The wisdom teeth are the last ones to form, they erupt outside the gum approximately around the age of 17 and 22, but if there isn’t enough space in the mouth to fit them or if these molars come in a bad position (inclined) it could cause a lot of discomfort and pain. The most common problems caused by wisdom teeth in a bad position are cavities, either on them or on the tooth next to it, infection, bad breath, gum and crowded teeth problems. Also for being in the back of the mouth brushing becomes more complicating which favours bacteria to accumulate.
In my experience I recommend to extract these molars between the age of 16 and 24, because at this age the roots are less developed and the complications are minimal when removing them. Besides being young the tissue heals up better than when you are an adult.
The way we evaluate how your wisdom teeth are doing is with a routine consultation, where we take an X ray which we’ll be able to determine if it’s better to keep the tooth or extract it.
If your molars comes in a good position we can do a routine extraction, if the molars comes inclined or blocked by bone, an oral surgery needs to be done.
Wisdom teeth are unpredictable and can cause discomfort at any moment, taking a pain killer will only make it better momentarily, it is better to take away the pain by its root.
Teeth whitening is one of the most requested procedures done these days in the dental office because it is a simple and painless process and that gives an aesthetic benefit in only one hour.
We have to keep in mind the reasons why teeth start to turn darker. The first reason is age, because you start to lose the enamel layer and the dentin makes the tooth look more yellow; the second reason is the metal and/or composite restorations. With time, metal starts to pigment the rest of the tooth a greyish color and the composite when turning porous starts to pigment because of the drinks and food we eat. The third reason would be that the tooth has a root canal which devitalizes it and turns it grayish; and lastly the external agents like tobacco, coffee, wine and other tinted foods.
There are two types of teeth whitening, the interior and the exterior; the interior whitening is only done when a tooth has lost its pulp (root canal) turning grayish. The exterior whitening is a procedure that is done the most because of its aesthetic purpose, here we use a 40% hydrogen peroxide based gel which is applied to the surface of the teeth in 2 intervals of 20 minutes each.
It is important to know that the only side effect produced by a teeth whitening is dental sensitivity, which can be controlled by desensitizers.
The cares after doing the whitening will help the result last for more time, therefore the patient must be aware that his diet and habits will be what contributes to this result.
I prefer porcelain crowns over the metal porcelain crowns because they don’t stain the tooth and the metal doesn’t start to show; the translucent ones looks more natural than the metal ones because these always look grayer.
I’ve been offering porcelain crowns since I finished university. The last metal porcelain crown that I did was while I was still a student.
These types of crowns are nothing new, the truth is they have been around for more than 20 years. The reason that they haven’t offered them to you might be that the dentist may not be up to date on the modern materials that exist. In the past it wasn’t possible to offer porcelain crowns without the aid of metal because they would fracture, but because of technology and the advances of dentistry in computers, now they can make porcelain crowns this way. Besides, there are patients that prefer to avoid contact with metals because of health reasons, therefore these types of crowns are a better option for them.
You may come to think that changing your metal porcelain crowns for zirconia (which is a type of porcelain), have to be done in a few appointments, but really it only needs 2 visits to have your metal free crown.
The Zirconia, Bruxzir, E-Max among others (all of these are porcelain brands), are lightly more expensive that metal porcelain crowns, but is an investment that is worth it considering that you will never start to see a gray margin on the edge of the crown, they are more aesthetic, there is no risk of toxicity due to its metal or smell, they last approximately around 10 years if you take good care if them and they have a more conservative preparation therefore maintaining your dental structure for longer time.
Everyone wants to have the perfect smile. Whenever you turn on the TV, you see actors and actresses flashing their toothpaste-commercial smiles while walking down the red carpet, whereas you just sit there with your uneven teeth and awkward smile. But these actors and actresses have all had work done on their teeth to achieve that perfect smile, which is something that is also within your reach.
One of the best ways recommended by dental care professionals for you to get that perfect smile is to use dental braces. Braces have been around for a long time, though what our ancestors used is more primitive than the ones available today. Archaeologists found Egyptian and Greek skeletons that have wire wrapped around their teeth, and in the 1700s, Pierra Fauchard used a horseshoe-like device to correct problems with a person’s bite. Since then, the technology used in orthodontics has not stopped making advances.
There used to be a time when people disliked the idea of putting on braces. Any patient whose dentist recommended them would cringe at the idea and perhaps refuse or come up with a silly excuse. The patient would be fearful of the whole treatment process and apprehensive of the dentist who would recommend it. Whether justified or not, it was a general sentiment at the time that metal braces were embarrassing and unsuitable, especially for older people. Another common complaint was the pain braces caused.
Chances are you already have a dentist that you go to for your dental care. However, a regular dentist isn’t equipped to handle problems like crooked teeth and uneven bites. This is why you need to consult someone specifically trained in orthodontics. An orthodontist is basically a dentist who has extra training when it comes to the use and application of braces and other orthodontic procedures.
As mentioned before, dental technology regarding braces is more advanced than mere wires wrapped around the teeth. The most common type of braces you can find is the metal ones, but there is also a gold-based option for those who are allergic to metals. If you feel self-conscious about metal in your mouth, you can also use clear aligners that are practically invisible when worn.
By using the best braces dentists have, you can not only look better than before, it can also improve your overall oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean because the bristles of your toothbrush can reach between your teeth easier. Straight teeth can also improve your self-esteem.
The cost of the best braces varies depending on the dental problem that it will be treating and the type of material that will be used. You can talk to your insurance provider, or work out a payment plan with your dentist. Though braces can be a bit expensive, the results are well worth the cost.
Braces are meant to enhance the smile and to correct the poorly aligned teeth. Today, even adults opt for if, knowing that a perfect set of teeth is important to their career advancement, lifestyle and self esteem.
The merits of using Invisalign (available in September 2016)
The process involves the use of aligners that are clear and translucent. They are arranged in a series that makes them effective for their function. A salient feature is that they are removable, something that could not be done with the old metal braces. This means you can remove them when you are eating and put them back on after you have finished. This is a major attraction to patients who seek these devices. Another thing to consider is that you do not have to put up with wearing metal brackets and wires that stick out of your mouth like some kind of machine. No, it’s just the plain old you with a great new smile.
If you choose to go for Dental Brace, then it is important that you consult with a dentist in Tijuana Mexico that has the required expertise. At Dental 6ta & E, our orthodontic specialist will examine your teeth and determine which device will suit you. He will also work out a schedule for you on when to wear the aligners and when not to. Furthermore, he will show you how to wear the appliance so as to allow your teeth to adjust to it.