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Veneers are also commonly known as porcelain veneers or laminates. They are an integral part of cosmetic dentistry.

They are very popular among celebrities. In fact, many of them have had this procedure to create the smile that you see today.


Veneers in a great way take care of many common cosmetic issues like chipping, gaps, staining & misalignment. They can take care of all your smile imperfections at once.

Though they are quite common, not many are aware of its applications and benefits or uses.

What is a Dental Veneer?

A veneer is a restoration made out of ceramic. The shade, shape and size of the veneer is made to match your surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly.

How Long-Lasting?

“If you have something of great quality and you take good care of it – you have it forever”.

With proper care, they can last a long time. Aside from being durable, other great advantage is that they’re stain resistant. Veneers are placed on individual teeth, if you happen to have need of replacement, you have the ability to address the veneer that needs alteration.

Procedure

To receive this smile makeover, you’ll go through the following process:

  • Consultation
  • Test drive  – Before even teeth preparation begins, you get a set of temporary veneers (exact replica of the final veneer) in your mouth for approval and fine tuning
  • Preparation appointment
  • Bonding appointment

A variety of things can be accomplish using veneers. By their virtue we can close gaps, alter teeth length, cover stains and create a perfect smile.

In this way, veneers can create a smile which can rival smile of famous Celebrities. The nicest thing is that you don’t have to be famous to get a lovely smile.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more Veneers – All You Need To Know

Almost everyone has had some or other issues with wisdom teeth. Due to lack of complete understanding regarding wisdom teeth, many individuals are scared to address the issue. Many myths surround the wisdom of wisdom teeth.

WHAT IS WISDOM TOOTH?

It is the third molar tooth. They erupt around the age of 18-25 years. In very few people they erupt without causing a problem. In most individuals, they mal-positioned, partially erupted or locked inside bone (impaction).

WHY DOES WISDOM TOOTH CREATE PROBLEMS?

As humans have evolved from apes, their jaw size has also reduced but the number of teeth has remained the same. As the third molar is last to erupt, it often faces scarcity of space to erupt properly.

WHY DOES WISDOM TOOTH HURT?

a.Gum infection (Pericoronitis) – Often wisdom tooth partially erupts, so half part of the tooth is still covered under the gums. Food debris and bacteria accumulate under the gums causing pain, swelling, and restricted mouth opening. Often stressful circumstances exacerbate pain episodes.

b.Decay/ Cavity – They are often malpositioned and thus are hard to clean and maintain. Due to this reason, they often get decayed and cause pain. At times they may spread decay to the neighbouring tooth.

MYTHS?

Loss of Wisdom! – Removal of the tooth has also nothing to do with the loss of wisdom. It does not have any relation to the biology of the brain.

Effect on Eyesight! – Also wrongly believed that removal of the tooth can adversely affect eyesight. Optic biology has no direct relation to teeth. Remember people without teeth don’t become blind.

REMOVAL IS NECESSARY?

Wisdom teeth can be considered vestigial as the appendix. They often don’t contribute towards chewing efficiency. Why removal is to be considered-

  1. Spread of infection – Infection from decayed tooth can spread in areas near to throat.
  2. Cyst Formation – Impacted teeth can form a cyst and destroy a good amount of jawbone.
  3. Neighbouring teeth – Malpositioned molars often get decayed and also decay their adjacent teeth, ultimately leading to more loss.
  4. Prematurity in contact – as they are last to erupt and have a tendency to be malpositioned, they can create prematurity and misalignment of other teeth. Due to which jaw joint may get affected.
 cyst formation around the wisdom tooth

SAFETY?

In well-trained hands, it’s an absolutely safe procedure. Using advanced imaging modalities, the Doctor has exact insight about the case. A vast majority of cases are done under local anesthesia. With the latest technology of LASER, healing & recovery is uneventful.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more ULTIMATE WISDOM ABOUT WISDOM TEETH

Usage of activated charcoal for teeth whitening has become a viral trend on social media. Activated charcoal for teeth whitening has created a buzz. But before you start brushing your teeth with it, you should be aware of its pros and cons.

Trends come and go, but it is difficult to differentiate which of them are worthwhile for your well being.

In this blog post, we will be answering some frequently asked questions on this topic.

WHAT IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL?

It is different from charcoal used in barbeques. When high-pressure gas is forced in charcoal granules, activated charcoal is created. It has a porous structure.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Due to its porosity, activated charcoal can absorb pigments and toxins. It is used in medicine to treat cases of poisoning or accidental overdose etc.

Few people regularly ingest activated charcoal due to its detoxifying abilities, but it can also absorb necessary vitamins and nutrients.

IS IT SAFE TO BRUSH WITH?

Not really, as the potential risks outweigh the benefits. Though activated charcoal has absorptive abilities the problem lies with abrasiveness. Toothpaste also contains abrasives. The paste must be abrasive enough to remove tartar and stains but should not damage tooth enamel. Commonly used abrasive in toothpaste are hydrated silica, titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate etc. Size of these particles ranges from 4-12 micron (a human hair is of 75 microns. 1micron is a millionth of a meter.).

Any abrasive beyond this size can harm your teeth. As the particle size of activated charcoal is not standardized, it can be potentially harmful.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

With the loss of enamel, tooth sensitivity develops. Along with erosion of enamel, you could also stain your teeth and gums. Dark pigment of the charcoal can gradually seep through enamel into the inner layer of the tooth (dentin) and influence tooth color. It can also build up under the gums. Instead of whitening, you can land up with tattooed gums.

CHARCOAL FOR TEETH WHITENING
CHARCOAL FOR TEETH WHITENING
DOCTORS RECOMMENDATION?

To avoid these risks, we recommend patients interested in teeth whitening to opt for professional teeth whitening from certified doctors.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more CHARCOAL FOR TEETH WHITENING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In today’s world of social media, we love getting clicked. White perhaps will be the only shade that looks great with the smile. Teeth whitening is amongst most sought-after option in cosmetic dentistry.

There are many MYTHS surrounding whitening & they are linked with many questions.

IS IT BAD FOR TEETH? DO IT AT HOME OR PROFESSIONALLY? DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? HOME REMEDIES? DO WHITENING PRODUCTS REALLY WORK?
YELLOWING OF TEETH?

Teeth can acquire stains from tea/coffee, wine, smoking, lipsticks etc. Medications like tetracycline, developmental tooth deformities, trauma to teeth also cause discoloration of teeth. Genetics also play a role in the determination of your tooth color. Over the time discoloration becomes more evident and can cause embarrassment.

DO WHITENING PASTES WORK?

This would be great example displaying the “not so honest” face of the marketing industry. Most Dental professionals do not recommend these kinds of products as they have little or no effect at all. Any kind of bleaching agent requires minimum 20 minutes of intimate contact with teeth. Bleaching agents in toothpaste form cannot be controlled and may adversely affect your gums. We warn you “not to be fooled” by such products. In conclusion, these products are the same as most regular toothpaste but instead, may higher abrasive content wearing down teeth to create an illusion of whiter teeth.

HOME REMEDIES FOR TEETH WHITENING?

There is a lot of content on this topic on the internet. These remedies “do not work. They may adversely affect your teeth & gums creating new problems like cavities, sensitivity and mouth burns.

GETTING TEETH PROFESSIONALLY WHITENED?

It is the most rational choice to make. A well trained & certified Dentist is only the right person to correctly bleach your teeth & get you your “WOW SMILE”. The latest advancements include the LASER for teeth-whitening – “Power Bleaching”. Depending on the case requirements, the Doctor would suggest you respective whitening options [In Office Bleach or Home Bleach]. Improvements up to 10 shades can be achieved. Dentists take proper care in protecting your vital oral structures, ensuring a safe & effective procedure with long-lasting effects. Approaching untrained or non-certified professional is putting oneself at big health risk.

SAFETY?

It is a very safe & minimally invasive procedure for obtaining a dazzling smile. Rarely some patients develop a mild sensitivity for few days, which can be effectively managed. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a good standing on safety & effectiveness of teeth whitening procedure.

COST?

A dazzling smile is priceless. A good smile helps you to look younger, confident & radiant. Many individuals after smile makeovers land up getting life-changing opportunities like their dream jobs, promotions etc. A beautiful smile can open doors to a whole new world with unlimited possibilities.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TEETH WHITENING / BLEACHING

Silver amalgam fillings have been extensively used in dentistry for over a century. Scientific researchers have found strong links regarding the health hazards associated with them. Thousands of patients have these in their mouth. But they are also seemingly unaware of their potential health hazards. Many western countries have stopped silver amalgam filling and doctors advocate their replacement.

CONTENT

50% Mercury along with silver, tin & other trace elements. Together these metals form an alloy.

MERCURY FACTS

Mercury is a highly toxic element. It is also an established neurotoxin. Our bodies have no requirement for it & should be avoided. Also, FDA (2009), has classified mercury in Class II risk category. Your mouth should be the last place on earth, where you would want such a toxin.

MERCURY LEAKAGE FROM SILVER FILLING?

It is an established fact that mercury vapor is released from silver fillings. The Mayo Clinic states that mercury (2-20 microgram/day – way higher than the permissible limit) is released from these fillings whenever mechanically stimulated (chewing food). Every time an individual chews, mercury from these fillings is released into that person’s body. Also, consuming hot beverages could make matters worse, as the heat can cause more mercury release.

LINK WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS

Several studies conducted in Sweden demonstrated that when people with existing health issues (ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease etc), got their silver amalgam fillings removed, 78% reported improvement in health status. The Swedish government (1994) banned silver amalgam.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MERCURY EXPOSURE

To list a few – emotional instability, irritability, mood changes, depression, loss of appetite, hair loss, general weakness, chronic-fatigue type symptoms, cardiovascular, neurological & respiratory problems, skin changes, insomnia, tremors etc.                                                                                           Read More

WHY WE DONT RECOMMEND SILVER AMALGAM FILLING?

  • Have associated health hazards.
  • Discoloration of teeth and gums.                                           
  • Do not bond with teeth.
  • Expand over time, leading to cracks & leaks.
  • Don’t look natural & esthetic.
  • Contribute to environmental pollution.

SHOULD I REPLACE MY SILVER AMALGAM FILLING?

In the light of above information, we recommend and practice Mercury Safe Dentistry.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more SHOULD SILVER (AMALGAM) FILLING BE REPLACED?

I am writing this blog to clear many myths surrounding Root Canal Treatment (RCT) & also help people know the facts & what they should expect if they ever need one.

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

RCT involves cleaning of the root canal of the pain causing infection & insertion of inert filler to further arrest any infection.It is essential to save the natural tooth which otherwise will have to be removed.

IS IT PAINFUL?

No. Infact it provides pain relief. RCT takes away pain caused by decay/infection. With advances in anesthesia, the procedure is not at all painful.

IS IT A LENGTHY PROCESS?

No. Today most cases can be finished in a single appointment. In cases with severe infection, your doctor may place a medicament in the interior of root & finish the treatment couple of days later.

IS IT BETTER TO REMOVE THE TOOTH THEN HAVE RCT?

False. Saving your natural tooth is always the best option. RCT is cost effective & has high success rate. Many RCT treated teeth serve a lifetime.

IT CAN CAUSE ILLNESS?

False. This is a common myth floating around the internet. RCT eliminates bacteria from the infected tooth. It would improve your oral & overall health.

IT IS COSTLY?

Root canals are as thin as human hair. So there is a need of high-quality & accurate instruments, materials & equipment. Some clinics may cut corners & compromise on quality to reduce the price. Also, use of poor quality instruments may cause breakage and calls for big complications. RCT & dental crown is less expensive than removing the tooth & replacing it with implant/bridge.It costs less than your smartphone & almost would last 20 times more.

STOP LOOKING FOR DEALS ON YOUR HEALTH.

NECESSARY TO TAKE POWERFUL PAINKILLERS AFTER TREATMENT?

Most cases do not require painkiller after completion of treatment. Cases with severe infection may need a short course of pain medication during the treatment span.

RCT KILLS THE TOOTH?

False. RCT cleans & disinfects the inside of the tooth, allowing healing. RCT treated teeth also have a long service life.

FAILED RCT TOOTH SHOULD ALWAYS BE REMOVED?

No. A tooth with failed endodontic treatment can often also be re-treated. A re-treatment is a procedure of redoing RCT. Some teeth also may require a few additional procedures.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more ROOT CANAL TREATMENT- FACTS & MYTHS

Bad breath or halitosis, is a common complaint amongst the general population.  It has a negative impact on personal life, hampering social and professional growth.

HOW DO I KNOW?

TRUTH is- not everyone who suffers from it, is aware of it. Often the nose gets de-sensitized, leading to loss of self-awareness. But this doesn’t have to be in your case. Often, spouse, family members, friends & colleagues are hesitant to point it out. As a consequence, they may distance themselves. If you feel the need to tell someone, the right approach is to tell them privately – saving them “social embarrassment”.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE?

Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC) released by bacteria are the main culprits. Most common source is the Mouth. Gum infections, decayed tooth, unclean tongue, poor oral hygiene & dry mouth – harbor VSC producing bacteria. Other sources include-tonsilitis, pharyngitis, diabetes, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal diseases, liver & kidney diseases etc.

Morning breath is a normal physiological phenomenon, but if the bad breath continuous throughout the day- it is pathologic.

QUICK FIXES?

Quick fixes like mints, chewing gum, deodorant sprays- “DO NOT WORK”. Their effect lasts a couple of minutes, masking the underlying unaddressed cause. Avoiding odorous foods (garlic, onion etc.) and habits (smoking, alcohol etc.)  can help.

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

There is no shame in discovering your bad breath. The first step is acknowledging the fact –  you have it. It is a fully treatable condition. Secondly, you need to see a good Dentist. The Dentist would correctly diagnose the cause & address it respectively.

“DO NOT AVOID DEALING WITH BAD BREATH”

“YOU DONT HAVE TO LIVE WITH BAD BREATH FOREVER”

“DONT LET BAD BREATH RUIN YOUR LIFE”

“A BAD BREATH CAN COST YOU GREAT OPPORTUNITIES”

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more BAD BREATH – TRUTH, FACTS & MYTHS

Currently, the market is flooded with a myriad of anti sensitive toothpaste & products. Blinded by advertisements, patients often self-prescribe these products without complete understanding. Not all people require these & in most cases, it may

 DO MORE HARM THEN GOOD

CAUSES OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY

Teeth are normally protected from sensitivity by tooth enamel & cementum. Once they wear down-sensitivity begins. There are various reasons for sensitivity like tooth decay/cavities, worn enamel, aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession & disease, teeth grinding, tooth fracture etc. Your Dentist can rightly find the actual cause of the problem.

I HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH- WHAT DO I DO?

To schedule, a Dental Visit is the best thing to do. The Doctor would diagnose the core cause & also treat the problem accordingly. If your Doctor prescribes you an anti-sensitivity product – USE IT.

IF I DON’T HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH – SHOULD I USE ANTI SENSITIVITY PRODUCTS?

Your teeth are normally responsive to thermal, mechanical and chemical stimuli. This is a PROTECTIVE RESPONSE, to protect your teeth from irreversible damage. Unsupervised and unindicated use of such products can make your teeth less responsive. This will also mask the initial signs & symptoms of any tooth problem. Thus it would only make you aware of the issue- when it was fairly advanced.

HOW DO ANTI SENSITIVE TOOTHPASTE WORK?

Desensitizing products contain compounds like potassium nitrate, stannous fluoride, strontium chloride etc. In order for the toothpaste to be effective, it must contain about 5 percent of the active ingredient.Potassium nitrate by entering dentinal tubules makes its way to the pulp. Potassium ions block pain transmission to the brain.Strontium chloride works by blocking dentinal tubules. By the closing of tubules, sensitivity is reduced. It also requires several applications of the desensitizing product before the sensitivity can be reduced.

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Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more ANTI SENSITIVE TOOTHPASTE – TRUTH OR FACADE?

Almost everyone has some or other Gum issues.

Ranging from the need of teeth cleaning, bleeding during brushing to pyorrhoea.

LINK OF GUM & YOUR BODY

Gums harbor a lot of bacteria. Unlike the outer surface, the inner lining of gum lacks protective properties. Thus bacteria can easily penetrate inside the body during gum inflammation. Once bacteria or bacterial products gain entry in the circulation, they can spread out to cause a multitude of diseases. Years of clinical research has shown a strong correlation between gum health & systemic diseases.

HEART & BRAIN DISEASE

Bacteria or their products cause inflammation and can trigger:- myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina, atherosclerosis, coronary heart diseases and stroke.

DIABETES

The association of gum disease & diabetes is bidirectional. Due to diabetes, there is a substantial increase in gum disease. Conversely, treatment of gum problems reduces the severity of diabetes.

PREGNANCY

Studies have shown a strong correlation between gum diseases & pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of membranes (PROM) & low birthweight infants (LBW).

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

A recent study in Taiwan has shown a strong correlation between gum disease & ED. Elevated oxidative stress & endothelial dysfunction triggered by gum inflammation significantly contribute to ED.

OSTEOPOROSIS

Scientist suggests a strong link between osteoporosis & periodontal bone loss. Osteoporosis reduces bone density, which may lead to early tooth loss.

LUNG DISEASE

Tartar & bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs and can cause pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & acute respiratory infections.

MYTHS

Often patients have a misconception, that getting teeth professionally cleaned, weaken them. Professional teeth cleaning is not at all harmful to teeth, rather it cleans areas which are hard to reach or missed in daily brushing. Do no harm – is the basic principle every Doctor abides by, so any treatment if harmful will be removed out of practice.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more LINK OF GUMS & YOUR BODY

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING OF GOOD QUALITY AND YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT – YOU CAN HAVE IT FOREVER”. The mouth can be regarded as the mirror of the body. Various oral problems are linked with many systemic diseases. Good oral hygiene can be easily maintained.

BRUSHING

Maintenance is the key to everything. Even the most expensive amenities require timely maintenance, likewise, proper brushing is the key to good oral health. It is not the about the brand of products but about the technique of brushing. Change your brush every 3-6 months.

FLOSSING

Areas that are hard to reach by toothbrush (between teeth) are cleaned with floss. Regular flossing prevents tooth decay and maintains good gum health.

DENTAL VISIT

You should regularly visit your Dentist. Any problem if diagnosed and intercepted in an early stage saves you money as well maintains your natural teeth for longer service. Remember NEGLECT IS THE MOST COSTLIEST THING.

HABITS

Keep your habits in check. Excess of anything is bad. Drinking soda, smoking, excess sugar intake etc. have adverse effects on your oral health.

DIET

A well-balanced diet takes care of your nutritional requirements. Reduce intake of refined carbohydrates. Include fibrous fruits, veggies and dairy products in your diet.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more TIPS FOR GOOD DENTAL HEALTH