Fear of the dentist is one of the number one reasons that patients loss control of their dental health and end up with smiles that are both unhealthy and unattractive. As a dentist, I know that this fear is unnecessary and counterproductive, but it’s a reality for many people. Our O’Fallon sedation dentists empathize with this common problem, and we offer an innovative solution to help anxiety-prone patients get into the dentist’s chair—oral conscious sedation.
Oral conscious sedation isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. You simply take a small pill before treatment. Then during your procedure you are conscious—able to respond to questions and interact with our dental team—but you remain relaxed and pain-free. Although you’re never asleep, you probably won’t remember any of your procedure when you get home. Patients who underwent oral conscious sedation report that when they look back on their dental treatment they remember taking a sedative, arriving at the office, and then…nothing until they are relaxing at home post-care.
Oral conscious sedation is often referred to as “sleep dentistry.” However, this is largely a misnomer, because although it may feel like you slept through your appointment you are never actually asleep. In fact, many patients are excited about oral conscious sedation precisely because they never have to be unconscious and under general anesthesia.
Effective and regular dental care is vital to maintaining a healthy, functional smile for life. Fear and anxiety can become your greatest enemies and keep you from getting the care you need. Some patients feel trepidation about the idea of sedation dentistry—don’t hesitate to give our O’Fallon sedation dentists a call to get more information or talk about your specific situation in greater detail. We’re here for you—(636) 614-1217.
If you’ve been evaluating different tooth replacement options, you’ve probably noticed that there are a variety of different treatments available. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace teeth, while dental bridges are kept in place because they are anchored to adjacent teeth. Dentures on the other hand sit on top of existing gum tissue. A flexible, custom-fitted acrylic gum form keeps your dentures in place.
Because dentures sit on top of the teeth and are removable, they require some denture-specific cleaning in order to keep them fresh. By following some basic denture hygiene tips you can enjoy functional, beautiful dentures for years to come. Here are some cleaning tips our O’Fallon dentures dentists generally recommend:
Remember to Rinse
Make sure to rinse your dentures after eating and anytime you’re about to put them back into your mouth.
Keep Your Gum Tissue and Natural Teeth Clean
After you take out your dentures, take the time to clean your mouth as well as your dentures. Brush your gums and oral tissues to remove and debris that might have been trapped by dentures during the day.
You should be cleaning your dentures with a dental cleaner at least once day—giving them a good scrub with a soft-bristled brush. It is equally important that you then soak your dentures in specially formulated dentures solution. The exception is dentures with metal parts that could corrode—your dentist will give you special instructions to clean metal dentures.
See Your Dentist!
Semi-annual regular professional cleanings will keep your mouth and natural tissues clean and healthy. These cleanings are also an ideal time for your dentist to assess the fit and functionality of your dentures.
By following a few simple rules you can keep your dentures clean and comfortable for years to come. Give our O'Fallon dentures dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment—(636) 614-1217.
When a patient loses a tooth, it’s important to replace the tooth quickly both for aesthetic and health reasons. My patient Tony knows this all too well. Seven years ago, Tony lost a tooth in an accident. He procrastinated on getting treatment, and eventually he found that that he was suffering the consequences.
A missing tooth destabilizes the entire structure of the mouth and neighboring teeth. When a patient loses a tooth, the resulting hole in the jaw bone can actually cause the bone to disintegrate and neighboring teeth may shift around. Over time this can lead to a host of very serious health problems, not to mention many patients end up hiding their smiles from the world.
One tooth replacement option—dental implants—aims to combat these problems head on. Dental implants are titanium rods that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They fill the hole left by a missing tooth, and thanks to a process called osseointegration, the titanium actually bonds with the natural bone. Consequently, dental implant roots provide a stable foundation for the porcelain crown that is attached on top.
Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement options because they actually mimic the natural structure of teeth. The titanium rod serves as the tooth root—maintaining bone strength and density. Dental implants are easy to care for, patients simply brush and floss normally. Additionally, dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option—with diligent care they can last for up to twenty years.
Although it’s important to replace teeth for aesthetic reasons, it’s equally important to maintain the health of your overall smile. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists have helped numerous patients enjoy healthy smiles even after the trauma of tooth loss. Tony was able to benefit from dental implants after having some reconstructive surgeries. Now he can enjoy his favorite foods again—and he promises that he will never put off necessary dental care again! If you have any questions about tooth replacement options please give our O’Fallon dental implant dentists a call at (636) 614-1217.
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