If your dentist has recently suggested dental implants, then you are sure to have plenty of questions. Fortunately, the implant process is relatively straightforward. In layman’s terms, your oral surgeon is going to replace the root of your tooth with a medical-grade metal post. This metal post will be drilled into your jawbone for stability. Over a few months, your bone will integrate with the post. Then your surgeon will be able to place an abutment and crown, giving the appearance of a completely natural tooth. Some patients might first need a bone graft though.
Studies show that approximately 60% of all Americans experience some level of fear-related distress before a dental visit. Whether it is anxiety over their sub-par dental hygiene routine or a full-blown phobia of dental work, knowing what to expect and understanding the decision-making process can help to give patients a sense of control when they enter their local dentist’s office. Deciding if you need an extraction can add to that anxiety.
The statistics show that the vast majority of Americans will never need this question answered. Less than 40% of us report that we floss daily. However, there is a small percentage of people that may be flossing too vigorously. Essentially, unless you can feel food stuck in your teeth, then you should only be flossing once a day. Plaque takes between 24 and 48 hours to form and harden, so flossing more than once in a 24 hour period is generally unnecessary.
Aging is a side effect of living a long, full life. Even the most unpleasant effects are resultant of a gift that generations of human beings were never given. As a result, modern medicine is still working to fully understand the processes that our body goes through during our life cycle. In the meantime, we can use the common side effects of dental aging to prevent further complications with healthy teeth.