Month: August 2016

Toothpick Can Cause Severe Damage To Teeth

Toothpick is one of the most earliest ways people use as a dental cleaning tool.  However, if used incorrectly, it may cause severe irreversible damage to teeth.

Toothpick is usually used to clean out food debris in gum in between two adjacent teeth.  Food sometimes would get caught in the gum pocket area.  If we use the toothpick incorrectly, the tip of the toothpick might create mechanical abrasion on the root surface area of the tooth.  Overtime, a hole is created and food again is more likely to get caught in it.  This creates a  cycle of continual food impaction.  Decay is eventually formed.  However, this type of decay is especially hard to treat because its location is almost at the gumline.  And sometimes, the decay can very easily spread very quickly and decay may progress into the nerve at the center of the tooth.

I would suggest to use dental floss, toothbrushes and medicated rinses for daily oral hygiene.  Also I would encourage routine dental visit where dentist can use special instruments to clean out the harded plaque from those hard-to-reach area.

 

 

Toothpick causes damage to teeth

Cavity is formed at the location where the toothpicks were inserted and irreversible damage to the root surface area of the tooth.

 

 

Toothpick Damage Repaired Xray Image

Decay at the root surface area can spread quickly and the tooth becomes painful. To treat, root canal therapy, buildup and crown procedures are necessary to be performed for saving the tooth.

 

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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Implant Procedures– Steps by Steps Illustration

Implant is the modern advancement in Dentistry for replacement of missing teeth.  Implant consists of two parts: implant fixture and implant crown.  Implant fixture is a prosthetic anchor into a person’s own alveolar bone in the dental ridges and a prosthetic dental crown can be made on this implant fixture.  Let me illustrate the typical dental implant process with this recent case:

This patient walks in with a broken tooth.

Preop Implant Front Tooth

 

Xray image shows only a fraction of the root remains in the bone.

Preop Implant Xray

 

The remaining root is unrestorable.  Based on the patient’s medical history, he has no medical problems and is perfectly healthy.  And the bone level is adequate for implant.  Thus implant option is recommended to replace the tooth.

The typical implant process starts with initial consultation such as evaluation of patient’s pre-existing medical/health status, clinical and radiographic evaluation of dental condition and adequacy of bone in the implant site.  Implant process is to be discussed with the patient and informed consent obtained.

After the initial consultation, the patient agrees to proceed with the implant process.  The root is first to be extracted.  Because patient has adequate bone, implant fixture is to be inserted on the same day.  The tissue is to be sutured and the wound is closed.

MidTreatment Implant Xray Front Tooth

It would take 4 months for the implant to be integrated with the surround bone.  A temporary dental flipper (with the denture tooth) is made so patient can wear to cover the missing tooth.

After 4 months, patient comes back for evaluation and bone and tissue is healed completely.  The implant within the bone is uncovered.  Then implant crown is to be made and inserted.  This is how he looks like when the crown is put on.

Postop Implant Front Tooth   Postop Implant Xray Front Tooth

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, Please call 480-820-6131

Genral Dental Office in Tempe AZ — Dental Implants, White Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Onlays

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing Implant Dentist