Anxiety at the thought of a trip to the dentist is very real for some patients. Whether you’re young or old, this phobia can affect us all. Many patients have sensory sensitivities that cause anxiety when they visit the dentist. Others may have sensitive teeth or a fear of needles and gagging.
Having a fear of going to the dentist is much more common than you might think. It is also one of the biggest reasons for avoiding regular check-ups on your teeth and gums. Many people don’t realise that dentistry has come a long way over the years. Technological advantages and medical innovations have made dental procedures as gentle and comfortable as possible.
Have you suffered from permanent tooth loss due to injury, decay, gum disease or trauma? It’s natural to feel a little bit anxious about what this means for the comfort, appearance and function of your smile. After all, our teeth and mouth help us with functions as fundamental as smiling, chewing and digestion.
Dentures have been a popular choice for a long time when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Removable dentures, in particular, have been used for many years to restore function and appearance in the mouth. Something that many people don’t know is that dentures and partial dentures can actually cause bone loss to accelerate compared to being without teeth. That’s because dentures can cause cell replacement to slow down, thus causing bone loss.