Ever envy celebrities flashing their dazzling, white smiles? Well, you can obtain similar results by dental bleaching or commonly known as tooth whitening. Being a part of cosmetic dentistry, tooth bleaching have become one of the most requested services provided by the dental profession today.
What is Root Canal Treament?
Endodontic treatment is also known as root canal treatment. It is a procedure to clean, shape and fill the root canals of a diseased tooth. Our anterior tooth (incisors and cuspid) has one canal normally except for lower anterior teeth whereby they may have two. Bicuspids and molars have more than one canal. Continue reading
There are about 864,000 out of 10.5 million edentulous people are wearing dentures according to NOHSA (2000), National Oral Health Survey. This accumulates up to only 10% out of the actual population who needs denture. Are you amongst the 10% are aware of the importance of wearing dentures or the remaining 10 million who are still in doubt.
THINGS THAT CAUSES LOST TEETH?
When a tooth is lost, in general it is probably due to one of these reasons:
- gum problems (periodontal diseases)
- trauma or accident
- congenital (e.g.: anadontia, hypodontia)
- supernumerary (extra teeth)
- impacted tooth
Tooth whitening has become increasingly popular over the years as people begin to be more conscious of their appearance and yearn to have a ‘Hollywood smile’. Tooth whitening is basically a cosmetic procedure to decolorize or whiten one’s tooth/teeth with the usage of whitening or bleaching products. In order to achieve whiter teeth, one needs to fully understand the type of tooth discoloration or staining involved as this helps dictate the best and most conservative approach.
The first thing that crosses your mind when you hear the word “dentures” would be the image of your gummy grandfather with his fake set of teeth. However with the advancement of today’s technology, anyone can get a denture when necessary and it is not only limited to old people. Dentures are actually part of fixed prosthodontics (placement of artificial devices in the mouth) and they can be removable dentures or fixed dentures (permanent dentures).
What are permanent dentures?
Dentures are acrylic based material which resembles your gum and teeth. People need dentures due to loss of tooth or teeth. If someone lost one or few teeth, partial denture is required. Full dentures are for those who lost all their teeth. Lower dentures are meant for lower jaw and upper dentures are meant for upper jaw.
From the past, dentures are solely removable. With the advancement of science and research, nowadays, people could have dental implants. That is why permanent dentures are possible.
What is a permanent denture?
With the word permanent, it simply means the denture is not removable. It is fixed to dental implants or your remaining teeth. Sometimes it is also known as fixed bridges.
How to fabricate a permanent denture?
Oral Surgery is a branch of dentistry focusing on invasive procedures like complicated tooth extractions, elimination of infections within the soft tissues and bone and management of traumatic injuries to the head. Traumatic injuries can be injuries to the teeth and the facial bones. Trauma to the head is a serious medical condition and is outside the scope of oral surgery. Such cases are referred to hospitals, not the oral surgery clinics. Oral surgery is also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Oral surgery clinics are mostly situated in major hospitals as road traffic accident victims or cancer patients are frequently referred to the oral surgery department. Oral surgery patients can be an emergency case or even treated on an appointment basis.
They are many types of permanent dentures available, the selection of which dictates by patient’s oral conditions and partly, by the patient’s preferences. Generally, there are categorized as:
- Partial Denture – indicated for patients who have loss some of their natural teeth.
- Complete Denture or Full Denture – indicated for patients who have loss all of their teeth.
Complete and partial denture can further be divided into those which are fixed permanently in the mouth and those which can be removed out of the mouth. Example of fixed partial dentures is dental bridges; whereas example of fixed full denture is implant supported complete denture. Of course, a patient could also opt for single or multiple tooth implants as one of the options to restore their esthetic, speech and masticatory (chewing) function. Continue reading
Permanent dentures are not only for elderly people
Permanent dentures replace natural teeth lost due to injury or poor oral conditions. It restores a person’s aesthetics, chewing and speaking functions. It also maintains the health of oral tissues and other remaining teeth. Therefore, permanent dentures are not restricted for elderly people only. However, younger patients prefer dental implants because it can stop the continual bone loss and shrinkage of jawbone. Also, dental implants are very much like natural teeth and one can be sure that your dental implants would not move or loosen. Continue reading