My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Perhaps you've heard all of the news about the remarkable progress made in dental implants, and you'd love to have some new crowns made. But you've had some bad dental experiences in the past.
If you have one of these 3 dental fears, there's some good news for you:
The fear of gagging while impressions are made.
When you were a kid, you may have had braces installed on your teeth. In order to craft the braces correctly, your dentist probably made impressions or molds of your teeth. So you may fear going through this procedure again in order to make the mold for your new crown.
In the past, having these impressions made was an extremely uncomfortable experience. Lots of "stuff" was placed in the mouth, often making the patient feel as if they were gagging or choking.
Today, dentists and dental surgeons have advanced technology and improved techniques to aid them in making dental impressions. With the advent of 3-D digital imaging and more minimalist methods for creating casts of teeth, impressions are done quickly and with far less discomfort for patients.
Fear of ending up with fake-looking teeth.
Crowns and bridges haven't always looked as life-like as they do today. PFM, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, has been the more popular material for crowns. It's stood the test of time, but today there are other materials that may look and feel better in your mouth.
Lithium disilicate and zirconia are two materials seeing wider use among dentists. Dental implants of these materials look very realistic and attractive. While zirconia is acceptable for use with multiple-tooth implants, the lithium disilicate crowns are mostly recommended for single tooth restorations at this time.
With the many new choices in materials available for making crowns, you can be certain your implants will look more like your natural teeth than crowns made in the past.
Fear of post-implant pain and discomfort.
Most patients can expect a mild to moderate level of irritation or soreness for a few days or even weeks at the site of the implant. But there are patients with particularly sensitive teeth who may experience more discomfort than usual.
Dentists today have several products and methods to help reduce pain around the implant site. They may coat the area with a product to kill any organisms that might infect the soft tissue around the tooth. They use other tools and techniques to make certain the edges of teeth aren't digging into gums or cutting into the tongue. They will work with you to ensure that you don't experience abnormal pain or swelling.
Your dentist wants you to be completely satisfied with your implants, but you must go in for a visit to determine the best way to create the strong, attractive replacement teeth you've always wanted. Don't let old fears keep you from contacting your dentist. They will be happy to tell you about all of the reasons you don't have to be afraid to wear crowns anymore.
For professional dental care, contact a company such as South Shore Prosthodontics.