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Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is performed for people who require improvements in their dental health and for the one’s who are effected with dental infections like teeth decay, gum diseases, etc. Cosmetic dentists perform the treatment based on the type of the problem the person is facing.

Types of cosmetic dentistry

  • Teeth whitening
  • Teeth bleaching
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Enamel shaping
  • Crowns/bridges/braces
  • Dental implants
  • Tooth restorations
  • Composite fillings, etc

Benefits of cosmetic dentistry:

  • Most of the cosmetic dentistry treatments are painless
  • Treatments carried out takes no long procedures and need less appointments with dentist
  • After treatment your confidence will increase
  • You will have better health
  • Faded and damaged teeth will be removed and implanted
  • Improves the appearance of teeth
  • Improves your personal and social life
  • Boosts your self-esteem
  • Through this treatment you can have natural looking teeth
  • Cosmetic dentistry is completely different from other traditional dentistry methods like restorative and general dentistry
  • Some materials used in cosmetic dentistry make teeth stay stronger for long time

Materials used in cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • In some treatments like tooth restorations and fillings, metals like gold, amalgam, etc., are used
  • Presently composite and porcelain materials are used in order to make the teeth look more naturally in structure
  • Silver fillings are replaced with mercury
  • Metals like cast gold and zirconia are used to strengthen the teeth

Materials used in cosmetic dentistry treatments do not have side effects and in fact gives natural look to your mouth.

How long cosmetic dentistry treatments will last?
It depends on the treatment and the precautions. After treatment you have to maintain your teeth in good and hygienic conditions by taking proper care like brushing your teeth twice a day with dentist recommended tooth pastes and gels, visiting the dentist after treatment at least once in a month and take some suggestions from the dentist, have healthy dietary habits, etc. These all will make your cosmetic dentistry treatment last for a long time without any problems, otherwise it leads to re-treatment.

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Contraindications of Dental Implant Placement

Dental implant placement is a very safe and effective procedure. However there are very few contraindications to dental implant placement such as:

  • Relative contraindications
  • Absolute contraindications and
  • Local contraindications

Relative contraindications: Relative contraindications for dental implants are diabetes, angina pectoris, radiation therapy on neck and head, pregnancy and tobacco and alcohol dependents.

  • Diabetes: Patients having diabetes with blood glucose level less than 150mg/dl have low risk of complications if special care is taken.
  • Angina Pectoris: Angina pectoris is a pain in the chest or cardial muscle. Patients having a history of angina pectoris in the last two months can not undergo implants surgery.
  • Radiation therapy on neck and head: Patients who are undergoing cancer therapy on neck and head are also not suitable for implants. It is suggested that better to avoid implant placement to avoid complications.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women have contraindication to dental implants. The medicines used and the stress during surgery is not good for pregnant women.
  • Tobacco and alcohol dependents: People who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day are contraindication to implants. Smokers have less calcium absorption that leads to aging of bones.

Absolute contraindications:
Absolute contraindications are patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer, bone disorder, bi phosphate medications, immuno suppressants and hypertension.

  • Cancer: Patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer have contraindication to implant placement.
  • Bone disorders: Dental implants require enough jaw bone density. Bone disorders like osteoporosis is a contraindication to implant because it lowers the bone density which leads to failure of implant placement.
  • Bi phosphate medications: Use of bi phosphates leads to death of jaw bones. Therefore patients who are undergoing bi phosphate medications are not suitable for implants.
  • Immuno suppressants: Patients under the treatment of immuno suppressants are contraindication to implant placement as they suppress the immune system and it does not heal quickly.
  • Hypertension: Hypertensive patients who are taking medicines will effect the implant process. The side effects of hypertensive drugs like hyperplasia are contraindication to the implant placement.

Local contraindications:
Local contraindications to dental implant placements are:

  • Patients having low bone density and quality
  • Patients having poor oral hygiene
  • Patients suffering with dryness of mouth
  • Patients with clenching of teeth
  • Patients having mucous membrane related problems
  • Patients having unbalanced relation with upper and lower teeth

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Why are Mouth Ulcers Formed?

Mouth sores, which create much discomfort, are open wounds in the mouth. They may be formed on the mucous membrane of the mouth on the lips, cheek, tongue, soft palate, floor of the mouth, or surrounding the mouth. They may also be formed sometimes inside the throat. Mouth ulcers are usually white in color surrounded by a red circular band. People believe that they are contagious, however, they are not. Moth ulcers may be caused because of many reasons. Here are some of them.

  • Minor damages in mouth due to accidental biting inside the cheek or tongue
  • Incorrect use of toothbrush and excessive brushing
  • Chewing sharp or hard foods
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Deficiency of vitamin B12, folic acid, or iron
  • Mouth cancer

Apart from these, they may also be formed because of vital infections such as the herpes simplex virus or hand, foot and mouth disease. Even, reaction of the autoimmune system to biological or chemical agents cause mouth ulcers. Some other causes include intestinal conditions, use of a toothpaste or mouthwash with sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), and reactions to prescribed medications.

Certain foods such as chocolate, peanuts, coffee, strawberries, almonds, tomatoes, cheese, and wheat flour increase the likelihood of development of these ulcers. The oral ulcers may also be evident with a family history of the condition. Smoking and alcohol usage are the risk factors which increase the chances of this oral disorder.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, mouth washes that are made of salt and warm water, iodine, or povidone, and supplements of vitamins B and C help in treating mouth ulcers. Nutrient-rich diet, quitting smoking and alcohol, and healthy oral practices can, however, avoid these ulcers. Read the rest of this entry »


Advantages of Taking Basic Dental Care

Basic dental care is necessary for an individual in order to prevent the possibility of serious dental problems in future. Basic dental care includes, brushing at least two times a day, regular flossing, using tooth paste with flouride, brushing teeth in right directions, using tooth brush with soft bristles, having proper nutritional food, maintaining hygiene, prevention of smoking, regular dental check ups, etc.

Basic dental care should be taken by all individuals irrespective of their ages. Most of the dental problems occurring in old ages are very difficult to deal with, hence proper care should be initiated in the early days of childhood itself.

Taking basic dental care has many benefits, such as,

  • Prevention of bacteria which results in tooth decay. Tooth decay is found to be more dangerous as this bacteria has many chances of infecting other adjacent parts such as nose and ear.
  • Elimination of bad breath and dry mouth
  • Prevention of gum related diseases such as swelling of gum which may result in gum infection, which may further lead to gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Prevents staining due to some foods, drinks and tobacco.
  • Prevents accumulation of plaque.
  • By avoiding smoking and tobacco, oral cancer can be avoided.
  • Using flouride tooth paste provides protection to tooth enamel.
  • Regular dental check ups help in early detection of diseases and also proper maintenance of oral structures.
  • Having diet containing high amounts of calcium strengthens the structure of teeth.

Above all, healthy maintenance of oral structures results in improving the overall health of the body.