Dental Implants – Are they worth it ?

It is like asking ,”Human teeth —are they worth it?

One thing I am sure of and I tell all my patients is that,”nothing in this world can replace original”. Very relevant for teeth also. They are really 32 pearls which we take for granted, but understand their importance once we loose them.

If there is anything that is physically, physiologically and mechanically most similar to human tooth than that is a dental implant.

So if you need an extraction than the best rehabilitation of that space would be with an implant.

Are you a suitable candidate for an implant?

Any healthy human can get an implant. Any medical condition like uncontrolled diabetes, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and any other immunocompromised condition will not allow implant to stay in bone as it will be rejected as a foreign body. Further the quality of bone has to be assessed by an X ray and CT scan. This helps us to know exactly which size and shape of implant would be needed.

Implant can be placed immediately after extraction, if there is no infection in bone. Or delayed usually 3-4 weeks after the extraction.

Crown on implant is fixed after 3 months as that gives time to the implant to fix in the bone, without any disturbance from direct chewing forces, but in certain cases like front tooth rehabilitation, an immediate loading (crown) is also done for esthetic reasons.

 Which implant to go for?

As technologically improves every new day, we have better things coming up. But they definitely comes at a price!

So, one should never settle for the cheaper version, as most probably that would be deficient in quality which is measured by surface treatment, threads in screw and density of implant material.

Caution with implants

1.Rejection is prompt in case of any immunocompromised situation in body.

2.There will be scattering when going for local CT scan/ MRI after implant placement.

3.You have to keep it clean likewise or even more than the natural teeth.

So it needs care with love.

So preserve your natural teeth by loving and caring for them. In case of loss of teeth dental Implants are totally worth

the money and time spent to get them !!

Till next time,

Dr V. Thakran 

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DENTAL HEALTH AND A CHILD’s DEVELOPMENT – ARE THEY RELATED?

A child is the most innocent and beautiful creations of God. Innocent because they don’t think or act grey, its either black or white and anything so pure and unadulterated ought to be beautiful. They don’t know the little intricacies of smiling like we adults do, when to smile, when not to, formal smile, pleasing smile and sometimes even plastic smiles. A child’s smile is just that, sheer pleasure, fresh like dew drops and soothing like sunshine on a winter morning!!

I have my little daughters, elder one being nearly 5 years old. Like any other child she is also not very regular with her brushing regime (ironically yes!!). Being a dentist myself I tried to convince her of the bad effects not brushing can have on her teeth but she just gave me one of those “I don’t care” smile and moved on. Initially I thought to just let it go for I was also tired at the end of day but then the consequences dawned upon me.

I have seen many pediatric patients during my practicing years with lots of dental problems mainly decays and pain. One common thing which I noticed among all those children was a lack of confidence, that pure, never caring, confident smile was missing. They were conscious of the fact that their teeth did not look good, social pressure you see. And the main motive behind coming to a dentist was to get appreciation from friends, teachers and peers. This all set me wondering what would be going on in their little heads to handle all that pressure at such young age. I realized that the dental problem is not only giving child a physical discomfort but also hampering their overall physical and mental growth. I would not let that happen to my child.

I think it’s not their fault that they are suffering rather ours .We as parents should make that extra effort to give our child a helping hand to get through that 5 minute regime of brushing, morning and evening.  Believe me these 10 minutes daily you put in with child, ignoring their tantrums will definitely add on to your child’s physical well being and developing her confidence and overall personality. In a way we would be helping our society and country prosper.

A child should smile like one free, confident, fun and fresh!!

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my daughter DHUN!!!

Until next time smile healthy and live happily!!!

Dr Vandana Thakran

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Strong teeth or bad dental habits? Choice is always yours!!!

Hello friends,how are you guys doing? Hope my this article finds you in best of your physical, mental, and dental health!

I usually like to discuss here the practical aspects of dentistry. I prefer talking about any subject which comes from my patients and intrigues me a lot. Like I have been getting many patients with tooth brush abrasion, attrition of teeth due to excessive clenching of jaws, micro fractures of teeth as the patient liked to chew on ice, hot and cold sensitivities in teeth because patient loved lemon so much.

Interestingly, all of them could not imagine that they have been into all these wrong dental practices all this while. So today here I want to discuss point wise all those thing/practices which are harmful for our dental well being.

Do not brush too hard
imagesBrushing your teeth regularly is part of good oral hygiene, but if you brush too vigorously, or too hard you can cause more harm than good. It can wear down enamel, irritate your gums, make your teeth sensitive to cold, and even cause cavities. To avoid these problems use a soft tooth brush which means the bristles are firm enough to remove plaque, but soft enough not to cause damage. Alternatively you can also use your non dominant hand to brush your teeth because that ways your brain will be more alert while brushing !!

Use Toothpicks Carefully :

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When used properly, toothpicks can help keep the areas between your teeth clean. “If you do it carefully, it is helpful, If you don’t, you are going to hurt your gum tissue.” So be careful not to get too aggressive with that toothpick in your quest for oral hygiene. Use your pick perpendicular to tooth surface and never poke into gums!!!

Lay Off the Lemons: 

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People who suck lemons or drink lemon water in excess may be putting their dental health in jeopardy. Lemons are very acidic, the acidity corrodes the enamel  and repeated exposure creates a rough texture on the surface of your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity or decay!!!

Fond of Soda?  

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Always have a soda on hand? Carbonated drinks are a red signal for your teeth, because they tend to be very acidic. Even if it’s diet, the acidity of [soda] is just corroding your enamel . The effects of soda on teeth are even worse if you slowly sip it over a long period of time. “People don’t realize they are bathing their teeth in acid for an hour. The acidity in soda can lead to dental health problems much like lemon does!!

Do You bite on ice?

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 Ice cubes may seem harmless, but the cold temperature and the hardness of ice cubes can cause serious damage to your teeth. Our teeth are designed to crush through things, not against something. Even though crunching ice with your teeth may be easy, keep in mind, that your blender needs special blades to crush ice. This can cause micro fractures in teeth.

Refrain From Jaw Clenching and Tooth Grinding  

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For some people, stress can trigger frequent clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth. There is a severe amount of pressure on your teeth when you do that, and you can get micro fractures or actual fractures in your teeth Micro fractures are weakened areas in your teeth that puts them at risk for further damage. Jaw clenching or tooth grinding can also damage the internal structure of your jaw joints hence causing chronic pain symptoms on sides of face.

Using Teeth as a Tool  

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Teeth has mainly three jobs : chew food properly, speak clearly and look good when we smile.Many people use teeth to remove a tag from clothing or open a packet of wafers or even opening a cork screwed bottle. All this can damage tooth structure so do not use your teeth as a plier or hook .

All these habits can actually lead to some serious problems with teeth which we can easily avoid. Keeping in mind these few things and keeping a check on wrong habits can help us maintaining beautiful and strong teeth.

Till next time

Smile healthy, Live happily

Dr V Thakran & team