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What will happen if I don’t replace my missing tooth?

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I was faced with that question from one of my patients , who came to my clinic seeking a second opinion about his lower molars , it was the first molar , a colleague dentist recommended extraction ,unfortunately my clinical and radio graphical examination approved the first opinion.

The patient then started wondering about the space that will result after extracting the tooth. I explained to him that there are several options to replace his molar; one of them was a bridge, and my preferred option for replacing a missing tooth is dental implants for many reasons, like saving the integrity of the adjacent teeth, and preventing bone absorption at the extraction site.

Finally the patient hit me with the one million dollars’ question!!! What will happen if I don’t replace the tooth?

I took a deep breath, and started thinking! Hmmm, where do I start from???

Well, although it is a tooth at the posterior part of the mouth ( back side),which means that leaving the space empty won’t affect your appearance , but the side effects of leaving a space un replaced after a tooth extraction are far beyond.

When you lose a tooth, you lose some ability to chew food properly. This may mean that you either place more stress on the other teeth in order to chew all the food you eat, or you do not chew well enough and what is swallowed is not quite ready to be digested. This can lead to digestive difficulty. You might have to eliminate certain favorite foods because you cannot chew them thoroughly. For each missing tooth, you lose approximately 10% of your remaining ability to chew food. Other problems also occur. The neighbor teeth next to the space left by the extracted or missing tooth tend to shift towards the space. Also the opposing teeth will extrude into the space slowly (or sometimes quickly), resulting in a bite collapse in the extraction side.
Eventually the facial muscles of the cheeks and mouth sink into the edentulous (extraction) side.
The longer you wait after a tooth is extracted, the more difficult and expensive it can become to make the replacement you need. With very few exceptions, it is better to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Evolution designed you to chew your food with 28 teeth.

That was my quick answer to my patient which I like to share with you.
My patient is considering replacing his extracted tooth with an implant, after the healing time.

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World Oral Health Day (WOHD)

World Oral Health Day

What is WOHD?

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.

To celebrate that day we are offering a free full mouth scale and polish to all our visitors on that day
It is a day for people to have fun, smile and laugh with confidence.
World Oral Health Day

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Yellow Teeth

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Many of us look in the mirror and wonder how our teeth got so yellow!!!!
Yellowing happens gradually; that’s why it can easily be overlooked.

What causes Yellow Teeth?

Different things can affect the color of your teeth like

A lot of food and beverages have the potential to create the teeth stains like coffee, black tea, red wine, grapes, pomegranate and blueberries. These types of food are rich in pigments –producing substances that stick to the enamel.

Acidic food can erode the enamel of the tooth leaving a rough surface that stains easier.

Stained teeth from smoking is the most common reason to have yellow or discolored teeth.

Finally the last but not least is the poor oral hygiene which allows plaque to build up on the teeth.

Remedy of discolored teeth:

Treatment:

Treatment options of yellow or discolored teeth can vary depending on the cause.

As a preventive step, good brushing and flossing technique can play a major role in delaying teeth staining, as well as avoiding food and beverages that cause stains and discolored teeth.

Teeth Whitening Methods:

Whitening the discolored teeth through a teeth whitening gel in clinic or at home is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedure now a days.

Laser teeth whitening are a highly effective way to whiten your teeth. It’s becoming more popular among average people who are looking to correct a dull smile.

It’s safe, as well as less time consuming method among other technologies of teeth whitening.

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Bad Breath – Halitosis

Bad breath

“Bad Breath” could be an embarrassing problem and can affect relationships in business and private life. The good news is that “It Is Preventable”.

Causes of Bad breath:

There are several factors that cause bad breath like:

The type of food we consume.

Irregular brushing and flossing.

Gum disease and infection.

Dry mouth.

Smoking.

Medical conditions like diabetes.

 Treatment of bad breath:

For a chronic bad breath, which is the bad breath “that never goes away”! , you need to visit your dentist to source out the problem.

Working on the original cause through regular visits to the dentist, along with the thorough cleaning by the hygienist on original bases.

Sticking to the standard measures of brushing and flossing  and using tongue cleaner at home.

 

All the above guarantee a fresh breath and the confident feeling when people are around you.

 

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Bleeding Gums – Gingivitis

 

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It is a sign of gum disease like “Gingivitis” or surrounding bone loss or what we call “Periodontitis”. Left untreated, it will be a main cause for teeth loss.

Treatment for Gingivitis:  

Depending on the cause of the bleeding gum the dentist will decide a treatment plan involves removing plaque and calculus off all teeth surfaces, cleaning of the teeth’s roots if needed and eliminating the depth of the periodontal pockets.

Prevention of Bleeding Gums:

Regular visits to the dentist and abiding to good oral hygiene standards are main factors  of treatment success and prevention in the future.

 

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Tooth decay or tooth cavity

Tooth decay or tooth cavity

Tooth decay develops as a cavity in the tooth when the plaque layer that’s clinging on the tooth interact with the food remnants like sugary food and producing acids which dissolve the tooth enamel creating a cavity .

Treatment
Cleaning the decayed material from the tooth and filing the cavity with special filling material like Composite fillings or Ceramic fillings depending on the size of the cavity.

Prevention of tooth decay
Following are the steps to prevent Tooth Decay:

  • Brushing and flossing teeth daily.
  • Healthy diet.
  • Regular visits to the dentist.
  • Using mouth wash.
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5 Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

5 Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

It’s important to brush your teeth the right way in order to maintain the best oral hygiene possible, which is why we’ve complied a list of the 5 most common toothbrushing mistakes. Read on to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth the right way!

Using a brush with the wrong bristles

When buying your toothbrush, make sure the bristles aren’t too stiff. Stiff bristles can aggravate the gums, which is why softer-bristled brushes are usually recommended. The bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque, but gentle enough to do so without causing damage to the teeth.

Not brushing long enough

It is recommended to brush for at least 2 minutes, while 3 minutes is considered the best time to remove all plaque and bacteria and effectively cleanse your teeth. However, most people fall short of the recommended time period, spending less than 2 minutes on their brushing routine. Toothbrushes with built-in timers can be used to help with keeping your toothbrushing going for the optimal amount of time.

Brushing too harshly

A lot of people tend to brush very rigorously, which can damage the tooth enamel over extended periods of time. The correct brushing technique should be used when brushing teeth, using soft circular motions all around the tooth surface, moving the toothbrush vertically across your teeth.

Skipping inner tooth surfaces

The inner tooth surfaces are the parts of your teeth the tongue presses against. These areas are as important to clean as the rest of your teeth, and are commonly forgotten about during the regular brushing routine.

Using the same toothbrush for too long

Most dentists recommend that you should change your toothbrush every three to four months. However, you can tell when your toothbrush needs replacing by looking at the condition of it’s bristles – when they lose flexibility and start fraying, it is best to get a new brush.

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