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After 2 years of rct teeth decayed totally now it can not be reversed by filling and now it reached through pulp and tooth broken. And other extraction technique will be expensive then what I have to do to save my teeth to be infected.

Dr. Ghanshyam Singh 89% (389 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Mohali
After 2 years of rct teeth decayed totally now it can not be reversed by filling and now it reached through pulp and ...
If the tooth has to be extracted without any other option left then go for extraction to prevent repeated infection and pus formation. Tooth extraction charges can never be expensive than your desire for overall well-being of your own body. So go for it...
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Hi I am divya .my question is I don't have down 2nd molar both gone becs of tooth decay. I'm worried of tooth bridge as it effects another teeth. I'm planning have braces tell if we removed same upper 2nd which is missing lower molars it helps. Kindly help me is it possible to remove 2nd molar is there any problem or can I leave it as it is .i'm depressed like anything.

Dr. Anjali Chaudhary 90% (365 ratings)
BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Lucknow
Hi I am divya .my question is I don't have down 2nd molar both gone becs of tooth decay. I'm worried of tooth bridge ...
Molars are the main tooth by which you eat. So if you will remove your second molars you will have difficulty in eating and if you r planning for braces then your dentist will remove your premolar not molar and load of braces will be withstand by your molars only. So I suggest you can go for implants for replacement of 2nd molars and it will not effect your braces treatmwnt as well. As if you dealyed implants after your braces your upper molar can have extrusion and cause loosening of your teeth. And your acne problem is beacuse of your pcods it may increase your skin problems. But not your tooth problems. U urself mentioned that you are in depression. And it is one of the problem realted with pcods. Due to which your start consuming a lot of refined sugar and may have increase your problem of your tooth decay. So I woild also suggest that along with your tooth problem you should also be concerned about your pcod and once your pcod is controlled your most of the problems will go away. Including it depression.
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In Detail About Laser Dentistry Techniques!

Dr. Jayant Thareja 88% (10 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Ex SR in AIIMS Trauma Centre
Dentist, Alwar
In Detail About Laser Dentistry Techniques!

A very interesting thing, that most people would have noticed during their visit to the clinic is the white light that is used on the teeth. This is laser light, which is used extensively over the last couple of decades in dentistry for a variety of treatments. The following are some procedures where laser is commonly used.

  1. Whitening teeth: In-office bleaching is done by applying the whitening agent on the tooth and activating it by laser light. This instant result is whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

  2. Caries: In some cases, laser light is used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and shape the surrounding healthy tooth to receive the restorative material.

  3. Restorations: When composite resins are used to fill the space left by tooth decay, the decayed portion is removed and the enamel etched to improve adhesion. The composite material is then filled in the tooth space to achieve the desired shape and then light-cured.

  4. Veneers: Where a thin layer of the existing tooth is removed to provide a whiter tooth, then laser light is used. These chemicals are inactive and only become activated when exposed to laser light. In cases of both restorations and veneers, one big advantage is it gives sufficient working time for the dentist to shape the material to the desired form and then activate it.

  5. Gingivitis: Laser is also used in gum diseases where bacteria are removed and the gums are reshaped. Using laser on the root surfaces ensures better removal of the hardened calculus and promotes gum reattachment of the gums to the tooth surfaces.

  6. Root canal therapy: In the root spaces, if there was an infection, laser light can help remove the bacteria before filling up the root canal with gutta percha.

  7. Soft tissue biopsy or lesion removal: Biopsies of the lips, gums, and tongue can be done using laser light. If the lesions are too small and require removal, it can be done by laser, thereby avoiding the need for surgery

Results: In all the above procedures, the laser is more effective than the conventional method that it is replacing. Some advantages include:

  1. Less painful

  2. Anesthesia not required

  3. Avoids tooth drilling in some cases of very minor decay, so the patient is at ease

  4. Reduces bleeding and swelling when dealing with soft tissues

  5. Reduces the amount of tooth removal during cavity preparation

Not all situations can be managed with a laser treatment though and conventional biopsies and drills will be required in some cases. As with all other dental situations, a detailed discussion with the dentist on the pros and cons and the patient condition will help make an informed decision.

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Laser Dentistry - Know In Depth About It!

Dr. Priyanka Basu 89% (44 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Mumbai
Laser Dentistry - Know In Depth About It!

A very interesting thing, that most people would have noticed during their visit to the clinic is the white light that is used on the teeth. This is laser light, which is used extensively over the last couple of decades in dentistry for a variety of treatments. The following are some procedures where the laser is commonly used.

  1. Whitening teeth: In-office bleaching is done by applying the whitening agent on the tooth and activating it by laser light. This instant result is whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

  2. Caries: In some cases, laser light is used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and shape the surrounding healthy tooth to receive the restorative material.

  3. Restorations: When composite resins are used to fill the space left by tooth decay, the decayed portion is removed and the enamel etched to improve adhesion. The composite material is then filled in the tooth space to achieve the desired shape and then light-cured.

  4. Veneers: Where a thin layer of the existing tooth is removed to provide a whiter tooth, then laser light is used. These chemicals are inactive and only become activated when exposed to laser light. In cases of both restorations and veneers, one big advantage is it gives sufficient working time for the dentist to shape the material to the desired form and then activate it.

  5. Gingivitis: Laser is also used in gum diseases where bacteria are removed and the gums are reshaped. Using laser on the root surfaces ensures better removal of the hardened calculus and promotes gum reattachment of the gums to the tooth surfaces.

  6. Root canal therapy: In the root spaces, if there was an infection, laser light can help remove the bacteria before filling up the root canal with gutta percha.

  7. Soft tissue biopsy or lesion removal: Biopsies of the lips, gums, and tongue can be done using laser light. If the lesions are too small and require removal, it can be done by laser, thereby avoiding the need for surgery

Results: In all the above procedures, the laser is more effective than the conventional method that it is replacing. Some advantages include:

  1. Less painful

  2. Anaesthesia not required

  3. Avoids tooth drilling in some cases of very minor decay, so the patient is at ease

  4. Reduces bleeding and swelling when dealing with soft tissues

  5. Reduces the amount of tooth removal during cavity preparation

Not all situations can be managed with a laser treatment though and conventional biopsies and drills will be required in some cases. As with all other dental situations, a detailed discussion with the dentist on the pros and cons and the patient condition will help make an informed decision.

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Extraction Of Tooth - Know When Do You Require It!

Dr. Priyanka Basu 89% (44 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Mumbai
Extraction Of Tooth - Know When Do You Require It!

Teeth are one of the most precious parts of the human body. By playing a significant functional and structural role in esthetics, facial appearance, food habits, digestion and chewing - all efforts at maintaining them should be undertaken.

As we all know, we have two sets of teeth - the primary or deciduous and the permanent set. Let us discuss tooth removal in these two sets separately.
In the primary teeth, the main indication would be dental decay.  If the tooth is severely damaged beyond repair with fillings, then removal could be an option, with two things considered. The primary successor will erupt within the next 6 months; if not, a space maintainer would be put in place.

Another reason would be if the tooth is beyond its lifecycle and is blocking the eruption of the successor, then it requires removal.

The permanent teeth, however, are a set that is meant to last for a lifetime and removal should be considered only as a last resort. With advances in dental treatment methods, gone are the days when removal would be an option for severe decay. 

Some of the absolute indications for removal would be:

  1. Wisdom teeth - If it is erupting in an abnormal position (flattened or crooked), then removing them to avoid infection and impingement on other teeth needs to be considered. Wisdom teeth infection is one of the most common causes requiring tooth removal
     
  2. Recurrent infections - If a tooth has been root canal treated but continues to have ongoing chronic infection, it could be a case for removal
     
  3. Malformed or supernumerary teeth - These may also block the eruption of other teeth into the mouth
     
  4. Orthodontic treatment - In cases where the jaw size is really not sufficient to realign the mal-positioned or crooked teeth, the first premolar is often sacrificed, and this space is used to align the other teeth
     
  5. Injuries - In case of accidents or injuries with jaw fractures, teeth in the line of fracture may need to be removed 
     
  6. Preparation for dentures - In cases of severe periodontal disease where the mobility of the teeth is high and complete dentures are being considered as an option, teeth removal may be planned.  Also, if there are teeth which are in the line of fixed partial dentures, again removal might be planned
     
  7. Radiation therapy - For head and neck cancer patients, if there are teeth in the line of radiation, then removal might be planned.

Unlike in the earlier years, the absolute indications for removing teeth have changed.  A thorough examination, both oral and radiological, should be done before any extraction.

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Can I have porcelain veneers on the backside of my front teeth. Bcz its enamel from the backside was very much removed by my doctor some 7 years before just to fix the retainer. Bt now that part has started decaying. I have built-up composite on that side bt it pops out always.

masters in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
Dentist, Hyderabad
Can I have porcelain veneers on the backside of my front teeth. Bcz its enamel from the backside was very much remove...
Veneers are used for the front of your surface to enhance esthetics of your teeth. They are made of ceramic which is known for its high wear resistance, it has a wear resistance more than your natural teeth. I dnt know if anyone can give a veneer layer in the back of the teeth but even if they do it will damage your lower teeth by wearing them of at much higher rate. Hence I would sugesst you to get a good composite restoration which if done properly does not gives off easily.
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Healthy Pregnancy - Know The Oral Hygiene Tips!

Dr. Arunima Chandra 92% (412 ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore
Healthy Pregnancy - Know The Oral Hygiene Tips!

Pregnancy is a transformation phase in itself -it brings with it changes to almost all body systems. The oral tissues and teeth are also affected significantly. Extra precaution is required to maintain regular oral health and avoid severe decay and/or gum disease. If not avoided, the dental infections can cause severe systemic infections and require strong antibiotics, x-rays, minor surgeries, and root canal therapy which may not be safe during pregnancy.

Higher levels of estrogen during pregnancy in the blood lead to a lot of visible changes in the oral cavity -higher incidence of tooth decay, gingival and periodontal inflammation, and even minor benign tumors in some cases. The notorious morning sickness plays havoc with the person's oral hygiene habits, thereby further complicating the situation.

Prior to pregnancy: A pre-pregnancy dental check-up to look for gum health and decay would go a long way in a healthy pregnancy, from the dental point of view at least. A thorough scaling and screening for cavities done before pregnancy can help avoid dental visits during the term, other than for routine checkup.

Pregnancy: If that pre-pregnancy visit could not happen, then visiting your dentist should be one of the first things to do as soon as you have confirmed your pregnancy. At this stage, no dental treatment can be done. Any elective procedures (cosmetic, etc.) will have to be done only after delivery. If the dentist identifies no cause for worry, that is great news. However, if there are any causes for concern, like a decay, the non-invasive treatment should be done at the earliest. When you are pregnant, note the following from a dental point of view:

1. Noninvasive treatments like minor fillings can be done
2. Regular scaling and polishing is not a problem
3. Let the dentist know about all the medications you are taking
4. Visit the dentist every 3 to 4 months for a regular check-up
5. Follow good oral hygiene practices including, brushing, rinsing, and flossing
6. Switch to a bland toothpaste in case of severe morning sickness
7. Watch your diet - the teeth forming in the fetus require nutrition through you, so ensure adequate intake of minerals like calcium and potassium
8. Avoid sweets and sticky/chewy foods that can lead to plaque formation

Though dental procedures can be done during the 4th to 6th month, they are best avoided, which can be done with better planning and some minimal care.

After delivery: After the delivery of the baby, please visit your dentist to ensure you have again ensured there is no emergent dental condition requiring attention. Resume your regular dental care after delivery.
With a little planning and extra care, dental health can be managed nicely during pregnancy with minimal to no pain.

Scaling & Polishing - How Can It Enhance Our Teeth?

Dr. Signature Smiles 87% (10 ratings)
Dentist, Mumbai
Scaling & Polishing - How Can It Enhance Our Teeth?

What is scaling?
Over time, even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque (sticky, soft, bacteria-infected layer) and tartar (calcium) deposits build up on your teeth. Scaling removes the tartar and plaque with specialised equipment. Scaling effectively cleans up your teeth by using ultrasound to loosen the tartar and then using tools to scrape it off from the surface of the tooth.

What is polishing?
Polishing is done to remove excess plaque and remove stains. Scaling is always followed by polishing. Polishing also smoothes and shines the teeth to prevent plaque from building up again. It is either done by foam or fluoride gel treatment to reduce the possibility of tooth decay and sensitivity.

Why are they done?
Scaling and polishing are not only done for cosmetic reasons; they are also done for overall oral health. Excessive plaque and tartar buildup will eventually lead to the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply. The ultimate purpose of polishing and scaling is to clean the surface of the teeth so that the bacteria cannot attach to them and cause serious oral problems (such as gum disease). Also, scaling and polishing offer far better cleaning of your teeth than everyday brushing and flossing.

However, scaling and polishing is not a curative treatment. If your teeth have been damaged by cavities or other oral diseases, you need medical attention.

In fact, professionally, this treatment is called prophylactic treatment; and the word ‘prophylactic’ comes from prophylaxis, which is Greek for ‘to prevent disease’. Thus scaling and polishing is more of a preventive measure than a cure.

Do they hurt?
This process is essentially painless. Most of the people who undergo this treatment usually have the following experiences:

  1. Tickling sensation
  2. Coolness from the water used to clean the mouth
  3. Pressure during the scraping process (The dentist uses specialised tools to “scrape” the tartar deposits off the tooth’s surface).
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Tooth Decay - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

Dr. Udaykumar Koli 87% (27 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Kolhapur
Tooth Decay - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

The most common problem affecting the mouth is caries which happens as a result of bacteria acting on the food deposits on the teeth, which produces acid that attacks the tooth structure. The result is loss of tooth structure and formation of pits and cavities which allows more food deposits and causes more decay.

Decay development depends on a number of factors including heredity, tooth structure, oral hygiene habits, food habits, etc. There are certain simple things that can be done at home which can delay the onset of the decay and also reduce its progression and severity.

If that sounds interesting, read on to know more.

  1. Clove and sesame oil: Clove oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties. A few drops of clove oil mixed with a half teaspoon of sesame oil can be dabbed on the affected tooth with a cotton ball. This can be repeated every night, both for relief as well as for preventing further decay spread. Alternately, a whole clove can be chewed for some time and then placed under the tongue for continued relief.
  2. Salt: Known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, use a rinse made with salt and warm water and swish around the affected tooth at least 3 times a day. Alternately, make a paste of salt and lemon juice and apply on the affected tooth.
  3. Garlic: A paste with about 4 cloves of garlic and rock salt applied on the affected tooth provides great relief. Raw garlic can be eaten regularly for multiple benefits, including prevention from tooth decay. Rubbing raw garlic on the affected tooth also provides temporary relief from pain.
  4. Neem: Still used as a toothbrush by many rural people, chewing on a tender neem bark yields powerful oils and compounds that help keep the teeth against bacterial attack. The high fiber content is also effective against reducing plaque formation.
  5. Swishing with oils: Sesame, coconut or sunflower oil can be used for this purpose. On an empty stomach in the morning, use a tablespoon of one of these oils to swish for about 10 minutes, take care not to swallow it. This should be done before brushing the teeth. This helps reduce gum disease, bad breath and reduce cavities.
  6. Mustard oil: Two teaspoons each of mustard oil and rock salt can be mixed and applied to the tooth regularly for relief from dental decay pain.

The next time you have a toothache, it is not always necessary to rush to the dentist. Try these home remedies to get some relief, which will give you time to go to the dentist.

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Hi I am 26 years old female with tooth decay doctor recommended root canal treatment as it’s the front teeth. Medicine prescribed was clavam 625. I am a ckd patient is this medicine suitable.

Dr. Apoorv Mittal 88% (19 ratings)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Diploma in Hospital Administration, Diploma in Pharmacy
Dentist, Delhi
Hi I am 26 years old female with tooth decay doctor recommended root canal treatment as it’s the front teeth. Medicin...
If you need to receive any antibiotics, the dose may need to be adjusted and likely decreased to match your lower kidney function. Some antibiotics are safe to take when you have kidney disease and others should be avoided. You should check with your regular doctor or kidney doctor about any new medications, especially antibiotics.
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