Cleaning and exam

Who should get a dental cleaning ? How often should I visit a dentist for a cleaning ?

Everyone should get a professional dental cleaning 2 times year. Almost always a dental cleaning or a prophy( the dental term for a cleaning) is recommended with a dental exam and needed x-rays so that your dentist can make sure no new treatment is need.

Selents and Fluoride

Who needs selents and what are selents?

As adult teeth begin to make their way in to your child's mouth and replace baby teeth, the back teeth may have deep groves ( pits and fishers). Your dentist may recommend a filling type material (dental term: selents) to block out the deep groves, and help fight cavities. It's painless and takes only a few minutes to place.

What is Fluoride and who needs it?

Our teeth are made of various minerals such as calcium and phosphate (similar to what our bones are made up off). As we eat throughout the day, through a complex mechanism some of the minerals are removed from the teeth. Our saliva has the supply of minerals needed to replace these lost mineralise, however, past researched has shown that if fluoride is introduced in to the tooth, teeth become stronger and have increase ability to fight cavities.

Your dentist will use either gels, liquids or pastes to get the cavity fighting fluoride placed on your tooth. This will aid your oral cavity to fight cavities.

Starting from a young age everyone should get Florida therapy. Ask your dentist on how to have professional fluoride applied at the office and what are the best home techniques to maximize fluoride application.

Fillings

What is the difference between white fillings (dental term: composit fillings) and silver fillings ( dental term: amalgum)?

A tooth consists of 3 layers. The out layer ( dental term: enamel), the inner layer ( dental term: dentin) and the nerve ( dental term: pulp). A cavity ( dental term: decay) starts from the outer layer and once it reaches the inner layer, your dentist will do a filling to prevent the cavity from spreading to the nerve ( see root canal for what happens when the cavity reaches the nerve).

Once you need a filling its time to decide on a silver or white filling.

  • A silver filling consists of varies metals including mercury.
  • A white filling consists of varies plastics including Bis-phenol A.
  • Ask your dentist to discuss in detail on what's best for your sedation.

Veneers

What are dental veneers and when are they needed?

Teeth come in various shapes and sizes. If your not satisfied with the color of your teeth, even after a professional whiting, nor are you happy with the shape of your teeth, veneers maybe a choice of treatment for you. Veneers are a tine layers of special dental material ( dental term: ceramics) which are place on to of your teeth ( some teeth my be slightly reshaped or have the outer layer reduce before placed on teeth). Veneers make the undesired color of your teeth and aid in creating teeth that match your desired smile.

Crowns

What is a dental crown (aka cap)?

A dental crown goes over a tooth. The crown serves as a shield for the tooth, while at the same time taking the same or similar shape, color and function as the tooth it replaces.

When does a tooth need a crown?

Some but not all reasons a tooth may need a crown:

  1. 1) If a portion of the tooth has fracture, to protect the remaining tooth structure and to replace the missing portion of a tooth.
  2. 2) If a tooth had a nerve removed ( dental term: root canal treatment) than a crown my be indicated to protect the tooth.
  3. 3) If a large filling continually brakes or develops a cavity, then a crown maybe the solution.

What are the types of crowns my dentist may recommend

  1. 1) Standard crowns are white surface (exterior) and metal core (interior) . Dentists call this a porcelain fused to metal crown. Speak to your dentists of different categories that the metal cores come in.
  2. 2) All white ( non- metal crowns) are the new trend. Both the white outer surface and the interior core is completely metal free. They are healthier for the gums and more esthetic even over many years.

There are a number of categories of white crowns, speak to your dentist of which is indicated in your sedation.

Dentures

What are the different types of dentures?

  1. 1) Complete dentures- they replace all the missing teeth either on the upper jaw, lower jaw or both
  2. 2) Partial dentures - replace " partially ", just a few teeth in the mouth, usually using the remaining teeth as support/ anchors.

What is the difference between metal/acrylic dentures vs. flexible dentures?

  1. 1) Metal dentures have artificial teeth attached to acrylic ( special dental material that look pink like the gums and the entire denture is support by metal
  2. 2) Over the years, with improved technology, stronger and more flexible dental materials (dental term: valplast) have been created, theses are flexible dentures that support false teething and don't need metal substructure for support.

Root canals

Once a cavity pass the inner layer ( dental term: dentin) and hit the nerve, Bactria have direct tunnel/ bridge connection to the surrounding human tissues. To stop the spread your dentist will recommend root canal therapy ( removal of the nerve).

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Brice's

When are Brice's recommended?

Ideal time to see a specialist is at the age of 7. This decision is made both by parents and the treating dentist. Some teeth are overly crowed others are overly spaced, some teeth do not come together the right way, other misalign, or dentist will explain if he/ she see any variations of normal.

What are invisible Brice's (dental term: Invisalign)?

Invisible Brice's consist of clear plastic material that go over teeth and act similar to Brice's, only the patient has the a control of removing them for any important reasons, such as eating, social gatherings and when ready place the clear plastic material back once the important activities are completed.