Tooth loss can affect what and how you eat, and the way you feel about your appearance when you talk and smile. Many different factors can cause tooth loss—some of them you can control and others, such as your age and gender, you cannot. Here are two of the most common reasons for tooth loss and tips to help prevent them.
Poor Dental Hygiene Habits
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the world, and a recent study conducted in Kuwait found it to be the number one cause of tooth loss.
The use of lasers in dentistry is becoming increasingly common as more dentist are being trained in their use. As lasers become more mainstream in dental offices and the option becomes more affordable, the benefits of lasers over some conventional dental techniques will be more obvious to the general public.
Easing Dental Anxiety
If part of your dental anxiety is associated with the drill used to remove cavities or the needle for local anesthetic, laser dentistry can put your mind at ease.
A toothache, whether it is a dull or sharp pain, can really put a damper on your day and make it a lot more difficult to concentrate on your everyday activities. When you feel that pain in your tooth, all you want to do is lie in your bed until it goes away. If you can't see a dentist right away, you can do some things at home to ease the discomfort.
If your child has dental decay that spreads into the pulp cavity of a baby tooth, it can cause quite a lot of pain. A regular filling will not ease your child's discomfort because your dentist won't be able to remove all of the decay without damaging the nerve. In this case, a pulpotomy, sometimes called a pulpectomy, will be recommended. Here are the facts you need to know about this dental procedure.
Restorative dentistry offers patients lots of options, but two major methods in use today include resin bonding and porcelain veneers. Both are used with great success and can eliminate unsightly cosmetic flaws in the smile. However, it is important to know why you might decide to choose one technique over the other in a given situation. Below is more information on both bonding and veneers and a comparison of each technique's strengths and weaknesses: