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Solutions for When You Need to Replace Multiple Missing Teeth

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Solutions for When You Need to Replace Multiple Missing Teeth

It can be fascinating to consider what was once used as replacement teeth. Some 4000 years ago, people used bamboo pegs to replace their missing teeth. Copper pegs and even sea shells have also been used over the years. Now dentists can work miracles when it comes to replacing missing teeth. A single tooth can be replaced with a dental implant which will look and function just as a natural tooth would. The fairly high cost of a dental implant means that it might not be a feasible choice when it comes to replacing multiple teeth. If you have a number of missing teeth due to an accident or tooth decay, what are some of your options for making your smile complete once again? Partial Dentures This is perhaps the most common way to replace multiple missing teeth, and yet in some ways it can also be the most inconvenient. Partial dentures are when the missing teeth are attached to a dental plate that is held against the roof or base of your mouth as needed. While they do not replace all your teeth (as full dentures would), they still need to be treated in the same fashion as full dentures. This means that they will benefit from being soaked at night, and you will also notice a reduction in your bite pressure which might place some limitations on what you can eat. Denture Implants Implant-supported dentures (also known as denture implants) are still detachable and yet they have a clear advantage over traditional partial dentures. The dentures are securely held in place by small metallic implants that protrude from your gums. The dentures then click into place and will not shift as traditional dentures might. The reduction in your bite pressure is infinitely less noticeable and the implant dentures feel far more natural than traditional partial dentures. Dental Bridges Dental bridges offer an even more permanent feeling solution. Prosthetic teeth are fabricated and then attached to a metal bridge. This bridge is then connected to your natural teeth on either side of the gap to be filled. Your natural teeth might need to be reinforced with dental crowns in order to support this extra weight. This can be an excellent option if you don’t like the idea of detachable dentures. You don’t have to put up with multiple missing teeth, and so it’s good to know that you have a number of...

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Angular Cheilitis: Prevention and Cure

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Angular Cheilitis: Prevention and Cure

Angular cheilitis is a skin infection that causes cracking and soreness at the corners (‘angles’) of your mouth. The condition is usually caused by a build-up of the yeast Candida albicans, and symptoms include a burning sensation and redness around the mouth. If you wear dentures, chances are that these are causing the yeast build-up, because dentures often have insufficient support for the corners of your mouth. Read on for tips on how to cure this pesky condition and prevent it from reoccurring. Home and pharmacy remedies Most cases of angular cheilitis will clear up on their own after a few weeks. However, for those who don’t wish to put up with the discomfort for that long, there are a few inexpensive home and over-the-counter remedies that you can try. Applying topical creams and balms such as aloe vera gel and petroleum jelly can help reduce the burning sensation associated with angular cheilitis. However, the use of balms will only provide temporary relief from the symptoms of the condition and is not a permanent cure if the underlying cause is not treated.  Anti-fungal creams such as nystatin (branded as Mycostatin) can be used to address the yeast build-up causing your angular cheilitis. Generally, using an anti-fungal cream will resolve the symptoms of your infection within two weeks, but again, the issue is likely to recur if your dentures are not adjusted. When to see your doctor The Charles Clifford Dental Hospital recommends that a patient with stubborn angular cheilitis visits their doctor if symptoms have not cleared up within two weeks. Most cases of angular cheilitis are caused by a yeast infection, but other factors, such as staphylococcus (bacteria) infection or vitamin B12 deficiency, may be present. Your doctor can conduct mouth swabs and blood tests to determine the exact cause. If it is confirmed that C. albicans is indeed the culprit, then your doctor can prescribe stronger anti-fungal medication than what can be bought over-the-counter. Patients should also see a doctor if their symptoms are especially severe, or worsen during the course of treatment. Signs of a severe infection include blisters or strong pain when opening your mouth. Preventing a relapse As previously outlined, the yeast build-up that causes cases of angular cheilitis in people with dentures is usually due to poor-fitting dentures that do not support the corners of the mouth. While anti-fungal creams can temporarily relieve symptoms, chances are that if you do not have your dentures adjusted, the yeast build-up will occur again. Try to avoid licking your lips too frequently, and, as always, be sure to clean your dentures every night to stop infection in its...

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Dental Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Should You Choose for your Cosmetic Dentistry?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Should You Choose for your Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are meant to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. Dental crowns and veneers are among the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment options available for patients with defective teeth. Both are permanent forms of dental restorations which are placed on an existing natural tooth.  However, the choice between the two can be quite confusing for most people. Which of these two should you choose to restore the appearance of your teeth and a beautiful smile? Here is a comparison that should help you choose the better of the two treatment options. Dental crowns A dental crown is a restorative material that completely covers a tooth, and is used to fix surface defects and strengthen it. Dental crowns are ideal for correcting the following dental issues: Severely cracked or chipped teeth Crooked or defectively shaped teeth Old and unappealing dental fillings After root canal treatment to improve the strength of the tooth Crowns usually take the shape and size of your natural teeth; therefore, they have to be custom made to your tooth structure. On the downside, they can be a little invasive since some restructuring of the natural teeth has to be done to ensure that the crown does not interfere with your bite. Also, the procedure of custom making crowns and having them fixed can be quite lengthy and costly. Dental veneers A dental veneer is a thin shell of ceramic or resin filling material that is applied to the surface of the tooth to improve the shape and appearance. Unlike crowns which cover the entire tooth, veneers cover the front and side edges of the teeth. They are an ideal option if you want to correct the following dental issues: Stained or discolored teeth Small gaps between teeth Cracked and chipped teeth Asymmetrical teeth Minor teeth misalignment issues Compared to crowns, dental veneers are minimally invasive, and only a small amount of enamel is removed to enhance the bond between the veneer and the tooth. They can also be matched to the exact color of your enamel so that they remain invisible. They can even be used on teeth that have been previously treated with crowns to give them a natural appearance. Dental veneers take a shorter time to prepare and fix as compared to crowns, but they can also be quite costly. The choice between crowns and veneers primarily depends on the condition that you intend to fix. However, other factors such as cost and treatment period may also come into play. Weigh the two options and talk to your cosmetic dentist for further advice on the best option to improve the appearance of your...

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Why Opt for a Dental Implant?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Opt for a Dental Implant?

Getting a dental implant is not like getting false teeth; an implant is a permanent tooth that is screwed into the jawbone, so it requires a surgery, sometimes more than one, to have it fitted and put into place. Since getting a bridge may be somewhat easier overall, and perhaps even cheaper, why opt for a dental implant? Note a few considerations to keep in mind. Oral health In order to support a bridge, teeth around the area of the missing tooth often need to be reduced or drilled down, as they act as an anchor for that bridge. If they are not reduced, there is no room in the mouth for the bridge itself. This can reduce the health of those teeth, as they may be more susceptible to cavities and decay when they have their outer layers removed. With a dental implant, these surrounding teeth are rarely affected or altered for the surgery, so your overall oral health is preserved.  Implants can also be easier to clean and maintain, as you don’t need to remove them and clean them separately from your other teeth as you do with a bridge. The implant is cleaned at the same time as your other teeth, which also preserves your overall oral health. Durability Dental bridges can be very durable, but they are not made with the same materials as implants and may not last as long. As they are not anchored into the jawbone, they may be susceptible to breakage from impact. A dental implant is meant to last for many decades, if not even a lifetime. Easier eating Food can get stuck under a dental bridge or pull it out of place, and some foods may be too hard to bite into with a bridge. For some, this can mean that their health suffers, if they turn to a soft foods diet or avoid healthy foods like apples and nuts in favor of sugary baked goods. With a dental implant, not only is eating more enjoyable since you are rarely restricted when it comes to your diet, but you may actually enjoy a healthier diet as well. Speech Dental bridges can slip, even with adhesives. This can make speaking difficult, something to consider especially if you make speeches or presentations or consistently meet new people in the course of your career. With a dental implant, there is no worry of having the tooth slip out of place so your speaking is always as clear as if you had all of your own...

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Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have Osteoporosis?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have Osteoporosis?

The importance of teeth cannot be emphasized any further. They help in eating, chewing and in uttering meaningful words. A person with a full set of teeth also tends to have a better self-esteem as compared to a person who is missing a tooth or two. As you age, however, you may begin to lose your teeth. But that isn’t much of a concern nowadays due to the success of dental implant treatment. Dental implants function the same way as your natural teeth. And on top of that, they restore your confidence. If you are suffering from osteoporosis, you could be asking yourself if your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants. The answer to your question is yes, but the success of the treatment may depend on how fast you act to get the implants. What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that affects the bones. With the disease in play, the bones (including the jawbone) lose calcium and slowly, they lose their strength. And because of this, the bones become prone to fractures. Osteoporosis tends to affect women more than men, especially women who are past their menopause. There is a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates that is used to curb the effects of osteoporosis. However, it has been found that the drugs can result in jawbone complications and hinder the progress of dental implant treatment. In medical terms, the complications are referred to as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis or BRON in short. What happens is that the drugs prevent the flow of blood to the bones, which result in the death of the bones. Can You Insert Implants If You Have Osteoporosis? According to research studies, it is absolutely possible to get implants if you have osteoporosis. In one study, 24 women who were past their menopause were examined. 12 of them had missing teeth and were suffering from osteoporosis. The other 12 had missing teeth but were not suffering from the disease. So doctors replaced all of their teeth with dental implants and waited for a year. After one year, the results were impressive. There was bone loss in both groups of women but the implants were still intact. What If You Are Taking Bisphosphonates? With less blood flowing to the jawbone, it becomes hard for the jawbone to support dental implants. However, dental implant treatment could be possible if you are taking bisphosphonate drugs under one condition. That is if you act early; conclusions from the same study imply that you should have the implants inserted immediately after you have had your teeth removed. When you delay, you risk suffering from...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DENTAL EMERGENCY TIPS | 4 COMMON CRISES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM

We all know accidents happen; many of which may lead to the dreaded dental emergencies. Broken or cracked teeth, severe toothache and soft tissue injuries are just some of the more common ones that require a visit to an emergency dentist. But fear not, there is always something you can do; ways to reduce the negative impact of these emergencies even before you go to the dentist. These are made all the more important by the fact that whatever you do in the first moments during a dental emergency goes a long way in ensuring an outcome you can smile about. Here are some emergency situations and immediate actions to take before visiting the dentist. Knocked out teeth. Nothing quite comes close to the sight and sensation of your teeth outside the confines of your mouth, but following these steps will make sure the experience will be as short-lived as possible. First, retrieve the tooth and gently clean it using warm water, taking care not to remove any fragments or tissues still attached. If possible, try to gently reinsert the tooth into its socket. If this fails, place the tooth in a slightly saline solution or in milk to preserve it before heading to the dentist as soon as possible. Doing so ensures that the tooth remains viable for reinsertion back into its socket. When the dentist does this correctly, it will be as though nothing happened. Cracked or broken teeth. Quickly rinse the mouth with warm water to keep it clean, and ensure that any fragments present are all removed. Use a cold compress (ice wrapped in a cloth) to reduce any swelling that may result and relieve pain. Over the counter painkillers also come in handy at this point to reduce the pain. Immediately head to the dentist. Loose or extruded teeth. Here, the main thing to avoid is trying to force the tooth back into place. Doing so will completely knock it out, since its foundation in the gum is already compromised. If possible, gently nudge the tooth back into place, or use a gauze or moist tissue to stabilize the tooth before visiting your dentist. Soft tissue injuries. These involve injuries to the lips, tongue, gums and any other soft tissues of the mouth. They mostly result in bleeding which has to be controlled to reduce the risk of infection since the mouth can easily get contaminated. Rinse the mouth using warm water then apply pressure to the bleeding site using a cloth or gauze. When there is swelling, feel free to use a cold...

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4 Tooth-Friendly Snacks for Your Kids

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tooth-Friendly Snacks for Your Kids

If you’re a parent, you no doubt worry about giving too many sweets to your kids. However, according to a 2013 report, tooth decay is a problem for more than 50% of Australian children between the ages of six and 10, and one of the main causes of cavities in kids is eating too much sugar. Therefore, even if you don’t think your kids eat too many sweets, it’s worth keeping an eye on their general sugar intake. However, don’t despair; there are plenty of healthy snacks available that your children can snack on to keep their teeth healthy — snacks that they will enjoy and that will give you peace of mind. 1. Popcorn Most kids love popcorn, and this snack can actually be really nutritious and tooth-friendly if prepared the right way. Instead of buying packs of microwavable popcorn, buy whole popcorn and let your child help you cook it (they’ll be a lot more likely to try fresh popcorn if they’ve had the opportunity to see it pop in the pan!) To prepare, simply heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan (coconut oil is a great choice) on a medium-low heat and add a handful of raw popcorn kernels. Put the lid back on. Move the pan around to make sure the popcorn doesn’t burn, and once you can count more than about a couple of seconds between pops, the popcorn is done! 2. Yoghurt Yoghurt is a popular choice with many children thanks to its creamy texture, but not all yoghurt is created equally. Avoid any yoghurts that are full of sugar, opting instead for natural yoghurts that aren’t flavoured. If plain yoghurt is too tart for your child, you can always chop up a banana and mix that in, or add a tiny bit of honey or maple syrup. Greek yoghurt is usually very low in sugar and still extra creamy, making it a great option for kids. 3. Fruit smoothies If your child has a craving for something sweet, hold back on the candy and make a nutritious smoothie instead. For a quick, easy smoothie that will delight the pickiest eater, blend a frozen banana with half a cup of unsweetened almond milk (or regular cow’s milk if your child prefers). With the natural sweetness from the banana, your child will barely notice there is no sugar added. For a bit of extra protein, add a teaspoon of peanut butter. 4. Cheese According to a 2013 report by US journal General Dentistry, eating cheese may help prevent tooth decay in kids, making it a great snack for your children. So, whether it’s small cubes of cheddar or chunks of Camembert, let your child munch on cheese when they are in the mood for a snack. As well as providing these snacks, talk to your children about the importance of regular brushing and flossing to maintain healthy, cavity-free teeth. For more advice on how to keep your children’s teeth healthy, talk to your...

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Should You Use Veneers to Straighten Crooked Teeth?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Use Veneers to Straighten Crooked Teeth?

If one or more of your front teeth isn’t aligned quite straight, you may feel that your smile looks crooked. This may make you feel self-conscious and anxious about the way your teeth look, and you may be considering ways to straighten up your smile. While braces may be the traditional way to straighten teeth, you can also look at other options such as veneers. During this treatment, veneer shells are placed over your teeth, kind of like false nails. If you have a tooth that doesn’t sit straight, your dentist can position a veneer to cover over the shape of your tooth, making it look straight instead of crooked. But what are the pros and cons of using veneers to straighten your teeth? The Advantages of Using Veneers to Fix Crooked Teeth Veneers can be a good way of fixing minor cosmetic issues with your teeth. For example, if you only have one tooth that is slightly out of alignment or just a couple that are a little crooked, you may not want to have all of your teeth braced just to fix a couple of minor problems. Veneers are also a relatively quick and immediate treatment compared to other straightening options such as braces. You only need a few appointments with your dentist to have a veneer made and fitted; you may have to wear braces for months or even years before you get the results you want. You may also be happier with the costs of veneers compared to other straightening treatments. A single veneer has an average cost of between $480-1,300, depending on the type of veneer you use. A set of braces will typically cost you at least $4,500. While veneers have some benefits over braces, you should consider the disadvantages before you make a decision on how to fix your teeth. The Disadvantages of Using Veneers to Fix Crooked Teeth While veneers may be an effective way to fix one or two teeth with minor problems, it may be better to opt for braces if a few of your teeth are crooked or if they are badly misaligned. While veneers can fix small cosmetic problems, they cover up misalignments rather than fixing them. They may not, therefore, be the best option if you have jaw or bite problems or overcrowding issues. Veneers may also permanently change the surface of your teeth. For example, your dentist may have to shave off some of your enamel to make room for the veneer to fit naturally on a tooth. You can’t then decide to stop using the veneer and to go back to your natural teeth. This is less of an issue if you use no-prep veneers that require less enamel removal; however, even these veneers may damage your enamel when they are removed. While the initial costs of veneers may be cheaper than braces, you also have to factor in long-term maintenance costs. Veneers may need replacing over time; you may also need a new one fitted if you break or chip a shell. If you still aren’t sure whether veneers are the right option for you, ask your dentist for advice. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a veneer; in others, you may be advised to use braces or a different way of...

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Symptoms That Could Indicate the Development of Enamel Dysplasia

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Symptoms That Could Indicate the Development of Enamel Dysplasia

The condition enamel dysplasia refers to decreased levels of enamel in your teeth. Enamel is essential as it acts as a protective layer for soft tissue in your teeth such as the dentin and the pulp. When the levels of enamel in your teeth begin declining, you become susceptible to teeth malformations, which may require restorative measures to remedy. That is why it is prudent to have this condition diagnosed early by an endodontist so that it can be corrected before it affects the structural integrity of your teeth. The following are some of the symptoms that could indicate the development of enamel dysplasia. The onset of fissures and pits in your teeth. It is normal for your premolars and molars to erupt with grooves on the top of the teeth. These grooves are referred to as fissures and pits and they function to facilitate the grinding of food without causing damage to the teeth in the process. If you notice that these fissures and pits are becoming hollower or if they begin forming on your other teeth, chances are you are developing enamel dysplasia. Leaving this symptom unchecked creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to release acid. The acid further eats away at the already diminishing enamel, hence compounding the problem. Thinning of your teeth’s enamel. Another symptom that could indicate the development of enamel dysplasia is if you notice your teeth looking thinner than they normally are. As the enamel begins to thin out, the overall structure of your tooth begins to decrease in size. This is especially worrisome in children who are growing their permanent teeth. Not addressing the thinning could lead to eventual tooth loss due to the weakening of the structure of the tooth. Sudden discolouration of your teeth’s surface. Teeth discolouration tends to be a common problem adults have due to a range of factors such as the foods they eat, the beverages they ingest, and smoking. This is easily remedied by paying a visit to your cosmetic dentist and having your teeth whitened. However, teeth discolouration caused by enamel dysplasia tends to be intrinsic rather than extrinsic. This means it develops from the inside of the tooth causing mottling on the enamel itself. The discolouration will typically be brown and yellow and will not be a uniform discolouration on all teeth. This type of discolouration may also be caused due to ingesting high amounts of fluoride, typically in drinking water. Paying a visit to your endodontist will determine whether it is enamel dysplasia or...

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Which Chewing Gum Best Helps Prevent Tooth Decay?

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Chewing Gum Best Helps Prevent Tooth Decay?

While you may be surprised if your dentist recommends that you chew sugar-free gum as part of your dental hygiene routine, this is a proven way of helping keep your teeth and gums in good order. Which kinds of chewing gum have the best dental benefits and which ones should you avoid? All Sugar-Free Gums Create More Protective Saliva Chewing on any sugar-free gum gives your mouth a helping hand with saliva production. The more you make your mouth chew, the more saliva it produces. While this may not seem a big deal, saliva plays a pivotal role in your oral health. For example, saliva helps wash your mouth clean naturally and protects your teeth and gums. If you chew a piece of sugar-free gum after a meal or a snack, the increase of saliva that goes hand in hand with chewing may go some way to keeping food sugars and acids away from your teeth and gums where they can do harm. This may reduce the risks of dental problems such as tooth decay and acid erosion. Some Gums Are Also Bacteria Killers While all sugar-free gums have dental benefits, some also give you added protection from oral bacteria. These chewing gums may help you protect your teeth and gums by giving you a saliva boost; however, they may also have an active effect on your oral bacteria. For example, chewing gum that contains the natural sweetener xylitol is considered to reduce the formation of cavities by up to 70%. Unlike sugar, which bacteria feed on to produce tooth-harmful acids, xylitol isn’t a good meal for bacteria. Bacteria think that xylitol is a regular sugar and will try to eat it; however, bacteria can’t digest this sweetener and will then die. Chewing on a xylitol gum that also contains the CPP-ACP milk protein can potentially give your teeth an extra boost up the dental health scale. This protein also helps fight decay and may help remineralise and even repair teeth after acid attacks. Gums to Avoid The flavour of the sugar-free gum you chew may impact your dental health. While a regular mint-flavoured sugar-free gum is beneficial to your teeth, other flavours may cause dental problems. For example, chewing sugar-free gum with a fruit flavour may expose your teeth to acidic flavourings. The acids in these flavours may damage your teeth through dental erosion. You should also avoid chewing regular gums containing sugar. A regular gum may help your saliva production but this benefit is reduced by the gum’s sugar content. A regular gum is more likely to damage your teeth by coating them in sugar than to help protect them. Chewing sugar-free gum may help keep your teeth and gums in good shape; however, gum is not a substitute for traditional dental care. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth and to have regular check-ups with your...

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