Veneers Or Crowns

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Porcelain Laminate Veneers and Crowns are the successful and popular of all the options available for improving the look of your smile.

What Is Porcelain Laminate Veneer?

  • Porcelain-made translucent, thin laminates bonded to the front surface of a tooth are known as Porcelain laminate veneers.
  • These veneers enhance your smile with little or no discomfort to you.
  • These veneers are indistinguishable from natural teeth and are made individually according the patient’s needs.
  • Porcelain veneers are made to improve the shape, spacing, color of natural teeth.

What Are The Indications For Veneers?

  • Teeth with multiple fillings
  • Odd shaped, cracked, chipped teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Discolored teeth/ crooked teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Unsatisfactory shape, size and form of teeth

 What Are The Advantages Of Veneers?

Advantages:

  • minimal tooth preparation
  • short span for results
  • durable
  • feel completely natural
  • highly resistant to external staining

 

What Happens When I Go For A Veneer?

  • Your dentist will analyze your smile
  • Depending on tooth shaping, anesthesia will be required.
  • Minimal shaping of your teeth is done and an impression is then taken.

 Ceramic veneers take between 1-2 weeks to be made, during which your teeth may be fitted with temporary veneers to prevent sensitivity.

What Are The Post Treatment Care Instructions?

You should:

  • Brush and Floss regularly
  • Use a non abrasive toothpaste
  • Avoid any shearing force on front teeth
  • Go for regular check-ups

 

How Is A Crown Different From A Veneer?

A crown is known for covering the entire tooth unlike a veneer which covers the front surface of a tooth only.

A crown involves more shaping and prepping of the tooth structure.

It often leads to strengthening, weakening or broken tooth.

Crowns are extremely durable, aesthetic and are mostly used for the front and the back teeth in the mouth.

 

Indications for a Crown

  • Grossly/badly decayed teeth with large fillings / root canal treated teeth
  • Fractured teeth with little tooth structure left
  • Faulty bite
  • Worn down teeth
  • Mobile teeth
  • Missing tooth
  • Over an implant

 

 

 

EXCESSIVE TOOTH GRINDING

DO YOU GRIND YOUR TEETH?

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Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. Let’s discuss about the grinding abnormally and their ill effects on teeth:

  1. What is bruxism actually?

 Bruxism is forcible grinding and clenching of the teeth, usually happens at night, during sleep. Those who suffer from bruxism may have a habit of biting their fingernails or pencils, or chew the insides of their cheeks.

  1. How common is it?

About half of adults grind their teeth at night, and about 20% people grind their teeth in a destructive way. Children also grind their teeth mainly in response to discomfort caused by colds, ear infections or allergies.

  1. What are the causes of bruxism?

 Bruxism probably is caused by emotional factors also such as daytime stress, anxiety, anger, pain and frustration. Certain sleep disorders can trigger grinding of the teeth as well. Those people who are competitive, aggressive may also be at greater risk for bruxism. Alcohol and some types of medications also contribute in making tooth grinding more worse.

  1. Why bruxism can be a serious problem?

 The enamel may become worn during normal chewing actions so the inside of the tooth is exposed. Over time, the worn out teeth may become sensitive due to exposed dentin, and your jaws may even move out of proper balance. If bruxism isn’t treated early enough, it can lead to gum damage, loss of teeth and restorations, jaw-related disorders, soreness and fatigue in your jaw and facial muscles, and earaches or headaches.

DENTAL CROWNS: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Crowns are very important and common form of restoration which maintains our teeth appearance and functions.

People still have some questions in their mind when it comes to get a crown. We here are trying to answer most frequently asked questions about crowns.

  • What Is A Crown Actually? How It Makes A Tooth Strong?

A crown is actually an artificial replacement which restores the missing tooth by surrounding the left out/ remaining tooth structure or sometimes as a covering for dental implant.

The crown maintains the aesthetics and functions like a natural tooth. The crowns are cemented permanently on the remaining tooth or implant and only be removed by a dentist.

  • When A Tooth Needs Crowns?

 After root canal treatment. The crowns are highly recommended following a root canal treatment as after the treatment the tooth loses the resiliency to absorb the chewing forces and becomes brittle. The crown will help to regain the structure of the tooth as well as the function protecting the damaged tooth from fracture or splitting the roots.

  1. For closing spaces between the teeth like chipped, worn out, discolored or poorly shaped teeth crowns can be used.
  1. When the tooth decay involves all the surfaces of the tooth and it is not possible to restore the tooth just by filling, crowns are given.
  1. If a tooth is cracked, dental crowns are a treatment of choice.
  1. Few dental conditions where the thickness of enamel is very less or less mineralized, dental crowns can provide protection to the tooth maintaining the esthetics and function of the tooth.
  1. If a tooth has a large filling and is prone to fracture, dental crowns are given to protect the remaining tooth structure.
  1. Crowns are also used as to make a bridge where the two crowns provide support to a third crown in between them, in case of a missing tooth.
  1. An Implant also needs crowns. Implants inserted in the jaw which acts as a root and the crown is given to replicate the natural tooth. It maintains the esthetics and function in the jaw in case of missing teeth.
  • Crowns Are Made Of Which Material?

There are mainly three types of crowns used in dentistry.

  1. ALL METAL – This is the most basic crown which is used in dentistry but now its demand is reduced due to awareness of the tooth colored crowns. It looks black due to metal and gives an unpleasant look to the patient.
  1. PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL – This is the most common used crowns nowadays. The crown is made of both metal and porcelain. The metal is on inside and porcelain is on the outside. They are generally used for the back teeth as it doesn’t fulfill criteria of esthetics for front teeth.
  1. ALL PORCELAIN – These crowns are made only of porcelain, due to the revolution in dental industry. They are also known as metal free crowns and have excellent biocompatibility with high strength and fantastic esthetics which ensures long term success.
  • How Many Visits Are Required To Get A Crown Fixed?

The time depends on the tooth which needs the crown. If the tooth is decayed or at risk of fracture or caries reaching to the pulp, then the condition should be treated first before opting for crown.

Otherwise crowns generally requires two steps

  1. Crown preparation where the tooth is prepared and impression is taken of the tooth and is sent to the lab where it will be made. For meanwhile a temporary crown is given.
  1. Second session is when the actual crown is cemented and adjusted.
  • Is The Crown Preparation Is A Painful Procedure? How One Should Prepare Himself For The Treatment?

The procedure of crown preparation is painless. After placing the porcelain crowns, few people experience sensitivity to hot and cold. Therefore it is advisable to consult your dentist to get all information about your teeth structure.

  • Does The Crown Blends With The Natural Teeth Or Stand Out?

Crowns are made after taking the shade from the shade guide to give the crown a very natural look to blend with the natural teeth of an individual. They are given to replicate the natural tooth with its functions intact, therefore not just crown look like your natural teeth, it functions like your natural teeth as well.

  • How Are The Crown Fixed To The Teeth?

Crowns are fixed with dental cement and technique of the cementation is very specific for each type of crown on what quality the crown is made of.

  • How We Should Take Care Of The Crown? How Long Does It Last?
  • There is no time limit for a crown to last. They can last a lifetime and sometime they choose to fall out or become loose.
  • The oral hygiene is very important for a long life of the crown. By keeping the gums healthy and visiting the dentist regularly for cleaning and checkups will keep the gum infections at a distance.
  • Patient with bad habits such as grinding the teeth or forcefully clenching will need to their habits in control by using the other dental appliances to save the crown as well as their natural teeth from excessive pressure.

 

IS THE BRACES TREATMENT POSSIBLE WITH CROWNS AND BRIDGES?

  • Ortho treatment or braces treatment are mainly known as corrective cosmetic treatment to align and maintain the teeth in a correct position in order to give an ideal smile and ideal occlusion of the teeth.
  • As now a majority of people are suffering from dental caries and decay so it is possible that they must have gone through treatment to get crowns to protect their teeth.
  • If you have irregular teeth and you want a corrective treatment for this situation (ortho treatment/ braces) then you must consult your dentist to know about the treatment so that the presence of crown does not hinder the ortho treatment.
  • Although every patient is different and their demands are unique therefore causing the ortho treatment a bit challenging, it’s advisable to consult the specialist to get the best solution for the individual treatment so that you get the best smile for your face.
  • Applying braces to the artificial crowns is difficult than placing braces on natural teeth. It is always advisable to consult the specialist for ortho treatment if someone wants to go for braces.

There are few questions for people going for braces;

  • The Movement Of The Tooth Is Limited When Fixed Braces Are Put On The Implant Crowns Or Crowns

As the implants are fused very solidly into the jaw, it’s impossible to move them using orthodontic treatment. People with existing bridge are given slight forces to not to cause damage to the crowns and bridges. If the crown has history of root canal treatment, the force applied to move the tooth is minimum and the restorations/crowns are monitored during the course of the orthodontic treatment.

  • There Are Chances Of Damage To The Artificial Crowns During Orthodontic Treatment.

The damage is purely esthetic in nature and there is no need to do anything about the crowns especially if they are in the back of the mouth. If the damage to the crown is in front position, the dentist may fix the restoration once the ortho treatment is done and braces removed.

  • Other Cosmetic Restorations Have To Wait Till The Orthodontic Treatment Is Finished

If a person wants to replace the crown for esthetic reasons, it is recommended to go for it after the orthodontic treatment is finished and the braces are removed.

In case if the crown is loose you may ask the dentist or the orthodontist to replace the tooth with a temporary crown before the placement of the braces.

The new crown can always be fixed after the finishing of orthodontic treatment.

Dry Socket

After Teeth Extractions

ALVEOLAR OSTEITIS or Dry socket is a complication where wound healing is altered that may occur following extraction of teeth if the initial blood clot is not formed or lost.

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An improper wound healing results in exposed bone in the socket which is devoid of normal healing tissues (Clot), hence the name “dry socket.”It occurs three to five days after an extraction and is characterized by an increase in severe and throbbing pain.

Dry socket is treated by temporarily packing the site with eugenol, antibiotics and oral rinses. As the socket forms a new layer of the healing tissue the pain will gradually subside and the socket slowly fills in over the next 2-3 months.

  • In patients the risk for dry socket increases who smoke after extractions, too early vigorous rinses, forceful spitting, or use a straw to drink within the first 24 hour, which can disturb the initial blood clot formation.
  • Another major risk factor for dry socket is traumatic surgical procedures such as tearing the gum tissue, excessive manipulation of the extraction socket and aggressive drilling of the bone which ultimately will result in devitalized tissue with poor blood supply.

While the possible incidence of dry socket is between 1-3% data shows that no dry sockets were recorded after performing more than 150,000 extractions over the past 20 years.

THE SECRETS TO AVOID DRY SOCKET AFTER TEETH EXTRACTIONS:

  • Non-traumatic surgical techniques and procedures: This means no or minimal gum tissue flap, no or minimal removal of bone, use of irrigation, gentle handling of the tissues and atraumatic removal of teeth with ease.
  • Avoid rinsing or brushing: Any forceful rinsing or brushing immediately following a tooth extraction can cause dislodging of the blood clot leading to a dry socket. Do not rinse or brush within 24 hours of extraction then rinse gently for the next 1-2 days and more vigorously in the following days.
  • Do not use a straw: The use of a straw in the first 24 hours can also cause suction and dislodge the blood clot. Use a glass following liquid consumption.
  • Avoid smoking: Smoking creates suction in the mouth that can dislodge the blood clot. It also directly inhibits the normal healing physiology.
  • Do not spit: With blood and saliva accumulating in the mouth following an extraction you may be urging to spit that out. This action can disrupt the formation of blood clot and dislodge it. Instead of spitting let the accumulated blood and saliva drool down and wipe it gently with a gauze or tissue.
  • Keep firm pressure on the extraction site: The gauze should remain in place for at least 30-45 minutes after extraction. Constant and firm pressure helps to slow down the bleeding and stabilizes the formed blood clot.

HOW TO PREVENT DRY SOCKET

Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a wound healing complication that can occur following teeth extractions if the initial blood clot is lost. This results in exposed bone in the socket devoid of normal healing tissues, hence the name “dry socket.” It usually occurs three to five days after an extraction and is characterized by a sudden increase in severe and throbbing pain. Dry socket is treated by temporarily packing the site with eugenol, antibiotics, and oral rinses. As the socket forms a new layer of healing tissue the pain gradually subsides and finally the socket slowly fills in over the next 2-3 months.

The risk for dry socket increases in patients who smoke after teeth extractions, vigorously rinsing too early, spitting, or using a straw to drink within the first 24 hours—all of which can disturb the initial blood clot.

While the possible incidence of dry socket is between 1.5-2%, here at   Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Implant Institute, Delhi, we have experienced no dry sockets after performing more than 6500 extractions over the past 13 years.

Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) as healing aid in extraction socket:

Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is a fibrin matrix in which platelet cytokines, growth factors, and cells are trapped and may be released after a certain time and that can serve as a resorbable membrane, regulate inflammation and increase the speed of healing process.

It is a simple, natural and inexpensive technique for the production of leukocyte- and PRF (L-PRF) concentrates. It includes collection of whole venous blood (around 5 ml) in each of the two sterile vacutainer tubes (6 ml) without anticoagulant and the vacutainer tubes are then placed in a centrifugal machine at 3,000 rpm for 10 min, after which it settles into the following three layers: Upper straw-colored acellular plasma, red-colored lower fraction containing red blood cells (RBCs), and the middle fraction containing the fibrin clot. The upper straw-colored layer is then removed and middle fraction is collected, 2 mm below to the lower dividing line, which is the PRF. The mechanism involved in this is; the fibrinogen concentrated in upper part of the tube, combines with circulating thrombin due to centrifugation to form fibrin. A fibrin clot is then formed in the middle between the red corpuscles at bottom and acellular plasma at the top. The middle part is platelets trapped massively in fibrin meshes. The success of this technique entirely depends on time gap between the blood collection and its transfer to the centrifuge and it should be done in less time.

Tips: How To Get Your Child To Brush Teeth

Here we present you with few tricks to encourage your children to enjoy brushing:

  1. Let your child pick his toothbrush. They may be attracted by Color, cartoon theme or with those toothbrushes that light up when squeezed, so there are plenty of choices available in the market.
  2. Practice makes them perfect. Let your child enjoy the brushing of teeth of his favorite animated toothbrush. When he’s done with brushing, give him a chance to brush his teeth by himself. Make sure his teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned.
  3. Show your child the brushing technique. You should show them how you brush your teeth if they refuse to brush. Children enjoy copying what their parents do and they can get engaged in taking care of his oral health.
  4. Add spice to the brushing routine. While they try to brush their teeth, sing and dance along!
  5. Give your kids chewable tablets that turn plaque into pink color, and playfully convince them to brush away the color with their toothbrush.
  6. Make him understand that each tooth of his pearls is important. Let your child give a nickname to each tooth and remind not to leave any tooth alone without brushing.
  7. Don’t forget to praise your child after he learns slowly to brush properly and reward him for a well done job.
  8. Let them choose the flavor of the toothpaste that appeal to their taste and be sure to use toothpaste that is specially made for kids.

 For more information, you can book an appointment at Dr Sachdeva’s Dental Aesthetic & Implant  Center I 101 Ashok Vihar Phase 1, Delhi- 110052

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CHECKED BRUXISM

ARE YOU GRINDING TEETH?

Bruxism is involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep.

Several commonly associated symptoms with bruxism are hypersensitivity of teeth, jaw muscles soreness, headaches, wearing off teeth, damage to dental fillings and crown and overall damage to teeth.

Teeth grinding or bruxism is very common in children as well as adults and people may not realize it initially until their dentist spots out the symptoms in their mouth.

There are two main types of bruxism: during sleep (sleep bruxism) and during wakefulness (awake bruxism). Bruxism may be mild or aggressive.

 

SIGNS

  • Attrition means flattening of the occlusal surface, and Abfraction is where notches/grooves are formed at the neck of the teeth near the gum-line.
  • Fracture of teeth and repetitive failure of dental restorations including crowns.
  • Teeth Hypersensitivity due to wearing away of the protective layer of dentin and enamel.
  • Loosening of the teeth due to inflammation of periodontium due to excessive pressure.
  • Cheek biting/linea alba, or lip biting.
  • Indentations on the tongue.
  • Tenderness, fatigue or pain of the muscles of mastication, mainly masseter.
  • Trismus(restricted mouth opening).
  • Pain and clicking of TMJ

SYMPTOMS

  • Tooth wear
  • Tooth mobility
  • Pain

TREATMENTS

  • First of all the patient needs reassurance that the condition is not that serious that may lead to anxiety.
  • Specially made night guard to wear while sleeping to avoid clenching.
  • Orthodontic correction of teeth if the misaligned teeth are the cause for clenching.
  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol and having a healthy lifestyle.
  • Other interventions include relaxation techniques, stress management, behavioural modification and habit reversal.

 

 

For more information, you can book an appointment at Dr Sachdeva’s  Dental Aesthetic & Implant Center I 101 Ashok Vihar Phase 1, Delhi- 110052

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What Are Dental Emergencies? How To Deal With Them

 

  • Are you suffering from severe pain?
  • Does your mouth bleed while brushing?
  • Are your teeth mobile/loose?
  • Do you have any swelling in your mouth inside or outside?

Dental emergencies are very common, but one should have the knowledge to handle the situation in case of stress or emergency. Proper maintenance of oral hygiene and regular visit to dentist can help to reduce the chances of experiencing a dental emergency.

The most common dental emergencies may include teeth that are –

Forced out of position causing loosening of tooth

  • Facial trauma
  • Fractured facial bones.
  • Chipped, Broken or fractured tooth
  • Infection indicating an abscess

Treatment will depend on the severity of the damage. For example a chipped tooth is slightly damaged; it can be corrected by smoothening, of maybe restoring the tooth by bond and composite filling material. If the damage is beyond dentin and pulp involvement with severe pain, then the tooth should be treated (RCT).

Here are few scenarios where you may prevent the symptoms before they get worse, or even you get an idea that the time is right to see a dentist now:

  1. Chipped Tooth Or Broken Tooth

If it fairly visible and you are afraid about your looks then call your dentist and explain the situation.

Try to find and retain the chipped particle or any pieces and place it in a moist cloth with a few drops of water or saliva (If kept in good condition, it may be possible to reattach it).

  1. What To Do When Tooth Is Knocked Out Of Socket?

If your tooth is knocked out due to a blunt force trauma causing severe facial injury, try first to find the lost tooth. If the appropriate emergency steps are followed immediately after the tooth has been knocked out, the chances are very good that the tooth can be reinserted and preserved by a dentist.

  • Handle the tooth only by the crown not by the root. If you try to touch the root, u may damage the fragile cells on the root necessary for its reattachment back into the bone.
  • If the tooth is dirty, very gently rinse it in water to ensure that the tooth is clean but do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue attachment.
  • If you want to then try placing the clean tooth gently back in the socket without touching the root and make sure that the tooth is facing the right direction. Do not force it into the socket. If it is not possible to put the tooth back in position then wrap it in a clean cloth or gauze. Soak it in a container of cold milk or if milk is not available, put the tooth in water that contains a pinch of table salt.
  • It is important to see the dentist for an emergency appointment for the best chances of retaining the tooth.

 

  1. What To Do When Tooth Is Fractured Or Cracked?


  • Rinse your mouth immediately to clean the area with warm water.
  • Take medication prescribed by your physician or dentist.
  • Do not attempt to put any painkiller directly on the site of injury to avoid any burning sensation, it may worsen the situation.
  • Avoid chewing with the injured site and always avoid extreme temperatures that may affect the already traumatized area.
  • Immediately contact your dentist as only he can tell how bad the condition is. The dentist might need to do an X-ray for evaluation of the severity of the situation.
  • See your dentist as soon as possible. Not receiving the proper treatment may result in progression of infection or further decay or damage.

IN CASE OF:

 

Lost Filling

As a temporary measure, you stick a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum at the place where filling is missing.  You should be sure that the gum is truly sugarless, as sugar can cause pain when in contact with the tooth and can lead to bacterial infections in the area.
See your dentist as soon as possible for the proper treatment and care.

Lost Crown

If you dropped out a crown of the mouth, make sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible without waiting for extra days. The tooth portion now exposed that has lost its support could easily be damaged or break off or crumble.

Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because if the crown is not damaged your dentist can reinsert it.

If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift causing further damage and the old crown will not fit at this stage.

Broken or Loose Brackets, Wires Or Bands

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket it may cause discomfort by poke in cheeks, tongue, or gum.

Try to cover the pointed end with something soft substance like orthodontic wax, sugarless gum, or piece of gauze to avoid discomfort until you visit your orthodontist.

You should never try to cut the wire as you could swallow it or breathe it into your lungs.

Abscess

 

Dental abscess or tooth abscess is an accumulation of pus inside the teeth or gums. It should not be ignored as the infection may spread into nearby spaces affecting other teeth as well.

You may try to gargle with pinch of table salt in lukewarm water for a brief time for some relief.

Contact your dentist for proper care and treatment for the dental abscess before the infection spreads.

Possible Broken Jaw

To control the swelling in the traumatized area apply cold compressions. Stabilize the jaw with bandage wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head.
A broken or dislocated jaw may cause breathing problems or significant bleeding. If it is not treated properly, a broken jaw can leave you with devastating effects on a person’s ability to eat and breathe.

Sip on ice water and hold for sometime in your mouth until you see your dentist.

 

For more information, you can book an appointment at Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Aesthetic & Implant Center  I 101 Ashok Vihar Phase 1, Delhi- 110052

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Why Did My Dentist Recommend a Root Canal?

Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

A root canal is a procedure that is recommended by your dentist in order to repair & save a badly damaged or infected tooth. This procedure involves removal of inflamed or infected pulp, careful cleaning & disinfecting it & then filling & sealing it with a material called gutta percha. The causes that affect pulp are a deep cavity approaching pulp, repetitive trauma to the tooth, a cracked tooth, faulty restoration.

Root canal is essentially a term that refers to the natural cavity that occurs within the core of a tooth. The nerve i.e. the pulp which is removed in the root canal treatment has no role in health & function of a tooth. Its only core function is to provide sensitivity towards hot & cold.

Why root canal treatment is recommended?

Pain: A toothache is the most common symptom of needing a root canal. The tooth may start to hurt spontaneously, in the middle of the night, or sometimes when the patient isn’t even using the affected tooth to eat or drink. The pain can progress to a very severe generalized headache that may cause the person to even forget what initially caused the pain. If the tooth is dead and has become abscessed, the patient will feel pain when he or she chews food or puts pressure on the tooth.

An Abscess:  may or may not produce swelling or bleeding around the tooth, and sometimes it causes significant swelling of the cheek, jaw, or throat. If this swelling is noticed, treatment needs are urgent.

It is very important, when feeling some pain around a tooth, to get a thorough examination with pulp vitality testing by a licensed dentist for a proper diagnosis.

What to expect during a root canal procedure?

  1. X-ray: If a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take x-rays to be certain of decay location.
  2. Anesthesia: Procedure is initiated with the administration of local anesthesia to the affected tooth.
  3. Pulpectomy: an opening is made & the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
  4. Filling: The roots that have been opened to get rid of the diseased pulp are filled with gutta-percha material & sealed off with cement.

 

Why Root Canal??

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  1. Efficient chewing
  2. Normal biting force and sensation
  3. Natural appearance
  4. Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.

You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment at Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Institute.

ENVISION THE FATE OF DENTISTRY – FACTS/PREDICTIONS

THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY IN 2020 AND BEYOND WRITTEN BY DR.RAJAT SACHDEVA

I thought I’d share a few interesting facts/predictions that I came across whilst researching.
The exposure towards treating diseased individual over a growing population – Over the next 20 years the population in India is predicted to grow by 1.252 billion to just over 1.454 billion. The number of Indians over the age of 60 years has hit an all-time high, accounting for 8.6 per cent of the country’s population. Based on statistics we would be treating an ageing population – Today almost 1 in 15 people over 60 years old and by 2020 it would be 1 in 5 people above 60 years with an overall grow in population. We will be treating an increasingly diverse population – By 2030, ethnic populations will make 30% of the population of India.There will be an increase in the number of dentists – India currently has 309 dental colleges, which churn out around 26,000 dentists every year as compared to only 8,000 dental students graduated annually in year 1970. It is now, however, estimated that there will be a surplus of more than 1 lakh dentists in India by 2020. The dentists: population ratio of India, on date is 1: 10,000. However, the reality is that; in rural India 1 dentist is serving over a population of 2,50,000. Thus, the real picture is not that simple as it seems. As, we are about step into the next decade, there lies an urgent need to analyze the dental work force for many underserved groups of the country that do not have any access to oral health care.We will be treating less caries or moderate periodontitis but more tooth wear and more peri-implant disease.We will be treating a population with increasing socio-economic inequalities – Men and women in the highest socio-economic class can, on average, expected to live just over 5-6 years longer than those in the low socio-economic state. There will be an obvious increase in focus on value and impact on quality of life with more expectation over results. Dental professionals will be working in multidisciplinary teams and promoting the importance of oral health for general health. With every passing year there has been surge in proportion of female dentists with about 5% in last 5 years, a trend which is expected to continue. In the recent years, female students outnumber male students in getting admitted in dental colleges( like 60- 70% of the seats are occupied by girls).Although only 30% are practically converted into private practitioners.A growing propoprtion of female dentists will work part-time according to the research.The use of virtual reality will be constitutive to dental practice. Google glass integrated with dental loupes can become next best tool for dentists. Technology such as CAD/CAM, lasers and perhaps even robotics may be routinely used in practice.The evolution of materials would continue with bioactive,bone regenerative materials reproducing some compelling results.The impact of smart phones and social media will continue to grow for both dental professionals and patients.