Posts for: May, 2018
Your smile may look healthy, but something quite unhealthy may be going on behind it. Unbeknownst to you, periodontal (gum) disease could even now be damaging tissues and bone that could lead to tooth loss. Caused by plaque, a thin film of food remnant and bacteria built up on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene, gum disease can aggressively spread deep into gum tissues without you even realizing it.
If you pay close attention to your gums, however, it’s still possible to pick up signs of the disease, even during its early “silent” stage. As the infection progresses, the signs will become more frequent — and consequential.
Here are 4 signs of gum disease you should definitely keep on your radar.
Bleeding. Unless you’re doing it too hard, healthy gums won’t normally bleed when you’re brushing or flossing. If they do bleed with just light to moderate pressure, it’s a sign the tissues have been inflamed and weakened by the infection.
Inflammation and redness. If you notice your gums seem swollen or reddened, it could mean they’re inflamed. Inflammation is the body’s response for fighting infection — however, if the inflammation becomes chronic it can actually damage the tissue it’s trying to protect.
Abscesses. These are localized areas in the gums where the infection has become isolated. They’ll typically be more swollen than surrounding gum tissues and are often filled with pus. They can also be sensitive to the touch and painful. Any sore spot like this that lasts for more than a few days should be examined.
Loose or moving teeth. Teeth that can move in the socket or appear to have shifted their position are signs of an advanced stage of gum disease. It’s an indication the gum and bone tissue that hold teeth in place have been weakened and are losing their attachment. Without immediate treatment, it’s just a matter of time before the teeth are lost altogether.
If you notice any of these signs, you should see us as soon as possible for a complete exam. The sooner we’re able to diagnose gum disease and begin treatment, the less likely it will permanently harm your teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When to See a Periodontist.”
Ready to straighten your smile? Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Invisalign effectively corrects a variety of dental problems, including: crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, gapped teeth, and overcrowded teeth. Diamond Dental, which is located in Newtown, CT, offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients. Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli is one of the finest dentists in Newtown, CT. Read on to find out Invisalign works to straighten your smile.
What are the aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made of a patented, nearly invisible thermoplastic material created exclusively for the Invisalign treatment plan. Invisalign aligners are approved by the FDA. Your Invisalign aligners will be custom-made for your teeth.
How does Invisalign work?
You will wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks. Invisalign aligners straighten teeth through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. Your teeth will gradually move over time. You will only remove your aligners to eat, drink, floss, and brush. The average patient wears between 18 and 36 sets of aligners of aligners during their treatment.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners nearly invisible, so hardly any one can tell you are straightening your smile. Invisalign aligners are comfortable, there are no metal or wires which may cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want. Flossing and brushing are no problem, so you can maintain your dental hygiene as usual.
How long does treatment take?
The average length of your treatment depends on the severity of your condition and can only be determined by your Invisalign-trained dentist. The average Invisalign treatment time is 9 to 18 months. Before you begin treatment, you will know exactly how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like at the end.
How do I get Invisalign?
Getting started with Invisalign treatment couldn’t be easier. Contact Dr. Vedullapalli in Newtown, CT, and schedule a consultation. At your consultation, your dentist will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is right for you.
Millions of people from around the world have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute- call Diamond Dental at 203-403-2428 today to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Newtown, CT. You're on your way to straighter teeth and a gorgeous smile!
Teeth lost to tooth decay can have devastating consequences for a child’s dental health. Not only can it disrupt their current nutrition, speech and social interaction, it can also skew their oral development for years to come.
Fortunately, we have a number of preventive tools to curb decay in young children. One of the most important of these, dental sealants, has been around for decades. We apply these resin or glass-like material coatings to the pits and crevices of teeth (especially molars) to help prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque in areas where bacteria tend to thrive.
Applying sealants is a simple and pain-free process. We first brush the coating in liquid form onto the teeth’s surface areas we wish to protect. We then use a special curing light to harden the sealant and create a durable seal.
So how effective are sealants in preventing tooth decay? Two studies in recent years reviewing dental care results from thousands of patients concluded sealants could effectively reduce cavities even four years after their application. Children who didn’t receive sealants had cavities at least three times the rate of those who did.
Sealant applications, of course, have some expense attached to them. However, it’s far less than the cost for cavity filling and other treatments for decay, not to mention future treatment costs resulting from previous decay. What’s more important, though, is the beneficial impact sealants can have a child’s dental health now and on into adulthood. That’s why sealants are recommended by both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
And while sealants are effective, they’re only one part of a comprehensive strategy to promote your child’s optimum dental health. Daily brushing and flossing, a “tooth-friendly” diet and regular dental cleanings and checkups are also necessary in helping to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free of tooth decay.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance an unattractive smile. But are they appropriate for teenagers? The answer usually depends on a patient’s current development stage and the type of veneer used.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth. But even though quite thin, they can appear bulky if we don’t first remove some of the tooth’s enamel surface. This is irreversible, so the tooth may require a restoration from then on.
This could be a major issue for teens whose permanent teeth are still developing. During this period the tooth’s central pulp is relatively large and the dentin layer not fully developed. As a result, the pulp’s nerves are often closer to the surface than in an adult tooth. This increases risk of nerve damage during veneer preparation; if nerve damage occurs, the tooth could ultimately require a root canal treatment to save it.
On the other hand, some types of veneers don’t require tooth alteration (or only very little) beforehand. These “no-prep” or “minimal prep” veneers are best for certain situations like abnormally small teeth, so we must first determine if using such a veneer would be appropriate for your teen.
In effect, we’ll need to weigh these and other factors before determining if veneers are a safe choice for your teen. That being the case, it may be more advisable to consider more conservative cosmetic techniques first. For example, if enamel staining is the main issue, you could consider teeth whitening. Although the often amazing results eventually fade, whitening could still buy some time until the teeth have matured to safely apply veneers.
Slight deformities like chipping can often be corrected by bonding tooth-colored composite material to the tooth. In artistic hands it’s even possible to create a full veneer effect with very little if any tooth preparation. How much we can apply, though, depends on tooth size, and it won’t be as durable as a porcelain veneer.
With that said, veneers could be the right solution to enhance your teen’s smile. But, we’ll need to carefully consider their dental situation to ensure their new smile remains a healthy one.