Dental Procedures Questions Answered

DentalKnowledge is the key to beating your fears. This break down of dental procedures will help you understand better what your dentist might be talking about when he or she puts together a dental plan for you.

They say that the best way to tackle a fear is straight on, which is exactly what this article is going to do. Here I look at common dental procedures and what they entail. 

Bridges and Implants

I know what you’re thinking, what is a dental implant? Well, if you need one of these, chances are you have some missing teeth. Dental implants play the part of a root in your gum, which is used to support your new or replacement teeth. A bridge is a false tooth or set of teeth that are anchored in by the real teeth around them. They’re a little more hardwearing than your traditional set of dentures that grandma might have worn!


You might have already experienced these are a child! But did you know that adult braces are becoming more and more common? A brace is a dental procedure that corrects bite problems and corrects the alignment of teeth, creating a straighter smile. It uses small amounts of pressure over a period of time to move the teeth into position.

Crowns and Caps

Got a broken tooth? If you’ve ever bitten down on something and felt a crunch that wasn’t your chocolate bar, chances are that you might need a crown! Crowns and caps are referred to as restorative dental work, and these crowns and caps protect your damaged and broken teeth. Dental crowns sit over the top of your tooth – or the part that is showing above your gum line.


Oh dear. An extraction is what happens when you have a tooth that is beyond repair or hope. Your tooth could be damaged due to disease or other dental issues. In some cases, teeth may need to be extracted for orthodontic work. But don’t worry, dental practices have state of the art equipment and use the latest sedation and anaesthesia techniques to help with pain and discomfort; you won’t feel a thing!

Root Canals

If you’re suffering with a tooth that is diseased or you’re suffering with abscesses, then your dentist might recommend root canal treatment.  If your tooth gets cracked or broken then it quickly fills up with germs and all sorts of harmful bacteria, this will need to be removed as soon as possible, dentists do this by opening the tooth up and cleaning the infected tissue. Then this will be filled and sealed up. Good as new!


You may be familiar with the term, as veneers are very popular with your favourite celebrities! Veneers are a cosmetic procedure and are durable, tough but very thin pieces of ceramic or resin material. These are bonded to each individual tooth. Ideal for covering stained teeth, or teeth that have become chipped or decayed. It’s also great for closing gaps in between teeth!


If, of course, your anxiety or fear about dental procedures is not something that a better understanding of the basic procedures is going to help speak to your dentist about your fears. There may be a number of ways that the experience may be managed differently in order to help you get the treatment that you need.


Health: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Well

health, wellbeing

When was the last time you stopped to think about the things that you need to do to take care of yourself and your family’s health? I’ll bet that your family is covered however you’ve not put as high a price as such on your own health and wellbeing.

Good health is important to your overall well-being. If you suffer from a chronic condition, you will have a lower quality of life, as well as a shorter one. If someone in your family is sick, you will also suffer from watching them suffer. If the person in your family is also a breadwinner, you’ll suffer financially, as well. 

When everyone in your family is well, you will all be happier, better able to enjoy all that life has to offer, and better able to handle your financial responsibilities. Besides eating a good diet and getting regular exercise, there are a few things you should be doing for yourself and your family to improve health. Here are a few suggestions:

Mental Health

Mental health is an often overlooked part of your overall wellness. But physical health can affect mental health, and vice versa. And if your body is in good shape but you are suffering from depression or other mental health challenges, you are going to have a much lower quality of life. It is important that you see a therapist regularly to talk through the things that cause you stress or that are making you unhappy. Even if you don’t feel like you need therapy, a check in every few months or so is a good idea. You could be numbing yourself to problematic feelings.

Of course, you should also seek treatment if you have more serious mental health issues, such as an addiction or suicidal ideation. You may need to attend a drug detox center or even spend a few weeks in an in-patient facility. While this may seem intimidating to you, it is totally necessary to get the help you need. The same is true for any member of your family dealing with similar issues. 

Whether it’s meditation or professional therapy, seek out whatever services are needed to keep your mental health at optimal levels.

Sleep Health

Good sleep is one of the pillars of good health, right along with diet and exercise. If you are not getting enough sleep each night, you are robbing your body of important time where it does essential work to repair and rejuvenate every system in your body. Most people need eight to nine hours of sleep each night. If you are sleeping far more or far less than that, you are doing damage to your health. Setting a sleep schedule and creating a soothing environment for sleep will help you get the adequate amounts. If you don’t see the changes you need, talk with a professional to find out if there is another cause for your sleep problems. 

For younger members of your family, sleep health is about more than restoring the body. Sleep can actually be dangerous. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t let children sleep! It just means you have to put more thought into their sleeping environments. For example, babies should be laid on their backs to sleep in a crib, without any pillows, blankets, or toys in the space. Failing to adhere to sleep guidelines for babies can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Even older children can be subject to dangers during sleep, so always check with a paediatrician about best practices.

Environmental Health

There could be a lot lurking in your home or neighbourhood that jeopardizes your health and the health of members of your family. For example, if anyone in your family smokes, or if you allow any of your guests to smoke in your house, you and other members of your family are at risk from second-hand smoke. Some research even shows now that second-hand smoke is still a danger when people go outside to smoke because they bring it back in on their clothes.

Other environmental dangers can include toxins like BPA in plastic containers, volatile organic compounds in the paint on your walls, and chemicals in your carpets or wood floors. Personal care products and cleaning products that you buy can also have dangerous chemicals. It’s important that you research all the things you bring into your house to get rid of as many potentially harmful chemicals as you can. The effects of these harmful chemicals may not be felt for years, but they can be very serious. 

Good health is about more than eating the salad instead of the fries. Think carefully about all the things that can impact yours and your family’s health, and take proactive measures to protect it.





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