Several materials are used to restore teeth (filling). Dr Abu-Shaban will give you advice on the filling type that suits your case best. That depends on the size of the filling and if it’s visible in the mouth. Direct same day placement fillings include: composite resin, amalgam (silver filling) and glass ionomer. Indirect fillings which require more than one appointment include: porcelain, gold and other metal inlays.
Does your gum bleed when you brush your teeth? Does it look red and swollen? If it does, then you are suffering from gingivitis, a term used to describe an inflammation of the gum. This usually is the 1st step in the ladder of periodontal disease. If gingivitis continues and progresses, then the next stage is periodontitis. This disease usually affects the surrounding tissues around teeth including bone. Bone is lost in different rates depending on the severity of the disease leading to teeth mobility and eventually the loss of some or all dentition. Dr Gus Abu-Shaban regularly performs periodontal scans during routine check-ups. This will ensure that any problem is detected as early as possible before severe damage is done.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 18-24 years. In most cases they will erupt in the wrong position or they may not erupt at all due to lack of space in the jaw. Wisdom teeth can cause several problems such as:
- Infected gums
- Trauma to cheek
- Caries to neighbouring otherwise healthy teeth
- May cause crowding
- Interference with the occlusion or bite
It is therefore recommended that you remove the wisdom teeth. We will advise you on which extraction procedure fits your case best.
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Sports accidents are the most common reason for dental injury. Unfortunately only 36% of kids aged 5-17 years wear a mouth guard during games. This explains the abundance of dental trauma amongst children. Sport injury can lead to a very long and complicated dental treatment, or can cause the loss of teeth. A custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face that otherwise can cause damage to your teeth, gums or lips. Remember the cost of an injury to your teeth far exceeds the cost of making a mouthguard.
It is the process of tooth wear by means other than dental caries. This comes in different forms such as erosion which is the loss of tooth tissue due to exposure to acids or chemicals. It is common in teenagers due to high consumptions of carbonated drinks. Many people are not aware of the fact that carbonated or fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid hence can dissolve tooth tissue. Another type is attrition which is the loss of tooth tissue due to progressive grinding or mastication of one tooth against another. Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth. This could occur while they are sleeping or even when they are awake. The excessive force used will cause tooth wear. Third type is called abrasion, which is the mechanical loss of tooth tissue due to means other than tooth to tooth grinding; commonly it’s caused by incorrect way of brushing teeth leading to saucer shaped cavity near the gum margin.
Tooth wear in general will cause teeth sensitivity to cold/hot. It can be treated in several dental procedures starting from dense fluoride paste application, filling or in several cases can require root canal therapy. To prevent this you need to increase your intake of water and reduce drinking carbonated drinks. If you suffer from a grinding habit seek help quickly. Remember that lost tooth tissue is irreplaceable so try to preserve as much of it as possible.
Snoring is caused by a vibration of the pharynx which lies behind the tongue. This act increases when someone is sleeping as the tissue relaxes and therefore vibrates creating the noise. Snoring is a problem for your partner especially if you are a loud snorer. The treatment is by constructing a device which simply works by advancing the mandible reducing the tongue from falling back and causing the snoring.
Snoring however can be linked to a more serious condition called sleep obstructive apnoea, this can lead to stroke, heart attacks and sudden death.
It is one way of replacing missing teeth. A denture can either be full or partial and can be made from different materials such as acrylic or cobalt chrome. Depending on the patient’s condition our experienced staff will be able to assist and advise you on the best option to suit your condition.