Occlusal guard is a removable acrylic appliance intended to relieve temporomandibular joint pain and other effects of grinding the teeth (bruxism), usually worn at night to prevent grinding during sleep. It is also a intraoral protective device that protect the teeth and sometimes the lips and cheeks during contact sports.
When patients lose teeth, it is no surprise that they also lose some chewing function. But what many patients are surprised to learn is that tooth loss also leads to bone loss. In the first year following tooth extraction, patients can experience a 25% decrease in bone width and lose 4 millimeters of bone height. In cases where all of the patient’s teeth are lost, these changes in bone volume have serious effects on facial appearance and chewing capabilities.
Conventional denture: This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. Immediate denture: This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit.
The extraction of third molars is the most common surgical procedure in dentistry. It is therefore critical for the pediatric dentist to understand the standard of care for the treatment of the impacted third molars. There are multiple reasons for extracting a third molar; however, the primary reason for the extraction of an impacted third molar is to limit the progression of periodontal disease.
Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment.To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Dental crown material can be full gold, porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.
Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.
Sealants are effective in preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal caries lesions of primary and permanent molars in children and adolescents compared to the non-use of sealants or use of fluoride varnishes; and. Sealants can minimize the progression of non-cavitated occlusal caries lesions (also referred to as initial lesions) of the tooth that received the sealant.
Hygiene (Dental Cleaning): periodontal disease is not a "curable" disease, but it is controllable in most patients. Therefore, when a patient has experienced periodontal disease in the past, we must be ever-vigilant to monitor for signs of active disease long after the disease has been brought under control through good periodontal therapy. Oral hygiene education is very important at those cleaning visits since patients’ adherence determine the success of the therapy.