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Many people are surprised to learn that gum disease is just as much of a serious dental problem as decay is. In fact, more than 60% of American adults are estimated to already be suffering from some degree of gum disease and this number seems continue to rise over the coming decade. Although gum disease doesn’t tend to cause discomfort until it has progressed significantly, it can have serious consequences for your teeth and health. Affected gums can recede, pulling away from the teeth and putting them at risk of falling out. Severe gum disease, known as periodontitis, has also been shown to be associated with the development of major chronic health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer. If you want to enjoy a great smile and excellent health for as long as possible, gum care should be an immediate priority.
Dental sedation, also known as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, is where medication is used to help patients to relax and feel at ease when they are visiting the dentist. There are different levels of sedation, and which you’ll need will depend on the work that you need carried out and your reasons for seeking sedation.
It’s estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one permanent tooth and 30 percent of adults 65 and older don’t have any natural teeth left. Periodontal disease, oral trauma, and systemic conditions can all cause people to lose their natural teeth. If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from tooth loss, dental implants might be the solution for you. Dental implants provide patients of all ages with a multitude of important benefits.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or have overly sensitive teeth, you might be considering IV sedation dentistry. You’ve heard that this is a way to enjoy a stress-free dental appointment, but you still have some questions. Let’s go over what you can expect during your IV sedation dentistry appointment.
Fortunately, there is absolutely no need to tolerate the inconvenience of missing teeth. Patients now have the benefit of having several different options when it comes to the restoration of the function and appearance of their smile. Two of the most effective are dentures and dental implants. Which is right for you? Let’s have a look at both to help you make your decision.