Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Root Canal Treatment for Decayed Teeth

Root canals were once thought to lead to cancer. This theory, however, have long been disproved due to lack of actual scientific support. Sadly, unsubstantiated claims like the root canal/cancer correlation have been instrumental in further fanning dental fear among many patients who choose to suffer the effects of decayed teeth rather than go to a dentist for treatment.

Root canals have been practiced by dentists for decades, serving to remove abscess in a tooth that has badly decayed, and sealing the cavity afterwards, in the effort to save the tooth from extraction. In dental care, a skilled dentist and elsewhere will always examine a problem tooth first to see if it can saved, and will resort to extraction only when this remains the only viable option to arrest the spread of bacteria in the mouth.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

IV Sedation to Overcome Dental Fear

It’s easy to tell when you are suffering from dental phobia—you have a severe fear of going to the dentist. Dental phobia affects both children and adults. It is, however, especially common with people who suffer from other psychological or anxiety disorders. In fact, research suggests that about 20% of people who have dental phobia also suffer from other mental issues such as generalized anxiety disorder.

Still, dental phobia should be differentiated from dental anxiety and dental fear as they vary in degree of severity. Dental anxiety is a reaction to an unknown danger. Everyone experiences anxiety every now and then, although for some, it occurs more frequently. Dental fear, on the other hand, involves the activation of fear as a fight-or-flight response when confronted with the threatening stimulus.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How Invisalign Protects Against Bullying

Having a complete set of teeth can boost one’s self-esteem, but not everyone is fortunate to have such a pleasant attribute. For people with overcrowded or wide-spaced teeth, however, the adolescent phase is the least pleasant stage of growing up.

Metal braces are effective solutions for misaligned teeth, but teens who do wear the application still end up earning cruel names, the most common of which is “metal mouth”, only further amplifying their ordeal. Adolescents are quite self-conscious and this bullying can have severe effects on their self-image, which they can take to heart until adulthood.