Top 5 questions you should ask your dentist during your consultation
We have them answered for you !!!!
If you have been thinking about visiting your neighbourhood dentist for the first time you might want to have a copy of the following essential questions to ask during your initial visit. This set of questions will help you to decide whether you should book for a second visit or not....... your first dental visit is the appropriate time for you to know the dentist better. Apart from how the dentist handled your questions, it is also best for you to notice the waythe staff treated you , the cleanliness of the clinic and its overall atmosphere etc.How often should I get a dental check-up ?
Dental health varies from person to person but it is recommended for adult patients to visit a dentist once or twice a year, even if their mouth is in excellent condition. This enables you to get your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis and ensure that any potential problems are identified early.
What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home ?
It's vital that all adults engage in daily brushing and
flossing but to take your oral hygiene to the next level, follow a handful of
particular steps to good oral hygiene that include :
1. Using fluoride tooth paste
2. Limiting snacks that are high in sugar
3. Eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables
4. Avoiding tobacco in any form Why should I have dental x-rays taken?
X-rays are a permanent record of the condition of your teeth and allow for a comparison in case of any cavities, bone of gum issues.
How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth ?
A beautiful smile showing clean, white teeth gives a tremendous boost to your confidence. Most people experience some discoloration of teeth over the years, either from surface stains or internal stains. Stains which are caused by coffee, wine, tobacco, and pigmented foods can be treated by professional in-office whitening. For intrinsic discoloration consider compositebonding or Dental porcelain veneers for the affected teeth.
Why should I consider dental implants ? Dental implants are the ideal way to replace your missing or weakened teeth. Implants are permanent and serve as a good alternative to dentures/ bridges for anyone with an otherwise healthy mouth and jaw.
5 ways cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile !!
It is said that you can tell a lot about a person from their smile. Your smile is an incredibly important part of your daily interactions - from romantic prospects to a promising job interview......
A confident smile opens many doors... With this in mind, it is a wise investment to put some time and effort into yours.
Here are some ways by which one can attain optimum results and a perfect set of radiant 32'
Diseased and inflamed gums don't look attractive and neither do
stained teeth. A dental hygiene treatment includes professionally cleaning your
teeth as well as giving advice how to keep teeth free of plaque. Brushing and
flossing are the most important tools for keeping a healthy mouth. Brush twice
and floss at least once a day to prevent cavities and improve your oral health.
It is an excellent solution to make your smile beautiful again. It is safe, quick and non - invasive. 45-60 minutes is all it takes to get that sparkle in your smile that you have always wanted !! It is done under your Dentist's supervision where the gums and other soft tissues are isolated and well protected before application of the whitening gel, followed by activation of the gel with a Plasma /LED light. The results are instantaneous and you can walk out with the perfect smile.
Veneers are a one-time solution to enhance your smile and get your confidence boosted !!
These are very thin porcelain shells which are individually
crafted in the laboratory and permanently fixed to the surface of the teeth. It
is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate
the shell. It is a quick and reliable option for those who are not interested in
orthodontic braces to straighten teeth. The whole procedure can be completed in
one week and can produce a striking result.
Dental Bonding can help restore the natural look of your teeth and can be carried out in the following cases :
- to repair fractured teeth
- to close gaps between teeth
- to treat multiple discoloured teeth etc.
It is a process where your Cosmetic Dentist bonds tooth like material directly to your teeth in thin layers .This procedure conserves maximum existing natural tooth structure.
It is the most effective way to replace missing teeth. Implants
are titanium screws which are placed in the upper or lower jaw. An Implant
functions as a sturdy anchor for artificial teeth and is designed to hold
restorations like crowns or bridges which blend in with your other teeth and are
a long term option for restoring your smile.
How oral health impacts overall health!!!
Years ago, a physician who suspected heart disease would probably not refer the patient to a gum specialist. The same went for diabetes, pregnancy or just about any other medical condition. Times have changed.... The past 5 - 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between healthy mouth and healthy body.
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is filled with bacteria - most of them harm less. Normally the body's natural defences and good oral health care such as daily brushing and flossing can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Conditions linked to oral health :
It is an infection of the inner lining of your heart. It typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body such as your mouth spread through your blood stream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
Heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. Hardening of the arteries causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries which thicken and causes an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. People with gum infections are at increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The more severe the infection, the greater the risk appears to be.
Pregnancy and birth
Periodontitis has been linked to pre mature birth and low birth weight. Babies born too early or at a low birth weight often have significant health problems like asthma, ear infections, heart conditions and learning disorders. Infection and inflammation interferes with foetus development in the womb.
It reduces the body's resistance to infection - putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. People who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, and regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.
People with periodontal disease have more bacteria present in their mouth which makes them more likely to inhale germs which can lead to lung infections like pneumonia. For those who have pre-existing lung problems like chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD ) gum disease may make it worse.
Poor oral health seems to link to chronic kidney disease which affect blood pressure and bone health leading to kidney failure and heart disease. Toothless adults have more chance to have chronic kidney disease. To protect your oral health. Practice good oral hygiene every day. For example:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride tooth paste
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between meal snacks
- Replace your tooth brush every 3"4 months / sooner if bristles are frayed
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Avoid tobacco use
Taking care of your oral health is an investment towards your overall health
Add white to your wardrobe with our teeth whitening
May be you have always wanted a beautiful smile or your teeth have yellowed over time or you are not happy with the staining that results from drinking coffee, tea or cola. Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, you are not alone. Just like we all have different hair and skin colour, people also have different tooth colour. Some teeth are more yellow than others, while others yellow with aging. Your natural tooth colour can also be affected by many factors. Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy.
Why did my teeth change colour?
It is an infection of the inner lining of your heart. It typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body such as your mouth spread through your blood stream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
Over time, your teeth can go from white to not so bright for a number of reasons:
- Loss of enamel with age
- Certain food and drinks like cola, coffee, tea, red wine
- Dental plaque / calculus / tartar
- Tobacco / smoking / betel chewing
- Tooth decay
- Trauma / injury to tooth What is teeth whitening? Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. A non invasive method of lightening dark or discoloured teeth.
How does teeth whitening work?
Whitening is actually a pretty simple process. Whitening products contain one of the two bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces which makes the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
What are my whitening options?
Talk to your dentist to figure if you are a candidate. There are certain ways to put the shine back in your smile:
- Whitening strips
- Whitening gels
- Whitening tooth pastes
- Whitening pens
But the most effective, sure and safe way is the professional Tooth Whitening treatment by your Cosmetic Dentist.
In - office bleaching:
The procedure usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. Not all offices offer this type of system so speak with your dentist and see if this is an option. The session lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Two or three of these sessions may be required varying from case to case.
Does whitening work on all teeth?
No, this is why it's important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whitening may not correct all types of stains. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will only work on natural enamel and will not have any effect on caps (crowns), veneers or fillings. It also won't be effective if your tooth discolouration is internal, this is the result of the staining associated with medications or trauma.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes ! It is totally safe and effective. There are some myths regarding tooth whitening which need to be corrected :
- It can cause damage to enamel but the fact is enamel is the hardest tissue. It does not cause any damage to it.
- It can cause tooth sensitivity but the fact is it is a safe procedure and does not cause any tooth sensitivity.
- You can whiten your teeth with baking soda but the fact is this simply doesn't work.
Experience the confidence that comes with a brighter whiter smile
Nutrition Tips #Healthy Gums #Strong Teeth
Teeth are important! No wonder most of us take a really good care of them.
Brushing, flossing, scraping our tongue, using mouth wash... we all do that. Our mouth might very well be the part of our body we take the most care of and yet tooth decay and gum disease are still some of the most prevalent diseases in the world. How come? The answer might hide in the fridge.
Surprising or not, the reason behind frequent visits to the dentist might be your diet. Even if you have a perfect oral hygiene routine it might be hard to keep your teeth healthy, if you don't watch what you eat. Often we see food as being the villain when it comes to oral health. It is sugars and acids from food and drinks that do most of the damage to our teeth. However there are many types of food that not only don't harm your teeth as much but can even give a big boost to your oral health.
Some of the healthy foods to improve your diet and the health of your mouth are:
Cheese and dairy products:
Milk and other milk products like cheese contain calcium and proteins, nutrients that strengthen the tooth enamel. Dairy products lower the acid level in your mouth, thereby lowering the risk of tooth decay. They increase the saliva production which washes off the bacteria in the mouth. Hard cheeses are the best options. Yogurt is high in calcium and protein too. Additionally the probiotics or beneficial bacteria also benefit your gums and help prevent cavities and fights bad breath. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet choose a plain variety with no added sugar.
Leafy greens typically find their way onto any healthy foods list. They are full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. Leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, kale etc. also promote oral health that your teeth and gums love. They are high in calcium which builds your tooth's enamel. They contain folic acid and vitamin B that has numerous health benefits for eg. treating gum disease in pregnant women. If you have trouble getting leafy greens into your diet add a handful of baby spinach to your next salad or throw same kale on a pizza. You can also try adding some greens to a smoothie.
Fruits like apples, oranges and strawberries are great for your teeth. Apples might be sweet but they are also high in fibre and water. It produces saliva in your mouth which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums. Eating an apple isn't the same as brushing your teeth with a tooth paste that contains fluoride but it can take over until you have a chance to brush. Pack either a whole apple or apple slices in your lunch to give your mouth a good scrubbing at the end of a meal. Oranges are least acidic of all citrus fruits and have all the health benefits that you can expect from fruits. If you want perfect teeth, you better love strawberries! They are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and also maleic acid which could naturally whiten your teeth.
Carrots are crunchy and full of fibre, tasty and so full of the most important minerals and vitamins to your mouth, that they deserve a special mention. No wonder bugs bunny has perfect teeth...Eating a handful of raw carrots at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth which reduces the risk of cavities. Along with being high in fibre, carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Top a salad with a few slices of raw carrots or enjoy some baby carrots on their own. Celery in many ways the perfect snack for good oral health and is the closest we have to natures floss. It might have a bad reputation for being bland, watery and full of those pesky strings, but it acts a bit like a tooth brush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It is also a good source of vitamin A and C, two antioxidants that give the health of your gums a boost. Make celery even tastier by topping it with cream cheese.
Nuts are nature's way of showing us that Good things come in small packages. These bite size nutritional powerhouses are packed with healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Especially beneficial are Almonds, Brazil nuts and Cashews which help to fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Raisins are a source of phytochemicals which may kill bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. They are packed with tons of important elements like calcium and phosphorous. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir fry dinner.
Root Canal Treatment
Preserve your natural teeth.. Root canals are really not as terrifying as you
may have heard..
If you were recently informed that you need a root canal, chances are the minute you left your dental office, you immediately began scouring the internet for information on this well known - but highly misunderstood - dental service. The internet can be a great place to gather helpful information, but it is also plagued by unreliable sources and dangerously inaccurate information.
The following are the common myths and misinformation about root canals and tooth pain that are prevalent online. While finding out you are in need of a root canal can be frightening, the more you know about this tooth saving procedure and what it can do for your tooth ache and oral health, the calmer and more confident you will feel when you return to the dentist's chair.
- You only need a root canal if you are experiencing tooth pain
- Root canal treatment is painful
- Root canals cause illness
- The benefits of root canal therapy are temporary
- Tooth extraction (pulling the tooth) is a good alternative to root canals
What is a root canal?
The central chamber of a tooth contains the living vital tissues comprising the pulp including its nerves and blood vessels. The interior of the tooth's roots containing the pulp make up its root canals.
How do I know if a tooth has a root canal infection?
Symptoms of root canal infection may include sharp, intense pain when you bite down, a dull ache or pressure, or tenderness and swelling in gums near an infected tooth. There may be a lingering pain after eating cold or hot foods. However, sometimes an infected tooth may stop hurting and you no longer feel pain. This doesn't mean the infection has gone, only that the nerve may have died. Make an appointment if you suspect that you have any or some of these symptoms.
Why would a tooth need root canal treatment?
If the tissues in the root canals become infected or inflamed because of deep cavity or trauma to a tooth, root canal treatment is needed to treat the infection and save the tooth. If left untreated, root canal infection can spread into the bone immediately around the root.
I'm worried about X-rays, should I be?
No. While X -rays will be necessary during your root canal treatment, we use an advanced non- firm computerized system called digital radiography that produces radiation levels up to 90% lower than those of already low dose conventional dental X- ray machinery.
What takes place in a root canal procedure?
After a local anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area, a small opening is made in the biting surface of the tooth. Dead and or dying tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and the root canals are cleaned, disinfected and sealed to prevent future infection.
What can I expect afterwards?
Your tooth may feel tender or sensitive for a few days. You can take over- the- counter non-steroidal anti -inflammatory medication, Aspirin or Ibuprofen, for example, to relieve pain or discomfort. Contact us if you have pain that lasts more than a few days. A crown is usually needed to protect the tooth following root canal treatment. Further, arrangements need to be made for the stage of the procedure. Don't chew on the affected tooth until symptoms subside and the tooth has been restored as necessary.
Would extraction be a better alternative?
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods, keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.
Root canal treatment along with appropriate restoration is a cost effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Root canal treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom tooth
Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth, 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These 4 other teeth are your third molars also known as "wisdom teeth".
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
Late in the 1600's, the idea of a common dentistry was advancing and dentists started calling them teeth of wisdom to the public, mainly because this set of molars didn't grow in until we are about 17 - 24 years old. The rest of our teeth both primary and permanent form prenatally as buds. Wisdom teeth are actually the only teeth that don't develop until after birth.
What does impacted mean?
When a wisdom tooth is said to be impacted, that means it is blocked from fully erupting through the gums. It's very common- 85% of wisdom teeth being impacted. The wisdom teeth are not the only type of teeth that may become impacted but it occurs less frequently with other types of teeth.
The level of impaction varies from patient to patient. Some patients have soft tissue
impaction in which the tooth has made it through the bone but is still under the
gum. Another type of impaction is when part of the tooth has erupted but part of
it still stuck in the jawbone. This is known as partial bony impaction. Finally
if the tooth has not erupted out of the jaw at all it is known as a complete or
total bony impaction.
Why are impacted wisdom teeth a problem?
Impacted wisdom teeth become a problem when they can pain or affect other teeth. When the tooth cannot erupt upwards as they are supposed to, they can push on nearby teeth. This puts pressure on those teeth and causes pain. This pressure can make the other teeth to shift to make room for the wisdom teeth that are trying to break through. This can impact your smile's symmetry and make your teeth crooked.
Impacted wisdom teeth are also harder to clean than teeth that are fully erupted, which like in the rest of your teeth, leads to decay. The wisdom teeth are so hard to keep clean because they are in a far back and often hard to reach position in the mouth. Decay is extremely difficult to treat in the wisdom teeth, and most dentists don't recommend it. If decay is not treated the patient runs the risk of developing infections. Infections of the wisdom teeth are serious and can be hard to treat.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth have to be surgically extracted and may involve trimming of the bone. When carefully executed by skilled and experienced doctors it is a very safe and predictable procedure. Once the patient is comfortable, regular local anesthesia is used and the teeth are carefully and delicately removed. The opening left after the extraction is sealed with stitches to avoid any bleeding and ensure healing.
What I should expect after the procedure?
Since the local anesthetic lasts for a few hours after the procedure, very little discomfort is present. By taking the prescribed analgesics at the right time, most patients are able to control the discomfort associated with the procedure very well. Most bleeding is controlled during the intervention and at the end of the procedure cotton gauzes are applied to put pressure on the extraction sites. A minimal oozing is usually present for the first few hours after the surgery and the use of carefully placed cotton gauzes should be sufficient to make it stop. Recovery time as being the end of the symptom of the procedure is approximately 7-10 days. The discomfort tends to wear off after the third day and the swelling
usually ends by around the 7th day. Of course the more you ice the
wound in the first 48 hours the faster the swelling disappears! For most
patients, 3-7 days of analgesic and 5-7 days of antibiotics are sufficient. It
is important to remember that even if you are not experiencing any symptoms you
must take your medications.
A picture may worth a thousand words. A beautiful smile is priceless....
Whether we admit or not, most people can't resist checking out photos of celebrities in their natural state (I know I can't). Cheesy as it sounds, it's comforting to know that without an armada of stylists and makeup artists, all those glamour girls and guys look just as ordinary as the rest of us. But typically one of the biggest transformations the glossy magazine crowd has gone through is to turn their ho-hum smiles into the megawatt grins known to the whole world.
Are you looking to get that perfect Hollywood smile "? 60 - 70% people have probably experienced decay, excessive wear, discoloration and shifting of the teeth. So what makes porcelain veneers so popular and are they right for you? We are here to break down the facts and uncover the common misconceptions.
Some of the common misconceptions are:
- The application of veneers is painful
- The entire tooth must be filed down before veneers can be placed
- Veneers are unnaturally white and noticeable What exactly are Porcelain Veneers?
The term "veneer" usually means a very thin covering that's designed to improve the way a surface looks. The porcelain veneers we use in cosmetic dentistry are just like that. They cover up flaws in the natural teeth, while preserving their strength and vitality. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin layers of super-strong material, which are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. Once placed on your teeth, they offer a permanent way to improve a smile.
What kinds of smile defects can porcelain veneers fix?
The level of Veneers can help with a whole range of issues, including:
Color: Teeth that are deeply stained or yellowed - even those which can't be lightened with professional bleaching - can be restored to a brilliant white (or a natural luster) with porcelain veneers. Shape and size: If your teeth have become worn down with age, or have clips or roughened edges, veneers can restore them to a more pleasing shape. They can also lengthen teeth that appear too short, for a dramatic enhancement of your smile. Alignment and spacing: For closing a small gap between teeth or making other minor adjustments in tooth spacing or position, veneers maybe just what you need; more serious issues can be handled with orthodontics.
What happens during the porcelain veneers procedure?
Impacted wisdom Once you have decided that you want porcelain veneers your dentist will make study models of your teeth. The reason for this is that your dentist will be able to give you a mock up of what your teeth can look like when the porcelain veneers are in place. At this time you and your dentist can discuss the size, shape and color of your new porcelain veneers. Once these models are approved, an appointment can be set up for the actual procedure. Local anesthesia is generally recommended if there will be tooth preparation to avoid any discomfort. Once the preparation of your teeth is completed your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be used by the dental laboratory to create your custom porcelain veneers. Once fabricated, you will return to have the porcelain veneers placed onto your teeth. Initially your dentist will place the veneers to check that the color, shape and size is as desired. If they meet all your expectations, the dentist will bond them to your teeth creating your new smile.
How do I care for my porcelain veneers?
Dental visits should continue as usual. Brushing and flossing will help prevent decay around your veneers. Porcelain veneers are quite strong but it is possible to break / fracture them. The following activities should be avoided like breaking nuts with teeth, tearing open packages, biting and tearing hard items and ice chewing.
How long porcelain veneers last?
The longevity of porcelain veneers will vary from individual to individual. The general rule is they last about 10 - 15 years although some can expect a longer lifespan for them. If porcelain veneers chip, crack or show any wear they can be replaced refreshing your smile.
Kids First Dental Visit To The Clinic
"Where rising stars grow shining smiles"
Congratulations on the arrival of your little one! Having a baby is an exciting time as there are so many things to know and do, especially if you are a first time parent. We know keeping them happy while you try to get some sleep is at the top of the list! It is not surprising that you probably haven't even thought of what to do when your baby gets his / her first tooth. At the first dental visit, we will look at your child's early oral health and make recommendations about the best way to care for his / her teeth. The earlier that the issues are caught, the easier to resolve and to ensure everything is progressing appropriately. We have seen the problems that can arise from delaying treatment, and we take pride in helping families prevent unnecessary ailments.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
"First visit by first birthday" is the general rule. To prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist (specialists in dentistry for children and teens) when the first tooth appears, usually between 6 and 12 months of age, certainly no later than his / her first birthday.
How can I help my child through the teething stage?
Sore gums when teeth erupt are part of the normal eruption process. The discomfort is eased for some children by use of a teething biscuit, a piece of a toast or a frozen teething ring. Your pharmacy should also have medications that can be rubbed on the gums to reduce the discomfort.
How should I clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head, especially one designed for infants, is the best choice for infants. Brushing at least once a day, at bed time, will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
Do not use fluoridated toothpaste until 3 years of age. Earlier than that, clean your child's teeth with water and a soft - bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing .Use no more than a pea - sized amount of toothpaste and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste.
Can thumb sucking be harmful for my child's teeth?
Thumb and Pacifier sucking habits that go on for a long period of time can create crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist. Most children stop these habits on their own.
If my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, should it still be filled?
Primary or "Baby" teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help to children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Some of them are necessary until a child is 12 years old or longer. Pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health and premature loss of teeth are just a few of the problems that can happen when baby teeth are neglected. Also, because tooth decay is really an infection and will spread, decay on baby teeth can cause decay on permanent teeth. Proper care of baby teeth is instrumental in enhancing the health of your child.
How do dental sealants work and why are they so important?
Dental Sealants are an effective way to prevent cavities especially for those children with a history of tooth decay. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This prevents food particles from getting caught in the teeth causing cavities. The pediatric dentist applies the invisible protector by drying and conditioning the teeth painting on the sealant and then light curing it to harden. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
What is the role of dental fluoride in pediatric dentistry?
Along with dental sealants, dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain excellent dental health in children. Fluoride treatments are both safe and effective in decreasing the cavity prevalence in children by 95% specifically, when combined with dental sealants. Making the tooth more impervious to acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth, fluoride acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and actually has the ability to reverse the early signs of a dental decay. Ask your pediatric dentist about professional fluoride treatment for your child.
How safe are dental x - rays? Why are they so important?
There is very little risk in dental x - rays. You actually get more radiation by getting out in the sun for 10 minutes than you get with a digital radiograph. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and digital radiography are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. Without x - rays the dentists may not be able to see cavities that are forming between a child's teeth. With an x - ray the dentists can detect a cavity early on and treat it with a small filling. Without an x - ray the dentists will not be able to detect the cavity until it is so large that it may require a crown to be placed.
What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?
The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth, gently place it in a glass of saline solution or milk to keep it moist until you get to the dentist's office. To avoid damaging the root, hold the tooth only by the crown. Thoroughly examine your child's mouth for fragments of the tooth if it's broken, and immediately take your child and the glass to the pediatric dentist.
How To Choose Your Cosmetic Dentist
"Everything you have to know about a specialized cosmetic doctor.............read on"
Things are going well at work, and you are about to be added to the next big account. You have got your numbers and your presentation prepared, but what's really making you nervous is your smile. Your teeth are a bit discolored, not to mention they overlap, and you always feel nervous about meeting new clients because of your smile. May be it's time to update your look and achieve the smile you have always dreamed of, but how do you choose the right cosmetic dentist?
When you are ready to enhance your teeth it's a big decision, and who you work with is important. You might start by scheduling consultation appointments to meet with prospective providers and discuss their treatment philosophies and ideas for improving your teeth. The consultation is a great time for you to ask questions, and you shouldn't be afraid to ask about their continuing education and experience with cosmetic dentistry, which will give you insight into their skill level. You can also ask to see before and after pictures of their work so that you can see the level of artistry they offer. Reading online reviews to see what their patients are saying about their own experiences is a good way to determine if the practice is the right fit for your needs or not.
When researching cosmetic dentists, you can follow these guidelines to help you find someone qualified to perform the work you want done.
Do you have friends or family who had cosmetic dental work done? Ask them about their experience with the doctor and how they feel about the results. If they feel happy about the work, get the name of the doctor.
Every dentist has a biography page on the office's website. Read through the doctor's biography and find out where he / she earned his / her degree. What areas he / she specialized in and what type of continuing education courses he / she had taken. The most qualified cosmetic dentists will have membership in the American academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. These doctors stay ahead of their competitors by staying informed of the latest techniques and technology available for cosmetic dentistry. Doctors who are accredited members of the AACD have received even more training and have a greater level of expertise in cosmetic dentistry.
If you seek one particular cosmetic procedure, you can search for dentists who specialize in that area of dentistry. For instance, if you worry about chip off tooth and a gap in front teeth, a quick look at Dr.Krinita Motwani's biography on our website would show you that she does specialize in cosmetic dentistry. This would make her a very good choice for the work you want to have completed.
Most dentists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry will feature before and after pictures of their work on the practice's website. If a dentist does not have photos on his website be sure to ask for some so you can assess the quality of work he / she does.
Reading other patient's testimonials and looking at before and after photos are good ways to gauge the quality of a cosmetic dentist's work. Spend some time exploring their website to check out success stories.
"Yes! Dental Implants...... Don't miss life because of missing teeth"
Dental implants as we know them today were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Today, they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. The success rate for dental implants is close to 98%. Your doctor suggested a dental implant to replace a tooth, you immediately have many questions about implants including the process, total cost, and what to expect from the surgery. You can always ask your dentist these questions, but you may not think of important questions until you have already left the office. To ensure all your questions are answered before you get a dental implant, read our comprehensive list of the common questions (and the complete answers) prior to scheduling your surgery. Replacing a lost tooth is important to restore maximum function, maintaining the alignment of surrounding teeth and preserving the facial contours. Your pearly whites don't just look pretty, they are important place holders for each other. Over time, those teeth adjacent to a toothless gap can drift to fill the space and move out of alignment. An Implant is actually a tooth root replacement to which a separately fabricated crown is attached. For successful implantation, there must be a sufficient amount of healthy jaw bone to anchor the implant and the adjacent gums and teeth must be healthy. Some common facts regarding dental implants are:
- Dental implants are the next big thing to your healthy natural teeth.
- Dental implants are built to last that makes them your best long-term, cost effective solution.
- Dental implants allow you to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth.
- Dental implants retain your natural face shape and smile.
- Dental implants protect your healthy bone.
- Dental implants keep your teeth in your mouth - not in a cup like dentures.
- Dental implants allow you to speak easy so you are not embarrassed.
- Dental implants allow you to eat your favourite foods.
- No cavities with dental implants.
- Dental implants are more predictable than other repair and restoration methods.
What exactly is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a threaded titanium screw which is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Many people incorrectly believe that a dental implant makes up the entire replacement tooth; in fact, the implant replaces the root only. The dentist places the crown or cap on top of the replacement root.
Why do people get Dental Implants?
If a person is missing a tooth or a series of teeth, a dental implant may be suggested. Missing teeth can cause a number of problems including difficulties in chewing or eating. Advantages of having dental implants are:
- Dental implant offers an independent support and retention to crowns and bridge work.
- Dental implant preserves the natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down the adjacent teeth like in conventional bridgework.
- Dental implants will preserve bone and significantly reduces bone deterioration that results in loss of jaw bone height. Once one gets dental implants, they no longer have to struggle with gaps caused by missing teeth. These people feel more confident in their smile and can attend social functions without fear of uncomfortable situations. Dental implants give one a beautiful smile, more confidence and the ability to resume eating solid foods without worry.
Does the body ever reject an Implant?
Very rarely does a person's body reject a dental implant. The jawbone readily accepts the implant and the few rejections that do occur are caused by rare allergies to the titanium alloy that makes up the implant. Another reason for implant failure comes from the person's care after surgery. Without great oral hygiene, regular teeth fail and eventually fall out. A dental implant is no different. Taking care of your teeth, even the implants, prevents gum decay and structure failure in the long run.
- People suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease.
- Patients who have had radiation therapy to head or neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
It is contraindicated in cancer, immune disorders, pregnant and person below 16 years of age.
Are Dental Implants noticeable?
Not even you will be able to tell you have a dental implant. Implants are made to feel completely natural in the mouth. The dentist matches the colour and the shape of your other teeth to the crown on the implant. The only way to discover a dental implant involves a radiograph (x-ray) to show the metal that replaced the root of the tooth.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants have been proven safe for patients whose health allows for surgery. They provide a longer-lasting alternative to a bridge or dentures and restore comparatively more functionality to teeth. Persons who smoke or suffer from bone loss issues may not be a good candidate for dental implants. Speak to your dentist to see if you qualify for surgery.
What is the procedure of placing a Dental Implant?
The entire process takes around 4-6 months and is done in two stages, unless more complex surgery is required.
During the 1st appointment, your surgeon inserts the implant into the jaw bone. Then the surgeon covers the implant with gum tissue to allow the implant to heal properly. Placing a single implant may take as little as 30 minutes, while a complex surgery requiring multiple replacements can take more than 1-2 hours. After the implant is placed, the surgeon sends you home with a temporary bridge or denture so that your teeth appear cosmetically intact.
2-3 months later, you return to the dentist for fabrication of the crown on the dental implant .Measurements are taken for the same and 2 weeks later, you come in for the final fittings. This may take just 1 appointment or you may need to come in multiple times to ensure the correct size, colour and proportion of the new tooth.
How long will Dental Implants last?
Dental implants last up to 40 years if taken care of properly. They often last a life time for patients that regularly brush, floss and follow the dental recommendations made at their checkups. While a dentist cannot guarantee the long term success of a dental implant, the dentist can provide guidelines and suggestions to better care for your teeth. These suggestions are based on proper hygiene procedures, your own genetic history including diseases that run in your family and your nutritional habits.