Posts for: June, 2016
Don't fear going to the dentist's office. "It is easier said than done, " you may say? The compassionate professional staff at All smiles in Worth, IL understand your concern and offer cutting edge sedation dentistry that eases patient anxiety. It allows individuals to relax while they undergo anything, from a simple filling to complex reconstructive treatments.
What Causes Dental Phobia?
The American Association of Endodontists maintains that 80 percent of Americans in the United States are afraid of dental treatment. In fact, about half of those individuals delay important prophylactic and restorative services or avoid them completely, because they are very uncomfortable with:
- sights and sounds of a dental office
- sitting still for long periods because of back pain or other physical issues
- having their personal space invaded (claustrophobia)
- needles, drills or other dental instruments
- medical or dental personnel because of past bad experiences
- the condition of their teeth and gums
Describing dental fears as "discomfort" is an exaggeration in many cases. Symptoms of dental phobia can be as devastating as profuse sweating, shaking, nightmares, and panic attacks. Many times, past bad experiences with dentists or doctors ruin how people view today's health care. It's no wonder and no shame that people avoid the dentist.
Sedation Dentistry May Be Your Solution
If you suffer from dental phobia to one degree or other, don't despair or compromise your oral and systemic health. Consult with the team at All Smiles. Drs. Frederick Mueller, Ron Baran, Jianjun Hao and Irene Skirius offer sedation options based on your health and specific need. Options include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Based on your medical and pharmaceutical history, your Worth, IL sedation dentist will help you select the medication to put you at ease.
Types of Sedation
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, gives patients a light-headed, happy feeling. Some people become rather giddy--thus, the nickname, laughing gas. The Worth, IL sedation dentist administers the gas via nasal mask and regulates it up or down as needed. Afterwards, the sedating effects diminish rapidly, and the patient drives himself home.
Oral Conscious Sedation is a fancy term for a tranquilizer taken as a pill. Common drugs include Valium, Versed, Halcion and Ativan. Patients become very sleepy under the influence of these medications, but they still can respond to simple commands. Afterwards, they may have no memory of their procedures, and they require transportation home.
Given through a needle in the arm, IV Sedation is sometimes called "twilight sedation." The patient is very relaxed, fully monitored and can respond the doctor's instructions. After multiple or complex procedures, the individual remembers little or nothing and has a friend or loved one drive him home.
Some dental patients call sedation dentistry a "God send" because they get their essential dental care without the paralyzing fear. If you want to relax at the dentist's office, call All Smiles in Worth, IL for a personal consultation today. Phone (708) 448-0333.
Seven out of ten Americans are missing at least one tooth due to decay, periodontal (gum) disease or injury. Unfortunately, the consequences go far beyond a missing tooth — the loss of even one could set in motion a cascade of problems.
Perhaps the most damaging of these problems is bone loss. Like other living tissue, bone has a life cycle — older cells dissolve (resorb) into the body and are replaced by fresher cells. This growth cycle in the jawbone receives stimulation from forces generated by teeth when we chew or bite. If a tooth is no longer present to provide this stimulation, the affected bone cells won’t regenerate at a healthy rate. Over time this causes the volume of bone to diminish, as much as 25% the first year after tooth loss.
The void left by a missing tooth can also adversely affect remaining teeth. Teeth are held in place by a tough but elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament that lies between the tooth and the bone. The ligament enables teeth to move gradually in response to mouth changes so that the teeth remain tightly aligned with each other. When there’s a gap from a missing tooth, this tendency will cause the teeth on either side to move (or “drift”) toward the open space. Although a natural phenomena, it can result in a malocclusion (poor bite).
That’s why it’s important to replace a missing tooth with a life-like replica — not just for appearance’s sake, but also to improve function and prevent the rise of these other problems. While many options exist (from removable dentures to fixed bridges) the choice most preferred by dentists and patients is the dental implant.
An implant replaces the tooth root as well as the crown, because it’s imbedded securely into the jawbone. Because of a natural affinity with titanium, the principal metal used in implants, bone cells will grow to its surface. Not only will this anchor the implant more securely, it will slow or even stop bone loss.
If you have a missing tooth, you should visit us as soon as possible to consider your options for a replacement. A new tooth will help stop even greater problems from occurring.
If you would like more information on effects and treatment of tooth loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”