Health Teeth and Tooth Restoration

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Published on February 19, 2014

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Health Teeth and Tooth Restoration

Taking Care of Your Dental Health Your dental health is more important than you think. While most people would have other body parts in mind that they would deem the dirtiest of them all, it is actually the mouth that takes home the prize when it comes to filthiness, and this is not just in a figurative sense. Unless you are hooked to an IV, your food and liquid intake would have to pass through your mouth, the digestive process for which also involves the special participation of your teeth. This reason alone would tell you how important it is to take care of your oral health, or suffer the consequences. Brushing Your Teeth Won’t Take Forever Five minutes is too long. All you have to do is brush your teeth, ideally after every meal, to clear your mouth of all the germs applying for a resident visa inside it. If you take this for granted, they could actually cause you trouble by multiplying and invading territories that are not supposed to be for them. If and when that happens, you will get sick, and infection is the last thing you would want to happen, unless you happen to love hospitals and injections. Befriend Your Dentist While we all tend to associate dentists with nasty and painful procedures such as the notorious root canal, credit should also be given where it is due. Your dentist is your friend, and seeing your dentist is recommended twice a year for the sake of your dental health. While brushing every day and even flossing could help maintain your oral health, regular check-up is still the best way to detect potential dental problems that would not easily be spotted by self-detection. Everyone is susceptible to illnesses may it be oral cancer or the more common gingivitis. What are Your Tooth Restoration Options? When it comes to tooth restoration, you only have two options: direct and indirect. Whatever you choose depends on the severity of your condition as well as the advice of your dentist, which is the reason why consultation is important before you decide on which option to choose. Tooth restoration is usually done on individuals who are missing some tooth structure, and this problem is usually blamed on caries, external trauma, or cavities. See, that toothpaste commercial was not joking when it said that you must brush your teeth regularly. Direct Restoration

Direct restoration is a procedure which, as the name suggests, involves direct operation on the tooth in question. What happens is that some malleable filling would be melted and poured directly into the tooth. Once it hardens, it forms part of that tooth and thus, would stand to resist whatever outside pressure or cavity waiting to cause more damage. This is usually done in just a single procedure, which means it’s a quick fix for those who do not have the time and energy to deal with all the preparations that indirect tooth restoration would entail. Indirect Restoration Indirect restoration relies on the use of dental appliances or implants that are meant to either aid the recovery of the tooth in question, or replace it for good. The most common dental materials used for such a technique would include dental crowns, bridges, veneers, as well as inlays and onlays. Dentures are also considered to fall under this category. What makes this option a bit unpopular is how it involves lengthy preparation, which in effect is actually justifiable given the long lasting nature of the techniques involved. As such, more people still opt for this tooth restoration technique instead of quick fixes that do not last. What You Need to Know About Restoring Teeth Restoring teeth has been part of common dental practice for a long time now and asking why so is actually moot. For anyone who has suffered a traumatic accident and lost a few teeth, or even just for more common day-to-day occurrences such as losing a tooth, they would know how vital this procedure is not just for convenience’s sake, but also for the restoration of their self-esteem. Nowadays, a lot of options are available depending on the situation an individual is in. Consulting an orthodontist would be the most logical thing to do before choosing a specific procedure. Dental Implants One popular tooth restoration technique is the use of dental implants, which involves drilling onto the gums before installing a dental crown usually made or porcelain to the said metallic component. This option is usually chosen by patients who want something more long-term. By long-term, we mean almost forever because once the implants undergo osseointegration, they are as good as fused to the patient’s facial structure. This only means that long term regular maintenance is no longer a necessity for the patient. This particular technique is often referred to as “indirect restoration”. Bridges and Dentures

If you are looking for something more temporary and not as costly, then you can also opt for bridges. Unlike dental crowns, bridges usually make use of the neighboring teeth as an anchor on which a false tooth, which could be modeled after the other teeth in terms of color, is hinged. This particular technique is typical for older patients who prefer something detachable and easy to adjust. Aside from these, there are more alternatives when it comes to restoring teeth, and the best thing to do is consult your dentist so as to know which particular option would suit you best.

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