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.

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What to Expect When You Get a Dental Implant

Alfred Kelley

People can lose a permanent tooth for many reasons, such as an accident, oral disease, or severe decay. While there are several dental restoration methods for missing teeth, dental implants have become increasingly popular. The dental implant procedure is a permanent method of tooth restoration designed to last for many years. Opting for a dental implant over other forms of restoration for a missing tooth can also help preserve the health of your jaw. Many people are interested in dental implants, but they do not know what the procedure entails. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect when you get a dental implant.

Initial Appointment

If you have a missing tooth and are interested in having a dental implant placed, the first step is to schedule an initial appointment with a dentist who specializes or is highly experienced in dental implants. During your first appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth and will most likely take X-rays to get a better understanding of the health of your teeth and your jaw. If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, your dentist will discuss your options and begin planning your surgery.

Placement of Your Dental Implant

Shortly after your initial appointment, you will have an appointment where your dental implant will be placed. During this process, the metal rod of the implant will be surgically placed within your jaw by your dentist. In most cases, local anesthesia or I.V. sedation is used to help keep a patient comfortable during this process. After the dental implant is placed, you may have mild bruising, swelling, or soreness, which is all very normal. Over the several weeks following the placement of the dental implant rod, the jaw bone will begin growing around the rod, which will keep it in place permanently.

Abutment

For a dental implant to be successful, the jaw bone must grow around it properly so the metal rod does not move. Once this happens, an abutment will be attached to the rod. An abutment looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It will be securely bonded to the metal rod that is attached to the jaw bone. When the abutment is in place, the process is completed. Dental implants typically do not require any special type of maintenance-- all you will need to do is continue to brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular exams and cleanings. 


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