Don’t fear your dentist
Dental phobia, also known as dental anxiety, dentophobia and odontophobia, is prevalent not just among children but many adults suffer from this phobia too.
Dental phobia should not be termed just as an anxiety disorder; if not treated it may have serious implications on your health.
- People having dental phobia are reluctant to see a dentist.
- Most people admit that they are unable to sleep before a visit to dental clinic or the very thought gives them giddiness.
- Many people suffering from dental phobia know that anxieties are irrational but are unable to get over it.
Traumatic experience: During childhood days may lead to dental phobia.
Fear of Pain: People dread the dental pain. Dental tools used for treatments including drilling and root canal treatment invoke anxiety among patients.
Fear of anesthesia: many are worried a about numb when a dentist works on their teeth, while some fear that anaesthetic effects may wear off during the treatment and they will have to bear more pain.
Embarrassments: most often dental ailmets arise due to unhygienic practices. People are aware of this and hence reluctant to meet a dentist.
Delaying or totally discontinuing dental visits will have larger impacts on attitudes to oral health and self-care. Such patients may prolong their dental visits to an extent, where in they are unable to bear the pain or are in a dental emergency. These visits are subsequently bound to be lengthy and painful ordeals, hence reinforcing their dental phobia.
How to Cope with Dental Phobia
- Talk to your dentist – tell him or her about your anxiety and fear. If your are comfortable in sharing your worries, you will have better confidence in them and may not feel uncomfortable during the treatment.
- Discuss with your dentist about each step involved. If your dentist about each step involved. If you are unable to bear the pain, immediately ask the dentist to stop.
- Understand that not all dental treatments are painful.
- Distraction strategy: distract yourself during dental examination or treatment. For example, playing mental games or counting numbers.
- Follow good oral hygiene practices.
- Go for regular check –ups.
- Don’t delay a visit to the dentist. It only helps in aggravating the situation.
- In extreme cases, pathologic anxiety or phobia may require psychiatric consultation and intervention, which will offer education and behavioral therapy. The principle of any behavioral therapy is that you have to face the fear in order to overcome it.
All you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental ‘face-lifts’ for better and whiter smile are becoming increasingly common as cosmetic procedures offer plenty of options to choose from.
A better smile leads to greater self confidence, “and in today’s world, it can be achieved easily.
Cosmetic dentistry is a beautiful blend of art and science that helps patients to get aesthetically pleasing results, derived from the training and expertise of their dentists.
Restoration of smile is one of the most gratifying services a cosmetic dentist can render. This is done with the help of smile designing wherein cosmetic dentists discuss with the patients over what they expect and how they want their teeth to look like.
The goal of smile designing is to improve one’s smile by taking into consideration their:
- Facial appearance
- Skin tone
- Hair color
- Gum tissue
- In home tooth whitening: A customized tray and whitening gels that are given to the patients to be used at home.
Veneers are thin wafers of porcelain, about half a millimeter thick, that are a smile makeover. They are a cosmetic dentistry’s greatest tool.
- Porcelain veneer is the quick fix option when someone does not want to wait for teeth aligning through braces or needs corrective cosmetic dentistry immediately.
- They are versatile, strong and are used for a versatile, strong and are used for a variety of smile enhancements ranging from complete smile makeovers to repairing chipped teeth.
- Dental crowns or dental caps cover and encase the visible tooth surface above the gum line.
- Crowns used commonly are ceramic crowns, which mimic the color and texture of natural teeth.
- They help to preserve the natural function and position of the teeth.
- Restore and maintain the natural bite.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
- They may be made of porcelain, gold and composite resins.
- Porcelain inlays resemble the enamel translucency and color making them attractive choices for patients.
Tooth Colored Restoration
Filling replacement is the process of having silver amalgam fillings replaced by composite resin or tooth-colored filling materials for a more natural and aesthetic look
Tooth bonding is an excellent technique, typically used for cosmetic purposes, to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer or change the shape or color of teeth.
Bonding is also used:
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
This procedure is used to fix a “gummy” smile (where more gums than teeth are visible) or an uneven gum line by removing excess gum tissue to expose more of tooth’s crown and give the appearance of longer or even teeth. This involves minor oral surgery.
With all these cosmetic treatments, it is easy to achieve the smile you always wanted.