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Dr. S.Shankar

MDS

Dentist, Chennai

27 Years Experience
Dr. S.Shankar MDS Dentist, Chennai
27 Years Experience
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Dr. S.Shankar is one of the best Dentists in Adyar, Chennai. He has helped numerous patients in his 27 years of experience as a Dentist. He has done MDS . He is currently practising at Tooth Friendly Dental Centre in Adyar, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. S.Shankar and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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Why Dental Implants Work So Well

MS Restorative, Certificate SMR, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Why Dental Implants Work So Well

Tooth lost to either decay or gum disease leaves a dent in many areas - facial appearance, chewing, facial structure support, etc.  Fixed dentures were a good substitute, however, with one major disadvantage.  They required removal of natural tooth structure from adjacent healthy teeth.  The next big search was to find ways to avoid this, and the result is the dental implant.

The tooth has a visible part called the crown and an invisible part called the root which is hidden in the jaw bone.  While the fixed denture replaces only the crown, the implant replaces both the crown and the root.

How implants are done: Once a tooth is lost and the bone is healed to the desired extent, a biocompatible titanium post that is screwed into the bone. This material has the unique property of osseointegration - it fuses to the bone, which is almost like a natural tooth in its socket.  This complete fusion may take about 2 to 6 months depending on overall health. After it gets absorbed well into the bone, a crown that matches the adjacent teeth is fixed on it.  Implants can also be used for replacing multiple teeth or for overdentures.

There are certain reasons why implants work so well, listed below are some:

  • The material: Titanium is biocompatible and does not cause any adverse reaction in the body.  It fuses to the bone completely and is not just put in place to fill the gap. That ensures that the support provided for the new crown or bridge is as good as the original tooth with a root embedded in the jaw bone
  • Post-implant care:  Required, but not to the extent required by dentures.  There is very minimal difference between caring for an implant and caring for an implant
  • Function: As the implant is completely fused and embedded in the bone, it functions as good as a natural tooth in terms of chewing efficiency and pressure that can be applied on it. This is not the case with dentures
  • Gum health: Bridges have an adverse effect on the gums with a constant mild pressure exerted on them.  Implants do not do that and therefore are more friendly on the gums
  • Bone health: While bridges affect the alveolar bone health by allowing them to continue to degenerate, implants occupy the space in the bone and do not allow further degeneration. This is probably the most important advantage of implants.
  • Aesthetics: Needless to say, the look of a well-done implant far surpasses that of the dentures.

Check with your dentist if you are an ideal candidate for implant, and if yes, it surely is worth the investment.

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Hi, I am 25 years old from last 6 months I am suffering from gastric problem. My problem is throat and tongue infection. Not healed and under skin thickness and veins shown on body. Some body parts are swelling. Why it happens please support briefly don't neglect.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
Hi, I am 25 years old from last 6 months I am suffering from gastric problem. My problem is throat and tongue infecti...
Take sarivadyasava 20 ml with equal water two times daily before food avipattikara powder 1tsf two times daily before food take this without break for 10 days avoide chilly and urad dal.
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Since the past one year I am having too much deposit on tounge. I hardly ever had to use a tongue cleaner before but now I am having to use it twice a day. What is the significance of this problem?thanks in advance.

B.D.S
Dentist, Jaipur
Since the past one year I am having too much deposit on tounge. I hardly ever had to use a tongue cleaner before but ...
Hello, when we eat something it gets adhere to the tongue and bacteria feeds from it and produces bad breath and accumulation of food particles. Or it may due to other conditions like fungal infections.
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Drinking a cup of tea everyday helps in keeping the gums and teeth healthy

BDS
Dentist, Lucknow
Drinking a cup of tea everyday helps in keeping the gums and teeth healthy
Drinking a cup of tea everyday helps in keeping the gums and teeth healthy as; it contains high amounts of fluoride and flavonoids which prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
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B.D.S. (Dental Surgeon) , House Surgeon
Dentist,
Oil pulling, a popular folk remedy can be useful for whiter teeth and as a flossing agent. Slosh your mouth with coconut, sunflower or sesame oil for 15 minutes and then spit it out. It lubricates the gums and provides that extra shine to your teeth.
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I have bitten my tongue accidentally, which resulted in a small wound what should I do now?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Apply and do ice fomentation over it and make sure to eat food which is not required to chew and gulp it down immediately and if swelling or pain is there than take tablet paracetamol
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Which is best toothpaste?

Certification in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (PGCOI), M.Sc - Master of Oral Implantology (MOI), Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist,
Which is best toothpaste?
Its depend upon the situation of the teeth. If you have the sensitivity then use the ventage toothpaste. If normal teeth then any toothpaste which contains the fluoride.
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Dear sir- I am 42 years old and suffering with ulcers in mouth. Its very painful. I drink one ltr water to clear my stomach but after that my gastric problem is not being sorted out. Some doctors says your body is generating acid nd heat. Please give some solution to overcome this problem. Taking rabifast xl nd random rd sometimes.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Dear sir- I am 42 years old and suffering with ulcers in mouth. Its very painful. I drink one ltr water to clear my s...
Apart from water you need fibrous food leafy veg you may try isabagol husk take cap bnc one a day local appl of metroggyl gel n suck on tab bifilac twice daily.
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I have problem in my teeth its bleeding often why so? As I eat anything it starts. He me?

BDS
Dentist, Raipur
I have problem in my teeth its bleeding often why so?
As I eat anything it starts. He me?
Kindly get scaling done and use gum paint twice daily for 15 days. Brush your teeth twice daily using correct brushing technique.
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I have sensitivity problem in my teeth. I had tried many different different toothpastes but it didn't work completely. I want to get rid of it. So can you plzz give me the solution.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I have sensitivity problem in my teeth. I had tried many different different toothpastes but it didn't work completel...
Hello, Use Homeodent toothpaste twice daily, morning and night before sleep. Take Hypericum 200Ch , 3 drops twice daily for 7 days then revet me.
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I am 21 years old. I have a gap in between the front incisors and near the canines. I want to fix my teeth with braces or any other method so that I can get a perfect smile, but as I am a student I do not think I can spend too much on the medication. Doctor please help me in fixing without spending a lot of money. Thank you.

MDS, Certified Implantologist, BDS, Certified Conscious Sedationist
Dentist, Hyderabad
I am 21 years old. I have a gap in between the front incisors and near the canines.
I want to fix my teeth with brace...
Space can be closed depending upon the extent of it. If it is minimal then it can be treated with filling & reshaping in one or two visits. This will be quite affordable. If not then it may go for braces that cost you more but still you will have option to pay up in installments over 1 years period of time.
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I have a yellow color teeth, can I change a white colour. Give some hints or medicines.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I have a yellow color teeth, can I change a white colour. Give some hints or medicines.
I will suggest you to use sparkling white toothpaste from himalaya and avoid any stain causing food items.
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Doctor mera ek teeth pe caping karvaya hai maine 10-15 day hue honge aur abhi mai agar water piti hu to mujhe vaha par dard hota hai.

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
Doctor mera ek teeth pe caping karvaya hai maine 10-15 day hue honge aur abhi mai agar water piti hu to mujhe vaha pa...
you should have got RCT done before cap.. sometimes this problem subsides with time. if pain increases you will have to get RCT done for that tooth
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I am 30 years old and in 2007 I have faced root canal treatment and now in same teeth I am having sever pain now what is best option to go with same rct or any thingh else.

BDS
Dentist, Durgapur
Unfortunately rct in your treated teeth is a failure (thats why the pain). Go for re rct or get it removed.
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16 year old girl cut me on my finger by teeth after cutting bleeding and afte one hour no bleeding.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
16 year old girl cut me on my finger by teeth after cutting bleeding and afte one hour no bleeding.
Kindly consult a dentist in person for further suggestion. We need more investigations with clinical examination to decide upon treatment.
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I getting some bad smell from my mouth especially in evening hours. What should I do?

BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
I getting some bad smell from my mouth especially in evening hours. What should I do?
You should always keep your mouth moist either by taking some water in small interval or chewing gums. Do always brushing twice daily and flossing. Use mouthwash twice daily.
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Instruments And Gadgets In Dentistry

BDS, Master of Hospital Administration
Dentist, Patna
Instruments And Gadgets In Dentistry

Dental treatment and procedures are performed after the education of skills and knowledge of around 5 years. So it us necessary to visit dentist and ask for the expert opinion for the need full.

To carry out these professional works in dental clinic and hospital dentist need a number of instruments and gadgets which they learn to work on.
Thus common people must understand these skills and gadgets which they cannot afford to buy and use on their own.

These gadgets and equipment are as follows. 
1. Opg and cbct xray machine. 
2. Ultrasonic scaler
3. Ultraviolet light emitter. 
4. Explores and forceps.
5. Elevators.
6. Mixing slabs, spatula and bowls.
7. Airotor and compressor.
8. Airotor hand piece and micromotor hand pieces.
9. Dental chair
10. UV chamber and sterilizer.
11. Bleaching lights.
12. Lasers
13. Endomotor
14. Apex locator
15. Condenser cutters and electric spreaders.
16. Suction machine.
17. Microscope
18. Files gutta percha branches spreaders paperpoints burs.
19. Dental materials and cements composites luting and bonding agents.
20. Physiodispenser
21. Piezoelectric device
22. Injection syringes and medicaments.

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Sir I may feel tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold or sweet Grey, brown or black spots appearing on my teeth. Bad breath. Also An unpleasant taste in mouth. Sir what is the solution?

BDS
Dentist, Bangalore
Sir I may feel tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold or sweet
Grey, brown or black spots app...
you got decay on tooth.. you have to go for filling of decayed tooth from dentist soon.. Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you: - practice good oral hygiene. - Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. - Don't forget to brush the tongue, too. - Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after an illness. - Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day. - See your dentist regularly -- at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. - Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. - Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
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To 10 Dental hygiene Tips

BDS
Dentist, Bhopal
To 10 Dental hygiene Tips

1. Proper brushing: One of the easiest steps to do to help your teeth keep clean. When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath.

Try to brush at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria.

?2. Flossing: We know, it’s a chore and a lot of times forgetful after brushing if rushing out the door or heading to bed. However, flossing can help you remove food particles and other detrimental substances that brushing regularly cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. We recommend flossing at least once a day.

3. Avoid tobacco: This will be a big favor to your teeth. One, it will save you from oral cancer and periodontal complications. Two, it will save you from the countless ill effects caused by the agents used to mask the smell of tobacco. For example, if you smoke a cigarette, you may use candies, tea or coffee to mask the smoky breath and odor. This doubles the amount of damage caused.

4. Limit sodas, coffee, and alcohol: Although these beverages contain a high level of phosphorous, which is a necessary mineral for a healthy mouth, too much phosphorous can deplete the body’s level of calcium. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored. Therefore, it is best to choose beverages like milk, which helps strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile and water which hydrates your body longer than sugary drinks.

5. Consume calcium and other vitamins that are good for the body: You need plenty of calcium for your teeth. It is essential for the teeth as well as your bones. It is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. You can also take a calcium supplement, taking different doses according to your age and necessity as per prescription. Calcium and vitamin d are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. Vitamin b complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.

6. Visit your dentist: You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.

7. Use mouthwash along side brushing and flossing: Mouthwash is not particularly necessary and not all mouthwashes are useful. Mouthwashes containing Listerine our chlorine dioxide are very helpful because they help to kill and maintain the bacteria in your mouth. It can help maintain good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth. Mouthwash cannot do all the work but if your are already brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and eating well, mouthwash is the cherry on top that will make your dental health great.

8. Having a toothache or noticing other dental symptoms: ?if you are having tooth and jaw pain make an appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist needs to diagnose the underlying cause and correct it before it turns into a greater problem.

9. Look at the big picture: Everyone understands that you should take care of your teeth to avoid toothaches, maintain your looks and keep dental bills at bay. Many people, however, don’t understand how crucial oral health is to our total health picture. Tooth problems can lead to diabetes, heart disease, systemic infections, an inability to eat or speak properly and other maladies – some life-threatening. Crooked or crowded teeth can contribute to gum disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Straight teeth are no longer just for looks.

10. Clean your tongue: ?Clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner, you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.

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