How often should I go to the dentist?
I recommend that all patients visit the dentist at least two times per year. Some patients, however, may need to come more frequently depending on their oral health, particularly their gums.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Several factors and practices work together to make dental radiography safe. The amount of radiation used to obtain dental radiographs is extremely small. At our office we use digital x-rays , lead apron with thyroid collar, proper exposure and processing techniques to make it more safe.
Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small..
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases are gum diseases. The term periodontal translates as “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease includes periodontitis and gingivitis which are both serious infections of the gums. The harmful effects of gum disease include potential tooth loss. An individual can actually have periodontal disease and not even be aware that they have it until the condition worsens. There are studies that show relationship between periodontal disease and general health.
Chronic periodontal disease is a lasting bacterial infection which has harmful effects on the bones that support one’s teeth as well as the gums and tissues surrounding one’s teeth. It has been determined by a variety of studies that some 75 percent of adult tooth loss is due to the existence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease does not discriminate; it can have an effect on one or all of an individual’s teeth, and it can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and races. The onset of periodontal disease and issues with the gums is instigated by plaque and the bacteria in plaque in most cases. Plaque is a colorless film that forms on the teeth continuously; the substance is sticky and clings to one’s teeth, when plaque is not removed it gets calcified and called tartar or calculus.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
In its early stages, one can have periodontal disease without being aware of it. This is why it is very necessary for people to get regular dental checkups and evaluations so that a trained professional in the field of dentistry can identify if the individual has periodontal disease. As periodontal disease progresses and the periodontal infection gets worse, an individual will be able to recognize that he or she has periodontal disease by the following signs and symptoms:
* The chronic presence of bad breath and gingivitis
* Red, irritated, and swollen gums
* Gums bleeding after brushing (a toothbrush may appear reddish or pink after brushing)
* Sore and achy gums
* Itchy gums
* Gum recession (individual’s teeth will have a longer appearance than usual)
* Pain and irritation upon flossing
* Increasing gaps forming between the teeth
* Tooth loosening and tooth loss
* Improperly fitting dentures or appliances
* Minor to significant changes in one’s jaw-line or bite
* Difficulty eating and chewing
* Tooth sensitivity
Any of the above symptoms, either singularly or combined, is an indication that an individual should seek out a professional. The signs listed above are indicative of periodontal infection which requires treatment in order to restore one’s oral health. One should contact a general dentist as soon as possible to schedule an evaluation and to develop a plan of treatment.
Why do I need scaling and root planning or osseous surgery?
Scaling and root planning is treatment for periodontal disease, which includes removal of plaque, calculus above and below gum margin using various instruments, machine and medicines. Advanced cases of periodontal disease are treated by osseous surgery which is done by specialist.
My tooth stopped hurting. Should I still come to the dentist?
Cavities may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn't hurt, you tooth is deteriorating. Once there is cavity it has to be removed, it is bacterial infection which is not going to go away on its own. When cavities are small they are much easier and less expensive to treat!
What is the risk of only seeing a dentist when there is an issue?
The best approach to optimal dental or medical care is to be preemptive or preventative and not wait for a crisis to erupt. Unfortunately, many people wait for the crisis to come before making a dental appointment.
Certain chemicals like prostaglandin, given off when there is marked pain, inflammation or infection, sometimes interfere with the effectiveness of local anesthesia. In such a case, often an anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil and, possibly, an antibiotic should be taken for a day or so before solving the problem. From then on, things should be smooth sailing. We will not proceed with treatment if you are not comfortably numb. If you feel any discomfort during the procedure, raise your left hand and we will stop and give you more local anesthetic and time to get numb. We promise.
What are the options to replace missing teeth?
There are a variety of options to replace missing teeth:
2. Fixed Bridge
3. Removable Partial Denture
These options can be discussed in great detail with Dr.Naina Bhoot