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Scaling & Polishing
Post Crowns
Bleaching

Veneers

Bridges
Crowns

Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Root Canal Treatment
Sensitive Teeth
Extractions

Dentures
Full Dentures

Chrome Dentures



Scaling & Polishing Kettles used to boil "hard" water rich in minerals will soon develop a layer of scale. In a similar way, the plaque that is formed on the surfaces of our teeth due to inadequate cleaning will harden into tartar as the calcium in our saliva gets deposited there.

Once calculus has formed on the surfaces of our teeth, they become virtually impossible to remove by normal brushing.  If left alone, the rough surfaces of tartar will attract even more plaque. This will lead to gum disease, which usually starts off as bleeding gums, gradually progressing to gum shrinkage, and finally loosening teeth and gum infections. Deposits of plaque and calculus may also make our teeth more prone to decay.

Scaling is the procedure used to remove calculus. It is usually completed with polishing to smoothen the surfaces of your teeth and to remove stains. Unless otherwise advised, you should have scaling and polishing done once every 6 months.




Bleaching People unhappy with the colour of their teeth (i.e. too dark) may consider bleaching. While simple oral cleanliness along with regular scaling and polishing will remove most of the surface stains on our teeth caused by smoking and coffee, the deeper and more intrinsic stains are a lot more difficult to remove. Bleaching is a procedure which uses oxygen-releasing chemicals to oxidise and decolourise pigments in the teeth.




Veneers Veneers is a procedure whereby tooth-coloured material is bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. This procedure is usually performed to mask the originally unacceptable appearance of the teeth. There are two different materials available: porcelain or composite resin.




Crowns A crown is like a cap that goes over a tooth. Sometimes, when a tooth is very heavily restored, its multiple fillings may not look good or last long because even the strongest filling materials have their limitations.

The most durable solution for restoring badly damaged teeth is to prepare the tooth for a crown; usually a porcelain cap which not only protects the remaining tooth structure, but also restores the original appearance of the tooth.

Crowns cannot be constructed in one visit. The dentist must first take impressions of your mouth. This is followed by tooth preparing, a second impression and the prepared tooth is fitted with a temporary crown. When the permanent crown is completed in the laboratory, the crown is fitted and permanently cemented on the final visit.




Post-Core Crown Crowns require a certain minimum amount of tooth structure above the surface of the gums to hold the them. When a tooth has deteriorated to almost gum level, the only way for it to be able to hold a crown is to make use of the root portion for support.
To do this, root canal treatment must first be performed to remove and clean out the remains of the pulp. The seal at the root tip must be maintained. Then, a post is inserted into the root canal of the tooth. With part of the post sticking out of the gums, a core is built over it to provide a foundation for the crown to stick on. These sort of crowns are called post-core crowns.




Root Canal
Treatment
Root canal treatment may be carried out as an alternative to tooth extraction. It serves to preserve the tooth and takes at least two visits to complete. Three to six months later, a post-core crown must be constructed.




Bridges Bridges are actually extensions of crowns with replacement teeth attached to "bridge" the space left by missing teeth. They are prepared in almost exactly the same way as crowns, except that for bridges, these crowns will have an additional burden of supporting the replacement teeth.

Like crowns, bridges are made from porcelain and metal and can be made to look very natural.  Strength, biocompatibility, and the lack of a plastic plate that covers much of the mouth make them a much better alternative than dentures.




Extractions With good modern anaesthetics available, this is a procedure that we should no longer fear. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is when a diseased or severely broken tooth can no longer be saved. The problem may be associated with tooth decay or gum problems.

It is not a good idea to delay extraction until pain is experienced. This is because local anaesthesia will be rendered less effective in an area of infection. If your dentist advises an extraction, you should get it done before the pain becomes unbearable.

Another reason for extractions is when teeth are crowded and squeezed out of alignment. If a tooth is completely squeezed out of alignment, then extraction may be the most convenient way of dealing with the cosmetic problem.

Teeth that are squeezed out can also trap food in the awkward spaces that they create. This not only contributes to bad breath and hygiene problems, but also the decay of adjacent teeth and gum problems. Extractions of these teeth serve as preventive treatment to protect properly aligned and functional teeth.

Tips:

1. Have a good meal before the extraction.
2. Relax and breathe deeply through your nose during the procedure.
3. After the extraction, bite firmly on the gauze provided for 15 minutes.
4. Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth. Swallow your saliva.
5. Do not smoke, drink very hot drinks or alcohol.
6. Do not exert yourself. Rest at home.
7. Take care not to bite your lip when it is numb.
8. When bleeding has stopped, eat soft food and keep the wound clean.
9. If pain persists after three to four days, see your dentist.




Wisdom Tooth 
Surgery
The wisdom tooth is the third molar. Most people have one in each quadrant of the mouth. However, it is not uncommon to find individuals with less than 4 wisdom teeth. Because this tooth usually erupts when the person is between 17 to 21 years of age. In reality, the tooth is often non-functional or even problematic.

When there is insufficient space in the jaw for the tooth to emerge fully, it may get trapped under gum and bone. Partial eruption makes the tooth susceptible to gum infection, which may result in recurrent bouts of pain and swelling. Left alone for long periods, gum problems may emerge.

In certain cases, the tooth may be slanted against the next tooth - the second molar. The resulting gap between the two teeth traps food and promotes bad breath as well as decay.

Wisdom tooth surgery is usually carried out to save the second molar or stop the recurrence of gum swelling. Most wisdom teeth in the upper jaw can be extracted without surgery. Wisdom teeth in the lower jaw are usually more troublesome. Either local or general anaesthetic can be used. However,  for relatively simple cases, especially when only one tooth is removed, local anaesthesia, delivered by injection, is usually sufficient.

After surgery, the wound is closed with sutures. You may be given antibiotics and painkillers. Expect some pain, swelling and difficulty opening your mouth for the next few days.

Tips:

1. Have a good meal before the extraction.
2. Relax and breathe deeply through your nose during the procedure.
3. After the extraction, bite firmly on the gauze provided for 15 minutes.
4. Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth. Swallow your saliva.
5. Do not smoke, drink very hot drinks or alcohol.
6. Do not exert yourself. Rest at home.
7. Take care not to bite your lip when it is numb.
8. When bleeding has stopped, eat soft food and keep the wound clean.
9. If pain persists after three to four days, see your dentist.




Sensitive Teeth Most of us must have experienced sensitive teeth at one time or another. When we eat or drink something cold, a sharp pain runs through our teeth. There are however, several different causes for sensitive teeth. One of the most common causes amongst people with good oral hygiene is an abrasion cavity. These are not cavities caused by tooth decay, but either by wrong brushing technique or using a hard toothbrush or both. Another cause for sensitive teeth is tooth decay. When in doubt, let your dentist check it out for you.




Dentures Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They serve both a cosmetic as well as a functional purpose, enabling the user to chew better and also to prevent the remaining teeth from slanting into spaces in the mouth where teeth had been extracted.

Though the benefits of wearing dentures are obvious and many, a person wearing dentures for the first time will often realise the importance of the teeth he had lost. This is because no matter how comfortable, dentures are almost never as strong and stable as the patient's healthy natural teeth. Adapting to a new set of dentures will take time and patience.

As a person ages, the jaw without teeth  will shrink and originally well-fitting dentures may start to get loose. A new set of dentures may have to be made every seven to ten years and the inconvenient process of adaptation starts all over again.

The procedure for denture construction takes three to four weeks, over four to five visits, depending on the complexity of the case. It is also advisable to delay denture construction until extraction sockets have healed completely. Otherwise, the patient must be prepared to do a second set when the gums have changed.

In situations where a tooth needs to be extracted and the patient does not want to go around without a tooth, an immediate denture can be done. In this case, no extraction is done on the first visit. A denture including the artificial replacement for the tooth to be extracted and issued immediately after extraction. Ideally, the denture should be a temporary measure prior to bridge construction.




Full Dentures Full dentures are constructed for people without any teeth left. Full denture construction is slightly more complicated than partial denture construction as there are no teeth to hold the denture. Adhesion to the surrounding soft tissue is the only way to keep a denture in the mouth.

Full denture construction for patients with less than ideal gums and bones will pose serious challenges for the dentist. Unfortunately, few options are available.




Chrome Dentures Chrome dentures are similar to acrylic dentures except in the base or framework of the prosthesis. The teeth and "gums" used in a chrome denture are no different from those used in acrylic dentures. However, chrome, being much stronger than acrylic, allows a slimmer and sleeker design of the denture base. Not only can the base be thinner, it can also cover a smaller area of the mouth. Higher accuracy also provides a better fit and longevity. In most cases, chrome dentures are superior to their acrylic equivalents.