Wisdom teeth present a curious problem in the world of dentistry. In general, dentists do not like to extract living teeth unless it is called for, in the case when it is very decayed and infected.
It sometimes seems like the only reason we still have wisdom teeth are to make dentists money. After all, these teeth do not erupt when the other teeth do, frequently not having enough space to erupt as a result, and are the most likely candidates for inflammation and tooth decay.
Recurring oral problems are very often caused by improper oral hygiene, and by being exposed to the same microbes and the same pathogens over and over, time and time again. This is because we eat the way we do, have oral flora that is the way it is, and encounter the same microbes from the air, from the people we kiss, from the foods we eat, as each ecosystem and climate has its own set of microbes and bacterial life that flourish on it. One of the places that microbial life flourishes is the toothbrush.
This forum post deals with a common question that goes through many peoples minds once a tooth has gone missing; should I get prostheses, or should I go ahead and invest in a dental implant? There is no easy, straight forward answer to this question, as what is more worth it depends on the patients oral condition, how many teeth are missing, which teeth are missing, the patients financial background, whether or not other medical conditions exist, and a host of other things. I merely intend to compare the two types of treatment, and hope to be able to provide some insight into a most difficult choice.
One out of every 3 000 people are born with teeth, and much more are come into this world with hair already on their heads. Children born like this were considered to be shamans and especially gifted, but modern scientific research shows no reason to treat these children specially, or to expect them to have higher cognitive functions. This is nothing to be afraid of, and is all a completely normal part of embryonic development, but children born with teeth do warrant special attention.
Dental bridges are a row of dental crowns that are meant to bridge the gap of more than one missing tooth next to each other. Bridges can be made of porcelain, metal, or pretty much anything a crown can be made from, and they can be house don a tooth or dental implant, can be bonded to healthy teeth near the gap, or housed in artificial gum material like resin, plastic or even wood (this is rare nowadays). Let’s take a look at the different kinds of bridges then, and see the differences between them.
A mini dental implant is exactly what it sounds like; they are dental implants that are a little bit smaller than regular dental implants. They are also called small diameter implants, or SDIs. They work on the same principle as regular dental implants but are much smaller, and as such tax the jawbones a lot less. They are tailored towards people who cannot have regular dental implants due to some form of bone density issue, but who do not necessarily warrant a bone graft.
Sharks lose up to 30 000 teeth in a lifetime. They replace every single one of them, and no shark goes through life with missing teeth, because the moment a tooth goes missing, a new one pops in form behind it. The shark has something called a tooth whorl, which is like a snail shell with teeth coming out of it underneath the gums. This allows for infinite tooth regeneration. It now seems that the matrix of genes that are responsible for this kind of tooth regeneration is present in humans as well. The implications are staggering. Let me break it down for you.
When you get a new dental crown, you may be surprised to find that it feels a little bit funny. It may even be painful, but in most cases of dental crown sensitivity, it is just a slight discomfort that comes along when you bite or encounter hot or cold sensations. This is a fairly normal occurrence, and can be caused by a number of things. We will now go over what can provoke dental crown sensitivity, how it can be managed, and what you need to do to end it.
Have you ever looked at the back of a tube of toothpaste and wonder “what is all this junk anyway”? There are so many things that the average layperson has absolutely no idea that it is mindboggling just to start to research all of them. Most of these materials are there to enhance the flavour, consistency, and surface of the paste. But some of them are salts, some of them are carcinogens, and many of them are plain unhealthy. Here is a breakdown of what’s in toothpaste.
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