Articles on dentistry in the united kingdom

Dental Cavities Can Be Prevented!

Dr. Smita Salvi, Dentist
Yes, It is true!Everyone is terrified of dentists & dental pain..but yet simple precautions are overlooked, till the dreaded dental pain makes you cry and wince!Cavities in simple language is rotting of your teeth, meaning softening of hard tooth surface due to acid/ toxins produced by micro organisms. These micro organisms (bacteria) harbour on tooth surfaces due to food lodgement/improper cleaning. And as these toxins reach the nerve(pulp) of the tooth, you are already in pain.Simple habits, like rinsing with water after every meal (even after having tea/coffee) has effectively shown 50% reduction in cavities. You might say it doesn't look nice rinsing in office or in party or while travellings. But you don't have to! Just a gulp of drinking water, sqoosh around and drink, it will not look impolite!Second habit would be brushing at night. Yes it's a basic thing. But just think are there times when you miss, or your child throws tantrums? Make it a family thing. The whole family brushing in the night. Including you, your spouse and child. It will be a fun activity!Use of fluoridated toothpastes is recommended, unless your dentist changes your toothpaste. A high use of herbal toothpastes have been seen, due to catchy advertisements and celebrities, but as fluoride is absent in herbal (100% vegetarian) toothpastes, cavities are a high risk. Consult your Dentists for the same.Last, but not the least, make bi-annual visit to your dentist for early detection of cavities and prevention. Hopefully next time you will smile back at your dentist for his hard work too. :)

Dentistry 101

Dr. Vishal Jain, Dentist
Almost everyone has a dental problem now a days, it may be related to cavity in tooth ,mobile tooth, gum problem, malaligned teeth, bad smell, etc. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area. 1. Oral Medicine and Radiology - This branch deals with diagnosis of various oral diseases and its radiographs like IOPA, OPG and CBCT.2. Oral and Maxillofacial surgery - This branch deals with tooth extraction, surgeries of oral cavity, oral fracture reduction, oral cancer excision, oral abscess and cyst enucleation.3. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics - This branch deals with filling of the carious tooth with various restorative agents & Root Canal Treatment.4. Orthodontics - This branch deals with mal-alignment of tooth. Braces and tooth movement from one place to other is possible in this branch.5. Pedodontics - This is a separate branch for the dentistry in kids. Child till the age of 14 years are treated by this branch.6. Periodontics - This branch deals with the diseases of the gums like bleeding from the gums, bad smell from the mouth, gum surgeries etc7. Prosthodontics - This branch deals in prosthesis means replacement of missing tooth either by removable method or by fixed method. Removable like dentures, partial dentures which need to be removed daily. Fixed means patient will not be able to remove it like dental bridges, dental crowns etc.8. Public health dentistry - This branch works at a community level like dental camps organization, dental awareness program, health talks, tie-ups among different NGO so that community at large can get the benefit.9. Oral Pathology - This branch deals in diagnosis of the various pathologies of the oral cavity. biopsy of the tissue is sent to this branch and after studying under microscope, they give the diagnosis, and then the treatment has to start.At undergraduate level, students are trained in all the departments and at the post-graduation level, student has to spend 3 years in one branch only

Cosmetic Dentistry - For The WOW Smile!

Dr. Shail Jaggi, Dentist
Smile!A simple 5 letter word but just the  sound of this word can light up our eyes ,make us feel light and happy and suddenly this world is a much better place ! I'm writing this today for some of us who are reading this and don't like something about their Smile or Teeth. It could be simple dark tooth ,broken teeth,decayed teeth or just badly shaped teeth ,too much gum while smiling ! The list could go on and on! But read on the good news is there are simple solutions to the most complex looking problems!10 Quick Simple Steps To A Great Smile!1. Evaluate your smile: Cosmetic Dentistry has come a long way from the simple drilling to filling days ! Look at your smile in the mirror and identify what you don't like .2. Review and Pick A Cosmetic Dentist: Most dentists today offer Cosmetic Dentistry in their office which is great, so make an appointment with a dentist you trust or go online and pick a dentist with some great reviews as a starting point.3. Cosmetic Dentistry Needs Advanced Training :Most cosmetic procedures can be completely non invasive and painless...your consulting Cosmetic Dentist should be able to give you multiple options with a range of techniques and costing for your procedures .4. Insist on Non-Invasive Dentistry:Remember the most complex treatment plan for the most complicated dental work can also be simple ,non invasive and painless .5. Teeth need to be Beautiful and Functional : Just great looking teeth is not enough!You should be able to eat with your teeth too! Make sure the dental office is adequately equipped for advanced and precise Cosmetic dental work.Remember its your teeth that are meant to last you a life time work should strengthen your teeth,not damage them further .6. Dental Damage is Irreversible: If your proposed treatment plan involves plenty of crowns and root canals take a second opinion .Today any well trained Cosmetic Dentist dentist can make you look amazing with Veneers and Bonded Dentistry!7. Ask for Documented cosmetic Work: Ask your dentist for documented cosmetic work done by the team and look at the results to see if you like them! Your dental work will be similar! If you like what you see go ahead !8. The Trial Smile :Always ask for a' Trial Smile' before you start any dental work .This can easily be done in your mouth or on dental models! It gives you an idea as to what the final look is going to be! Making it easier to decide .9. Good Tools Guarantee Great Dental Work: A dental office doing Cosmetic Dentistry should be well equipped with good cameras, cosmetic Imaging software, great tools for non invasive work and the communication with a very good lab for super cosmetic results!10. Patience and Communication: And last ...remember for that Fantastic Smile ...your dentist needs precision and perfection. Be patient and work with your dentist .Communication is the key--If you do not like something during the trial smile communicate with your dentist .So go ahead and make your choice to smile confidently ! Happy Smiling !

Painless Dentistry! Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
What is Painless dentistry and how can it not be fiction?Can you imagine walking out of your dentist’s chair smiling after having watched your favourite show? Can you imagine dentistry without the dreaded dental drill and those painful injections? Or even a root canal without pain?Well these scenarios are no longer fiction but now an accepted  fact. The age old image of the dentist torturer with his horrifying tools has been replaced with that of a caring professional using sleek gadgets to not only heal you but even completely transform your face, smile and thereby even your personality.Dentistry contrary to popular misconceptions has evolved into a luxurious indulgent experience that more patients are now opting for.Global technology now available in MumbaiDental research has successfully limited or eliminated the use of all patient discomfort devices associated with dentistry -the drill, the blade and the injectionEliminating the drill: ask your dentist for the drill replacing laser machines for fillings,root canals & surgery.Eliminating the blade: The painless clean way to all surgical treatments with a diode laserEliminating the injection:Computer Controlled dosage and microfine needles that eliminate the pain of regular injectionsPainless dentistry is possible and technology paves the way for it by removing the things that could possibly cause you any pain.Changing face of dentistry –from pain to gainModern dental practices are now dedicated and modelled around providing painless dentistry solutions to the dental patient. All aspects of our practices are customised -ranging from modelling our interiors to elevate your mood and put you at ease, to specially trained staff to allay your fear and caring professionals to conduct treatments using equipment and techniques that make you wonder when your treatment experience ended. Comfort and beauty are at the fore front as multidisciplinary dentistry eliminates pain through specialisation and efficiency.Painlessly relieving painContemporary dentists aspire to make your dental experience a memorable one so you can choose to opt for dental treatment even when relieving pain is not your only motivation.Future trends A path breaking latest research from King’s college, London proves that tooth decay might repair itself by using electric currents to reverse decay by re-mineralization (Electrically accelerated & enhanced re-mineralization, EAER) with calcium and phosphorus naturally present in the tooth thus further eliminating the need for a drill.The rapidly changing perception of dentistry makes for more happy patients walking out of the healing haven of the new age dental office experiencing dentistry the painless way!Let us know how you feel about painless dentistry and if you think its a myth or not? What has your dentist done for you?

Perk Up With Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Amit Berani, Dentist
Dentistry is no longer just filling or tooth extraction; rather it has become more than just that. Broken, crooked or missing tooth;  discoloured or decayed tooth and more troubles us nowadays. Where a simple sweet smile is something that everyone desires; cosmetic dentistry often comes to rescue. Here is a brief information about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance.1. Teeth WhiteningMedications, consuming foods and beverages like tea, coffee, etc. or smoking can cause tooth discolouration. Many dentists in Mumbai employ in-office procedure, or provide you with whitening system to use at home.In-office whitening takes just 1-2 visits and teeth whitening under professional guidance is always good. However, it can take two to four weeks or more to get results from whitening products used at home.2. BondingIf your teeth have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked; dental bonding can improve the appearance of your teeth. Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth. Bonding can last for several years, but it is more likely to chip or become stained.3. VeneersVeneers are made of porcelain or plastic to cover the front sides of the teeth. Veneers last longer than bonding. They are mostly done to change the colour or shape and provide a superior appearance. Veneers are used if:Have spaces or are chipped or wornAre permanently stainedAre poorly shaped or slightly crooked4. CrownsCaps or crowns completely cover a tooth to restore the normal shape and appearance. Dentists suggest crowns if you have to:Cover a misshapen/ discoloured tooth/ dental implant /large fillingProtect a weak tooth or restore a broken toothHold a dental bridge in placeCover a tooth that’s had a root canal treatmentPermanent crowns can last long if proper care is taken.5. Enamel Shaping and ContouringConsult a dentist for advise on enamel shaping and contouring to  enhance the appearance of your teeth. It involves removing or contouring dental enamel. It is used to correct:Misaligned/overlapping teethChipped teethBite problems6. BracesBraces improve the look of teeth and can improve an irregular bite and correct jaw positioning and jaw joint disorders. It is usually worn to reposition the teeth.7. BridgesBridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. But the success of your bridge depends upon its foundation. Hence a healthy tooth is very important if you wear a bridge.8. Dental ImplantsDentists recommend implants as they are a long-term solution for missing teeth. They are an alternative to bridges. Having implants requires several steps, including:-A complete test X-rays, and consultation-Surgical implantation of the titanium screws-Taking impressions of both jaws-Making a model-Placement of the crownOther Periodontal Plastic ProceduresThere are even other cosmetic procedures to improve-An uneven gum line-Too short or too long teeth appearance-Exposed roots-IndentationsIf you are facing any of the above problems ask your dentist about your best options for correcting. Get the smile of your dreams. 

What Cosmetic Dentistry Offers

Dr. Amit Anand, Dentist
Today’s common cosmetic dental treatment options include:Whitening, or “tooth bleaching“, is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.Enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a very small chip. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known asenameloplasty, odontoplasty, recontouring, reshaping, slenderizing and stripping.Contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate is involved. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of teeth.Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished.Dental bridges are false teeth, known as a pontic, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or more.Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.Lumineers, similar to veneers are thin porcelain shields that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. Lumineers do not require the reduction of teeth structure, unlike veneers.Gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

Speed Dentistry – Wait No More

Dr. Arjun Balakrishnan, Dentist
Every time you want to go the dentist, the first thing that you have in mind is how long is it going to take, I can’t keep going to the dentist for weeks or months. For prevention, usually the appointments are fewer and cost effective. While when you have avoided the dentists regular visit, youdo end up reaching your dentist in pain and discomfort, requiring more elaborate treatments, that maybe time consuming and Yes, more expensive aswell. All said and done, more often than not you would not pay attention to prevention and end up needing dental treatments.Gone are the days when you needed to wait weeks for treatment to happen. With the latest technologies and advancement in materials, you can have that perfect smile in just a few days.Swift treatment protocols like Single-day Root canal treatments, Teeth in a day(Dental Implants), 24 Hour Dentures, Immediate dentures, Metal free crowns in 2 days have now made your dental visits shorter and quicker. Single Day Root Canal Treatments: Root canal treatments have for long been dreaded by patients,for the number of appointments and the pain as well. But with newer treatment protocols and advanced materials, they can be completed in a single appointment. They are both cost effective and more comfortable.Teeth in a dayMissing tooth and want immediate replacement? Now with the latest advances in Implantology, Immediate Provisional Teeth can be given after implant placement. Also if you need a bridge, your dentist will replace it provisionally the same day and recall you for the permanent within a few days.24 Hour denturesWe understand that patients requiring dentures, cannot come repeatedly to the dental clinic and want the dentures made as quickly as possible. Your dentist offers dentures that are delivered within a day’s time.However, the quality and fit is ensured, as all steps will be completed but swiftly, over 2 days.Immediate DenturesNeed to get teeth extracted but can’t go without teeth even for a day? Now you can get immediate dentures made that can be replaced immediately after extraction. They are painless replacements that also aid healing of the extraction sites. These dentures can later be replaced to more permanent restorations when healing is complete. This is available for single tooth or multiple teeth.Change your Smile in 2daysWith the availability of advanced laboratory support, Your Dentist is able to change your smile using metal free restorations and veneers in 2 days time.So next time you go to ‘Your Dentist’, you know there is no more waiting for long.

Why Indians Have to Spend More Time at the Gym?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Going to the gym has become a trend these days. To be physically fit, it is generally easiest to join a gym, as you have trainers and others to guide you. But time is a valuable commodity these days, and knowing how much time you need to spend working out at the gym is very important.According to research and studies, Indians and South Asians in general, need to spend more time at gym as compared to Europeans or other Westerners to attain similar health benefits. Indian / South Asian men need to spend approximately 15-20 minutes more per day than men of European descent, to attain the same endurance, strength, stamina, fat loss, cardiovascular benefits, muscle growth, etc, according to research by the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After examining 10 minutes bouts of exercise, it was found that South Asians (Indians, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, etc.) had to exercise longer in order to attain the same cardiovascular and metabolic benefits as Europeans.Which basically means that Indians need to have a longer and more strenuous workout to achieve the same benefits and should not follow European/US guidelines with regard to exercise. The major factor that is responsible for this is GENETIC VARIATION, along with certain other factors such as: • Diet and Lifestyle • Fat oxidation ability • Urbanization • Physical activity It is also observed that Indians need to achieve lower levels of BMI to prevent diabetes because Indians are found to have more insulin resistance than Europeans. This can be due to low physical activity and low fitness levels.