While proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need. These visits should be maintained at least every six months to insure that periodontal health (that of the gums) is maintained. During these visits we also perform an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained.
One key component of oral health prevention is protecting the deeply grooved teeth in the back of the mouth. These deep grooves and fissures are susceptible to sticky foods and bacteria and can form cavities. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Through the use of dental x-rays, dentists are able to diagnose many diseases of the oral cavity. This technology is an essential element of proper diagnosis, and used in very small doses, is a safe tool to provide proper dental care. The newest radiography available uses digital technology to capture a very precise image while subjecting the patient to a smaller dose of radiation.
Used as a topical agent, fluoride actually has the ability to re-mineralize areas of teeth that have begun to decay, and halt further progression of disease. Fluoride is present in toothpaste, and can be applied in higher dosages in varnish and gels by a dental professional.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of the tooth to conceal a variety of defects. Veneers allow our dentists to completely cover defects, discolouration, misalignments, cracks, and chips in just two visits. Veneers are custom fabricated and are completely indistinguishable from natural teeth.
When a tooth is weakened by decay, grinding, or other type of damage, but does not need a full dental crown, an inlay/onlay may be recommended by our dentists. Porcelain onlays/inlays are stronger than fillings but at the same time do not cover the entire tooth like a porcelain crown. In addition to restoring function to a damaged tooth, they are conservative and cosmetic resulting in a natural looking smile.
Full-mouth rehabilitation describes the process of restoring all or almost all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Rehabilitation is indicated when teeth are damaged extensively by decay, trauma, grinding, and very old restorations. A full mouth reconstruction case may involve all specialties of dentistry to rebuild your smile. Our multi-specialty office and team of experts will help you decide what procedures will benefit you most by assessing your goals and the state of your overall health. Dentalign is here to help you restore your mouth to function while giving you a beautiful smile.
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less of the tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.
No one should have to suffer a discoloured smile. A beautiful, brilliant white smile is your best asset, both at work and in your personal life. Unfortunately, regular wear and tear on teeth often leave them dull, yellowed, or brown. Our doctors can inject new life into your smile with the best professional grade teeth whitening.
When teeth first emerge, the enamel is pearly white. Although our adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, they do not always emerge unscathed. A variety of factors contribute to discolouration or dulling of teeth. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening services are capable of restoring the natural, beautiful white shade of your teeth. Perhaps some of the following factors contributed to your tooth discoloration:
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Tobacco products.
- Red wine.
Once teeth become discoloured, the damage is done and can only be repaired by professional whitening services. Lifestyle changes will help to keep teeth whiter and prevent discolouration.
Scaling and Root Planning
Periodontal (gum) disease progresses as the pocket between the tooth and gums get irritated by plaque, bacteria, and calculus (tartar). As this debris collects, sometimes deep in the pocket of the tooth, it becomes difficult for you to maintain proper cleaning of this area on your own. Dentists have the ability to perform a “deep cleaning” or scaling and root planning of these hard to reach areas, which prevents the progression of the disease.
Many patients suffer from periodontal disease, or a loss of attachment between the teeth and the supporting structures. One method of treating this condition, especially in areas of recession, is to graft tissue from another site in the mouth and reposition the tissue in the affected area. This is a successful method of treatment that leads to an improvement in health of the gum tissues and improved aesthetics.
Sometimes patients’ teeth have deep fillings and decay that go slightly below the gumline. Periodontists (gum specialists) surgically expose more of the crown of the tooth by slightly lowering the supporting bone to allow the general dentist to gain adequate access for restoring the tooth to ideal health.
In order for teeth to remain alive and healthy, each tooth is supplied by nerves and nutrients through a chamber called the root canal. As decay spreads downward and into a decayed tooth, the decay encroaches on the pulp chamber of that tooth, which contains the nerve. This is often what leads to a toothache. In order remove all of the decay from the tooth, sometimes it is necessary to remove the nerve of the tooth entirely, and replace the empty canal with a root canal filling.
Unfortunately root canals are not always entirely effective in removing all bacterial contents from the chamber of the tooth. Even if only a little bit of bacteria persist in the root of the tooth, it can sometimes lead to recurrent infection and pain. A root canal specialist (endodontist) is skilled in re-treating the canal chamber by removing the previous root canal filling, and intensely cleaning the chamber before filling it again and hoping for improved results.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The last teeth to erupt into the mouth are called the 3rd molars (otherwise known as “wisdom teeth”). These teeth are often problematic for a number of reasons. They sometimes erupt in the wrong direction, or into the neighboring tooth, jeopardizing the health of that tooth. They are particularly prone to periodontal disease and tooth decay, since they are located so far back and are difficult to clean. For these reasons and more, it is often recommended that they be removed, both to treat current disease and prevent disease from occurring.
Dentalign gives your children the chance to have a positive and fun dental experience. Our dentists have been respected and trusted by hundreds of parents throughout Bangalore. We strive to create long lasting relationships as we develop trust with our patients and their families.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends regular dental visits for children starting at age one. This not only introduces children to the dental sights and sounds, but makes it a more pleasurable experience when dental procedures are needed. It is also the first step in proper oral health to teach children good oral hygiene techniques through our integrated team of dentists and dental hygienists. We offer dentistry in a warm and friendly environment to children of all ages.
Our special childrens room makes our little patients feel welcome and comfortable before their checkup or while they wait for their parents who are undergoing treatment with us.
Once many of the teeth have been lost, or decayed to the point that they are non-restorable; the best restorative option is sometimes a complete upper and lower denture. Dentures have the ability to restore a dentally compromised patient to a very aesthetically pleasing and functional result.
A great option for restoring a patient who is missing a few teeth in either the upper or lower arch is called a partial denture. This one removable appliance is designed to replace several missing teeth at once, and restore a patient to improved aesthetics and function. There are two types of partial dentures, Metal Cast Partial Dentures in which the framework of the denture is of a high quality metal that is custom designed to lock on to the existing teeth. The other type is the Acrylic Partial Denture which provides a highly aesthetic result. These dentures are fabricated entirely of acrylic material and snap into place around the existing teeth.
Implanted Supported Dentures
Many older patients end up needing upper and lower dentures. One of the biggest complaints these patients have is movement or instability of the denture, especially the lower denture. New technology offers a solution to this problem. By placing several dental implants in the jaw and placing custom attachments in the existing denture, it is possible for a denture to snap into place providing a secure and sound restorative option for denture wearers.