Alleviating Your Child’s Fear Of The Dentist

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The dentist is normal for adults who have been going their whole lives, but it can be very scary for small children who don’t really understand what is going on. No parent wants to see their child afraid, so you can follow these tips to alleviate your child’s fear of the dentist as much as possible: 1. Make Dentist Visits Part of the Regular Routine If you make sure to take your child to the dentist regularly, it will become a more normal part of his or her routine. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child should be taken to the dentist for the first time either when the first tooth appears or by the child’s first birthday, whichever comes first. Your child’s dentist can tell you how often your child should return to the office based on how his or teeth look each visit. At minimum, you should take your child every six months. 2. Choose a Pediatric Dentist You might just want to take your child to the dentist you go to, but there are benefits to choosing a dentist that specifically treats children. Pediatric dentists are trained to work with children, so they know the words and actions to use that will ease the fears of your child. 3. Explain Everything Beforehand One of the biggest things that can cause fear at the dentist is not knowing what will happen. You should carefully explain to your child what is going to happen during each visit so he or she will know what to expect. You can even make it into a game at home! Set up a pretend dentist chair for your child to sit in and pretend to examine his or her teeth. Make sure you keep on a smile during the game so your child associates the dentist with happy thoughts! Once you get to the office, quietly tell the dentist your child is a little worried about his or her visit. If possible, ask the dentist to show the tools he or she is going to use to your child and explain what each of them is for. This can be very reassuring to a worried boy or girl. 4. Avoid Pain Words There is no need to tell a child a procedure will not be painful unless he or she specifically asks. By saying something like “This won’t hurt” or “This isn’t painful,” you are putting the idea of pain in the child’s head. Your child won’t know to associate dental appointments with pain if you don’t teach him or her to! 5. Stay Calm When a child freaks out, some parents automatically begin to panic. By doing so, you are only reinforcing your child’s...

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The Cost Of An Endosteal Implant As A Permanent Tooth Loss Replacement

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The replacement of a lost tooth can be achieved through several different methods. Dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants are the most common methods. Among these three common replacement methods, the dental implant is both the most permanent and the most natural in appearance. Dental implants come in multiple forms, but the most common and successful among them is the endosteal implant. What is the Endosteal Implant? The implant process can be performed in several ways, but the two methods most often used are the subperiosteal, and endosteal methods. These methods are used for different purposes. However, they are designed to serve the same purpose, restoration of your teeth.The endosteal implant is a method involves the placement of a three component artificial tooth inside the jawbone. The three components are the base, abutment, and crown. The Base – This component is typically shaped like a screw. It is the part that is installed directly inside the jawbone. Over time it will fuse with the jawbone and become a permanent placement within the tooth. The most common material used for the base is titanium, but other materials such as zirconium can be used. The Abutment – This component is generally shaped like a rod. It is used to connect the base to the crown, and will allow for a proper fit that holds the crown in place. It is normally made from the same material as the base. The Crown – This component is the part of the artificial tooth that people will see when you eat or speak. It looks like a natural tooth and can be designed to match the color of your natural teeth. The crown has the most variety in material construction. It can be made from many different materials, but the most common materials used are dental acrylic, gold, and porcelain. Recently zirconium has become popular as well. How Much Does the Endosteal Implant Cost? There are two types of costs involved in the endosteal implant process, the financial cost and the cost in time expended on having the implant installed. The overall financial cost of the implant can vary greatly. The common range in price variance for dental implants can be anywhere from $1500 to over $10000 per implant. The average cost for the procedure is $4250. These cost variables are due to the following reasons: The cost of the actual surgical labor that the dentist will charge. The cost of the materials used for the implant components. The location of the implant placement within the mouth. It will usually be cheaper on the bottom jaw, toward the front of the mouth, for instance. Extra services that may be required such as tooth extraction, or...

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Celiac Disease And Oral Health Concerns – How A Dentist Can Help

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your child has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, then you need to make sure that you try to avoid feeding your son or daughter any gluten foods. Items that contain wheat, barley, and rye must be removed from the diet. Once the diet is changed, your child’s immune system will stop attacking the small intestines. Although a diagnosis and a diet change can help to advance your son or daughter’s health, you may notice some lasting oral health problems that were caused when the disease was not treated properly. Keep reading to learn about these issues and find out what your dentist can do to offer assistance. Poor Enamel Formation Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to destroy the villi in the small intestine. The villi are small protrusions that help the body absorb nutrients. When the villi can no longer function properly, then the body cannot take in the calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients that are required to build healthy teeth and bones.   This unfortunately causes the teeth to become weak with pitted and soft dental enamel. Not only is the enamel soft, but the body cannot absorb enough minerals to remineralize the teeth when acid erosion eats away at the soft tooth enamel. This can lead to the formation of cavities. What Will a Dentist Do? When your child’s dentist inspects the teeth, he or she will look for pits, cavities, and the presence of soft enamel. Cavities are treated first and removed from the teeth. The holes are then filled in with a resin composite material. If decay appears deep within one of the baby teeth, then the dentist may opt to place a steel cap over the tooth. This is necessary, because pulling the tooth can cause problems with the eruption of the adult teeth still forming in the jaw. If serious decay is seen in one of the adult teeth, then the dentist may perform a root canal and secure a crown over the treated tooth. After all the cavities are treated, the dentist will likely complete a fluoride treatment that will help to strengthen the dental enamel. A fluoride rinse may not be enough to assist the weak enamel, so the professional may opt to place a fluoride varnish on the teeth instead.   Canker Sores Celiac disease can cause canker sores or ulcers to form in the mouth, and the sores are often noticed even after gluten is removed from the diet. These sores appear, because the immune system works overtime to get rid of the harmful gluten that has entered the body. Many different body tissues may be attacked along with the small intestines,...

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