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Dental Procedures

Tooth loss, in most people, is associated to a number of factors. Some of these factors that cause tooth loss are tooth decay, gum disease or periodontal disease, injury and aging. Research done on a large group of adults, to study the increase in the number of people with one or more teeth missing revealed that more than half the group fell in this category.

Most of those with missing teeth did not bother to get a tooth replacement done because of not understanding the underlying problem of a missing tooth. Just twenty five percent were aware of the fact that the loss of a tooth could wear out the bones of the jaw causing a change in structure of the jaw line.

Consequences Of A Single Tooth Loss

Studies show that a single tooth loss could have many repercussions some of which are mentioned below:

  • There would be a structural change in the jaw
  • Other teeth would get relocated as even a single gap among the teeth would cause the other teeth to shift.
  • There would be a change in the contour of the face; the shape of the face.
  • There would be a drooping, hollow look to the jaw which is not appealing to the eye.
  • This look would, in the long run, lower one’s self esteem and have a bearing on his eating behavior.
  • Biting and chewing certain types of food would be a problem, like hard fruits and fibrous vegetables, causing one to miss out a person’s normal staple diet.
  • There is a tendency, at such times, to eat fatty foods that are soft and easily
    chewable and to avoid hard foods that are necessary or required for the body. This leads to increase in extra weight, which is a sign of impending illnesses such as those dealing with the heart and diabetes.


Treatment Of Tooth Loss:

There are many ways to treat tooth loss, the most effective of which is dental implant. Dental implant is an alternate method to replace a missing tooth. Here an artificial ‘tooth root’ is used. These tooth roots are the basis for the artificial teeth that are either permanently fixed or can be removed. They are made to look similar to natural teeth.

Dental implant is the most preferred treatment for tooth loss for a single tooth or for more than one tooth. This is because it has shown a 98 percent success rate. Medical tests show that dental implant is most successful treatment as a replacement for lost teeth. Secondly, this surgical method allows for minimum bone loss that is why it is favored over other forms of treatment.

Dental implant is the safest, most accurate type of surgery conducted to replace a missing tooth. A dentist, experienced in this surgical procedure, would help to get the accuracy and also show positive results. So if you are planning on doing a dental implant it would be advisable to search out an experienced dentist to avoid any possibility of the implant going wrong.

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Photodynamic bleaching is the new type of treatment proven to be successful in the removal of tough stains from teeth. Stains caused by tetracycline are rigid making it very difficult to remove by laser or conventional treatment. This is where photodynamic bleaching comes handy.

In photodynamic bleaching a whitening gel is applied on the stained tooth. This tooth is then kept under the laser light for just two minutes for it to start acting on the tooth. A study conducted on a small group showed that this process is very successful, showing an 80 percent improvement.

Lasers can, to some extent, remove stains caused by coffee or food but not tetracycline. Tetracycline causes dark stains on teeth affecting the enamel. This drug should be avoided especially if pregnant and is not prescribed to children as their teeth are still developing. Earlier dentists used to cover the tetracycline affected tooth with veneer which had the same color as the normal tooth.

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Scaling And Root Planing

May 30, 2009

Scaling And Root Planing What Is Scaling? Scaling is a procedure for the removal of plaque and tartar (calculus) that gets attached to the surface of the teeth just beneath the gum. It is one of the most conventional methods used even today. Plaque is sticky matter that glues itself to the teeth, when this […]

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Dental Crowns

May 27, 2009

Damaged teeth need “caps” to protect them and safeguard their ability to function in a healthy manner; these ‘caps’ are also called ‘dental crowns’. Dental crowns may be fitted on to decayed or damaged teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, or in some cases they may even replace an old cap that has been damaged due […]

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What exactly are inlays and onlays?

May 26, 2009

What exactly are inlays and onlays? Inlays and onlays are an old fashioned, traditional method of restoring teeth that are not commonly used by dentists these days. They are known as indirect fillings. When the biting surface of the tooth is damaged and regular fillings are not adequate, inlays and onlays are used to fill […]

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What are Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty?

May 5, 2009

Periodontists are dentists specialized in the treatment of periodontium, or tissues that surround and support the teeth. They are experts in managing dental implants, treating gum diseases, removing gum tissue by gingivectomy, and doing gingivoplasty which is a form of gum surgery to restructure the gum tissue surrounding a tooth. Why is gingivectomy and gingivoplasty […]

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Dental Implant Failures due to Smoking

January 11, 2009

The introduction of dental implants to dentistry revolutionized the way people treated lost teeth. They are preferred by many and are on their way to replace dentures as they are better, comfortable and appeal aesthetically. Although, the high cost of a dental implant is still a deterrent to many, it is a blessing for many […]

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Tooth Extraction Aftercare and Risks

January 9, 2009

Tooth Extraction Follow-up Simple tooth extractions are usually not followed by any other discomfort. You can take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like ibuprofen (Advil, Morton and some more brands) for a couple of days. You might not need to take any pain relief medicines at all. As surgical tooth extractions are often complicated, they […]

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Tooth Extraction Preparation and Types

January 9, 2009

Tooth Extraction Preparation You will be asked about your past medical health and about your dental history as well. An X-ray will be taken by the dentist of the affected area in order to plan the best method of tooth removal. Some of the healthcare professionals might prescribe antibiotics that are to be taken pre […]

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Dental Sealants

September 29, 2008

A dental sealant is a kind of protective coating, which is made up of tinted or transparent plastic. It is painted onto the chewing areas of the back teeth (both premolars and molars), where the possibility of cavity formation is more in comparison to other regions of the teeth. Premolars and molars have pits and […]

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