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Bye-Bye Dental Anxiety, Hello Pain-Free Dentistry

Dental anxiety is more common than you think.

Whether it’s the fear of pain, possible side effects from anesthesia, or the loss of control during dental visits, dental anxiety prevents 9%-20% of Americans from going to the dentist altogether.

For those who are scared to visit the dentist, pain-free dentistry is a welcomed alternative to the traditional approaches patients may have otherwise been used to. 

Due to technological advancements in the dental industry, many dental offices (Wilton Smiles included!) are thankfully now able to provide pain-free dental treatments. This is extremely good news for patients with dental anxiety!

The Benefits of Pain-free Dentistry

For the millions of Americans fearful of the dentist, pain-free dentistry offers a range of advantages including:

  • A less traumatic, and thus a more comfortable and pleasant experience 
  • Reduced number of treatment visits: Traditionally, dental procedures like root canals, multiple fillings, and extractions required multiple visits, whereas pain-free procedures can often be combined to reduce the number of visits back to the office 
  • Stronger and less stressful relationships between patients and dentists, as patients are more relaxed and calm, and are more likely to be open, accepting, and trusting of dental recommendations
  • Better overall oral health because patients are more inclined to stay on top on top of their visits, necessary treatment plans, and not hesitate to going to their dental appointments  

Types of Pain-free Dentistry Treatments

Laser dentistry treatments

Laser treatments are one of the most commonly used pain-free approaches used by dentists, including the team here at Wilton Smiles. 

We use lasers for a wide range of dental conditions including:

  • Soft tissue procedures
  • Cavity removal
  • Infection control
  • Inflammation
  • Gum disease 
  • Dental surgery
  • Tooth whitening

Laser dentistry uses very narrow, precise beams of light that can remove and reshape tissue and bone. It’s a popular approach because it is far less noisy, dramatically more comfortable, and reduces bleeding and swelling. 

Less pain and less stress with laser dentistry mean happier patients! 

Composites and porcelain fillings 

Traditionally, dentists used metal fillings, which involved deep drilling into teeth, which made teeth weak and prone to cracking. The entire process was often invasive and uncomfortable for patients.

Now, many dentists are using composites and porcelain fillings, which are far less painful than metal fillings. Additionally, they generally don’t require drilling into the tooth, as the fillings are usually kept in place with the help of adhesives.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, many dentists use nitrous oxide to ease their patients’ pain and anxiety. Unlike general anesthesia, nitrous does not put people to sleep, but rather helps patients get more relaxed and comfortable during their dental treatments. 

This safe and effective anesthetic is administered to both children and adults via inhalation through a mask. The calming and numbing effects work quickly and are non-invasive for patients, which makes laughing gas a commonly used aid for many dental procedures. 

Wilton Smiles is here to make you more comfortable!

Pain-free dentistry is not just about the treatment services we provide here at Wilton Smiles, but also about the trusted and collaborative relationships we create with our patients. 

We understand that it’s common to experience dental anxiety. From our front desk receptionist to Dr. Malin, we do everything possible to make your visits as comfortable and painless as possible. 

Particularly when choosing agood family dentist, it’s important that everyone in your family feel comfortable with your dental office. Here at Wilton Smiles, our office environment is soothing, calm, and stress-free, and we work tirelessly to ease our patients’ fears and anxiety. 

Whether you’re coming to our office for the first time or have been a long-time patient, rest assured that every time you’re in our office, you’re in good hands! Contact us at (860) 397-6693 or click here to talk about our pain-free dental approaches.

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Learn More About Dental Implants

For millions of Americans who have suffered tooth loss primarily because of periodontal disease, decay, or injury, dental implants are an effective alternative to bridgework or dentures, which often don’t fit well. With tooth loss, people can experience challenges such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns that result in discomfort. 

Using a dental implant can significantly improve one’s quality of life and overall health.

While a dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into one’s jaw to hold a prosthetic tooth or bridge, when most people refer to dental implants, they are often talking about the entire system, which is the combination of the artificial tooth root and the prosthetic tooth. 

While this process requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant and may take several months, the biggest benefit of dental implants is that they create solid support for new teeth. Patients can also enjoy these additional benefits:  

  • Improve / restores the ability to chew
  • Enhance cosmetic appearance
  • Helps keep the jawbone from shrinking due to bone loss
  • Preserves the health of the surrounding bone and gums
  • Helps keep adjacent (nearby) teeth stable
  • Boost your overall quality of life and confidence 
  • Implants can last a lifetime
  • Allows for an active lifestyle
  • Have up to a 98% success rate

What does dental implant surgery entail?

When a tooth root is damaged beyond repair, dental implant surgery uses metal, screwlike posts placed in the jawbone where they act as the roots for missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium, which eventually fuses with the jawbone, meaning they won’t slip, make noise, or cause potential bone damage like bridgework or dentures. Additionally, the materials used in dental implants are so strong they can’t decay. 

Dental implant surgery may also involve multiple procedures and varies per patient depending on the implant type and jawbone condition. This approach also offers an alternative when a lack of natural teeth roots won’t accommodate denture or bridgework tooth replacements.

Structure of the dental implant system, illustrating crown, abutment, and implant body

A typical dental implant system consists of a:

  • Implant body: Surgically inserted in the jawbone in place of the tooth’s root  
  • Abutment fixation screw: Attached to the implant body and extends through gums into the mouth to support the attached artificial teeth
  • Crown: Artificial tooth 

Is dental implant surgery right for you?

Dental implants are highly effective and can significantly improve one’s quality of life and overall health. Dental implants may be appropriate for you if…

  • You’re missing one or more teeth
  • Your jawbone has reached full growth
  • Your have adequate bone to secure the implants or can have a bone graft
  • Your oral tissues are healthy
  • You’re in good general or oral health 
  • You’d prefer not to or can’t wear dentures 
  • Your speech is compromised by dentures or bridgework
  • You’re able to commit to the process, which may take several months 
  • You are a non-smoker of tobacco 

Count on Wilton Smiles for your dental implant needs

Whether you’re looking to get a single-tooth dental implant or have multiple teeth that need replacing, we’ll provide you with thorough information for the best possible treatment plan. 

We’ll discuss your health history, lifestyle, and situation to determine if you’re suited for dental implants. 

Here at Wilton Smiles, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the highest level of expertise and service when it comes to implant surgery, as well as a wide range of dental services

If you’re curious about dental implants as a means of improving your oral and overall health, let’s talk! Contact us at (860) 397-6693 or click here to schedule a virtual appointment.

Sources:

American Academy of Periodontology
Mayo Clinic
US Food & Drug Administration