For children, X-Rays are generally recommended at around two or three years of age, if required. At American Smiles, our Child Specialists use techniques that offer low dose radiation x-rays so that your child’s x-rays are as safe as possible.
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is done in order to save teeth in which the deepest layer of the tooth (pulp) has been infected or inflamed due to decay, trauma, chronic sensitivity, etc. Our Root Canal Specialists is expertly skilled in making sure that your RCT is painless. We administer local anaesthesia in order to numb the tooth in question so that you are comfortable during the procedure.
The American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist when they turn one, after their baby teeth start to come out. Following this, routine visits, every three to six months, are recommended for all children to keep a track on their dental growth and development. This allows us to monitor their baby teeth, the growing permanent teeth, their jaws and muscles and gives us a window for early intervention, if required.
A dental implant is like a man-made tooth that is used to replace one or several missing teeth. This is done in a two stage process where an implant fixture is surgically placed into the bone, it is allowed to integrate with the surrounding area and is then re-visited in order to place the crown. The procedure is done under local anaesthesia by our highly experienced Implantologist. The area of placement will be completely numb during the procedure.
In the first sitting of a root canal treatment, anaesthesia is required as the pulpal tissue will be accessed and removed. In subsequent visits, generally, patients do not require anesthesia unless they are symptomatic.
The purpose of dental cleaning is to remove tartar, plaque and calculus that act as a harbour for many harmful bacteria. If it is not removed, these bacteria release toxins which can cause infection and breakdown of the tooth supporting structures such as the gums and bone. This results in gum disease. Regular dental cleaning removes these local factors thereby maintaining good gum health.
Most dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour on average, a dental cleaning does more than just giving you a sparkly smile, it helps in removal of unwanted bacteria which grow in small spaces present in between the gum and the tooth surface, which may cause the tooth structure to demineralize over a period of time and start off with a dental decay. We advice getting a dental check up done once in 3 months and a cleaning done once in 6 months, if need be for certain patients a cleaning may be required once in 3 months depending on the general condition of the patients mouth and also their oral hygiene habits.
Placement of a dental implant occurs in two main stages. In the first stage, the implant fixture is placed into the bone and it is allowed to heal, replacing the root portion of the tooth. In the next stage, the crown portion of the tooth is replaced. Dental implants are done routinely at our practice under local anaesthesia. Our Implantologist will make sure that the implant site is completely numb and that you are comfortable during the placement of the implant.
Gums mostly bleed when they are irritated/inflamed due to the presence of a large amount of bacteria and tartar build up (salts and minerals from our own saliva that accumulate around and on our teeth/gums). This build-up of salts and minerals gradually start pushing the gums away from the tooth surface(loss of attachment of gum tissue to the tooth), and start forming small pockets that collect food, bacteria and tartar, these in turn make the gums very irritated, red, swollen and the gums start to bleed on brushing/touch. We would advise you to get a dental cleaning done at the earliest and ask you to make changes in your brushing technique as well as to incorporate a few regular habits that need to be followed, such as: 1. Brush your teeth twice a day (using the proper technique and less force) 2. Floss after every meal/at night.(especially if you have a filling/crown & bridge work) 3. Regular warm salt water rinses.(at least twice a day as it brings down the redness and puffiness)
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the layer of a tooth underneath the enamel (the white-outermost layer of a tooth),called the dentin is exposed to the external environment. The dentin has microscopic channels, called tubules, which are pathways that connect to the nerve of the tooth. When this dentin layer is exposed, due to receding gum tissue (due to plaque/tartar build up) or enamel loss (due to a cavity which is present/long term use of acidic food and mouthwashes/clenching or grinding of teeth),the nerves are more easily triggered by certain stimuli causing tooth sensitivity.
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