Emergency Dentistry on a Budget

Why Has Your Denture Plate Warped?

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Although the materials used to make your dentures seem strong and inflexible, false teeth can change shape in certain circumstances. This can make wearing your dentures a problem. For example, if your denture plate becomes warped, it may move out of its original shape and is unlikely to fit perfectly any longer. When might dentures warp out of shape and what can you do about it? Heat and Dentures If you expose a denture to an excessive heat source, the denture may start to mould into a different shape and to show signs of warping. For example, this may happen if you soak your dentures in very hot water when you’re cleaning them or storing them overnight. Leaving dentures in direct sunlight for long periods of time may also cause changes to their shape and fit. Moisture and Dentures If you allow your dentures to dry out, their plate may become warped, affecting their fit in your mouth. Typically, this won’t be a problem if you simply forget to soak your dentures overnight or leave them out dry even for a day or two; however longer periods out of your mouth or out of a water soak when you aren’t wearing your denture tooth or teeth may lead to warping. Fixing Denture Warping It’s important to sort out your dentures if they do become warped. If your teeth no longer fit adequately, you may have difficulty keeping the denture in place and may find it hard to eat normally. Ill-fitting dentures can also rub against the soft tissues in your mouth. This rubbing can be uncomfortable and may lead to sores developing on your gums and soft tissues. If your dentures have dried out and don’t seem to fit well any longer, you can try soaking them in cold water to rehydrate them. While this may not fix extreme warping, soaking the dentures may solve minor tightening issues caused by a lack of moisture in the denture’s plate. If a soak doesn’t work, you shouldn’t try any other do-it-yourself fixes on warped dentures. You’re unlikely to get a precise fit back and may cause more damage to the plate or teeth. If your dentures seem to have changed shape permanently, take them to your dentist for an assessment. Depending on the severity of the problem, your dentist may be able to arrange to have them fixed; however, in some cases, you may need to have replacement dentures made if your warped set can’t be...

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Premature Babies: 3 Common Oral Health Conditions

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If your child was born prematurely, it will have a higher risk of developing certain dental problems, such as enamel hypoplasia, delayed tooth growth or discoloured teeth. The severity of these issues will often depend on how premature your child was. Below is a guide to 3 oral health conditions which can affect premature babies. Enamel hypoplasia Enamel hypoplasia is a condition which causes missing or soft enamel on your child’s teeth. The condition is caused by the fact that mineralisation of the teeth and the formation of enamel occurs during the last trimester of pregnancy. Because premature babies spend a shorter amount of time in the womb, their enamel isn’t fully developed at birth. Enamel hypoplasia can increase the risk that your child will develop cavities and tooth decay. For this reason, you should make regular appointments so your child’s teeth can be checked by a dentist. Your dentist will be able to apply specialist fluoride paste to your child’s teeth in order to promote mineralisation. They will also be able to spot any early signs of decay and provide preventive treatments. This condition only affects your baby’s milk teeth, so as they grow and their adult teeth develop, enamel hypoplasia will cease to be a problem. Delayed growth and appearance of baby teeth Babies which are born prematurely will often experience the delayed growth and appearance of baby teeth. While this may cause you some concern, it generally won’t cause any issues for your child. As a small child, your baby will be able to use their gums to chew on soft baby food. Once the teeth begin to appear, they should progress at a normal rate of development. If you have any concerns about the development of your child’s teeth, you should speak to your dentist. Discoloured teeth If a premature baby has experienced jaundice, this can lead to the teeth becoming yellow or brown in appearance. While this does not have any long lasting affect on your child’s dental health, it could cause embarrassment as they grow older. This condition will resolve itself once your child’s baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. If the teeth are severely discoloured, a dentist may recommend inserting veneers onto the surface of your child’s teeth in order to cover the staining. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, contact your dentist for further advice and...

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Is it Advisable to Get Veneers if You Have Severe Bruxism?

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Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, can have a detrimental effect on your teeth over time. If you are one of the five percent of the population that forcefully grinds their teeth throughout the day and whilst sleeping, then you might be wondering if it is possible to repair your damaged teeth with veneers. Even if you grind your teeth regularly you can still get veneers, but there are several factors you should take into consideration before deciding between the two most common types of veneers. Composite Veneers You may have heard that composite veneers are easier to repair and this is true; however, composite veneers only have a lifespan of 4-8 years and are prone to chipping, which means they are probably a poor choice for someone with bruxism. They also lack the natural look that porcelain veneers have and are prone to staining. That being said, composite veneers are about half the price of porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are your best option for a number of reasons. Not only are they more durable and less likely to stain, but they are also much more natural looking and therefore fit into your smile without looking out of place. While porcelain veneers tend to last for at least 15 years if well taken care of, they are much more costly than composite veneers.  Bruxism Splint and Daily Grinding Whichever option you decide to go with, you will need to ensure that you protect your veneers both night and day. At night it will be a simple matter of putting in your bruxism splint to ensure you don’t grind down your veneers. However, during the day you will either need to be vigilant and control your grinding or wear your bruxism splint otherwise you could damage your veneers and shorten their lifespan.  Also bear in mind that the bruxism splint you currently use will need to be replaced with another one once your veneers have been fitted. Even if you are a forceful grinder, you can still get veneers and have an aesthetically pleasing smile.  Make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to discuss your options. They will be able to perform a thorough examination of your teeth to determine what your best course of action is. If you are able to control your grinding by wearing a bruxism splint then your chances of long term success will be much...

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Understanding Your Options for Fast Teeth Alignment

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If you have crooked teeth and are looking to improve your overall appearance and smile, you may not relish the idea of getting unsightly braces that you’ll need to wear for years. The good news is that braces are not your only option for straightening your teeth if you don’t need to worry about correcting a severe overbite or other orthodontic issue. There are fast and easy solutions to making your teeth look straighter and more attractive; veneers and crowns are two such popular options. Note a few factors about each so you can discuss these choices with your dentist. Veneers A veneer is a type of tooth-colored porcelain that is dabbed onto a tooth and then shaped and formed by the dentist. The porcelain then dries and adheres to the tooth. Shaping it can give the appearance of a straight tooth or make a tooth that is set back from other teeth appear to be in line. Veneers can also help with undersized teeth that may look as if they’re improperly aligned. Veneers are very tough, but they’re not usually meant to last a lifetime, and shaping and forming them does require some skill from the dentist; the more highly skilled your dentist, the more natural the veneer will appear. Note that veneers don’t usually involve having to reduce or otherwise treat the tooth to which they’re applied, so they may also be a faster and less painful procedure than getting crowns. Crowns A crown is a type of cap that is put over a tooth and glued into place. These are very durable and meant to last a lifetime; they can break or crack, but usually only by an impact that would otherwise crack a real tooth. Crowns have the advantage of being able to protect a cracked or damaged tooth that is beyond repair and that cannot be protected by a simple veneer. Crowns can also cover crooked teeth so that they look straight and can make teeth that are set back from your jawline seem perfectly aligned. Note that crowns can also provide more protection for teeth from future damage. For someone whose teeth are out of alignment because of excessive grinding during the night, a crown can protect that tooth and avoid being worn down, whereas veneers may not be strong enough to protect teeth. However, for a crown to fit, the tooth itself might need drilling and reducing, and this can be uncomfortable and make the process take much longer than getting...

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How to Avoid Passing on Your Fear of the Dentist to Your Child

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Do you feel nervous when you visit the dentist? If you do, it is really easy to pass this fear onto your child. Going to the dentist is something that everyone has to do, so you should try to make your little one feel positive about trips to the dental office from an early age. If you child develops a fear of the dentist, it is likely it will stay will them throughout their life. Below are a few tips to help you make your child feel positively about going to the dentist. Start early The sooner you start to take you kid to the dentist, the sooner they will get used to the idea. The Australian Dental Association recommends that you take your child to the dentist when they are aged around 2 years. This will allow the dentist to check that your child’s teeth are developing properly, and it will allow your child to become familiar with the dental office. Be positive but be honest You should make sure that you speak positively about the dentist to your child, but you should avoid lying. For example, you should not make unrealistic promises such as saying that a visit to the dentist will never hurt. If you tell your child this and they later need to undergo uncomfortable or painful treatment, they will lose trust in you and the dentist. You should use neutral language when speaking about dental visits. Plan something fun  You should plan a fun trip or activity with your child, which you can enjoy after you visit the dentist. This will reward them and will help to create a positive association in the child’s mind between the fun activity of trip and the visit to the dental office. Don’t visit the same dentist While it might seem like a good idea to sign your child up to visit the same dentist that you visit, it may be a better idea to take them to a paediatric dentist who specialises in dealing with children. Paediatric dental offices are generally more child-friendly. Don’t overshare While it is fine to gossip with friends about a difficult dental appointment, you should always make sure that your child is not within earshot. If your child overhears you talking about a painful root canal, it will feed their fears about visiting the dentist. If you have any questions about your child’s first dental appointment, you should contact a family dentist who will be able to offer help and...

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Having veneers put on your teeth after chemotherapy may help in your recovery

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Having white teeth has become something that everyone aspires to. Not only does it matter how healthy and strong your teeth are, but it is also very important what they look like. When you have had chemotherapy treatment for cancer, you may find your focus shifts onto your teeth. Chemotherapy can lead to problems with your teeth When you undergo treatment for cancer that involved chemotherapy, you experience nausea and vomiting as a reaction to the harshness of the drugs. The vomit is very acidic and may lead to problems with your teeth. Another of the side effects of chemotherapy is a dry mouth. Less saliva in your mouth means that the plaque that usually builds up after you have eaten is not washed away quite so efficiently. This may eventually lead to decay and even damage of the enamel coating of your teeth. Whiter teeth can help you to feel better about your appearance after chemotherapy When you have finished your chemotherapy treatment, you will need to take time to recover. This may take anything from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the length of the treatment. Once you are beginning to feel a little more back to normal, you will find your attention shifting to your appearance, which will include what your mouth looks like. You lose control of your body during chemo, so the opportunity to be able to improve the look of your teeth by having them whitened can help you to develop a sense of being in control of at least part of your appearance. Methods to whiten your teeth Abrasives may be used on teeth to remove stains. These may begin to damage the enamel after a time, which means that your teeth will not be so effectively protected from decay.  Hydrogen peroxide is also used, sometimes with bicarbonate of soda, which can also be harmful to the enamel of your teeth. After chemotherapy, it is better to avoid methods of whitening your teeth that may further damage the enamel. An effective way of whitening your teeth that can actually help them to be stronger is to have veneers put on.  These are thin layers that cover the visible surface of your teeth. Veneers offer more than simply whitening teeth A veneer can be any colour that you choose, specifically being graded to fit in which the colour of your other teeth. Veneers not only change the colour of your teeth, but can be used to mask severe fillings, or the marks made by amalgam fillings over time. They can also make chipped or broken teeth look even and close the space between teeth. You may find that, after chemo, some of your teeth may have shifted slightly, resulting in slightly increased gaps between them. Veneers can be used to cover these...

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3 Signs You Need to Visit Your Family Dentist

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Most people don’t enjoy visiting the dentist. So looking for additional signs that it is time to book another appointment is probably the last thing that you want to do. However, your mouth can sometimes send you signals that all is not well. Not knowing what these signs are or what they mean can place your oral health in danger. Below are 3 signs and symptoms you should look out for. If you notice any of them, you should book an appointment to visit you dentist as soon as possible. Strange Taste If you experience a strange taste in your mouth, you might presume it is just something you ate. However, if you repeatedly suffer from this, it could be a sign of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a condition in which the acids from the stomach flow back up the oesophagus and into the throat. Other symptoms associated with GERD include chest pain, a sore throat and hoarseness. If GERD is left untreated, it can lead to dental erosion, ulcers and oesophageal inflammation. The sooner you begin the receive treatment for GERD the better the outcome will be. Mouth Sores Occasionally experiencing some sores in your mouth is normal and is usually caused by the bruising of the cheek tissue when you eat. However, if you develop a persistent sore that will not heal or go away, this could be a sign of oral cancer. If let untreated, symptoms may develop until you find it difficult to chew and swallow food due to the discomfort caused. As with any potential cancer, the prognosis is much better the sooner that treatment can begin, which is why if you experience persistent mouth sores, you should visit your dentist immediately to have them checked and treated. Dry Mouth Dry mouth, which is also know as xerostomia, is a common condition, which can be caused because you feel nervous or are dehydrated. However, if you persistently experience a dry mouth, you should not ignore it. There are many potential causes for a persistently dry mouth, such as side effects from different medications which inhibit the production of saliva and non-oral medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and lupus. Because saliva helps to protect your teeth, a persistently dry mouth can lead to an increase in tooth decay. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of your persistent dry mouth and recommend the best course of treatment. You should book regular check ups with your family dentist, who will be able to assess your oral health and offer...

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Should You Oil Pull With Braces?

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Keeping your teeth clean and healthy when you wear braces can be harder than it was before you had braces fitted. When you wear braces, you have to negotiate your cleaning routine around wires and the brackets that cover parts of your teeth. Oil pulling may give you a useful boost to your regular brushing and flossing routine; however, pulling may come with some downsides. What are the pros and cons of oil pulling when you wear braces? The Advantages of Oil Pulling With Braces Cleaning around your braces to remove bacteria and stains can be tricky. If you don’t clean effectively, you may be left with cosmetic issues when your braces are removed. For example, the areas on your teeth where the brackets were situated may be whiter than the rest of your teeth if you don’t keep the uncovered areas of your teeth clear from stains; you may also see bracket marks on your teeth if plaque bacteria around your brackets is allowed to damage your teeth. Oil pulling may help you keep the exposed areas of your teeth free from stains and the bacteria that may attack your teeth around the edges of your brackets. Bacteria are attracted to the oil you pull, sticking to it so that you can spit out the bacteria when you spit out your oil pull. As well as giving you a better-out-than-in solution, the act of swishing may also help clean and whiten your teeth by removing surface plaque, food residues and stains. You may also find that oil pulling helps whenever you have your braces adjusted. The soothing properties of oil may help reduce the pain and discomfort you may have for the first day or so after having your braces tightened. The Disadvantages of Oil Pulling With Braces If you oil pull regularly, you may lighten the bacterial load in your mouth and keep your teeth cleaner around your brackets; however, oil cannot get under your brace brackets. This may ultimately give you a cosmetic headache once your brackets are removed. For example, oil pulling may clean and whiten the areas of your teeth that aren’t covered by brackets; however, the oil may not touch the parts of your teeth under the brackets. If you had discoloured teeth to start with, you may end up with darker or yellower areas on the parts of your teeth that had brackets compared to the parts of your teeth the oil could work on. Consulting with Your Dentist Before you decide to oil pull with braces, it’s worth considering the state of your teeth before the braces go on. Talk to your orthodontist about how oil pulling may affect the eventual colour of all parts of your teeth. Your orthodontist may be able to clean up minor discoloured areas once your braces come off, in which case you may be told it’s OK to oil pull. If it looks likely that current discolouration may affect the way your teeth look after oil pulling when you have your braces on, you can also get your dentist to give you a clean and scale before having your braces fitted. This may help get all parts of your teeth in a better state before bracing and may reduce uneven colouration after oil pulling during...

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Oral Problems You Should Consider Dental Emergencies

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For some people to book an appointment with the dentist, they would have to be experiencing excruciating pain. Although pain is a clear indicator that there is something wrong, this should not be the only benchmark for you to pay an emergency visit to the dentist. If any of your teeth have acquired trauma, it would be prudent to have it looked at by a dentist. This is because you may not be under any pain, but your nerves could have acquired serious damage without your knowledge. In addition to nerve damage, ignoring dental trauma because there is no pain could also put you at risk of developing an infection the longer the oral problem goes unattended. The following are some of the oral problems that require emergency dental care, whether you are in pain or not. A tooth that is either cracked or part of it has broken off It is not uncommon to find patients who have a cracked tooth or a broken tooth yet are not feeling any discomfort. Rather than put off a visit to the dentist until it is more convenient for you, you need to get emergency dental care as soon as possible. The sooner you have a dentist look at the extent of the crack, the better the chances of preventing any further damage to your tooth. If the tooth has broken off, your dentist may have to carry out root canal therapy to ensure bacteria has not made its way into the tooth. If the damage is extensive, the dentist may have to resort to tooth extraction because the tooth may not be salvageable. In some cases, the crack may only affect the enamel or go as far as the dentin. In these instances, a crown would be used to camouflage any conspicuous damage to the tooth. Leaving a cracked or broken tooth unattended could eventually lead to an array of symptoms including increased sensitivity to temperature changes, throbbing pain, migraines and more. An entire tooth has been knocked out A misconception some people have is that once a tooth has been knocked out, there will not be any way to save it. The truth is that you chances of having your original tooth re-implanted back into its socket is by seeking immediate emergency dental care. The longer the tooth is left unattached, the higher the chances all the cells in its root will die off. Try to clean the tooth as best as you can then insert t back into its socket. Try to hold it in that position as you make your way to the dentist as soon as possible. If immediate reattachment is not possible, you still need to seek emergency dental care so that you can get a prosthetic tooth to fill in the empty...

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Pediatric Dental Anxiety 101 For Parents

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The pain associated with a number of dental procedures is often responsible for dental anxiety in patients of all ages. However, this anxiety is considered a more serious problem with young dental patients because it often leads to the cancellation of dental appointments and the underuse of pediatric dental health services. It is important for parents and/ or caregivers to understand a few basic things about pediatric dental anxiety so that they can help their children overcome their fear of dental visits. The question and answer session below provides vital information that parents and caregivers can use to break down the barrier that is pediatric dental anxiety. How Do Pediatric Dentists Measure Dental Anxiety? There are various techniques used to determine how anxious a child is about an upcoming dental procedure. Of these techniques, the self-reporting test is among the most commonly used on young patients. When using the self-reporting technique, a dental health practitioner will ask the child a number of questions in relation to the upcoming procedure. Practitioners will then use the responses given by the child to gauge how anxious he is using a five-point scale. The higher the score on this scale, the greater the anxiety and vice-versa. In order to get the best results when using this technique, parents/caregivers should talk the child out of hiding their anxiety by giving false responses to the questions asked. A pediatric dentist may also gauge dental anxiety in a young patient by studying his/her physiological reactions before and/or during a dental procedure. Anxious children will often have their hearts beating at a rate that is significantly higher than normal, they may exhibit muscle tension, as well as abnormal skin temperature. How Is Pediatric Dental Anxiety Dealt With? Once it has been established that a child suffers from dental anxiety, several techniques can be used to get the child through a dental procedure. A pediatric dentist will strive to achieve relaxation in anxious patients by having them undertake a deep-breathing exercise prior to the procedure. Depending on how high the level of anxiety is, the dental health practitioner may take the patient through a procedure known as progressive muscle relaxation. This procedure helps to relax every muscle group within the child’s body, thereby relieving anxiety. During a dental procedure, a pediatric dentist will drive the child’s attention away from the procedure at hand so as to make him/her forget about their anxiety. For example, the child may be asked to mention all the car models he saw on the way to the dentist’s...

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