Mar 06 2015

Restorative Dentistry: Dental Implants

Research suggests that diseases of the gums may be passed through saliva.
This means that family members are at risk of contracting periodontal disease from another family member. Based on this study, the British Society of Periodontology takes into account that the treatment of gum disease may involve the whole family. Therefore, when one family member has a gum problem all family members must have a dental screening done to find out the status of their oral health.

A variety of dental repair work or corrections can be for us adults once in our lifetime. Unfortunately, the same is not so for children, dentists have to plan their course carefully because the mouth can and will change as the kid continues to grow. Hence implants only become an option in their adolescence at the time their jaw stops growing.

A commonly requested dental work by us grownups, are dental implants. Advances in dentistry have come to a point where these are not only routine procedures, but in many cases are the standard of care. In fact, more than 50% of those who are in the oral surgical practice dedicate their talent to dental implant therapy. This is expected to continue growing as parents often come to the clinic requesting dental implants themselves and information for other family members.

What is a dental implant?
It is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. A small titanium screw serves as the replacement for the root part of a missing tooth while the visible portion is a dental prosthesis in the shape of the patient’s tooth. Titanium is used because it supports the process called osseointegration, which is a process where a material fuses with the bone. This makes titanium a good anchor for dental prosthesis. Dental implants are used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. You are an ideal candidate if you fit the following criteria:
– You have healthy gums.
– There is enough bone in your jaw to hold the implant.
– You have zero no periodontal disease.

brush-18729_1280How to take care of dental implants?
Though dental implants may be made of strong materials, this doesn’t mean it’s not resistant to damage. There is a possibility that your tooth can loosen and come off unexpectedly. It happened to Sharon Osbourne last December 2014 while she was a guest on a talk show. A damaged or scratched implant surface can be breeding the ground for bacteria. Even hard scrubbing when brushing your teeth can scratch the dental surface of implants. When this happens, the surrounding gum tissue becomes infected. Implants may even require removal when not cared for properly.

It is, therefore, imperative to take good care of your implant the way you take care of your natural teeth. Therefore, when flossing always use dental floss, not sharp objects such as safety pins, paper clips, or toothpick. Use a toothbrush that has soft filaments and brush your teeth softly. With good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, periodontal diseases can be stopped in its tracks.


Feb 20 2015

Taking My Child To The Dentist – A Personal Experience

Child To The Dentist

Do you have a toddler at home? Whether your child’s mouth has all grown teeth, or there are only a few poking out from here and there, the toddler smile should be kept healthy. Though the baby teeth will not last for long as it needs to make way for the permanent ones, it is recommended that you take your toddler to the dentist regularly. This will ensure that the tiny teeth and gums are healthy.

Taking your toddler to the dentist for the first time and keeping them glued to the chair could be a terrifying prospect by itself, but you need to handle the situation. Toddlers would be cranky while they visit the dentist as they are in an alien room with bizarre equipments, new faces, and loud noises. Before you develop negative thoughts on how to face this situation, let me provide you with some inputs on how you can go about with it.

I took my child to the dentist for the first time nearing his second birthday, and I ensure that he gets his regular dental checkups done twice a year. He was quirky to enter the dentist’s room at first, but I had to convince him by getting rid of his anxiety and telling how his teeth can be pearly once he gets his dental checkups done. I made sure that I did not use words that will instill fear in him, but I had to tell him that the dentist will count your teeth, and clean them up for you.

Before I let my child know that I was planning for a dentist visit, I decided that I should not reveal too many details. This helped me stay away from the numerous questions that will pop into his mind. If you shed more details to your kid, you will be questioned rapidly, and clarifying these will involve revealing more information that might develop a negative attitude in your child’s mind regarding dentist visits. Also, I had to play pretend prior to his first dentist visit. I played the dentist and him the patient. I had to hold a mirror and count his teeth starting from the number 1 in a same way as the dentist would do. I made sure I did not introduce him to weird drilling noises and other instruments so that he does not develop a scared feeling.

I would suggest that parents do not instill their negative and wired thoughts in their toddlers before a dentist appointment. Even elders might feel anxious when it comes to visiting a dentist. You should ensure that you should not reveal such stories of feelings to your kid before taking him or her to the dentist as it will trigger their anxiety unnecessarily. Leave this task to the dentist. There are kid-friendly dentists who have enough experience in handling toddlers and kids. They would know about kids better, and they can take care of your child’s anxiety. Some dentists even have pleasing photos on their wall, video games, TVs with cartoon or kid-friendly shows going on to attract children and to reveal them of their fear.

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