A Plano dentist will offer a variety of services including cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
Many people are afraid of going to the dentist, and that fear can keep them from receiving the treatment that they need. This is particularly true if they need to undergo a complex procedure such as a root canal.
Sedation dentistry describes several methods of keeping the patient relaxed during their procedure. The dentist will help the patient pick one based on the severity of the patient’s anxiety. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is the mildest type, and it wears off very quickly. The patient will breathe in the gas through a mask worn over their nose.
In oral sedation, the patient will take a pill or liquid before undergoing treatment. IV sedation is the most powerful type, and the sedative will be administered intravenously. Both oral sedation and IV sedation take time to wear off, so the patient will need to be taken home by a responsible adult.
What does tooth replacement involve?
Most adults have lost at least one permanent tooth by the time they reach their mid-40s. The dentist can offer various ways of replacing lost teeth, depending on how many teeth have been lost and what the patient wants. The dentist will have the replacement tooth custom-made at a dental lab to ensure comfort and an excellent fit.
The complete denture is for patients who have lost all their teeth on their upper or lower jaw, while a partial denture is for patients who still have some teeth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that will bond with the patient’s jaw bone. They can support crowns and dentures and can be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth.
Bridges are used to replace a single tooth. The dentist will place crowns on neighboring teeth, and the crowns will hold an artificial tooth called a pontic in between them.
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