Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that treats malocclusion, a condition in which the teeth are not correctly positioned when the mouth is closed. This results in an improper bite.
Treatment can be cosmetic, to improve a person’s appearance, but it often aims to improve oral function, too. Treatment can improve the appearance of the teeth, but it can also lead to better chewing and speech function and help protect teeth from damage or decay, in some cases. To achieve these goals, the orthodontist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgear, plates, and braces.
An orthodontist can carry out work that aims to achieve :-
- Closing Wide Gaps Between The Teeth
- Aligning The Tips Of The Teeth
- Straightening Crooked Teeth
- Improving Speech Or Chewing Ability
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn’t fit well and can offer an option when a lack of natural teeth roots don’t allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures. The major benefit of implants is solid support for your new teeth — a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant. Because this bone healing requires time, the process can take many months.
Root Canal Treatment
A “root canal” is not a treatment, but part of a tooth. It is the hollow section of a tooth that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells, also known as the pulp.
A tooth consists of a crown and roots. The crown is mainly above the gum, while the roots are below it. The roots attach the tooth to the jawbone.
Inside the crown and the root, or the root canal, is the pulp. The pulp nourishes the tooth and provides moisture to the surrounding material. The nerves in the pulp sense hot and cold temperatures as pain.
The name of the dental procedure commonly referred to as a “root canal” is actually endodontic therapy, which means “inside the tooth.”
However, the term “root canal” has come to be commonly used to talk about the procedure.
Digital radiography is one of the latest technologies utilized in the field of dentistry. The digital X-ray sensors are used for taking radiographs of traditional photographic film. The advantages of this type of radiography include freedom from chemical-based developing of the x-ray and secure transfer of the information of the radiographs. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. Digital radiography has brought dentistry and its aspects to a new level. No more patients have to blindly believe in everything that they are told. They can see and understand that actually what’s going on in their teeth. This improves the trust between the patient and dentist thus keeping the patient satisfied with his dental treatment.
Scaling & Polishing
Scaling and polishing is a procedure that removes dental plaque, tartar and extrinsic stains that are present on the outer surface of the teeth. Scaling and polishing cleans your teeth, preventing and controlling the severity of gum diseases. After scaling & polishing, teeth can appear lighter if there are many stains on the outer surface of the teeth. If the intrinsic colour of teeth is very yellow, there will be no changes after teeth cleaning as the yellow colour comes from inside the tooth. Tooth polishing is a dental procedure that leaves your tooth enamel glossy and smooth. At many dental offices, it’s a standard part of a routine cleaning appointment. Tooth polishing doesn’t just have a cosmetic benefit for your teeth. This procedure, when paired with dental scaling, can freshen your breath and help you avoid tooth decay.
Fillings & Repairs
Fluoride fillings are one of the most effective treatments available for preventing and limiting the occurrence and spread of tooth decay. It is a naturally occurring mineral found in foods and drinks, such as fish and tea, but it can also be synthesized (manufactured). Synthetic fluoride is used in toothpastes, from which most people get the daily required fluoride quantities. Adult, as well as children, need to focus on brushing teeth with fluoride pastes on a regular basis as well as consume water which contains fluoride in it in the recommended quantities. If you are not able to follow these basic things, then you should get fluoride fillings done to provide the required fluoride amounts to your teeth on a daily basis.
Fluoride filling ensure that the tooth is protected from the acid attack thereby keeping tooth at bay from tooth decay. It reduces the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid and enhances the repair (remineralization) of enamel. In this way, the patient’s teeth are protected for an extended period if the fluoride fillings are done at the right point in time.
Dental laminates have the same function as veneers and are sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably. Laminates differ in the sense that they are much thinner and require less amount of enamel to be removed for them to be placed.
Dental laminates have always been a top option when it comes to improving a smile. Many benefits come with getting laminates. Placing these thin, custom-fit shells over each tooth can hide any stain or discoloration. People often resort to getting them if teeth-whitening treatments are not effective.
Dental stains from excessive fluoride and prescription medications are too stubborn and deep. Ordinary teeth-whitening procedures cannot remove the stains anymore. It may seem hopeless, but dental laminates can help. Lighter-colored laminates can cover the teeth with deep staining.
Some unexpected situations result in broken, worn, or chipped teeth. This is where laminates can be a quick solution. Laminates can hide the chipping or any type of damage. These restorations can improve one tooth or even multiple teeth.
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most commonly applied veneers.
Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost. They can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. Partials replace one or a few teeth.
Dentures may feel strange at first. Speaking and eating may feel different. Be careful when wearing dentures because they may make it harder for you to feel hot foods and liquids. Also, you may not notice biting on a bone from your food.
Keep your dentures clean and free from food that can cause stains, bad breath, or swollen gums. Brush them every day with a denture care product. Take your dentures out of your mouth at night, and put them in water or a denture-cleansing liquid.
Dental veneers are most commonly made out of porcelain or composite resin and require intensive prep work. But there are also “no-prep” veneers, which are applied through a different process.
Wisdom Teeth Removal/Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you’ll likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction may be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
To prevent potential future problems, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing problems.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
- Teeth That Have Been Lost Due To Decay Or Trauma.
- Teeth That Have Been Injured Or Fractured.
- Teeth That Have Become Severely Worn As A Result Of Long-Term Acid Erosion (Foods, Beverages, Acid Reflux) Or Tooth Grinding.
- Ongoing Complaints Of Jaw, Muscle And Headache Pain Requiring Adjustments To The Bite (Occlusion).
Crowns & Bridges
With time, your teeth can get damaged and lose their shape or size. This can happen due to various reasons, such as tooth decay, injuries, or maybe use over time. In these situations, Cosmetic Dentistry procedures such as Dental Crowns and Bridges are used to replace the lost or damaged teeth. Thereby, improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and smile.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown can be considered as a cap that is placed over the top of a damaged tooth. The tooth-shaped cap helps restore the size, shape, appearance and enhances the strength of the tooth. A dental crown can be made of a variety of materials like porcelain, gold, or metal. However, the application of these crowns varies as per the condition and requirements.
Teeth whitening is a process of removing stains from the tooth surface and restoring the natural color of the teeth. Whitening is a one-time procedure performed by a dentist. It is amongst the most common and widely adopted cosmetic procedure. With the advent of the latest Dental technology, we have advanced whitening treatment procedures which give reliable and long-lasting results.
For better results do get it done from a trained dental professional.
Teeth whitening do not have any risks associated however, some people may feel sensitivity for a few days or can experience mild gum irritation for some days. Because Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic procedure it is not advised to pregnant ladies.
A smile is one of the primary things we notice about a person. It is powerful, dynamic, and possesses the ability to change the way a person looks and feels.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the smile they’ve always dreamt of. Whether due to bad experiences, wrong decisions, or childhood traumas, some people lose their lustrous smiles. And, if you are one of them, don’t fret! There’s still hope for you.
A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as:
- Dental Veneers
- Composite Bonding
- Tooth Implants
- Teeth Whitening
Inlays & Onlays
Young children have high chances of getting infected root canal which thereby leads to the degraded primary teeth as well as immature permanent teeth. This is often the result of trauma or dental caries (tooth decay) and creates a unique problem for the child. The timely treatment of the primary teeth of a child is necessary for his future as it provides a base for the successful and timely eruption and functioning of the permanent teeth. So, parents of young kids need to understand the importance of keeping their kid’s primary teeth in a healthy condition and avoid any procrastination in getting the dental problems treated.
The primary teeth provide important guides for the newly developing permanent teeth that will replace them. Injury to the young permanent teeth leads to negative effect on the growth of the teeth as well as the jaw. This proves the worth of treating the primary tooth properly at the right point of time. If your child has any pain or discomfort in any of tooth, one of the first steps which need to be taken is to visit a dentist and ensure to get the dental problems checked. Tooth decay is quite common in young kids, and you need to prioritize them if you see your kid suffering from it.
Bleaching of Teeth
Want a brighter smile? When it comes to tooth-whitening, you’ve got two options: in-office-based teeth bleaching, or at-home care.
Tooth bleaching can make teeth temporarily sensitive — or be uncomfortable for people who already have sensitive teeth. When used incorrectly, home kits can also lead to burned — even temporarily bleached — gums.
Tooth-whitening works best for people with yellow teeth and is less effective for people with brown teeth. If your teeth are gray or purple, tooth bleaching probably won’t work at all. To be sure tooth-whitening is worth your time and money, talk to your dentist before you use an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit.
Tooth bleaching is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Bleaching of teeth is one of the most conservative and cost-effective dental treatments of discoloured teeth than aggressive methods like veneering, crowning or bonding to enhance an individual smile. It is ideal for people who have healthy and unrestored teeth and gums. Tooth whitening cannot make a complete colour change but it may lighten the existing shade and is not permanent.
The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth (bruxism), although many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative measures have failed, but some people with TMJ disorders may benefit from surgical treatments.