All About Nitrous Oxide
It might be called laughing gas, but nitrous oxide is no joke. Dentists have been using it since the 1700s to soothe patients’ nerves and ease their pain.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Did you know that dental implants—artificial, long-term replacements that look and feel like your natural teeth—are often the best option for replacing missing teeth?
Choosing Dental Implants
Did you know that dental implants—permanent, artificial replacements that are set into the jaw bone so that they look and feel like your natural teeth—are often the best option for replacing missing teeth?
Tooth Replacements: Bridges and Crowns
Tooth loss can have a profound effect on your health and well-being. Even though diseases leading to tooth loss are largely preventable, 45 percent of Americans age 65 and older have lost six or more teeth, and 20 percent have lost all of their natural teeth due to decay or gum disease.
Before Tooth Replacement, Plan Your Treatment
Before you have your first tooth replacement, you and your dentist should develop a master plan for your mouth. The goal is to foresee your long-term dental needs and choose prostheses that will look attractive, feel comfortable, and function well.
Keep Dentures Looking Good and Fitting Well
Full dentures have an average life span of five to 10 years. The fit of your dentures will change over time as your body reabsorbs the alveolar bone. Your dentist can make adjustments and repairs in between complete replacements.
Treatment for Cavities
Once the decay has penetrated the surface of the enamel and a cavity has formed, the emphasis shifts from prevention to restoration. The tooth cannot repair itself; instead, your dentist must correct the damage.
Do You Fear the Dentist?
When it comes to pain and fear of pain from dental treatment, you can bet on one thing. Your dentist has been trained to use an arsenal of techniques to prevent that pain and ease that fear.
ADA Rules Guide Sedation
Guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) outline the training that dentists need to administer different levels of sedation. Dentists must also comply with the rules of the states where they practice.
When a Tooth Needs to Be Pulled
Despite the best efforts of you and your dentist, there are times when a tooth is so decayed or damaged that the only remedy is extracting it.
What to Expect During Bone Grafting
If you have periodontal (gum) disease, a dentist or a gum disease expert called a periodontist may suggest a bone graft. Bone grafts can help replace the bone destroyed by serious gum disease, also called periodontitis.
What to Expect During an Apicoectomy
Some people develop problems in their tooth after a root canal. In these cases, a surgery surgical procedure called apicoectomy can help save the tooth.
What to Expect During Gingival Flap Surgery
If you have serious gum disease, your dentist or periodontist may suggest gingival flap surgery. This lets the dentist remove more calculus and plaque from the root of the tooth.