Gum disease also known as periodontal disease is inflammation caused by bacterial growth in the mouth around the tooth and along the gum line. If ignored, this disease can cause loss of teeth. There are four general stages to gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the more serious condition of periodontitis.
Stage 1: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum diseasea nd its symptoms include inflamed or red gums that may bleed when brushed.
Stage 2: In early periodontitis, slight loss of bone that supports the teeth occurs even though other symptoms may not be easily observed.
Stage 3: In moderate periodontitis, more bone and gum tissue is destroyed and loosening of teeth may also occur.
Stage 4: Advanced periodontitis is the most severe stage of the disease. Symptoms become more severe, teeth can become very loose and biting and chewing may be difficult. Extensive dental treatment is typically required to try to correct the damage of advanced periodontitis.
If you have a professional teeth cleaning twice a year, you are less likely to experience a heavy plaque and tartar buildup that could seriously affect your oral health. Regular cleaning helps to identify gum disease, screen for other oral disease and can prevent tooth decay. Plaque and tartar buildup cause gum bleeding (gingivitis), pain, bad breath and may lead to gum swelling (pocketing of gum tissue around the teeth) and eventually loss of bone support for the teeth leading to tooth mobility.If you suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, you should have your teeth cleaned more often due to their link to dental problems.
Tooth colored fillings are mercury free dental fillings that restore the natural appearance of tooth structure. So, these can be done to repair broken, cracked or chipped teeth and sometimes to improve tooth color too.The other advantage is that we do not have to remove as much natural tooth structure, as we have to do with silver amalgam or gold fillings. This allows the dentists to treat your cavity more conservatively and maintain more of your natural tooth structure.
Most of the time, cavities left untreated put you in some serious pain causing inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. Root canal treatment is the treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead. The dental pulp is removed and all the canals within the root and pulp chamber of the tooth are cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering and causing further infection. So, if you are having pain that does not stop, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or food, any kind of swelling, tenderness, don't ignore. Book an appointment with your dentist.
Nothing is more radiant than a beaming white smile. And there is also nothing that spoils a great look more than stained, yellow teeth. Whitening your teeth at home increases the risk of negative side effects such as tooth sensitivity and damage to tooth enamel and gums. That's why it is important to get your dentist's recommendation and always follow product instructions. To be sure teeth whitening is worth your time and money, talk to your dentist before you use an over the counter tooth whitening kit next time.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you are missing one or more teeth. They restore your dental functionality that is, you will be able to chew and eat efficiently. They can even improve the clarity of your speech that may have been lost due to absence of a natural tooth.While crowns and bridges are fixed by dentist, they do sometimes fall out due to poor oral hygiene. So, do visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and avoid chewing hard foods.
A complete denture is constructed when there are no more teeth left in your jaw. These can be:
1. Traditional Dentures
2. Partial Dentures
3. Custom Dentures
4. Immediate Dentures
5. Implant Supported Dentures
6. Snap-in Dentures
Talk to your dentist and then proceed for your complete denture treatment.