Occasional dental checkups, cleaning and corrective procedures seem to be necessary. If teeth have been neglected for years or maybe decades, lots will need to be done. While aches, infections, and extractions or emergencies would require dedicated dental treatments, what about the esthetic factors? Even though no physical problem may be bothering you, discolored or crooked teeth can be very depressing. Such conditions not only lead to a loss of confidence but are certainly very unhealthy. A cheerful personality that studies and works well is expressed not only through stylish dresses and hairstyles but pretty teeth too!
Get rid of apprehensions
Advanced technology has a solution for whatever dental problem may be plaguing you. While miracles may not be expected, a tremendous improvement in the appearance of teeth, whether in shape, color, longevity or alignment is quite feasible. Diagnosis is easily accomplished on computer screens. Molds and implants are all customized, prepared by software in the laboratory and so the chances of human error do not exist. Besides, everything is healthy and hygienic; the office experience is relaxed and friendly with all the necessary instructions and advice rendered.
A lengthy session with the mirror would remind where the weaknesses lie if any. While nature may not be all that perfect in the best of times, a helping hand may be necessary to get the best out of the teeth that need to serve for a lifetime. Aging leads to many problems, including weakening teeth.
The traditional metal braces of the olden days presented some problems like discomfort. Besides, everybody would know what you were up to. Invisalign gets rid of such issues. Being transparent, nobody will know and there is no discomfort. You receive a series of those molds that are worn consecutively. Gradually, the teeth move into alignment. You get to see the images beforehand of what would happen later.
Not everybody suffers from the crooked teeth syndrome. If alert, it is often observed that certain teeth are cracked or chipped, often due to the usual wear and tear. Falls or biting on very hard substances could also create such problems. The tooth shape could be artistically restored with little porcelain molds that copy the exact shape and feel of the original tooth. It will last very long too with nothing to worry about. Get it all fixed for good with cosmetic dentistry.
Small things matter so much
Life is not only about the mighty and the sensational! The little things like teeth could have the enormous significance of course. The sooner it is realized the better. Effective dental health means a lot not only for the successful personality but the chewing process. The face and jaws, teeth and gums are intimately related and play their unique roles in the daily functioning of the individual.
Making decisions about treatments would require a consultation and diagnosis. Even if nothing major is required to be done with no physical problem, perhaps teeth whitening would bring new life to the stained, yellowing teeth. The natural process of daily use discolors the teeth rather rapidly and restoring the whiteness and the sparkle is not a very time consuming or costly procedure. Get it done expertly in the office or carry home a DIY kit. There is absolutely no pain or discomfort and the gums are well protected. The whitening goes one step beyond cleaning that is a common practice adopted on a regular basis to get rid of all sorts of toxins that accumulate on the teeth surface.
Implants and Restorations
Technology is constantly improving and gums may be esthetically shaped too just like facial contours may be altered. Why should you carry around a set of unshapely teeth that resemble the mouth of a monster or weird alien? Shaping may be quickly done. If teeth are missing due to infections or accidents, implants would restore much of the original and result in teeth stronger than nature could have made them. If half the tooth is destroyed, you have a choice between a restoration with a crown or an extraction, followed by a complete implant. The implant finally fuses with the jaw. Explore some of the wonders of cosmetic dentistry before it is too late.
If you have crooked teeth, a overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you may qualify for orthodontic treatment that can correct your bite and give you a straight smile. Many people mistakenly think that braces are only available for children, but in fact orthodontics can be used to benefit just about any age group. To determine whether or not orthodontic treatment may be the right option for you, it's helpful to first take a look at the types of problems that this treatment can solve, as well as what the various benefits of orthodontic treatment are. The first step towards any treatment is to sit down with your dentist for X-rays and a consultation, however.
There are numerous problems that orthodontics is meant to treat. Some of these can include gaps between the teeth, affected teeth, a overbite or underbite, or crooked teeth. If your smile does not line up correctly and you have a crooked bite, then gently moving the teeth through orthodontic treatment may get your teeth back in the right order, giving you a smooth, straight smile and a well-aligned bite. This full process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years for completion, although this number may vary on the individual.
Some of the methods used to do this include the use of traditional braces as well as other forms of movement brackets. The full-on headgear and rubber bands of the past are still used in extreme cases, but with the latest orthodontics methods on the market you can move your teeth without anyone notice in many cases. Some of the benefits of straightening your smile can include improving your self-confidence, and producing a better facial profile by realigning the jaws for cosmetic purposes.
Other benefits associated with orthodontics include the possibility of improving the bite, reducing the risk of potential injury or tooth loss in the case of protruding teeth, and making tea easier to clean. When they are crowded together, flossing and brushing can prove to be difficult, while straight teeth with even spaces can be monitored more closely for hygienic purposes. Having straight teeth can make it easier to speak and eliminate any stress or pressure on the jaw joints, while reducing stress on the surface of teeth. These are but a few of the benefits that are associated with proper orthodontic treatment.
Generally, although orthodontics can be performed at any age, the youngger the patient is, the better, after the initial permanent teeth have come in. The ideal age for many orthodontists is to start with patients around the age of 12 or 13. This is because youngger patients have bones and teeth that are easier to move, and tend to have less dental work such as implants or bridges to work around. However, with orthodontic technology having growing in leaps and bounds in recent years, it's possible to treat patients of any age and condition, for a smooth, straight, and hygienic smile. For best results, the teeth and gums should be healthy before treatment commences.[Top]
Are you tired of the yellow teeth when you smile? You may want to consider dental veneers instead of anything else. What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are used to make your teeth look brighter and healthier. Cosmetic dentists will put the dental veneers on your teeth in order to improve your smile. Veneers are made from a porcelain material and are in the shape of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth to ensure a long lasting hold that looks natural. There are many different styles to choose from so you can customize your smile.
When you first come to the dentist office, your dentist will want to clean your teeth to ensure that your mouth is clean and there are no bacteria or germs in the way. Next the dentist will remove the surface of your teeth in order to help bond the dental veneers directly against the original teeth. Then the dentist will take a dental impression of your teeth which will then be sent away in order to make a custom set of porcelain veneers. While your veneers is being ordered your dentist may place a temporary set of dental veneers in order to keep your teeth from becoming sensitive due to the enamel being removed from the teeth. During this time, you will need to be careful about what you eat and drink so you do not cause damage to the temporary veneers. Your dentist may give you a list of restrictions that you must abide by while you are waiting.
Once your porcelain veneers come in, your dental office will call and let you know as well as schedule you to come in. Once your appointment arrives, your dentist will put you in the chair, clean your teeth, and then place the porcelain veneers on your teeth. This is a slow process in order to make sure that the porcelain veneers lines up correctly. During this time, your dentist may need to shave the tooth off a bit in order to make sure that the dental veneers fit comfortably and perfectly before leaving the dentist office. There are several options with veneers but it is important that you get them to fit exactly right otherwise they will constantly bother you while you are wearing them.
You will need to be careful about what you eat and drink for a while because your teeth will be intolerable to staining since the enamel was shaved off. You will need to go back to your dentist on a regular basis in order to get your teeth cleaned and effectively keep them healthy so your smile will be just as you want it to be. When you get home, your teeth may also be sensitive to cold and hot things. You will need to sip soon until you find out what you are sensitive to.
Although it may seem difficult to undergo the complete procedure, but I'll say that it is actually worth the effort. When you smile, the early white teeth will not only look awesome, but will enhance your looks.[Top]
I wanted to let you know that here in the UK there are a group of registered dental care professionals called "Clinical Dental Technicians" or "Denturists". They are a small small group of Dental Professionals largely because of the time it takes to qualify. However, those are the Dental Professionals who have many years of experience in making dentures. as part of their qualifications they have to be first a Dental Technician before they can take the Clinical Training and Clinical Exams. In the UK they graduate from the Royal College Of Surgeons in London.
So these professionals like me are trained to make the dentures in a laboratory as well as the clinical side of dentistry. Most people think that a Dentist makes Dentures and go along to their existing Dentist for the provision of Dentures. Dentists in general are qualified to conserve and maintain natural teeth and they do not have the same background or training as Denturists. Denturists in the UK have studied in depth the clinical and technical side of Dentures, most denturists have studied for over 10 years for specialist qualifications in this specific area of Dentistry.
Currently in the UK if you need Dentures and have no remaining natural teeth you can go directly to a registered Clinical Dental Technician or Denturist, they will carry out a clinical assessment and provide both the clinical side and technical side of the treatment for you. If you have some remaining natural teeth then the Denturist will work closely with a Dentist will develop a treatment plan for you. As i said before we actually make the Dentistry ourselves as well as doing all the clinical work. as you can imagine this is a completely different service to that of seeing a Dentist who would do the clinical work and then send that off to a laboratory perhaps as far as turkey or china, yes thats correct the laboratory could be miles away and the person making the dentures has never even met you.
How do you find these people like myself, well you can go to the GDC website and click on find registrant and then click on Clinical Dental Technician, you can then enter a postcode or nothing and scroll through the list. Alternately you can call our center and we will find someone close as we can to your area. If you go to our website you can also get a free consumer report written by myself, that answers most of the common questions related to Dentures. If you go to the site just scroll down until you see on the left hand side which reads "Denture problems free report" or follow the link below. It is a completely free report, written in plain english to give consumers as much information as possible. I do hope that you find it informative as the more information you have the better informed you are in making the best choice for your treatment.If you have any other questions you can call me on 01342 325522 or email email@example.com[Top]
Statistics have shown that between 50 and 80 percent of American adults suffer from some extent of periodontal gum disease. Periodontal gum disease is caused by plaque build-up that causes inflammation of the gums. The symptoms include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; bad breath; painful chewing; sensitive teeth; and even tooth loss. With effective dental hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist, this disease can be preceded or treated if discovered in its early stages. If it persists into its advanced stages, dental practices provide treatment to promote healthy gum tissues and prevent tooth loss.
Periodontal gum disease has many stages and forms depending on the severity and the time left untreated. The initial stage is gingivitis. In this stage, the gums are red in appearance and exhibit mild inflammation and soreness. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis in which the bone tissue begins to deteriorate as the gum separates from the tooth. In the advanced stages of periodontitis, the gum separates further from the tooth as the bone deteriorates even more, causing the tooth to become loose and eventually fall out. In fact, periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is important to see a dentist at the first signs so that it does not progress into advanced periodontitis.
The treatment for periodontal gum disease revolves around cleansing the crevice where the gum meets the tooth, called the sulcus. The sulcus becomes deeper with disease and dentists take action when they notice these gaps to restore the health of the gums and prevent losing the tooth. Dentists typically use scaling and root planning to treat infected areas. Scaling is the process of removing plaque from the tooth and root surfaces above and below the gum line and is generally followed up with the process of root planning or the smoothing of the root surfaces so the gums can heal. The final step of the treatment is oral irrigation in which water is shot into the sulcus to flush out germs and plaque. Some dentists may also use antibiotic therapy along with the treatment to reduce pain and the risk of infection.
It is important to see a dentist at the first signs of periodontal gum disease so that it does not progress into advanced periodontitis with a risk of tooth loss. Reliable dental practices can effectively treat it with scaling and root planning as well as with antibiotic therapy to further aid in the healing process. Practicing good dental hygiene habits is the best line of defense against gum disease and if it does occur, be sure to visit a dentist immediately.[Top]
As temperatures rise, conversations regarding skin cancer become quite frequent. However, cancer prevention is a year round task, and visiting your dentist regularly may catch oral cancer early on in the game. The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that "… approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States." Some 25 percent of those people will die of the disease "and a new dental test can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working on developing the test. The product will allow dentist to use a brush to harvest cell samples from a patient's oral cavity. The technology is being worked on thanks to funding from a $ 2 million award awarded by the USA's National Institutes of Health.
The yet unspecified test is believed to generate an accurate oral cancer diagnosis in twenty minutes or less. Like other current cancer detection methods, at the present time oral cancer can only be confirmed with a biopsy and lab study. Depending on the location and work queue of the labs, getting the results may take time.
When it comes to any type of cancer, early detection is essential to conquering the disease. Tobacco users (both smokers and chewers), heavy drinkers, sun worshipers and those with a history of oral cancer need to always be on high alert for any suspicious changes in their oral cavity. Thankfully there are visual warning signs of oral cancer including:
- Pain or numbness in mouth
- Problems speaking, chewing and swallowing
- Changes in bite or general tooth health
- Skin discoloration in the mouth especially patches of red or white
- Sores that bleed or do not heal
- Lumps and bumps in the mouth (including the tongue)
- An area with the consistency of a scab
It's important to make sure you take care of your teeth. One of the best ways to take of your teeth is to have a knowledgeable, skilled family dentist. Not every family dentist is the same, so it's important to take the time to make sure you select one who will meet the needs of you and your family. Most practicing dentists have the qualifications required by law to operate. But it's always a good idea to check.
A skilled family dentist is a practitioner who went to many years of university before opening a practice. This individual will hold a doctor of dentistry degree or a doctor of dental medicine degree. The majority of students entering dental school already has a baccalaureate degree, even though this is not always a requirement. What is a requirement is that a family dentist takes at least two years of predental college and four years of dental school.
During the education of a family dentist, he or she will spend the first two years learning about preclinical and basic sciences. The final two years are spent completing hands-on work under the supervision of a senior dentist. A family dentist is required to pass national and state board examinations before beginning to practice. Specialized dentists, like those specializing exclusively in dental care for children, often require two or more years of specialized training.
A dentist can be just that, but that person could also specialize in another area. Usually a dentist will provide basic dental care and then refer an individual to another dentist for specialized care. Dental specialties a family dentist may or may not be involved in include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and pediatric dentistry.
Dental public health is community dental health focused on the prevention and control of dental disease. Endodontics is the treatment and prevention of related structure to the root pulp like root canal therapy. Oral and maxillofacial pathology involves injuries to the neck, head, and the diagnosis of tumors and other diseases related to this area. Surgical treatment of these diseases including tooth extracts is considered to be oral and maxillofacial surgery. It also involves surgeries to fix defects of the face, jaw or mouth.
Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is a specialty focused on correcting tooth irregularities and deformities of the face. Pediatric dentistry is dentistry for children and infants. Many family dentists will also provide care for children and infants, but those in pediatric dentistry are more specialized in this.
Two other types of dentistry specialties that family dentists may know well include periodontics and prosthodontics. The first one is the treatment of gum disease and related structures. The last is prosthodontics which is the use of prosthetic devices such as bridges, crowns and dentures. Family dentists will kindly recommend an individual to a denturist if they require dentures.[Top]
Before we can get to a point of understanding porcelain dental-veneers, it would be a good idea to first have a basic understanding of what dental veneers are, and what their roles in dentistry are.
Dental-veneers, as name suggests, are veneers that are worn over teeth. In simpler terms, they are specially-made tooth coverings. Like all other types of veneers, dental veneers are meant to 'cover-up' for something on the teeth. One thing that dental veneers can cover is teeth-coloring, giving the wearer what are effectively excellent white teeth! There are two categories of people who use this approach – of wearing veneers – to the teeth whitening problem. The first category is that of those whose teeth are so poorly stained that they will not respond to bleaching, which is for many people the 'first line of treatment' for teeth whitening. The second category is that of those whose teeth may not be so badly stained, but who nonetheless find the idea of teeth bleaching somewhat off-putting. Both groups find in dental veneers a teeth whitening aid that produces perfect results (the veneers worn are ultra-thin), and one whose effect holds for long.
Other things that dental veneers can cover include imperfect teeth alignment, missing teeth, or teeth spacing 'defects.'
Of course, the use of veneers is not limited to cosmetic dentistry only. Outside cosmetic dentistry, the veneers may also be used in the treatment of cracks and chips in the teeth – especially cracks and chips which are so big that bonding would not work in repairing them.
Now the veneers that are worn for these various functions are usually bought from dental providers, and then customized by dental technicians in dental clinics.
There are two main types of veneers: the porcelain dental-veneers we are looking at, and the so-called composite dental veneers.
What sets apart porcelain veneers, as the name suggests, is the material from which they are made from: porcelain. Porcelain veneers are made from the material known as porcelain whereas the so-called composite veneers are made from resin.
In making porcelain veneers, dental measurements of the person looking for them are normally taken in the dental clinic. The porcelain for making the veneers is usually worked into a very thin film using specialized machinery, so that upon their placement in the 'patient's' mouth, they end up integrating with the rest of the dental formula so well that another person will never know that something has been done to the teeth.
The main advantage that porcelain veneers have composite veneers is durability. It has been noted, time after time, that porcelain veneers do tend to last much longer than composite veneers. To be sure, the porcelain dental-veneers do also tend to cost a little more than the veneers. But then again, they more than make up for their higher price by their durability – as they are known to outlast composite veneers several times over. As such, they are first choice veneers for the quality-conscious dental patient, who has the money to purchase that quality.[Top]
The upper and lower third molars are also called your wisdom teeth. These teeth are located at the very back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to surface in the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24 years old.
Some people have their wisdom teeth for their entire life. However, most people today opt to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have their wisdom teeth taken out even before they break through the gums.
People who live with their wisdom teeth for their lifetime usually do not experience any complications. But for some people, their wisdom teeth never erupt. And this can lead to swelling, gum ulcers and pain. Once the wisdom tooth becomes impacted and it starts pressing up against another tooth, it can damage the tooth beside it or the jawbone. These two are the main reasons why people usually have to undergo oral surgery to have a wisdom tooth removed.
Having a wisdom tooth removed is not as easy or simple as undergoing a regular tooth extraction. It requires a surgery since the dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. The dentist will then separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone. Then the dentist will remove the tooth. The tooth is usually cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Depending on your dentist, these stitches can dissolve over time or you will have to go back to the clinic to have them removed.
If you will be having your wisdom tooth removed sometime soon, below are some tips you should follow to properly prepare for this procedure:
Inform your dentist all the medicines and natural health products you take. Some of the medicines and supplements you drink daily can increase the risk of bleeding or interact with anesthesia. If you take blood-thinners, such as warfarin, clopidogrel, or aspirin, your doctor and dentist may ask that you stop taking these for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
Schedule the procedure at the right time. Schedule your appointment on a Thursday or Friday so that you can have the weekend off to rest and recuperate.
Stock up on soft food such as gelatin, yogurt, pudding, and cottage cheese. You will be prescribed a soft diet for several days after the surgery so stock up on these food items. You can also eat some soup, but only if it is served warm, not hot. Avoid foods that are crunchy and require a lot of chewing.
Finally, make sure you bring a companion when you go to the dental clinic. Make sure you have someone to drive you home since the anesthesia and pain medicine administered or given to you will make it unsafe for you to drive.[Top]
A dentist can change your life. A good dentist can change it for the better, a bad one can ruin it for good – or at least make you regret that you opt for a dental procedure at all. You have only one set of teeth in your adult life and you can not afford to take chances with these little treasures. That is why it is important to look for the right dentist, wherever you stay.
If you are looking for a good dentist in Irvine and you are new to the area, your best bet is to ask for references. Ideally, you should rely on another doctor or your current dentist for recommendations. Professionally qualified doctors can give an unbiased opinion and they know the difference between an average doctor and a really good one. Failing this, you could depend on other sources like the local pharmacist, friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendation. But, remember to take recommendations from lay persons with a pinch of salt. Their opinions are highly personal and could be biased.
Once you identify a dentist located near you in Irvine, the next step is to verify their professional qualifications. A dentist must have the right accreditation. Additional qualifications are always a bonus. These are a testimony to the dentist's passion for their work and their desire to be in touch with the developments in their niche. This is important because the field of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry is evolving at breakneck speed. Only a dedicated effort can help dentists keep pace with recent developments.
Vast experience is another important factor while selecting a cosmetic dentist. Find out how many years the dentist has been practicing in Irvine or other areas. More importantly, find out whether the dentist has sufficient experience in the procedure you are looking for. This is more so in the field of cosmetic dentistry, where hands on experience is invaluable. You could ask for Before-After pictures to get real evidence of the dentist's skills. Customer testimonials also give you important clues.
Besides these factors, it is also important to ascertain whether the dentist is located at a place near you. Since some procedures require multiple visits to the dentist, geographic location does matter. While you're at it, find out if the dentist offers appointments at times that are convenient to you.
Cost plays an important role in selecting a dentist. Most dentists base their charges on experience, location and the type of procedure involved. Cosmetic dentistry is generally expensive although the actual cost depends on the nature of the procedure. Even so, it is better not to compromise quality to make savings because these procedures are intricate. Sometimes, mistakes could be too costy, and they may defeat the very purpose of the treatment.[Top]