50% of people say that a smile is the first facial feature they notice in someone. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone.Teeth stains are all but inevitable. So if you want to look younger and healthier, your teeth are a great place to start! Brush after every meal, floss daily, and see your dentist every five months for a check up and cleaning.
But even the best preventative measures can’t prevent the natural aging process of the teeth – and this is where your dentist can take 10 to 15 years off your appearance. Best of all, it’s cheaper, safer, and looks more realistic than plastic surgery!
Science confirms the root canal and cancer connection Science is beginning to agree with Henderson’s claim. Dr. Robert Jones, looked directly at the relationship between root canals and breast cancer. His 5-year study involving over 500 women with breast cancer found that 95 percent of them had root canals. Interestingly, he also found that, in…
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Dental Fillings: The Procedure
The dentist begins the dental filling procedure by preparing the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.
The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
Dental Fillings Recovery and Aftercare
After the cavity has been filled, your dentist will discuss steps you can take to prevent decay from forming under or around the filling, or in other teeth.
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing with dental floss or an inter-dental cleaner once a day is advised. Keep appointments with your dentist and hygienist for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings. Depending on your risk for caries, your dentist also may suggest sealants that can be placed over your molars to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay, as well as the use of fluoride mouth rinses as an additional preventive measure.
Also, since diet and nutrition affect oral health, it will be important to maintain a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and between meal snacks.
Dental Filling Costs
The cost of dental fillings depends on a variety of factors, including:
- The dentist who performs the procedure.
- The location where it is performed.
- The type of dental insurance you have. As mentioned above, dental insurance typically does not cover the additional costs associated with composite fillings.
- The number of tooth surfaces that need filling. For example, one tooth may have only one surface affected by decay or damage, while another tooth may have one or all surfaces affected by decay or damage.
On average, amalgam fillings are expected to last approximately 12 years, while composite fillings are expected to last five to seven years. This of course is dependent on your unique considerations, the care with which you treat your oral hygiene and your commitment to continued dental visits.
The cost for amalgam fillings averages approximately $90 to $150 per filling. The cost for resin-based composite fillings, which is determined by the number of tooth surfaces on which the material is placed, ranges on average from $100 to $200 per filling.
If dentist recommends to remove your wisdom teeth, don’t panic. You’ll be just as wise after the extraction as you were before. In fact, when these third molars begin to affect your oral health, having them removed is the smartest choice. You’ll want to play it safe and follow all aftercare instructions to properly heal and prevent any complications later.
Why Aftercare is Crucial
A dry socket develops when the newly formed blood clot within the socket is dislodged or dissolves, exposing bone and nerve endings. In addition to severe pain, symptoms of dry socket as described by the Dental Clinic Tampines are bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth, visible bone within the socket, swollen lymph nodes in your neck area and a fever.
To prevent potential problems after removing wisdom teeth, here are your post-extraction healing instructions:
Apply ice packs to the outside of your mouth intermittently (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) for up to two days to minimize swelling, bruising or any discomfort. If your tooth was infected prior to removal, your dentist may ask you to use warm, moist compresses rather than ice.
Limit eating, drinking and talking for the first two hours following surgery, and plan to rest for the remainder of the day. To keep from dislodging the blood clot, don’t rinse vigorously or use a straw when drinking. Additionally, avoid rigorous exercise for a few days, as well as smoking or spitting excessively on the day of the surgery or as long as there is bleeding. After 12 hours, you can gently rinse with a diluted mouthwash. Carefully brush your teeth the night of the surgery, but avoid the surgical area as best you can.
After the bleeding stops, drink lots of lukewarm or cold fluids to keep hydrated. Eat regular meals, as advised by Dental Care Singapore, but begin with clear liquids and soft foods. Puddings, gelatins, eggs, mashed potatoes and cooked cereals are good choices, as are vegetables, meats and fruits that have been liquefied in a blender. To avoid dislodging the blood clot, stop drinking carbonated beverages and eating foods like popcorn, peanuts, and pasta that may leave particles in your socket.
Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics for infection exactly as directed by your dentist. And remember, if you are taking a strong narcotic pain medication, you’ll be asked not to drive or operate machinery and to avoid alcoholic beverages.
When to Call Your Dentist
Any pain and swelling you have should improve each day, but call your dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Swelling that gets worse instead of better.
- Excessive bleeding that won’t subside with pressure.
- Severe, throbbing pain three to four days following surgery.
- An elevated fever that persists.
Whether you have one wisdom tooth removed or all four, keep in mind that your dentist knows how to get you through this procedure without complications; you just need to use your wisdom to listen.