Cosmetic Dentistry In 2015?

cosmetic dentistry in 2015In a recent article written by Chris Salierno, DDS on Dental Economics, he asks the question “What does it mean to be a cosmetic dentist in 2015?” He feels that some dentists think that the idea of cosmetic dentistry is over. But what is cosmetic dentistry in 2015 like?

Chris explains that we are experiencing a decrease in dental service by adults and that cosmetic dentistry has become a victim of this trend. But there are dentists who have adapted to the changes in the environment and kept their practices running successfully. It takes becoming an active business owner who thinks strategically. Some dentists have incorporated implants, sleep apnea and pediatric dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry to their practices to keep them running smoothly.

Read the full article from Chris to find out how you can incorporate cosmetic dentistry into your practice here: What does it mean to be a cosmetic dentist in 2015?

Can Root Canal Treatment Cause Pain?

root canal treatmentRoot canal treatment is one of the most dreaded dental procedures. The purpose of root canal treatment is to save a decayed tooth so that it is not lost to extraction. People delay their treatments and deliberately miss their dental appointments fearing the pain that root canal treatment can cause.

Is Root Canal Treatment Always Painful?

No. Not in all cases. One must understand that root canal treatment is an excellent solution for eliminating excruciating tooth pain. This means that this treatment actually plays an important role in reducing pain rather than being the cause of it.

The legend of root canal treatment being a painful one dates back to those years when dental technology was at its infancy. Today, thanks to the recent advances in technology, undergoing root canal treatment has becomes as comfortable as undergoing any other regular filling. Recent studies have shown the astonishing fact that root canal treatment has become an incredibly painless experience for patients as years have passed. As a matter of fact, those who have not undergone the treatment are the ones who spread the rumors of the treatment being painful.

During root canal treatment, your dentist makes sure to remove all those tissues that can cause future pain after undergoing the process of decay. So, root canal treatment is a boon for patients as it saves them from severe toothache.

Before starting the root canal procedure you will be administered with a shot of local anesthesia in most of the cases. After that, the process of cavity preparation is started by which the canals within the roots of your tooth are located. Then they are thoroughly cleaned and widened so that an inert material like gutta-percha can be stacked within the canal.

Properly cleaned and filled root canals will never pose a problem in future and you will be able to retain your tooth for a lifetime provided you cap it after the completion of root canal treatment.

Those who have a phobia for root canal treatment should never wait for something serious to happen. All the dental problems can be addressed to at a very early stage if they are diagnosed at the right time.

Personal oral hygiene does play an important role in keeping dental cavities at bay. Maintenance of oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can prove extremely beneficial in prevention of dental decay. Actually, dental pain due to accidents is unpredictable and requires root canal treatment mostly for getting it fixed.

So next time your dentist asks you to for root canal treatment, do not fret. Consider it as a precautionary method of getting rid of intense dental pain!

Oral Surgery Instruments

This informative YouTube video created by Anders Nattestad explains in detail the different types of oral surgery instruments. You will learn what a typical setup for surgery is and how each instrument is used.  If you have thought about becoming an oral surgeon or are in school now to become one, this video about oral surgery instruments may be very helpful to you. Check it out!

All About Porcelain Veneers

porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers are a great option for improving one’s smile. But have you ever wondered exactly how porcelain veneers are made and how long it takes? Dr. Grant Olson, a dentist in Springfield , MO, explains.

Porcelain veneers can be used to conceal chips, stains, gaps and even minor misalignment of teeth. They last decades if cared for properly. With new state of the art CEREC technology, dentists can usually perform the entire procedure in one single office visit.

Read all about this technology on how porcelain veneers can be designed, made, and placed all in one day from Dr. Grant Olson here: Missouri Dentist Explains How Porcelain Veneers Can Be Designed, Made, and Placed in a Day

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.