A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health
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A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health

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.


A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health

Understanding Dental Implants And The Potential For Nerve Damage

Bella Snyder

Dental implants can be a lifesaver for people who want to retain the full function and appearance of the teeth. Before you make the decision on receiving the implant device, your oral surgeon will provide you with all of the information you need to make the right choice. This means giving you both the positive and negative information in relation to the procedure. One thing you will learn about is the potential for nerve damage during the surgical procedure. Keep reading to learn about this issue and also how your oral professional will work to avoid it.

Dental Implants And Nerve Damage

Dental implants require your oral surgeon to drill deep into the jaw. This allows for the creation of the large hole where the implant root can be inserted and secured. The depth of the opening is needed to ensure that no movement is possible once the healing process is over. Basically, the implant root will need to retain the same amount of pressure and stress as the natural teeth, but without the benefit of the dental ligaments holding the root in place. So, the root will need to extend down into the bone farther than the natural roots.

Since deep drilling is needed, your dentist must be concerned about the possibility of harming any structures that lie in the surgical region. This includes any and all nerves in the area. The trigeminal, zygomatic, and lingual nerves are a few of the major ones in the region, and they have a variety of small branches that feed both into and near the jaw. If one of these nerves is accidentally damaged during your oral surgery, then you may experience the long-term effects of nerve damage.

How Your Surgeon Prevents A Problem

Your oral surgeon will do his or her best to make sure that nerve damage is not something that you need to experience. And, there are a few different tactics that help with the prevention of nerve issues. First of all, the dental professional will use images to help them identify the major nerve branches in the area. Then, surgery can be planned in a way to avoid them.

Your dental professional can use angled implants to avoid nerves, and there are a variety of different angled devices that also allow the abutment to sit straight in the mouth so the artificial tooth does not appear crooked. Also, devices can be used the are wider than they are longer. This still gives the implant device strength while avoiding issues that can develop when the device simply sits too deep. 

To learn more about dental implant services, contact your local clinic.