Change your Smile Instantly with Veneers

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures to keep your smile flawless.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. They are custom made for each patient and closely resemble natural enamel.

Dentists use veneers for cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening, close gaps between teeth, fix chipped teeth.

Types of Veneers

There are 2 types of veneers

Composite veneers

These are applied directly to teeth and can be done in a single appointment

Porcelain veneers

These are fabricated in the lab and needs two appointments with the dentist.

When does a dentist recommend a veneer?

Dentists would typically recommend veneer for patients who have chips, cracks, gap between their teeth or minor misalignments.

When should you not use Veneers

Veneers are not for patients who have tooth decay, gum disease, root canal infection, grinding and clenching habits.

In order to have porcelain veneers placed, the patient should:

  • Have good oral hygiene
  • Have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel.

The procedure is typically permanent and irreversible as the dentist removes a layer of enamel before fixing your veneers. It is important, you consult with your dentist and make up your mind properly before going through with the procedure since the lost enamel cannot be replaced.

Benefits of Composite Veneer

  • Less expensive
  • Easy to repair if needed

Disadvantages of Composite Veneer

  • Discoloration over time

Benefits of porcelain veneers

  • Very natural, life-like translucency
  • Do not change colour over time
  • Long-lasting

Do veneers mess up your teeth?

No veneers do not ruin your real teeth! They are not made of enamel like the front of your natural teeth. In fact, they actually have an advantage over natural teeth in terms of resistance to damage or staining.

Cost of Dental Veneers in India compared to the USA, UK and other parts of Europe

Cost per Tooth India (INR) USA (USD) UK (GBP) Europe (Euro)
Porcelain Veneer 8000 – 15000 925 – 2500 800 – 1000 280 -350, 495 for CEREC
Composite Veneers 1000 – 2000 250 – 1200 195 – 295  

 

The final cost of veneer depends on

  • Brand e.g. CEREC, Procera, Emax cad, Emax
  • Where you choose to get your treatment done.

What to expect during a Veneer Procedure?

  • Your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth surface to permit placement of the veneer
  • An impression is made and sent to the laboratory
  • The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth
  • The veneer is then bonded to the tooth using resin cement.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, depending on quality. After this period they need to be replaced.

Dental veneers are an excellent way to hide discolored, crooked or damaged teeth, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons that come with the territory before getting them. Make an appointment with your dentist to find out if dental veneers are a fitting solution for you.

Tooth Friendly Food & Foods That Can Cause Tooth Decay

Healthy teeth – Healthy you.Yes! it is true that keeping teeth healthy will help you stay healthy… 

We as doctors and you as parents always insist on the child to brush twice, floss, rinse the mouth. However, the secret to healthy teeth lies in your child’s diet as well..! Food has always shown a great deal of impact on teeth-for better or for worse. This blog will help you discover the tooth-friendly food that you should include in your child’s diet and as well the food that should be avoided..!

Tooth Friendly Food

Fruits & Vegetables Containing Fiber

vegetablesChewing apples and other high-fiber containing fruits can clear the soft deposits from your teeth. Also as a benefit, fruits are full of essential vitamins and minerals.

Carrots, cucumber and other vegetables containing fiber when chewed also stimulate saliva secretion which in turn washes away the acids and food deposits naturally from the tooth surface.

Drinking Water with Fluoride

Drinking plenty of water is always recommended as it not only clears the food remnants but also the harmful bacteria. Also, fluoride present in water is an essential mineral for the health of teeth since the time of birth and it is essential in forming a stronger enamel surface which is more resistant to the acids secreted by plaque bacteria. However, optimum values of fluoride in water should be constantly kept under check. All drinking water almost contains fluoride but some bottled varieties do not.

Eggs

An egg is an excellent source of vitamin D, protein and calcium, which are all important for oral health. Vitamin D is the most essential vitamin for absorbing calcium from the food consumed. This calcium will, in turn, build a stronger jaw for holding the teeth in place and maintains healthy and strong teeth.

Dairy Products

dairy-productsDairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are all very rich in minerals like calcium and phosphorous. They also contain casein which has an important function of building a strong enamel thereby preventing cavities. Minerals like calcium and phosphorous work by neutralizing the strong acids that are produced by the plaque bacteria.

Calcium is just not needed for the teeth in their formative stages but also throughout life. When the diet contains low calcium, the body leeches calcium from teeth and bone making them weak thereby increasing the chance of cavities. Weaker bones also may leave your teeth with less support.

Green Leafy Vegetables

green-leafy-vegetablesLeafy veggies have a very high level of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. For example, spinach is rich in calcium. Phosphorous from these veggies get deposited into your teeth and bones thereby strengthening them.

 

 

Nuts

Carbohydrates, when consumed, gets deposited on the teeth irregularities due to their sticky nature. On the other hand, chewing nuts secrete saliva thereby washing the food deposits. Almonds, peanuts and cashews, can also protect teeth by replenishing the lost minerals.

A note on Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is the one that gives your body the essential nutrients which are necessary to function properly. The following food pyramid categorizes different kinds of food which are important to maintain a healthy diet.

It is also important to understand that the number of servings when increased will increase the risk of cavities as the teeth are exposed to risk for multiple times.

What foods can cause tooth decay

Sugary Drinks

sugary-drinksAnything that is consumed in excess is always harmful and the same applies to the sugars as well. The oral germs present inherently in the mouth start to feed on these sugars and eventually convert them into acids, which further dissolves tooth enamel and causes decay. Also, carbonated soft drinks, sugar-free diet sodas, non-carbonated sports drinks are all acidic in nature which causes the same damage when consumed.

Citrus Foods and Juices

Citrus fruits are definitely a good source of Vitamin C and other nutrients. It helps in the repair of the body and plays a major role in maintaining healthy gums. However, these citrus fruits are again highly acidic and they erode tooth enamel. It is recommended that juices made of citrus fruits be diluted when consumed on a daily basis and drinking water immediately after will also help to reduce the harmful effects.

Chewy Candy

chewy-candyWe have seen that sugars cause cavities and candies are full of it. Of all, the most damaging are the ones which are sticky in nature. They have a tendency of getting embedded in the deep crevices of the tooth and harbour bacteria at a later stage. So, it is always advised to rinse with water to clean the tooth surfaces and gums. Extra chewy candies like toffees, gummy bears, jellies and caramels also stick to teeth for a long time even after rinsing and brushing. This is where sealants play a preventive role in cavity formation.

Chips, Bread and Pasta

breadsSnacks which are made from white flour are carbohydrates and we have already discussed the ill effects of these earlier in the blog. Chips not only are unhealthy but also have a tendency of adhering to the teeth and promote cavities.

Right food for healthy teeth

What you consume not only makes your body stronger and healthier, it is also playing a major role in the health of your gums and teeth. So, it is not always just consuming the right kind of food but also knowing how and when to eat them. Few tips….

  • Eating a raw vegetable at the end of your meal will secrete more saliva and also scrubs the teeth surfaces.
  • Make sure you drink water after every meal which help wash away the sugars and acids present on the teeth surfaces
  • Few foods that are good for your teeth (milk) also contain sugars. So it is important that you rinse or brush and floss afterwards.
  • Brush twice a day and also remember to visit a dentist every 6months for checkups.

Ten Things You Must Know About Clear Aligners or Invisalign

What are clear aligners?

Clear Aligners, often most well-known by the brand Invisalign, is a series of transparent, customized orthodontic devices which fit over your teeth and straighten the irregularly placed teeth.

How do Clear Aligners look like?

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Invisalign India

What are the advantages of clear aligners / Invisalign over conventional braces?

  • Efficient in smile outcome as it is unique and customized for your teeth
  • Shorter duration of treatment time
  • Better esthetics as they are transparent and invisible.
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Removable – they can be removed anytime and hence wouldn’t affect your oral hygiene and eating habits

Who can use clear aligners / Invisalign?

After you get your teeth checked, the orthodontist will take a call if aligners can be used.

What care should be taken while using clear aligners / Invisalign?

  • They are easy to maintain.
  • Care should be taken not to clench on the aligners when in place.
  • When removed, they should be placed in the box provided to avoid damage.
  • Using a soft toothbrush, it has to be cleaned every day.

What are the Different types of Clear Aligners Available in the Market

  • K Clear
  • Dentcare Clear Aligner
  • Invisalign
  • Clearcorrect
  • Orthoclear
  • Flash Orthodontics

How long do I have to wear the aligners in a day?

In order to get the desired smile, aligners have to be worn for a period of at least 20 hours in a day.

How do Clear Aligners work?

The aligners will be customized and changed every 15 days which efficiently moves your teeth into the desired position and are straightened by applying gentle pressure and minimal discomfort.

What outcomes can I expect from using clear aligners / invisalign?

A picture is always the best way to showcase the impact of clear aligners. Here’s a case – 


Before Treatment


After Treatment

 

How long do I have to use the clear aligners?

Depending on the severity of mal-aligned teeth, the duration of use of aligners can vary from patient to patient.

Pit and Fissure Sealants : Everything You Need to Know

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What are Pit and Fissure Sealants?

A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the
teeth and causing decay. They are the cornerstones of modern preventive dentistry in the prevention of
caries susceptible teeth.

Which teeth should be sealed?

Sealants are only applied to the back teeth – the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have
‘pits’ (small hollows) and ‘fissures’ (grooves) on their chewing surfaces. Some teeth naturally have deep
grooves which will need to be sealed; others have shallow ones which will not need sealing.

What is the process involved?

The process is usually, taking minimal time. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special
solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard – usually by focussing a
specialized light onto it.

Is Pit and Fissure a Painful Treatment?

It is totally pain-free, generally there is no difference felt afterwards.

How long does pit and fissure sealants last?

Sealants usually last for many years, but your Doctor will check them regularly may call you for regular
checkups to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dental
team needs to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath it.

How do Pit and Fissure sealants work?

The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier they cover all the little crests and troughs on the surface of the tooth. Dental decay may easily start in these grooves if they are not sealed since these grooves serve as a harbour for bacteria and food particles. Once we seal them, the chance of food getting stuck to them is negligible.

When should you do a Pit and Fissure sealant

Sealants are often applied as soon as the first permanent teeth start to erupt in the mouth. This is
usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be
any time between 11 and 14 years of age.

Do we still have to clean those sealed teeth?

Yes. It is mandatory still to keep the teeth clean. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep
clean and healthy with normal brushing. Using fluoride toothpaste, the last thing at night and at least one other time during the day will help to protect your teeth. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need.

Key Indications of Pit and Fissure Sealants

  • Deep retentive pit and fissures
  • Stained pit and fissures
  • Caries free pit and fissures
  • Increased caries indices
  • Routine dental care

Contraindications of Pit and Fissure Sealants

  • Well cleansing pit and fissures
  • Radiographic or clinical evidence of interproximal caries
  • Tooth not fully erupted
  • Life expectancy is limited

Different types of sealants for Pit and Fissure Treatment

  • Fluoride releasing sealants
  • Clear pit and fissure sealants
  • Coloured sealants
  • Fluorescing pit and fissure sealant
  • Sealants with ACP

Choosing the Right Type of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best treatment modality for replacement of missing teeth.

Choosing the right type of implants plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process and prognosis. Below are different types of implants available, the time frame involved and case selection.

Different Types of Dental implants

Single Piece /One Piece Implants

Single piece implants are implants that are designed in such a way that the implant and the abutment are connected in one piece. The bridge of the crown can only be cement retained.

Advantages of Single Piece Implants

Single piece or One Piece Implant prove to be a cheaper option for a patient when making a choice because the implant and abutment are made as one piece during their fabrication and this reduces the abutment cost when compared to a two piece implant.

Disadvantages of Single Piece Implants

Abutments cannot be customised. The company manufactures the abutment with implant. Hence no customisation possible. The Single or one piece implants can only be bended. They can never be made parallel to the adjacent implant abutment which is possible in the laboratory by CAD CAM Designing. We used to do lot of trimming and abutment shaping in the patients mouth. This leads to lot of titanium dusting which is not good if swallowed.

After the implant placement the abutment milling have to be done directly in the mouth itself. Milling in the mouth requires lot of chair side time, keeping the implant patient’s mouth open for a very long time which is more traumatic to the patient. This leads to lot off stresses on the implant, affecting the healing of the bone around the implant. Abutment milling in Single piece implants is done with the airotor-handpiece with Tungsten carbide burs which is not precise, Moreover leads to lot of frictional heat generation which is not good for bone healing around the implant or Osseo-integration . Abutment milling in the mouth immediately after implant placement when the stability of the implant is not very good can lead to failure of the implant.

The tip and abutments of these implants are very thin and they tend to break. Removal of the implants becomes difficult if proper stability is not achieved. These implants are not easily retrieve able.

Two Piece Implants or Delayed Implantation

Delayed Implantation is a more conventional technique where the techniques used are not flapless and are time taking. One has to put up with a waiting period of almost 3 months and upwards for appropriate Osseo-integration to take place after which the crowns are given.

The two piece implants are implants where the implant and the abutment are designed separately. Unlike single piece implants, the two piece abutments allow a lot of scope for customization.

Advantages of Two Piece Implant
Two piece implants essentially prevent the need for abutment milling to be done in the patient’s mouth and provides an ideal environment for better Osseo-integration and is ideal for the immediate loading protocols.

Disadvantage of Two Piece Implant
Rough surface is till the crest, so chances of the implant to be affected are more because of the gum shrinkage over period of time.

Hybrid Implants

Hybrid Implants have advantages of both One piece implants and two piece implants. Smooth machined surface at the collar to prevent peri implantitis and rough surface is helpful for osseointegration.

The implant abutment junction has a multi lock hex design to prevent screw loosening. There are no micro movements at the junction. At The Dental Specialists we use advanced Hybrid Implants taking surgical advantages of Single piece for immediate loading and screw retained prosthetic solutions applying the concepts from two piece implantology.

Immediate Implants & TTPHIL

Immediate Implantation

Immediate implantation techniques are novel approaches developed to make the implant experience less tedious and comfortable to the patient. The techniques are flapless and use surgical and radiographic guide stents which make it possible for us to perform immediate loading.

We use a unique protocol called the Tall and Tilted Pin Hole Immediate Loading ( TTPHIL) Technique and give permanent teeth in 2-9 days. TTPHIL- ALL TILT™ Technique is innovative and is more reliable than traditional implant surgical techniques as we aim for minimal time loss and discomfort for our patients.

Edentulous Type Loading Protocol Implant Type
Single Tooth Immediate Hybrid Implants
Multiple Tooth Immediate Hybrid Implants
Complete Edentulous Immediate Hybrid Implants

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Your teeth can and should last a lifetime. Prevention and early detection are key in avoiding costly and painful dental treatment. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and gum disease.

The most important steps in maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay are regular brushing and a balanced diet. 

Oral Care similar to looking after your natural teeth, it is also important to care for your dental restorations such as crowns, bridges and veneers. Full oral hygiene instruction will be given to you by your dentist in the aim of controlling bacterial infection and disease such as proper brushing and using correct flossing techniques.

The Dental Specialists clinic with team of professional dentist, who have a passion for the science of dental work and the art of cosmetic dentistry. our main goal is to restore your optimal dental health within our state-of-the-art facilities with comfortable and relaxing environment. We offer the perfect combination of the innovative dentistry and the most comfortable dental treatment while maintaining the sanitary and sterilization techniques.  It also often takes less effort to prevent something than to cure it, hence  “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

“Prevention is better than cure”….
So true. It’s time to do Preventive Dentistry. Because of our faulty eating habits. It starts when 1st permanent tooth erupts in our mouth, around 6 yrs of age. Do visit The Dental Specialists Clinic for prevention.

Book an appointment WhatsApp/ SMS/ Call: +91 9177671117/ 9959448800

For any further queries visit our website: www.thedentalspecialists.in

Prevention is better than cure

 

Dental Implant For Missing Teeth

“Missing teeth can affect a person’s overall health.Historically, dentures or bridge restorations were used as replacements for one’s lost teeth, but with limited results. “Dental implants, however, are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that provide the same function as your natural tooth-root.

They have of restorations for greater success and patient satisfaction.The effects of missing teeth are detrimental to one’s long-term oral and medical health because teeth provide more functions than just the ability to chew. They are necessary for the health of the gum as well as for the jaw tissues.

A prolonged absence of a tooth will severely limit the possibilities for restorations. Missing teeth severely affects an individual’s confidence; well being and can make one look older than they actually are. A tooth should be replaced as soon as it is lost, this will retain one’s oral health by preventing bone loss, reducing movement of surrounding teeth and avoiding excess decay. It can also improve your smile and the shape of your face.

Dental Implants are permanent and quite an appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. This is because of their proven success! “They are not susceptible to cavities. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. They are designed to mirror the size, shape and function of a patient’s natural tooth root, and finally when doing an implant, there is no need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth. The implant provides support for the crown.

“The process is not as complicated as one may think. With the TTPHIL Technique the first step is to install the implant itself, and then within 7 to 9 days , once the implant is healed, an abutment and crown will be placed . A permanent crown is placed to restore the implant to the tooth’s natural appearance and function”.Wondering whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant?

“All patients older than 18 years are candidates for implant surgery.” 

Book an appointment WhatsApp/ SMS/ Call: +91 9177671117/ 9959448800

For any further queries visit our website: www.thedentalspecialists.in

Dental Implants For Missing Teeth

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Say Good Riddance To A Gummy Smile.

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A gummy smile is A smile which shows more of gums than teeth while smiling. It becomes an aesthetic embarrassment for many people suffering from it due to which they avoid giving an ear to ear grin.

A Gummy Smile can be of 4 types

1. Mild: Amount of gum tissue exposed while smiling is less than 25% of the length of the teeth.

2. Moderate:Amount of gum tissue exposed while smiling is 25-50% of the length of the teeth.

3. Advanced:Amount of gum tissue exposed while smiling is 50-100% of the length of the teeth.

4. Severe: Amount of gum tissue exposed while smiling is more than 100% of the length of the teeth.

Reasons to correct a gummy smile:

– It improves the aesthetics of a smile.

– Increases self confidence.

– Eliminates self-consciousness or embarrassment with smiling.

Causes of gummy smile:

– Could be due to abnormal eruption of teeth.

– Could be due to hyperactive upper lip muscle which causes the lip to be raised higher than normal thereby increasing the gum exposure.

– Could be due to an abnormal upper jaw bone growth pattern as the upper jaw protrudes excessively.

Dental Treatments available for gummy smile:

1)  Crown lengthening.

This can be done on one or more teeth or the entire gum line.

Only requires local anesthetic.

2) Maxillofacial surgery to reposition the bone.

3) Orthodontic braces to move the teeth in a more suitable position.

Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Hormonal changes during pregnancy have an effect on the gums that can lead to pregnancy gingivitis, which makes the gums inflamed and sensitive due to the bacteria along the gum line.

Pregnancy tumor is a painless bump on the gums which may be pink, red or purple. It does not pose a problem in most cases. Consult your dentist regarding it should you feel something similar.

Approximately 40% of women who are expecting have some form of periodontal disease.

Pregnant women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have a child that is born too early and too small.

X rays are usually avoided during pregnancy but in the event of an emergency, if the x ray is necessary, ask the dentist to shield your abdomen with a lead apron to protect the child from the harmful radiation.

Consume more diary products and calcium supplements during pregnancy which will ensure ample of calcium for the developing baby.

Avoid taking certain medications (antibiotics) during pregnancy as they can stain the teeth of the developing child.

Baby teeth begin to develop within three months of pregnancy, so your diet needs to be given extra significance as what you eat will affect their development.

Due to morning sickness and continual vomits, the stomach acids can enter your oral cavity and cause tooth decay. So right after the vomit, wash your mouth and rinse it with a fluoride mouthwash.

The First trimester: Inform the dentist of your pregnancy. Use a bland toothpaste to avoid morning sickness and rinse your mouth frequently.

 

The Second trimester: Avoid cosuming carbohydrate rich snacks no matter how much you may be craving for it.

Maintain a healthy diet consisting of plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Calcium.

Most dentists discourage bleaching during pregnancy though it has not been proven to be harmful to the child.

 

The Third trimester:

Avoid dental treatments during the last six weeks of pregnancy.

Give an especial care to your oral health by thorough  flossing and brushing throughout this period.

Schedule a dental appointment after the birth of the child.

Orthodontic Treatment – An Overview

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Many people have less than straight and quite imperfectly aligned teeth. The problems that can arise from this include greater risk of tooth decay, uneven forces on teeth, excessive pressure on the temporomandibular joint and embarrassment for cosmetic reasons. This is diagnosed by your dentist as maloccousion. A malocclusion is an incorrect relationship between the top and bottom teeth resulting in a misaligned bite. Over bites, under bites, open bites and cross bites are examples of it. Orthodontic braces are one way to correct crooked teeth and malocclusions.

Orthodontic braces consist of brackets and molar bands that are cemented to the teeth. An arch wire is then threaded through the brackets and applies forces on the teeth pushing them in the desired direction. Treatment times can vary from six months to a few years years depending on the severity and complexity of the misalignment.

Types of braces the dental specialists

 

Braces are usually made from stainless steel but are also available in other materials. Gold-plated braces are used when a person is allergic to nickel which is a component of stainless steel. Ceramic braces are the least visible braces because they are the closest to the color of the teeth. They are not as strong as steel however, so the treatment time may be longer. Lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth are another option although they can hinder tongue movement.

Hygiene is especially important when braces are worn. Regular brushing and flossing using a floss threader is a must. Cleaning around the brackets with a brush is also recommended. After braces are taken off, it is essential to have to wear a retainer for some time so the teeth don’t drift back toward their original position and will finally allow you to enjoy a beautiful smile for always.