TREATMENT

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Tooth Decay

Q. Why tooth decay happens?

Tooth decay is the result of an infection with certain types of bacteria that use sugars in food to make acids. Over time, these acids can make a cavity in the tooth.

Q.May the tooth heal the caries itself?

The tooth can’t heal the caries. The caries will proceed until it goes to the root of the tooth. Then you will lose your tooth.

Q.What kind of treatment you can offer?

For early stage tooth decay – applying a fluoride gel, varnish or paste to the area.

If tooth decay has spread to the pulp (in the centre of the tooth, containing blood and nerves) –this may be removed in a process known as root canal treatment.

Periodontitis

Q.What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the periodontium, i.e., the tissues that surround and support the teeth.

Q.What is periodontal treatment?

The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease.

Q.Does it hurt?

It may hurt a little, but the dentist will do his best to make the treatment go smooth.

Orthodontics

Q.What is orthodontic case?

Ortodontics is a field of dentistry that deals primarily with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth.

Q.What happens if the teeth alignment is not correct?

The alterations, if not efficiently corrected on time, may in fact compromise the general aesthetic of the face and cause respiratory, chewing and phonatory disorders.

Dentures (false teeth)

Q.What are dentures?

There are two main categories of dentures.

  1. Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
  2. Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, also known as “crown and bridge” dentures, are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth.

Q.Getting new dentures.

First, it is necessary to determine the exact size and placement for the new teeth. Once all measurements have been taken, the wax rims are sent to a lab to make a wax try-in.

The next visit you will try on the wax try-in. If the wax try-in fits you, it is sent back to the lab and used to make the actual plastic dentures. The final visit you get to try on your new dentures.

Implant

Q.What is implant?

A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.

Q.What is the difference between dentures and implant?

Dental implants are basically based on inserting a screw in the bone with a crown or denture loaded on top.

There are single tooth implants or implant supported dentures. However the osseointegration takes time and based on the type of implant and bone density can take a few months.

Immediate load implants are also available these days. Dentures on the other hand are usually removable. Fixed dentures are based on the use of a series of crowns fixed using supporting teeth. Absence of any supporting teeth means a conventional fixed denture isn’t possible.

That’s where the implants come in. Implant supported dentures take support from th screws that are placed in holes drilled into the jaw bone.

This places a denture that’s permanent in the mouth. Both techniques have their own costs along with advantages and disadvantages. Mainly time,patient compliance, age and medical condition, bone density.