Impacted wisdom teeth, Part 2

22 October, 2014 (21:38) | General Info | By: Yra

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When debris and bacteria are trapped between the crown of the wisdom tooth and the gum, the peridontal tissues become infected, leading to periconitis. This is evidenced by swelling and pain of the cheek and lymph nodes, fever and bad breath. Dental caries may also develop because of the plaque buildup in the area between the around the impacted tooth, which is difficult to clean. The root of the adjacent tooth may also be affected and cysts may also develop. If any of these occur, the impacted wisdom tooth should be pulled out before any orthodontic treatment, radiotherapy or jawbone reconstruction surgery. Extraction is usually surgical because of the position of the teeth. In many cases, all four wisdom teeth are removed. This may be done all at once, or by pairs, either the bottom and upper halves or by side.

Impacted wisdom teeth, Part 1

15 October, 2014 (20:06) | General Info | By: Yra


Wisdom teeth, commonly called third molars, are the last of the permanent teeth to come out around one’s late teens or early 20s. They are at the back of the mouth, which is why they often become impacted. Impacted teeth are teeth that cannot be pushed out from the gums and are therefore do not emerge or in dental lingo, are unerupted. Because of overcrowding in the jaw, impacted teeth and become tilted and displaced, though it stays completely or partially embedded in the gums. Many people have impacted wisdom teeth, but are not aware of it when it does not cause pain.

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Dental Implants

8 October, 2014 (19:27) | Uncategorized | By: Kitch

Do you want to replace a missing tooth (or teeth)? Then Dental implants should be the way to go. But what is dental implants? It is metal frames that are surgically positioned beneath your gums. Implants are fused into your jawbone to support your artificial teeth. It will be strongly supported so that it doesn’t move whenever you eat or talk, giving it a natural feel compared to the normal dentures or bridges. But not everybody can receive this surgery. One should have healthy gums. Young people whose jawbone has not stopped growing, this is important because the procedure would require enough bones on your jaw. Smokers are also advised not to have it because smoking doesn’t help with the healing process. All of these should be explained to you by your dentist so make sure to get an appointment for an evaluation. This involves checking your teeth and mouth. An X-ray will follow.

nSequence Center for Advanced Dentistry

1 October, 2014 (18:57) | Providers | By: Yra

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The nSequence Center for Advanced Dentistry in Reno, Nevada is an education and implant solution center which partners with surgeons and labs all over the world in planning implant cases virtually. CEO and President Daniel R. Llop describes the support they provide dentists and laboratories as guiding the implant surgery process and providing provisionalization. The nSequence dental education center offers courses such as practice management, impressionless dentistry, guided surgery, occlusion, endodontics, removable prosthetics, cone beam imaging, among others. They were named “the only total solution provider for guided implant surgery by leading clinicians” at the ADA Conference in San Francisco last year.

Orthodontics Advances

24 September, 2014 (17:08) | General Info | By: B. Slade

2.jpg• Digital Imaging- this procedure is now being practiced by many orthodontists to see the approximate result of the surgery before performing any orthodontic treatment.
• Nickel-titanium and thermal-activated archwires- these wires provide mild constant force so that the teeth can move efficiently to lessen the discomfort of the patients.
• Clear braces- just like the conventional braces, they also bond to the outer surface of the teeth only better because they are less noticed due to their clear natural color.
• In-office lab work- Used by doctors for them to have complete control in performing laboratory works like doing retainers and expanders.

Headgear of Yesteryear

17 September, 2014 (16:33) | Braces | By: Yra

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Is the orthodontic headgear already a thing of the past? The face mask and headgear have become less common in recent years and we can expect cases requiring these to dwindle with the development of new orthodontic treatments. Miniscrew implants (MSIs) made of titanium allow the alignment of teeth and the jaw without the inconvenience and discomfort of straps and unsightly frames, all of which can be particularly embarrassing for youngsters as they attend school, given that they should ideally wear the headgear for most of the day. As advances in materials and technology continue, patients are faced with more options to allow them to live normally during treatment.

Importance of Retainers

10 September, 2014 (16:14) | Retainers | By: B. Slade

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Retainers are a critical part of your orthodontic treatment. Together, you and your dentist have worked hard to get your teeth as aligned and straight as possible. However, as soon as your braces are removed, teeth have a tendency to return to their original position. Retainers are needed to prevent this from happening and to keep your teeth adjusted to their new position. After a period of several weeks, you will only need to wear your retainer at night. The length of time you need to use a retainer depends on your teeth.If your teeth shifted because you haven’t been wearing your retainer, you may need to use braces again. The orthodontic treatment will last shorter, but you will definitely be charged again by your dentist.

The Latest in Orthodontics

3 September, 2014 (15:56) | Uncategorized | By: Mish Asia

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What is the latest news in orthodontics? Well, from the day it was discovered and up to this point, the dental world has been finding ways, together with technology, on how to improve dental problems faster and safer. Technological advancements in this field have been only getting better to provide a lifelong beautiful smile. Treatments are now being done quickly and people now who have a crooked smile, gaps or extra teeth are more open with having wires on their teeth. This is because the process does not take a lifetime to produce a great smile. Most youngsters today whether in a Thai school in Asia or even kids in the US feel left out because they do not have any wires on their teeth. Even in Thai classes, students who wear wires are in because that means, these kids can afford to have their teeth done.

One of the latest in thing in orthodontics today is the Invisalign in which braces are invisible or transparent. It can be removed when drinking, eating, brushing, etc. It is only used for a couple of months and the visit to the dentist is just for every six week, may depend on your schedule and your doctor’s schedule. Normally nine to fifteen months is the timeline for having a great set of teeth. So, the next time you visit your dentist, inquire for this type of braces and you might just get the best smile you have been wanting for a short period of time.

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Orthodontics Questions & Answers (Part 1)

27 August, 2014 (13:50) | Q&A | By: B. Slade

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Question:
I’ve had braces before, about 14 years ago, but my teeth have started to overlap and are getting worse as time goes by. My dentist said I need to get one of my wisdom teeth taken out but I really want to get braces again. Should I have my wisdom tooth removed first or can I have that done later?
Answer:
Without the benefit of examining you, I cannot tell you what sequence of treatment you should follow. It may very well be that your wisdom teeth are forcing your other teeth together. Here is something else to think about –A lot of adults that do not want to undergo braces have opted for veneers, which give the appearance of perfectly straight teeth and what some call, “instant orthodontics.” This is just one option that you may want to discuss with an accredited cosmetic dentist to see if it is a viable alternative for you. If you have unanswered questions, ask your current dentist or seek a second opinion from a qualified dentist that can examine you.
 
Question:
I was wondering, because I have an over bite and then my teeth are crooked, that would I be able to get this fixed with cosmetic dentistry or do I need to get braces?
Answer:
Thanks for your question. The condition you have described with your overbite is usually correctable. Without the benefit of seeing you, I cannot tell you which treatment options would be best for you. Situations similar to yours are corrected all the time either through restorative dentistry, orthodontics, or a combination of both. We often correct these deep overbites with what we call an “open bite” treatment plan. This consists of reducing your overbite by placing porcelain veneers and onlys on your teeth. I hope this helps and good luck in getting a better smile!
 
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Smile Makeover: The Ultimate in Cosmetic Dentistry (Part 2)

20 August, 2014 (13:18) | Smile Makeover | By: B. Slade

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Smile Makeover: What’s Involved?

A Smile Makeover involves consideration of your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth, gum tissue, and lips to develop a customized smile. The resulting improvements are as follows:

  • Optimal Tooth Color: Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations and teeth whitening can improve the color of stained teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers and dental implants.
  • Aligned for Success: Crooked, overlapping, or gapping teeth can be straightened when necessary through orthodontics and improved with veneers.

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