Things You Should Know About Fillings

For whatever reason, anything that goes on at a dentist is enough to set fear into the hearts of many. For most things that a dentist does, this is fear that doesn’t need to exist, as dental procedures have come a long way and are now virtually painless. Take the filling. A filling is nothing to be afraid of and will actually make the affected tooth stronger and better than before.

By definition, a dental filling is a treatment that restores function by filling in a problem area. This could be a small part of a tooth or a large part of the tooth, but filling it in will cause the pain to cease and the tooth to be used again like nature intended.

Fillings can come in different forms. For example, a root canal filling is a restorative technique that fills the space where the dental pulp usually resides. This is after the root canal itself that has cleaned the tooth out. For a filling on a tooth other than one that has had a root canal, the dentist will first clean out the area of decay or remove the part of the tooth that is unsound. Then the filling itself is pushed into the remaining cavity or hole.

Fillings can be made of gold, porcelain, glass ionomer or cement, but most nowadays are made of amalgam which is a metal like substance. It is soft and pliable and the dentist will stick it in the hole thus building the tooth back up. Once the material sets the tooth is restored and you are good as new. Usually fillings can be done in a single dental visit and there is rarely a need for a followup.

Because the dentist is going to be drilling the bad stuff out of your tooth and pushing a material into it, they will freeze your mouth so that all you are left with is the sensation and no pain. As far as dental things go, getting a filling is one of the most popular and most done procedures. No pain, no muss and no fuss. You will be left with a brand new tooth that will act like it did before it got ‘sick’. The pain you felt when it had a cavity in it will be gone and you’ll be back to your old self in no time. What’s to be afraid of?

Trying Laser Gum Surgery For First Time

This is a treatment that has just been recently developed for treating gum disease. With this surgery it will remove gum tissue that is diseased using a laser light. It is a procedure that no scalpel is used. How long the procedure takes will depend on how much of the gum tissue is diseased. Most patients say that there is very little discomfort there are many dentists that will give or offer their patients a local anesthetic. In order to make sure that the healing process is successful the patient will have to follow the instructions of the dentist strictly when they return home.

This surgery was developed in the 1990’s in the state of California. In 2004 it received medical approval to be done in the US. It is referred to as the Laser-assisted new Attachment Procedure (LANAP). In order to perform laser gum surgery the periodontist or dentist must be certified in this procedure before they can offer the service to their patients. Patients who are suffering from gum disease now have a treatment that helps alleviate their fear of pain. When a patient receives treatment for gum disease they can decrease their chances of having a stroke or heart attack. There is an established link between gum disease and these two medical conditions.

It is a straightforward procedure. If their dentist offers local anesthesia or the patient asks for it the dentist will put a fiber optic strand between the gum and tooth. Then there are pulses of laser light that will kill the bacteria and help to sterilize the area. The second probe will remove the buildup of plaque on the tooth using vibrations at a high frequency. The final step is when the dentist will make a last pass with the fiber optic strain to create a blood clot. This blood clot will help to promote the reattachment of the tooth and gum during the process of healing.

Once the procedure is done you will be give a particular instructions for self care. Generally you will be allowed to only eat certain foods. You will also have to follow strict oral hygiene instructions. You may be required to use a mouthwash that is anti-bacterial that you can buy over the counter several times a day. There will be follow up visits so the dentist can check to see if there are any complications after a week, then it will be thirty days, and then ninety days after having laser gum surgery. It generally takes a period of healing from nine to twelve months before the dentist can determine the level of success from the surgery. The downside is laser gum surgery is higher than regular gum surgery.

All About Invisalign

Are you considering Invisalign® or are already in treatment? If so, it’s important to understand how Invisalign works so that you can learn how to manage it to get best results. To start with, you need to take a ‘Smile Assessment Test’ with a dentist to check if Invisalign is right for you. Schedule an appointment with an experienced Aesthetic Dentistry expert to learn how Invisalign can be tailored to your specific needs.

Here are a few things that might answer your questions on Invisalign to help you take an informed decision before you go for it.

1. What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign are invisible aligners that look like teeth-whitening trays. A series of trays customized to individual’s needs are placed on the teeth in the sequence as determined by your dentist. Over a period of a week or two, a new set of aligners will be placed to continue the teeth straightening process.

2. The Invisalign Advantage – The Invisalign that is made of thermoplastic material are virtually invisible. Invisalign will not be noticed while undergoing the treatment. They are removable unlike other teeth-straightening options, so it enables you to brush, floss and eat comfortably, while it also helps to maintain better oral hygiene. Invisalign must be worn 20 -22 hrs. a day to obtain best results. You can even preview how your straightened teeth will look after completion of your treatment, once the treatment plan has been mapped out for you.

3. What is the duration of the treatment process?
The treatment duration depends on the complexity of your case as determined by your doctor. On an average it is estimated to be 12 months for adults while in the case of teenagers it may vary as determined by your orthodontist.

4. Will aligners change speech?
Invisalign aligners may temporarily create a slight lisp in the speech for a day or two. However, over time, your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, and the lisp will slowly go away.

5. Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days initially, during each new stage of treatment. This slowly disappears once your teeth gets used to it. This discomfort is due to the pressure caused by Invisalign in shifting the teeth to its destination or as mapped by the dentist. However, there may not be any pain as in the case of metal braces.

6. Are there any diet restrictions with Invisalign?
Unlike other teeth straightening options where brackets and wires are used, Invisalign allows you to eat and drink all types of foods because they are removable. So you’re not restricted to eat only particular foods unless advised by your orthodontist. Aligners must be removed before eating and reinserted after brushing your teeth after every meal. This ensures your oral hygiene Is maintained. Also Aligners must be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water. However, it is best to use the Invisalign Cleaning System or as advised by your dentist.

7. At what periodicity should one visit the dentist during the Invisalign treatment?
You may have to visit once in four or six weeks or as advised by your dentist. These appointments to your dentist are a must to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

8. Is smoking allowed while using aligners?
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners as it may discolor the aligners.

9. Are beverages and alcohol intake acceptable during Invisalign treatment?
Alcohol and stain causing beverages are preferably avoided. This is due to the high sugar content in alcohol and sugary drinks that may get trapped between the aligners. Though small amounts of it may be occasionally acceptable, ensuring that the teeth are brushed and cleaned after the intake of beverages, is a must.

10. Is chewing gum acceptable with aligners?
Gum or any sticky foods are best prevented while wearing aligners. Removing your aligners before every meal or snack is recommended. Eating sweets and sticky foods are highly discouraged with aligners.

Things About Dental Filling Option

While most people try to maintain a good oral hygiene and reduce the incidence of sugar consumption, there may be need to have a dental filling to restore broken or broken teeth.

To prevent tooth decay, it is recommended that you should floss at least once daily, brush twice daily, and limit the intake of sugar in the diet at most three times a day. Sugar is present in many different foods, such as fruits, processed foods, soft drinks and sweets.

People who are at a high risk of developing tooth decay should also consider the use of fluoride mouthwashes or high fluoride dental flosses to reduce the risk of tooth decay development.

Several dental filling materials are available today. They include amalgams, gold cast, tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain materials to mention but a few are:

Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury mixture and a metal alloy used to fill the cavities caused by tooth decay. Amalgam usually consists of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals.

Many patients who have undergone tooth filling currently have amalgam as a part of their dentition notwithstanding the numerous health concerns and threats posed by the presence of Mercury in the composition of the amalgam

Teeth colored fillings, also called white fillings or composite fillings, are used to fill the anterior and posterior teeth. The filling comes in the form of a paste that the dentist places on the damaged part of the tooth, adjusts the bite and polishes. It is commonly used for the fixation of front teeth damaged by decay or chipped, cracked or worn. The filling is tied to a tooth with a very strong dental resin, but it can break, lose or detach, depending on factors such as the size of the filling, where it is and habits like nail biting.

Tooth colored fillers are available in a variety of colors that can usually be combined with tooth color, and some of the latest materials look very natural.

Tooth sensitivity may arise after deep filling has been done. Normalcy is mostly restored in a few days or weeks after filling.

On rare occasions, if the sensitivity and pain persist due to a very deep filling, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Over time, fillings may freeze, loosen, chip or break. Occasionally, if filling is very important, it is recommended to replace the dental crown instead of filling it to reduce the risk of fractures or fractures.

With good monitoring and maintenance, fillings should last for several years. Studies show that the average lifespan of amalgam or composite filling is about 3-5 years. Studies show that in composite or porcelain fillings last an average of 5 to 10 years.

Patients can extend the longevity of their fillings by brushing and flossing the teeth, reducing the frequency of sugar consumption, and visiting the dentist every 6 months so that their fillings can be checked on a regular basis.