There’s No Reason to Fear Dental Implants

fear dental implantsMany people fear a trip to the dentist just for cleanings or checkups.  Imagine how they must feel if dental implants are in their future.  But dental implants are really a great option for people who need teeth replaced.  There is no reason to fear dental implants.

Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth and can last you the rest of your life. You don’t need to worry about getting the implants because you are under anesthesia during the procedure.  When the anesthesia wears off, there is slight discomfort, but is very controllable with pain relievers for only a week or so.

Some people worry about having a gap in their smile while getting implants.  They know that the process takes a while, but the truth is, you can get a temporary denture until the implants are put in.

Read more about dental implants and how to control your fear here: There’s No Reason to Fear Dental Implants.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

wisdom teeth surgeryWisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in and are often removed because they can cause crowding in your mouth and misalignment of your current smile.  They can also cause pain or infection if they are impacted. If you have been told that you need your wisdom teeth removed, or if you need any kind of oral surgery, there are some things that you should know so that you can be prepared.

  • Ask questions before the procedure day. Don’t wait until the day of surgery to ask questions that you may have.  It’s a big decision and you want to be informed.  You may want to ask what kinds of anesthesia will be used.  What is involved in the procedure?  How many teeth will be removed and if there are any risks.
  • Organize transportation. Wisdom teeth surgery is an outpatient procedure.  If you receive anesthesia you will need someone to drive you when you leave.
  • Plan on fasting. Your dentist or surgeon will give you strict instructions on fasting before the surgery.  It will most likely be six to twelve hours before the surgery time. Ask your dentist if you are allowed to drink water.
  • Get your recovery materials ready.  After surgery you will want ice packs, liquids and a comfortable place for resting.  You will need to plan on eating very soft foods for a few days. Your dentist will give you information on what foods you should stay away from.

How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery|Tribeca Smiles

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?

orthognathic surgeryOrthognathic surgery is often used in addition to orthodontic treatment and is done when there are issues with the jaw and teeth. Some of the problems that can be corrected with orthognathic surgery are: Unbalanced facial appearance, protruding jaw, upper and lower teeth don’t overlap properly, wearing down of teeth, difficulty with chewing or biting, sleeping issues, TMJ issues and restoring facial injuries.

While orthognathic surgery is used in conjunction to orthodontics, it can be a bit tricky to know when the right time to start orthodontics is.  If it is started too soon on a child that is still growing, they may need braces for a while before the surgery and then again after the surgery.  It is very important to discuss all your options with an experienced orthodontist to find out the best treatment plan for you or your child.

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?|Smiles At South Center

Evolution Of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is a way to make your smile as good as new.  But just like everything in medicine, it has come a long way from when it first began.  Here are some ways that cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years.

When dentists first started filling cavities, it was with gold foil.  Next came metal fillings.  Now dentists can fill your cavity with composite fillings.  These are a mix of plastic and glass and are tooth colored for a more natural appearance.

Another dental issue is missing teeth. Dentures have long been a way for people to hide their missing teeth. Bridges are another option which hide the missing tooth by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. While these two options are still used, a more popular solution is the dental implant.  These are posts that are screwed into the jawbone and gums to replace a missing tooth root.  Then the part that looks just like a regular tooth is screwed in on top. Dental implants have the same cosmetic benefits of bridges but they also support the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, which can sometimes be a problem with bridges and dentures.

Changes In Cosmetic Dentistry Over the Years|The Dental Geek

Pain Free Fillings!

pain free fillingsIf you are anything like me, when your dentist tells you that you have a cavity that needs a filling you probably want to run for the door. But scientists have developed a new method of pain free fillings!  It allows cavities to be repaired without the drilling or injections.

This scientific technology called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) was developed at King’s College in London. It encourages the teeth to repair themselves by accelerating the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.  This technology should be available within three years. Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling the decay from the tooth and replacing it with material such as amalgam or composite resin.

This sounds like my kind of dental filling!  Read more about it here: No More Fillings As Dentists Reveal New Tooth Decay Treatment|The Guardian.