Dental Sealants are a treatment consisting of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth, for the purpose of preventing dental carries (cavities) or other forms of tooth decay.
Because the teeth in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) have numerous pits and fissures on their biting surfaces,m certain areas of these teeth are often difficult to clean even with vigorous tooth-brushing. To remedy this, research into Dental sealants began in the 1960's, and by the early 1970's the first the first generation of sealants became available and were approved by the FDA.
There are a couple of different kinds of wisdom teeth stitches. One type is resorbable, meaning that it dissolves in the mouth and the other type is nonresorbable, meaning that it has to be removed by the dentist.
1 Stitches that dissolve these are the wisdom teeth stitches that resorb in the mouth and don't need removing. The body simply breaks down the sutures and gets rid of them. These are often known as catgut sutures or simply "gut" stitches. They are usually made out of the intestines of sheep but are now usually made from synthetic types of material.
How long does it take for these stitches to resorb? The time it takes for these types of stitches to resorb depends on the material used to make the sutures. True gut stitches stay that way for 5-7 days, while those that are chromic-treated will last longer—up to 9-14 days. Those that are made from synthetic products may take a couple of weeks before they completely dissolve.
2. Stitches That Don't DissolveThese stitches tend to be made from materials that we are unable to get rid of and that can't resorb. They are made of things like polyester, silk, or nylon. These types of sutures are often used because they don't cause as much inflammation as resorbable sutures do. The only disadvantage is that the person must go back to the dentist to have the wisdom teeth stitches taken out.
When should these be taken out? If the sutures are non-dissolvable, the dentist must remove them. This is usually done about 7-10 days after the original surgery.
How are the wisdom teeth stitches removed? This is a fairly simple procedure. The dentist simply snips the sutures with a tiny pair of scissors. After that, they will take one of the ends of the stitch and pull it through the tissues using a pair of dental tweezers. This can be done without numbing up the area and usually isn't uncomfortable.
What will the removal feel like? You will likely feel the dentist pull on the stitch just prior to pulling the stitch out. You may feel the scissors but it won't cut you. If the dentist pulls the stitch out the right way, you won't feel much of anything. If they take the wrong part of the stitch out, the knot may get stuck in the tissues and you might feel the knot going through the tissue.
what If wisdom teeth stitches come out? If one or more of the stitches come out before they are supposed to, speak to your dentist to see what they want you to do. The whole purpose of the stitch is to stabilize the tissue flap in the early days after you have your wisdom teeth removed but, so even if the stitch comes out, this is usually not a problem. If they fall out a day or so before they were supposed to be removed anyway, this may not be a problem at all.
Diet suggestion with stitches in mouth you should stick to a diet that is somewhat soft and a little bit bland in the beginning days after you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Do not eat anything with small particles or seeds like sesame seeds or poppy seeds as they can get stuck in the tissues and cause inflammation. Do not eat foods that are very hot because they increase the circulation in the mouth and can result in excessive bleeding or the dissolution of the wisdom teeth stitches too soon. You should try to have a diet that is high in protein and calories for faster healing. You should also take in a lot of fluids, so you don't get dehydrated. It is completely normal to have no appetite after this type of surgery, but you will heal faster, feel much better, and have greater strength if you keep eating no matter how you feel.
Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of maintaining excellent dental health. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the toothbrush you choose can actually be detrimental to your oral health. With all of the toothbrushes available on the market today ranging from soft bristles to hard bristles, electric and manual, it can be difficult to know which toothbrush is the best one for you.
The benefits of a soft-bristled toothbrushWhen choosing a toothbrush, whether you pick electric or manual, it is best to choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles that are made of nylon. Soft-bristled brushes are safer for your teeth. This is because when you use hard or even medium-bristled brushes it is possible that you can damage the tooth enamel. In addition, you may also damage your gums as well as the tooth root surfaces. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends soft-bristled brushes for this reason. Soft, rounded bristles are the best choice for removing plaque and tartar buildup without damaging your teeth.
When you are shopping for a new toothbrush, always pick one that is marked with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This lets you know that the brush has undergone rigorous quality control testing and has been approved for both safety and effectiveness. You might also ask your dentist if they recommend a particular type or brand of toothbrush.
It is also important that you pay attention to the size of the toothbrush you choose, as each person’s mouth and teeth are different. You want to choose a toothbrush that is the correct size for your own mouth. In most cases, this will be a brush whose head is an inch tall and half-inch wide. Though there are larger ones available, these may be more difficult to use in the harder to reach areas in the back of the mouth, particularly around the molars.
Avoid cigarettes, cigars, and any other tobacco products for as long as you as can after the extraction. The hormone of estrogen in birthcontrol can affect the ability of the blood to clot. Also, check with your dentist about other medications you are taking that can interfere w/ normal blood clotting. Avoid drinking through a straw and spitting for the first few days . Rinse gently.
Most insurances have a yearly maximum that renews. Sometimes it's fiscal, but most of the time it's calander. When you are close to the end of the year it is smart to use up your benefits since they don't carry over to the next year and are lost. And usually there is an annual deductible that needs to be satisfied. Paying it at the end of the year and not using all your benefits isn't suggested. Most dental office's schedules are filled at the end of the year for these individuals that put off utilizing their benefits until the last minute. Call and schedule well ahead of time to guarantee time and money to get needed treatment done before your year is up. Some treatment can even be split between the two years to maximize treatment without going over your allowable. There just may be another year deductible that would have to be satisfied.
Fact #1: Fluoride occurs naturally in water, though usually not at a high enough level to protect teeth.
Fact #2: Fluoride has been recognized as an important nutrient for healthy teeth.
Fact #3: Fluoridation is the most cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay and build healthy communities.
Fact #4: Fluoridation is a public health measure, a modest community-wide investment that benefits everyone.
2 things may happen...
1. If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, the dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, the dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin.
Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth followed by a tooth colored resin. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material.
2. If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, the dentist may grind or file away part of the remaining tooth and cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap, made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Permanent crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Different types have different benefits. All-metal crowns are the strongest. Porcelain and resin crowns can be made to look nearly identical to the original tooth.
If the entire top of the tooth is broken off but the root is still intact, the dentist may perform root canal therapy and place a pin or a post in the canal, and then build up enough of a structure onto which a crown can be made. Later, the dentist can cement the crown over the pin or post-retained restoration.
The specific odor of breath can vary depending on the cause of the problem. It is best to ask a close friend or relative to gauge your mouth odor as it is very difficult to assess it yourself.
If no one is to hand, one way of checking the odor is to lick your wrist, leave it to dry and then smell it. If it smells bad, there is a strong chance your breath also smells bad.
Some individuals are concerned about their breath even though they may have little or no mouth odor; this condition is called halitophobia and can lead to obsessive mouth-cleansing behavior.
Causes of bad breath...
One of the major factors involved in bad breath is cigarette smoke.Potential causes of bad breath include:
Gold crowns are not a very popular choice among patients as it does not have much aesthetic appeal. They are suitable for patients who are in the habit of biting strong food substances along with clenching and grinding.
Gold crowns offer increased durability and are suitable for the back teeth like the molars so that they are not visible.
Forms of Gold crownsGold crowns are available in three forms:
Gold crowns are a comfortable and safe option to choose as it is very compatible with the interiors of the mouth. The chances of allergic reactions are minimal in this case.
Gold restorations last for up to 20 to 40 years.
Another important advantage of using gold for crowning is that the rate at which gold contracts and expands is similar to that of natural tooth. This prevents the gold from cracking, chipping and breaking away from the tooth. Also, the smoothness and purity of gold is commendable and does not stain or darken over time.
The fitting that a gold crown provides is better as compared to the porcelain ones and this is also the reason for its long life. Gold crowns do not undergo fractures like the porcelain crowns. A major disadvantage of porcelain crowns is that they scrape the opposite teeth faster than a natural tooth but gold does not do so. Again, gold is a metal which is very smooth as compared to other metals. Porcelain crowns are rough and bacteria added food particles can easily stick to it increasing the chances of infections but gold can be cleaned easily.
Tissues surrounding a gold crown stay healthier as compared to porcelain as irritation and sensitivity is minimized. This becomes beneficial as one ages.
New StartFor people who have suffered with dental problems, there can be a ‘fresh’ start. They provide you with a new set of teeth that are natural looking, as well as comfortable.
Dental problems can be extremely detrimental to your self confidence, as your smile is a great way to communicate and meet new people. If your smile has gaps and decayed teeth it can be very noticeable to other people. Dentures then can have a huge positive effect on your psychological health as well as physical.
Fewer Visits to the Dentist Over TimeOnce you get past the initial adjustment period where you may need to visit the dentist more, dentures are easy to maintain and relatively hassle-free. Beyond cleaning them – which takes around the same amount of time as cleaning your teeth would – there really is very little maintenance. You must remember to take them out to let your gums rest but this can easily be incorporated into your bedtime routine.
Freedom to Eat What You WantAs you age, your gums shrivel which can result in varying strains of tooth sensitivity. This can seriously affect what you eat. Some people will feel that they can not eat in restaurants in case there isn’t an option for them to eat that won’t cause pain and sensitivity. This occurs when the enamel is too thin and the gums have shriveled to a point that the tissue around the nerve at the center of the tooth can be affected by pressure put on it. This can be resolved by dentures because when teeth are extracted the ligament connecting them to your nervous system is severed. Your false teeth may rub on the gums but they are not attached to any nerves.
Specific to YouDentures are made to match the measurements of your mouth exactly. Your denture or dentist will work off of a mold taken of your teeth and gums and possibly use an x-ray as well to take into account the measurements of your jaw. No two pairs of dentures are the same, meaning that you get the most comfortable and realistic fit possible. Your dentist is able to tailor the treatment to you and your particular oral issues.
Healthy LifestyleThey can help you to chew food properly, and thus obtain the full amount of nutrients that it needs. If your teeth have been crumbling and rotting you may not have wanted to eat harder foods like raw fruit and vegetables. Dentures can give you back control of your diet and improve your overall physical health.
Reduces Sagging Facial MusclesWithout teeth in the jaw your cheeks do not have as much support to combat the force of gravity! Toothless gums can result in your cheeks sinking inwards or downwards and cause facial wrinkles that may make you appear older than you are. Having dentures fitted can actually help to reverse this process by giving your cheeks and the skin on your face the support it needs to retain a young shape.
Makes You Look Good!From a cosmetic prospective, they can greatly enhance your looks. Makeover shows often focus on teeth as a key area for improving self confidence. A brighter, more ‘Hollywood’ can make you look younger and feel confident. As well as being straighter than your original teeth and filling in any spaces where before there were gaps, dentures can be made to be whiter than the original teeth (if you had problems with discoloration before). A radiant smile can brighten your whole face. If you have always smiled with your mouth shut owing to embarrassment, you will now be able to smile and feel proud!
Easy To AdjustWith dentistry advancing all the time, dentures have never been more comfortable or easy to use, and they also look a lot more natural than they used to. Most of the reasons people are self conscious wearing dentures (clicking noises, gag reflex, slipping or loose dentures) are actually a result of your dentures not fitting you properly and can be easily solved by visiting us and we will make some minor adjustments.
Dr. James L. Johnson