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Removing the Fear: Common Dental Procedures

The dentist is often a frightening thing to most people. When someone hears dentist, one of the first things they think of is pain, but really most dentist procedures don’t hurt at all thanks to developments in technologies and anesthetics. Unfortunately many people don’t know that, and often have no idea about even the most common of dental procedures since they avoid going to the dentist as much as possible, which is a shame because going to the dentist every now and then can give you a great and attractive smile.

For starters, there is teeth whitening, a process that can be done often with over the counter products from nearly any drug store. Although these products may work, compared to how a dentist can perform the job, they trifle in comparison. Teeth eventually lose their brightness, sometimes due to food, tobacco, or even just age. It happens because the enamel on your teeth wears down, revealing the darker parts of your teeth. Unfortunately, enamel is important to having healthy teeth, and many over the counter products do nothing to treat the real problem as they can damage the enamel, or only have temporary effects. A dentist can perform the job and it can often last as long as five years.

Another procedure that few know about is the installation of crowns and bridges. Life takes a toll on all of us, often leaving us with damaged teeth, and in order to keep an attractive smile we often need to have corrective surgery. One way to do that is to get crowns and bridges placed. A crown is a piece that goes over your original damaged tooth made from a mold that covers it. They can often last 8 years or more as long as you take good care of them. Bridges are similar to dentures in that they keep your pre-existing teeth and crowns attached to each other.

Finally there are the dreaded root canals. Most people don’t even know what it is or why it is required. A root canal is needed when the inner root canals of your teeth are infected and threaten to infect the entire tooth, often due to letting a cavity get out of control. To fix the problem, a hole is drilled into the tooth and the infected tissue is removed, the hole is then filled, completing the procedure. It sounds very painful but with local anesthetics a person really doesn’t feel anything.

Erick D. Smith is a blogger living in San Diego, CA who wants to present people with a wide range of health information.

4 Comments

  1. Dentist Hawaii

    September 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    As early as a child, one should be exposed with a dentist. This way, they will never fear the dentist.

  2. Dentist Tampa FL

    March 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    yes that’s true because people have this false opinion and prefers not to go to a dentist…but thats a false thing….we should go to a dentist regularly…

  3. Dawn

    February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I think one of the problems for “more mature” people is that we remember what dentistry was like 20 years ago – or 40 or 50 years ago!

    Our mind forgets what the visits in recent years have been like and harks back to some distant memory. I remember as a child we use to call it the “torture chamber”.

    Recently, I had ALL of my teeth extracted. Was it the best day of my life – no. But it wasn’t the worst either. I “hardly” felt a thing at the time. Hurt more afterward.

    Try to keep in mind what more recent experiences have been like – don’t hark back to experiences that happened decades ago. Modern dentistry has totally changed.

  4. Health Votes

    February 6, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Am afraid to go to a dentist myself but if the need be, will surely give the dentist a visit rather endure the pain. However, i do not like to visit doctors unless there is any symptoms.

    I have seen the root canal thing being done on a family member and it was not exactly as peaceful. besides the main problem in such procedures is that it is not completed in one sitting. I hate to go multiple times to a dentist, wait hours till my number comes only to know that i have to come again next week to have the procedure finished. Ohh and it costs a bit on the wallet as well.

    However, i totally agree that if the need be, one should not be hiding their face behind their hands. Face it and get over with it, no point staying with yellow teeth or painful teeth. Better root canal than pain i would say.

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