How to Make the Most of Your Next Dental Appointment

  1. Searching for the best dentist in St. Louis?

The American Dental Association recommends regular dental appointments to maintain healthy teeth through preventive care. Even the best dentist in St. Louis recommends bi-annual cleanings and examinations for patients who, overall, have healthy teeth and gums. If you are preparing for your next dental appointment in the Ellisville, Wildwood, Chesterfield, or St. Louis, MO area, we’ve put together our top four tips to help you make the most of your time in the dental chair.

If you’re looking for the best dentist in St. Louis to care for you and your family, look no further than Drs. Mike Frith and Jeremy Frith. Our father and son practitioners offer exceptional dental service through their commitment to continuing training and education, along with their mission to provide quality, compassionate care to St. Louis patients. Contact our practice today to schedule your appointment with our team.

Take a Couple Notes

Before heading to your appointment, take a few minutes to think about your oral health over the past six months. If you have experienced any sensitivity, discomfort, bleeding gums, or other symptoms, be sure to take note of them, along with when and where they occurred – and how long symptoms persisted. While the best dentist in St. Louis will take comprehensive x-rays and complete and oral examination, they still cannot tell your physical sensations or symptoms while you are away from the dental chair. Don’t be afraid to bring up anything you feel like could be out of the ordinary. Your dentist can offer a closer inspection based on your feedback and potentially help to eradicate future unpleasant symptoms.

Questions? Ask Away

Never feel shy or hesitant to ask your dentist or dental hygienist questions about your treatment. If anything is unclear to you, or you desire to discuss alternative treatment options, speak up and let them know your concerns. Our dentists will thoroughly explain any health issues they detect and their suggested treatment. You have a right to know exactly what procedures you are receiving, and why. In addition to discussing treatment options, we also have many explanatory videos to more easily communicate diagnoses and treatment methods — especially of underlying causes that can create an array of symptoms throughout the body (not just the head and neck area).

Explore Different Payment Options

If you are worried about the cost of treatment, be sure to ask about the practice’s different payment options. For those patients without dental insurance, or for patients receiving treatment that may not be covered by dental insurance, many dental practices offer medical financing. Masterpiece Smiles offers many financing options through Lending USA, Lending Club, Care Credit or our in-house savings plan. By simply putting off treatment because of the cost, you are putting your mouth at risk for more invasive damage, which often results in much more costly treatment.

Your Comfort is Key

If you are nervous about treatment, share your concerns with our doctors. Many of the best dentists in St. Louis offer sedative dentistry, which includes safe sedative medications that can ease your stress and make your experience in the dental chair more relaxing.

Dr. Michael Frith offers conscious sedation dentistry, and both Drs. Frith are both able to provide Nitrous Oxide to help calm and relax. Additionally, our doctors are able to use unique techniques like Micro Air Abrasion (MAA) or laser dentistry to perform many procedures without numbing. This makes for a more comfortable experience for patients while in the dental chair.

If at any time you experience pain or discomfort, alert your dentist or a member of the team. Our dentists can ease painful sensations through additional anesthetics; while everyone’s pain tolerance varies, typically, discomfort is NOT a normal part of treatment. By experiencing pain, you could create more emotional stress for yourself the next time a dental appointment rolls around.

Looking for the best dentist in St. Louis?

Drs. Mike and Jeremy Frith are accepting new patients! Masterpiece Smiles’ can help you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you desire, while enjoying a comfortable and friendly dental experience. Whether you are new to the area, or looking for a new provider, consider our team at Masterpiece Smiles! Call us at 636-394-5200.

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Mike Frith

Being St. Louis’s leader in accredited cosmetic dentistry gives patients confidence. Accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry sets the very highest standard in cosmetic dentistry. Patients feel comfortable knowing their dentist has achieved excellence in virtually every type of cosmetic case. Less than 1% of dentist nationwide can offer that. St. Louis’ first Diplomate in craniofacial pain and Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine gives patients solutions for a new beginning. With proper evaluation and diagnosis, the conditions of Craniofacial pain, sleep apnea and snoring can be successfully treated with non-surgical therapies. It’s my goal to return patients back to where they can breathe, sleep, heal and live again.