Himachal Dental


Get Rid Of Dental Calculus

Calculus is a form of hardened Dental plaque and is synonymous with tartar. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth. Its rough surface provides an ideal medium for further plaque formation, threatening the health of the gingiva. The initial deposition hardens the plaque surface which makes it an ideal substrate to further development of the dental calculus.Plaque accumulation causes the gingiva to become irritated and inflamed, and this is referred to as gingivitis. When the gingiva become so irritated that there is a loss of the connective tissue fibers that attach the gums to the teeth and bone that surrounds the tooth, this is known as periodontitis. Because dental plaque is the sole cause of periodontitis, it is referred to as the primary aetiology. Plaque that remains in the oral cavity long enough will eventually calcify and become calculus.

Brushing and flossing will help you if the calculus is in its formative stages. But a more serious condition requires their removal by the use of ultrasonic waves and sharpened tools which is why it is always better to visit your dentist irrespective of the degree of the problem. Initial stages of dental calculus are generally found to be removed by routine brushing and flossing but there have been cases wherein the gums have been inflicted with further damage when the individual was trying to get rid of the calculus himself. A layman will not be able to determine whether the calculus is rudimentary or well developed and hence it is always suggested to visit the dentist.

The dentist will examine your condition and then suggest the best possible solution. It is not always that you will have to go for ultrasonic treatment and if the problem is small the dentist himself will not opt for specialized treatment. The bottom line is that good oral care is very important if you want your teeth and gums to be problem free. Dental care costs far cheaper than curing a dental problem and hence the decision is to be taken by you whether you want to be going through the process of treatment.

Regular brushing and flossing along with regular dental checkups are all that is required to prevent dental problems. So don’t wait any longer. Go fix an appointment with your dentist now.

Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding Gives A Beautiful Smile

Cosmetic Dental bonding is done with a composite resin material that is used to fix various dental problems. The composite bonding material can be used to fix some breaks, cracks and chips on teeth and some spaces between teeth called diastemas. If the tooth imperfections or spaces are large, bonding may not be an option, in which case porcelain veneers or crowns may be required to give a good cosmetic result.

To start the tooth bonding procedure, your Dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth for treatment by roughening the surface to be repaired and then recontouring the surface to acccept the composite resin material. Surface roughening is performed to allow the resin to adhere properly to the tooth structure when it hardens. When the tooth or teeth are properly prepared, the cosmetic dentist will apply a mixture of two different materials which have an adhesive and a catalyst in them. The putty-like composite material, which is tooth colored is applied and sculpted to correct the problems. The composite material is then carefully applied to the properly prepared area of the tooth to be fixed. The tooth-colored composite is then shaped and smoothed to accomplish the desired cosmetic appearance. To harden the composite resin material once it is placed on the tooth, a high intensity light is used to cure it by your Cosmetic Dentist. If the area to be fixed is large or deep, more than one layer of composite material may have to be applied and cured separately. After shaping the material, the newly fixed area is smoothed and polished to look like the natural tooth structure. If done correctly by someone well trained in cosmetic dentistry, the finished tooth colored composite should have the same appearance as its adjacent natural tooth structure. Any tooth whitening that is needed or desired should be done prior to the use of cosmetic dental bonding resins, because the resin is not effected by the bleaching process and remains its original color. Generally, composite bonding is done on teeth after they have been bleached. At that time after bleaching, the tooth-colored bonding material is matched to the newly whitened teeth. Cosmetic tooth bonding with composite material can usually be completed during one office visit, depending upon the amount of repair needed and the number of teeth to be treated. Cosmetic cases that are complicated involving multiple teeth may require more than one visit to your  Cosmetic Dentist.

Cosmetic dental tooth bonding
is quick and generally able to be finished in one visit to the dentist if they are properly trained in cosmetic dental work. The finished product is usually relatively long lasting, assuming the patient takes normal care of their teeth. Tooth colored dental bonding is a wonderful alternative to more extensive and more expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment that is done with porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges. Cost is often a concern for patients. The cost of dental tooth bonding varies depending upon three things: (1) the number of teeth that are repaired; (2) the size of the individual areas that are bonded; and (3) the geographic area of the country where the procedures are performed.

As always, this information is not in any way meant to replace a visit and examination by your own dentist. However, if you do not currently have a dentist, you may contact Shimla Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Goma, to set up a dental exam and additional information may be viewed at our  Himachaldental Cosmetic Dentistry website.

Botox : Alternative To Surgical Procedures

Botox is increasingly becoming the treatment of choice for patients to regain their youthful appearance. Once solely the preserve of the rich and famous, botox is now a common everyday procedure .Botox is a bacterial toxin that is safe to use in the human body. It relaxes facial muscles and lessens the appearance of wrinkles when it is injected into the face.The injections are safe and simple and last for up to four months before the body breaks down the botox naturally. Patients usually return for top up treatments every four months

Botox works by blocking the signals between nerve endings. When injected in minute quantities it can temporarily reduce the impression of lines caused by muscle movements. It is a painless procedure and patients usually start to see results after two to three days. 90 per cent of women who took part in clinical trials said they had noticed a marked improvement in appearance after only one treatment.The facial rejuvenation it offers is the closest you can get to a non-surgical facelift. It is also becoming increasingly popular  and is being offered by cosmetic dentists as part of an overall smile makeover. It is able to make a significant difference in facial tissue and lip tissue leaving the patient with healthy looking plump and firm flesh that frames a beautiful smile. Consult your dentist about botox treatments and you could take years off your appearance without having to go anywhere near he surgeons knife.

The most promising and exciting new addition to the dental arsenal against TMJ is having Botox injected into the painful muscles. One single session of injections is curative for 2/3 of the patients.Now you may get relief from TMJ clenching, grinding, and headache pain within a week with therapeutic Botox injections.

The most common benefit of Botox is the reduction in the number of clenching events and their intensity. This will reduce the destruction of your teeth, gums and jaw joint, and reduce the discomfort and pain in your face and chewing muscles. A beneficial side-effect is the smoothing of lines between the brows and in the forehead. Since the muscles are unable to contract, Botox may actually prevent new wrinkles from forming. Other benefits are that only the injected areas are affected and results are often seen within 24 – 48 hours. Another possible benefit is that the botulinum toxin does not stay in the body indefinitely, so if there is an adverse effect it is only temporary. There is also the likely possibility that with frequent treatments, the injected muscles will atrophy allowing the patient to go longer and longer between treatments.

Who is an ideal candidate?
Botox may or may not be the best treatment for the results you desire. An ideal candidate meets the following conditions:

* Between the ages of 18-65
* Has a dento-facial problem caused by parafunctional muscle activity
* Does not object to the disappearance of his/her wrinkles
* Is looking for a non-surgical solution
* Is looking for a temporary solution
* Is knowledgeable about the procedure
* Is realistic in expectations
* Is in good physical and psychological health
* Is not pregnant or nursing

VELscope:Oral Cancer Screening System

The average dentist will see three to five patients a day who exhibit soft tissue abnormalities. Cheek biting, canker sores and lesions from poor fitting dentures are some examples of tissue trauma that we witness daily. Though these lesions are benign they share similarities with dangerous lesions.  It is up to us the dental professional to distinguish between the two. We are very fortunate to be able to offer VELscope to our patients.
VELscope is an oral cancer screening system.  This technology was developed in collaboration with the British Columbia Cancer Agency and MD Anderson Cancer Center, with funding provided by the NIH. It is quite unfortunate that only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in earlier stages.  Early diagnosis can increases the 5 year survival rate form 52% to 90%.  With the help of VELscope we can detect potentially dangerous growths beneath the surface that we may not have detected with our conventional oral screening exam. An incandescent light used to enhance the visualization of oral tissue abnormalities.  The fluorescence changes in the tissue enable us to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. The VELscope technology is the only non-invasive adjunctive device clinically proven to help discover occult oral disease.
India has one of the highest incidence of Oral cancer in the world. The high incidence of oral cancer and oral pre-cancerous lesions in India has long been linked with the habit of betel quid chewing incorporating tobacco.
Oral cancer ranks number one among men and number three among women in India. Oral cancer constitutes 12% of all cancers in men and 8% of all cancers among women.  “There are about 7,00,000 new cases of cancers every year in India out of which tobacco related cancers are about 3,00,000. Cost of treatment of oral cancer is about 3.5 lakh. This can be completely prevented by simple changes in lifestyle and regular screening and even have health benefits that reach beyond cancer.” For more information on cancer screening call Goma dental at 177-645-0704.


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