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Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Many people feel fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. This can be because they’ve never been before and don’t know what to expect. But more often, it’s due to a past negative experience when the dentist didn’t answer questions, criticized them or how they care for the health of their mouth or performed services that led to pain or discomfort. Honestly, it’s only natural to feel some discomfort with the idea of someone poking around in your mouth. Not all dentists are the same, and it’s important to find a dentist office that helps you feel relaxed, listened...

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures: A Relax Dental Guide to Achieving Your Best Smile Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that can mean different things to different people. Some associate cosmetic dentistry with dramatic procedures—thinking of it as the plastic surgery of the dental profession. Others may realize that even minor and non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella. And while it’s true that all cosmetic dental procedures have an aesthetic goal of enhancing your appearance, many of these procedures can also positively impact the form and function of your teeth. The popularity of cosmetic dentistry procedures has...

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IV Sedation Dentistry 101

IV Sedation Dentistry 101

IV sedation dentistry can be an incredibly helpful option for patients who experience stress and fear when it’s time for dental appointments. Anxiety about dental appointments is a surprisingly common problem—in fact, the American Dental Association estimates that 22% of Americans avoid dental visits due to fear and anxiety. Delaying dental care is never a good idea; routine visits to a dentist you trust can reduce the risk of tooth loss and severe dental infections, prevent long term issues such as gum disease, and catch serious issues like oral cancer early. If you’re one of the many Americans who suffer...

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Dental Health in Early Childhood

Dental Health in Early Childhood

By age two, most of the twenty primary teeth are in place, and the child should have been to the dentist at least once for an examination. Fluoride treatments will help to harden teeth against the ravages of children s diet and improper oral hygiene. Until about age seven, you should allow your child to brush correctly. A Conversation With a Parent I recall one parent, whose child had multiple cavities at every visit, telling me, “Dr. Bonnick. I do everything right with this child. I brush her teeth every night myself. She does not eat candies. My husband and...

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Implant Dentistry Guide – What You Should Know

Implant Dentistry Guide – What You Should Know

Dental implants come in many various forms. There are subperiosteal implants, ramus frames, blades, and root form implants. A subperiosteal implant is used for areas where the bone is not sufficient to accommodate root form implants. Subperiosteal implants are also used in shrunken lower jaws. The ramus frame and blade implants are mostly used in the lower back jaw when the patient is not an ideal candidate for advanced bone grafting-techniques, or the doctor is proficient with this procedure and offers it as an option. The most common type of implants used most of the time are root-form implants that...

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Young Adults and Dental Care

Young Adults and Dental Care

Young adulthood is the period when proper early care makes the most significant impact. Those who have not learned how to brush or floss properly will become concerned about bleeding gums, bad breath, removal of unnecessary wisdom teeth, and their first bout with a real toothache. This is also the stage during which exploring or new activities lead to accidents requiring swift and expensive action to ensure proper dentition preservation. This period is also when those who had braces and did not practice proper oral hygiene will require cosmetic work. The growth spurt is nearing its end or is complete,...

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Should You Get Dentures?

Should You Get Dentures?

I will just pull my teeth, which will be the end of my teeth problems, is one mantra that I used to hear a lot. When teeth go, bone and supporting tissues will go also; then, we have to deal with a prosthesis (fixed or removable bridgework). The bone in which teeth erupt is called alveolar bone, the supporting bones of the jaws we call base bone. If you keep your teeth intact throughout your lifetime, you will preserve most of your jawbones. As you lose teeth, the alveolar bone also shrinks, and it shrinks even more if you have...

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Cosmetic Dentistry Guide – What You Should Know

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide – What You Should Know

For as long as I have been a dentist, I have been taking classes and teaching other dentists the value of cosmetic dentistry. In 1988, my job was to solve our patients’ cosmetic problems in our hospital general practice. Some of these patients had teeth broken after intubation for general surgery. My job was not only to give them new teeth but to make them look good. During those years, I learned the importance of working with various dental specialists and knowing what was needed to get the final results. The doctors doing the treatment were recent dental graduates in...

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How To Overcome Fear of the Dentist—A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Dentistry

How To Overcome Fear of the Dentist—A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Dentistry

What Are People Saying About Dr. Bonnick’s Books Dr. Bonnick’s most recent book, How To Overcome Fear Of The Dentist – A Patient’s Guide To Understanding Dentistry, focuses on educating patients on various dental procedures, good oral hygiene habits, and what the options are under various circumstances. Sometimes lack of understanding makes things look more imposing, and there are not always simple avenues for dental patients to obtain greater knowledge. Overall, an excellent work. In a day where some books are more like a mere waste of paper than literature, this surprising book stands apart. Though the title seems like the...

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TMJ, Headaches, and Facial Pains

TMJ, Headaches, and Facial Pains

(Special note to patients – this subject can be very complicated and is meant to inform you of the complexity of self-diagnosis. We seriously advise you to seek the help of a professional in this area. Consult your dental professional for further advice.) TMJ is not a medical condition; it is a joint that articulates the lower jaw to the base of the skull. The lower jaw that articulates with a disk that articulates with the skull is called the condyle. There is a disk between the rounded joint and the base of the skull, so unless you have a...

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The Cost of Not Going to the Dentist

The Cost of Not Going to the Dentist

Dentistry is one of the areas of healthcare that responds readily to prevention. While many in the population have little dental fear, our culture and media are replete with dentistry images, indicating that dental treatment is bothersome for most people. Phrases like “It was worse than a root canal” or “He is not going to hurt you; he is just going to look” or “You will only feel a little pinch” are common.  Jokes abound with references to numb lips and tongue, dentists putting their knees on people’s chest to aid in the extraction of teeth, as well as women...

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

As the population ages, we tend to see more cases of osteoporosis and decreased bone density. Both men and women are at risk of developing this condition, making them more susceptible to fractures from everyday activity. It is possible for someone suffering from osteoporosis to break their hipbones in such a way that compromises internal organs and can lead to death. Any bone that breaks from the application of force presents a challenge to the patient, especially in an individual who enjoys an increased lifespan. Men and women enjoy their maximum bone density in their twenties and early thirties, after...

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