Dentures are removable dental appliances replacing missing teeth and the surrounding tissues to restore your smile, gives you a younger and more attractive appearance!
Acrylic dentures are usually the most cost-effective appliances, and can be made within a short period of time. Other advantages are that they can be relined, added to (in case you lose any more natural teeth) and can be used as a temporary denture before dental implants, or whilst waiting for chrome dentures.
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, the mouth has a tendency to overclose, which causes the cheeks to exhibit a ‘sunken-in’ appearance and wrinkles line to form at the corner of lips. The front teeth, when present, serve to properly support the lips and enhance the smile. Loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity due to old age, when most individuals begin to experience edentulism, tend to further exacerbate the condition. The tongue tends to fill the space it is allowed, and in the absence of teeth, will broaden out. However, once the space is restored by the prosthetic teeth, the tongue will return to a narrower body.
The most important reason or getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The procedure is simple and painless, as the sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.
Fluoride prevents the acid produced by the bacteria in plaque from dissolving, or demineralizing, tooth enamel, the hard and shiny substance that protects the teeth.
Fluoride combats tooth decay in two ways:
- It is incorporated into the structure of the developing teeth when it is ingested
- It protects teeth when it comes in contact with the surfaces of the teeth
Fluoride also allows teeth damaged by acid to repair, or remineralize themselves. Fluoride cannot repair cavities, but it can reverse low level tooth decays and thus prevent new cavities from forming.
Intra-oral photographs help your children to witness the condition in their mouth through real-time images from screens or monitors.
This helps in communication and education that could make a treatment more predictable. In certain cases, we may need to take radiographs (X-ray) to diagnose and treat some conditions that are not easily seen intra-orally. In our office, we use digital radiography that could reduce the exposure of X-ray greatly compared to conventional ones as your health are important to us. We only take radiograph when it is necessary.
Oral surgery may become necessary at some point in your life. If you experience pain and swelling or any discomfort at the back of your jaw, it is an indication that they are causing problems.
In most of the cases, the wisdom teeth may not have enough room in the jaw to fully erupt. They can be misaligned; possibly positioned horizontally or angled towards or away from the other molars. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can potentially harm adjacent teeth, the jawbone and the nerves. Your dentist will conduct an X-ray to help you in making an informed decision and provide the best solution for your problem.
To prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it is advisable to remove them early. The best time to remove them would be during the teenage years, before the roots of the teeth are fully formed and firmly embedded in the jawbone. Healing is also better during this period, with less risk of complications.
Straight teeth and aligned jaws create great smiles.
On top of that, when your jaws and teeth are well aligned, it is easier to chew food. Braces can help your child in many ways especially if your child commence treatment at a good timing. Braces can help in treating a variety of jaw and teeth mal-alignment such as having crowded or overlapping teeth, problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, early loss of milk teeth, accidents or habits like thumb sucking.
Paediatric Dentistry (milk teeth)
Healthy milk teeth/primary dentitions are important to your child’s overall health.
They form the base of a child’s speech development and their chewing ability therefore proper care of primary teeth is essential. We work toward the maintenance of primary teeth until they are lost naturally. Meeting your dentist is the best way of learning oral health care at an early age.
Teeth Cleaning & Polishing
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.
The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care. If you can instill a good cleaning habit from young, the longevity of the teeth would be greatly increased.