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How To Beat Fear Of Dentist?

Dr.Arunima Chandra 91% (421ratings)
Dentist, Bangalore
How To Beat Fear Of Dentist?

There are very few people who wish to sit in front of a dentist for a check-up. They would rather avoid having an encounter with a dentist but circumstances force them to do otherwise. A serious level of anxiety prevents millions of people from seeking appropriate preventive care. The results of this problem might go well beyond dental pain or even lost teeth. Gum problem is a serious kind of infection, which can adversely affect even other parts of the body.
Now before we discuss the possible tips regarding how to beat the fear of the dentist, let us discuss the signs and symptoms as well as the causes behind this fear.

Signs And Symptoms Of Fear - 
Dental phobia is considered as a more serious condition than anxiety. The usual signs and symptoms of fear of dentist include:

  • Disturbed sleep as numerous thoughts emerges on the minds of the patients with regard to his or her meeting with the dentist.
  • A feeling of nervousness tends to rise while patients wait in the dental clinic's waiting room
  • Some people, especially young boys, and girls can even cry out of fear
  • People can even fall physically ill at the thought of visiting the dentist

Causes Behind Dental Phobia -
The fear of the dentist for individuals is not something unnatural in nature. There are a number of reasons why people tend to fear the dentist. They include:

  • One of the main reasons behind the fear is due to the pain that people need to come across whenever the dentist carries out any sort of dental examination.
  • Fear of injections is another very common reason why people fear the dentist. Some people are absolutely terrified by the thought of needles getting inserted into their mouth. Apart from this, they also fear if the anesthesia fails to take effect.
  • People even fear about the side-effects of anesthesia including dizziness, getting faint and nausea.
  • Feeling of embarrassment

Tips On How Can One Beat The Fear Of Dentist -
There are certain tips, which people can follow to easily beat any sort of fear related to the dentist. They include:

  • It is important to discuss one’s fears with the dentist
  • Once the dentist is aware of what exactly is causing the fear, he or she can make the best ways to let the patient feel less anxious and more comfortable.
  • Lack of control can one of the main reasons for stress. This can subside easily by taking part in discussions with the dentist about their treatment.
  • Request your dentist to explain exactly what the problem is and what is the treatment procedure to get rid of this problem.
  • Make a habit to raise your hand if something is bothering you and you want the dentist to stop immediately.
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Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Dr.Priyanka Basu 89% (44ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Mumbai
Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Root canal therapy (RCT) followed by a crown is the most common mode of treatment for severely decayed teeth. However, this is not devoid of failure. In another case, if a tooth could not be salvaged by RCT, then extraction followed by a bridge (replacing the removed tooth with support from adjacent healthy teeth) became the next best option.

In both cases, especially latter, healthy teeth are being manipulated to support the tooth being replaced. The next quest was to work without touching the sound tooth. So, instead of taking support from adjacent teeth, thought was given to provide support from within the bone - very similar to how a natural tooth stands. The lost root is replaced by a compatible metal, on which a tooth crown is then built. This was the beginning of dental implants, which has gained significant popularity over the last two to three decades.


-Does not affect adjacent healthy teeth
-Functionally better, as it has stronger support from the bone
-More esthetically appealing
-Maintain facial bone and soft tissue structure
-Better for the gum health compared to bridges
-Easier oral hygiene practices

Mechanism: A strong, biocompatible material is used to make screws which are inserted into the bone. Titanium is the most preferred material, and because of its unique property of osseo-integration (fuses with the bone), it fuses with the bone to reduce bone loss after the tooth is gone. In most cases, the titanium screws which act as the root for the implants are placed into the bone and allowed for some weeks to few months to fuse with the bone.  Then, an interim crown may be used until the screw is ready to take on an implant. The screw is periodically monitored and once it is completely accepted, then an abutment is placed on it. This acts like a stump or a root, over which a crown will be placed.
Though most implants are done for replacing single teeth, in many cases, multiple teeth may be replaced using abutments. If the missing teeth are adjacent to each other or in the same quadrant, then a denture might be overlaid over the abutments.  Alternately, a partial denture may be used which is screwed over an abutment.

Maintenance: Regular brushing and flossing, rinsing and mouthwashing assume a greater significance in patients with implants. Also, regular visits to the dentist are a must.

Dental implants are a boon for missing teeth, with the various advantages. However, it is not for all, with excellent bone health being one of the prerequisites.  A thorough dental examination will help determine if you are the right candidate.  Visit your dentist to find out more.

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Regular Dental Checkups - 6 Reasons You Should Not Avoid It!

Dentist, Mumbai
Regular Dental Checkups - 6 Reasons You Should Not Avoid It!

You may not look forward to a dental examination, but you can't avoid it. A dental checkup every six months is crucial to your dental health and to maintain that beautiful smile. Skipping a dental checkup may save you time and a little discomfort now, but can cost you much more pain, time and money in the long run.

Here are 6 reasons to maintain a regular dental check up schedule:

  1. Fight CavitiesA clean up is a big part of a dental examination. No matter how well you brush and floss, there will always be spots that you miss out on. With time, plaque and tartar can build up in these spots leading to cavities if not addressed in time. The worst part about cavities is that you can feel them only once the tooth has been damaged. Thus, if you skip your dental examination, you may need a filling instead of a simple cleaning.
  2. Prevent gum disease: Plaque and tartar affect not only your teeth, but your gums as well leading to diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These are marked by shrinking of the gums that makes teeth sockets lose and eventually leads to tooth loss. Gum disease treatment can be very painful and expensive, hence, it is best to get plaque and tartar cleaned regularly before they begin to cause a problem.
  3. A brighter smile: Your daily cup of coffee or tea can stain your teeth with time. Wine and cigarettes also contribute towards making your teeth look dull. A professional dental cleaning can help remove these stains and give you a brighter smile.
  4. Find hidden problems: X-rays are also an important part of a dental examination. An X-ray can detect problems that lie under the surface like misaligned teeth, bone decay, tumors and cysts. These problems rarely show any symptoms in their early stages and hence, without an X-ray you would have to wait for it to advance to a more painful stage before seeking treatment.
  5. Boost overall health: Regular dental checkups can also lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. In addition to checking your mouth, a dentist will also check neck, jaw and lymph nodes during a regular check up for swelling and other abnormalities. This can help in the early detection and treatment of a number of diseases.
  6. Detect oral cancerOral cancer is easily treatable if diagnosed in its early stages. However, the only way to diagnose this correctly is by visiting the dentist. A test for oral cancer is pain free and takes hardly any time.

So, think about it. Visiting the dentist may make you a little uncomfortable but in the long run, it is well worth.

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Bad Breath Myths and Facts

Dr.Rajeev Nangia 87% (616ratings)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Bad Breath Myths and Facts
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