If you’ve ever had a cavity or experienced tooth decay, you know there are few things more painful. In order to ease yourself of the pain, it important that you book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Dentist visits are often nerve-wracking and it is helpful if you know what to expect when going to get your cavity filled. The following video provides an example of the process from start to finish.
Missing teeth can cause self-esteem issues and problems with your dental health. Each tooth provides support to your entire jaw, and when one is missing your jawbone can lose its strength and firmness. Fortunately, new dental technology allows dentists to implant replacement teeth directly into gaps and spaces left behind by missing teeth, addressing both the aesthetic and health effects of tooth loss.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of an artificial tooth and a root implant. Once the root is implanted into the jaw, the replacement tooth or bridge is anchored to it. Dental implants look and feel more natural than dentures and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Causes of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss has a number of different causes, including tooth decay, gum disease, impact trauma, excessive wear, congenital defects, and failed dental procedures. Dental implants can replace one or more teeth without affecting other teeth and can eliminate the need for removable dentures.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, and prevent bone loss and gum recession that can occur when bridgework or dentures are used. The teeth surrounding the implant are unaffected, which is highly beneficial to your long-term oral health, and are securely attached to your jaw. This eliminates the need for pastes or glues and the fear that your replacement teeth will fall out at an inconvenient or embarrassing time. The implant is stronger and more resilient than its restorative equivalents, so once you have dental implants installed, they’ll be almost as permanent as your actual teeth.
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As a parent, it is important to provide your child with the right tools to maintain proper oral health. In order to provide your child with the right information, it is important to understand all the aspects of your child’s dental health.
The Pediatric Dental Expert app answers frequently asked questions about your child’s dental care, explaining what to do if your child has a dental emergency, when you should bring your child to the dentist for the first time, how to address dental anxiety, and more.
Good dental hygiene is necessary for a high quality of life and is highly correlated with general health. To avoid tooth decay and gingivitis, children must learn good dental hygiene habits from an early age. By scheduling early and regular dental visits for your children, you can ensure that their teeth remain healthy throughout their lives.
Why should my child receive a dental check-up every 6 months?
The American Dental Association recommends that your children should make their first visits to the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first teeth and no later than one year of age. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems and maintain your children’s dental health. Preventative care such as cleaning and polishing the teeth will help to remove any plaque buildup that can lead to tooth decay.
What happens at my child’s first dental visit?
A child’s first visit to the dentist is usually very short and involves little treatment. The visit teaches your child that going to the dentist is a positive experience. Your dentist will check your child’s teeth for signs of decay, examine his or her bite, clean his or her teeth, and assess whether additional fluoride is necessary.
How can I reduce my child’s risk for tooth decay?
The ADA recommends that you limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks. When you do allow these foods, serve them at regular meal times. Saliva production increases during meal times and will help to rinse food particles from the mouth and help neutralize acid production. If your child craves a snack, offer him or hernutritious foods such as apples or carrot sticks. Low-fat milk and water are healthier options instead of soda or fruit juices and can help reduce decay.