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How to choose braces?

How to choose braces?

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of metal braces; today, contemporary orthodontic treatments are designed to be as unobtrusive and practical as possible so patients can get on with their lives… with confidence. While metal braces are still an extremely effective way of straightening teeth and achieving a perfect smile, orthodontic treatment options for adults now include Ceramic Braces, Lingual (inside) Braces and Clear Aligners (for example Invisalign / Clear Correct and others). Whether you’re considering traditional braces or an alternative to braces, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to be able to offer you the full suite of treatment options and give you the confidence you’re in the best hands. So what are your options? Ceramic Braces Ceramic braces are less noticeable than standard metal braces and have clear or tooth-coloured brackets and optional tooth-coloured wires. While ceramic braces are much less visible, they work in precisely the same way as standard metal braces, producing the same results in the same treatment time, making them a popular choice amongst adults undertaking orthodontic treatment. Lingual (inside) Braces Lingual braces are truly invisible – these custom-made braces are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth, instead of the front. Lingual braces are 100% personalised to follow the individual contours of your teeth, ensuring they are as comfortable and effective as possible. However, because lingual braces are located near the tongue, they can take some time to get used to wearing and will temporarily impact on speech and eating more than regular braces. Clear Aligners (e.g. Invisalign) A sequence of clear plastic aligners can provide an alternative to fixed braces for less severe orthodontic problems. Clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, but are not suited to every patient’s needs. Metal Braces Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces used for kids and teens and they’re also an option for adults, particularly the budget-conscious. With this type of treatment, small metal brackets are attached to the teeth and are then connected with a thin wire, which is adjusted or changed at regular intervals to gradually straighten your teeth and correct your bite - making them a very effective and reliable treatment option. Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than ever before. In younger patients, you’ll often see them jazzed up with colourful elastic modules to make them fun and fashionable!

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All about Wisdom teeth

All about Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually come in when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease. As teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed. CAUSE
As wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in, or erupt, there is often not enough room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to wisdom teeth that are impacted (below the gum line and not erupted). If teeth are impacted, swelling and tenderness may occur in the area of the third molar. RELATED CONDITIONS Pericornitis is a dental infection that occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for a wisdom tooth to erupt. The wisdom tooth is partially erupted and the gum tissue covers a part of the top of the tooth. This allows food or plaque to become lodged under the gum tissue flap. If the area becomes infected, it is called pericoronitis and the gum tissue will become swollen and red.

Symptoms include a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus from the gum near the tooth, swollen lymph lodes under the chin, muscle spasm in the jaw and swelling on the affected side of the face. You can treat it by rinsing with warm salt water and make sure that food is removed. An antibiotic may need to be given and oral surgery may be necessary to treat this oral care issue. DIAGNOSIS
A tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. Your dentist or a dental specialist, called an oral maxillofacial surgeon, will recommend either local anesthesia, if the teeth are erupted, or IV sedation or general anesthesia, if the teeth are impacted. The oral surgeon will recommend the best anesthetic option to the person who is having their wisdom teeth extracted.. TREATMENT
If the wisdom teeth are erupted, the tooth (or teeth) will be removed. After surgery, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur.

If the wisdom teeth are impacted and embedded in the bone, the oral surgeon will put an incision into the gums and remove the tooth or teeth in sections in order to minimize the amount of bone being removed. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will normally go away after a few days; however, you should call your dentist or oral surgeon if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

Removal of wisdom teeth due to crowding or impaction should not affect your bite or oral health in the future.

If surgery is completed, swelling and tenderness in the face and neck are common, as is bruising. Ice packs and pain medications prescribed by the dentist or oral surgeon will help, but if you have any questions or are concerned about what you are experiencing, contact your oral surgeon. What To Expect From WISDOM TEETH Removal If the wisdom teeth are impacted and embedded in the bone, the oral surgeon will put an incision into the gums and remove the tooth or teeth in sections in order to minimize the amount of bone being removed.

After surgery, swelling and tenderness in the face and neck are common, as is bruising. Ice packs and pain medications prescribed by the dentist or oral surgeon should help ease the pain.

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7 Tips to improve oral health before bedtime

7 Tips to improve oral health before bedtime

1. Brush Before You Sleep Brushing your teeth daily before you go to sleep protects your teeth against plaque and tartar build-up. This will, in turn, protect you from developing tooth decay or gum disease. If you are particularly vulnerable to decay, it is best to brush right after dinner and then before you go to bed. 2. Use the Right Brushing Technique While you already know the importance of brushing your teeth, you must use the right technique to reap maximum benefits. Brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle in relation to your gums. Use some short stroke to brush the outer surface of your teeth, followed by the inner surface and finally the chewing surface. Start with the backside as you move to the front. 3. Don’t Just Brush- Floss! Flossing helps in removing food debris from between the teeth that normal brushing could not. If you fail to floss, the hard to remove food debris between your teeth will lead to the formation of bacteria that will act on your teeth while sleeping. 4. Eat a Healthy Bedtime Snack Are you among the hundreds of thousands of people who need to treat themselves before they can go to sleep? Well, if you are among them, then make sure you take something healthy that will not affect your teeth. Foods such as carrots, apple,and calcium-rich nuts can increase healthy saliva production. Saliva helps in washing away harmful bacteria. 5. Rinse with Mouthwash Mouthwash is not only meant for fresh breath, but therapeutic mouthwash can also help in strengthening the teeth and prevent it from bacteria. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash every day before you go to sleep to prevent plaque and tartar buildup that will eventually cause gum disease. 6. Stop Grinding your Teeth You may be among the people who grind their teeth at night. Whether the condition emanates from anxiety, stress,or any other medical condition, you must seek a solution from your dentist. The best way to prevent the condition is by using a mouthguard. Visit your dentist for a customized mouth guard. 7. Visit your Dentist on a Regular Basis Be sure to schedule a regular dental examination and cleaning with your dentist. Your dentist will help you keep your teeth healthy and free from bacteria. They will also be able to catch any dental problem on its onset before it can become severe. Visit Prashanth Dental for routine Examination In addition to these oral hygiene tips, visit us at Prashanth Dental twice a year for routine dental examination and cleaning.This is important for ensuring that your teeth are as clean as possible and free from bacteria. We will make sure that your teeth are so clean and polished in a way that it will prevent more tartar and plaque from building up.

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What is Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease

Treatment for periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jawbone that hold your teeth in place. Retaining your teeth is directly dependent on proper periodontal care and maintenance. Healthy gums enhance the appearance of your teeth, like a frame around a beautiful painting. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In later stages, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. These changes not only affect your ability to chew and speak. They also spoil your smile. Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Periodontal disease affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum, or gingiva. While there are many diseases which affect the tooth-supporting structures, plaque-induced inflammatory lesions make up the majority of periodontal issues, and are divided into two categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis, the less serious of the diseases, may never progress into periodontitis, it always precedes periodontitis. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis in genetically-susceptible individuals. Plaque is a sticky colorless film, composed primarily of food particles and various types of bacteria, which adhere to your teeth at and below the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth, even minutes after cleaning. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. Gums may become inflamed, red, swollen, and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth causing pockets (spaces) to form. If daily brushing and flossing is neglected, plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can occur both above and below the gum line. If gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorates. The progressive loss of this bone, the alveolar, can lead to loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is affected by bacteria that adhere to the tooth’s surface, along with an overly aggressive immune response to these bacteria. Periodontal disease is dangerous in that it is often painless and symptomless. 80% of Americans will be afflicted with periodontal disease by age 45, and 4 out of 5 patients with the disease are unaware they have it. It is important to maintain proper home oral care and regular dentist visits to reduce the risk of obtaining this disease.

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Prepare Your Smile For Wedding Season

Prepare Your Smile For Wedding Season

Prepare Your Smile For Wedding Season You’ve saved the date on your calendar. You have the dress you’ll be wearing. You know when you’re getting your hair done. There’s just one more thing you need to nail your look on the big day — an amazing smile. Whether you are getting married (congratulations if you are), are in a wedding party, or just attending the wedding of a friend or family member, you will probably have your photo taken that day. Whether it’s for a formal picture or a selfie for social media, you deserve a smile you want to share. With Cosmetic Dentistry at Prashanth Dental, you can upgrade your teeth long before the celebration begins. To schedule an appointment, call 9491226060, 9491225050, 9347257900. Take A Look At Your Teeth Take a look at your teeth in the closest mirror. Are you seeing any issues you would like to correct? The good news is that you have plenty of time to schedule an appointment at our Prashanth Dental, Hyderabad. You want to look your best on the day of the wedding or weddings you will be attending this summer. And you can make a lot of changes to improve your smile. Whether you want to make one change or get a smile makeover, we can help. If you want to have a bright, beautiful smile, you can. If you want to have a straighter, that is possible, too. If you want to repair chipped or broken teeth, you can do that at our office. If you want to close a gap in your smile, you should make plans to visit with us. Keep in mind that that changes you make in anticipation of the special ceremony will last long after the reception is over. Your new smile may look great in the photos, but it can boost your confidence in your day-to-day life as well. Transform Your Smile To our doctors, giving patients great smiles is one of the most rewarding parts of what they do. You can benefit from their years of experience and advanced training in cosmetic services. Here are some of the ways you could make a change for a better smile: Dental veneers — One of the most versatile options could be just what you need. These shells are custom-made for you to give you the smile of your dreams. That can mean whiter teeth, straighter teeth, unbroken teeth, and teeth without gaps between them. This durable solution can last for many years with proper care. Professional teeth whitening — If your primary concern is having a white, bright smile, professional whitening may be all you need. Our treatments can do more in less time (even as little as one visit) than any over-the-counter products you’ll find in stores. Tooth Lengthening — An uneven gumline can make some of your teeth look short when compared to the rest of your smile. Removing excess gum tissue can redefine your gumline and give your smile a more uniform appearance. That’s not all we can do for you, but it gives you an idea of the changes you can make between now and the next date you’ve saved. Be Ready For Your Photos This summer and beyond, put on your happy face. Call 9491226060, 9491225050, 9347257900 or contact us online to schedule your cosmetic dentistry at Prashanth Dental.

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Women's Oral Health

Women's Oral Health

Every year on March 8 we celebrate International Women’s Day. Although it’s mostly known for celebrating and raising awareness for women’s economic, political and social achievements, we think International Women’s Day is also an important time to be shining a spotlight on women’s oral health.

How does a women’s oral health change throughout her life?
Although on average, women visit the dentist more often than men, women are more likely to experience sudden spikes in oral health issues. As only women experience more concentrated changes in their hormones, especially during pregnancy and menopause, there are a number of oral health issues which may surface at different stages of a woman’s life.

Menstruation
Many women are surprised to find out that menstruation can have a big effect on their oral health. Some women find that their gums swell and bleed prior to their period, while some may experience cold sores and mouth ulcers. Thankfully these symptoms generally disappear once your period starts; however, it’s important to understand how these can be managed. Paying extra attention to brushing and flossing the week before your period can help to deter gum disease.

Oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives can be taken for a number of reasons and will often have an effect on the levels of oestrogen in your body. As your gums have a large amount of oestrogen receptors, they become prone to inflammation and sensitivity.

Pregnancy
Although not every woman experiences pregnancy, it can have a huge effect on your oral health. Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis due to pregnancy hormones affecting the way the gums react to plaque. This can then lead to periodontitis, which can cause loss of tissue and bone which holds the teeth firm. During pregnancy you can minimise your risks of oral health issues by brushing at least twice a day, maintaining a healthy diet, and ensuring you rinse your mouth with water if you’re unlucky enough to experience vomiting from morning sickness. It’s best to keep up your regular dental checks during this time too.

Menopause
It’s never a welcome change but it’s inevitable that as you get older you will experience menopause. Along with other changes, your oral health can be negatively affected. These changes can include red or inflamed gums, oral pain and discomfort, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and a dry mouth.

How we can help
Regular dental check-ups with the team at Prashanth Dental are the best way to maintain your oral health. A 20-minute visit every 6 months is all it takes.

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What Causes Teeth to Grow Into the Mouth?

What Causes Teeth to Grow Into the Mouth?

As our teeth mature from tiny tooth buds within our jaws, they gradually emerge into the mouth through a process called "eruption." Although the exact biology behind tooth eruption hasn’t been able to be fully explained by any one theory and it is likely a multifactorial process, there are several mechanisms that seem to be at work in tooth eruption. Mechanisms of Tooth Eruption Resorption of the overlying hard tissue (bone, baby tooth, etc.) from enzymes in the dental follicle. The dental follicle is best seen on an x-ray as a dark bubble above the tooth. Remodeling of bone and creation of a path for tooth movement by the dental follicle is essential to the process of tooth eruption.
Hydrostatic pressure at the tip of the developing tooth root helping to push the tooth gradually into the mouth. Metabolic activity in the PDL (the periodontal ligament around the tooth root) helping to provide an eruptive force by pulling the tooth upward little by little. Interestingly, tooth eruption happens the most during the late evening when specific controlling hormones are released (GH, thyroid hormones, melatonin, etc.) and thus it follows a circadian rhythm. All of this happens gradually until the erupting tooth finally comes into contact with something, usually the tooth in the opposing arch, and this continues to occur to compensate for worn teeth and vertical growth of our jaws as we age.

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Back to School Dental Tips

Back to School Dental Tips

Back To School – Dental Tips! As the summer comes to an end and school is beginning, it’s time to start thinking about a healthy back to school routine. Taking care of your child’s teeth is an important part of the routine. Research shows “poor oral health can mean missed school and lower grades.” Tooth decay is preventable, but continues to be the most chronic disease in children. A dental infection and pain can cause problems with your child’s daily activities, such as sleeping, eating and learning, which can lead to a not fun school year. Start your child’s school year off right with these 8 helpful tips. 1. See the Dentist Set up your child’s next dental check-up at Soistman Family Dentistry. A check-up will ensure a healthy start to the school year. 2. Establish Healthy Habits Make sure your child is brushing 2 times a day 3. Don’t eat after brushing teeth This is especially important before bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and teeth become more vulnerable to cavities. 4. Use Fluoride toothpaste Kids over the age of 3 can use fluoride toothpaste. If your child wont spit, or eats the toothpaste, only use a rice grain amount. Once your child can spit, only a pea size amount of toothpaste is needed. 5. Eat Nutritious Foods Encourage healthy eating. Tooth friendly snacks include fruit, string cheese, vegetables, unsweetened applesauce and nuts. Avoid sticky foods, such as candy, fruit roll ups, and granola bars. These foods stick to teeth surfaces and cause decay. 6. Don’t nibble food or sip continuously Allowing time between snacking and sipping allows saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth. 7. Drink Water Choose water for your child instead of drinks sweetened with sugar. If your child wants a sweeter drink, try adding fresh sliced fruit such as lemons or strawberries. 8. Ask About Sealants Dental sealants can also protect your children’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria. Finally, make sure your child visits Prashanth Dental approximately every six months for a checkup and routine cleaning! Call or WhatsApp today to schedule their next dental check-up!

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Are All on Four Dental Implants Worth the Cost?

Are All on Four Dental Implants Worth the Cost?

There are numerous potential reasons why a person might lose their teeth. Whether due to injury or illness or some other issues, tooth loss can cause quite a lot of hindrance in a person’s life. Fortunately, dental medicine has progressed quite rapidly in the past century and in the last few decades in particular. One of the methods for restoring teeth developed in recent years is the so-called all-on-four method. What it is and how it is different from other technologies available today is a bit technical. In order to understand it better, we discussed this topic with the oral surgery and dentistry professionals at Prashanth Dental. Here’s how they view this method. What Is All on Four? When considering full mandible teeth replacement, you basically have two options. You can either get cheap removable dentures that can be really uncomfortable and difficult to chew with or sometimes prohibitively expensive Dental implants for each missing tooth. While those tooth implants are very natural-feeling and made of high-level materials such as titanium and surgical-grade ceramics, they can be out of reach for many people with price tags in the thousands of Rupees. All on Four , then, comes as a median solution where not each individual tooth needs to have its own implant, but rather only 4 implants are sufficient to hold the whole upper or lower set of prosthetic teeth. The crowns are still made of high-grade ceramics but are all connected in a single structure that is adjoined to the jaw bone with only 4 implants. The cost of the whole procedure, too, is somewhere between the dentures and individual implants. This makes it affordable to a much broader population who no longer have to settle for uncomfortable but affordable dentures. What All on Four Implants Enable? If you’re still considering whether this investment is worth the money, consider what you are going to gain by taking the step. First of all, the procedure doesn’t take long and you will only need a few visits to the dentist. This procedure is also called ‘teeth in a day thanks to the quick turnaround. That means that you can restore your healthy smile in a very short time. The crowns of the teeth are specially molded to fit your mouth, so you won’t have to contend with an uncomfortable or ill-fitting set of teeth. With this newest of teeth, you will likely feel all of the confidence and well-being restored. More importantly, these teeth feel very natural thanks to the implants – so you will be able to enjoy all the food that you may have abstained from in recent years. Your overall health will improve as well, thanks to improved oral health. But Is It Worth It to You? Ultimately, you have to consider what is important to you. For some people, it is the aesthetics and physical appearance of the teeth. Thanks to modern technology, it has become fairly easy to manufacture believable and natural-looking ceramic teeth. For others, the price is the primary motivation to consider this option. Individual dental implants can cost upwards of Rupees 20,000 per tooth. If you need to replace a number of teeth, the cost can add up very quickly. All on Four can drastically reduce this cost as it only requires 4 implants and a single visit to the dentist, arguably the most expensive components of dental implants. Restoring your smile may seem like a vanity point, but it can be so much more. Restoring confidence to find love, seek better employment and much more may be hidden behind the perfect smile that All on Four offers. Take the offer.

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