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My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them....more
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Dr. Monika is one of the best Dentists in Gopala Puram, Chennai. You can meet Dr. Monika personally at Prakasam Dental Clinic in Gopala Puram, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Monika on Lybrate.com.

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Dental Caries (Tooth Decay) - Know About Its Treatment

BDS, MDS Endodontist
Dentist, Noida
Dental Caries (Tooth Decay) - Know About Its Treatment

Sudden tooth pain is usually a sign of cavities or dental caries. This is the most common form of oral disease that affects people across the world. A cavity can affect a person at any age. Caries can be categorized under two headings: pit and fissure caries and surface caries. The former usually affect the horizontal planes of the molars and the back planes of the teeth in front. Surface caries are usually found at the joints between two teeth and the gum line.

Dental caries are formed over a period of time. The earlier they are addressed, the less the damage caused and the less painful it is. Bacteria is the root cause of this problem. This bacteria causes sugar in your food to turn into acid. When the acid and bacteria are combined together, it forms plaque. This plaque dissolves the minerals in the enamel coating of a tooth and creates pits. These get larger with time and gradually the softer dentin layer below the enamel also gets decayed. This is when the patient feels a toothache. If the tooth is not addressed at this stage, the roots of the tooth can also get decayed leading to the tooth needing to be extracted.

Dental caries usually have no symptoms until the damage is done. The only way to diagnose it in its early stages is by a dental examination. Hence, it is essential to schedule dental exams every six months. If you skipped a dental exam, a toothache or increased sensitivity to hot or cold food can be taken as a sign of a cavity.

The treatment for a cavity depends on the extent of the damage caused.

A filling is the most common form of treatment for a cavity. This involves the removal of decayed tooth material and the use of a material such as silver, gold, porcelain or composite resin to replace it.

Your dentist may also choose to fit a crown on the tooth. This is done is there is extensive tooth damage and only a limited tooth structure is left. As with a filling, the decayed part of the tooth is removed and a crown made of gold or porcelain is fitted over the tooth.

If the cavity reaches an advanced stage where the nerve within the tooth dies; your dentist may want to perform a root canal. This involves the removal of the inner part of the tooth along with all the pulp and nerve cells. A sealant is then filled into the emptied areas. 

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I have 3 inch upper jaw front teeth on my lips. Is this possible to get them in accordance with downward jaw at the age of 20+

BDS (Gold Medalist)
Dentist, Gurgaon
I have 3 inch upper jaw front teeth on my lips. Is this possible to get them in accordance with downward jaw at the a...
Dear Lybrate user, you can get braces for improving the appearance of your teeth at any time. Visit an orthodontist to get your teeth examined and the doctor will explain the full treatment plan in detail after taking some full mouth xrays and impression models.
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Choose the Braces Which Suits You!

MDS - Orthodontics
Dentist, Vadodara
Choose the Braces Which Suits You!


Dental braces have become more common nowadays. In fact, nearly 4 million people in the United States are wearing braces at any one time, according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association. While dental braces used to be all metal, you will find many different types of braces today.

 

Discovering the Different Types of Braces

If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, you have many options. Your orthodontist will help you make the best choice for your scenario, but here are the basics of each type.

  • Traditional metal braces are made of the stainless steel brackets and wires that inspired the term “metal mouth” years ago. Fortunately today’s metal braces are noticeably smaller. And new heat-activated arch wires move your teeth more quickly and less painfully as they respond to your body’s heat.
  • Ceramic braces mock metal braces in shape and size but they use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets that blend more naturally into your teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to keep your treatment even lower profile.

  • Lingual braces use the same metal brackets and wires used in traditional braces, but the brackets and wires are installed on the inside of your teeth to keep them hidden.

  • Invisalign consists of a series of customized, clear BPA-free plastic tray aligners that are removable and typically replaced every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the desired direction.

Other braces may involve the use of nickel-titanium or copper-titanium for the wires and brackets. These metals may last longer and require fewer adjustments than stainless steel wires.

Most dental braces also involve the use of tiny rubber bands to help move your teeth. If you have any sensitivity to latex or certain metals, your orthodontist can help find a suitable alternative for you.

Assessing the Pros and Cons of the Different Types of Braces

So let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

  Types

      Advantages    

  Disadvantages

Metal Braces

Least Expensive

Most effective

Allows kids expression

through colored bands

Most noticeable

Limit you from eating hard

and stick foods

Ceramic Braces

Less noticeable than

metal

Most effective, like metal

More costly than metal

May stain more easilty

Lingual Braces

Invisible from outside

Harder to clean

More costly than other types

May be more uncomfortable

Less effective for severe cases

Routine adjustments take longer

than metal or ceramic braces

Invisalign

Nearly invisible

Allow you to eat and drink

anything (removable)

Only available for teens and adults

Less effective for severe cases

May be more costly than others

Treatment may take longer

Require brushing teeth after eating

to prevent staining

Treatments with both braces and Invisalign typically involve some use of retainers or mouth guards afterwards to maintain the new position of your teeth.

Kids should be evaluated for orthodontics by age 7, according to the Indian Orthodontic Society. By this age, your orthodontist can detect even subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth.

While most kids begin treatment between ages 9 and 14, your orthodontist will help determine whether it’s best to wait or begin treatment right away. Many orthodontists recommend treatment while your child is still growing because it can take longer and be more intensive to treat teeth after they’ve stopped growing.

Lastly, kids who receive early orthodontic treatments (like appliances to correct cleft palates) may still need braces later. But the early treatment attempts to prevent further issues from developing while providing a healthier environment for the growth of permanent teeth.

Keep in mind that while some dentists perform orthodontics, an orthodontist specializes in treatments like braces and Invisalign, having 2 or 3 more years of education and training than is required for a dentist.

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My mother teeth is fully decade and she is suffering from great pain and there is bleeding in her teeth which is decade. What types of problems can occur if there is regular bleeding.

MDS
Dentist, Kolkata
My mother teeth is fully decade and she is suffering from great pain and there is bleeding in her teeth which is deca...
Show to a dentist to know the cause of pain and get scaling done from him to get rid of bad smell from mouth and bleeding gums.
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Oral Health

Dentist, Dehradun
Oral Health

Massaging your gums daily with eucalyptus or peppermint oil in a circular motion throughout the mouth will increase the blood activation and will keep your gums healthy and safe.

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I have marks on my face and on neck area, after some acne type things broke out in my teen years, now I am 22 years old boy and also got very crooked teeth in my lower jaw, they look very bad and as I am a marketing student I have to be good at giving the first impression. So what do you suggest for my teeth and face marks situation? Please i.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
I have marks on my face and on neck area, after some acne type things broke out in my teen years, now I am 22 years o...
Try using bengal gram flour, honey, lemon, cinnamon powder and water mixture. Make the mixture and apply it on skin and wash it gently after 15 minutes. Try doing this once in a week.
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I am suffering from mouth ulcers since last one month (mouth sores and canker sore) Please help!

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am suffering from mouth ulcers since last one month (mouth sores and canker sore)
Please help!
If the mouth ulcer is causing a lot of pain, gently rub a small ice cube over the spot or rinse your mouth with ice-cold water. You could also chew on a clove bud (lavang) and direct the juice generated to the area where the ulcer is located. Clove buds are a great ingredient to cure sore throat too. To prevent the ulcerated area from getting infected, make it a point to rinse your mouth with a little salt water. Remember, this won’t make the ulcer disappear, but it can help reduce the pain. Honey is a natural humectant. It helps reduce scarring and hastens the process of new tissue growth. This, along with its anti-microbial effect ensures faster healing of the mouth ulcer. Chew a few leaves of tulsi along with some water about three to four times every day. This will help in getting rid of ulcers faster and also have a preventive action against their recurrence. Applying a little coconut oil directly onto the mouth ulcer or chewing some coconut (fresh or dry) helps reduce pain and inflammation and hence, ulcers heal faster. Mix some sugar to crushed khus-khus seeds and consume this mixture for instant relief from ulcers. You could apply a little ghee directly to the ulcerated area, or drink a glass of buttermilk two or three times every day. Mouth ulcers left untreated generally go away in a week or so; with these home remedies, you can expect faster relief. However, if you notice an ulcer in the mouth that is persistently present although it does not cause you any pain, do not neglect it or try to treat it with home remedies beyond a few days. Make it a point to see a doctor soon because often, a painless mouth ulcer is one of the earliest signs of oral cancer.
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I am having mouth ulcers frequent basis. This is started when I was 11-12 years old. Any remedy?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am having mouth ulcers frequent basis. This is started when I was 11-12 years old. Any remedy?
If the mouth ulcer is causing a lot of pain, gently rub a small ice cube over the spot or rinse your mouth with ice-cold water. You could also chew on a clove bud (lavang) and direct the juice generated to the area where the ulcer is located. Clove buds are a great ingredient to cure sore throat too. To prevent the ulcerated area from getting infected, make it a point to rinse your mouth with a little salt water. Remember, this won’t make the ulcer disappear, but it can help reduce the pain. Honey is a natural humectant. It helps reduce scarring and hastens the process of new tissue growth. This, along with its anti-microbial effect ensures faster healing of the mouth ulcer. Chew a few leaves of tulsi along with some water about three to four times every day. This will help in getting rid of ulcers faster and also have a preventive action against their recurrence. Applying a little coconut oil directly onto the mouth ulcer or chewing some coconut (fresh or dry) helps reduce pain and inflammation and hence, ulcers heal faster. Mix some sugar to crushed khus-khus seeds and consume this mixture for instant relief from ulcers. You could apply a little ghee directly to the ulcerated area, or drink a glass of buttermilk two or three times every day. Mouth ulcers left untreated generally go away in a week or so; with these home remedies, you can expect faster relief. However, if you notice an ulcer in the mouth that is persistently present although it does not cause you any pain, do not neglect it or try to treat it with home remedies beyond a few days. Make it a point to see a doctor soon because often, a painless mouth ulcer is one of the earliest signs of oral cancer.
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Hello, I am 34 years old male and I have a dry mouth for last 4 months. When I drink water after 30 minute I need to water. What should I do?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
We need more investigations with clinical examination to decide upon treatment. Drink plenty of water. You may need chewing gum or sialogogues (pilocarpine 30 mg/day. Contraindications - include many lung conditions, such as asthma, cardiac problems, epilepsy and parkinson's disease). Advance procedures can be done with laser. Dental tips: - visit a dentist every six months for cleaning and a thorough dental check-up. Limit sugary food to avoid tooth decay. Gargle your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Scrub gently to clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Floss all your teeth inter dentally & brush twice daily, morning & night, up & down short vertical strokes, with ultra-soft bristles, indicator brush. Tooth brush to be changed every 2 months.
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I am 33 years old and I am not married yet. While I brush blood has been comes. What should I do.

BDS
Dentist, Bhopal
I am 33 years old and I am not married yet. While I brush blood has been comes. What should I do.
Your gums are inflamed due to some deposits. You need good scaling and polishing and gum treatment i. E deep scaling and curettage if not subsides simple scaling and polishing n some gum ointments.
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In my lips inside wound is there please tell me what do! This problem comes very oftenly!

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
Mr. Lybrate-user according to what you are telling I think you are having ulcers. You can take vita b complex tablets for this. Before taking any medicine its better if you consult a doctor.
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I heard that root canal treatments causes side effects in long term. I see few cases reported in western countries which triggered cancer disease due to bad root canal.

Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist, Hyderabad
I heard that root canal treatments causes side effects in long term. I see few cases reported in western countries wh...
root canal treatment don't give any cancerous problem only the problem if it is failed the teeth will be removed thats all it is a myth that it causes cancer so u can go for root canal no problem make sure treatment done properly that is mandatory
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I lost my front teeth but now its get crowned. But the problem is I don't like the crown. The crowned teeth was so much bigger than next one. B'coz he do some crown lengthening for that teeth. Now he removed the crown last week. He asked to look for 1 Month for growing gum. Is it possible to grow gum back?

MDS
Dentist, Guntur
I lost my front teeth but now its get crowned. But the problem is I don't like the crown. The crowned teeth was so mu...
Mr. Lybrate-user, placement of artificial crowns wil result in larger tooth appearance than normal teeth. In due course you wil accustom to it. Since you have removed your teeth. You can go for zirconia crowns which are sleek n adapt accurately.
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I just had a rct treatment today. Could you please tell me what food should I have so it won't hurt the fillings.

BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
I just had a rct treatment today. Could you please tell me what food should I have so it won't hurt the fillings.
Hi, you can take soft food today. As filling material will set you can eat normal food. Avoid eating too hard food.
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Dr. Sahb ji, Mere dant bhurne lge hai or unme thanda or meetha bhi lgta hai .koi dwai ya koi upchar bta de please Regards.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Dr. Sahb ji,
Mere dant bhurne lge hai or unme thanda or meetha bhi lgta hai .koi dwai ya koi upchar bta de please Reg...
Kissie dentist ke paas jayein agar jaroorat hai to rct aur cap karayein sensodent k tooth paste ka istemal din main do bar karayein.
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I extracted my tooth a couple of days back. The dentist primarily went for a root canal treatment a week ago and found it not worthwhile and extracted my tooth. During those 5 days I have been taking antibiotic tablets. Is it necessary to have more after extraction.

P.G. DIPLOMA IN ENDODONTICS, FELLOWSHIP IN AESTHETIC DENTISTRY, BDS
Dentist, Siliguri
I extracted my tooth a couple of days back. The dentist primarily went for a root canal treatment a week ago and foun...
Hi. No it is not necessary to continue with your antibiotics. If you experience any pain you can just take the painkiller but nothing more.
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My father in law is 68 years & healthy. Recently got diognised for verrucous carcinoma. He do not have any other health issue at all. What is the best treatement for the same?

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
My father in law is 68 years & healthy. Recently got diognised for verrucous carcinoma. He do not have any other heal...
Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations to decide upon treatment. You may need minor to major surgical procedures. You may consult me in person too. Dental tips: - visit a dentist every six months. Gargle your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Scrub gently to clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Floss all your teeth inter dentally & brush twice daily, morning & night, up & down short vertical strokes, with ultra-soft bristles, indicator brush.
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I am suffering from bleeding last 3 year s in teeth when pressing the teeth and from my mouth is very bad small what to do please tell me thank you.

BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
I am suffering from bleeding last 3 year s in teeth when pressing the teeth and from my mouth is very bad small what ...
It can be due to calculs deposit on the your teeth so that you get cleaned your teeth by scaling and polishing procedure and also use gum astringent and chlorhexidine mouth wash.
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I am 19 year boy I wanted to know that how can I clean my teeth because my teeth are too dirty so please tell me the fastest way to clean my teeth.

BDS
Dentist, Faridabad
I am 19 year boy I wanted to know that how can I clean my teeth because my teeth are too dirty so please tell me the ...
If deposits are there, that can be cleaned by scaling only othetwise brush twice a day and use mouth wash regularly.
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My teeth/molars have severe pain. In the morning I get bleeding in them. Please suggest remedy.

MDS Prosthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Hyderabad
My teeth/molars have severe pain. In the morning I get bleeding in them. Please suggest remedy.
Hello lybrate-user. Gum bleeding involves various underlying factors like calculus, vitamin deficiency, poor oral hygiene. Go for professional cleaning of your teeth once in every 6 months and see a dentist and get the needful.
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