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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
What to Know about Tooth Extraction
Any type of gum disease may loosen or damage an entire tooth. A tooth that is severely decayed has to be removed. A dentist or a dental surgeon may do the procedure of removing the tooth.
What to Expect from Tooth Extraction
Before the extraction proper, a local anesthetic is applied on the area surrounding the tooth to give a numbing sensation. A stronger anesthesia may be necessary if there are several teeth to be extracted if not all of them.
General anesthetic is applied for the entire body to numb which makes a person asleep throughout the procedure.
Stitches may be needed after the tooth is removed. You can also bite on a cotton gauze to stop the bleeding.
What to Expect after Surgery
Recovery period lasts for several days. For faster recovery, there are several things that can be done.
- You may take painkillers as prescribed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. They will help relieve pain and swelling. An ice-cold pack can be applied as cold compress outside your mouth from 10 to 20 minutes.
- After 24 hours from tooth extraction, you may gargle with salt water solution several times a day. This helps relieve swelling and pain in the area as well.
- Change the gauze pads before they become drenched in blood.
- Do not rub the area with your tongue and avoid smoking.
Friday, 17 February 2017
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
Most people fear the dentist. This fear may even be added once the patient knows how much a root canal may cost without the right expectations. A root canal is a dental treatment that cannot be set aside because of cost.
A root canal is required when the root of a tooth is infected. If not treated, the infection may spread to the other teeth. It may even spread towards the face and neck. That’s why it has to be addressed right away.
Root canal cost
Some may think it is painful, but this may even be more painful on your bank account. By doing your own research and comparing rates, you will be able to have the right expectations on the cost of root canal.
The price will depend on which tooth requires root canal, the dentist you choose, and the location of the dental clinic.
The following are the average costs of three root canal procedures: front tooth: $762, molar: $1,111, and bicuspid: $879. The dentist may also have to place a crown or a filling in the problematic tooth afterwards; this would mean additional charges.
To sum up all the average costs, it looks like a tooth root canal may cost from $300 to $2,500 for a single visit. You also have to keep in mind that there may be some complications that might arise and which may add up to the cost.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Knowing More about Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain intended to mimic the natural appearance of teeth. It also provides the level of strength and resilience that’s present in the natural tooth enamel.
This is often the choice of those who like to make alterations of the position, shape, size, or colour of the teeth.
Every tooth is individually sculpted, that’s why it’s almost impossible to differentiate natural tooth from veneer.
What’s good with porcelain veneers is that they are resistant to coffee, beverage, and cigarette stains since they all have high-tech materials used.
Through the use of veneers the natural teeth remain intact and only minimal amount is altered to make the veneers fit right. Veneers may also brighten even the darkest of teeth.
It is also often recommended for quick fixing of minor twists, small gaps, and even overlaps.
What are some of its drawbacks?
The use of porcelain veneers can be irreversible because a large portion of the tooth enamel is reduced. The creation of veneers often requires some time in the lab. You could wait for at least a week before you get to see them.
Once you’ve worn the porcelain veneers, you’ll experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures since thin layer of the teeth enamel is removed. This sensitivity may be gone within a couple of days.
What’s the right way to maintain porcelain veneers?
You have to take care of veneers just like you do with natural teeth. Brushing and flossing will go a long way.
Friday, 10 February 2017
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment that straightens your teeth with a near invisible aligners. They are clear braces that people wouldn’t even notice you are wearing one. It is custom-made specifically for your teeth and removable which enables you to eat and drink whatever you want.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
A lot of people have been asking about the average cost of Invisalign. One reason for this is that the treatment has become more popular recently. The answer for this will always be: it depends.
It is said that Invisalign costs from $3,500 to $6,000 on average. This can be for a full or an express treatment fee. The express treatment is not advised since it is only limited to 10 trays or much lesser.
To tell you the truth, there is no price set in stone for any dental procedure. It all depends on the condition of the patient’s teeth.
There are several factors that affect the cost of Invisalign. For one, if the dental clinic is located in a busy city, like New York and Los Angeles, it usually has huge overhead expenses.
This will have an effect on the rates of the services as well.
You also have to check the doctor’s experience. There are those not so experienced cosmetic dentists who are willing to do Invisalign for a lower cost.
Their purpose is to attract more patients. The problem with these dentists is that they can only perform simple cases of Invisalign.
How to reduce the cost of Invisalign
There are two known ways to reduce Invisalign costs. This can be done through dental insurance coverage and through FSA or Flexible Spending Account. There are companies for FSA and you’ll be able to save money by designating pretax contributions straight into a special account.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Information on Dental Implants
If you happen to be asking about the cost of dental implants, you are not alone. It is the most common question asked by those who have heard about its advantages.
Even with the use of internet, it’s still a challenge trying to compare the prices of dental implants from different clinics. Patients normally do not know whether they should ask for per tooth rate or one that includes the implant, abutment, and the crown.
In the US, the average cost of dental implants is $5,000. This is the usual amount for the tooth implant along with the abutment, the crown, and the surgery. In the UK, it’s £2,698 (USD 4,079) while in Australia, it is AUD 2,058 (USD 1,620).
Even abroad, the prices for dental implants vary since some clinics give prices for the entire procedure including that of the hardware while there are those that only give the price for placing the implant alone.
You can save money when you get tooth implants abroad. You can save by 90 percent from the US rate, 89 percent from UK, and 70 percent from Australia.
Getting the Best Deals for Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the few good reasons why patients travel abroad. They are popular since they have been known to have advantages over veneers and crowns.
You can find a number of dental clinics that offer this procedure, and many of them also cater to international patients. A number of dentists abroad also specialise in dental implant surgery.
Friday, 3 February 2017
Dental Filling Essentials
A dental filling is meant for restoring a damaged tooth back to its original shape and function. Before a dentist can give the patient a filling, he or she has to remove the decayed material on the tooth first. The area has to be cleaned as well and finally a filling material is placed on the cleaned out cavity.
Spaces are closed off with the use of the filling material and in that way dental filling prevents tooth decay. There are different materials that can be used for the filling such as porcelain, gold, amalgam, and composite resin.
Choosing the Right Filling
It should be known that there’s no known perfect filling for anyone. It all depends on different factors such as the extent of repair necessary, if you have allergies to certain elements or not, which part of the mouth requires the filling, and of course the dental filling cost.
It’s resistant to wear and tear and it is considered inexpensive. The downside of this is that it can be visible because of the dark colour. That’s why it’s not used in the front teeth and other visible areas of the mouth.
They are called inlays or onlays and they are made in a lab and then bonded to a lab. They match the colour of the teeth and resist stain.
These are made and ordered from a laboratory and they are cemented on the teeth.
Composite or Plastic Resins
They match the teeth because of their natural colour. The ingredients are mixed well and directly applied to the cavity.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Dental crowns are also called caps. This is a fixed prosthetic object that’s cemented on top of a tooth. The moment it is placed, only the dentist can remove it. The crown’s main purpose is to cover a tooth that has been damaged. Tooth crowns are intended to strengthen the teeth, to align it right, and to enhance its overall appearance.
Before the impression is made, the dentist reduces the size of the teeth for the crown to fit just right. When that’s done, the dental crown can now be created. A temporary crown may also be used while the permanent one is still being worked on.
What are types of dental crowns?
- Ceramic is used for restoration of the front teeth. This is known for blending with the natural teeth.
- Gold alloys are a good mix of gold, copper, and other metals. It gives the teeth a strong bond and it doesn’t fracture.
- Porcelain fused with metal can provide a stronger bond than the ordinary porcelain due to a metal structure. That’s why it’s known to be durable.
- Base-metal alloys are made up of non-noble metals which are known to be corrosion resistant. This type also has the least amount of tooth reshaping for the crown to fit.
What are their main differences?
They all vary on the sealing capacity. The all-porcelain type may vary depending on the filling material while all the others offer good sealing from leakage. When it comes to durability, you can rely on gold and metal alloys.
Friday, 27 January 2017
The Cost of Dental Check-up and Other Services
When it comes to prices and rates in terms of dental checkup, it varies from one dentist to another. Prices may even vary for the same service within the same practice.
Factors That Affect the Prices
Dentists’ prices rely on several factors such as overhead expenses, location, and even differences in clinical contents. This means that the same procedure may vary in cost since it may take longer to finish in others or the dentist may have to resort to a more complicated technique, and with that the degree of difficulty will be higher.
In general, a dentist charges based on the service that he or she has rendered to the patient. Of course, the costs and the particular circumstances of every treatment and the patients should be taken to account as well.
Are You Being Charged Fairly?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has revealed the average prices for dental treatments. For the regular dental checkup cost which includes scale and clean, examination, and fluoride treatment will amount to $200.
Private Dental Coverage
When you have a private health insurance that has ancillary cover, you can have preventive dental care that’s low cost and may even be free. This can help you avoid spending a lot later on when you have more serious dental problems due to poor dental hygiene and maintenance.
The trick here is to use the dental health care that’s part of your insurance coverage.
The Laws Regarding Dental Treatments
The law states that the patient has to be informed about the charges and fees they have to pay before they are provided with it.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Cosmetic Dentistry Techniques
Cosmetic dentistry has become even more popular today. Services range from simple teeth whitening, shaping, closing spaces, and even teeth replacement. Cosmetic dentists have all the dental tools and techniques they can use to improve a person’s smile.
Before you go through any of the procedures, it’s important to know the benefits along with the risks first. You have to be sure about the costs you might incur, the experience of the dentist, and any special maintenance steps to be taken after the procedure.
Here are some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures you have to be familiar of:
This is done on teeth that have been stained by smoking, drinking, and taking medications. The dentist can ensure bleaching on your teeth to whiten them through two ways. It can be done in the clinic or the dentist may provide the patient with a whitening system to use at home.
The dentist can create a custom-made mouthpiece tray to make sure that the right amount of whitening solution placed on it would reach the teeth.
This is good when you have gaps or spaces between them or if ever they are chipped, broken, cracked, or stained. Dentists make use of filling materials to fill cavities and to protect exposed teeth roots.
These are custom shells often made of porcelain and is used as a cover of the tooth’s front side. They are meant to change the colour and shape. These last longer than bonding and look better as well. It’s also less expensive than crowns.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
What Could Be the Best Teeth Whitening Product?
If you happen to notice that your teeth are not as white as it should be, well there’s a variety of options to choose from to make your stained or yellow teeth white again. You may opt to have a professional bleaching from the dentist’s clinic or use a teeth whitening kit from your dentist to apply at home. You may also choose over-the-counter whitening strips. It’s all up to you depending on your budget and how soon you like to see the results.
Going to the Dentist
The first option is to let the whitening be handled by your dentist. Your dentist will always use a whitener that’s stronger than what is found in any pharmacy. Teeth whitening gels that are used by dentists often have about 25 percent to 40 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide. That’s what changes the colour of teeth.
The gel has to stay on the teeth for 15 to 20 minutes. This procedure can be repeated once or perhaps twice. At times a dentist will use a light to hasten the effects of whitening. Usually, this treatment costs around $500 to $600, but there are dentists who offer big discounts to invite more customers.
Ask the Dentist for a Takeout Treatment
The second option you have is to ask the dentist for a take-home procedure. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create a fitted tray for it. The teeth whitening gel gets into the mouth guard which can come in several strengths.