Root Canal TreatmentA tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay, accidental injury or other dental problems may or may not be saved – depending on the severity of the damage, and on the early diagnosis and treatment of the involved tissues. As long as there is still a possibility of saving a damaged tooth, we recommend every possible thing to ensure that it can still be saved – so that you do not end up losing that specific tooth.
Dental Crown & BridgesMissing teeth does not mean that you will have to endure a toothless condition, forever. There are some dental treatments and procedures that can be done to bring back the form and function as that of your natural teeth. Now, you can again smile brightly even after going through dental problems. Dental Crowns and bridges are the most prevalently used prosthetics in Dentistry to replace missing or damaged teeth.
DenturesIf you think that dentures have been left behind in the dental revolution, it’s not so!
Using the latest technology and techniques and materials, Dentures can create an ultimate smile makeover for you.
They can bring back the smiles you used to enjoy before suffering from the problems caused by missing teeth. The dentures can replace both the form and the function of teeth that have been lost, allowing you to smile,
Fresh Breath & HygieneWith the best will in the world, it is still impossible to eradicate plaque and prevent the build-up of tartar by simple brushing. Stains on the surface of the teeth can make your overall smile look unattractive. Discolorations on the surface of the teeth may be caused by consuming dark colored beverages or food, intake of certain medications, by smoking/chewing tobacco or by the natural ageing process Tooth decay can also cause stains or discolorations on the teeth surfaces.
Oral, Skin Cancer Screening
It is important for all of us to recognize the signs and symptoms of having one of the deadliest diseases ie Oral Cancer so you can bring them to the attention of your dentist right away.
We definitely look for early signs of mouth cancer during regular checkup but if this condition is caught early enough, the chances of successful treatment are much higher.
The occurrence of oral cancer is mainly due to consumption of Tobacco of any kind – cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco – which increases your risk for oral cancer. Heavy use of alcohol also increases a person’s chances of developing oral cancer, and your risk is even higher when using both tobacco and alcohol. In addition to tobacco and alcohol, age and eating habits can influence your risk as well. Most oral cancers occur in people over the age of 40, and a diet that is deficient in fruits and vegetables can make it easier to contract.
Signs and Symptoms
You are advised to visit your dentist immediately if any of the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks:
• Re-occurring Sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat
• Numbness, pain or tenderness anywhere in your mouth, including your tongue
• Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
• The feeling of a lump or object stuck in your throat
• Problems with chewing, swallowing or speaking
• Swellings that make wearing dentures uncomfortable
• Lingering sore throat or hoarseness
• Pain in one of your ears but without any loss of hearing
• Trouble moving your jaw or tongue
• Loose teeth with no apparent dental cause
Dental Surgical ExtractionsWisdom teeth (one of the third molars of an individual) are a remnant from our primitive ancestors who needed those four extra molars to help chew their diet raw meat, tree bark, nuts, roots and leaves. The advent of cooking and meal preparation created cuisine that was softer and easier to chew, eliminating the need for the additional molars. Our brain size has also increased from that of the caveman, so our modern jaws sometimes don’t have room for a third set of molars in the back of our mouths.
Wisdom tooth extractions are done when a this tooth does not erupt from under the gum line in a normal manner or gets impacted in the jaw bone.An impacted wisdom tooth will be very difficult to clean, which is the reason why impacted teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and other dental problems. A wisdom tooth extraction is needed to remove an impacted or semi impacted wisdom tooth; this procedure is also done if the impacted tooth is starting to push against the neighboring teeth, causing a lot of pain and discomfort for the patient.
A wisdom tooth extraction starts with the administration of a local anesthetic, this ensure that the patient will not feel the pain that the procedure may bring. The gums will need to be cut opened to be able to access the impacted wisdom tooth, and any tissues connecting the tooth to the bone will also be removed. The impacted tooth will be extracted; there are also cases when the tooth will need to be broken down into pieces first, before the entire tooth can completely be removed from under the gum line.
After ensuring that all of the impacted wisdom tooth has been removed, the dentist will proceed to close the gum incision by stitches, which will in turn dissolve on their own, or will be removed after a few days. Many patients prefer the relative convenience of undergoing the procedure to remove both of their wisdom teeth from the same side. This way, they pay for only one administration of anesthetic and are sidelined with better recovery, less medication and minimal discomfort.
Surgeries that involve removing multiple teeth generally have the same recovery time as those involving just a single tooth. Just make sure to follow the advice of our Oral Surgeon to limit discomfort and speed recovery time following surgery.
Most procedures take up to an hour and half, and you should expect two to three days of discomfort and swelling. Your post-operative healing time will vary, usually ranging from a couple of days to a week.
Habit Breaking Appliances & Mouth GuardsIt is common for the children (and, sometimes in adults as well) to have to unhealthy oral habits. Such habits may include thumb sucking, nail biting, lip biting, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing etc. …
These appliances are known as habit breaking appliances. These appliances can be either of removable or fixed type.
If these habits are not timely controlled, they may lead to periodontal diseases, change in the shape of jaws & even change in the position of the teeth.
In most children, these habits stop on its own by the ages of 2-4 years. But, if such habits persist especially even after the age of 5 years, it may result in the upper front teeth flaring outward and the lower ones moving back. It can even inhibit the growth of the lower jaw, deformity of the upper palate causing the upper teeth to thrust forward, resulting in misalignment of the teeth, an front open bite (where the front teeth fail to close together), collapse of the upper jaw causing cross-bite or other problems. That’s why it is important to stop the behavior at an appropriate time, before damage occurs.
By breaking these habits early, we can often sidestep complex treatment plans and long-term orthodontic treatments in the future.
Sometimes children quit these habits on their own. But, if not, talk to them and help them realize the ill-effects and make them understand that it is time to break the habit. For certain individuals, it is difficult to quit these comforting habits all at once. Some habit breaking appliances can help you to gently wean your child from such deleterious habits.
We provide custom made habit breaking appliances for children with such habits and a systematic follow up of the patients every six months to check the improvement in their habit pattern.
Finger, Tongue & other Oral Habits can cause serious malocclusions if not corrected early. The following appliances can help break these habits.
• BLUE GRASS APPLIANCE: Thumb/Finger Sucking Habit Breaking Appliance. This is the least intrusive appliance and easiest for the patient to wear and tolerate. Ideal for consenting patients, willing to quit the habit, but need a reminder to help them.
• HABIT CRIB APPLIANCE: Used for: Thumb/Finger Sucking and/or Tongue Thrusting. Slightly aggressive Thumb/Finger Sucking appliance then the Blue Grass. It blocks the thumb/finger, so the patient can’t suck them.
• TONGUE THRUST: The crib acts as a barrier to prevent the tongue from thrusting forward and help guide it into the palate where it belongs.
• HAYRAKE APPLIANCE: Thumb/Finger Sucking Habit Breaking Appliances. This is the most aggressive appliance to prevent Thumb/Finger Sucking. Prongs are added to this appliance to make it as uncomfortable as possible when the patient tries to suck their thumb/finger, yet it is gentle for tongue and other oral tissues.
• LIP BUMPER APPLIANCE: Lower Appliance to prevent the patient from sucking/biting their lower lip. Keeping the lip off the lower front teeth will allow them to flare forward naturally. The lip bumper removable but can be fixed as well.
• FIXED EXPANDER WITH LOOPS: Habit Loops can be added to an expansion appliance so you can expand and break a Tongue or Thumb/Finger Habit at the same time. Expansion creates more room for the tongue to allow it to function properly.
• REMOVABLE HABIT APPLIANCE: Habit Loops can be added to any removable appliance. This appliance acts as a reminder to help break the habit with cooperative patients. It is a great option for patients to wear while they sleep to break a Tongue or Thumb/Finger Habit
There are countless people all over the world who consciously or unconsciously resort to teeth grinding under frustration, anger or fear. To some, grinding of teeth is a normal daily occurrence that they do not think of the possible adverse consequences of their habit on their dental health. Teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, can also lead to issues related to TMJ (jaw bone joint), since the pressure from teeth grinding may lead to stress or even injury to it.
Mouth guards should also be used by people who play contact sports such as football, boxing, hockey, basketball, and Martial Arts and even those participating in non-contact sports like gymnastics or any recreational activity like skateboarding etc. that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth. They all would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard since it help’s cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue or jaw.
Mouth-Guards are dental appliances that should be custom-made, to fit snugly over the teeth, preventing the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other when the mouth is closed. Mouth-Guards that are custom made are much recommended in comparison to those that can readily available on-line since the comfort and fit will be far superior.