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What Contact lenses and Dentistry have in common

March 12, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_shetty @ 10:00 am
I recently had to get fitted for contact lenses. Sounds easy, right?  Well, actually not so.  My prescription was a little unusual in my left eye because of a previous experience with laser eye surgery.  My doctor had me come for the initial visit, try in a few examples of a certain brand, and then ordered a set to try.  Well, that was just the beginning.  Over the next few months, I had to go back numerous times to get the fit just right.  It was  a balance between my comfort and good clear vision.  I had to try out at least 3 different brands and types of lenses to find the right combination.
My eye had a  curvature that was not ‘standard’ so it was a lot of trial and error to find the right fit for me.
After my experience as a patient, I have a greater understanding of what it is like to go through the fitting of and adjustment to a ‘optical’ appliance.  I went through many questions with my doctor, and I didn’t know all that needed to be done to get it just right.  I thought once it was ordered, I tried it in and was on my way.  In reality,some adjustments were done at the doctor’s office, while other times I had to wear the lenses for a week before we could figure out if everything was working out well.
It reminded me so much of what we do in the dental field.  When a patient has to get a crown, or even a filling, the experience is similar.  Very much like fitting my contact lens to my ‘unique’ curvature eye, each dental restoration is unique.  The ‘standard’ one size fits all just wouldn’t do.  Getting a dental crown is a unique custom made appliance that is designed and fabricated for each person, and to each tooth.  And with each unique crown, or veneer, or denture, or implant, there is an adjustment period. So while I would like each visit to be perfect every time, sometimes the nuances can only be worked out when the patient goes home with their new crown or veneer or denture and actually uses it.
My personal philosophy is to make sure you are 100% satisfied with all your dental care.  So even if there is the tiniest adjust to be made or if it doesn’t feel quite right let its know.  Before we make it a part of your mouth, you should be happy.  Will do what it takes to make it right.
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