Going to the dentist is an unnerving experience for many people, but thanks to technology, it doesn’t have to be anymore. Dentistry is continuously evolving and changing. New and advanced technology has been adopted to make patients as comfortable as possible so they don’t have to be fearful to visit their dentists anymore. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular modern dental procedure that will change your mind about dentists.
If you suffer tooth loss due to injury, tooth decay or periodontal disease, you can opt for dental implants. Dental implants are a long-term solution to replace your missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation to replace your teeth permanently and are made to match your natural teeth. Other than improving your appearance, dental implants have numerous other advantages that dentures cannot give you. Since dental implants are made with a strong foundation, they will allow you to speak without worrying that they might slip as poor-fitting dentures can do. Also, since dental implants are made to be a part of you, they’re really comfortable and eliminate the discomfort that removable dentures can give you. You can eat easier than if you have dentures because dental implants function exactly like your teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime if you make sure to give them proper care. The procedure can be done for anyone who has healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. The best thing about getting dental implants is that you don’t have to worry about pain. Many people said that they experienced a little discomfort, even less than a tooth extraction. You can also request local anesthesia during the procedure. Besides, you don’t need special care to treat your dental implants because they only require the same care as your real teeth, such as brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and to get regular dental checkups.
Root Canal is a procedure to treat a tooth that is badly infected or decayed in the center. The procedure can repair and save a tooth that might need to be removed completely. Bacteria that live in your mouth invades the tooth and can cause an infection in the center of the tooth (the root canal), especially after leaky fillings, tooth decay, or teeth that are destroyed by trauma. Root canal procedure is needed when the pulp at the center of your tooth has been damaged by infection. The symptoms include a loose tooth, pain when biting or chewing, and pain when eating or drinking food that is hot or cold. During a root canal, your dentist removes the infected pulp and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed.
Many people are afraid that getting a root canal will be painful. However, a root canal procedure is relatively painless and effective. You will be given anesthesia during the whole procedure and it is no more painful than getting a wisdom tooth removed. You may be able to return to your daily routine directly after the procedure. However, you may feel discomfort for a few days. Root canal procedure has numerous advantages, such as normal biting sensation, natural appearance, efficient chewing, as well as protects your other teeth from excessive strain.
Gone are the days of having to use metal traditional braces to correct the position of your teeth. For those of you who seek more discreet treatment than traditional braces, Invisalign or clear aligners are the solutions because they don’t use any brackets or wires. Clear aligner is a transparent device to adjust and straighten your teeth. Invisalign is the most popular manufacturer for these clear alignments. The clear alignments are custom-built for a tight fit that can be adjusted to move the teeth over the treatment period. They are made of smooth plastic or acrylic and are detachable, meaning they can be removed for bruising, flossing, and eating. Since they can be removed, maintaining your oral hygiene is easier than with traditional braces. One thing to note is that this procedure is only suitable for teens and adults because children’s mouths are still growing and developing.
Clear aligners give faster results than traditional braces, as long as you are disciplined about wearing your aligners. In general, the treatment time normally takes around 10 to 24 months. You may feel mild pain or sore teeth during the course of wearing the aligners, but that’s completely normal. The pain and soreness are signs that your aligners are working by gently moving your teeth to give you a beautiful bright smile.