September 2015 Entries

Healing teeth vs Implants  

09/06/15

Should I fight for my tooth or accept its removal? Unfortunately, there is only a small number of people who don’t face this dilemma in their lifetime. If we know that hardly anyone today wants to extract a tooth and not replace it with an artificial one, the main question is whether it is worth to fight for preservation and healing of a deteriorating tooth or replace it with an implant right away. It is impossible to provide a universal answer to this question, but there are certain rules and practices that every reputable dentist follows.

Of course, any dentist will have an idea about what should be done in each case. It is possible that your dentist will be particularly in favor of using implants or maybe they will insist on preserving your natural teeth, but true professionals with extensive experience in the field of healing teeth and implants will usually be equally open to both options. Otherwise, when dentists talk about diseased teeth, they usually refer to the teeth that will be lost in a matter of month or a couple of years in case they are left untreated and in most cases they are talking about a combination of problems with loss of bone tissue and gums.

If we look at the cost of treatment compared to the price of implants, this certainly won’t provide an answer which option is better. While implants have a field price, the healing can cost more or less and during the treatment there is always a chance that the dentist will be forced to use an implant. When we talk about convenience and time, everything depends on the patient. While some patients are willing to accept the risks that come from the healing procedure, others want fast and permanent solution. The last factor is aesthetics and without any doubt, implants are a better option. Of course, we should not forget that once the healing is successfully finished, we can use veneers and crowns and achieve an effect that is quite similar to the use of implants. However, this procedure can be costly and in most cases it doesn’t last much.

When thinking about healing or installation of implants, it is important to consider the exact tooth or teeth that need to be treated. Most doctors advise patients to try to heal the front teeth and use implants as a last option.     

How can we tell whether the implant will integrate into the bone or not?   

09/13/15

Every experienced dentist knows that one of the most important success factors when it comes to implant integration is the amount of jawbone and proximity to important anatomical structures such as sinus and serves. In order to install an implant that will last a lifetime, the dentist needs to find a way to surround this implant with adequate bone mass on all sides.  It is also important to properly install this implant and to process its surface in a good way. The best implant manufacturers are constantly investing in improvement of the current surface of titanium implants.

What makes the surface of the implant so important?

There is actually one relatively simple reason for that – the connection between the screw and the jawbone is purely mechanical and therefore it is necessary to get broad contact surface between them. This can be easily achieved by performing micro-abrasion on the surface of the screw and treating this surface with special techniques in order to stimulate the jawbone to surround the dental implant as soon as possible. The dental implant itself is important too, but it is also important to choose the right abutment and crown because they will transmit the chewing force on the dental implant and in case certain problems occur, they usually occur at the point of connection between the abutment and dental implant.

In addition, most dentists agree that the biological condition of the body is very important for the proper integration of the dental screw. It is crucial to determine the state of blood vessels because they are the ones that need to restore and bring all the constructive elements to the area where the implant is installed. If the blood vessel Is damaged or narrowed or the flow is reduced, the healing process takes longer period of time. This is exactly why smokers are considered to be a risky group for the installation of implants.

It is also important to determine the level of bad cholesterol or LDL. It is believed that increased levels of LDL complicate the healing process and integration of dental implants. The presence of vitamin D has proven to increase the chances of success during this type of intervention. Besides that, it was determined that people who are suffering from allergies have lower levels of vitamin D in their system.

All these parameters should be taken into account before any surgery that involves dental implants.  

 

How to protect your teeth? 

09/20/15

Teeth inevitably decline with the aging process and this is a completely natural process. However, there are certain things that each of us can do in order to protect your teeth and make them last longer. In the following article we will describe some processes that lead to tooth decay and the things that we can do in order to slow down or eliminate these processes.

Teeth are very strong, but they are not unbreakable

Although there are many people who believe that teeth become less resistant to mechanical damage and become brittle with the aging process, this is not correct. Tooth decay comes from many different reasons – the high amount of seals, certain disorders and damages lead to tooth decay. Most of these problems occur gradually due to improper bite which is one of the consequences of avoiding visiting a dentist on a regular basis. In addition, even individuals who have a proper bite often squeeze their teeth too much which is problem of a psychological nature that comes as a result of increased stress levels. In addition to being relaxed when you are eating, you should also avoid chewing solid food very fast. In this way you will avoid problems related to chewing nuts, bones and other foods that have solid parts and have the ability to damage your teeth.

Learn more about acids

The remains of sugary foods and cereal products ferment in the mouth, causing the bacteria that are not harmful to produce acids that are very dangerous for the teeth. This leads to formation of small holes in the teeth and you can expect to witness caries soon. One of the most dangerous things is consumption of carbonated beverages. Reducing the intake of pasta and bread, elimination of carbonated drinks and elimination of snacks can lower the amount of acid in your mouth and protect your teeth.

Discoloration of teeth can be avoided

Some popular drinks and foods can permanently change the color of teeth. It is good to point out that this discoloration doesn’t affect the health of the teeth. Some drinks that can affect the color of teeth are tea, coffee and red wine. In addition, passionate smokers can experience this change too. If you cannot change your habit, try to brush your teeth more frequently and a little bit longer. Finally, you can use a teeth whitening procedure. 

Root Canal Treatment – A Basic Guide 

09/27/15

Root canal treatment also known as endodontic therapy or nerve extraction is one of the least popular dental procedures, probably because of the name of this procedure which makes people think about pain. However, the truth is that this procedure is not very painful because with every modern dentist uses local anesthesia and most people who have finished an endodontic therapy claim that the procedure is similar to the one used for tooth filling.

What does this treatment include?

Root canal treatment is a type of treatment that is focused on the interior part of the tooth or the part of the tooth where we can find the dental pulp. Most people know this pulp as “dental nerve”. However, this is technically not a correct term because besides the nerves we can also find blood and lymph vessels, various cells and connective tissue in this area.

Although human teeth are generally made of solid structures like enamel, cement and dentin, there is hollow space in every tooth. This space contains soft tissue –dental pulp in case the tooth is healthy. In the dentist’s office you might encounter some of the following terms related to space where the dental nerve is located.

Root canals. Every nerve enters the tooth through the top of the root. From the point of entry, the nerve extends through the central part of the root or the root canal and enters the wider part inside the tooth crown.

Pulp chamber. This is a hollow space that lies in the central part of the tooth crown.

What is the goal of root canal treatment?

The basic goal of root canal treatment is to achieve a condition in which the tissue surrounding the root remains healthy despite the fact that the dental nerve has experienced certain degenerative changes. In this case, it is thought that the tissue surrounding the tooth root will not be exposed to bacterial infection and irritating substances that act in the hollow space where the dental nerve once stood.

In short, root canal treatment includes mechanical cleaning and flushing of bacteria, bacterial toxins and decomposed organic ingredients that remain after the decline of nerves. All these factors can lead to an inflammatory reaction of the surrounding tissue – pain, swelling and other conditions that accompany any inflammation. After cleaning and rinsing of the root canal, the next activity is filling the canal with special gels and structures inside the tooth in order to seal the area hermetically.