Continued from Part 1
Smoking Cessation and Recovery
Smoking cessation is an essential component for the successful treatment of periodontal disease as there is little rationale for treating periodontitis without eliminating one of the major causes of the disease. Thus, there is also the question of whether periodontal surgical treatment is indicated without a commitment by the patient to quit smoking. As with other smoking diseases, cessation is only the first step of a long healing process where the smoker often does not approach the lower risk of the nonsmoker for 10 to 20 years.
Smoking is a major hazard to health and promotes many diseases. In addition to nicotine (one of the most heavily used addictive drugs), cigarette smoke is composed of dozen gases (mainly carbon monoxide) and tar as well as almost 4000 other compounds which causes cancer are present. The ingredients of tobacco products affect not only our body directly, but also the people around us indirectly. Many of our organs succumb to the side effects of smoking, including our gums. Continue reading →
When a denture is fabricated, the patient is asked to choose the shade of the teeth along with the dentist at the chair side. The patient would be given a face mirror to hold, and different variety of shades of teeth can be held up for the patient to see through the reflection of the mirror. The shade the approximated the adjacent tooth most should be chosen, and not the most desired shade by the patient. Therefore, choosing the shade of the teeth of the denture is always a delicate balance between what the dentist thinks is suitable, and what the patient wants. Continue reading →