Understanding The Importance of Sedation Dentistry
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Understanding The Importance of Sedation Dentistry

Hey, my name is Shelly Katalgo. My love for sedation dentistry started in high school. My best friend had a severe fear of going to the dentist and I wanted to help her feel better about it. Although I always enjoyed my dental visits, I felt bad that she struggled so much with going to hers. My parents taught me about sedation dentistry and I instantly dreamed of becoming a dental professional. I wanted to help kids like my friend stay fear free throughout their appointments by using gentle techniques and professional medications. Although I opted to follow a different career path, my passion for dentistry remained throughout the years. I will update my site with developments in this industry as soon as they are reported. I will also discuss the benefits of sedation dentistry in detail. Thanks for visiting. I hope you come back soon.


Understanding The Importance of Sedation Dentistry

3 Facts That You Should Always Know About Dental Implants

Franklin Steward

As the name suggests, a dental implant is an artificial structure that is surgically planted into your jawbone. As you know, a tooth is held in place by a root that extends into the bone. Replacing missing teeth starts with inserting screw-like devices into the jawbone to act as anchors for the new artificial teeth. These screws are known as dental implants. Here are three facts that everyone should know about dental implants:

1. Choose Between Two Types

If you visit a dental surgeon, they will recommend two implants for you to choose from. The two categories include:

  • Endosteal Implant: It is the most common type of implant. It is made of titanium and takes the shape of a small screw placed in the jawbone to serve as the missing tooth root.
  • Subperiosteal: If you don't have enough bone tissue, the dentist will most likely recommend this implant. Unlike the endosteal one, the subperiosteal implant is placed above the jawbone. Since it's not firmly placed, the implant is less stable.

2. They Take Different Coatings and Connectors

Although all dental implants are made of titanium, you can choose the color and outer surface you want. The common types of implant coatings include grit-blasted, acid-etched, rough-surfaced, microgroove- or plasma-sprayed titanium, and zirconia.

All dental implants require connectors that are known as an abutment. The connectors act as a link between the implant and the artificial teeth. The three main connectors used during a dental implant procedure include:

  •  Internal hex connectors
  •  External hex connectors
  •  Internal octagon connectors

3. Dental Implants Take Different Sizes

Are all dental implants equal in size? Some are big, while others are small, depending on the position in the mouth where the implant needs to be placed. Also, every mouth is different, and people have varied bone availability needs. 

The three dental implant sizes include:

  • Standard Platform: These dental implants are narrower and shorter and are used when replacing missing front teeth.
  • Wide platform: The implants are broad and are used to replace missing back teeth, mainly molars and premolars.
  • Narrow Body: The structures are used if you don't have sufficient bone density. In most cases, the implants are used temporarily as the Prosthodontist prepares the jawbone for larger dental implants.

The idea of replacing missing teeth using dental implants should not scare or overwhelm you. Having the right information about the entire process abates anxiety and makes you psychologically prepared for the procedure.