Articles on dental surgery

The Cost of Dental Implants vs Infection & Missing Teeth

Dr. Abhilash Pasare, Dentist
Dental implants are not cheap, but they’re far more affordable than the price of missing or infected teeth. The fact is that pressing on with missing and/or infected teeth can lead to serious, systemic health issues that are not only crippling financially, but also devastating to your physical well-being.THE COST OF MISSING TEETHOne of the most important functions performed by natural teeth is one that goes unseen: the stimulation of your bone and gum tissue. When an area of bone and gum tissue lacks a tooth root, it is no longer used being used as it’s intended to be. As a result, the area will deteriorate from lack of use, which can lead to bone loss, premature aging, and gum disease. Because dental implants act as natural tooth roots, aiding the form and function of your bone and gums, the benefits they can provide for your long-term health cannot be overestimated.THE COST OF LOOSE AND INFECTED TEETHWhen mature, natural teeth become loose, that means there is a major problem in the bone and/or gums, and that problem is almost always infection. Infected teeth are dangerous, not just to your oral health, but to your overall health as well.Oral infection can lead to major systemic diseases that include, but are not limited to:• Stroke• Heart attack• Aspiration pneumonia• Liver infection• Brain Kidney and Bone infection• Hardening of the arteries• Complications with diabetes• MeningitisThe toll these issues can take on your body and quality of life are immeasurable, and the cost of the medical care necessary to deal with the above problems can be nothing short of catastrophic. Therefore, it’s very important that infected teeth be removed and, as previously mentioned, that the function of your mouth also be restored. Dental implants cannot decay, and they can therefore greatly reduce the risks of oral infection.WHAT IS YOUR SMILE WORTH?While avoiding the health risks of missing and infected teeth is more than enough reason to choose dental implants, the price of your confidence when smiling and your ability to chew properly are priceless. Dental implants are simply the most comprehensive and effective method in dentistry for giving you new teeth and restoring the quality of your oral health.DON’T PUT IT OFF – SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION TODAYYour oral health is immensely important. Don’t put it on the back burner. Our Dental Implant centre offers affordable implants and our all-in-one-place process lowers the cost of dental implants and saves you invaluable time and convenience. Call us today to schedule your appointment for consultation and take the next step towards restoring your oral health.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

Dr. N Srinivas, Dentist
Implant treatment step by step:Implant treatment can be immediate or take several months depending on your situation.Following are the basic phases and steps of treatment.Pre surgical phase:Your mouth is examined thoroughly, and x rays of your head, jaw, and teeth may be taken.Today many dentist use a CT scan which provides the dentist with a 3-D look at the site where  the implant will be placed.This can help the dentist to plan where the implant will be placed into your bone with great precision.Impressions of your teeth are made.Occasionally, blood tests as well as a medical examination may be required prior to implant placement to determine your overall health status and predict the success of treatment.Surgical phase:This can be done with a local anaesthetic. An incision is made in the gum, the implant is placed, and the gum tissue is stitched back into place.Following surgery, you'll probably experience some swelling and discolouration of the gums as well as some discomfort, which can be relieved with medication.Within few days, the gum should return to normal.To allow the implants to heal properly, a soft diet is recommended for 4-6 weeks.The second stage is usually performed 2-6 months in which dentist make an incision in gums to expose the implants, and connects the abutments to implants.The gums are stitched into place and a temporary restoration placed on the abutment.Impressions may be made so that the dentist knows where to position your new teeth.Post surgical phase:About a month later, your new teeth are fitted.Several checkups are scheduled during the following year so your dentist can ensure that your implants are functioning properly. After that, you'll  need regular maintenance checkups. Followup x rays are taken regularly.

Dental Implants or Dentures: Know It All

Dr. Umesh Nisar, Dentist
Your teeth are as precious as any other organ in your body and they are very essential for your overall wellbeing. Missing teeth can make you conscious and embarrassed so much so that you hide your smile. Lost teeth lead to several problems like difficulty in chewing and inability to eat nutritious foods. It is at this moment that you need to choose wisely for your teeth, dental implants or dentures?Wondering which is the better option? We are here to help you:Dental implants:What are implants? : A Dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into a jawbone replicating the root of a natural tooth. The implant post integrates strongly with the jawbone, creating an anchor which is used to hold a replacement tooth. They can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, supporting crowns, bridges and also dentures.Pros: It offers stable fixed/removable replacement of missing teeth.Dental implant supported teeth look and function just like natural teethImplants preserve bone.Chewing efficiency with implant supported prostheses is better as compared to removable prostheses/dentures.Implant supported prostheses prevent gum irritation and pain which is a common occurrence in patients using removable dentures.It is a long lasting solutionCons: They are initially more costly than dentures or bridges.Multiple steps are required.Dentures:What are Dentures?Dentures are removable prostheses that replace missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue. Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or in both jaws, while partial dentures are used to replace few missing teeth when some of the natural teeth still remain. Complete dentures rest directly on the gum, whereas partial dentures are supported by clasps around the existing teeth.Pros: Acceptable appearance of the replaced teeth as newer materials closely replicates natural oral tissues.Economical option to replace multiple or all missing teeth.Non-surgical treatment option to replace missing teeth.Cons:They don’t look as natural as implants since they display acrylic instead of actual gum tissue.They need to be removed and cleaned regularly.They must be left out overnight to allow the gums to recover.With dentures, there are restrictions on the types of foods that can be eaten.Dentures tend to trap food which can increase the risk of gum disease and decay of remaining teeth.Dental implants are regarded as the best for replacing missing teeth due to the way they replicate natural tooth roots and preserve the jawbone and gums. Dentures may seem cheaper initially, but have a high maintenance cost and are not cost effective.Now, you know it all about Dental implants and Dentures. Make the right choice, the best choice.

Dental Fear And You!

Dr. Saif Sayed, Dentist
A routine evening for iSmyle Dental Centre at Kalyani Nagar would be a list of scheduled appointments every hour. There would be patients with their friend or relative sitting in our reception area, ready for their dental treatment to begin.Today was different. At around 5 o’clock in the evening, our receptionist came in and informed us, “Our 6 pm patient has already arrived and looks very worried. He is simply walking around in the reception area and is looking at the wall clock every now and then. He even requested to make the reception area’s air conditioner cooler to make him feel better. Our other patients  looked  at him puzzled and concerned .”Our appointment list shows that this patient, Mr. Rajeev Patil (named changed to protect identity) has an appointment for his wisdom tooth removal. The treatment, which has not even started, was already making him feel uneasy, sweaty and restless.In simple words, Rajeev had dento-phobia, which is fear of dental treatment. Rajeev’s behavior is not unusual or unique. Today more than 75% of our population fear dental treatment, and out of these, 5% have such extreme fear that they avoid dental treatment at all costs, causing complications such as swelling, severe infection and extreme tooth pain.In today’s article, we have mentioned the reason behind Rajeev’s fear for dental treatment, how we made things better for him, how we eventually removed his tooth and calmed him down; thus  we will throw light on dental fear, the reason why most of us avoid going to the dentist, and how each one of us can overcome such a fear.   Reason no. 1(given by Rajeev): “My uncle had a bad dental experience.”A many of us fear dentists and dental treatment because our best friend, spouse, uncle or aunt had a swelling and a lot of pain after a root canal treatment.  We should know the fact that every tooth is different, and infection in different people have different results, not to forget the fact that different people have different reactions to pain. So, if your friend or relative had pain or swelling with their tooth, you may not experience anything and will be fit and fine the next day!Reason no. 2: “Fear of the needle prick.”The most common reason for dental treatment in people is the fact that needles will be inserted inside the mouth and the prick will hurt. This was Rajeev’s main fear. and it took no more than ten minutes for us to make him feel comfortable and give him the dental injection. How did we do this?We simply gave him the Injection Delivery system in his hand to feel it. This made him feel better because he was no longer seeing an unknown object enter his mouth. We also assured him that he will definitely not feel the prick of our injection. We applied an anesthetic gel on his gums to make it numb which made sure that he would not feel like the prick at all! This was followed by our ‘Controlled Local Anesthesia Delivery system’ which ensures the injection is slowly and smoothly administered. We lived up to Rajeev’s expectation of a Painless Injection treatment and this made him instantly relax in our dental chair.Reason 3: “Fear of the unknown”Another fear Rajeev had in his mind was that he did not know what was going on in his mouth. This is surprisingly a very common reason for fear amongst many of us. If we have a bruise/cut on our hand, we see it and we know how the bandage is put over it. This is not the case in our mouth. If we don’t know whether there is a cavity in our mouth and how it is being treated by the dentist, we would naturally fear it.It is important for your dentist to inform you about every dental treatment that you require. This can be through various means. We made it a point to show Rajeev an animated video of the wisdom tooth removal, which gave him a better understanding of the procedure. Apart from this, we clicked pictures of his wisdom tooth with our Intra oral Camera. This showed him exactly where the problem area was, and how damaged his tooth was. Hence, it is important to be completely aware of the situation inside your mouth.The above are major reasons why people avoid visiting to the dentist. Below are some other reasons that might be troubling you:1. Fear of cost: Many people feel that they are being overcharged for a particular dental treatment or been handed with an exorbitant bill after their dental treatment.You must make sure that everything regarding the dental treatment including the costs is thoroughly discussed and sorted out with your dental care provider.2. Gag: are you scared of the gag feeling when you undergo a treatment of a back tooth? is yes, then don’t be! Thanks to the advanced dental materials and techniques, this problem can well be taken care of!3. Some people have had painful encounters with the dental “drill” because they weren't properly numbed (or perhaps not numbed at all). Not surprisingly, if this has happened you are likely to feel terrified of the “drill”.With this article, we only wanted to tell you that you are NOT alone when it comes to fearing dental treatments. We all have fear of something. Overcoming it is what makes you a stronger and a better person mentally and physically!As for Rajeev, he came back with his uncle, assuring him that his tooth won’t hurt and the previous experience was just a bad one. 

Management of Traumatic Dental Injury

Dr Mayur Bhattad
Accident or traumatic injuries to the teeth are very common especially in young age group population. Most of the people don't know what needs to be done after the injury. This article can help them to know what to do and not do.If anyone can face a traumatic dental injury which leads to pulling out the teeth (especially Front teeth) then following needs to be done to get the good outcome of the treatment. As it is a common myth the exfoliated teeth are useless but one should know that dentist can put the same teeth in to the socket and fix it, if proper care has been taken of the teeth and socket after injury. Do and Don't1) If the teeth get contaminated with soil or any other thing then clean the tooth under running tap water,        don't scrub or brush the teeth 2) If possible push the teeth again in the socket or put at least in the oral cavity and rush to the nearest              dentist2) If not possible to put in the mouth then avulsed teeth should be kept in a following storage media   a) Hank Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) (Buy from Medical Store)   b) Milk (Easily Available)   c) Saliva (Present in oral cavity)   d) Saline (Available on Medical Shop)   e) Water (Last Option if above medias not available) 3) Extra-oral dry time should be less than 60 min means don't allow to dry the teeth for more than 60 mins4)  Don't remove the tissues which is attached to the tooth structure as it help in attachment of tooth to the       its socket2) Rush to the nearest dentist as soon as possible3) These teeth needs to be get fixed with in 30 to 60 mins after the injury to get good outcome of the                     treatment4) Follow the instructions after completion of the procedure

Uncovering Some Dental Myths

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Certain myths keep coming up that I would like to debunk.Many good, new technologies and materials exist that, when used properly, work quite well, offer superior benefits, and are a great service to our patients.Myth No. 1: Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the teeth.Teeth whitening done professionally will cause no damage to the teeth enamel but it may cause teeth sensitivity and gum redness on a short-term.Myth No. 2: Dental treatment should be avoided during pregnancy.A dental check-up is recommended during pregnancy for a regular dental check-up, cleaning, and fillings. Local anesthetics and X-rays are okay although they are to be done only when necessary. The dentist should be informed of the pregnancy before any procedure since some dental treatments are to be avoided entirely during pregnancy – amalgam removal and taking of antibiotics.Myth No. 3: Women lose a tooth for each child they have given birth to.More of an ‘old wives tale’ than a myth, this is untrue. Hormonal changes while pregnant can exaggerate bacteria in the mouth that can cause bleeding gums or gingivitis. Tooth loss is unlikely with a thorough and regular cleaning regimen.Myth No. 4: Dental X-rays are unnecessary.It is necessary to have dental X-rays to detect decay and other problems and it should not be feared because the radiation dose is very small especially when dentists use digital radiography.Myth No. 5: Weight loss can affect the fit of your dentures.The shape of the bone under the tissue determines the fit of the denture and weight loss has nothing to do with the denture.It is time to open your mind and embrace new and proven techniques and technology .Trust your dentist and be open for dental treatment for your better general health.

Dental Veneers - Add Brilliance to Your Smile

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
Veneers and lumineers in dentistry are materials placed on teeth to fix the broken surfaces of the teeth. They are mainly used for the esthetic property which they provide to the teeth. This makes the veneers one of the most demanding dental procedures among patients who want quick fixes for their broken teeth. Veneers are one of the most important and basic dental procedures for a cosmetic dentist. They are mainly of two types, i.e. dental porcelain and composite.Veneers are required in patients who have small spaces in between two teeth. Such spaces which cannot be filled by orthodontics are done with veneers. Many individuals have chipped off or broken teeth as a result of accidents or hurt by some object. This can be seen very commonly in the anterior i.e. front teeth. Individuals who have spaces of triangular shape in between the teeth due to gingival recession can also be benefitted by the veneers. Veneers not only improve the appearance of the particular teeth but also improve the functioning of the particular teeth. Food lodgment is prevented with the help of veneers. Many a times, patients complain of yellowish teeth that don’t get cleaned easily. Here,The procedure of veneers is quite simple than other dental procedures like dental implants or oral surgeries. It can be completed within a few appointments. The dentist can perform the procedure directly in the mouth. The composite type of veneers can be built by the dentist directly in the mouth. The other way is that the dental technician prepares the veneer. Then, the veneer is placed on the particular tooth by the dentist. The dentist checks the placement of the veneer, its’ appearance and functioning to ensure that the veneer doesn’t trouble the patient. Once the dentist is confirmed that the veneer is perfectly fine in the patient’s mouth then the procedure is finally completed.Lumineers and veneers are very commonly used together in dentistry. Both of these dental procedures have similarities as well as differences. Lumineers are basically a type of veneers. They require the least removal of teeth and absolutely less or no tooth preparation for the procedure. This gives them a priority above the major types of veneers. Lumineers are thinner than other types of veneers and resemble the thickness of a contact lens. This shows that they are actually easy to apply and a quick procedure too. But they cannot replace the results provided by the orthodontic treatments. So care must be taken while choosing the cosmetic dental procedures that any major space or occlusal default should be fixed only with the orthodontic procedure. Patients who have more gaps and are not willing to opt for metallic braces are recommended for the traditional veneers. This provides the required flexibility and satisfactory results to the patient as well the dentist. So one must discuss with the dentist prior to choosing a treatment and check for the long term results when veneers or lumineers are considered in the cosmetic dental procedures.

Having a Dental Implant Placed Is So Much More Comfortable

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
“Sometimes I wonder why people spend their lives with missing teeth when a wonderful painless missing tooth replacement option- Dental Implant is available.”One day, during one of the many times I was working with Professor in Gurgaon, I asked him this question, and asked if the people in Gurgaon Sector 22  reported their painless experience with dental implants. He said yes, they did. Which prompted me to ask why? He said initially it may be a problem with semantics. The way things are described. He said that when people talk about extracting teeth, they just say having a tooth “removed." As if it were as simple as having a hair cut. He went on to say that this is not the case, if we think of it from a medical perspective. He said when we extract a tooth we are performing a procedure in which we remove a part of the human body which was not intended to come out, or off. The tooth is torn from its bony housing as the ligament which attaches the root to the bone is ripped apart. An amputation is far more “violent” than “Just remove a tooth,” as if the process was merely as simple as pressing the delete button on a keyboard. Alternatively, he went on to say, a dental implant must be inserted into the bone gently. Not violently. And if done so, gently, the bone will grow onto the surface of the dental implant, over a period of weeks.So, are dental implants painless? Of course yes!Placement of dental implants into the jaw bone is relatively pain-free as the procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia. Ample time is given to the bone and the gums to heal before an abutment and restoration is placed after few months. Once stable, the implant is uncovered and a restoration often referred to as a crown is placed on top. Since the healing is completed, crown placement is again a painless part of dental implant procedure. In a number of cases, a temporary crown is placed on dental implant on the very first day of surgery. Today’s modern dental implant treatment plans can replace everything from a single missing tooth to a completely missing arch, and that too painlessly. With painless dental implants you can enjoy foods you love. Dental Implants are the only proven painless procedure to prevent bone loss after the natural teeth is lost. Dental Implants look much better and feel better, and apply the same force for chewing as natural teeth. So, pain should not be a matter of concern while taking a decision to get a dental implant placed. Some discomfort can be expected during recovery and that’s why I do prescribe pain relief medication, but most of my patients reported that they did not require any pill and this left a grin on my face.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Nervous About Implant Surgery

Dr. Ishwari Bhirud, Dentist
Dental implants have gained a popular reputation for their life-like appearance and longevity. Much of the latter is attributable to the titanium post embedded in the jawbone. Because titanium has a natural affinity with bone, new cells will grow and adhere to the dental implant over time, making their connection strong and durable.Of course, to achieve that requires implant surgery — a prospect that gives many people pause before choosing this replacement option. But implant surgery is a routine undertaking, causes very little discomfort and in trained hands has a very high success rate.Here are 3 reasons why implant surgery is nothing to be nervous about.The procedure is precisely planned. Implant surgery is a relatively minor procedure, mainly because all the placement details are often mapped out ahead of time. For complex situations your dentist can use x-ray or CT imaging to determine the exact location for each implant and create a surgical guide to use during the procedure to make incisions and create the small channel that will hold the implant.Implant surgery can be performed with local anaesthesia. Implantation is usually easier than tooth extraction — if you’re healthy enough for that procedure you should have no problem undergoing implant surgery. With a local anaesthetic, your dentist will numb only the implant site and surrounding tissues while you remain conscious. If, however, you have any anxiety your dentist can also include a sedative or anti-anxiety medication before proceeding.There’s minimal discomfort afterwards. Thanks to the pre-planned surgical guide and advanced implantation techniques, there’s very little tissue disruption and incised tissues are normally stitched with self-absorbing sutures. While some cases may require stronger pain relievers, most of the time a mild non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen is sufficient for discomfort afterwards.The implant site heals fairly quickly and predictably with a 95-97% success rate. A few weeks after bone integration your dentist will attach the permanent like-like crown, and you’ll be ready for many years of full function and a confident smile.