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Restorative Dentistry Procedures

About Restorative Dental Procedures

Restorative dental treatments is the process of fixing lost or damaged teeth, or infected gums or tissue. In essence, restorative dentistry treats anything that affects your smile. This type of dentistry repairs damage from accidents, poor dental health, or tooth alignment issues.

Restorative Dental procedures

There are various types of procedures the dentist can perform, depending on the type and the severity of the problem. Some procedures, such as placing a bridge, can be performed by a dentist in their office. Other treatments, such as implanting a bone graft in the jaw to hold a dental implant, may have to be performed by an oral surgeon. Your dentist will explain your treatment options and the treatment procedure when you consult with him about your dental problem.

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are seals made from metal alloy, resin, glass isomer, or porcelain. Dental fillings are placed after the dentist drills out or removes part of a decayed tooth. These dental fillings form a seal between the tooth and the mouth, which helps to protect the tooth and prevent additional decay.

Dental Crowns

If the tooth is very weak or if it is broken or chipped, the dentist may recommend that you have a dental crown placed over the tooth to cover the damage and protect the tooth. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth and extends to the gum line. Like fillings, crowns can be made from metal alloy, porcelains, or resin, among other materials.

Dental Implants

When you are missing a few teeth, your dentist may recommend that you have a dental implant placed to cover the lost tooth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that acts as an artificial root, and a dental crown that serves as the artificial tooth. Dental implants have the benefit of being permanent and indistinguishable from your other teeth. In addition, they are very durable. Still, placing an implant may need several office visits and the whole procedure can take up to six months. (more…)

Preparing a Child for the arrival of a sibling

It is common knowledge that the arrival of a child into a household can bring with it great upheaval. It is well known that partners of new mothers can feel elements of separation anxiety as the mother spends increasingly more time with the newborn. Yet just as the father may feel an emotional shift occurring in family life, so will any existing children. This feeling can be more acute in a child who has no other younger siblings and has grown accustomed to being the sole recipient of attention from his/her parents.

This guide aims to provide some simple steps to help reduce the amount of separation anxiety felt by the older sibling as he/she adjusts to having a new little brother or sister in the family.

Before The Baby Is Born

Educating the older child for the arrival of a new sibling is essential in ensuring a smooth transition. This can help reduce separation anxiety even whilst the mother is still in hospital.

arrival of a sibling

It is best to inform the child about a new sibling just after the pregnancy is known. Encouraging them to ask questions and express their feelings of excitement or anxiety will show that you are attentive to their concerns and emotional needs. Also by making gradual changes in the home and explaining the mother’s physical changes is recommended well in advance of the birth. This will help to decrease feelings of resentment or jealousy.

Show the older child their own baby pictures and talk to them about what they were like as a baby. In particular, discuss baby care routines such as feeding, sleeping, crying and bathing. This will help prepare the sibling for the amount of time mother will be spending with the new baby.

Nearer to the expected arrival time of the baby, allow the older child to buy a gift for the new baby as well as a present for themselves – a keepsake is usually best. Read bedtime stories that incorporate the birth of a new family member. The local library is a good source of children’s books that feature families welcoming younger siblings into the home. You can find books geared towards children of any age. (more…)