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Is sedation dentistry a good choice for children?

sedation dentistry Clearwater FLIf your child is particularly nervous about having work done at the dentist, or if she requires extensive treatment such as restorations or extractions, sedation dentistry can be a good option to keep her comfortable and anxiety-free. Your family dentist must be specially trained in pediatric sedation, so be sure to ask if sedation is a possibility for your child.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an approach used to increase your comfort or the comfort of your child during dental procedures. Although local anesthetic can eliminate discomfort, your child might still be overly anxious about having a tooth drilled, crowned, or extracted. Sedation can help her be completely relaxed during the procedure.

For children, your family dentist will probably use oral sedation with a liquid medication rather than a pill. The medication is taken before the appointment, and your child’s vital signs are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure she is safe and comfortable. You might receive instructions from your dentist to limit your child’s food intake both before and after the procedure. Your child will probably be groggy after the appointment, so it’s important to be there to help her get reoriented.

Why Use Sedation with My Child?

Children are particularly susceptible to anxiety during dental work because they don’t necessarily understand what’s being done or why. It’s hard to explain to a child that they need to undergo some discomfort now to prevent larger problems later. Severe anxiety at the family dentist can cause severe dental anxiety in the future, so if your child seems overly anxious or is very young, sedation can be a better option than just using local anesthetic.

Pediatric sedation is different from adult sedation because the patient is smaller and less able to relate her condition to the dentist. Sedation for children requires special training and monitoring. Ask our team about how we can help at your next appointment!

Can periodontal disease be prevented?

gum disease Clearwater FLGum disease is a common and preventable cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, it is the most common cause of tooth loss. By practicing good everyday oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly, you can be sure your gums remain healthy and your teeth remain intact.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when infection develops in the gum tissues. Infection can cause the gums to recede and pull away from the teeth. Since the gums provide support and a foundation for your teeth, damage to these tissues can cause your teeth to eventually become loose and even fall out.

The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. Regular brushing and flossing are the first round of defense. Your family dentist provides even more insurance. Although gum disease can develop with very few symptoms, keep an eye out for these signs that it might be developing:

  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Swelling or redness in your gums
  • A shiny look to your domes
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

Your family dentist can also diagnose gum disease by measuring the pockets around your teeth.

Treatment for Gum Disease

If you do develop gum disease, treatment is available. The type of treatment recommended by your family dentist depends upon how serious your gum disease has become. In its early stages, if there is only minor inflammation, treatment can be as simple as a special toothpaste or mouthwash. As gum disease becomes more serious, however, treatment becomes more invasive. A special deep-cleaning method called planing and scaling removes bacteria and infection just below the gum line and also smooths out the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from taking hold. If gums have started to recede, pulling away from the tooth roots, you might require gum surgery. This can include gum grafts, which transplants tissues from the roof of your mouth to shore up your gum line.

To schedule a consult with our team, contact us today!

Do Dental Crowns Require Special Care?

dental crowns Clearwater FLDental crowns have been used for decades to save teeth that have been cracked, broken, or suffered from severe dental decay. For years they were made using metal or gold, but today many crowns are made from porcelain, which means your new restoration provides a much more pleasing aesthetic repair.

Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and your crown will be made to match the size, contour, and shade of surrounding teeth, thus making your dental crown virtually impossible to detect.

During your six month cleaning appointment, diagnostic x-rays are taken that may detect the need for a crown. If a dental crown is recommended, your dentist will anesthetize the area and will then file down the natural tooth. This leaves enough of the tooth so the crown can be securely attached. A dental impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary will be placed on your prepared tooth to protect it until your crown is ready.

It takes about two weeks for a crown to be fabricated. Your dentist will try on your crown for fit and function. Small adjustments can be made chairside, if needed. When correct, the crown will be cemented into place.

You will be able to eat anything you wish, and even though your crown is securely in place your dentist may advise you against eating anything sticky like caramel to prevent dislodging your crown.

Dental crowns have many other purposes as well such as to seal a tooth following root canal therapy; as anchors for a fixed dental prosthesis; or as the final restoration for a dental implant.

No matter the reason for requiring a crown, caring for your new restoration is no different than what you do for all your teeth. Brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

With the proper care, your dental crown is designed to serve you well for many years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at the office of Dr. Holloman today!

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