Friday, 22 April 2011

Visiting The Dentist Doesn't Have to Be a Pain!

When you think of your dentist, what comes to mind? Does it bring a sense of anxiousness or impending doom? If it does then it might be time to consider changing dentists. Dental methods and procedures have made a lot of advances in the last few years. Visiting the dentist does not have to be a frightful or even a painful experience anymore.

The days of being forced to sit in an uncomfortable dentist chair with blood curdling sounds coming from the patient's room next to yours are long gone. Gone also are the days when you had to endure serious pain while your dentist drills and fills a cavity or extracts a tooth. With the advent of new, more effective, and cheaper pain numbing substances, pain is virtually not a concern. In addition, with the coming of age of computers, portable digital x-ray imaging devices, and new ergonomic dental office designs, a visit to the dentist can be, if not enjoyable, at least not such a big deal anymore.

Digital x-ray and other state-of-the-art equipment has made the visit to the office much less of a pain. The dentist can now quickly take x-rays of your mouth from many different angles, get the results in literally seconds, as opposed to hours, accurately diagnose the problem, and get right to work solving it. This technological wonder has shaved a huge amount of time off of the visit and saves the doctor the work of film processing and having to deal with the nasty developer chemicals. More important to you is that you don't have to sit there and wait while the shots they took of your mouth are being developed.

Another great improvement in many dentist offices is the incorporation of equipment that has made many of the procedures that used to take several visits to complete into "same day" procedures. One such procedure is receiving a crown. With these advances, you can now go in and have your mouth measured for a crown, have it fabricated while the dentist prepares you for the fitting, have the crown fitted, and cemented all in the same visit. The visit is also relatively short, considering the amount of work that takes place. This kind of capability sends the convenience factor for the patient soaring on the convenience scale.

Ergonomic features are also being implemented in more and more dentist's offices. The patient's comfort is becoming more and more a central consideration in the design of patient rooms. The kind of dentist Ogden friends prefer has patient rooms that are not only comfortable but are equipped with headphones and televisions in the ceilings to promote the patient's comfort and relieve stress.

If your dentist does not have the latest equipment and use the most current techniques, then you should consider looking around for a new dentist. Dentistry has come a long way over the years. There is no need to stay in the stone age of dentistry.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Dentistry Tricks for Keeping Your Natural Tooth in Place

It is not uncommon for people to suffer trauma in the mouth either as a result of accident or neglect. Regardless of the reason, the first priority of the dentist should be to do whatever is possible to preserve as many of the natural teeth as possible. Of course, in some instances, this will not be possible, either as the result of excessive decay, extreme injury, or danger of spreading infection. However, dentists do have several tricks up their sleeves now-a-days that make it much easier to maintain mouth health and preserve the damaged tooth.

Dental Sealants
Even before the damage occurs, there are methods that can be used to protect susceptible teeth from decay. If a tooth seems to be developing a soft spot, has more built up plaque than others, or shows other signs of potential problems in the future, the dentist will likely suggest the use of sealant. In many case, this protective coating is used on the permanent teeth of young children shortly after they have grown in, but it is being used for adults as well.Fillings Among the most common of the dentistry procedures, the filling is the use of a permanent or semi-permanent substance to coat and protect the hollow space left after the decayed area of a cavity is drilled away. While teeth with fillings can still experience further cavities in the future, this is a means of stopping the existing bacteria and plaque from eating more of the tooth away.

Inlays and Onlays
Ideal for mild to moderate tooth decay, inlays, which are place in the center of the tooth, and onlays, which adhere to the outer surface of the tooth, can be wonderful alternatives to fillings. They can provide a more cosmetically appealing surface for the tooth, are easy to clean and protect the tooth from further decay. They are especially useful for tight spaces between teeth or on the exposed surface and front teeth.

When decay has been allowed to continue deteriorating the tooth, or a second cavity is formed in a tooth already bearing a filling, the tooth can become too weak to be self-sustaining. In cases like these, and also in cases of injury, there may be a need for a crown. They can also be used in cosmetic applications and can be made of several different substances, such as gold alloy porcelain, or resin. Their purpose is just to protect the tooth and provide needed support.Root Canal When it isn't the outer tooth, but instead the interior that is causing the problems, there is often a need for root canal. Technically the root damage is typically the result of excessive decay to the outer layers, which allows the bacteria to reach and infect the inner tissue. A root canal can remove that tissue, called the pulp, but leave the tooth intact. This prevents the spread of the infection, without the need for extraction.

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