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It seems that these days dentists are busier then ever. However, not all people are lucky to have successfully repaired their teeth. Some of them have only one choice - permanent denture.

Since a dentist is to place something foreign into their mouth, it is understandable the patient is worried. Accordingly, each dental patient should understand some points about permanent dentures.

What are the most common procedures associated with oral health?

Preventive dentistry is very important. This refers to any treatment that will prevent or minimize dental problems.  Examples of preventive dentistry are filling cavities while they are small, fluoride treatment, good home care, cleanings by the dental hygienists, mouth-guards, and orthodontics.

Infection control is very important too, as some doctors strongly believe in good in-office infection control.  They adhere to a very high standard of instrument sterilization and treatment room cleanliness, which most doctors recommend for healthy teeth.

Gum treatment is very common, since over 75% of all adults have some form of gum disease. This can range from minor gum redness to severe periodontal disease, where the gum disease has dissolved some of the jawbone. Most doctors want to prevent gum problems by preventive dentistry.  If a patient has gum disease, the doctor will outline a treatment plan to get the gums and teeth healthy again.

Root canals are common problem, because teeth nerves do not respond well to trauma.  The trauma to the nerve can come from deep decay, cracks, or a blow to the tooth. Root canals allow dentists to save teeth that would otherwise have to be removed.

Extractions are also a treatment option, when nothing can be done but to remove a sick tooth. The doctor will perform it with local dental anesthetics.

Other procedures

Bad breath or halitosis treatment is one of common dental procedures as well. The first way to treat bad breath is to eliminate the plaque and bacteria in a patient’s mouth. You can do it by good home care, in-office cleanings, other gum treatments, and tongue brushing. There are other sources of bad breath such as nasal and lung odors, which you have to evaluate with your doctor.

Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental procedure that will make the patient’s teeth and smile look attractive and natural.  A few of the cosmetic dental procedures are teeth whitening, natural-looking white fillings, bonding, porcelain crowns and veneers, space closing, chip repair, replacing of missing teeth, and natural-looking dentures.

White non-mercury fillings are something relatively new. For years, dentists have placed silver mercury metal fillings. Some doctors now uses bonded white resin fillings, which give the teeth a natural appearance.

Teeth whitening is most successful by making a customized clear tray that fits over the teeth.  A special whitening gel is placed in each tray, and you should wear it for a few hours each day. The initial treatment time is 3-4 weeks, followed by a 1-2 day treatment every few months for a touchup to achieve best results.

Natural looking crowns or caps help to repair broken or severely decayed teeth. The crowns are mostly from porcelain, and in some cases, may contain some gold for strength.

Emergency treatment is also common, unfortunately. Dental emergencies can occur even with the best professionals. Common problems are toothaches, broken teeth, and dental abscesses.

Children's dentistry is very important, because it is very important for children to have good dental treatment. Without early care, the child can experience pain, abscesses, severe decay, crowding, and damage to permanent teeth. Taking care of problems early on can save the parents a lot of time and money.

Dental implants are titanium cylinder-shaped devices placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They are more expensive than regular bridgework, but they do not require grinding on the adjacent teeth like bridgework does.

Permanent dentures are also a solution for some people, discussed in detail below.

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