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.

Should You Use Dental Implant Technology To Restore Your Teeth?

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Dental implant technology is used to replace missing teeth. While you can choose bridges or dentures instead, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Implant technology is also used to create attachment points if you want a set of dentures that can be attached to your mouth without using denture cream. With so many options available to dentists, it's useful to know what you can do to restore your missing teeth. Candidates for dental implants have to be in overall good health and free from gum disease. Your dentist will be able to talk to you about any hurdles you may have in receiving treatment to decide if you are a viable candidate or not.

When You Have Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you will want to have your blood sugar levels under control before you get dental implant surgery. When you are a diabetic with poor blood sugar control, you are not considered a candidate for dental implants. Your ability to heal can be deeply affected when your blood sugar levels are poor, so your dentist will want to wait until you have a better ability to heal.

If You are a Smoker

Smoking dries out the mouth and makes it difficult for your implants to embed into your jaw. Even the motion of smoking causes dental implants to fail often. Dentists generally don't bother with dental implants with patients who smoke because of the high failure rate. If you are a smoker, the good news is that you can quit and become a good candidate for implants.

When You Have an Area of Missing Teeth

If you have more than one tooth missing in an area, you can still get dental implants. You can have several teeth attached to an implant rod, much like a bridge. Your dentist can also create a bridge and attach the bridge to nearby teeth using a wire. This can cause damage to the teeth the wire is attached to, which is why implants are a preferred way to replace more than one tooth.

Dental implant technology takes a titanium rod that embeds into your jaw and acts as your tooth root. A crown is made out of synthetic material and the rod and crown attach together to create a natural looking tooth. You don't have to treat your implant any differently than your normal teeth and you will have a great looking smile when the work is done.


30 March 2019