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No Bones About Augmentation

Jaw bones are designed to hold the teeth in place, but when that bone is attacked by periodontal disease or a person loses a tooth, the bone begins to deteriorate.

In those situations, Dentists combat the harmful effects of bone loss through bone augmentation procedures. Bone augmentation adds extra bone to necessary areas to compensate for the lack of structure.

It is important to take steps to build up the bone in these circumstances because it will continue to deteriorate if left untreated.

Bone augmentation is a term used to describe a multitude of procedures designed to replace and restore bone, most commonly in preparation for dental implants.

It also commonly is performed after tooth extractions. If the space is left alone after a tooth extraction, the bone in that area will begin to wear away.

Dentists perform these office procedures by grafting real or synthetic bone to the jaw. The best results come from harvesting bone from the patient for the augmentation. When the patient’s bone is used, it most often is taken from the chin or the back part of the lower jaw.

If dentists are unable to get enough bone from either of these areas, they may have it harvested from the hip or shin instead. The hip is thought of as a good source because it contains plenty of marrow filled with bone-forming cells.

Other sources of bone are human cadavers or cows. Synthetic materials also are available.

Bone augmentation can be performed on almost any patient. Patients do not have to be in perfect health, but there needs to be enough stability in the body to be able to recover properly.

If you have to add bone to the existing bone structure after years of a tooth or teeth having been missing, that’s a little bit more involved and complicated than just adding the bone at the time of extraction. Adding at the time of extraction just fills the area up so the bone will heal correctly. If they’re doing this to increase bone volume for implants, it’s a bit more complicated.

Bone augmentation usually is performed under local anesthesia. However, more involved cases such as adding bone to the sinus area or removing bone from another area to add to the jaw can be performed under general anesthesia.

The Procedure

A common situation requiring bone augmentation is a patient who lost a tooth several years ago and wishes to have a dental implant and crown put in the missing tooth’s place. Because the area has gone untreated for a length of time, the bone typically has begun to deteriorate. Real or synthetic bone is put in the area to strengthen it, enabling it to support a dental implant.

The dentist numbs the area and makes an incision in the gum where the implant will be placed to determine the amount and type of bone needed. An incision is made in the area where the bone will be harvested and a block of bone is removed. Some dentists fill this area with a different type of bone-graft material and cover it with a membrane to prevent soft tissue from filling the space as it heals. The incision then is sutured.

Harvested bone is placed in the recipient site by drilling tiny holes in the existing bone to cause bleeding. The bleeding provides cells that assist the bone during the healing process. The block of harvested bone then is secured in place with titanium screws. A combination of the patient’s bone marrow and some other bone-graft material are placed around the outer edges of the harvested bone and a membrane is placed over the area before the incision is sutured.

Once the bone augmentation procedure is completed, the healing process begins. The patient is given antibiotics, pain medication and an antibacterial mouthwash. Certain foods must be avoided for a period of time while the area heals. For patients who have natural teeth near the bone graft, they may be given a temporary, removable bridge or denture to aid in protecting the area.

It can take anywhere from six to 12 months for the grafted material to fuse itself to the existing bone. At that point, the patient can undergo the dental implant procedure to restore their missing tooth or teeth.



Source by Edward Farajzadeh

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Dental Bone Grafting – How to Take Care of Your Bone Graft

A dental bone grafting is useful for the restoration of the bone after a bone loss resulting from a complicated tooth extraction or tooth loss. As soon as the bone is restored, a dentist can fix implants or carry out other procedures. For the period of the bone graft, spare bone from the patient, cadaver or synthetic bone is placed in the area with bone deficiency thereby fusing to the subsisting bone as it heals which will strengthen the area for future processes.

On the day of the bone graft surgery, you may be placed on general anesthesia, sedated orally or by IV or kept awake with a local anesthetic so that the area will be without any sensation. You can ask your dentist for the option he is going to make use of so that you can make provision for someone to drive to the hospital and back home. You should plan to take one or two days off from work so that you can feel better after being under anesthesia before returning to work. You can try to schedule the surgery on a Friday, if possible, so that you will have the whole weekend to recover.

Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics for you in order to avert infection and the drugs must be properly taken according to the prescription. You will also be given pain relievers which will be very useful for some days after the operation. You should inform your dentist about any allergies and side effects that you are experiencing so that he will be able to prescribe drugs and supplements that will alleviate them for you.

After the dental bone grafting, you should avoid foods that are hard or require much chewing until you are asked to do so by your dentist. This is necessary at this stage in order not to put pressure on the area until it is totally healed and you may not be able to make use of dentures for a few weeks after the operation. You should also shun brushing the area until the incision is fully healed and afterwards, you should brush gently without applying any pressure. Your dental bone graft can take between 6 and 12 months before healing completely. You may require follow-up appointments with your dentist in order to check the healing process and he may carry out x-rays if necessary. Sometimes, the bone graft may fail and if this happens, your dentist will remove it and try again after the area has completely healed.



Source by Shola George Otenaike

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Marketing Strategy 101: 10 Marketing Strategies I Learnt From My Oral Surgeon

This is how the conversation went on my follow-up visit to the oral surgeon,

10 days after he removed 2 lower wisdom teeth.

“Go down the hallway, enter the second door on the right and take a seat in

the dentist’s chair,” said the receptionist after calling my name out to the

5 people in the waiting room.

“How is it all going?” asked my oral surgeon slapping on a pair of

examination gloves.

“Great” I replied truthfully. “I’ve been totally pain free since the

operation.”

“You won’t be when you get my bill!” he said in half jest.

“I’ve already paid it and by my calculations, I reckon you’re grossing more

than one and a half million dollars a year in revenue?” I quickly asked

combining my MBA training with years spent questioning people as a

broadcaster.

“You might be right, but I wouldn’t know, I just concentrate on the

patients,” was the last thing he said before I opened my mouth and he

examined the 2 sockets where my wisdom teeth once resided.

“They’re looking good, rinse with salt water regularly and call me if

there’s a problem,” were his last words as I was ushered out.

That was it, all over in a matter of minutes. What is the point of sharing

this with you? Well, I learnt a lot about marketing from the service I

received from my oral surgeon.

Here are my insights and how you can apply these strategies to your own

business, career or life.

1. PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS

Two months earlier I hadn’t been able to sleep because of an intense,

searing pain coming somewhere from the back of my lower jaw. Despite taking

painkillers, it got worse until the whole side of my face started to swell

up like a football. In desperation at 3.30 am, I rang the only dentist I

could find listed in the Yellow Pages with an after hours number. I woke him

up. Then briefed him and he told me how much it would cost to get him and

his dental nurse out of bed and into his surgery. I decided to endure the

pain in my head instead of in my wallet.

I was on his surgery door as soon as it opened and the diagnosis of a

compacted wisdom tooth that had become infected was confirmed. I was able to

get to see my family dentist later in the day and he prescribed antibiotics

and recommended I see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He would solve my

problems. In fact, he was so busy solving problems he was completely booked

out for the next 2 months.

What problems do you solve for people?

2. BUILD YOUR BUSINESS OR CAREER ON REFERRALS

My family dentist had a stack of business cards from the oral surgeon. He

handed me one and said “this guy is the best in town, try and see him within

the next 2 months.”

The oral surgeon’s business is built completely on referral business.

How can you get referrals for your business or dream job?

I’ve learnt, if you don’t ask for or have a system for referrals, no matter

how busy you are now, future work has the potential to dry up.

3. LOOK AT A BUSINESS MODEL WITH A CONSISTENT DEMAND

One of the great things about the hairdressing industry is that people’s

hair never stops growing and so they always need it cut. It’s the same for

lawn mowing services and extracting wisdom teeth. There’s a constant demand.

I’ve learnt this in my own business and understood that for certain clients,

like those who have a regular turnover of leadership positions due to set

election periods, there is always going to be a constant change of people,

and in many cases a regular demand to provide media training for new people

as they rise up the ranks and take over leadership positions.

Look for opportunities where there will be a constant demand for your skills

and services.

4. QUALIFICATIONS BUILD CREDIBILITY

I noticed my oral surgeon had his University degrees and professional

qualifications printed on his business card as well as hanging on his office

wall in his surgery.

This provides third party endorsement, which builds credibility and trust

with patients and customers alike.

How do you use your professional qualifications to build your credibility?

Interestingly, a fellow speaker who works in the health sector shared this

gem in a recent newsletter. “Part of what I’ve been talking about involves

building trust between health professionals and their clients. Consequently,

my eye was caught by the following research report in New Scientist,

(4th Jan 2003). Robert Hash and his colleagues at Mercer University in

Georgia have found that patients judge medical advice by the weight of their

doctor. They studied 200 patients of 5 doctors and found that the medical

information and advice given by doctors who were judged to be overweight

was not trusted as much as that given by those perceived to be leaner.

The article said, “If you don’t look too healthy yourself, your patients may

be more inclined to take your advice with a pinch of salt.”

(Source: Rachel’s Reflections By Rachel Green 31-Jan-2003, Number 106)

Live your message and be a walking, talking example of the solutions you

offer. Fail with this and your credibility within the marketplace will

diminish.

5. COME UP WITH A UNIQUE BRAND

I noticed my oral surgeon shared consulting rooms with another oral surgeon

with exactly the same qualifications. Both of their business cards sat at

the reception desk.

One was plain, white and simple. The other had an interesting, colourful and

creative logo incorporating two faces. Which do you think got my attention?

6. PROVIDE THE CLIENT WITH THREE OPTIONS

Fresh from my new knowledge after hearing New York-based speaker, author and

consultant Alan Weiss Ph.D CSP present, I found my oral surgeon also used

this technique.

He presented me with 3 options – do nothing, have my wisdom teeth out with

just a local pain killer or have them removed under a general anaesthetic.

All had varying costs and consequences.

I had previously consulted my older brother, an orthopaedic surgeon who had

a similar operation 2 years ago. He chose the latter and so did I.

What options can you provide clients?

By the way, the third option I chose was the most expensive!

7. BACK YOUR OPTIONS UP WITH EXAMPLES

Tangible examples help people make a decision and take action. Often this is

based on emotion.

My oral surgeon pulled out his ‘horror photos’ (his words not mine) and said

“this is what can happen if you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed”.

One look and I was convinced.

What examples, evidence or proof can you provide to help convince your

prospects, customers or clients they need your services.

8. MAKE IT EASY FOR CLIENTS, PROVIDE A PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE & ADD VALUE

My oral surgeon is located right next door to a day hospital. This is a new

service he has only been offering since the beginning of the year.

Convenience for clients can be a big factor. I was in hospital by 10am and

out by 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Sure it was more expensive and an added

value service. But I’m busy, am motivated by rational self-interest

(especially when it comes to pain) and am willing to pay extra for the

convenience.

How can you add value to your services?

9. PROVIDE WRITTEN DETAILS

My oral surgeon provided written details of what to do prior and post the

operation. This was clear, precise and invaluable.

How can you apply this to your business?

10. REVIEW, EVALUATE AND FOLLOW-UP

Again, my specialist had a proven follow-up system to evaluate how the

operation went.

How can you do the same for your business. Most of us forget the follow-up,

but it is the most important



Source by Thomas Murrell

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Problems and Complications With Dental Implants

Dental implants have been providing a great alternative for restoring a missing tooth or teeth for the past many years. The implants are best described as anchors that are placed into your jaw bone to permanently support crowns or dentures.

Although the implants, made out of titanium alloy or ceramic, are now considered the Number 1 option to replace missing teeth but because they are surgically implanted in jaw you may encounter some problems and complications.

As with any surgical procedure there are some potential downsides to dental implants that you should be aware of before considering it as an alternative for replacing your missing teeth.

Improper Osseointegration

One of the most common problems that occur with dental implants includes the improper fusion of the implant surface (Osseointegrated) with the surrounding bone. There are several factors that can lead to failure of osseointegration. These factors include limited availability of bone to stabilize the implanted root, an occurrence of infection in the implant recipient site, overheating of the jaw bone, pressure being applied on the dental implant immediately after implantation or compromised blood supply.

Allergic Reactions

One of the most common problems particularly with titanium implants is that it can trigger an allergic or inflammatory reaction in patients who are allergic to metal. Made out of a metal, this implant can lead to galvanism, allergies and inflammation in bone and gums around a dental implant.

Infections

Placement of the implants can lead to infection in the surrounding areas. Since the false dental root is surgically implanted into the jaw, the tissues around it can become infected. Infection can be introduced during the surgery or the crown restoration. Poor oral hygiene can cause infections as well.

Nerve Damage

Nerve damage due to over-preparation of the implant site is another potential complication that can result in numbness (parasthesia), pain and an ongoing tingling in the tongue, chin, lips, or gums.

Dental Implant Rejection

Any implant in the body is viewed as a foreign substance that can be rejected by the body. If in any way dental implant or jaw is compromised by bacteria at the time of implantation, it will rejected by the patient’s body. Infection is the major cause for dental implant rejection.

Failure of Implant

While rare, dental implant failure can occur in some patients. Exerting excessive pressure on newly implanted post can lead to partial or complete structural breakage of a dental implant. Grinding the teeth at night while sleeping (medically referred to as Bruxism) can disturb the positioning of an implant, eventually leading to its failure. In order to keep the implant protected at sleeping and resting times, it may be necessary to use a mouth guard.

Prolonged Pain

Some patients may encounter prolonged pain in the area of the placement. This may be caused by severe localized inflammation or placement of the prosthetic root near a major or even a minor nerve branch. In these situations there are different methods of intervention. If the pain persists for a longer period of time, the implant removal becomes necessary.

Injury to Adjacent Teeth

It is likely that a patient got his/her adjacent teeth injured during placement of the implant. The injury may happen during preparation of the recipient site. When drilling, the dentist may injure an adjacent tooth. In order to eliminate this potential problem, it is very important that you get the dental implantation done in a reputed aesthetic dental clinic at the hands of a skilled dental surgeon.

For the elimination of the above mentioned complications and problems it is vital that patients visit their implant specialists on regular basis to ensure well being of their restorations.



Source by Neelam Goswami

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Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare – 5 Tips To Ease Your Pain

After the doctor removed your wisdom tooth (for whatever reason) you need to treat it properly in order to heal fast. The healing process usually takes two weeks, but full recovery can only be expected after a month. In some extreme cases you need to pay special attention to the extraction site for half a year. If you want to reduce the time needed and prevent infection just follow the tips below:

1. Do not rinse your mouth for a day after the doctor pulled out your wisdom tooth. If bleeding stopped and you waited 24 hours you can start rinsing with warm salty water to disinfect your mouth.

2. After the tooth removal it’s likely that you will experience some bleeding which can be treated by putting clean gauze over the area in question. Gently bite on the gauze (not too hard!)

3. If you experience facial swelling put ice in a clean cloth and place it over the swollen area externally. Do not leave it there for more than 10 minutes – let your face rest for 20 minutes and then you can apply another load of ice again for 10 minutes.

4. Eat light food or something that is in liquid state. Best foods to consume are: mashed potatoes, milkshakes, ice cream (that’s right – cold ice cream helps to ease the pain and act as a painkiller), instant pudding, instant oatmeal.

5. Drink as much as you can, but do not drink alcohol! Best drinks are tea, milk, mineral water and juices. Be careful that you must not drink hot tea as that could irritate the site where the wisdom tooth was removed from.

Wisdom tooth extraction is certainly something that one has to take seriously. If you experience bleeding after 24 hours or if sharp pain remains for more than a week you should see your doctor immediately.



Source by Baaltazar Shanton

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What to Do after a Tooth Extraction?

After an extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why your dentist will ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after an extraction. If bleeding or oozing continues after you remove the gauze pad, place another gauze pad on the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it’s important to protect it, especially for the next 24 hours. It’s important to not:

o smoke and chew tobacco

o drinking alcohol

o suck through a straw

o rinse your mouth vigorously

o clean the teeth next to the extraction site

These activities could dislodge the clot and slow down healing.

Limit yourself to calm activities for the first 24 hours. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding, and helps the healing process.

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and have some swelling. You can use an ice bag (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) to keep this to a minimum. The swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours.

To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. Don’t take medication on an empty stomach or nausea may result. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. Also:

o Drink lots of fluids.

o Eat only soft, nutritious foods on the day of the extraction.

o Don’t use alcoholic beverages.

o Avoid hot and spicy foods.

You can begin eating normally the next day, or if not by then, as soon as it’s comfortable. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water three times a day (put a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently rinse, swish, and spit). Also, rinse gently after meals. This helps keep food out of the extraction site.

It’s very important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your breath and mouth fresh. Call your dental office right away if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling after two or three days, or a reaction to the medication. After a few days, you’ll be feeling fine and can resume your normal activities.

Dry socket is an infection in your tooth socket after a tooth is extracted. The condition usually develops when a blood clot fails to form in the socket, or if the blood clot comes loose. Dry socket occurs in approximately 5 percent of all tooth extractions.

Normally, the blood clot that forms after a tooth is removed promotes healing, laying the foundation for the growth of new bone tissue. When dry socket occurs, this blood clot is lost and the infected, inflamed socket appears empty – hence the name. Nerves are exposed, and sometimes the bone is visible in the empty socket.

You may not have symptoms until 3 to 5 days after the extraction. Then, the condition will manifest itself as severe pain that doesn’t subside, often accompanied by what feels like an earache. You may also have an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and bad breath. Call your dentist right away if you notice any symptoms of dry socket. Treatment for dry socket typically includes a gentle rinsing of the socket and dressing the socket with sedative medication.



Source by Minh Nguyen

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The Dental Veneers Los Angeles Procedure

Dental veneers can be used to help teeth look better, protect them, and improve their overall functions. A lot of people choose to have veneers installed in their mouths and this is a common dental procedure. In California, dental veneers were first used in the 1930s and many dental veneers Los Angeles clinics can be found their today.

Kinds Of Veneers

There are two veneers that patients can choose from. There are composites and then there are porcelain veneers. Composites are different because they can be placed layer by layer onto the tooth. They can then be held together with a special bonding agent that the dentist uses. But porcelain veneers have to be made before being installed onto a tooth. The two kinds of veneers have the same function but each has different strengths. While the composite veneers only last about 10 to 15 years, porcelain veneers can last much longer.

Advantages of Using Veneers

These materials can help make ones smile better. They can also be an alternative to stained teeth, cracked teeth, and misshapen smiles. The best thing is that dentists find it easy to install these veneers and they can be very thin which makes it almost natural to have in the mouth. A lot of people choose dental veneers clinics in Los Angeles to have their smiles enhanced through this process instead of using everyday teeth whitening products. They can also have other problems addressed such as tooth gaps, damaged teeth, and other dental problems where veneers might be useful.

Plans

If you are a dental veneers patient looking into trying out a composite or porcelain fitting, the first thing you should do is plan it. Planning entails the consultation of a professional and in this case you should be getting advice from your dentist. During this stage, you can sit down with the dentist and express what it is that you want to achieve. This is so that your dentist will know what it is you want and therefore there is a greater chance of a successful result. Your dentist can also explain the procedure thoroughly so you can better prepare yourself for what will occur.

Preparing

If, for example, a patient wants porcelain veneers, a dentist needs to first strip away layers of the tooth or teeth by drilling. A porcelain veneer needs a little more space for installation. When the veneer is molded, the dentist will fit it in the space made first and this can hurt a little which is why an anesthetic is sometimes used. This process can take a long time and a patient might have to use temporary veneers while the permanent ones are being shaped.

Applying

Before applying the porcelain veneer directly, a dentist will have to test ft it on you first. This will let him know if you find it comfortable and if any more changes need to be made. The actual application of the bonding cement that will hold the veneer to the tooth takes about 2 hours and this also includes the test fitting. This is also a good time to let your dentist know what you want changed with the veneer, regarding its color and size. Once satisfied, the dentist will then use a beam to stimulate the hardening of the veneer.

Post-Care

After an operation like this, patients will not first be used to the feeling. It will take at least a week for them to get used to the veneers in their mouths. However, they must continue brushing and flossing normally and after a couple of weeks they should visit the dentist again for a series of checkups.

Wherever a patient may go, the process may vary. The steps of the creation and applying of veneers, however, remain standard to dental veneers Los Angeles dentists. This is just one of the few ways that a dentist can help improve one’s smile and overall oral health. If you feel you need veneers, there’s no harm in visiting the dentist as soon as possible.



Source by Charles Edwards

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What to Expect During Dental Implant Procedure?

If you are considering dental implant surgery, you probably have a lot of questions and, possibly, concerns. For starters, you should understand that there are different types of dental implants. Your dentist, working with his team of dental professionals experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry, will choose the most suitable one for your specific situation.

An ideal candidate for the procedure should be in good general and oral health, preferably without the signs of the periodontal disease. The state of your gum tissue is critical for the success of the surgery. That is why your dentist should have a periodontist in his dental implant team.

For dental implant surgery to be successful, you must have enough bone to hold the implant. If needed, bone augmentation can be performed, either as a separate procedure, or at the time of your dental surgery.

Having dental implants inserted takes several months. You may be disheartened to learn that the dental implant procedure involves having more than one operation. In most cases, “staged surgery” procedure is performed, so you will need to be patient. The results should be well worth it, and with adequate oral care on your part, your implants should last you a lifetime!

In the first stage, the tooth root implant is inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth underneath your gum. This replaces your own tooth root. It will take six to twelve weeks for your jawbone to heal and grow around the implant, anchoring it into the jaw. After the healing period, the implant is surgically exposed by removing some of the gum.

The following step involves attaching an abutment that will hold your new tooth. Finally, after the gum has healed around the abutment, the replacement tooth is inserted into it. In some cases, these two stages can be performed during a single surgery procedure.

Making impressions of your teeth is required before taking a dental implant surgery, because your replacement tooth will be modeled based on this model in order to match the color, size, and other characteristics of your missing tooth. It will then be attached to the abutment.

Dental implant surgery is usually performed in the dentist’s office. Occasionally, it may be performed in a hospital setting. The surgery usually requires local anesthesia only. Other forms of sedation may be used as well.

The level of discomfort is similar or less to that of tooth extraction. Any soreness after the surgery can be treated with OTC pain medications.

Unfortunately, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. Check to see if it is possible to get coverage under your medical plan.



Source by Anita Bern

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Importance of Dental Health

You are only given once set of permanent teeth and it is vital that you take care of them. There are a few things that can be done to maintain optimal dental health. Visiting a dental office regularly can help prevent dental problems, but emergencies do arise and require extra treatments.

Preventative Health

Any dental hygienist will tell you that at home, in between cleanings, you need to watch your sugar intake, brush at least twice a day, and floss. This will keep the odds of gingivitis at a minimum. Your annual routine visits will involve x-rays, cleaning, and checking for cavities. These routine oral checks help ward off emergency visits, but do not necessarily mean they will not occur.

Root Canals

This one dental problem can arise when a tooth pulp becomes inflamed and cause you to experience intolerable pain. The dentist will need to drill down to the nerve for removal and then fill it back up. It is important to note that good offices will schedule follow-ups to check for any signs of infection, making sure that the problem is fixed.

Broken Tooth

One of the most common emergencies with children is dealing with fractured teeth. This can be due to accidents, fights, or even night grinding. Depending on what caused the fracture, it would be good to talk about preventative measures that can be taken. This is especially true if your child has a lot of grinding issues at night.

Dentures

It is possible that there will come a time when dentures are necessary. This could be because you begin to lose them with age, or if you did not have good dental care when you were younger, you may have to have some extracted. There are several types of dentures and options are available. Some people prefer to have a bridge if they are missing only one or two teeth, while others are not concerned until they need more space filled. Implants are growing in popularity as they provide a stable base. An implant is a stud that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to attach the dentures

When searching for a great dentist, it is important to talk to your friends. Taking a personal interest in their patients and their health is a positive sign, but knowing that your friends have positive experiences is also. Prices should be similar to other offices in the area. You do not want an office that tries to push unnecessary treatments, or overuse general anesthesia. Many offices will offer a casual conference meeting prior to the first cleaning so patients and dentists can get to know each other. This is when you can see if personalities are a match and what to expect.



Source by T. Rayos

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Dental Health Tips for Children

Generally, kids have 20 teeth compared to adults who have 32 teeth. Their teeth are essential for a number of reasons. They are vital for chewing of food, engaging smiles, as well as to support facial muscles. The premature loss of kids’ teeth can create problems in the permanent dentition. The truth is that some parents usually overlook dental health for children. What they don’t know is that poor oral health affects the whole body of their children. Here are a few tips that will help you improve your child’s dental health.

Teach your children how to brush

Teach your children to brush their teeth everyday using a squashy toothbrush. To make it even more exciting and fun, demonstrate it to them. Thoroughly clean your teeth using water and spit out. It’s vital that you watch over your kids when they are brushing. Why? Children have a tendency of imitating adults. Furthermore, it will be a great bonding between you the parent and your kids. Remember to always teach them the best way to clean their teeth.

Teach your children how to floss

Flossing is an essential part of oral care since there is no other effectual way of eradicating food particles that are trapped between your kid’s teeth. Brushing only is not enough. Thus, you should teach your children how to floss. Note that flossing may be unsafe for children. Therefore, you need to take some time to teach your kids how to floss safely. Flossing cannot overlook even when you are dealing with children’s oral health. Teach your children how to floss when they become responsible for their oral hygiene.

Don’t give your children sugary snacks

Research suggests that most of the kids get cavities because of consuming sugary snacks regularly. As much you possibly can, avoid giving your kids sugary snacks such as chocolates, hard candies, sugar and citrus fruits. These kinds of foods will destroy your kid’s teeth if he consume in huge quantity. It’s your duty as a parent to guide your kids to eating the right types of food.

Limit sharing of spoons between the kids and the caregivers

According to research, bacteria responsible for inflicting health problems in children can be passed from caregivers or parents to young children. It is therefore important to limit sharing of bottles, spoons and other utensils in order to make sure that your children enjoy proper oral health.

Take your children to the dentist

It is very important to take your kids to the dentist every 6 months for dental checkup. This is it will improve their dental health because these dental professionals have enough experience and are equipped to examine and clean teeth. We can’t deny the fact that certain teeth problems can only be solved by these experts. Thus, it’s vital to take your children to the dentist for checkups. Visiting the dentist regularly also enables parents to monitor their kids’ conditions.

Aside from teaching your children the importance of good oral hygiene, you also need to encourage them to maintain proper dental hygiene to avoid any dental problems that may occur in the future.



Source by Jeff Molenda