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Dental Implant over Bridges

Crowns and bridges: A crown is a cap like structure placed over a tooth and a bridge is made to replace a missing tooth. There are various reasons why a bridge may be indicated on your teeth. 1.     Missing tooth 2.     Two or more successive root canal treated teeth  3.     Missing teeth on either side of a natural tooth 4.     Generalized attrition of teeth reducing the vertical height etc., In any of these situations you may be advised a bridge. The bridge involves capping 3 or more teeth. In case you have a missing tooth, to provide a bridge the dentist has to prepare the tooth behind and infront of the missing region. Therefore two teeth which are good, normal and healthy have to be prepared to receive a bridge. An intentional root canal treatment may be necessary sometimes on these teeth before they are prepared to receive a bridge. Hence we are compromising the health of 2 teeth to replace a missing tooth. Sometimes when more than one tooth is missing

All You Need to Know about MILK TEETH

All You Need to Know about MILK TEETH Man has two sets of dentition in his life span. The first one is called DECIDUOUS dentition or MILK teeth or PRIMARY teeth. The second one is called PERMANENT dentition.                               The total no of milk teeth is 20 in number. 10 teeth in the upper arch and 10 teeth in the lower arch. The first milk tooth erupts into the oral cavity by around 6 months of age and by 3 years all 20 milk teeth would have erupted. There can be a variation of a few months in the eruption of these teeth. The first permanent tooth erupts approximately by 6 years hence the child will have all milk teeth between 3 to 6 years. The shedding of milk teeth starts at around 6 years and goes all the way up to 12 years. One needs to be careful to maintain the health of these teeth until they are exfoliated and the permanent teeth erupt in their space. Some common problems are seen in deciduous dentition: Nursing bottle caries Nursing B

How Does Thumb Sucking Affect Your Child's Teeth?

Sucking can be of nutritive value, self-soothing, and a pleasurable oral reflex. Soon after birth, the child has a reflexive behavior for sucking. Anything kept in the mouth will be sucked. Usually, this reflex will go by 4 months of age. If it persists beyond this age it becomes a habit that can pose some orthodontic problems to the teeth . Aetiology of Thumb Sucking: 1.     Loneliness: If the child feels left out and is not getting enough attention then the child may resort to digit-sucking 2.      Hunger satisfaction: If the child remains not completely fed then he/she fulfills his hunger by sucking his digits 3.     Sense of Insecurity: The child derives a sense of comfort and security by sucking his digits Digit sucking habit in the early years is acceptable. The child usually should be off the habit by the time the permanent dentition starts to be seen.   So thumb sucking up to the age of 5-6 yrs is acceptable. If the habit persists beyond this