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Should You Get Your Gapped Teeth Fixed?

January 16, 2020

While most people have no problem with a front tooth gap, this condition may sometimes affect our oral health. Below is a list of things you need to consider.

Key takeaways:

–   Seek dental treatment if you’re experiencing jaw pain and crowding, as it may be due to the gap. Large gaps may leave little room for the adjacent teeth to come in properly, therefore causing tooth alignment issues and bite problems.

–   For some people, a tooth gap means severe gum disease. Gum inflammation and infection may damage the connective tissue which holds the teeth in place. Once damaged, your teeth may become looser and more spaced therefore resulting in gaps.

–   In most cases, gapped teeth rarely affect people’s oral health. For this reason, most patients often forego treatment and choose to keep their gapped teeth. A tooth gap may also be caused by genetics. So, if one of your parents has it, it might not be an issue of concern for you. 

Getting treatment for a tooth gap is ultimately your choice. Your dentist can let you know more about your smile when you go in for an appointment.

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Do Dental Implants Become Discoloured?

January 14, 2020

Dental implants are designed to match the teeth they are replacing in size, shape and colour. The result is a “false” tooth which is actually a dental crown that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth and almost impossible to detect. 

The implant needs no special treatment and is brushed and flossed exactly like a natural tooth. However, like our natural teeth, implants are not immune to the passage of time or from staining due to the foods and drinks we consume or from tobacco smoke. 

Today’s dental crowns are usually made from porcelain which is highly resistant to staining and regular brushing and flossing should limit any discolouration and prolong the crown’s lifespan. 

Over time, however, it is inevitable that some discolouration will occur but this is normal. You may wish to replace the crown if whitening doesn’t lighten the colour. 

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Advancements in Orthodontic Treatment

January 9, 2020

There have been several advances in modern orthodontic treatment over the last two decades. It is now possible to have better results with less discomfort or embarrassment — and more quickly than ever. In months, not years, you can have a great smile with straight teeth, whether you’re a teen or adult.

Key takeaways:

–   Unlike traditional braces that have black “train track” metal wires, today’s braces include ceramic braces with tooth-coloured brackets which give them a more natural appearance. 

–   You may also have lingual braces applied to the back of your teeth so they are not noticeable.

–   Clear plastic, removable aligners make it easier to eat, brush and floss comfortably while still correcting alignment problems. However, note that aligners can be more expensive and treat less complex dental problems. 

Talk to your dentist about creating a flossing routine after receiving your orthodontic treatment.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Thumb-Sucking

January 6, 2020

If you’re a parent, you have probably noticed that most toddlers seem to pick up thumb sucking by the time they are 3. Under normal circumstances, this habit isn’t something you should worry about, as the majority of children will stop sucking on their thumbs when they reach age 5 or 6. 

However, there are some cases in which thumb-sucking can become abnormal and have negative effects on your child’s future oral health. Here are some important things you should know about thumb-sucking and about how this habit can be detrimental to your toddler’s oral health.

Key takeaways:

–   Thumb sucking that doesn’t stop by the time your child’s permanent teeth come in can cause overcrowding problems, since teeth may grow around the finger.

–   Prolonged thumb-sucking can also cause the teeth to move forward or stick out.

–   One of the serious conditions caused by excessive thumb-sucking is an improper bite, which can cause discomfort in addition to functional and aesthetic problems.

Many of the negative effects of thumb-sucking require lengthy dental treatment, so don’t postpone a visit to the dentist if you think your child’s oral health is at risk.

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What Can Be Done About Teeth That Turn Black?

January 3, 2020

Following accidents, injuries, infections, or dental disease, you may notice that one of your teeth starts taking on a darker shade. In some cases, you may notice it goes from white to grey, whereas in others, the colour may gradually change to almost black. 

This can be cause for concern, so it’s important not to ignore the problem and to see a dentist as soon as possible to get the cause diagnosed. Here’s what you should expect if you notice dark discolouration or dark spots on your teeth.

Key takeaways:

–   Your dentist will suggest a course of action after finding out the cause. The extent of treatment depends on whether the inside of the tooth has been affected.

–   You may need root canal therapy. This will remove dead tissue and restore your tooth without needing to get it extracted.

–   If the damage is severe or the affected area too large to be saved, you may need to have a tooth extraction.

Remember that even after treatment, it may take some time for your tooth to go back to its natural colour.

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