Dental implants are a modern and exciting development in the dental industry, that is allowing for implant dentists to offer secure tooth replacements with dental implants. Dental implants are titanium or ceramic screws that are implanted in the patients jaw to effectively act as the new tooth’s root, which anchors the crown (visible part of tooth) or restoration in place. The implant will fuse with the jawbone for maximum stability, allowing the patient to enjoy the normal functions of having secure teeth e.g. eating, drinking, talking etc.
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Dentistry is quite a complex field that can be quite confusing to people who do not work and live in this industry. We have put together a short quiz with answers that can be used to help educate on certain areas in the dental field:
Drinks that are high in sugar can be one of the main reasons behind the increase of tooth decay in our population. Sugary sweets, foods and drinks aid the bacteria/plaque that grows on the surfaces of our teeth. The plaque uses sugar as a substance that helps to speed up its growth. As plaque builds up it produces an acid which will corrode away the surfaces of your teeth, causing holes and cavities. It is quite common that as cavities appear you may start to feel sensitivity or pain as the nerve of the tooth becomes exposed due to the holes, or as debris ends up getting trapped in the cavities. Brushing your teeth and practicing a healthy oral hygiene routine is very important at breaking up the build up of plaque, reducing the chances of cavities appearing.
It is advised that every day you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine which will help protect your teeth and reduce the chances of developing any complications, to ensure you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Every day you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste) for a minimum of two minutes a brush. This will help to tackle the build up of bacteria and reduce the chance of infection.
The bacteria that can build up on your teeth is known as Plaque – if your teeth are not effectively brushed, then the plaque will coat your teeth and can build up overtime. This is can then lead on to tooth decay and in more severe cases, gum disease. Not only is regular brushing required, but the technique you used to brush your teeth is also very important, as you need to ensure you brush the entire surface of your teeth (backs & fronts).
A dental abscess is a collection of fluid/pus that is caused by bacteria build up in the mouth, which eventually leads to an infection, causing gum irritation and pain.
One of the most common symptoms associated with this is a throbbing pain in the mouth – which can get progressively worse if left untreated.