Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

4 Smart Reasons To Get Dental Implants As Soon As Possible

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Losing teeth and wearing dentures can be a traumatic life event that no one wants to go through. Permanent dental implants can improve your life, especially when you are struggling with all the problems associated with tooth loss. Here are four real reasons you should get dental implants.

Dentures Cause Damage

Constant pressure on the bones beneath your gums will cause the bone to atrophy. Wearing dentures causes this type of constant damaging pressure on your jaw bones. Over time the jaw bone will completely wear away so that only skin from your gums remains, which won't support your dentures. This will lead to more slippage and rubbing. 

Your jaw may begin to open and close slightly different to make up for the poorly-fitting denture. This can cause headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain. 

Your dentures will also rub at the skin on your gums, causing irritation and sores. Because these sores on your gums are constantly subjected to bacteria in your mouth, it can put you at risk of getting a mouth infection. 

If your dentures are not cleaned thoroughly, fungus can grow on them and be transferred to your irritated gums, getting beneath the broken skin. This will cause fungal infections inside your mouth.

Teeth are Aesthetically Pleasing

Having your own permanently-fixed teeth means that they work the best way possible. Teeth that are fixed to your jaw bones don't slip off or slide around when you go through your day. You can talk to people and smile without being self-conscious. 

When you don't have a full set of teeth, your lips may sometimes have a caved-in appearance as there are no teeth behind them to give your face its natural shape. Having your own dental implants will restore the natural look to your face and its structure.

Losing Teeth is a Difficult Life Event

Some people consider losing a tooth similar to losing an arm or a leg, and a recent study has shown bad dental health can also lead to depression

When you have missing teeth, it is a life changing adjustment and you will sometimes begin to act differently in social situations. You might stop going out socially completely because you are ashamed of the way your missing teeth look. When you have missing teeth you won't want to smile, talk to people, and even form romantic relationships. Even eating foods in front of others can be stressful and cause anxiety because you may not want people to watch you try to eat without all your teeth. 

Losing one or more teeth is a life changing event as it means that you are aging and that your body is beginning to "fall apart". Everyone handles aging differently; some deal with it more traumatically than others.

Food Enjoyment

There may be certain foods that you crave that can be harder to chew, such as popcorn, peanut brittle, caramel corn, and even apples. When you lose several teeth and need replacement teeth, it is beneficial for you to get permanent dental implants that will allow you to eat all your favorite foods. 

You also don't need to worry about food getting stuck underneath dentures, or worse, sticky foods pulling your dentures completely off.

For the first few months after getting dental implants you should eat soft foods to allow the implants to heal inside your jaw bone. The dental implant screws need to heal in the right placement, otherwise when the permanent implants are attached, they will be out of alignment and can give you problems. So, refrain from eating your favorite crunchy and sticky foods while the implants heal.

These are four great reasons to get dental implants for yourself.


18 November 2014