Deciding whether to move forward with a dental implant or dental bridge comes down to whether or not you really get why either of the treatments could benefit you. An effective dentist will equip you with all the information you need—and knowing your learning style can help. The more information your dentist has about how you learn, the better he or she can help you “get it.” Browse the learning styles below. You’ll find tips on what to ask for so you understand your options based on how you learn.
If you’re a visual learner, you need to see the value. Ask to see before and after pictures, benefits charts, and infographics. An infographic by Dear Doctor, Inc. is a simple visual that illustrates the mechanics of a Dental Implant and a Dental Bridge and is precisely the format visual learners need for effective comprehension. The resource also includes a concise breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
If you’re visual and auditory style learner, you’ll benefit from video. Watching a Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge video that gives an overview of each procedure can be effective for patients of any learning style, but especially visual and auditory learners. YouTube has a wealth of options for you to enjoy so you both see and hear what you need to know. NOTE: Make sure you review what you learn with your dentist to ensure accuracy.
If you’re an auditory learner, take a pen and paper with you to the dentist. This will help you retain the information your dentist gives you. Your dentist should also have Brochures available to appeal to your preference for organized, linear explanations too.
If you’re a Read-Write learner, you bridge the gaps in writing. You’re also especially fond of lists, most likely. Brochures are perfect for you as well as handouts such as the infographic above. You can also browse videos on your own time, but you will want to have a pen and paper for notetaking.
If you’re a kinesthetic learner, you need a little less conversation and a little more action. Ask for a 3-D model demo of a Dental Implant and a Dental Bridge if possible with one of those handy anatomical mouths. Depending on your comfort level, you may want your dentist to point out how the restoration will work in your own mouth. In short, patients with this learning style do best with a hands-on approach.
Determining your learning style may take time and reflection. But when you incorporate the tips listed above, you’ll be well on your way to knowing what you need to know in order to make the best decision for you!
This post is a featured article from Dr. Jordan Beyea at Creative Smiles Family & Cosmetic dentistry located in Gilbert Arizona.