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Cosmetic Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry

Does thumb sucking and pacifier affect my child’s teeth?

Thumb sucking, finger sucking or pacifier use is one of the most common infant’s natural reflexes. They begin to suck on their thumb or other fingers while they are in the womb! Infants and young children have a tendency to continue the habit from within the womb and may suck on pacifier and other objects.

The habit provides some children with a sense of security during difficult periods, such as when they are separated from their parents, surrounded by strangers or in an unfamiliar environment. Young children may also thumb-suck to help fall asleep or to soothe themselves.

What is the inherent difference between thumb sucking versus pacifier use?

It is observed that allowing thumb-sucking or soothing with a pacifier could mean fewer sleepless nights for already exhausted parents. Once your toddler reaches age of two or four years, but still continues the use of pacifier or the habit of thumb sucking, then it can prove to be harmful for their teeth. Thumb sucking may be a harder habit to break than pacifier use as it is always available. The advantage of using a pacifier includes being able to take it away when it is no longer appropriate. It’s a concern with children using it throughout the day. They can cause dental imperfection, increased ear infections and sometimes interfere with speech development, depending on use.

What is Pacifier Teeth? What are the effects of Pacifier Teeth?

The term coined ‘pacifier teeth’ specifically refers to the damage brought about by a pacifier. If your growing baby continues using pacifier or sucking thumb:

  • Teeth might end up growing-in crooked
  • Position of the teeth might change
  • Jaw might not be properly aligned
  • There might be bite problems
  • Upper teeth might protrude forward

So what should I do to Break the habit

Thumbsucking or pacifier use can be harmful to your child. It is better to restrain your child from cultivating the habit, as it can often prove difficult to weaning your child from the use of pacifier. Here are some ways in which you can break the habit of thumbsucking or stop the use of pacifier:

  • Instead of chiding your child for thumb sucking, offer praise or a treat for not doing so
  • It is often observed that children suck their fingers when feeling insecure. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and comfort the child.
  • Keep their hands and mind occupied with activities like arts and crafts or place a toy to play with. Sometimes they thumb-suck because they’re bored.
  • For an older child, your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.

Children usually stop sucking between the ages of two and four years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice abnormal changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit consult your dentist.

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Braces, Aligners and Orthodontics Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisible Braces – A Clear Way to a Perfectly Healthy Smile

Are invisible braces the perfect choice?

There are several questions you may have in your mind if you’re thinking about getting your braces done as the initial choice may feel like a big decision. Most of us believe that orthodontic treatments are just aesthetic procedures to enhance self-esteem and physical confidence as they are designed just to improve our smile and appearance.

But in reality, orthodontics can do far more than just provide you with straight teeth and an attractive smile, as it corrects your misaligned or crowded teeth which may affect your speech, resolve bite problems and a number of other issues you almost certainly haven’t considered.

If not just aesthetics, what is the need for braces?

If you have noticed that over a period of time, your teeth have gradually become less straight and have shifted positions, then it may be the right time for you to get your braces on, as there is really no reason why you should live with crooked teeth when you have so many great options for straightening your teeth.

Teeth straightening benefits oral health to a greater extent. It’s hard to keep your teeth clean if they overlap each other and there is a greater risk of developing issues such as tooth decay/cavities and gum diseases as well. You can brush and floss easily and effectively when your teeth are aligned. There are many other benefits to correcting your teeth with braces, which can be read here.

When you have finally decided to get braces, the first thing you may want to consider would be whether you want fixed braces or removable braces? There are many types of braces which are dependent on the material, price and form. We will discuss about Invisible Braces in this article.

What are invisible braces/clear aligners? What are the benefits of Invisible Braces?

Invisible braces are the best alternative to conventional or traditional metal braces, to align your teeth in a matter of months as they are barely and virtually invisible and also removable. As the name suggests, they are invisible! Or simply clear braces, which are not as apparent as metal braces or ceramic braces.

Several key benefits of invisible braces are:

  • Removable: Aligner trays can be removed which allows you to eat without the food getting stuck between your teeth. During the treatment, you will be able to brush and floss normally.
  • Clear appearance: Most patients prefer invisible braces because the trays are clear and they are hardly noticeable and it’s the best option for adults who have always wanted to straighten their teeth but were too conscious and hesitated to have metal braces due to the appearance. Clear aligners are subtle enough to go unnoticed when a patient is wearing them
  • Comfort: There are no brackets which may sometimes create sores in your mouth and they are usually more comfortable than fixed braces
  • Cleaning: You can clean the trays by brushing and rinsing the trays in lukewarm water after you eat or drink any food or snacks twice a day.

How long does it take to straighten your teeth using invisible braces?

The length of the treatment varies depending on the patients’ teeth conditions. Usually they are worn for about 22-24 hours a day and most of the cases are completed efficiently in about 8 to 18 months, with fewer dental visits. This will also depend on the patient’s needs and complexity of dental issues.

The trays will move your teeth at a gradual steady pace and the trays are typically changed once every 2 weeks. Visit your dentists for a routine check-up once every 4 to 6 weeks for follow up visits.

Traditional braces versus invisible braces-

Both traditional braces and clear aligners are designed for teeth straightening and to improve oral health to enhance your smile and dental health.

Invisible braces were designed to be invisible!

They are aligner trays that are made of BPA-free clear plastic and are worn over your teeth to fit comfortably and gently move your teeth at a slow pace and gradually straighten your crooked or crowded teeth.

Traditional braces are quite bulky and have sharp edges and ends which may cause irritation on the cheeks, jaws n lips whereas the invisible brace are customized to fit tightly to the teeth and they do not irritate the gums or surrounding tissues in your mouth.

If you would like to determine which type of invisible braces are right for your needs our specialist orthodontists at Credence Dental will suggest and create a right type of treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals for a beautiful younger looking healthy teeth and smile.

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Braces, Aligners and Orthodontics Cosmetic Dentistry

Why is it important to rectify the crowding of teeth for good Dental Hygiene?

That’s a lucky tooth! Well, not exactly. You could have teeth crowding or malocclusion.

Read on to learn more about the crowding of teeth and why is it important to rectify this condition.

Crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, crowding, or gaps between teeth call for an orthodontic procedure. Orthodontics is a specialty under dentistry that addresses ill-positioned teeth. The ill-positioned teeth and jaws, leading to misaligned bite patterns in teeth, which is a common problem amongst many children, teenagers, and adults.

The imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed is termed as ‘Malocclusion’. This condition does not only affect the shape of the face but also the appearance of teeth. It also impacts the ease of eating, speech, and oral hygiene. There are several reasons that one can have orthodontic issues, all such issues can be addressed and treated with the right procedures from an orthodontist.

Let’s look at what is crowding of teeth and why it is important for your dental hygiene to have your teeth fixed.

Teeth Crowding

Crowding is the insufficient space for all teeth to fit properly into the jaws. The teeth may be angled or displaced. As a consequence, people with this condition of malocclusion (misalignment) have crooked teeth that overlap each other.

Overcrowding can be mild, moderate, or extreme, depending on the size of the patient’s jaw and how many teeth they have:

  • Mild Crowding — Slight dental crowding occurs as one of the front tooth in the upper or lower jaw is partially twisted
  • Moderate Crowding — significant dental crowding is when two or three front teeth converge in the upper or lower jaw
  • Severe Crowding — Severe dental crowding is wherein most of the front teeth converge in the upper or lower jaw

If the tooth-to-jaw size is not in the right ratio, or when the teeth are wider and larger than the space available for their growth, crowding occurs.  Usually, crowding is caused by the early loss of milk teeth, the improper eruption of teeth, or a genetic mismatch between jaw and tooth size.

When a tooth is trapped under the gums and is blocked by other teeth, it is referred to as an ‘impacted tooth’. A lot of people believe this can cause dental crowding. The type of treatment depends on the age of the patient and whether the dental crowding is mild, moderate, or extreme. Popular teeth straightening options for crooked teeth include:

Dental braces are the most popular treatment options for overcrowding, particularly in children. People get braces for both aesthetic and practical purposes (not only to fix their smiles but also to reshape their jaws). There are a few different types of braces to choose from, including conventional metal braces and clear braces. A patient has to visit their orthodontist/dentist every four to eight weeks until the braces are removed. They are left on for twelve months to two years.

Clear teeth-aligners, such as Invisalign are another alternative to fixed braces. They are used for straightening not just crowded teeth, but other forms of misalignment as well. Fixed braces can be ugly and odd, causing low self-esteem amongst younger children/Adults. Clear aligners are a good alternative for the fixed braces. The entire treatment comprises clear aligners which must be replaced every 2-3 weeks. During this duration, the patient wears the aligners for about 22hrs a day and for roughly 25-30 weeks to correct even a mild misalignment.

Extreme dental crowding may require dentofacial orthopedics. Orthopedics focuses on guiding facial bone growth and aligning teeth properly in the process.

Crowding should be corrected because it can:

  • Make it much more difficult to properly clean all the surfaces of your teeth
  • Increase the chances of dental decay (because of inadequate cleaning)
  • Increase the chances of gum disease (because of inadequate cleaning)

In addition, straight teeth improve an individuals’ appearance and self-esteem, they also have oral health benefits. For example, straight teeth are easier to clean, brush, and floss between, leading to good oral hygiene. Thus, you are less likely to develop cavities and other oral infections.

The chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease are higher when an individual has moderate to severe teeth crowding. This is because teeth that overlap are more difficult to clean daily. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to general health complications over time, such as a weakened immune system and heart disease (rare). Correcting crowding can help avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease by enhancing the ability to remove plaque from the teeth.

Book an appointment with our expert orthodontic to check whether you have moderate or mild teeth crowding and how our experts can help you in achieving good dental hygiene.

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Cosmetic Dentistry General and Preventive Dentistry Root Canal Treatment and Endodontics

3 Factors That Affect Your Root Canal Treatments’ Longevity

The Success of a Root Canal Treatment (RCT) depends on many factors but the result is crucially dependent on the elimination of root canal infection present before starting the treatment, and the prevention of contamination during treatment.  A successful root canal procedure must be performed with great precision and effective sealing of the roots should be fulfilled.

The longevity of the root canal treatment varies on multiple factors.

Firstly the diagnosis of the root canal problem should be error-free and the root canal procedure should be carried out with much care. Having said that the root canal procedure is conducted on an infected tooth, and is only is fair to say that this tooth is weaker than the rest of the healthy teeth.

One has to understand that to perform the RCT procedure, the endodontic specialist has to drill a hole into the crown of the decayed, infected tooth to clean the pulp. After space is cleaned and shaped, filling the root canal is very crucial. Filling of the root canal is done by using a rubber compound called gutta-percha to protect the teeth from micro-organisms. A temporary filling or crown is used to close the access hole on the crown of the operated tooth. Normally these filling or crowns are made of silver amalgam or composite resins.

The second factor that contributes towards the longevity of the RCT is the care after the root canal sittings. The fitting crown/cap on top of the root canal treated tooth is a must. Many patients neglect the importance of having the root canalled tooth fitted with a cap since the pain has subsided. The RCT-filled tooth, without the crown, has a high risk of fracture, which can be avoided by the fitting of the Crown/cap.

Once the RCT is completed, the after-care is extremely important in determining the life-span of the treatment. Proper care of the affected tooth (in addition to the other teeth) includes brushing, flossing, the right diet, and regular visits to the dentist are very important. Avoiding bad habits like chewing your nails or opening plastic packages with your teeth will also help your crown last longer.

In short, the 3 major considerations to determine the endurance of your RCT starts with the diagnosis. Cautious care for the tooth undergoing the treatment is important and is the second consideration. Once the treatment is completed, the after-care of the RCT is imperative! With these three steps in mind, unquestionably a tooth or teeth with well-treated root canal fillings and restorations will last for many years, if not a lifetime.

Book an appointment with our RCT experts today! Ensure the first step of your RCT is well-taken care of. Our team of endodontists ensures that you are well-aware of the RCT regime. We are with you along with all steps of your Root Canal Treatment and ensure you have complete after-care support.

Consult an RCT specialist to get your root canal treatment procedure for better oral health.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Considering dental implants

Dental implants offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridges.

Dental implants as a tooth replacement

Teeth are present in sockets of the jaw bone. When a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone collapses towards the pocket result in a decrease in the width and height of bone and wears away over time. A dental implant is a top choice for a tooth replacement. Like a healthy tooth, it absorbs and transmits forces to the surrounding tissues, thus maintaining bone levels.

Why dental implants are so popular?

A dental implant is one of the greatest inventions in dentistry in recent years. They became popular as they provide a natural look and comfortable fit. Long-lasting and reliable. High success rate. Especially young aspirants to replace missing natural teeth with implants significantly increased over the years.

How do implants work?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed into your jaw bone. They aid in placing the artificial crown/ tooth. The implant fuses with the jaw bone, providing stable support for the artificial tooth.

What happens during the implant procedure?

A dental implant is usually done in two stages over a few months with healing between stages
It involves:

  • Scans and x rays are required to visualize the surrounding bone support needed for implant placement.
  • The first step involves placing the implant into the jaw bone by drilling the bone to make space for it.
  • Wait for a few months while the bone grows around the dental implant.
  • Once the implant is stable, the dentist creates a foundation for the new tooth.
  • After some time, the impression is taken to make the artificial tooth.
  • Finally, an artificial tooth is screwed or cemented into the foundation.

Advantages

Unlike natural teeth, implant material does not undergo corrosion or decay by the action of acid, sugar, and bacteria in the mouth. Even though being resistant to decay, implants still need to be maintained likewise natural teeth, the reason being they subjected to gum disease and bone loss around the implant if not thoroughly cleaned.

Bridge making, involves adjacent tooth grinding on both sides to act as an abutments/support through which the replaced artificial tooth is connected, acting as a bridge. On contrary, is an implant that functions as an individual support system without damaging adjacent natural tooth structure.

Benefits over the other alternatives

  • Improved appearance.
  • Improved comfort.
  • Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth. Hence leaving the natural tooth intact. Better access between teeth to floss, improving oral hygiene.
  • Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your pleasant smile, boosting your confidence.
  • Convenience: dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures.
  • Improved speech: with poor-fitting dentures teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to slur your words. Dental implants
    fuse into the bone, don’t slip like the dentures.
  • Durability- Far better than another alternative.
  • Solid support: dental implants provide a strong basement for partial or full mouth dentures, decreasing the pressure of soft tissues (gums).
  • Easier eating: dental implants acts as a natural tooth increasing chewing efficiency.
In combination with traditional treatment

The entire surface of traditional dentures relies on underlying gums for their support, thus during the process of chewing pressure is applied more on gums compared to the natural teeth or an implant. This eventually results in marked wear of bone. Unlike denture, implant transfer the pressure applied to the surrounding bone preventing bone resorption and provide a strong foundation for the denture. In some cases, the denture will never touch the gums because it is connected to the implant. In many cases, implants are used to anchor partial or complete dentures, providing increased strength, retention, and stability.

Are dental implants noticeable?

No one can make out you have an implant. That’s the miracle. Implants are made to feel completely natural in the mouth. The dentist matches the color and shape of your other teeth to the implant for the perfect match. The only way to discover the dental implant involves a radiograph to show the metal that replaced the root of the

How do I care for dental implants?

Despite being resistant to cavities, implants still need to be maintained as if they are natural teeth because they are subject to gum disease and bone loss around the implant if not properly cleaned.

How long dental implant last?

Implants can function for a long time if you take care properly. They often last long in patients with regular brushing, floss, and follow regular dental visits. Dentists can provide guidelines for better care of your teeth based on proper hygiene, genetic history, and nutritional habits. Following recommendations properly implant has the best chance to last for a lifetime.

How do I know if I am eligible for dental implants?

In general, you are the candidate for dental implants if:

  • One or more missing teeth
  • Sufficient bone to receive implants
  • Jaw bone reached full growth
  • Healthy oral tissues
  • Unwilling for dentures
However, most of the patients are eligible for implants considering the pre-existing medical conditions are under control. You can discuss with your dentist to find out the best plans to undergo the implant procedure.