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.
Most people these days know what dental implants are. They're false teeth that replace not only the missing tooth crown, but also the root of the tooth. If you lose a tooth, most dentists now recommend replacing it with an implant, if possible. However, as common as implants are, some of the information that gets tossed around about them is not all that factual. Here are some misconceptions about dental implants that are surprisingly common.
Dental implants are one-piece dental implants
You may be imagining a dentist taking one item, which looks like a whole tooth, and inserting it into your jaw bone with a good portion of it being visible above the gums. But this is not actually what dental implants look like. Each implant is actually a 3-part item. The first part is the screw, which is inserted into your jaw bone. Then, there is a little connector piece, which is known as the abutment. Finally, there is the crown, which is the visible part of the tooth. Making implants in this way makes it easier for dentists to make repairs when the crown of an implant is damaged. They can simply remove and replace the crown without having to disturb the part of the implant that's screwed into your jaw.
You're put under general anesthesia for implant surgery
Sometimes patients hear that anesthesia is used during implant placement, and they then assume they'll be unconscious during the procedure. But thankfully, dental implants surgery is not so extensive or invasive that you need to be put under for it. The anesthetic you'll be given is just a local one. It will numb your mouth while leaving you awake and aware. If you're really nervous, your dentist can give you a sedative, but you won't be given enough to knock you out.
Dental implants are the most expensive tooth replacement option
Dental implants do cost more, up-front, than a bridge. However, they are almost always the most affordable tooth replacement in the long-term. An implant should last you the rest of your life, although the crown may need to be replaced. A bridge, on the other hand, will need to be replaced periodically. Bridges also tend to damage the other teeth, and repairing that damage can be costly. Implants actually keep the teeth around them healthier, saving you money long-term.
So, there you have it: the truth about dental implants. Talk to your dentist if you've heard anything else about implants that you suspect is not true.