Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available, as it can quickly and significantly improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Most people suffer from discolored teeth to some degree. Even those who brush, floss, and complete regular dental check-ups may experience a decrease in the natural radiance of their teeth over time. Teeth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child's first visit to the dentist should occur by 12 months of age. This visit will enable the dentist to evaluate your child and introduce you to proper oral hygiene. Diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits and tooth eruption will be discussed to insure optimal dental health.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, capture images of the parts of your mouth your dentist can’t see. That’s because hard tissues like bones and teeth absorb more radiation than softer gum and cheek tissues, creating a picture that clearly shows differences between these types of tissues.
Dentist can use X-ray technology to diagnose cavities, gum disease, infection, tooth cracks, bone loss and other problems that aren’t visible to the eye. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money and unnecessary discomfort. X-rays play a big part in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
What Problems Can Dental X-Rays Detect?
Dental X-rays can be used to:
How Often Should Teeth Be X-Rayed?
The frequency of getting X-rays of your teeth often depends on your medical and dental history and current condition. Some people may need X-rays as often as every six months; others with no recent dental or gum disease and who visit their dentist regularly may get X-rays only once a year. If you are a new patient, your dentist may take X-rays as part of the initial exam and to establish a baseline record from which to compare changes that may occur over time.
People who fall into the high risk category who may need X-rays taken more frequently include:
How Safe Are Dental X-Rays?
Exposure to all sources of radiation -- including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays -- can damage the body's tissues and cells and can lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental X-rays is extremely small, especially if your dentist is using digital X-rays.
Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to a number of measures that will minimize the risks associated with X-rays. However, even with the advancements in safety, the effects of radiation are added together over a lifetime. So every little bit of radiation you receive from all sources counts.
If you are concerned about radiation exposure due to X-rays, talk to your dentist about how often X-rays are needed and why they are being taken.
Types of Dental X-Rays:
· Bite-Wing x-rays show both lower and upper back teeth in one x-ray. These types of x-rays are used to diagnose in-between and chewing surface cavities. They are also used to evaluate bone around the teeth and aid in diagnosing periodontal disease.
· Panoramic x-ray shows a broad view of the teeth, entire jaws, nasal area, sinus and large lower jaw nerves. This type of x-rays are usually used for extractions, implant placements, locating and evaluating 3rd (wisdom) molars, looking for any abnormalities (cysts or abscesses) and when going thru orthodontic treatments.
· Periapical x-rays provide a view of the entire tooth, from the crown to the bone that helps to support the tooth. These type of x-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such abscesses, cysts, and bone changes.
· 3D images or Cone Beam Imaging is a diagnostic imaging technology that uses radiation in a manner similar to conventional radiographic imaging, with the difference being that cone beam images are converted into a three-dimensional view that can then be manipulated by computer software for a wide variety of applications, including implant, orthodontic, TMJ, and diagnostic purposes.
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Did you know that average person produces a quart of saliva a day?
The amount of saliva you produce in a lifetime is enough to fill two swimming pools!
What Is A Crown?
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put on the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
The purpose of the crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
You may need a crown if you:
How A Crown is Placed
Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to the dentist -- the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.
First Visit: Examining and Preparing The Tooth.
At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your dentist may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth's pulp, a root canal treatment may first be performed.
Before the process of making a crown begins, your dentist will anesthetize (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, the tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown used. If a large area of the tooth is missing (due to cavity or damage), your dentist will use filling material to "build up" the tooth to support the crown.
After reshaping the tooth, your dentist typically will use a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth to receive the dental crown will also be made to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite.
The impressions are then sent to a dental lab where the crown will be manufactured. The crown is usually returned to your dentist's office in two to three weeks. During this first office visit your dentist will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Temporary crowns usually are made of acrylic and are held in place using a temporary cement.
Second Visit: Receiving The Permanent Dental Crown
At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
Caring for Temporary Dental Crowns
Because temporary dental crowns are just that - a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready - most dentists suggest that a few precautions. These include:
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging).
Types of Dental Crowns Available
Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Caring for Your Teeth and Crowns
To prevent damage to a crown, there are a few things you can do:
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