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All About Nitrous Oxide
It might be called laughing gas, but nitrous oxide is no joke. Dentists have been using it since the 1700s to soothe patients’ nerves and ease their pain.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Did you know that dental implants—artificial, long-term replacements that look and feel like your natural teeth—are often the best option for replacing missing teeth?
Choosing Dental Implants
Did you know that dental implants—permanent, artificial replacements that are set into the jaw bone so that they look and feel like your natural teeth—are often the best option for replacing missing teeth?
Dental Implants: Self-Care and Complications
Keeping plaque levels to a minimum is just as crucial to the health of your implants as it is for your natural teeth.
Tooth Replacements: Bridges and Crowns
Tooth loss can have a profound effect on your health and well-being. Even though diseases leading to tooth loss are largely preventable, 45 percent of Americans age 65 and older have lost six or more teeth, and 20 percent have lost all of their natural teeth due to decay or gum disease.
Before Tooth Replacement, Plan Your Treatment
Before you have your first tooth replacement, you and your dentist should develop a master plan for your mouth. The goal is to foresee your long-term dental needs and choose prostheses that will look attractive, feel comfortable, and function well.
Keep Dentures Looking Good and Fitting Well
Full dentures have an average life span of five to 10 years. The fit of your dentures will change over time as your body reabsorbs the alveolar bone. Your dentist can make adjustments and repairs in between complete replacements.
Treatment for Cavities
Once the decay has penetrated the surface of the enamel and a cavity has formed, the emphasis shifts from prevention to restoration. The tooth cannot repair itself; instead, your dentist must correct the damage.
Digital X-Rays Give Dentists the Big Picture
Dental X-rays are used to pinpoint areas of tooth decay or bone loss, and they are an important aid during root canals.
Do You Fear the Dentist?
When it comes to pain and fear of pain from dental treatment, you can bet on one thing. Your dentist has been trained to use an arsenal of techniques to prevent that pain and ease that fear.
ADA Rules Guide Sedation
Guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) outline the training that dentists need to administer different levels of sedation. Dentists must also comply with the rules of the states where they practice.
Crowning Glory: Keep Crowns Clean So They Last Longer
A crown usually lasts five to eight years, but caring properly for your crown can make it last much longer.
Beam Me Up: Lasers in Dentistry
Dentists use different types of lasers for different types of dental procedures.
Drug-Free Ways to Feel Relaxed at the Dentist
Medications can help manage pain or anxiety. But other methods are also available.4 Here are details about some of the most common alternatives.
How Your Dentist Keeps You Safe from Disease
Your dental office takes steps to protect you and keep the staff healthy.
When a Tooth Needs to Be Pulled
Despite the best efforts of you and your dentist, there are times when a tooth is so decayed or damaged that the only remedy is extracting it.
What to Expect During Crown Lengthening
If you have a gummy smile, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening.
What to Expect During Bone Grafting
If you have periodontal (gum) disease, a dentist or a gum disease expert called a periodontist may suggest a bone graft. Bone grafts can help replace the bone destroyed by serious gum disease, also called periodontitis.
What to Expect During Periodontal Regeneration
Serious gum disease is called periodontitis. Over time, this condition can break down the bones and tissues that hold teeth in place. Untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.
What to Expect During Pocket Depth Reduction
Pockets are the ideal space for germs to grow. This can cause infections that eventually destroy the gums and bone.
Fixing Dental Problems with Less Damage to Teeth
In dentistry, “minimally invasive” has a similar meaning. Dentists who use these methods try to save as much of the natural tooth as possible when repairing a problem, such as tooth decay.
What to Expect During an Apicoectomy
Some people develop problems in their tooth after a root canal. In these cases, a surgery surgical procedure called apicoectomy can help save the tooth.
What to Expect During Gingival Flap Surgery
If you have serious gum disease, your dentist or periodontist may suggest gingival flap surgery. This lets the dentist remove more calculus and plaque from the root of the tooth.
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