Archive for November, 2015

Sutton Dentist Explains Fluoride Benefits

5th November, 2015

Fluoride is something used daily that we may not realise we are consuming even though it is being used in vast quantities in our everyday lives, from water to toothpastes

The negative reports from the use of fluoride stem from the fact that it is toxic. Too much fluoride has been proven to be terminal in some children and over use in later life can lead to what is termed fluorosis- this is where deposits are found throughout the brain. Strangely, it can also cause problems of discolouration in the teeth and in some countries, the use of fluoride has been banned altogether.

However a Sutton dentist explains even though it has these negative factors attached to it, fluoride is very good for the enamel of the teeth. It is proven to help in the fight against tooth decay whilst enriching it and giving it extra strength. Fluoride also reduces the amount of eroding acids that emanate from bacteria, which is why the majority of toothpastes still use it. When used in moderation, fluoride seems to be a great advantage in dentistry but everyone has a right to know the facts either way.

For more information on fluoride talk to our dental team at Ninety 2 Dental

What to Expect When Having an Extraction

Teeth extraction is the removal of teeth from the bone that they are developed on. There are different reason why teeth can be extracted ranging from a decayed root that cannot be restored, an impacted tooth, diseases of the gum that work otherwise not heal if the tooth is not extracted to misaligned teeth that are in the way of other developing teeth. Tooth roots are held to the bone by the periodontal ligament in the socket in which it rests inside the alveolar bone. Other possible reasons for teeth extraction are nerve injury.

Depending on the position of the tooth to be removed, there will be different instruments that would be used in making this happen. Operations involving the removal of a visible tooth are called simple extractions and the tools that are used are as well simple. Local anesthesia is widely used for simple teeth extractions. More complicated instruments would be used to remove impacted teeth that did not get to the surface of the gum. These would usually involve surgical operations since the teeth are not visible.

In simple teeth extractions, there are two instruments used to extract teeth and they are dental extraction forceps and the periosteal elevator. Each of these has a different purpose, and considering that the tooth is visible, it is only pressure that is applied to weaken the periodontal ligament and break it to let go of the tooth. The dental extraction forceps are used to hold the part of the tooth that is above the gum and apply this pressure while the elevator is used to lever out and pull the tooth from the socket it is developed in.

Teeth that did not erupt to above the gum tissue or have broken close to the alveolar bone, a surgical operations would have to be applied and this kind of extraction is called the atraumatic extraction. If the teeth developed beyond the bone, then a blade or incisor would be required to cut the gum tissue to expose it, usually a drill would be used to break the tooth to pieces to ease the removal. The exact instrument that is used to drill is called an osteotome. Another instrument is the periotome which can be manual or machine operated and is used to remove the bone tissue.

Present day oral surgeons have instruments that are meant to have the least damage to the alveolar bone that the tooth is resting on in atraumatic teeth extractions. This is in the view that the patient might need an implant to fill up the space that has been left by the extracted tooth. Despite the instruments used in teeth extractions, oral surgeons need to take the utmost care not to injure the buccal bone and buccal plate.

Teeth extraction can be a costly venture and replacement with implants is even more costly. Considering most teeth extractions are done due to infections on the tooth, it is necessary to try to keep the surgeon away by brushing regularly and thoroughly, with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist.

Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene At Home

We all know its important to to look after our health throughout our lives consisting of a healthy diet and exercise regime, However not many people take this approach to their teeth and after all we only get one set and one smile!

Oral hygiene products are constantly evolving, with companies developing more and more products and devices to make it easy for us to look after our teeth and gums.

But sometimes all the information on products may leave us confused as to which are the best for you. Having a chat with your dentist, who knows your teeth and has a history of everything that has gone wrong in the past, we can then get a good understanding of what we need to buy so that things do not go wrong in the future.

There is an amazing selection of products on the market right now so with a bit of knowledge and research we can all find the right ones. Toothbrush technology has evolved incredibly. Then, there are toothpastes, flosses, mouthwashes and inter-dental brushes to look after the foundations of your smile.