How Modern Dentists Are Doing Dentistry

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Dental Implants- Sturdy Replacements for Missing Teeth

The traditional methods for replacing missing teeth involved the use of removable dentures and fixed dental bridges. But now there is another option! The way to replace lost teeth that dentists (and their patients) are starting to favour is dental implants. Dental implants provide lots of advantages. They are similar in size and shape to natural teeth, unlike dentures which are thick and often bulky. They stand alone within the jaw, so they don’t need clips like dentures, or to be glued to adjacent teeth like bridges.

Having an implant placed requires a minimum of one surgical procedure, sometimes several. Treatment can last for months following the initial surgery, which generally means some level of inconvenience and post-operative soreness. However, most patients are are pleased they they chose this treatment option: they finish with a tooth that generally appears entirely natural, and which they can keep clean easily with a normal toothbrush and floss.

Remember to discuss the potential risks of this procedure with your dentist prior to having a dental implant: remember that any surgical or invasive medical procedure will always carry some degree of risk. It’s best that you know about all the potential pitfalls if the procedure were to not go to plan.

Quicker, Superior Dental X-Ray Images With Dental Radiography

Do you recall what it was like using old-fashioned cameras- the ones that contained film? Remember how we used to have to wait until the entire film was used before we could take the film to the photographic shop for processing: and that if we were really fortunate we could get the photos back in an hour, although usually we would wait for days?

Taking x-rays at the dentist was once just as difficult: the x-ray picture was taken on film, which then needed to be developed and fixed and dried before the dentist could view it. The dental assistant would leave the room with the film, and would return perhaps ten minutes later with the x-ray finally ready for viewing.

Just like our photographs, digital technology now lets us to view the x-ray image almost instantly!

Digital dental x-rays require less x-radiation to make the x-ray image, so dental x-rays are now much safer. Now, instead of having to use magnification to see detail in tiny x-ray films, the dentist can put the x-ray image on a TV screen. The dentist can even enhance the image, improve contrast, change colours, to see even more detail than ever before! Another benefit of digital images is the ease of storing them. Film fades over time, but digital images can be archived indefinitely. Digital images are easy to copy and sent by email, allowing for easier and faster communication with other dentists and specialists.

Snoring May Be More Of A Issue Than Just Noise

Snoring can be a concern in a social sense: however, chronic snoring can also be a symptom of a serious health condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Most people don’t think of their dentist as being part of the medical team to help cease snoring: however, some dentists have undergone further training so that they can work with sleep physicians to assist OSA patients. They do this by making anti-snoring devices.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? During sleep, your body relaxes. People with OSA find that their tongue and throat relax to a point where they collapse into the airways, causing a partial blockage. This creates the sound we associate with snoring. At times during sleep, the tongue and throat will totally obstruct the airways. In order to start breathing again, the person wakes sufficiently to draw breath- but as they fall back into a deeper state of sleep, the breathing passage becomes obstructed by the relaxed tongue and throat once again, leading to a cycle of sleep that never completely enters the deepest state that is critical for health.

To stop the blockage of breathing passages, anti-snoring devices are made by the dentist and worn by the patient during sleep. The patient is then able to enjoy the deepest sleep without waking, and remains well-oxygenated during the night. It’s a wonderful thing for Dentists and Medical Doctors to be able to cooperate to accomplish such positive outcomes.

Intravenous Sedation Dentistry- Allowing Dentally-Anxious Patients To Receive Needed Dental Care

Intravenous Sedation Dentistry is sometimes known as Sleep Dentistry, although this is not a entirely truthful description of the state achieved by patients during the procedure. Strong sedative medications given intravenously lead to a profound sedation, which allows dentally-anxious patients to have their dental treatment performed whilst they are extremely relaxed.

One of the side-effects is a partial amnesia: patients seldom recall any detail of the actual dental treatment: many don’t even remember arriving at or leaving the practice. This is despite remaining conscious enough during treatment to respond to simple requests. The profound relaxation even can cause some people to fall asleep.

Due to the depth of sedation achieved, it is necessary that a dependable adult accompanies the patient back home afterwards to ensure their well-being whilst the effects of the drugs are wearing off.

As with any medical procedure requiring the administration of strong sedatives, there are potential risks involved with a procedure like this, and dentists who provide this service should always discuss these with the patient well in advance of providing the treatment. Only certified practices may provide intravenous sedation dentistry . The staff are also required to have the appropriate training and qualifications.

Dental anxiety, fear or phobia will never be cured by intravenous sedation dentistry. It is however a good option for those who are so fearful of the dentist that they are not seeking needed dental care. Remember that intravenous sedation dentistry is not offered at all dental practices, so you may have to search your local area to find a appropriately qualified dental practice that can provide this service.


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