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toothfillingFILLINGS

To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.

Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).





 

scalingSCALING

Dental scaling, cleaning and root planing, also known as prophylaxisis is the safe removal of plaque and calculus from the teeth and below the gums. When plaque is allowed to remain of the surfaces of the teeth and gum line, it can cause irritation, swelling, and gingivitis.

Scaling effectively removes plaque, bacteria and debris from the areas that your toothbrush and floss aren't capable of reaching.

Why is Dental Scaling Important?

Plaque is a naturally occurring substance that exists on the surfaces of the teeth. When plaque combines with bacteria and food debris it hardens to form calculus,or tartar. The bacteria will make the plaque stick to the teeth and the food particles will cause it to harden. Once formed, plaque and tartar irritate the gums causing them to become inflamed, irritated, and infected with gingivitis.

If left untreated, the gingivitis will become periodontists. The tartar will spread further down below the gum line causing the gums to recede, and damage the supporting bone structure. This will cause the tooth to loosen and may ultimately result in tooth loss. So you see, oral hygiene is not simply what appears on the surface of a smile. You must take equal care of your gums, protecting them from plaque and bacteria just as you would your teeth in order to maintain a healthy radiant smile.

 

 

tonguetieTONGUE TIE

The medical term for the condition known as tongue-tie is “ankyloglossia”. It results when the frenulum (the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short and tight, causing the movement of the tongue to be restricted.

When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction — or having teeth "pulled" — is among patients' most dreaded prospects. Also referred to as exodontia, tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before your dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes it's necessary. 


 

extractionEXTRACTIONS

When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction — or having teeth "pulled" — is among patients' most dreaded prospects. Also referred to as exodontia, tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before your dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes it's necessary.

 



 

Reasons for extraction

Severe Tooth Damage/Trauma: Some teeth have such extensive decay and damage (broken or cracked) that repair is not possible. For example, teeth affected by advanced gum (periodontal) disease may need to be pulled. As gum disease worsens, the tooth — supported by less surrounding bone — often loosens to such an extent that extraction is the only solution.

 

Malpositioned/Nonfunctioning Teeth: To avoid possible complications that may result in an eventual, negative impact on oral health, your dentist may recommend removing teeth that are malaligned and/or essentially useless (teeth that have no opposing teeth to bite against).

 

Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, may require the removal of teeth to make needed space for improved teeth alignment.

Extra Teeth: Also referred to as supernumerary teeth, extra teeth may block other teeth from erupting.

Radiation: Head and neck radiation therapy may require the extraction of teeth in the field of radiation in order to help avoid possible complications, such as infection.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of tooth infections, heightening the risk of extraction.

vi) Organ Transplant

Immunosuppressive medications prescribed after organ transplantation can increase the likelihood of tooth infection. As such, some teeth require removal prior to an organ transplant.
 

 

polishingPOLISHING

The most important and valuable visit for you would be for a dental clean and check-up. Teeth cleaning & teeth polishing allows the dentist to maintain your oral hygiene & health. At the same time, regular dental cleaning & checkups are important to prevent dental diseases from developing. Daily brushing/ rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash might not be enough to maintain a good oral health in the long term.

Regular dental teeth cleaning and polishing is the cornerstone for a lifetime of dental health and the best insurance you can have for keeping a healthy and attractive smile!





How often do we need to go for dental checkups?

To maintain good oral health, it is vital to visit your dentist every 6 months. Going for your regular check-ups helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. It also allows early detection of any problems such as gum disease, cavities and oral cancer.

Why do you need polishing

  • To remove stains caused by food (coffee / tea) or tobacco.
  • To remove tartar or calculus – this helps prevent gum diseases which are the main cause of gum recession, loose teeth and subsequently, tooth loss.
  • To allow screening for oral disease like decay and any cavities.
  • To learn about how best to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  • Simple and Surgical extractions, Wisdom teeth removal, Crown lengthening surgery, Biopsies, Surgical implant placement, Alveoloplasty, Gum grafting, Bone grafting, and Frenectomy procedures


 

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner.
Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place so there isn't always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly.
Because of the lack of space, the wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only emerge partially. Wisdom teeth that grow through in this way are known as impacted.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems.
Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease or other problems.





 

CROWN LENGTHENING
Dental crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth's structure. Why would you need it? You might have broken a tooth at the gum line. Or you might just have a decayed tooth. Sometimes after your dentist removes the tooth decay, there isn't enough tooth structure left above the gum line to support a dental crown (or even a large tooth filling). Without enough structure to grab on to, ill-fitting dental crowns may cause chronic inflammation and irritation. Even worse, tooth decay may get in under the dental crown, creating the need for more dental treatment. You might even lose the tooth completely.  
Although less common, crown lengthening may also be used cosmetically to treat what's called a "gummy smile." When an unusually large amount of gum tissue shows around the upper teeth, crown lengthening might help. Your dentist can expose more of your teeth, then sculpt your gum line to create the look you want.





 

DENTAL SURGICAL IMPLANTS
 

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.






 



ALVEOPLASTY

An alveoplasty is a surgical procedure that smoothes or re-contour the jawbone.

An alveoplasty is done in areas where teeth have been removed or lost (especially if a dental clearance has been done).
An alveoplasty can be done alone but is usually done at the same time that teeth are extracted.
When teeth are extracted, the residual  jaw bone ridge can present irregularities, undercuts or bone projections, which, if not removed before placement of the partial or complete denture, can lead to injury and stability / retention problems of the denture.
If the alveolar ridge is suspected of presenting abnormal shape after the extraction of one or more teeth, in order to avoid such a possibility, an alveoloplasty must be performed at the same surgical session.
Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures in order to properly fit a denture and ensure comfort. In order to properly fit a denture, the bone may require smoothing and reshaping.

 



GUM GRAFTING

You may have even noticed yourself that your gums are receding. Perhaps you have noticed that you have hot or cold sensitivity when you eat and drink. When patients present with symptoms such as these, many times we can help regenerate the lost tissue with various periodontal plastic procedures such as connective tissue grafts or free gingival grafts.
There are two main types of gum grafts, connective tissue grafts, which are most common, are primarily used to cover the root surfaces where recession has occurred, and free gingival grafts, which are mainly used to create a thick band of strong keratinized tissue around the tooth.


 



BONE GRAFTING

In the instance of a missing tooth or many missing teeth, a few things can happen.  First of all, it’s important to understand that your jaw bone is what holds your teeth in place.  The roots of your teeth are surrounded by bone and attached by some other anatomical structures. If you are missing a tooth, you definitely want to replace it with something, usually a dental implant or a bridge. Once a tooth is removed, the bone doesn’t have anything to support anymore.  Over time, it begins to slowly erode until it creates a hollow or a basin shaped divot in the jaw bone.  If you try to place a bridge or a dental implant in a spot where the natural bone and gum tissue level is much lower than the surrounding areas, it’s going to look irregular.
In the case of a lost tooth, there are a couple of ways to ensure that you will not lose excess bone height and width.  Ideally, your dentist or oral surgeon will remove the damaged tooth and preserve the bone in the area using a simple bone grafting procedure.  In this procedure, demineralized, sterile human bone granules, (which look like coarse sand), are packed into the tooth socket immediately after tooth extraction.  The granules are covered with a protective collagen membrane and a couple stitches are used to close the tooth socket.




 

FRENECTOMY
A frenum (also called frenulum) is a band of tissue that connects or holds down a part of the body such as the tongue, lip, or cheeks. 
Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth or to constrict the movement of the tongue or lips, you will require frenum correction. This is done by simple surgery called a frenectomy.

  

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