Having dental anxiety or phobia is surprisingly common. If you feel nervous about seeing a dentist, or your anxiety is so high that you'd called it outright fear, that doesn't mean that you should avoid seeing the dentist. Your teeth still need regular care in order to be healthy. However, you also don't need to be terrified of going through the experience in fear the entire time. Here's why you should expect help when you're going through this situation.
If you're getting ready to have dental veneers placed on your teeth, you likely have many questions regarding what will happen after the procedure is finished. Here are some common questions that people new to dental veneers have shortly after getting them.
How Long Will Your Teeth Be Sensitive?
You may notice that drinking or eating cold and hot beverages will make your teeth feel overly sensitive after getting veneers. This is a problem that is completely normal; it's due to the layer of enamel that is removed from your teeth to make the veneers fit properly.
One of the milestones in your child's young life takes place when he or she begins to lose baby teeth, and another milestone quickly follows when your child's adult teeth slowly start to come in. This is likely a cause for celebration in your home, but it is also an opportunity to go over some points with your child—getting help from a pediatric dentist, if necessary—to prevent dental issues with these new teeth.
Everyone wants a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, smoking can ruin your teeth. Thankfully, dental implants may be the answer for some smokers. If you have been considering a consultation with your dentist regarding dental implants, here is what you should know:
How Does Smoking Adversely Affect Your Teeth?
In addition to causing yellowing and stains, smoking can lead to tooth loss over time. This is because smoking can cause periodontal disease, which causes your gums to bleed and become red, inflamed and swollen.
If you've visited your dentist's office for a cleaning and you have signs of gum inflammation, it's common for your dentist to want to know how healthy your gums are. One of the methods that he or she will use is to have a dental hygienist measure the periodontal pockets—the tiny gaps between the teeth and the gums, which grow as your gum inflammation worsens. The process of measuring these pockets isn't overly pleasant; the hygienist will slide a small metal instrument between the tooth and gum to assess the depth, and then record how deep the instrument goes.