It is not uncommon for us to recommend replacement of aging dentistry to improve the health and smiles of our patients. Dentistry, like anything else, eventually wears out. However, our patients often seem reluctant to have their aging dentistry replaced. Initially it was confusing to see such a response when it was apparent to the patient that the recommendation was understood and the need for replacement was apparent. What was more difficult to understand was why patients were reluctant to proceed with the necessary treatment. When asked “why would you not move forward with treatment”often the response was a reluctance due to a fear of the unknown. What would we find underneath that old dentistry? How will the old dentistry possibly be removed without creating further injury to the healthy tooth underneath? Once this fear was recognized it was easily addressed. With today’s technology, removal of existing failing dentistry is fast, effortless and will not cause additional harm to the underlying tooth. Think of it in terms of the old dentistry being a covering over the tooth, some form of “Laminate”. Using a Formica kitchen counter top as as example: once a small slice is made through the Formica surface the remaining Formica laminate covering is easily “peeled back” exposing the underlying wood without causing any damage. Old dentistry is no different. Once a slice is made through the old dentistry it is easily peeled off without damaging the underlying tooth. In a previous post we discussed the three main reasons why patients postpone needed dentistry. They are money, time and fear. Once all three of these are addressed needed dentistry can be accomplished. Hopefully now this common fear has been addressed. Communication is the key and our staff is here to ensure your questions are answered. Our goal is to provide state of the art dentistry in a comfortable atmosphere and any obstacles to optimal dental health are adressed.