What is orthodontic treatment?

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
How long is ortho treatment?
On average, it takes about 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position. Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is unique
What age is best for ortho ?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening.
What is the average cost of orthodontic treatment?

While the average cost for braces is $5,000 to $6,000, some individuals pay as little as $3,000 or as much as $10,000. This is because orthodontic treatment is highly personalized based on both the orthodontist and the patient. Your expenses will depend on your age, insurance plan and the type of braces you wear

Can you pay for braces monthly? Monthly payment options: We offer monthly payment options to make your orthodontic expenses more manageable.

what is rootcanal treatment means?

what is rootcanal tretment means

Why does a tooth require root canal treatment (R.C.T.)?

Basically tooth is made of three layers, outer strong and hard enamel, intermediate tough dentin and inner soft pulp that contains the nerve ending, blood vessels and others cells which maintain the vitality of the tooth. When dental decay is allowed to progress, it results in a deep cavity that may reach the pulp thereby exposing the pulp to the exterior. Exposure of the pulp may also occur due to erosion or trauma like fracture of the tooth. Whenever the pulp is exposed to the exterior, it develops inflammation and infection. A tooth that has its pulp exposed by decay, trauma, etc has two treatment options; extraction of the tooth or retain the tooth by undertaking a root canal treatment. Such an endodontically treated tooth can function normally in mouth. If untreated the tooth develops pain, swelling, etc, and the infection can spread deeper into the bone

What do you mean by nerve removal treatment of the tooth?

Once decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, it gets infected and the tooth has to undergo root canal treatment. It involves complete removal of the pulp, cleansing and filling with inert material. Since pulp contains few nerve endings which are removed, it is commonly referred to as nerve removal treatment.

Do root canal treated teeth fracture?

No, a tooth with minimal destruction that is well restored does not fracture in normal usage. However, a grossly destroyed tooth may fracture if it is not protected by a metal crown. 6.Can decay occur on root canal treated teeth? Root canal treated teeth are not immune to decay; hence, proper brushing and oral hygiene maintenance is necessary to keep decay away.

Can decay occur on root canal treated teeth?

Root canal treated teeth are not immune to decay; hence, proper brushing and oral hygiene maintenance is necessary to keep decay away.

Is it true that a root canal treated tooth does not have any sensation or pain?

As the nerve supply to the tooth is removed the tooth does not respond to heat, cold, etc, like other normal teeth but continues to function like other teeth in the mouth.

Can a tooth with an abscess or infection that has spread beyond the root be saved by R.C.T.?

Once the pulp gets infected and adequate treatment is not carried out there is a chance that the infection may spread to the underlying bone. In such cases the infection forms an abscess in the bone which is nothing but collection of pus. Such an abscessed tooth can be saved by antibiotic therapy followed by root canal treatment. However, these patients required to be followed up regularly by X rays and clinical check up until complete healing take place.

Is there an age limit for R.C.T.?

A tooth that is completely developed can be treated by routine root canal treatment. However in young children the roots of the teeth are still developing. In such children it may be required to first undertake treatment to develop the root or close its wide open end and then complete the root canal treatment.

Can root canal treatment be performed in milk teeth?

Yes it is done on primary teeth when the decay involves the pulp.

How many visits does it take to complete root canal treatment?

Depending on the involved tooth and infection status it may take multiple visits or can be completed in a single sitting.

What is tooth reimplantation?

A tooth that cannot be endodontically treated in the mouth is removed and then the root canal treatment is performed outside the mouth. Soon after the completion of the root canal treatment the tooth is put back in its place. Such a procedure is known as reimplantation. This procedure is done only in exceptional cases, as the long-term survival of the tooth is uncertain.

Can a tooth have infections of both the pulp and gums?

Yes, sometimes infection of gums can lead to pulp infection and vice versa. In such cases first the RCT is performed and later gums are treated by the specialist

Can a tooth be put in the place of another tooth?

Yes it is possible in selected cases. A tooth can be placed in the socket of another tooth and such a procedure is known as transplantation.

Dental posts and cores.

Dental posts and cores.

 After your tooth’s root canal treatment has been completed, your dentist may recommend the placement of a dental crown.

They may also tell you that a dental post and core (or else just a core without a post) must be placed before the crown can be made. Related pages about restoring root canalled teeth.

a) What is a "core"?

 Teeth sometimes have large portions missing due to decay, fracture, the loss of a filling and, in the case of root canal treatment, the creation of an access cavity.

 Core placement refers to a procedure where a dentist replaces missing tooth structure in preparation for making a new dental crown. Replacing these missing portions creates the optimal foundation for the new restoration. A core can be made out of any type of permanent dental restorative. In most cases it’s either dental amalgam (metal filling material) or else dental composite (tooth bonding).

Why are dental cores needed?

Here’s the reason why a core is placed. A great deal of a crown’s stability depends on the amount of tooth structure that extends into its interior. If very little tooth structure occupies this space, the crown will be easily dislodged, especially by forces directed at its side.

 By “building up” the tooth first with a core (rebuilding the tooth so it is closer to its original dimensions), the dentist can greatly increase the stability of the crown, and therefore maximize its long-term chances for success.

b) What is a "post and core"?

 The difference between a dental core and a post and core is that with the latter, a dental post is used to help to anchor the core to the tooth.

 While a dental core can be created for any tooth, a post and core can only be made for a tooth that has had root canal treatment.

Is a post always needed?

As a rule of thumb, if more than half of a tooth’s original crown portion has been lost, a post is needed to assist in anchoring the core to the tooth. If more than half still remains, a core by itself will probably suffice.Posts don’t strengthen teeth.

Just as a point of information, in decades past there was a misconception that metallic dental posts played a role in reinforcing (strengthening) the teeth in which they were placed.

 To the contrary, dental research has since shown that these posts offer no reinforcement benefit and, in fact, can actually weaken teeth and place them at risk for fracture.The research.

As evidence of this, Willershausen (2005) evaluated 775 endodontic ally treated teeth. It was determined that, as a group, these teeth had a complication rate of 6.6%. In comparison, a subgroup composed of just teeth with metal posts had a complication rate (such as root fracture) of 13.2%.

 This is not to suggest that post placement is a “bad thing.” However, a dental post should be recognized as just an aid in helping to anchor a dental core to a tooth. If enough natural tooth structure still exists, then no post is needed.

How does a dentist place a dental post and/or core?

When placing just a core alone, the dentist will apply dental restorative (meaning filling material, such as dental amalgam or bonding) to the tooth, not unlike when a regular filling is placed. As a part of the process, they may also screw minute “pins” into the tooth. When the restorative is packed around them, they help to anchor the core in place.

The goal is to place enough dental restoratives that, once the tooth has been shaped for the crown, the resulting tooth/core combination is the same size and shape that it would have been if no previous tooth structure loss had occurred.

When placing a post and core, the dentist will first use their drill to create a “post space.” This space will lie in alignment with one of the root canals that was filled during the sealing portion of the tooth’s endodontic treatment. Then, a post, specifically sized (or fabricated) to match the post space, is cemented or bonded into place.

Traditionally, dental posts have been made out of metal (stainless steel, titanium, cast metal). In today’s marketplace, a dentist may choose between metal and carbon-fiber posts.

Once the post has been secured, a dental core (see above) is placed over and around the post’s exposed end. This way the dental core is anchored both by the post and surrounding tooth structure. Completing the tooth’s reconstruction. Once the core, or post and core, has been completed, a dental crown can be fabricated and placed. We outline the steps of this process here: How dental crowns are made.

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Dental Visit - Every Six Months

Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.

What Goes On During A Regular Visit

Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.

During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will likely look at your gums, mouth, tongue and throat. There are several routine parts to a dental examination.

The Head And Neck Examination

Your dentist will start off by:

  • Examining your face
  • Examining your neck
  • Checking your lymph nodes
  • Checking your lower jaw joints (TMJs)
The Clinical Dental Examination

Next, your dentist assesses the state of your teeth and gums by:

  • Examining the gums
  • Looking for signs of gum disease
  • Checking for loose teeth
  • Looking at the tissues inside of your mouth
  • Examining your tongue
  • Checking your bite
  • Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
  • Checking for broken teeth
  • Checking for damaged fillings
  • Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
  • Evaluating any dental appliance you have
  • Checking the contact between your teeth
  • Taking X-rays
The Dental Cleaning

During the final part of the dental visit, your dental professional cleans your mouth using these methods:

  • Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
  • Removing any plaque and tartar
  • Polishing your teeth
  • Flossing between your teeth
  • Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques

Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Dental Implants background information

Dental Implants background information

Dental implants are a new way of replacing single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth.

 If you lose a tooth, your jawbone automatically shrinks, making your face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process.

Dental implants remove the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of your jawbone and gums, this continuous shrinkage of your jawbone alters the fit of your denture, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Dental implants can get rid of the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of badly fitting false teeth, as well as the cleaning and maintenance of removable partial and full dentures.

What are implants?

A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth in your mouth. The implant is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your bone then heals tightly around this implant and the implant then serves as an anchor for your replacement tooth.

 If you are considering cosmetic dentistry with dental implants, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedures. It can’t answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the dentist. Please ask your dentist about anything you don’t understand.

how are implants applied to your teeth?

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, may be a candidate for dental implants. If one or a few teeth are missing, dental implants, along with a crown or bridge, can replace those teeth without losing more bone.

Enough bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant(s) along with healthy gum tissues. Your dentist will be able to discover if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants after a careful examination of your dental and medical history.

 Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. A local anaesthetic, and sometimes patient sedation, are used to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.

Actual procedures vary between dental practices, but usually, implants are placed directly into your jawbone either with the metal caps left exposed above the gum line, or buried into the gums.

Tissues are then left to heal around the implant. If the metal cap has been buried in the gum, it is then exposed again so that a post can be attached. The replacement teeth are then placed on top of these posts. If the caps are left exposed, replacement teeth can just be attached directly.

The complete implant reconstruction process may take from 2 to 9 months and in some cases longer. Time is needed for your jawbone to grow around the implant and for your replacement teeth to be made.

How long will Dental Implants last?

Research and scientific studies have proved the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants. With careful looking after, the implants should last a lifetime, even if the replacement teeth need renewing.

Who can perform Dental Implants?

Not all dentists specialise in cosmetic dentistry, so it is important to find a dental practice that does a lot of cosmetic dental work.

What is the average cost of Dental Implants?

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth.

Dental implants may cost from between $1500 to $2100 per tooth.

Summary of advice for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a new way of replacing single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth.

 Research and scientific studies have proved the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants. With careful looking after, the implants should last a lifetime.

Please note that results of cosmetic dentistry vary enormously, depending upon both the patient and the skill of the individual dentist.

6 things a dental cleaning can do for you

6 things a dental cleaning can do for you

1.Prevent cavities

The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.

2.Stop tooth loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.

3.Brighten your smile

Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!

4.Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.

5.Boost your overall health

Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.

6.Save money

Get the most value from your dental benefits. Most Delta Dental plans have low or no copayments/coinsurance for dental cleanings and oral exams. If you take advantage of your benefits now, you may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly and extensive procedures.

For these advantages and more, make an appointment with our office at: (416)4937657