoidable, modern local anaesthetics such as lidocaine not only numb the treatment area more effectively, but its effect lasts longer, making additional shots unnecessary.
Intercare dental centres embrace advanced technologies to provide an extensive range of services including oral hygiene, implants, porcelain crowns, inlays and veneers, and periodontal screening and treatment. Most importantly, though, they provide a dentist who cares.