Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you are in good company. About 2.5 million people in the UK are scared of the dentist. These days, it is a recognised phobia, and more and more dentists are training in ways to make patients feel more relaxed during their dental treatments.
However, there is a big difference between dropping into the dentist for a check-up, or a scale and polish, and signing up for a lengthy treatment with a fair bit of drilling, like dental implants.
And yet, in Leicester dental implants for treating tooth loss can have such a dramatically beneficial impact on your quality of life that it would be a tragedy to not go down the route of complete tooth replacement out of fear.
The scary part
What can make people feel so scared is the knowledge that we will be drilling into the jawbone rather than the tooth. People then draw on their experience of having their teeth drilled and conclude that drilling into the bone must be far worse. In fact, in terms of pain, drilling into jawbone is less traumatic because the bone has fewer nerve endings than your teeth. That said the process takes a while. This is because we have to drill very carefully, starting with a narrow-gauge drill bit and expanding it, rather than going in with a wide drill. This is done so that we do not crack the jawbone.
Here at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, dental implants can be inserted with all sorts of extra ways to help you if you are a nervous dental patient. With all our patients, we use a local anaesthetic to ensure that the insertion is as comfortable as possible. We use the revolutionary Wand delivery method. This is a computer-controlled painless application system that avoids numbing your whole face, and reduces anxiety.
The good news is that if you take care of your Leicester dental implants you need never have them replaced. The porcelain crowns will not decay the way that natural teeth can, and the implants in the jaw are robust enough to last for the rest of your life.