Most patients qualify for sedation dentistry. There are many reasons why you would choose to use dental sedation during your procedures. Some of the benefits are amnesia of the procedure, less trauma, and a quicker treatment time. Here are some common reasons that patients seek sedation dentistry:
- Dental fear or anxiety
- Sore jaw muscles
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty numbing with local anesthetic
- Back or neck pain
- Pain sensitivity
- Difficulty controlling movement
- Previous traumatic dental experiences
- Discomfort sitting for long periods of time
Although this list may not include all the reasons, if you have experienced any of these issues, it may be time to seek for a sedation dentist to learn more. Once you’ve found and have chosen a sedation dentist that you trust, its pretty easy from there, but finding the right dentist is the greatest challenge. When choosing a qualified sedation dentist, you should find out about these points:
Training, education, and continuing education they’ve participated in
Experience with dental sedation (number of cases)
What types of sedation they perform
With these items in mind, you will be able to find a qualified dentist that you can feel confident with. So don’t wait any longer to get the dental work done, there are worry and anxiety free methods that are available in your area.
Do you have a cracked or fractured tooth that glares when you smile? Is your smile so yellow that you are self-conscious about how it looks? These are just some examples of common problems that your cosmetic dentist can help you with. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and the cost has greatly decreased over the years. Here are some common problems that visiting your dentist can resolve.
Fractured/Cracked Tooth: Sometimes we are in traumatic accidents and other times we just bite too hard on a nut. Whatever the reason for a fractured tooth, your cosmetic dentist can help by creating cosmetic fillings, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns, depending on the extent of the damage.
Stained Teeth: What we drink and eat can cause our teeth to stain. These stains are often able to be cleaned or bleached; however, there are some stains that are more severe than others and will need the help of a cosmetic dental professional in order to properly remove and finish with the correct results. Stains due to fluorosis or tetracycline will often need professional teeth whitening as well as porcelain veneers in order get the results you are looking for.
Crooked and Small Teeth: Your esthetic dentist can help re-design your smile. If you have lived with crooked, crowded, or small teeth and you don’t like your smile, you may be a candidate for a smile makeover that won’t require braces. Using porcelain veneers and gum contouring, your dentist can create the smile you’ve always wanted with out the hassle of those metal brackets. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your smile and what is possible.
These are just some of the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry. Be sure to choose a dentist with experience for the best results. Just think, you could be only a few months from having the smile you will feel confident about.
If you asked several practicing dentists about their patients that are missing many or all of their teeth, most of them would probably say that these individuals got to a bad start early in life. We now have enough knowledge about what causes decay and what protects our teeth (such as fluoride and dental sealants) that individuals should be able to live most if not all of their lives with the majority of their natural teeth.
Unfortunately, some individuals get a bad start to their oral health by developing bad oral hygiene habits and skipping visits to the dentist from a very young age. When we procrastinate dental work and neglect good dental health habits, the cosmetic and general dentistry procedures that we need become exponentially more expensive. Did we mention that you are also paying with quality of life (think full dentures)?
So what are some of the things you should do for your family to help prevent these expenses?
Choose a dentist early on in your child’s life and stay with them if possible. If you switch between multiple dentists, each new set of eyes will only be seeing your family’s mouth for the first time. By staying with the same dentist, you have a professional who knows your mouth very well, which results in better care. That is why it is important to pick the right dentist from the start.
Get a professional dental cleaning 1-2 times a year. If you have dental insurance, your insurance company will usually cover close to 100% of the cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t get the benefit of free cleanings but you can learn from this insurance policy. The insurance companies have done research and have found that getting a routine cleaning will prevent expensive dental work down the road, so don’t be nervous to pay that cleaning fee – it will save you money in the long run.
Make sure that you understand the most current oral hygiene procedures – not only how often you should brush or floss but also the proper techniques. When you go to your cleaning, ask your dental hygienist or family dentist for instructions for the best home care of your teeth.
Diet! Be aware of what foods can cause cavities, cracks and even chemical erosion. Many of the foods we eat are the culprits for the dental problems we face. Have you ever chomped down hard on a popcorn kernel? This can cause cracks. Discuss this subject with your dentist as well for the most current information.
Remember, your dentist is on your side. If you follow your dentist’s advice to take care of your teeth, you can expect healthy and beautiful teeth throughout your life.
Porcelain veneers have been in the market for decades now. They have come a long way and are much more reliable. The cosmetic dentistry field has also come a long way in learning when it is best to use these and when it is not. There are a lot of people that are simply not happy with their smiles. If you are one of these people, veneers might be just the procedure for you. There are even times when you can avoid braces using veneers to close gaps in your teeth that have bothered you all your life.
Preparing the tooth for a traditional cosmetic crown requires cutting away large amounts of tooth structure. This doesn’t matter if the tooth is already diseased, but what if the teeth are healthy and a patient just wants the crown for cosmetic dental reasons? This is why porcelain veneers were created. Your dentist will take a small layer of tooth structure away and then adhere a porcelain veneer on the front side of your teeth. However, veneers don’t work for all situations and so it is important to consult with your dentist to find out what is best for you.
What Can Veneer’ Do For Your Smile?
- Some staining is permanent and whitening can’t even get rid of it. If this is the case for you, then veneers might be the right option
- Veneers can cover up any cracks you may have throughout your front teeth
- If you have chipped teeth, veneers are a good option
- Veneers can fill minor gaps between your teeth without orthodontics
What Can’t Veneers Do For Your Smile?
- Close major spaces and crooked teeth
- Fix poorly shaped gum tissue
- Adhere to teeth that do not have enough tooth structure
If you are concerned with the shade, structure or even shade of your teeth porcelain veneers may be just right for you. You could be just a few visits away from have that smile you’ve always dreamed of. Make sure to choose a dentist who has had a lot of experience with veneers and cosmetic dentistry. If you are still unsure about what would be the best course for your smile it’s a good idea to consult with your cosmetic dentist. You never know how easy your smile re-design might be!
In 1952, Per-Ingvar Branemark accidentally discovered that bone integrates with titanium while conducting a completely unrelated experiment that had to do with blood flow characteristics. During the experiment, the scientist had to implant titanium into the bones of rabbits to be able to conduct his experiment. At the end of his project, he went to remove these implants that he had placed but he couldn’t remove them very easily. He discovered that the bone and the titanium had integrated together, and he coined the term “osseointegration” to explain the phenomenon. From this discovery, the world of hip replacements, knee replacements and our favorite dental implants opened.
Since the discovery of osseointegration, there have been multiple advances that have improved the success rate of single dental implants and implant supported dentures. One of the advances is the finish of the titanium on the dental implant. Initial dental implant procedures utilized titanium screws with a very smooth surface. Implant dentist now use implants with a treated surface that leaves a porous finish and inherently increases the surface area that a patient’s bone can integrate with.
Another great advancement, especially for individuals who are in need of dentures, is the imaging and computer programing technology that is now readily available. With a Conebeam CT scan of a patients jaw, an accurate 3D image can be produced which then can be uploaded to special software. The dentist can then digitally place the dental implants on this 3D replica to ensure the most ideal position. After this is complete the computer will then create a custom stent for the patient that can be placed over their jaw with guides that will ensure precise placement. This is a technology that has revolutionized dental implants.
Dental implants have come a long way and they are becoming less and less expensive. Be sure to discuss your options with your dental implant dentist for the best possible results when it comes to dentures or missing teeth.
Choosing a dentist with knowledge of the entire oral environment is important. Some dentist focus only on the teeth and if there is nothing wrong with that, they pat you on the back and tell you to return in six months, but there is so much more to it than that. Many patients are surprised to hear that oral cancer rest in the top ten list of most deadly cancers. It is very important when choosing your dentist to ask if they will screen you for cancer and take biopsies if suspicious tissue is present.
Thankfully, many of the predisposing risk for oral cancer are activities that individuals can choose to avoid or stop. Here is a list of some of the risk:
- Smoking (cigarettes, pipes or cigars)
- Drinking heavily (≥2 drinks a day for men and ≥1 drinks a day for women)
- Smokless tobacco
- Repeated and prolonged sun exposure (Can cause lip cancer)
- Diet low in fruits and vegetables
It is also important to note that if a person has the habit of smoking and drinking they have an exponentially higher risk that those that only participate in one of these activities. If you are thinking about getting a screen but are not sure you need one, here is a list of things your dentist looks for when they do a cancer screening:
- Red or white patchs
- Sores that bleeds easily and/or will not heal
- Thick or hard lump
If you or one you know has any of these symptoms then be sure to visit your local general dentist to have a professional exam and ensure your oral health. If you would like to learn more visit this link http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/DentalPatient_0510.pdf