There’s fear of flying (Aerophobia), fear of germs (Mysophobia), fear of wide open spaces (Agoraphobia), and then there’s the fear of dentists (Dentophobia).
Almost 75% of the adult global population fears the dentist. When you think about a dental visit, it’s not hard to see why this fear is so prevalent. After all, the dentist approaches your mouth with all sorts of tools and then, even if you wanted to, you can’t watch what’s going on in there. You’re only left with strange sounds and sensations and, worst of all, your imagination.
Thankfully, we live in the age of technology. For the first time in recorded history, you can witness dental procedures in the luxury of your home, putting to rest fears you may have about visiting a dentist for a procedure.
One such procedure that worries people is called dental bonding. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. Dental bonding is used for many reasons, including restoration of chipped, broken or decayed teeth, to reshape or whiten your smile, or to fill in gaps between the teeth.
This sounds like a lot for the mouth to endure. However, if you simply go to YouTube you can see the procedure completed. You’re essentially getting a backstage pass to a dental bonding experience complete with a real dentist and patient.
In fact, searching within YouTube for ‘fixing a chipped tooth’ returned over 4k results. Granted, some results are for educational purposes (dental training), but a large portion of videos are regular people documenting their dental experiences.
Whether they realize it or not, these dental documentary pioneers are helping others that may not seek out necessary dental treatment or cosmetic dentistry for fear of what the procedure may entail. Remember, knowledge is power. Watch a few videos of different dental procedures on YouTube and educate yourself. Click Here to view before and after bonding images.
If you still have concerns or questions, never be afraid to ask your local Mesa, AZ Dentist Dr. Gary Robison for answers.