Adults Under 40

Adults between 25-40 years are those undergoing a transition from their carefree dreamy days to those of responsibility and accountability.

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This is the age when mostly people start their families,settle into jobs,plan babies,and a secure future.

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Amidst all this newfound pressure, people become extremely negligent about their health.Specially oral health.

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Some people think tooth decay is just for children, but did you know you are at risk your whole life? Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to bone or nerve and tooth loss. Dental infections that are left untreated can even spread to other parts of the body and, in very rare cases, can be life threatening.

The good news is that dental disease is preventable.

You can practice preventive dentistry on yourself by adopting these healthy habits:

The IDA recommends that:

You should always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. And don't forget to schedule regular dental visits. By following a healthy dental routine and making smart food choices, you can lower your risk for tooth decay.

Remember,your youth will not last forever,but if you take care of yourself today,getting older wont be so bad either!

Visit your dentist for a happy and healthy smile.

Healthy Habits

Brushing
Healthy Habits

Its never too late to start developing healthy habits.Even if till this stage of life you have for some reason been negligent about your oral hygiene,the time to start is now.

Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of any good oral hygiene routine. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, always be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft- bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily. Also, don't forget to replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

Healthy Habits

A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Finally, make sure to use a toothpaste containing fluoride containing toothpaste.

Flossing
Healthy Habits

Flossing goes hand in hand with brushing. By flossing once a day, you help to remove plaque from between your teeth in areas where the toothbrush can't reach. This is extremely important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.

Regular Dental Checkups
Healthy Habits

This ensures that your mouth is healthy and early detection of any oral problems so as to prevent it from becoming worse.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Concern for Young Adults

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. If it is severe, it can destroy the tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque.

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a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed it can harden into calculus (tartar).

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Then tartar forms above and below the gumline, it becomes harder to brush and clean well between teeth. That buildup of plaque and tartar can harbor bacteria that lead to gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis which is the only stage that is reversible.

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If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis.

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It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. The IDA recommends that you brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, often occurs unconsciously while you sleep. It can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw. Although it is often considered to be stress- related, teeth grinding can also be caused by sleep disorders. Your dentist’s choice of treatment will depend on the cause of your grinding, but you may be fitted with a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed.

Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.

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Teeth Grinding

Certain sleep disorders are accompanied by bruxism. Drinking alcohol and taking certain medications (for example, antidepressants) may worsen the bruxism. Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth) may also play a causative role or may determine the severity of symptoms related to bruxism. Children may develop bruxism as a response to a cold or other infection and are more likely to develop it when their parents are affected. Some studies show that persons whose personalities may be described as compulsive, controlling, precise, or aggressive have an increased incidence of bruxism.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding

The IDA recommends that if stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentist about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered.

Other tips to help you stop teeth grinding include:

  • Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.
  • Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.
  • Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food. Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
  • Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.
  • Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.
The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel, called "dentine".

Dentine has tiny tubes ('tubules') that lead to the nerve and are filled with fluid. Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold or sweet can cause a change in fluid movement. This fluid movement causes the nerve endings to react in response, triggering a short, sharp pain.

There are several reasons why dentinal tubules get exposed to oral environment causing sensitivity.Some of them are listed below.

Tooth decay (cavities)
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Fractured teeth
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Worn fillings
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Gum disease
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Exposed tooth root
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Worn tooth enamel(erosion/attrition)
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Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Typically, the ingredients in the products used for whitening are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These are usually administered through a specially made tray (similar to a gum-shield). As the whitening agent is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter. Tooth sensitivity is widely recognised as being associated with tooth whitening treatments. A report suggests that 75% of patients who have had their teeth professionally whitened experienced some sensitivity. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to any treatment.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

TMJ

TMJ

The temperomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD. The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is often unclear, but possible causes can include arthritis, dislocation, injury and/or problems related to alignment or teeth grinding from stress.

Symptoms can include:
  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • Headaches
Possible causes of jaw pain or facial pain include:
  • Sinus problems
  • Toothache
  • Infections
  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Tooth grinding
  • Periodontal disease
Plan for treatment will depend on the source of your facial pain, but recommendations may include:
  • Mouth protector
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Root canal therapy
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Extraction

If you suffer from jaw pain or facial pain, speak with your dentist or physician for diagnosis and treatment.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Cavities

Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

Three types of cavity:

  • Smooth surface cavities, which appear on the sides of your teeth
  • Pit and Fissure cavities, which appear on the bumpy surface on the top of your tooth that is used for chewing
  • Root cavities, which appear over the roots of your teeth, below the gumline.
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Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.

The symptoms of a dental cavity will depend on the type of cavity and the severity of decay. When a cavity first develops, it’s likely that you won’t even know it’s there.

When a cavity gets larger, you may experience:

  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
  • Pain when biting down
  • Visible holes or black spots on teeth

Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is. You may be able to reverse slight tooth decay by using fluoride. To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, your dentist will fill the cavities with another substance (fillings). For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal. In extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.

Regular dental exams (about every six months) can help catch any problems early on. Finding a dental cavity before it starts causing you pain can help you avoid extensive damage and possible tooth loss. If you start feeling pain and ache aching in your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Dental Abscess

Dental abscesses can be painful but they can be treated relatively easily. A dental abscess is formed when the dental pulp in the middle of the tooth dies and the pulp chamber becomes infected. The build-up of pus can raise the tooth up within the socket, making it feel tender when you bite down.

Tooth abscesses can make your jaw ache and feel tender when you chew. If the abscess bursts, the pain may go, but you should still seek treatment.

The IDA recommends that it's important you see your dentist to make sure the problem doesn't come back. Your dentist will discuss with you the possibilities of placing a root filling in the tooth to prevent this from happening.

Periapical Abscess :
Dental Abscess

Abscess occur when tooth decay is left untreated and reaches the dental pulp . The bacteria then spread into the root of the tooth to form an abscess. Avoiding treatment or putting it off may be one of the reasons for an abscess starting.This is known as Periapical Abscess.

Periodontal abscess :
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When bacteria which are present in plaque infect the gums the patient has periodontitis. The gums become inflamed, which can make the periodontal ligament (tissue surrounding the root of the tooth) separate from the base of the tooth. A periodontal pocket, a tiny gap, is formed when the periodontal ligament separates from the root. The pocket gets dirty easily and is very hard to keep clean. As bacteria build up in the periodontal pocket, periodontal abscess is formed.

Patients can develop periodontal abscesses as a result of a dental procedure which accidentally resulted in periodontal pockets. Also, the use of antibiotics in untreated periodontitis, which can mask the symptoms of an abscess, can result in a periodontal abscess. Sometimes gum damage can lead to periodontal abscesses, even if no periodontitis is present.

Treatment :

Treating a periapical abscess - root canal treatment will be used to remove the abscess. A drill is used to bore a hole into the infected tooth so that the pus can come out. Any damaged tissue will be removed from the pulp. A root filling is then inserted into the space to prevent subsequent infections.

Treating a periodontal abscess - the abscess will be drained and the periodontal pocket cleaned. The surfaces of the root of the tooth will then be smoothed out by scaling and smoothing (planing) below the gum line. This helps the tooth heal and prevents further infections from occurring.

Surgery for dental abscesses

Patients with a periodontal abscess and a recurring infection may have to have their gum tissue reshaped and the periodontal pocket removed. This procedure will be performed by an oral surgeon.

If the dental abscess recurs, even after surgery, the tooth may be extracted (taken out).

What are the complications of a dental abscess?

In the vast majority of cases, complications only occur if the abscess is left untreated. However, complications can occur, even after seemingly effective treatment, but this is very rare.

Possible complications include:
Dental cysts -
Dental Abscess

A fluid-filled cavity may develop at the bottom of the root of the tooth if the abscess is not treated. This is called a dental cyst. There is a significant risk that the cyst will become infected. If this happens the patient will need antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

Osteomyelitis -

The bacteria in the abscess gets into the bloodstream and infects the bone. The patient will experience an elevated body temperature, severe pain in the affected bone, and possibly nausea. Typically, the affected bone will be near the site of the abscess; however, as it may have spread into the bloodstream any bone in the body may be affected. Treatment involves either oral or intravenous antibiotics.

Cavernous sinus thrombosis
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The spread of bacteria causes a blood clot to form at the cavernous sinus - a large vein at the base of the brain. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is treated with antibiotics, and sometimes surgery to drain the sinus. In some cases the condition can be fatal. This is a very rare complication.

Ludwig's angina
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This is an infection of the floor of the mouth when the dental abscess bacteria spread. There is swelling and intense pain under the tongue and in the neck. In severe cases the patient may find it hard to breathe. Ludwig's angina is a potentially fatal condition. Patients are treated with antibiotics. In severe cases a tracheostomy (procedure to open the airway) is performed if there are breathing problems.

Maxillary sinusitis
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The bacteria spread into small spaces behind the cheekbones, called the maxillary sinuses. This is not a serious condition, but can be painful, and the patient may develop a fever and have tender cheeks. Sometimes the conditions resolves on its own. Depending on the severity, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

Consult your dentist as soon as you notice a dental abscess.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

HIV/AIDS-Hepatitis B & C

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (slowly replicating retrovirus) that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life- threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk .Within 2-4 weeks after HIV infection, many, but not all, people experience flu- like symptoms, often described as the “worst flu ever.” This is called “acute retroviral syndrome” (ARS) or “primary HIV infection,” and it’s the body’s natural response to the HIV infection.

Symptoms can include:
  • Fever (this is the most common symptom)
  • Swollen glands
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Headache

You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether you have HIV . The only way to know for sure if you are infected with HIV is to get tested

Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, are distinct diseases that affect the liver and have different hepatitis symptoms and treatments. Other causes of hepatitis include recreational drugs and prescription medications. Hepatitis type is determined by laboratory tests.Many people with hepatitis go undiagnosed, because the disease is mistaken for the flu or because there are no symptoms at all.

Symptoms can include:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Mild fever
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

If you are HIV+ or are a carrier of hepatitis B or C, there is no reason why your dentist should not continue to treat you as normal. The only reason this would change is if you develop AIDS, when your treatment may need to be modified. Equipment in dental practices has to undergo an extremely high level of cleaning to prevent cross infection. The only reason why your dentist may refer you is if you have a condition that they feel would be better treated by a specialist, just as they would with any patient, regardless of HIV or hepatitis status.

The IDA recommends that you discuss your general condition with your dentist before undergoing any dental procedure.Even seemingly harmless symptoms like bodyache and persistent cold could mask an underlying severe disease.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Dental Extraction

Normally when all attempts to save the tooth have failed, the last resort is to extract the damaged tooth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

Having a tooth out is the same as having an operation and, because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection.

Dental Extraction

Dental Extraction

Dental Extraction

Dental Extraction
Here are some pointers:
  • Discuss all your medical conditions,and medications with your dentist. Specially if you are taking medicines for blood thinning,blood pressure,diabetes.
  • For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don't smoke, don't drink any alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clot which might have formed.
  • Don't rinse your mouth for six hours after extraction.
  • Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
  • You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket - don't worry, this is perfectly normal.Do not touch the area with your tongue or fingers.
  • There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers - aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol will be fine.

If you feel pain long after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a 'dry socket' and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.

Your dentist may have given you some gauze to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed .This is specially sterilized guaze.

  • Roll it into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap.Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 30 minutes.
  • Sit up and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze or handkerchief.
  • Do not spit outside for an hour after extraction to avoid dislodging the clot.
  • Hold an ice pack externally at the extraction site to speed up the clotting and reducing swelling,if advised by the dentist.Do this for 30 minutes.
  • Eat soft and cold food for the next 6 hours atleast. Discuss your diet with the dentist prior to extraction.

The IDA recommends that if the bleeding does not stop even after 2-3 hrs post extraction, please contact your dentist immediately.

The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Uneven / Discoloured Teeth

A smile is the best accessory one can wear,and everyone loves to show off a set of pearly white teeth when they smile.

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As we age and as everyday life takes its toll on our teeth,gradually these pearly whites change their shade. Drinking too much tea or coffee, smoking or even eating strongly coloured foods can stain and discolour them. There are toothpastes available that will help remove these stains, but they can't change the actual colour of the tooth underneath.

The colour of your teeth is determined by your DNA, just like the colour of your hair or your eyes. As we get older, the dentine - the soft, pulpy substance below the enamel that protects the nerves and the blood supply to the tooth - changes colour, becoming more yellow. This is something which a stain- removing toothpaste alone cannot help.

Causes of Tooth discolouration :

Your teeth may become discoloured as the result of a number of factors.

These include:

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  • Diet and oral intake: smoking or drinking a lot of tea, coffee or red wine can stain the teeth over time.
  • Acidic Food & Drink: Fizzy drinks, fresh fruit juice and foods like yoghurt can dissolve the outer enamel. As the enamel thins, the yellow dentine becomes visible, giving the tooth a yellow look.
  • Vomiting & Reflux: Exposing the teeth to stomach acid through frequent vomiting due to Pregnancy, Anorexia, Bulimia or reflux can also dissolve enamel and cause the teeth to take-on a yellow hue.
  • Ageing: Teeth do darken naturally as we age.
  • Tetracycline Staining: Tetracycline taken up to the age of about five can cause the teeth to become very discoloured.
  • Antibiotics Staining: antibiotics can sometimes cause tooth discolouration.
  • Nerve death: A tooth where the nerve has died - probably as the result of infection
  • Following Root Canal Treatment

If you are a candidate for whitening there are several ways to whiten your smile:

  • In-office bleaching

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    This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. Lasers have been used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

  • At-home bleaching

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    Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives.

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  • Lasers

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    There are other ways a dentist may whiten your teeth, for example with the use of lasers, which may be quicker. Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ''activated" by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.

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A disharmony between tooth-size and jaw- size can result in crowded, irregular teeth. Crowded teeth can be unattractive and more difficult to clean. Crooked, crowded and overlapping teeth that don’t fit together, (technically termed malocclusion), can cause a range of oral health problems, including:

  • Dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease – misaligned teeth are harder to clean, particularly if they overlap.
  • Injury to the gum – a misaligned tooth may sink into the nearby gum and cause injury.
  • Wear and tear – if teeth are misaligned, the action of chewing may grind the teeth unevenly.
  • Jaw injury – a bad bite may place stress and strain on the jaw joints.
Dental Veneers for discoloured teeth
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Unfortunately it is often the case that the cause of the discolouration is such that no amount of cleaning nor bleaching will improve it. If the enamel has deteriorated to the extent that the underlying yellow dentine is visible we must cover it rather than trying to change the colour.

Dental Veneers are an ideal way of whitening discoloured or yellow teeth. They are think porcelain shells that fit over the front surface of the tooth. They can also help close unwanted gaps between teeth and to some extent help correct the appearance of crooked teeth. However, veneers are suitable for the front teeth and are not for the rear 'chewing' teeth. Neither are they suitable for anyone with bruxism. They should only be applied to healthy unfilled teeth.

Veneers also provide a quicker solution for straightening out malaligned teeth compared to orthodontic treatment.

Dental veneers for malaligned teeth
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Dental Crowns
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Crowns are the ultimate solution for very heavily stained or eroded teeth as well as malaligned teeth that may have other defects as well. A crown is a cylinder made from Porcelain fused to a metal core that is placed over your natural tooth.

Your own tooth is first prepared to take the crown. It is shaped into the form of a post and then its impression is cast.

The new crown is hand crafted to fit. This gives us the opportunity to produce a tooth that is a better shape and/or size than the old one and we can vary its colour to match adjoining teeth or to be much whiter than before. The new crown is then cemented in place.

With the latest technologies and advances in dentistry everyone can have the perfect smile they wish to have at any age.

To get your perfect smile consult your dentist The time to visit your dentist is NOW.

Allergies

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. A substance that causes a reaction is called an allergen. These reactions are acquired, predictable, and rapid. Allergy is one of four forms of hypersensitivity and is formally called type I (or immediate) hypersensitivity. Allergic reactions are distinctive because of excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). This reaction results in an inflammatory response which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous.

Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life- threatening reactions called anaphylaxis.

Allergenic dental materials
  • Acrylic Resin
  • Composite Resin
  • Impression materials
  • Eugenol-containing products
  • Metals like
  • Amalgam
  • Gold
  • Nickel
  • Medications
  • Latex gloves

When exposed to latex proteins, a latex- sensitive individual may experience minor symptoms, such as hives or nasal congestion. Severe cases may result in anaphylaxis. This is a dangerous reaction that causes a drop in blood pressure; difficulty breathing; swelling of the throat, tongue and nose; and even loss of consciousness. It could be life- threatening if unattended. Emergency medical attention is needed at the first sign of anaphylactic reaction.

Allegries

Allergies

If you have had a prior allergic reaction to latex-containing objects, or any other known allergy to medication or materials,inform your dentist. Your dentist can confirm the allergy, and determine the best strategy for dealing with it.

The IDA recommends that prior to seeing your dentist, update your medical history with the dental office. Your dentist his and his staff will take the appropriate precautions for your next dental visit.