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What to do when you are in a dental emergency

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Dental emergencies are injuries which may occur to the oral part of the body such as the teeth, lips, gum or even the cheek. Most times dental emergencies always have a malignant effect on the dental formation especially in cases of an avulsed tooth, where teeth are knocked out of its position or a fractured or cut in the gum.

The best way to handle a dental emergency is to visit a dentist in the closest thirty minutes to the incidence, as an immediate dental attention can make the difference between the losing a tooth or saving it.

However, during dental emergencies, there are safety measures which can be taken to ease the effect before getting to a dentist and this varies on the type of emergency incidence and this article will inform you extensively on how to handle some common cases.

So, what do you do to handle a dental emergency, when you have the following?

A knocked out tooth

During an incident where the tooth is knocked out, there is an 80% chance that the tooth can be reinserted if accurate measures are taken carefully and spontaneously.

Firstly, you have to arrange an emergency appointment with your dentist and try to get there as fast as possible. You are saving a tooth, a life to your bright smile so, do it quickly.

Also, when the tooth falls off, it is advisable to handle the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root of the tooth as it can damage the cells necessary for bone reattachment. You also have to keep it moist at all times and if you can, you can try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If you cannot do it, place the tooth in between your cheek and gums, or in milk or you can use a tooth preservative to keep it moist and okay before getting to your dentist.

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A fractured tooth

When your tooth is fractured it tends to ache but once you follow these instructions, it’s going to be benign.

  • Rinse your mouth properly with fairly warm water
  • You can also use an ice pack on the affected spot to prevent it from swelling
  • Use an analgesic like ibuprofen to reduce the pain
  • One thing in mind, get to your dentist as quickly as possible so as to let the dentist determine the treatment because only a dentist knows how bad the injury might be.

The categories of fractures are basically minor fractures which can be left alone to heal or can be restored with a composite restorer and a moderate fracture which is a damage to the nerve and other tissues in the tooth and can be treated if the pulp is not permanently damaged.

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A toothache

For a toothache, you have to rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out properly, and also floss to remove any food debris caught between your teeth. You also have to make sure you avoid the use of aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. Just go and visit your dentist immediately.

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A tooth pushed out of its place

When your tooth is slightly pushed or bent away from its position try your best to reposition the tooth back to its place exerting a very light finger pressure, trying not to force the tooth so as to avoid total removal or a damage to the dental tissue. Also, keep your teeth locked by biting it down to keep the teeth from moving before seeing your dentist.

More so, emergencies are unplanned occurrences and the best way is to be precautionary about them by following simple dental precautionary instructions like the use of mouth guard during sport or recreational activity.

Finally, during a dental emergency, your dentist is the best person to go to.

To read more about Dental Orthodontic procedure at Uplus Dental please click here.

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Why More Adults Than Ever Are Choosing to Straighten Their Teeth

Why More Adults Than Ever Are Choosing to Straighten Their Teeth

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Do you know why more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth? It’s not just about appearance, although that is one factor that is causing adults to seek help for crooked smiles. Having a misaligned bite or cramped, crooked teeth can cause tooth decay and other dental health issues.

Crooked teeth not only detract from your overall appearance, they can lead to tooth decay, difficulty chewing, and other dental problems. The majority of people who have naturally crooked teeth address the problem in childhood or adolescence, but the results are not always permanent and crookedness may not develop at all until well into adulthood when wisdom teeth push other teeth out of alignment.

Braces are a common and socially acceptable method for straightening teeth in teenagers, but most adults feel uncomfortable and self-conscious wearing the very visible devices, even when so-called “clear” braces are used. Fortunately, braces are no longer the only way to achieve a perfect smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners, much like retainers to gradually move your teeth into the proper position. The entire process can take six months to two years. Each aligner is used for two weeks then you move on to the next aligner. Some people use as many as 60 aligners in the course of straightening their teeth. Using impressions of your teeth and computer imaging the aligners are created to precisely and gradually adjust the position of your teeth in very tiny increments until they reach the proper position.

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Porcelain veneers

If you want a quick fix, porcelain veneers are the way to go. A thin shell of porcelain is crafted and bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain veneers look exactly and you can feel it that it’s your natural teeth. They can cover several small imperfections at once, making teeth appear straight, covering chips, cracks, and gaps, and are an alternative to whitening. Porcelain veneers are often more appropriate than straightening when teeth appear crooked due to flaws such as chips and gaps.

Why correct a crooked smile?

You may think that’s a silly question, but there is more to it than just looks. Crooked teeth leave gaps and crevices which are hard to clean properly and can lead to tooth decay and serious dental problems. A tooth or teeth that are out of alignment can make biting and chewing painful, causing you to make adjustments in how you chew, eventually leading to a painful and damaging condition called temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ). Of course, most people do want a smile that looks beautiful. Straightening your teeth can boost your self-esteem and can even improve your standing in the workplace.

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Two paths: What is your goal?

Before you make a decision about straightening your teeth, you must know what you want to get out of it. Is your main goal to correct misalignment or is it to have teeth that appear straight?

Invisalign requires some commitment and work on your part, but the result is a straight, beautiful smile for the rest of your life. Overall, combining Invisalign with any other procedures you may need such as whitening and caps, is the most thorough and complete method of creating a beautiful smile.

It is well worth the investment of your time and money, but expensive and time-consuming dental work is not appropriate for everyone. Many patients dread and fear the process of moving their teeth, and choose porcelain veneers as a quick way to make teeth appear straight.

Straightening is usually just a piece of the puzzle. Veneers can accomplish several things in one proce dure. If your teeth are very crooked you may not be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, but you should talk to your cosmetic dentist and ask before you assume that your teeth are too crooked for this method.

To read more about Dental Orthodontic procedure at Uplus Dental please click here.

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Missing teeth? Here is why you should replace them with Dental Implants

Missing teeth? Here is why you should replace them with Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth can greatly disrupt your quality of life, creating difficulties in everyday activities like eating and talking. Although modern dental restoration procedures have resulted in a significant reduction in the number of teeth extracted each year, many people still have one or more natural teeth missing from their mouths.

According to one estimate, about 70% of Australian aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one of their natural teeth. If you are one of them and you are looking for a permanent and lifetime replacement option for a missing tooth then dental implants should be your first choice!

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an element incorporated into the bone of the jaw and replaces the natural teeth by supporting a prosthesis, such as a crown or a removable or fixed prosthesis. After placement of dental implants, bone formation occurs near the implant, resulting in firm anchorage and stability of the artificial tooth.

How do dental implants work?

The success and excellent durability of dental implants depend on their ability to form direct contact with the bone of the surrounding jaw. This process is known as osseointegration and ensures that any prosthesis that is placed on the implant remains retained and stable, thus restoring the optimal functioning of the artificial tooth.

Who should get an implant?

In general, anyone who has one or more missing natural teeth is a candidate for an implant. You should consider getting an implant if:

  • You want a long lasting and durable replacement of your missing natural teeth.
  • You want to restore your facial aesthetics by having your missing teeth replaced.
  • You want to eat and talk without difficulty.
  • You want to get rid of your embarrassing and uncomfortable prostheses.
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Why are implants better than other dental prosthetics?

Dental implants are gaining popularity as the most practical and durable replacement option for missing teeth. Let’s take a look at why you might prefer them to other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges:

  • Enjoy a beautiful smile – Loss of a tooth can spoil your smile and your facial aesthetics. Aesthetically pleasing dentures can be placed on the implants, making your beautiful smile and your appearance charming.
  • Durability – Unlike dental prostheses and dental bridges, dental implants are designed to last forever. If you take care of your oral health and follow your dentist’s instructions regarding implants, you can expect them to work for a very longtime
  • Minimum requirement for tooth preparation – Dental bridge construction, even for single tooth replacement, requires a reduction of adjacent teeth. On the other hand, the placement of the dental implants does not require any preparation or reduction of the adjacent teeth, thus preserving the natural dental structure.
  • Eat any food you like – People who wear removable or fixed dentures should avoid eating hard, sticky foods. This means they must miss a lot of their favorite foods. After replacing your teeth with dental implants, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without fear of breaking or dislodging your dentures.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene – It may be difficult to maintain optimum hygiene around the dental bridges because the bristles of the brush are unable to remove food particles. Therefore, more oral hygiene measures may be required to get optimal dental health. Unlike dental prosthesis and bridges, you can clean your dental implants the same way you clean your natural teeth, allowing you to maintain excellent oral hygiene and physical health.
  • Comfort – Dental implants are integrated into the jaw bone, just like your natural teeth. When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, you get the same level of comfort, convenience and natural feeling as your natural teeth.

How are they placed?

The placement of dental implants is usually done in several stages. However, one-step implant procedures are also gaining popularity. The following steps are involved in placement of dental implants:

  • Formulating a treatment plan – Before you place an implant, your dentist will thoroughly examine your medical and dental records and then conduct a thorough clinical examination of your oral cavity. This is done to make sure you are a suitable candidate to get an implant, and to prepare a treatment plan that is tailored to your dental needs.
  • Anesthesia Administration – Since implant placement is a surgical procedure, your dentist will anesthetize the area where the implant is to be placed so that you remain comfortable and painless throughout the procedure.
  • Soft tissue reflection – In the next step, your dentist will make an incision on the soft oral tissue to expose the underlying jaw bone. • Implant Location – A hole is drilled into the jaw bone so that it is slightly narrower than the actual thickness of the implant. The implant is then carefully tapped or screwed into position by applying precise and controlled forces.
  • Place a prosthesis on the implant – If a two-step implant procedure is planned, a healing abutment is placed on the implant and the overlying soft tissue is sutured to allowing the healing of the surgical site. After healing, the healing abutment is removed and a prosthesis is mounted on the implant. Otherwise, if an immediate loading of the implant has been planned, a prosthesis is immediately placed on the implant.

Dental implants are best for your natural teeth. So say goodbye to your dental prosthesis today and start enjoying the convenience and comfort of your dental implants by discussing with your dentist the possibility of getting dental implants.  To read more about Dental Implant procedure at Uplus Dental please click here.

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Post Dental Implant Care

Post Dental Implant Care

Are you suffering the embarrassment of broken or missing teeth or the discomfort of dentures? Do you often make a conscious effort to avoid smiling in public, and use other defence mechanisms to cover up the teeth? Not anymore. Dental implants are there to replace your damaged teeth or those gaps between the teeth with the most-natural-looking false teeth.

With the latest advancements in the teeth implantation techniques, dental implants have gained increasing acceptance for anchoring false teeth in the jaw bone. During the implantation, false root devices are planted into the jawbone to support a tooth, dentures, or even a whole row of missing teeth.

Dental implants can last longer than other methods of restoring damaged or lost teeth, such as dental bridges and dentures, but only if taken care of properly.

Implants are very durable and can last for well over a decade. If you take very good care of your implants, and keep your surrounding oral areas, including tongue, gums and cheek walls clean and healthy, your artificial teeth can serve you for a lifetime. Hence, following the surgery, it is important to ensure that you pursue vital oral hygiene habits, including brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning of newly implanted teeth.

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Tips to Take Care of Your Dental Implants 

If dental implants are taken care of as if they were natural teeth, then they tend to last for years, even for a whole lifetime. By following the below mentioned dental maintenance and safety tips, you can enjoy healthy and good-looking implanted teeth.

Take rest 

Immediately after the dental implant surgery, your oral surgeon may ask you to take rest of the day with your head elevated. It may be uncomfortable, but you should do your best to rest in order to have your implants heal correctly and quickly.

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Clean Implants Every Time You Eat 

You should be aware of the fact that implants feel and function like your natural teeth. So make it a habit to clean your new teeth after each meal in order to prevent infection and control bacterial biofilm. You can buy special dental instruments and brushes available in the market that can help you clean your restored set of artificial replacements in a better way, without damaging the implant’s surface. You must keep the mouth and tongue properly cleaned.

Flossing 

Flossing is of utmost importance for the health of natural as well as the implanted teeth. After getting your new teeth, you should use gauze or special floss to cleanse the implanted teeth. Make sure that the implants are cleaned properly so that they continue functioning in a healthy way.

Regular Dental Check Up 

In order to keep your implants healthy and in good shape, periodic follow-up visits with the dentist is a must to make sure that your implants are not loose and that your other normal teeth and gums are healthy. Going for the checkup of your implanted artificial tooth or teeth twice in a year is recommended.

Follow your Dentist 

It is of utmost importance that you follow the instructions carefully if any given by your dental surgeon after the teeth implantation.

Food and Drink 

It’s perfectly okay to eat most foods after getting your new teeth implanted. But, avoiding chewing hard objects like ice and sticky foods like candies at least for a week following the implantation could be a wise idea.

To ensure the best possible outcome, you should limit your food intake to light meals like soup and yoghurt. Smoking and drinking any beverages through a straw immediately after the implants could be dangerous as both practices create suction that may pull your stitches.

Do you want to know more about Dental implants? Please refer to the Dental implant page…. Click here.

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Choose your dental implant dentist carefully & wisely

Choosing the ideal implant dentist can make all the difference when opting for dental implant surgery. When selecting a dental implant surgeon, make sure you know their experience and know their percentage success rate in relation to industry standards. The selection of a dentist and a dental team to address the dental needs of an individual or family is a challenge, especially when moving to a new area. Most people really do not know what questions to ask a potential dentist. This can be a source of concern and even be intimidating for a person looking for a good dentist. Not knowing what to ask can cause a person to delay even by starting the process of finding the right dentist.

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Spend time choosing…

People often spend much less time choosing an implant dentist than they are looking for a cosmetic surgeon. However, there is still a significant risk of failure if you select the wrong implant dentist and the consequences of an implant failure can be both painful, painful for the patient and for the time. An awkward dental implant cannot always be set up and, at best, recovery time will be required as well as possible bone grafts and other cosmetic dentistry procedures before a second attempt can be made.

Dental Implant when done correctly will last long term

There are many implant procedures that, when done correctly, can offer a long-term, natural solution for those who need prosthetic teeth. However, if you select an implant dentist who does not have the right level of skill for the level of work needed, you might find yourself wishing never to be considered the dental implant.

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APPOINTMENT

Feel free to call us or make an online appointment to book in for Dental Implant Consultation at Uplus Dental Sydney in Strathfield.

Book an appointment with us today!

Whats to look for in Dental Implant Surgeon

A dental implant essentially involves a screw placed in the jaw to which a crown is attached. If your implant dentist fails to properly place the screw or you do not notice that you have enough bone to support the screw before attempting to repair it, there is a risk of implant failure. The placement of dental implants is a skilled job that requires a significant level of training beyond general dental work.  It is strongly advised to evaluate the level of competence of your chosen implant dentist before proceeding with any dental implant procedure.  Basically, your implant dentist should follow strict procedural guidelines in the sense that dental implants need to have a solid foundation and must have sufficient access to allow for a high level of dental work.  If you choose an experienced implant dentist who is highly skilled in the dental implant in the area of ​​cosmetic dentistry, then the success rate for the dental implant is substantially high.

Restrict the scope of options 

Before selecting your dentist, you should ask some questions, but you must restrict the scope of options by one or more of the following: Location: Many people want a dentist to be reasonably close to their home or office location, for example within about 5 miles. Obviously, this is for convenience and is certainly a consideration. Referral: Ask a friend or colleague if you can recommend a good dentist. This is not a bad way to refine the field. Do not fill the experiences a friend has had with a dental office. First Impressions: If you look at the yellow pages, you will notice that most dentist ads look the same. Of course, some ads are bigger or smaller but I think you will agree that they are not very helpful in making you feel that you have found the dentist for you. This is also true for Google and Yahoo. Here is a suggestion that will help you narrow down: Select an office you are interested in and call them! Speak with the receptionist who answers your call. Is she happy to have called? Is her voice smiling as she speaks with you? Ask any questions you may have at this time. Do they treat children? How long would it take to make an appointment? What are their office hours, etc.? Have your questions been answered? Did you offer an appointment that worked with your needs and schedule? Assess how you were treated by telephone? I firmly believe that the dental team treats patients and potential patients the way the dentist treats his or her staff. If you have been well treated, it is a good indicator that the dentist is concerned enough to look after his staff and treat you with care and kindness.

Meet the dentist & Staff

Make the appointment now and get ready to meet with the dentist and staff. Your first opportunity to visit with the dentist should not be while you are upside down in a dental treatment chair! Each person is different, with different desires and needs and some even have fears, which, as I was a patient “chicken”, is understandable, so the initial interview should be in a less stressful environment.

Do you want to know more about Dental implants? Please refer to the Dental implant page…. Click here.