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Missing Teeth and Hidden Risks: What You Need to Know

Missing tooth or teeth cost you much more than just your appearance. They are much more than only a cosmetic problem. Whether you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, it is bound to increase your risks of long-term oral health issues.

Let’s look at the types of hidden health risks associated with tooth loss:

  1. The remaining teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth gradually start shifting into the spaces left open. Such changes often need to be rectified by orthodontic treatments which may be more expensive and time-consuming as compared to the teeth restoring dental procedures.
  2. Unnatural shifting of teeth as mentioned above can also cause additional bite problems and even in some cases severe pain in the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ.
  3. The vacant spaces created due to missing teeth increase the risk of gum diseases. Food particles easily accumulate in these areas, and the site soon becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria which may lead to plaque and tartar development. If left untreated for long, this can eventually result in serious gum diseases.
  4. The ability to chew and speak can be severely impaired if you are missing several teeth. If this isn’t treated immediately, it can cause further health complications. For instance, if the food is not chewed properly, it will not enter your system as it usually should. As a result of which the digestion can suffer. The inability to eat raw fruits and vegetables can devoid your body of essential nutrition which may result in poor general health.
  5. Tooth loss is inevitably followed by loss of jaw bone. The gradual deterioration of jaw bones affects the facial structure as it is instrumental in determining how the face ‘drapes’ over this bone. This results in what is commonly known as a sagging face which gives an older appearance. This may lead to lower self-esteem and decreased confidence, especially in public settings.

So, what are the options to replace missing teeth? Dental implants are one of the most commonly preferred options when it comes to addressing the problem of missing teeth. Here’s why:

  • Dental implants help prevent bone loss as they are made of titanium – a material which has a unique ability to fuse with the living bone. Hence, it eventually becomes a permanent part of the jaw bone. The implants stabilize and stimulate the bone to help maintain its density and volume.
  • They feel and function in a way similar to the natural teeth.
  • Dental implant surgery has a much higher rate of success as compared to other tooth replacement dental procedures.
  • Depending on the oral care, patient’s bone health, experience of the oral surgeon who performs the dental implant surgery, etc., dental implants can last for a lifetime.

Besides dental implants, bridges and dentures are also used for tooth replacement. These options, however, involve some amount of risk as they may cause damage to the adjacent teeth or the anatomical structures on which they rest. For instance, fixed dental bridges depend for support on two adjacent teeth which must be filed down and capped. This can make the filed teeth prone to decay, cavities or even root canal issues. In case of removable partial dentures, anchorage onto existing teeth is required. This may loosen the existing teeth over a period of time. Whereas, full dentures might put pressure on the bony ridges that support the teeth. This increases the chances of accelerated bone loss.

Both these options may be less expensive as compared to dental implant surgery. However, dental implants are an investment worth making, given its long-term and more beneficial results.

We at Monarch Dental Clinic in Vadodara, offer exceptional and highly customized services for tooth or teeth restorations. To know more about how you can benefit from improved oral health and a flawless smile, get in touch with us today.  

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Dental Implants or Dental Bridges: What Should You Choose?

Poor oral hygiene, injury to teeth, gum diseases – the reasons for missing tooth or teeth can be many. Tooth or teeth replacement options have considerably evolved thanks to technological advancements in restorative dentistry. Dental implants and dental bridges are two such options which are commonly used for replacing tooth or teeth. Let’s understand what these are and the advantages they offer.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They are essentially replacement tooth roots and are made to match the natural teeth. They offer several advantages:

• Enhanced facial appearance
• Improved speech, oral health, and confidence
• Better Bite
• Convenience
• Long-lasting results

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are used as bridges to close the gap created by one or several missing teeth. The dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. The two or more anchoring teeth are known as abutment teeth, with false tooth or teeth in between known as pontics. Dental bridges are supported by implants or natural teeth. Bridges help restore your smile and the ability to properly chew and speak, help maintain the natural shape of the face, distribute the forces in bite and assist the remaining teeth to keep their natural position.

Even though both dental implants and bridges seem to offer similar advantages, dental implants are preferred more. Let’s take a look at the underlying reasons.  

Why Choose Dental Implants over Bridges?

1.When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area starts shrinking which can affect the adjacent teeth as well as the surrounding teeth. Dental implants prevent this and promote bone growth, which helps preserve the facial structure.

2. Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth when it comes to feel and function. This is because the titanium implant replicates the restoring form, function, and durability of the tooth root.

3. In the case of dental implants, there is no risk of tooth decay as opposed to bridges. Implants are also relatively easy to keep clean as simple floss can easily get around the implant. They don’t require any particular cleaning devices or equipment or any extra efforts when it comes to oral care.

4. Bridges sit above the gum in the space where the tooth is missing. Whereas, dental implants are fixed into the jaw bone which offers natural stimulation with chewing actions. This provides protection and strength to the jaw bone which lies beneath the missing tooth and hence prevents the undesirable effects of bone loss commonly seen in patients with bridges. Implants also promote healthy bone growth and reinforce the jawbone which in turn helps to maintain the facial jawline.

5. The success rate of dental implants is much higher as compared to dental bridges. It varies depending on their location in the jaw. However, in general, dental implants have a much higher success rate of up to 98%.

6. The quality of the implants, patient’s bone health, oral hygiene, the experience of the restorative dentists or oral surgeons performing the dental implant surgery, etc. help determine the longevity of the dental implants. Mostly, dental implants last for a lifetime if they are cared for as prescribed by the dentist. Besides, all the dental implants come with a lifetime warranty. So, with dental implants, you can flaunt a healthy smile for years to come.

If you are looking for one of the best dental clinics in Vadodara for dental implants, get in touch with us at Monarch Dental Clinic. We offer exceptional services to help you get that perfectly healthy and gorgeous smile of your dreams.  

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Tobacco and Dental Health: The Effects of Tobacco Use on Oral Health

China consumes and produces more tobacco than any other country in the world. The next country in line is India. According to the WHO Global Report on Mortality, about 35 per cent of Indians over the age of 15 use tobacco and over 10 lakh Indians die every year from tobacco-related diseases. Although the consumption of tobacco has declined over the past 2-3 years, the north-eastern states of India have been reported to have the highest consumption of tobacco in India.

Most of us know that tobacco consumption is harmful to health. A lot has been written about the effects of tobacco on health. Here we’ll talk about tobacco effects on our oral health. Some of the common oral health issues are as follows:

  • Bad Breath

The smoke particles left behind after smoking a cigarette stay in the mouth for quite some time leading to bad breath, which is commonly called stale smoker’s breath. Smoking or chewing tobacco also decreases the flow of saliva. Dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria thereby causing bad breath.

  • Tooth Discoloration

Nicotine is easily absorbed by your teeth. Although nicotine is colourless, it combines with oxygen to change the colour of the teeth from white to yellow. In people who chew tobacco, the nicotine combines with saliva to form a dark brown liquid which when allowed to stay in the mouth for long can stain the enamel.

  • Gum Disease

Smoking or chewing tobacco affects the attachment of the gums to the teeth. This is because the plaque formed near the gum line interferes with the gum tissue cells leaving your immune system compromised and making it harder for your body to fight off infections. The presence of nicotine reduces the blood flow to the gums, thus making you susceptible to oral infections. Particles left behind in the mouth increases the symptoms of dry mouth, providing an optimum environment for the bacteria to proliferate and cause inflammation. Tobacco use also affects the bone structure of the mouth as well as gum recession. These factors can increase your risk of jaw bone infection, which may lead to loss of teeth.

  • Lowered Success Rate of Dental Implants

A cosmetic procedure, such as dental implants, rely on having healthy, adequate bone in place to support the teeth. In smoker or tobacco users since the immune system is compromised the healing process take longer than usual. The same is the case if the tooth is extracted or if an oral surgery is performed. The recovery time is delayed.

  • Increased Chances of Developing Oral Cancer

Tobacco consumption contributes to 80 to 90% of diagnosed oral cancers. Therefore, mouth/jaw cancer is the number one reason why you should quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Although, tobacco causes many other health issues, they are less life threatening than cancer. Tobacco finds its way to the glands of your mouth and is easily filtered into your mouth tissues. Constant use of tobacco means constant absorption and filtration into the system making way for mouth cancer to spawn.

How to save yourself from facing these oral health issues? The answer is simple, just quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Here’s how you can overcome this habit:

  1. Make a plan to quit the habit

You need to have a plan in place because with a plan handy it is easier to stay focused and motivated to quit. You can build your own plan or research online for a quit plan that’ll work for you.  

  1. Stay busy

Being busy is a great way to distract your mind and keep it occupied. Some of the activities you should try to keep you busy are:

  • Exercise
  • Movie or dinner with non-smoking friends and family
  • Walk
  • Chew gum
  • Take deep breaths
  • Drink lots of water
  1. Stay away from triggers

People, things, places, and situations are your triggers that make you give in to your urge to consume tobacco. Here are some tips to stay away from the triggers:

  • Get rid of cigarettes, lighters, and ash trays or anything that remotely reminds you of tobacco.
  • Caffeine can make you jittery. Avoid it, try drinking water instead.
  • Rest well and eat healthy.
  1. Stay positive

Quitting doesn’t happen in a day. The best approach to take is one day at a time. Most importantly, stay positive. Prepare your mind to quit first. Set a date and stick to it.

  1. Ask for help from family and friends

Sometimes it gets difficult to rely solely on your willpower. Let your friends and family in. Ask them to support you on your plan to quit. Let them know what kind of support you’ll need from them. They can be a solid support, especially when you are going through a rough phase.

If you’ve been smoking or chewing tobacco, it’s time to visit the best dentist in Vadodara to get a full analysis of your dental health, and determine the issues that have affected your teeth and gums. Schedule an appointment with us at Monarch Dental Clinic today!

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How is Oral Health Important to General Health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that every individual on this planet should have a right to the highest possible level of health. Their vision of ‘Health for All’ has been the driving force of supporting countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). WHO is celebrating World Health Day on April 7, 2018, wherein they want to emphasize the importance of general health. And, we at Monarch Dental Clinic in Vadodara, Gujarat want to do our part by offering free dental consultation to all for the entire month of April 2018!

A healthy body forms the basis of your well-being and defines how well you will age. Maintaining an active life through exercise and proper nutrition results in a strong immune system. It increases mental alertness, elevates mood and reduces chronic disease risk as well. However, many people tend to overlook one key factor that affects the overall health — their oral health.

Why is Oral Health Important to Overall Health

Dental health is absolutely essential to your overall physical as well as psychological health. Keeping the mouth and teeth healthy helps in enhancing social interaction and builds self-esteem — apart from enabling nutrition of the physical body. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the mouth is a ‘window’ to your overall health and provides indicators of general health disorders. For example:

  • Pale or bleeding gums point towards blood disorders
  • Mouth lesions may be the first signs of HIV infection
  • Bone loss in the lower jaw could be an early indicator of skeletal osteoporosis
  • Aphthous ulcers usually are a result of Coeliac disease or Crohn’s disease
  • Changes in tooth appearance indicate eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
  • It is possible to detect the presence of various compounds, such as alcohol, drugs, nicotine, hormones, opiates, antibodies and environmental toxins, in the saliva.

Just like any area of the body, bacteria are present in the mouth as well. Most of these bacteria are harmless and can be kept under control by good oral hygiene and through our body’s natural defenses. However, without proper oral hygiene and dental care, these bacteria can reach high levels leading to oral infections, like tooth decay and gum disease.

The bacteria may also cause infection in other parts of the body when the immune system gets compromised due to some diseases or medical treatments such as infective endocarditis. Numerous periodontal diseases (gum diseases) are also associated with systemic conditions. Treatments for these systematic conditions impact oral health and cause symptoms like reduced saliva flow and an altered balance of oral microorganisms.

Importance of Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular brushing and flossing are good dental hygiene practices that everyone must follow on a daily basis. Along with that, getting regular dental check-ups is important for maintaining optimal oral hygiene.

Here are a few reasons why you should book an appointment with the dentist today:

  • Dental examinations help in identifying problems before they get worse.
  • Not every dental problem involves a toothache. There could be times when the biggest oral problems go undetected and it is generally too late when they become painful. By this point, even the damage gets very extensive. Getting regular dental X-rays help in detecting these issues.
  • Dental check-ups include a screening for oral cancer, thus allowing the dentists to identify early stages of cancer, if any.

Now that you know the importance of dental hygiene to your overall health, don’t wait to get your free consultation at Monarch Dental Clinic in Vadodara. In support of WHO and to do our part in “Health for All’ we are offering a free consultation for everyone for the entire month of April 2018. Call +917016730440 to book your appointment today!

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