Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.


Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

An Overview Of Two Common Forms Of Dental Implants

Alfred Kelley

Dental implants come in various forms. For example, there are some that target the lower jaw while others can only be used on you if you have adequate bone density. Here is an overview of two popular forms of dental density:

Root Form

Also called endosteal or endosseous implants, these are screw-like (they can also be conical or nail-like) artificial materials that are inserted into your jawbone. Root forms come in different sizes, and your dentist will choose the most appropriate for your case depending on the existing bone density, as well as the type of crown you expect to use afterwards. As such, you may not be a candidate for the procedure if your jawbone is too deteriorated.

There are two major techniques for inserting endosteal implants:

  • One-stage – in this case, a doctor inserts the implant into your jawbone with part of it remaining exposed in your mouth. He or she can then place a dental bridge or crown on the exposed part. More people are adopting this technique.
  • Two-stage – this is the traditional method of inserting endosseous. The doctor inserts the whole implant into your jawbone and under your gum tissues. After the surgical site heals (which can take a few months), the top of the implant is exposed for the crowning.

Ramus Frame

As indicated above, it is difficult to get a root form implant if your jawbone is too damaged, but this doesn't mean that you can't get a dental implant with a thin lower jawbone. Ramus frames are specifically designed for deteriorated lower jawbones.

The frame is a one-piece rail with two points that are inserted in the jawbone at the back corners of your mouth and another point that the doctor inserts under your chin. The exposed part of the frame is a thin metal bar that remains suspended just over your gums. It is this exposed part that holds the dentures that you need for chewing. One benefit of this design and placement is that they stabilize the jaw.

Your dentist is likely to suggest a ramus frame implant if you experience problems with dentures. Such problems include difficulty in eating, sore mouths, or if you just don't want to wear the dentures for extended periods.

Note that although you may want one form of implants over another, your dentist may advise you otherwise if it doesn't suit you. For example, you shouldn't insist on the root form if you don't have adequate jawbone. Also, don't forget that you can prolong the durability of your implant just by maintaining a high level of oral hygiene. For dental implants in Powell, Ohio, call Infinite Smiles