Dentistry has come a long way since the days of foot pedals, but there are still a few things that need to change, says Dr. James Otten, DDS.
For instance, Dr. Otten said some mouths he sees at Otten Dentistry, in Lawrence, Kansas, resemble a home that has had rooms or sections added-on that don’t integrate or look seamless. Over the years, people have had a crown here, a filling there, or a bridge. Over the years, they’ve had a singular tooth approach and oftentimes, none of it matches or works together.
“One of the things that hasn’t changed as quickly as it should in dentistry is the fact that dentists are running too fast,” Dr. Otten said. “If you’re experiencing your care as an afterthought with 30 seconds, 2 minutes, or even 5 or 10 minutes with the dentist, you’re experiencing something in the nature of a drive-by.”
Drive-by dentistry doesn’t allow time for a dentist to think about what’s happening with a patient’s mouth, see what’s healthy with your mouth, or help you decide the best course of action for your mouth and really plan things out.
“So when dentists are running from room to room and the place looks more like a bus station with people moving in and out, there’s not time to focus, so it’s not unexpected that we’d get dentitions and schemes of teeth that don’t match up or mesh well,” Dr. Otten said. “People who have ongoing problems and seem to never get out of the dental chair and always have something happen, this is why.”
At Otten Dentistry, anytime there is any significant dentistry other than cleaning and fillings required, we analyze how teeth fit together, how they integrate together, where they are now and could they be better with some minor changes we can incorporate into our dentistry, according to Dr. Otten. What’s critical is a thoughtful, careful analysis, an experience that allows patients to express their concerns and goals, and a process to help them figure out what the right plan is from them.
Otten Dentistry doesn’t practice drive-by dentistry – come in today and experience an integrative approach to dental care from our team of experts. Call to schedule an appointment today at 785.843.6404 or visit www.jamesottendds.com to learn more.