Dental anxiety is extremely common with the majority of adults experiencing some level of apprehension about going to the dentist. However, for others, dental anxiety is serious enough that it impacts their ability to seek out care. According to Peter Milgrom, director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, for about 20% of people, the anxiety is enough that they only get care when it’s absolutely necessary, meaning they skip important routine check-ups and cleanings. For between 5% and 8% of Americans, their severe fear qualifies as a true dental phobia and they avoid dentists altogether to the detriment of their oral and overall health. To avoid letting the anxiety take over, here are some ways to manage a fear of the dentist:
Replacing congenitally missing teeth with dental implants can often be a challenging experience for the orthodontist, surgeon, prosthodontist or restorative dentist. In order to achieve a functional and pleasing result, a team approach should be utilized, in conjunction with cone beam 3D imaging to produce optimal aesthetics in the aesthetic zone. This article will discuss several key aspects that should be considered by the whole team in order to provide the patient with a successful result.