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We were interested in the BBC’s news topic “More children having teeth out in hospital” on Saturday 13.1.18. The president of the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry, Claire Stephens, was interviewed and correctly identified that dental caries (decay) is an entirely preventable disease. This is demonstrated in England, in 2014/15, 75.2% of five year old children had no visible decay. In Wales, at the same time, only 64.6% of five year olds had no visible decay.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow Secretary of State for health, was also interviewed and correctly pointed out that dental disease was associated with deprivation. Indeed Professor Jimmy Steele’s 135th anniversary lecture at the British Dental Association in July 2015 sent a clear message that dental caries is no longer a significant disease in higher socio-economic groups.

With this in mind we investigated the problem of caries in young primary school children using a qualitative methodology, interviewing parents, in order to identify issues and highlight possible solutions. Our results showed that parents felt responsible for their children but were poorly informed and not supported to act responsibly. The parents were not aware of the need for toothpaste to be of an adequate strength and for the need to avoid rinsing following brushing.

With regard to those parents who had experienced their children having multiple extractions under general anaesthesia, they felt blamed. Attempts from professional personnel delivering the service were unhelpful to nurturing future positive behaviours. Furthermore, instructions to find a dentist for future care were followed by the parents but it was impossible to find an NHS dentist to facilitate this instruction.

However the campaign Design to Smile in Wales, a school supervised toothbrushing scheme, has been of value in supporting responsible behaviours in two ways. Firstly, parental consent was obtained following pestering from the child to be involved in the activity. Secondly, home tooth brushing was promoted by the child, when prior to involvement in the scheme the parent was unsuccessful in directing home tooth brushing.

It seems to us that in order for improvements in oral health to be facilitated and thus impact on the need for hospitalised extractions it is necessary to:

  1. Improve access to services for deprived populations through primary care policy and implementation. The access should include long term continuing care and not only pain relief.
  2. Target supervised tooth brushing to schools servicing high need populations.
  3. Improve the clarity of oral health education to include the need to attend the dentist, use fluorides of adequate strength and avoid rinsing following tooth brushing.

This begs the question “Has the power given to primary care organisations through the legislation enabling the new contracts of 2006 and beyond been effective?” Claire Stephens holds the government to account for the increase in hospitalised extractions even though the mechanisms for developing services are localised and have a dental professional input.

It is possible that improvements in oral health could be achieved through implementing the above. These could be facilitated within the current structures provided by government since 2006, if managers and dental care providers choose to administer and deliver services appropriately.

(Three authors Wayne Richards, Anne-Marie Coll, Teresa Filipponi)

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There is a high demand for dental care as current patient numbers continue to grow. Many patients need preventative and basic dental care. 

Keeping up with demand can be difficult if your current dental practice does not take advantage of the most up-to-date software programs.

Digitizing patient care and records can help keep your dental practice organized and patient information easier to access. An integrated system keeps accurate track of billing information, scheduling, and patient histories helping any practice succeed. 

The following is a compilation of four tips that can help your dental practice grow so you can start earning long-term, loyal patrons.

Promote Your Practice Online

Many businesses across multiple fields recognize that online marketing has become an essential part of advertising, especially when many people utilize smartphones as their primary communication device. 

Media devices, such as the smartphone keeps all your current information in one place. People often use their smartphones to stay connected to their social media pages and emails, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, and Yahoo.

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Taking advantage of the social media platforms is a huge part of staying connected to your clients and future customers. For example, creating a Facebook page to promote your dental practice to the local community provides you a great way to gain new patients. Not only can you share contact information, but you can share important dental care information as well as promotions your practice may be offering.

Flexible Financing

Offering a wide variety of financing options increases the success of growing your dental practice. In addition to accepting dental insurance coverage, providing alternative payment options like debit/credit cards, personal checks, and cash bring in more patients seeking dynamic dental care.

When you offer financing plans that can help patients who are in challenging financial circumstances you increase your customer loyalty.

Flexible financing allows patients who truly need top-notch dental care to seek help and continue to seek your assistance because of your reliable and flexible financing.

Referral Promotions

One way to spread the word about your dental practice is by using a patient referral program, such as word of mouth. Word of mouth helps businesses of any kind grow, especially if you offer a “refer-a-friend” promotion. 

This sort of program can give your current patients more incentive to referring folks they know who might need a dentist for themselves and families.

Keeping Up With Technology

Keeping your dental office furnished with the latest dental care instruments and machines is essential for any dental practice. Keeping in tune with current technologies includes purchasing office computers and the latest software for recordkeeping. 

There are software programs available today that helps you streamline your dental practice by keeping you as engaged as possible with the past, current, and future patients. 

An integrated system can improve overall effectiveness in billing and record keeping as well as customer engagement and loyalty.

Finding the right program that delivers multiple tasks at peak efficiency helps any dental practice successfully grow. You can contact a quality software company if you have any questions about their dental solutions to help grow your practice.

Offer Online Payment Options

Many consumers are paying their bills through auto-bill pay to make monthly online payments. Integrating these options into your online website will make bill-pay more streamlined and accessible. A large percentage of people today use their cell phones, computers, and other media devices to pay their regular bills.

In addition to offering online payment options, you can provide a monthly email reminder for payments due. Giving your patients several communication options will impact their trust in your practice and give them plenty of opportunities to ensure their payment get to your office promptly.  

Individual programs possess the ability to, 

  • Digitize your scheduling platform to enhance the effectiveness of appointments
  • Schedule and reschedule appointments based on patient needs
  • Send out friendly appointment reminders

You have the ability to keep up with what the patients are talking about by allowing them to rate and comment on their experience in your office. 

Staying informed on how your clients are feeling about their dental care is part of the process of creating loyal patients seeking your practice for all their dental needs.

Finding an all-in-one system offering you user-friendly platforms, as well as the tips as mentioned earlier, can be difficult if you do not know where to look. 

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Everyone wants to look good and the definition of looking good varies from person to person. For some, it means wearing new clothes and getting a fashionable haircut, whereas for others it might be having a whiter smile. A survey of dentists conducted in 2015 by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that dental whitening was cited as THE top procedure performed by nearly 1/3 of the dentists surveyed with 29% of respondents claiming an increase in bleaching treatments over the previous year and 35% expecting the demand for tooth whitening to increase further. People’s quest for physical perfection, the availability of over the counter dental bleaching products and the decrease in costs – both for in office and retail products – are all fueling the uptake in tooth whitening.  

Teeth can be stained by foods such as berries and balsamic vinegar, beverages like wine and coffee, tobacco products, certain medications and even genetic factors can play a part in predisposing someone to dental discoloration. Tooth whitening or dental bleaching basically refers to the products and procedures that are said to make teeth look whiter and brighter. There are a number of options such as in-office bleaching at the dentist, take home kits from the dentist, in-chair bleaching at various locations including malls and beauty salons, over the counter whitening products including professional grade gels and whitening strips as well as lesser strength toothpaste, mouth rinses and pastes.  

This article is going to focus on whitening strips. This product comes in a variety of formulations and is manufactured and sold by quite a few different companies. Some dentists prefer the use of these strips over bleaching and other cosmetic whitening procedures for a number of reasons. Here are some of them:

Whitening Strips

Affordable

At a fraction of the cost of bleaching gel kits or in chair whitening, strips are one of the more affordable ways to achieve a whiter smile. Going to a dentist can cost you a great deal of money with dentists reporting that the average amount spent on in office bleaching in 2014 was $357.33 per treatment. Compare this to anywhere from $20 to $60 for a box of strips.

Easy to use

All you have to do is read the instructions and follow them accordingly. There is a variety of options that you can use for teeth whitening but not all of them are as easy and straightforward with gel kits requiring exactitude in the amount of gel placed in the trays, duration they can be left on, etc… Strips are far more straight forward, usually, you just peel off the backing and place one strip each of your upper and bottom teeth, leave it on for the recommended amount of time, remove and thoroughly rinse. It’s also highly recommended to give your pearly whites a good brush before you put the strips in.

Effective

Although not as strong as bleaching gel, whitening strips still pack a punch. Some brands and varieties will work better than others so you may need to carefully check reviews and try out a few, but – considering the cost comparison to whitening gel kits – strips are a good option that should produce effective results.

Gentle

Again, this one depends on the brand and variety of the strips but generally speaking whitening strips are a lot gentler on the gums and teeth than high strength dental bleaching gel. You can even get coconut and charcoal strips that don’t cause sensitivity (for most people).

Easily available

Whitening strips are easily available just about everywhere. You can purchase them at pharmacies,  supermarkets, from online giants such as Walmart and Amazon and from boutique retailers. Be sure to do your homework first or be prepared to try a few brands.

Whitening strips nevertheless have some drawbacks

Uneven whitening

If you have very cramped or crooked teeth the strips may not be able to cover them all evenly and so the results appear patchy. Another common issue is when teeth are discoloured due to lack of enamel but in this case brushing the teeth well after using the strips can help to even out the results. Finally, some strips are just not long enough and do not fully cover all of the teeth in your mouth. Be sure to read reviews in order to avoid purchasing products with this sort of design flaw.

Sensitivity

Some strips, like most dental whitening products, may cause sensitivity in the teeth and/or gums. Generally speaking, if the directions are followed and the strips are only used as often as directed, you are unlikely to experience any problems. However, some people are prone to tooth sensitivity and almost any whitening product that contains chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or other bleaching agents are likely to aggravate the issue. Happily, there are gentle varieties of whitening strips that should work without causing severe sensitivity.

Conclusion

Whitening strips can be an affordable, easy, gentler alternative to both in chair and at home dental bleaching procedures and products. Do your research, investigate the options and choose the strips that seem best suited to your own particular requirements.

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You should, ideally, take your child for his or her first dental appointment by the age of two, if not sooner. Remember, those baby teeth have to last for another nine or ten years, so they need good care as early as possible.

Starting early means that your child gets used to seeing the dentist and you get to head off potential problems at the pass. There’s a correlation between early dental visits and a lack of dental problems later in life.

You can prepare your child for that crucial first visit well before it happens; it’s a good idea to do this, in fact, because it starts everyone off on the right foot.

Look in your toddler’s mouth at home

If you look into your child’s mouth every day at home – while brushing his or her teeth, or just now and again – then it will hold no fear. Sit facing your child and ask them to open their mouth while you count their teeth. Even before the teeth erupt, you can gently rub their gums with a flannel or a very soft brush, just so it’s a familiar sensation and procedure.

Take your baby to your dental appointments

This is a great way to help your child become familiar with the dentist – the sounds, smells, lights and (hopefully) you having a great old time in the chair. See how your dentist interacts with children; if he or she is a natural, then sign Junior up immediately. If not, ask for a recommendation – the team at Docklands Dental in Dublin prides itself on its rapport with baby teeth.

If you’re nervous, then don’t attempt this – the sight of mum shaking while metal objects are poked into her mouth really won’t have the desired effect.

Talk about the visit beforehand

In the run-up to the visit, talk about it a few times. Tell your child that they’re going to visit someone who likes to count teeth (isn’t that funny?), and in order to let the dentist do that, they’ll have to lie back and have a special light shone into their mouth.

Whatever you do, don’t say it won’t hurt (although, obviously, it won’t!). Just mentioning “hurt” implies there’s a risk of pain or discomfort and this can really scupper things. Do a bit of role-play with a soft toy, or find an age-appropriate book about dentists.

Choose the right time of day

You know your child’s schedule, so try to fix an appointment when you know he or she won’t be tired or hungry. You should also arrive a few minutes early so there’s time to explore, chat up the receptionists and play with the tooth-related toys in the waiting room.

Stay positive

You don’t need to go over the top; just make it sound like going to the dentist is something everyone does and that it’s a good thing (which of course it is!). It’s no big deal, it’s something everyone does once they have teeth and it can be fun.

Don’t force the issue

Sometimes that first visit doesn’t work out. Whatever you do, don’t force your child to sit still; it’s unlikely the dentist will want to proceed anyway. Calmly take your child out of the consulting room and make another appointment for the following month. You may need to do this a couple of times, but it’s worth it in the long-run!

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Technology has long been a force for change in dentistry. Think back twenty, ten or even just five years ago, the industry looked drastically different and day-to-day work involved tasks that have since been replaced by processing power and some clicks. The dental industry is advancing rapidly. In this article, we will be discussing the advanced technology in dental industry and its effectiveness.

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Dentists working from a digital platform can instantly share patient information among staff members, transfer files to the lab, and help increase case acceptance by visually showing patients areas of diagnosis and proposed treatment. With these new capabilities, digital practices are experiencing greater productivity, better communications with patients and a more satisfied staff.

Smart Toothbrush

This technology is made to change tooth brushing habits of children and adults by motivating individuals to brush better through games (for kids) and coaching (for adults) that guide them toward improved dental hygiene. This product includes sensors that can identify the area of the mouth in which the user is brushing. This powerful technology also has the ability to store data, and create a personalized visual check-up to show where the user brushed and missed over a 7-day period.

3D Printing Makes the Digital Physical

A digital platform in dentistry means that all patient information, imaging systems, and CAD/CAM data work together in a connected pattern. Because of the real-time flow of information, the practice with a digital platform is capable of operating more efficiently with the quicker delivery of procedures and a higher level of productivity. Uses of 3D printing include the production of drill guides for dental implants, the production of physical models for prosthodontics, orthodontics, and surgery, the manufacturer of dental, craniomaxillofacial and orthopedic implants, and the fabrication of copings and frameworks for implant and dental restorations.

Lasers

Lasers in dentistry have seen a tremendous rise and fall in use and popularity. All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for curing a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth.

Some dentists are using lasers to treat:

  • Tooth decay.
  • Gum disease.
  • Biopsy or lesion removal.
  • Teeth whitening.

Intra-Oral Camera

The camera’s unique liquid lens technology works like the human eye to ensure effortless image capture to deliver clear, detailed images patients can really understand. This camera is having six long-lasting LEDs around the lens provide balanced. Your technology treatment plan will become clear and will be far more customized to your needs than a simple formula for equipment purchases.

Today’s patient is exposed to advanced technology every day and expects to find the same high-tech welcoming environment at the dental office. Advances in dental equipment are rapidly making this high-tech practice a reality, with innovative equipment increasing efficiencies and delivering better services to patients. Digital practices are experiencing greater productivity, better communications with patients, and a more satisfied staff.

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Some 70 years since Nye Bevan introduced accessible, free healthcare for all the advances in science and medicine means that the original principles on why the NHS was established are not necessarily in line with how modern medicine has evolved. The rise in cosmetic and aesthetic treatments demonstrates the blurred lines between medical treatments and cosmetic treatments and where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to know where the line should be drawn as to what is covered under NHS provisions, and what is not.

In some areas of healthcare, such as dentistry, we already pay a share toward our dental treatment, even if we are signed up to an NHS practice. Some treatments, such as dental implants, are considered to be cosmetic, and aren’t usually offered as a treatment option at all – unless specific circumstances, such as accident or injury, has caused the tooth loss. So, if you are looking to replace your missing teeth with the Rolls Royce of prosthodontics, then you will almost certainly have to pay privately, which will cost a considerable sum. This is why more and more people are looking for alternatives, such as opting to get the treatment in another country where prices are lower, like Thailand. Dental implants can often cost at least 50% less in Thailand than they do here in the UK.

Why Thailand?

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, but it is also a favourite for medical tourists. In fact, medical tourism in Thailand is a healthy part of its economy, and the country is very keen to maintain its status as a go-to destination.

The Thais made a success out of contemporary medical tourism back in the 1990’s when the Thai baht crashed. As newly-built hospitals lay empty because there was no money to staff them the Government and business leaders strived to kick-start the economy. One of their approaches was to capitalize on the country’s healthcare facilities, opening the doors of Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital to cross-border patients – and the modern medical tourism boom began.

Although medical tourism – where patients travel from their home country to a neighbouring one (typically to save money, or because the expertise isn’t available at home) – is not a new phenomenon, Thailand is somewhat of a pioneer in terms of modern medical tourism and has led the way in terms of providing excellent-quality healthcare.

The country was the first in Asia to receive a JCI accreditation for one of its hospitals, and now boasts more than 50 located across the length and breadth of the country – more than any other country in the region.

For medical travellers looking to make a holiday out of their trip there are certainly plenty of locations to choose from to suit all tastes – from the vibrancy of Bangkok, to the tranquility of Chiang Mai and the palm-fringed beaches of the country’s islands, like Koh Samui. Even more appealing are the additional health and wellness treatments offered by the booming spa clinics and resorts, where relaxation, clinical and therapeutic procedures are all be carried out under medical supervision.

As far as medical expertise is concerned, global medical travellers will find Thailand offers a broad spectrum of specialties, including cosmetic surgery, reproductive medicine and dentistry and, even though costs have risen here, they are still significantly lower, particularly for Westerners, than they are at home.

What is the cost of a dental implant in Thailand?

Dental implants in Thailand cost, on average, around £1,400 compared to an average of £2,900 in the UK. It’s not hard to see why people would see travelling to Thailand for this procedure as an attractive option, given they can potentially have a great holiday at the same time as their treatment for around the same money they’d pay just for the treatment alone at home.

Is there a downside to travelling to Thailand for a dental implant?

As with any medical procedure there is always a risk. The key to having successful treatment is to minimize your exposure to risk by ensuring the credentials of your dentist and clinic are beyond reproach. Unfortunately, there is no easy way of doing this – there isn’t a register where you can just look-up ‘good’ dentists – but you can build up a good overall picture by checking out a few key areas that include:

  •  Dentist qualifications
  • Professional Memberships
  • Patient testimonials
  • Online presence

Another way of doing this may be to book via a medical or dental tourism company. There are plenty of specialist companies you can find online and many (although not all) have a network of trusted providers they have worked with and whose credentials they can verify. It is worth doing a little research into these too, as the services they offer vary considerably.

If you are serious about going to Thailand for your dental implants then there’s no doubt that you can find excellent quality services and value for money. Just remember to do some background checks beforehand to ensure you choose a trustworthy facility so you have a safe, memorable and happy experience.

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Going to a new dentist can cause feelings of nervousness and anxiety to rise, leading to some especially fearful people to cancel their appointments altogether. If you have had a bad experience with a dentist in the past that left you with disappointing results and lasting pain, it is easy to understand why you may not be terribly excited about getting your teeth looked at. Thankfully, professional clinics such as Perfect Smile Spa take a professional approach to dealing with patients who may have unwarranted fears about dental procedures. Ask these five questions of your dental care professional to get inside information on how your appointment will go, and allow yourself to feel completely at ease during your dental examination.

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1. How Long Have You Been Practising Dentistry?

Only well trained and properly licensed dentists can open their own practices, but knowing how long your dentist has been actively seeing clients can be very reassuring. Your dentist may tell you where he or she went to school for dentistry, and even let you know about areas of speciality. This conversation should help you to put your guard down knowing that you are in good hands. You can be sure that you will be well taken care of and feel all of your worries go away after scheduling an appointment with these dental professionals.

2. Is This Going to Hurt?

This simple yes or no question can have a lot of grey area. Generally, oral dental examinations are completely pain free. However, when additional corrective services are necessary, there may be some discomfort associated with the procedure. Fortunately, dental care professionals can reduce pain and discomfort if a procedure is going to be especially uncomfortable. Your dentist will be very forthright about what you can expect during your procedure, so don’t think that you’re going to be in immense pain.

3. Am I Going to be Sedated?

When your dentist is able to tell that you are very nervous, or knows that the procedure you are preparing for is invasive, sedation can provide a great solution. Not only do you have to provide consent before being sedated, you can also get helpful information about what to expect while under sedation. If you are put under for a dental procedure, the good news is that you will wake up with a great smile and have no memory of the procedure itself.

4. Should I Change My Oral Hygiene Habits?

It goes without saying that you need to brush your teeth several times each day, but a lot of people still don’t take all of the steps they need to maintain their dental hygiene. Are you skipping flossing, and do you use mouthwash regularly? Just be honest with your dental care professional and find out if positive changes can be made.

5. When Do I Need Another Dentist Appointment?

After having your teeth cleaned, whitened, and fluorinated, you probably want to know when to schedule your next appointment with the dentist. It is easier to schedule your next appointment directly after a scheduled dental cleaning, but other factors can make it necessary for you to come in sooner or later than expected.

You may never love going to the dentist, but you should be able to fully understand why proper oral hygiene is important for many different reasons. People with healthy mouths have more beautiful smiles, and they also require less extensive dental work. Ask your dentist questions and you won’t be likely to put off your next visit.

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Now that the election has come and gone, a new president is set to enter the oval office come January. With this change in power it is expected that all kinds of changes and reforms will take place across many industries and sectors. Of course, a big point of contention during the election was in regards to medical care. Those who work in the dental field are now left wondering what this new presidency will bring to their industry.

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The Questions Begin

It’s only natural that those who practice in the dental field, as well as patients, are now asking questions about what Trump will mean for them. Top dental offices such as Pacific Dental Center stand ready to integrate any and all changes, but until Trump takes office it’s hard to know what those changes will entail specifically.

If you are someone who has dental insurance, it’s quite natural to be left wondering if this same dental insurance will still exist. As of right now there is no evidence to suggest that Trump would do away with dental insurance, nor would he make any sweeping changes to how it is gotten and what it covers.

What some experts are anticipating is that there may be small changes that allow “flexibility” for the insurance companies due to roll backs of medical related provisions. Thanks to this flexibility the idea is that these companies can start to craft additional plans that provide you with more options to choose from. Perhaps you may even find you get a “better fit” where your plan is concerned.

A Little Talked About Issue

While there were a number of big hot-topic issues during the election cycle, dental care was not one that came up. What’s interesting though is that this is an industry that will grow more and more important as the population continues to age, and requires more medical attention – including dental. People have been vocal about the fact that there seems to be more and more out-of-pocket expenses and they are looking towards Trump to tackle this issue head on now.

While it’s bad enough that adults are going without proper dental care due to costs, it is also affecting children who are getting little to no dental care at all. Pediatric dental care is deemed as an “essential benefit” under the majority of insurance plans, but it’s not all across the board. There also seems to be some problems having that coverage actually met, making it unreliable.

Proper dental care doesn’t just lead to healthy smile it affects a person’s entire body. A simple tooth infection if left untreated can turn into a serious medical emergency, and even death in extreme cases. It’s an issue that hasn’t yet gotten enough attention according to many.

Wait and See

For the time being Americans will need to sit tight and take the wait and see approach. Trump is sure to make a large number of changes, whether or not dental care will be among those changes is still left to be seen.

 

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Suffering intense oral pain lately? If so, a root canal might be a procedure that you will have to undergo as soon as possible.

If you are thinking about getting a root canal in Mesa, this article will contain in-depth information on this condition, why you need it, and what to expect when your dentist performs this procedure on you.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment that is designed to save a tooth that is badly decayed. When this procedure is performed, the pulp and the nerve within the infected tooth are removed, after which the tooth is cleaned and then sealed.

While that may not sound particularly appealing, that is the reality of the matter. Fortunately, the treatment is not as painful as it sounds, as you will find out later in this article.

Why do I need to get them done?

Root canals are necessary to prevent the infection of nearby tissue in the gum, which can cause additional health problems and complications.

Leaving aside how painful these infections can be, they can have a negative effect on the aesthetic quality of your mouth in the long run, making it vital to perform this procedure to conserve one’s self-esteem and professional aspirations going forward.

How are they performed?

When you head into the office to get a root canal, you will be seeing a special kind of dentist known as an endodontist.

While generally trained dentists are also qualified to perform this procedure, an endodontist studies specifically in the intricacies of this type of dental infection, making them the ideal option.

First, your dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth to determine where the infected pulp is located. Once they are sure where to begin, they will apply a local anesthetic and then they will install a rubber dam around the tooth to ensure that the area stays dry.

A hole will then be drilled into the tooth, but it won’t hurt as the local anesthetic will ensure that any nerves left alive will be completely dampened.

All the infected material is then removed, the interior and exterior surfaces of the teeth are flushed, and then it is sealed.

Sometimes, this last step is done a week later in a second appointment to ensure all infection in the affected tooth has been vanquished.

Root canals: not as scary as you think

Root canals have a scary reputation among the general populace. However, with modern anesthetics and highly skilled professionals in the 21st century, this procedure is as routine as the less frightening ones are. Trust in your dentist, and they will relieve your pain.

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The last to come in, wisdom teeth pose problems due to the fact they are entering a mouth that is already full of adult teeth.

As a result of their late entry, they often need to be removed by a dentist. If you are going in for wisdom teeth extraction in Tempe Arizona, here are some facts that you’ll need to understand the process.

1) They are the last of your teeth to come in

Of all the adult teeth that you gain, your wisdom teeth are the problem children of the entire lot. They get their name because they come in at around the time that you are in college, usually around the late teens to early twenties, at around the time you become ‘wise’.

Pushing through your gums long after the rest of your teeth enter the mouth, the pain that they cause makes this oral event the most notorious one you’ll experience in your life.

2) They often come in crooked, among other issues

While wisdom teeth can be an asset to your mouth when they come in straight, they are better known for causing a great deal of trouble.

They often come in crooked, fail to punch through your gums adequately, and can damage other teeth, gums, nerves, and even the jaw bone.

As a result, wisdom teeth frequently need to be extracted.

3) You may have to have them removed

Due to the trouble that wisdom teeth can cause, it is often necessary to remove all of them rather than allow them to continue to cause damage in their misaligned state.

This process is straightforward if the wisdom teeth have fully erupted through the gums, as all the dentist has to do is get in there with his extractor and pull them just like they would with any other tooth.

However, it is frequently necessary to remove wisdom teeth that have failed to punch through the gums. In this case, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the affected area, make an incision, and find the wisdom tooth.

Once it has been located, it may have to be cut into pieces in order to be fully removed. Due to the intensity of a wisdom tooth extraction, you will likely need to be excused from work or school for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Bleeding will need to be controlled for several hours after the procedure, and once it has been stopped, cold compresses will help to reduce swelling.

For the pain, over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen will be prescribed, and you will likely have to take antibiotics to prevent infection in the area of the extraction.

For several days, you will need to restrict yourself to a soft diet (a liquid diet until the anesthesia wears off).

For a week or more, wash your mouth out with warm salt water after meals and before you go to bed to continue to promote healing in the affected areas, and to disinfect them.

4) There are potential complications

After your wisdom tooth extraction, there are a number of complications of which you should be aware.

Dry socket is the most common of these, which results from the failure of a blood clot to form in the extracted tooth area.

Moderate to severe pain results, and it is accompanied by a foul mouth odor. Paresthesia is a rarer occurrence, but it is more insidious.

Caused when the wisdom tooth extraction damages a nerve on the jaw bone, it can lead to the lack of sensation in the tongue, the lips, and the chin.

This condition can be temporary lasting only a few days, or it can last months, and in some cases, permanently.

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Has your jaw been bothering you a lot lately? If the pain is accompanied with popping and clicking sounds and other distinct symptoms, you might have temporomandibular joint problems, which is known by medical and dental professionals as TMJ disorder.

There are many TMJ treatment specialists in Chandler Arizona that can help you with this problem, but if you are uncertain of what this condition is, or whether you even have it, read on in the paragraphs below and learn more about this common modern day pain disorder.

A leading source of facial and oral pain

TMJ disorder is an excruciating condition that produces debilitating pain for countless individuals across the world every day.

Referring to the temporomandibular joints, which are located on each side of the head beneath the ears, it is supposed to enable the smooth operation of your jaw, which is responsible for helping you chew your food, speak, and yawn.

A disorder of this joint occurs when there is an injury or illness that affects its proper operation, causing a variety of unpleasant symptoms.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

When you develop TMJ disorder, you will be immediately aware that something is wrong with the function of your jaw.

Specifically, symptoms to watch for include jaw pain, difficulty biting and chewing, inability to open your mouth through its full range of motion, a jaw bone that is stuck in place, popping and clicking sounds when moving your jaw, generalized facial pain, frequent headaches or migraines, and earaches or ringing in your ears.

If you suffer any one or a combination of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

What can my dentist do about it?

A common misconception is that dentists are solely involved with the care of teeth and gums, and nothing else.

However, the structures of the oral cavity interact with a number of adjacent body structures, enabling your dentist to help in a number of issues outside of the care of your pearly whites.

After evaluating the nature of your TMJ disorder, there are number of lifestyle changes they can recommend, and interventions they can implement.

From recommending a number of relaxation techniques, to performing restorative dental care that can help alleviate pain that currently exists, to fitting you with a mouth guard that can prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, there is much your dentist can do to help resolve and treat your TMJ.

Don’t live with this pain indefinitely

As far as the medical conditions that we develop and live with over the course of our adult lives, TMJ and other chronic pain disorders are among the worst of the lot.

There is nothing noble or brave about enduring pain when there is something you can do to fix the problem. If you are exhibiting symptoms that indicate that you have TMJ, see your dentist today so you will be able to know where you stand, and what you need to do to fix your situation.

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As responsible adults, we know that we are supposed to go to the dentist for a checkup every six months.

However, many adults have a fear of dentistry that holds them back from optimal health in this part of their body. How can you get over this phobia? In this post, we’ll explore several ways that you can accomplish this goal.

1) You don’t have to be awake during procedures

One of the biggest fears that dental phobics have regarding these procedures surrounds their invasiveness.

Something as simple as a cleaning involves the use of sharp picks that sometimes slip, and the use of drills during a crown installation? Forget about it.

Fortunately for timid patients, many dentist offices have sedation as an option. This allows the patient to have the work they need done on their teeth without having to cope with the experience in real time.

If the thought of being conscious during any procedure makes you recoil in horror, then be sure to seek out oral sedation dentistry in Boise.

2) Seek out help from a psychiatrist

If you are determined to face your dental fears head on, start by making an appointment with a psychiatrist.

They will help you get to the root of your problem, whether it is rooted in a bad experience as a child, or an underlying phobia rooted in losing control (being made to submit to these procedures in a dentist’s chair being one such violation) or in biology (an innate fear of having their face/airway covered), among others.

3) Meet your dentist before going in for your first appointment

Once you have had your neuroses sorted out, you will then have to take the big step of making an appointment with a dentist.

Before the big day arrives though, you should be able to meet with them. This will help to demystify the whole process, as you will be able to have any concerns addressed simply by asking all the questions you need to ask.

This will also help them to understand your history of dental phobia before you set foot in their office for the first time, so don’t be afraid to be proactive in this regard.

4) Distract yourself from the work they are doing

Ready to fight your phobia, but still scared of getting triggered by the sound of a dentist’s drill? If this is a concern for you, there are many ways to distract yourself as the dentist as they go about their business.

The best way to prevent this from being a problem is to use noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds. With your favorite tunes bouncing around in your head, it will be impossible to hear the tools that they will be using to fix your smile.

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