Of all cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry are the most sought after treatment. Over the last few years, implant dentistry has become so popular that more and more people are opting to improve their appearance, confidence and smile.
This type of dentistry is mainly used in replacing a missing tooth. However, apart from replacing a missing tooth, implants also improves your smile, self confidence, looks, and the way you speak.
Before you decide to have implant dentistry done, take a look at the following 9 myths explained.
1. Any dentist can perform the procedure Implant dentistry is a very technique-sensitive and skilled procedure that requires several years of practicing to perfect. Most people think that all dentists can place implants, where in fact, only periodontists and oral surgeons are trained for this during their schooling. These are the only dental specialists you need to consider when you require implant dentistry.
2. Dental implants require heavy maintenance
They function the same way as normal teeth and therefore, require no more maintenance as the surrounding teeth. Regular brushing and flossing should do the trick.
3. The placement of implants is painful
The fact is, if done correctly, implant dentistry can be one of the least painful procedures. During the placement of dental implants, the patient remains under anesthesia, so the procedure is essentially pain free. However, during recovery, patients may experience mild soreness and discomfort near the affected area. This is temporary.
4. Implant dentistry is costly
Dental implants are not cheap. However, taking into consideration, that the implants are designed to last a lifetime, not only is it an affordable treatment option, but also a great investment.
5. Dental implants are not for old people
Implants are just as successful in older patients as in youngger patients. In fact, dental implants are … Read the rest
A trip to the dentist’s office is not always something you look forward to. Many people have been diagnosed with extreme anxiety on the onset of such a visit. Whether the problem is psychological or not, you need to gather courage to avoid future heartache courtesy of dental and oral health decline.Anxiety happens to the best of us and a recent root canal treatment led me to ask several questions about the procedure, general practices, implications, facts and myths.
What is root canal treatment?
Pulp found in root canals can be infected as a result of severe tooth decay. Pulp is basically what keeps the tooth alive because it is constituted by nerves as well as blood vessels. When infection is evident the recommended treatment will be endodontics commonly known asRoot Canal Treatment. It is the removal of the pulp and replacement of a substance that will ward away future re-infections. Because of cutting edge technology in dental equipment and practices, the procedure will not leave teeth darkened unlike in the past.
The procedure will therefore see the tooth preserved for cosmetic reasons. The alternative is to have the tooth extracted but this should only be considered when no other option is forthcoming.
Benefits of the procedure will include not having the tooth removed as well as prevention of further infection and problems with the tooth.
However, after all is done, a dentist will recommend crowning the tooth to reinforce it. A tooth without a root canal will be weaker than healthy teeth and for this reason, crowns will be good options. According to Dr. Wambugu of the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital Dental Clinic in Kenya, a crown can preserve a tooth for a life time.
There are several root canal myths to be dispelled in society as follows;
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Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure used to lighten or whiten the shade of the teeth. Every year thousands if not millions of people combine to spend over $ 10 billion on cosmetic teeth whitening procedures.
If you are thinking of getting your teeth whitened, you should first see your dentist to check your teeth for cavities and gum disease. Your dentist can also clean your teeth to remove any surface stains. Before you whiten your teeth, you should know some basic facts about teeth whitening. There is much information in ads, magazines and on the Internet about teeth whitening, but it is important to separate fact from fiction so that you can make the best teeth whitening decisions. Below are the Top 10 Myths About Teeth Whitening.
1. All teeth whitening gels are the same- there is a wide range in strength of whitening gels. The strongest whitening gels are used by the dentist for in-office whitening procedures. The next strongest whitening gels are given to you by your dentist to be used at home. The weakest gels are bought over-the-counter.
2. All teeth whiten the same -In fact, all teeth do not whiten the same. Yellow teeth typically whiten better than gray teeth. A person with yellow teeth would typically see more dramatic whitening results compared to a person with gray teeth.
3. I have to get the strongest gel so that my teeth can get whitest – Although the strongest gels used by the dentist in the dental office would whiten your teeth faster, you may be able to achieve similar whitening results if you just use a medium -strength whitening gel given by your dentist to be used at home for a longer time.
4. Whitening toothpastes bleach teeth -Very few if any whitening … Read the rest
What You Should Know About the Dental Implant Industry
Advances in dentistry within the last decade or so have led to incredible technological developments. Dental implants have become the treatment of choice to replace lost or missing teeth, and when done under proper surgical technique, success rates have surpassed 95%. When the concept of osseointegration or fusing titanium with bone was introduced to the dental community in the early 60s by an orthopedic surgeon known as PI Branemark, the application of this concept was adapted to dental use; Implementing the procedure, however, into a dental setting was seen as risky and unpredictable. Success rates at this point in time rarely approached 55-60%, and many clinicians felt that their introduction into a patient's treatment plan may be too premature for foreseeable success of a particular prosthesis. To improve success rates, alterations in the design of the dental implant surface were introduced most without sound, clinical evidence to back-up manufacturer's claims of improved success rates. Through years of empirical experimentation, a titanium dental implant was developed that looked much like that of a natural tooth root.
Some 40 years later, technology within the dental implant field has facilitated their colloquial use among general dentists and specialists. When the market for implant dentistry imploded not more than a decade ago, many implant manufacturers decided to alter the topographical surface of the implant fixture with unsubstantiated claims of improved success rates to win market share over the major implant companies that currently hold 85-95% of US dental implant sales.
Unfortunately, there is an awful amount of poorly written research that is being introduced into the dental literature with false claims of improved success rates. In many instances, implant manufacturers have made changes to the design of their implant because of improved success rates seen … Read the rest
Myth 1 – Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel
Not generally true! Professional Teeth Whitening product suppliers mostly use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the active ingredients in their tooth whitener gels. The chemical hydrogen peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) in the process of the chemical reaction. Both Water and Oxygen are common, safe components of our everyday lives.
The Oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth (even though they appear smooth, they are microscopically rough, rod like crystal structures) and dislodge staining particles. I like to explain this by imagining the TV commercials which show how a clothes washing powder with oxygen lifts stains from your clothing.
The "bleach" Hydrogen Peroxide is not the same as household bleach containing ammonia, or other low-end, acid based tooth whitening products, and can be swallowed, within limits. In fact our own bodies produce Hydrogen Peroxide naturally!
Acidic products can remove enamel from your teeth. Look for teeth whitening products using Hydrogen Peroxide which is pH balanced, meaning they have no, or low acid levels. Putting acidity into perspective, you should be aware that everyday Orange Juice is shown in lab studies to soften (and potentially erode) tooth enamel by many times more than a professional hydrogen peroxide based tooth whitening gel could, if used correctly.
Myth 2 – Teeth Whitening is not Safe
Not true! Cosmetic Teeth Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been in use for 100 years. Most recognized dental bodies worldwide endorse tooth bleaching as a generally safe practice, when simple safety steps are followed. Any professional supplier of teeth whitening products will include adequate instructions for the safe use of their product.
Safety vs Risk with tooth whitening is generally centred on 2 main … Read the rest