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Flaunt a Sparkling Smile This Festive and Wedding Season

You follow a good dental routine all year round but maintaining your oral health can get challenging during the festive season as well as the wedding season that follows. This is the time that is loaded with the goodness of rich, savory snacks and sugary delights. This year don’t let your sweet tooth take a toll on your teeth and gums.

Keep your teeth healthy and smile beautiful to look your best during the festivities. Follow these 5 tips for healthy teeth even with delicious treats all around:

  1. Be Cautious of Your Sugary Cravings and Snack Smart
    This is common sense, really. If sugar is bad for your teeth and gums, piling into sweets, chocolates and candies is not going to do your oral health any good. To prevent tooth decay and cavities, limit your intake of sugary and sticky foods, especially if you wear braces.
  2. Maintain a Dental Routine
    Brushing your teeth twice a day is a crucial part of good dental health, especially when you’re eating sweets. It reduces the formation of dental plaque or bacterial buildup on your teeth and gums, which is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
  3. Use Tools Instead of Your Teeth
    If you’re tempted to use your teeth to strip electrical wires, hold nails while hanging up decorations, or cut knots in packaging, don’t. Teeth are not meant to be used in place of tools, so protect them from harm and give them the care they deserve!
  4. Drink a Lot of Water
    Water helps you stay hydrated when you’re rushing around to finish pre-Diwali chores, or running last minute errands during wedding prep, but it also keeps your mouth healthy. Drink a glass of plain water to remove food remnants after indulging in sweets or snacks, especially if you can’t brush right away.
  5. Make an Appointment With Us to Look Your Best!
    It’s a good idea to get a dental checkup before the festive season starts. You can receive treatment for any dental health issues before they get serious, and your dentist will also be able to advise you on special precautions or oral hygiene tips to follow. Stay prepared for the festivities by keeping your teeth in their best shape. Schedule an appointment with us and we will make sure you look your best and confidently flaunt your new smile this festive season where the glamour quotient needs to be at its maximum.
  6. Let Your Smile Create an Impact with Teeth Whitening
    At Monarch Dental Clinic in Vadodara, we can make you smile more radiant with our effective teeth whitening treatment that can not only remove stains but also restore any lost teeth structure to create an appealing smile.
  7. Look Younger Than You Are with Our Cosmetic Treatments
    Reverse the signs of aging and take years off your face with our cosmetic treatments that has proven efficacy in correcting fine lines, wrinkles, and aging skin. The treatments are minimally invasive, safe and works wonders to make you look younger.
  8. Flash Your Pearly Whites with Smile Designing
    We offer a plethora of personalized dental treatments to improve your smile. From composite fillings to dental veneers to braces, every treatment approach is customized to rectify every oral flaw and give you a perfect smile.

The wedding season follows the festivities of Diwali so now is the time to schedule an appointment at Monarch Dental Clinic and be the center of attention with that perfect smile and youthful glow! Call +917016730440 now and make your desired change happen.

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When Do You Actually Need Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening products are becoming more popular every day, and they’re often marketed as the quickest and least invasive method of smile enhancement. However, you need to consider the potential complications and damage that you may be causing to your teeth, before deciding whether you really need to whiten them.

What Are the Main Causes of Tooth Discoloration?

Teeth can get discolored or stained for a wide range of reasons, including diet, dental hygiene, medication and even aging. Even if you take good care of your teeth, they will start changing color at some point in your life.

There are two types of tooth discoloration:

  • Intrinsic Stains – These form on tooth interiors, due to trauma, exposure to minerals or excessive fluoride, ageing, etc. They can sometimes be improved with supervised teeth whitening treatments, but may require veneers or other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
  • Extrinsic Stains – These form on tooth surfaces, due to wear and tear, exposure to dark foods and beverages, tobacco, etc. They usually improve with regular brushing and professional dental cleaning, and become worse if you neglect your oral hygiene.

Can Over-the-Counter Whitening Products Help?

Over-the-counter whitening products only go so far in removing stains from your teeth. Most whitening toothpaste contain tiny abrasives that gently scrub the surface of your teeth. These can reduce the formation of external stains to some degree.

Bleaching products such as strips, gels and rinses, on the other hand, generally contain hydrogen peroxide. Most dentists don’t recommend at-home bleaching, because there’s a high risk of tooth sensitivity, enamel damage and gum irritation, especially if you don’t do it exactly right.

Is Professional Tooth Whitening the Right Answer?

You can get in-office bleaching performed by a dentist, but as with any other bleaching product, the complications may not be worth the trouble or expense. Don’t go in expecting miracles either!

Teeth whitening procedures will not leave you with pearly white teeth, but only make the surface of your teeth one or two shades lighter. The results are different for each person since some stains can be more easily removed than others. The procedure can also make your teeth more porous and sensitive, especially if you do it too often.

You also need to consider how whitening will work if you have fillings, crowns or other restorations, since these may not be affected the same way as your natural tooth.

Are There Any Other Solutions?

Professional teeth cleaning performed by a dentist is often all it takes to remove external or extrinsic stains. In addition, it can also remove built-up tartar, a form of hardened plaque, which toothbrushing cannot. It’s a good idea to get dental cleanings every 6 months, for better oral health and a brighter smile.

Ask your dentist about veneers or dental bonding if you’re really concerned about the way your teeth look. These cosmetic dentistry solutions offer better results over the long term, without the complications that bleaching may cause to your teeth. If you feel you must get teeth whitened, save it for right before a special occasion such as a wedding.

At Monarch Dental Clinic, we can help you keep your teeth in great shape. Contact us to learn how cosmetic dentistry solutions can help you get the smile of your dreams!

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Apologies for the Radio Silence, and a Quick Update

It seems like forever since our last post here, hasn’t it?

We’re sorry for not posting any updates for such a long time, but we were completely swamped with events and new endeavors over the last few months. With so much happening, there was no time to share news or updates (at least while they took place, but better late than never!).

We’d like to make up for that today, since we’re celebrating our 3rd anniversary this month. We have some time to breathe and look back at everything we’ve done. We want to share our achievements with you, the people who made all this possible.

So, here’s a quick update about what we’ve been up to, as well as some milestones we’re particularly proud of:

We Opened a New Clinic near Vadodra, in Muval

Yes, we now have a new clinic at Muval!

In keeping with the vision, style and standards of Monarch Dental Clinic, our new facility is fully equipped with the best of modern dental technology, courteous and professional staff as well as world-class interiors.

We Received ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Monarch Dental Clinic received certification under the ISO Quality Management System, in recognition of our commitment to stringent quality. For us, this means an ongoing promise to deliver the highest standards of excellence.

We Were Nominated for the Famdent Awards

We’re proud to say that we received three nominations for the prestigious Famdent Excellence in Dentistry Awards, under the categories Dental Website of the Year, Clinic Interiors of the Year and New Practice of the Year.

We Were in Korea for an Implant Education Program

Earlier this year, our very own Dr. Mihir Patel received a certificate for participation in the Advanced Implant Education Program of the 2017 Dentium Seoul Forum. The Program was organized by the Dentium Academy in Seoul.

We Trained for the Cosmetic Procedures

Dr. Mihir Patel completed the Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Hands-On Training Program for Healthcare Professionals conducted by AIOFE (Indian Academy of Facial Esthetics), on the proper use and administration of facial injectibles.

We Received a Sterilization Monitoring Certificate

Monarch Dental Clinic has received certification that all our sterilization equipment and procedures are routinely monitored by Tejas Labs, in technical consultation with the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry.

Of Course, We’ve been Doing a LOT of Dental Work
We’ve helped a whopping total of 1100 patients achieve better dental health!

We’d love to see you at our clinic and hear from you online, so drop in at Monarch Dental Clinic, leave a comment here or use the contact form to request an appointment.

We’re also working on some new posts, so watch this space for more!

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What Dental Problems Can Women Face During Pregnancy?

The hormonal changes that take place when you’re pregnant may affect more than just your mood. They can also impact your teeth and gums, adding to the discomfort you already face. It’s important to take extra care of your oral health at this time, to keep both you and your baby healthy.

Knowing what to expect and how to handle it can help, so let’s look at 5 common dental issues women face during pregnancy:

  • Third Molar Problems – Pain or swelling may take place in the area near your wisdom teeth (third molars) due to hormonal changes or improper oral care. Partially-erupted wisdom teeth or crowding in the back of the mouth can also cause discomfort and raise the chance of tooth decay.

    Don’t ignore wisdom tooth pain, inflammation or other symptoms when you’re pregnant. Without timely treatment, you could end up dealing with a serious infection that threatens your health as well as the health of your baby, especially if it gets into your bloodstream.

  • Pregnancy Gingivitis – Gum swelling, tenderness, redness and bleeding are quite common during pregnancy, as a result of hormonal surges. These cause your body to respond more aggressively to bacterial toxins found in dental plaque, so it’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene and get regular checkups as well.

    Use a fluoridated toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day, and make sure to floss your teeth daily as well. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, visit your dentist for a checkup right away. Untreated gingivitis can turn into serious periodontal disease, so follow your dentist’s instructions for dental cleaning and care.

  • Tooth Decay – Most pregnant women have cravings for sweet or sour foods, which increase the risk of tooth decay as well as sensitivity. In addition to frequent snacking, the acid exposure from morning sickness can also damage the protective enamel of your teeth, affecting your oral health tremendously.

    It’s essential to keep up with oral care and dental checkups throughout your pregnancy, since tooth decay can lead to infection, tooth loss and other problems. If brushing or flossing causes you to vomit, rinse your mouth with clean water and try using a fluoridated mouthwash to minimize bacterial buildup.

  • Dental X-Rays – It’s best to avoid getting X-rays when you’re pregnant, even though today’s technology has made this process far safer than it used to be. Still, your dentist may need an X-ray of your mouth for diagnosing a problem, especially if you face a dental emergency.

    Modern diagnostic equipment is designed to minimize radiation exposure, and the X-ray technician or dentist will cover your abdomen with a protective leaded apron. Make sure they also shield your throat to protect your thyroid, and only get an X-ray if it’s absolutely necessary.

  • Antibiotics & Painkillers – You may need numbing medication for root canals, fillings or tooth extractions. These dental procedures can be performed under local anesthesia, which is completely safe for you and your baby. However, inform your dentist that you’re pregnant, so they give you just enough medication to keep you comfortable.

    Heavy painkillers, antibiotics, and other medication may harm your unborn baby, so avoid taking anything on your own without first discussing it with your dentist or physician. If possible, procedures that require general anesthesia should be scheduled for after your baby’s birth.

What a Dentist Suggests: Pre-Pregnancy Dental Checkup

If you schedule a complete dental examination and X-ray before getting pregnant, you can ensure that oral problems are diagnosed and treated in advance.

It’s safe to get dental cleanings during your pregnancy as well, which can help you prevent dental problems. Many other procedures can also be performed as normal, but it’s best to get them out of the way as early as possible. What are you waiting for? Call Monarch Dental Clinic to schedule your checkup now!

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Single Visit Root Canal Treatment: What’s the Fuss About?

One of the most common causes of unbearable toothache is an infection in the space within a tooth, which affects its nerve tissue and the tissue surrounding its roots. Ranging from mild and intermittent pain to a constant and debilitating ache in the jaw, this kind of infection warrants a visit to the dentist for root canal treatment.

Traditional root canal treatments are conducted in multiple sittings. On the first sitting, the dentist opens the tooth to gain access to the nerve of the tooth in order to remove it. The following visits will focus on cleaning and shaping, and then filling and sealing of the tooth. With a single visit approach, however, the treatment procedure is completed in one sitting.

Dr. Aesha Patel of Monarch Dental Clinic is one of the few endodontists who perform single sitting root canal treatment in India. With 3 years of study and training for this procedure, she has made it her specialty and encourages patients to explore the comfort and convenience it offers.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also called just a “root canal” or RCT, involves the treatment of the infected pulp chamber in the interior of a tooth. It is the treatment of choice for degenerative tooth nerve tissue, exposed nerves, recurrent pimples on gums, acute tooth abscess and various other tooth root pathologies.

It comprises of three steps:

  • Tooth Opening: This is done in order to gain access to the nerve of the tooth, which is the pulp chamber, to remove the infected pulp.
  • Cleaning: The necrotic or infected pulp is taken out, and the space is cleaned to ensure there is no infected tissue left behind.
  • Sealing: The space is sealed off to avoid further contamination of the interior from outside and vice versa.

Most people have nightmares about root canal treatments, but with advancements in dental techniques as well as newer instruments and technology (rotary endodontics, protaper system, radiovisuography, etc.), all of this is possible in a single visit, without compromising the safety and efficacy of the treatment.

Single Visit RCT Advantages and Procedure

The main advantage of this treatment is that you don’t have to take out two or more days from your schedule for multiple root canal sittings, and there is little to no difference in cost as compared to traditional multi-visit procedures. In fact, since you will typically pay separately for each visit, a single sitting RCT works out more affordable too!

Here’s what happens during the treatment:

  • Access is created to the pulp chamber.
  • Infected pulp and damaged nerve is taken out using rotary files.
  • The space is washed with antiseptic solution.
  • Once dry and clean, the space is sealed with special biocompatible material called G.P. (Gutta Purcha) Points.
  • Temporary filling of cavity is done, which will later be replaced by permanent composite filling.
  • Ideally, capping of the tooth should follow the root canal treatment.

The entire procedure typically takes only 30-60 minutes, but in case of multi-canal systems it can take up to 90 minutes.

Eligibility

Any patient who needs a root canal is eligible for single visit treatment, and there is only one prerequisite that needs to be met – no pus accumulation/swelling. X-Ray can confirm the absence or presence of pus in the form of Periapical Radiolucency.

In case there is pus/swelling, the dentist will clean the space, allow the pus to drain and then apply an ointment and close up the opening with a temporary filling. The rest of the procedure will then be conducted in a second sitting, after the swelling and pus formation has subsided.

If you’ve been told to get a root canal and have been holding off just because you can’t set aside the time for multiple dental visits, schedule a single sitting RCT right away!

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What You Should Know about Dental Implants before Getting One

Tooth loss by way of gingivitis, tooth decay or injury has become a worldwide dental problem. Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy dietary habits have accelerated the incidence of this issue for many people everywhere. Tooth loss not only causes functional difficulties but is also of cosmetic significance to the affected individual, often leading to lower self-esteem.

However, the advent of dental implants has revolutionized the treatment options available for tooth loss in the modern day and age.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants comprise of a metallic frame and posts or roots (usually titanium) that are compatible to the human body for the placement of a replacement tooth. They are surgically implanted into the jaw bone below the gum line, and help lay down a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to resemble your natural teeth.

The Dental Implant procedure is conducted in six phases:

  • Phase 1 – A trained dental surgeon devises a treatment plan specific to you.
  • Phase 2 – The dental implants are placed surgically under local anesthesia. Those who have undergone the procedure remark that the pain is less than that of a tooth being pulled out.
  • Phase 3 – This is the phase of healing and osseointegration, where the bone heals. The bone tissue that forms integrates with the implant so it’s securely fitted. This phase takes 3 months.
  • Phase 4 – Once the bone has healed and bonded to the frame, a metallic round post or “gingival former” is placed for 15 days, which helps to form the gap in the gums to place the next post and teeth.
  • Phase 5 – A connector post or “abutment” is attached for the replacement tooth.
  • Phase 6 – This phase involves the reconstruction of the replacement tooth from the model of your bite made by taking impressions of your teeth. These help the dentist know the structure and arrangement of teeth specific to you. This process can take time and the dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to carry out routine functions like talking or eating.

Once your replacement tooth is ready in all aspects including the color, it is placed onto the implanted post. In case of more than one implant, a single attachment can be placed to support dentures, instead of separate individual crowns.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • They look and feel like your own teeth
  • Clear speech without the worry of slipping teeth or ill-fitting dentures
  • Hassle-free eating, without the difficulty in chewing caused by sliding dentures
  • Comfortable, pain-free and durable option (with proper care, implants can last for a lifetime)
  • Convenient, without the hassle of removing dentures or using messy adhesives
  • Easy to maintain oral hygiene in case of individual crowns
  • As opposed to tooth-supported bridges, no reshaping of surrounding teeth required
  • More of your own teeth are preserved, proving beneficial for long term oral health
  • They look natural, and help raise your self-esteem

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Anyone fit for dental extraction or oral surgery can get implants, if they have healthy gums and enough bone width and height for implantation. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a prerequisite, and diabetics, heart patients, chronic smokers or those with chronic diseases need to be individually assessed.

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What’s All the Fuss about Dentophobia?

The term ‘dentophobia’ pretty much explains itself – it’s the fear of dentists or anything related to dental work. At some point in life (usually childhood), everyone is scared to visit a dentist and for many, this fear carries over into adulthood too.

This could be due to a dental experience gone wrong or just the discomfort associated with dental work. Having to sit still in a dentist’s chair while sharp pointy tools are stuck in our mouth, besides the constant buzzing sound of the drill and that peculiar odor that accompanies dental procedures and continues as an aftermath, can be quite unnerving!

What Causes Dentophobia?

Patients with dentopobia tend to avoid dental treatment at all costs, at least till an emergency that requires immediate treatment. The factors known to cause dentophobia can be both direct and indirect experiences that instill a fear, which can be disastrous in the long run.

  • Indirect Causes – Indirect causes can stem from hearing about horrid experiences from family and friends. The way dentistry is portrayed in the various forms of media can also go a long way in traumatizing children and adults alike. Children grow up watching cartoons where dentists torture their patients even in animated settings. Doctors in white coats with bright lights overhead naturally end up signaling danger in pretty much every movie on screen too!
  • Direct Causes – Then of course there are the direct causes in the form of painful root canals, extractions and even cavity filling, that program the mind against opting for dental treatment. A past experience can bring back bad memories that lead people to avoid seeing a dentist altogether at least till it’s the last resort.

Dental health varies dramatically from person to person – some people can last years without a trip to the dentist with no negative consequences, while others suffer pain simply by indulging in desserts or drinking cold water.

Possible Symptoms and Effects of Dentophobia

Here are some of the common symptoms and effects associated with this condition:

  • Dentophobia is a common fear amongst both children and adults, ranging from mild to severe and can also be exaggerated with the added fears of needles, doctors, hospitals and pain in general.
  • Patients with severe dentophobia are easily susceptible to a full-fledged panic attack simply at the mention of the term dentist. They feel nauseated, scared and might even break down crying.
  • Escapism is the most general symptom wherein people avoid a trip to the dentist for even general checkups, which leads to unhealthy decaying teeth, raking a higher dentist bill in the future besides a prolonged fear of intensive dental work as a result.
  • Bad teeth can cause social havoc, leaving a person feeling insecure, lonely and depressed. It could have a negative impact on ones self-esteem which can in turn affect their work and personal relationships.

According to research, an estimated 75% of adults have a certain degree of dental fear, with women more likely to fear dental work than men.

Various Means of Treating and Overcoming Dentophobia

Since tooth decay can only get worse over time, it’s necessary to take the required steps to manage dentophobia in order to retain healthy teeth and gums:

  • Seeking professional assistance is essential to overcome the anxiety caused by dentophobia. Applied gentle dentistry is known for certain practices that aid in regulating anxiety by playing soft music or using a stress ball during ongoing treatment.
  • Hypnotherapy is another format that allows a serious dentophobia patient to attain the necessary treatment without having to suffer the fear of dentistry by reprograming the mind and eradicating the fear.
  • Various psychologists also recommend deep breathing relaxation methods before and after treatments to calm the nerves and control anxiety to be able to sit through a necessary treatment.

It’s best not to take a chance with oral health, and preventative measures like regular dental checkups are the only way to stay on top of it!

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Advantages of Regular Dental Check Ups

While it is common to assume that your teeth are in good shape, regular dental checkups are highly recommended, especially for young children. It is very important to take care of your oral health and to visit your family dentist on a bi-annual or at least annual basis to get your teeth checked for diseases.

Why wait until the actual pain starts to get your teeth checked? If you take regular care of your oral health, you can completely avoid the possibility of tooth pain and discomfort. People who go in for regular checkups save themselves a world of trouble, as compared to those who are negligent towards their oral health. Your teeth are a vital part of your body and, like other body parts, require regular and consistent attention and care.

How Do Regular Dental Check-Ups Help with Oral Health?

There are many advantages of getting schedule oral checkups, and we’ve listed them here so you know why it’s ‘such a big deal’:

Early Detection of Dental Problems

Diseases and defects occurring in the mouth, such as tooth decay or infections, can be detected early on and cured before they lead to serious health consequences. It is best to visit the dentist on a regular basis and have your teeth checked and cleaned so that if there is some developing disease, it can be alleviated at the very first stage.

Less Time Consuming

Regular visits to the dentist also help you save a lot of time over the long run. It may seem like a contradiction, given the difficulty of taking time out from your busy schedule to go for dental checkups. However, this is way more effective than the constant, stressed-out and often repeat visits you will have to make if an undetected disease, swelling or infection develops in your mouth.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Regular visits to the dentist can save you from being afflicted by any number of oral health problems. Dental problems like tooth decay, mouth sores, tooth infections and gum diseases are very painful and will leave you feeling weak and exhausted for days, not to mention the time and money you will spend to have them cured. At the risk of sounding clichéd, “Prevention IS better than cure”.

A dentist can help you make sure your teeth and gums remain healthy and can suggest ways to prevent dental problems. Like the rest of your body, your oral health is not something to be trifled with. Even the most basic negligence or laxity on your part can lead to serious problems. It is an intelligent strategy to make time for regular dental checkups today and save yourself a world of trouble tomorrow!

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The Link between Diabetes and Oral Health

We keep hearing about how medical conditions like diabetes can affect our dental health, but why is there a connection? It seems like these are entirely separate issues, but there are good reasons why dentists and doctors all over the world keep stressing on the link between these seemingly unconnected terms – diabetes and oral health.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. This condition may be caused by the body’s inability to respond to or produce enough insulin, which is the hormone that regulates blood sugar in the body. In some cases, diabetes may result due to hereditary or lifestyle factors too.

A cure is yet to be discovered for this condition, so patients afflicted with diabetes can only manage the disease by keeping their blood glucose levels within a normal range. This can normally be achieved through diet and lifestyle changes, as well as medication prescribed by your doctor.

Types of Diabetes

There are generally two major types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is also called juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes, and occurs when the body stops producing insulin. This condition accounts roughly to about 10% of all cases. Anyone suffering from Type 1 diabetes requires daily insulin injections to survive in addition to eating a special diet and performing regular blood checks to ensure glucose levels are within a normal range.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common, accounting for 90% of all cases. In this strain of the disease, the body either fails to produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to the hormone. People who are overweight and obese are more susceptible to developing Type 2 diabetes. If the disease is not yet advanced, type 2 diabetic patients may be able to control the symptoms by eating healthy, regular exercise and losing weight. However, this condition is often progressive, and at some point patients end up relying on insulin tablets.

If neglected, diabetes causes blood sugar levels to spike up to abnormal levels, which can in turn cause a wide range of health complications, including dental ones like gum disease, infections and more.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that attacks gums. As a result, this health problem is often referred to as gum disease. This condition damages the soft oral tissue that holds your teeth together. When it advances, it can spread and infect the bone that supports your teeth. At this stage, teeth start to become loose and may eventually fall out or need to be removed.

Connection between Diabetes and Gum Disease

While most dental health conditions are often caused by poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease can also be a complication of diabetes. Studies have shown that patients diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. Due to this fact, it is important for diabetic patients to know how they can prevent oral health problems, the early warning signs of gum disease, as well as the treatment options that are available.

Warning Signs of Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Gum disease can be harder to treat when it is at an advanced stage. It is therefore important for diabetics to detect the disease early on. The initial telltale signs of this dental disorder include:

  • Bleeding gums during and after brushing teeth
  • Inflamed gums that may also be red and tender
  • A lingering bad taste in the mouth
  • Development of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

Other Dental Complications Associated with Diabetes

It is important to note that periodontal disease is not the only oral health problem that diabetic patients may develop. When blood glucose levels are left to spiral out of control, other oral health conditions may occur such as dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, and fungal infections.

Diabetic patients who seek treatment for severe periodontal disease through surgery are more likely to develop complications. It is therefore important to follow the guidelines suggested by the American Dental Association after going through oral surgery for gum disease treatment.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

The right treatment for periodontal disease in diabetics will largely depend on how advanced the condition is. Dental specialists can recommend a wide variety of treatment methods that range from maintaining regular oral hygiene and soft tissue grafts, to guided tissue regeneration and bone surgery. In most cases, the dentist and physician need to work together in order to come up with the best treatment for a diabetic patient.

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Dental Veneers and Laminates

Over time, your teeth can get damaged, stained, or even look unsightly as a result of improper care, lifestyle damage or even some other dental work you may have had in the past. Dental veneers and laminates are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth, to cover up any imperfections in your natural teeth.

Veneers can fix the way your teeth look, to give you a gleaming smile that grabs the right kind of attention!

Problems that can be fixed with Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are used to target most problems that make the front part of the teeth look unattractive.

These can include:

  • Discoloration and stains from medication, excessive fluoride use, fillings that have discolored, tobacco, and the like.
  • Signs of wear, like chipped, cracked, worn-out and broken teeth.
  • Uneven, irregularly-shaped and misaligned teeth or teeth with gaps between them.

Dental laminates or veneers are one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of the front part of the teeth. Veneers are basically very thin shells that are custom-made to match the shape, length and shade of the surrounding teeth. Depending on the material used, they can resist stains to quite an extent, as well as mimic the look of your natural teeth.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

Getting veneers isn’t very time-consuming, with the entire procedure usually being completed in just three visits to your dentist:

  1. Diagnosis and Planning

    Your first visit will typically be a consultation with the dentist, so he or she can inspect your teeth closely, diagnose their condition and chart out a plan of action. At this stage, you can discuss your expectations from the laminates. The doctor may need to take an impression of your teeth or an X-ray, to properly determine the extent of damage.

  2. Preparation and Temporary Veneer

    Usually on the second visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the eventual veneers. This involves removing a small layer of the enamel, typically the same thickness as the veneer, about ½ millimeter. The removal can be carried out under local anesthetic if you prefer, or if the dentist feels it would be necessary.

    Another model is made after the removal, so technicians can shape the final veneer to be unnoticeable. In case the tooth is extensively damaged or unsightly, a temporary veneer can be used until the final veneer is ready.

  3. Bonding and Placing

    This is the final visit is when the customized veneer is inspected and installed. The dentist will first place the veneers without any cementing material, to ensure they fit well and look natural. Once they are trimmed as needed, the surface of your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, polished to remove any surface imperfections and then ‘etched’.

Etching roughens up the surface that will be in contact, so the veneer adheres better. After the tooth has been positioned correctly with the bonding cement, a special light is applied to help the cement cure quickly and thoroughly. Any excess cement or protruding surfaces are then ground down to size.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

While veneers have better aesthetic qualities, they do not prevent or halt cavities, infections and other tooth problems.

Advantages

  • Laminates can be very closely matched to your natural teeth and are not very noticeable.
  • Porcelain veneers resist stains well and they don’t disturb the gums.
  • Unlike dental crowns, veneers don’t require extensive reshaping of the whole tooth, just the front surface.
  • Laminates are relatively non-invasive and don’t carry the risks related with major dental work.

Disadvantages

  • Veneers are more expensive compared to composite resin bonding.
  • They are permanent and usually can’t be repaired in case they chip or crack. Additionally, they cannot be recolored.
  • Though it’s very rare, veneers have been known to fall off if they’re strained too hard.

Aftercare and Expected Life

Veneers do not require any special attention other than normal oral hygiene, though it is generally a good idea to avoid stressing them too much. This includes avoiding biting fingernails, or chewing very hard objects. Your tooth can still decay under the veneer and if it gets out of hand, you might need a root canal or crown.

Generally, veneers can last anywhere between five years to a decade and they can be replaced after that. Even though they resist staining quite well, it’s a good idea to avoid foods that can cause stains, like red wine and coffee – better safe than sorry!

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