I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
Some people put off going to the dentist's office for years due to fear of dental treatment. If you haven't been to the dentist's office in some time, you may be surprised by the technological advances made in the field of dentistry. Dentists are always striving to learn more, improving their techniques and tools as the field of dentistry progresses. These improvements mean that patients can expect comfortable, effective dental treatment. Here are three things you can look forward to at your next dental appointment.
1. X-ray Scans
X-ray scans are an important diagnostic tool for dentists. Most patients should have their teeth X-rayed annually. If it's been longer than a year since your last trip to the dentist's office, you're due for new X-rays. Your dentist will carefully position you for the X-ray process. They will place a lead blanket over your lap to protect your body from the radiation from the X-ray machine. Your dentist will take X-ray scans of your mouth from several different angles, which will be used to find cavities that may not be apparent to the naked eye.
2. Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is an important substance in the dental field. Fluoride can protect your tooth enamel by making it harder. Many home dental care products are formulated with fluoride, including toothpaste and mouthwash. However, your dentist can offer in-office fluoride treatments. If you choose to get fluoride treatment, your dentist may fill dental trays with a concentrated fluoride gel. These trays will be placed over your teeth and allowed to sit for a full minute. You will have to avoid rinsing your mouth, eating, or drinking for a full hour after your fluoride treatment to ensure maximum efficacy.
3. Pain-Free Restorative Procedures
If you haven't been keeping up with your regular dental appointments, you may have developed some cavities. Cavities occur when plaque and tartar cause tooth decay. Cavities won't go away on their own. They must be removed by a dentist. Fortunately, dentists can offer pain-free restorative procedures.
Before your cavity treatment begins, your dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding area using lidocaine injections. This local anesthetic will ensure you don't feel a thing as your dentist removes decayed tooth matter with a drill. Once the decayed matter has been removed and your tooth has been cleaned, your dentist will fill the area with composite resin, which will be cured and hardened with a special light.
To learn more, contact a dentist.