Recently I treated a patient in my clinic for a dental emergency. She was visiting Athens and the islands, while on her way from United States to China. She seemed frightened upon arrival, but when I finished the treatment and suggested a long-overdue cleaning; she went for it with no hesitation. As she happily said upon completion, right from the moment she walked in the clinic and met our team, she felt comfortable.
Is there a chance that going to the dentist during your holidays can be comfortable?
I bet you would say no, since most dental treatments can be stressful and high in budget. You may also think that dental care in a foreign country may be less successful or the dentists would choose a short cut in your treatment.
However in Greece we treat a lot of patients who visit the country on holidays, not only for emergencies but for high-budget treatments as well.
Vomiting in pregnancy is a common symptom, especially during first trimester.
It may cause dental problems, since vomit contains stomach acids, that can erode the teeth.
Vomiting during pregnancy usually lasts for a short time. As a result, teeth suffer limited damage when compared to the damage that occurs for example in bulimia.
When vomiting during pregnacy is severe, the condition called Hyperemesis gravidarum, can lead to dehydration and deprivation of the pregnant woman's body by valuable nutrients while at the same time, there is a serious danger to the health of her teeth.
Teeth erosion, is the loss of tooth substance from chemical causes.
The responsible chemical causes are usually acids, initially causing damage to the enamel and in advanced stages, damage to the dentin as well.
In the oral cavity, acids are usually the result of frequent vomiting from eating disorder or acid reflux.
Acids can be induced in the oral cavity from external causes too. Carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks or acidic fruits ,when consumed in large quantities can prove catastrophic.
This e-book addresses the most common questions our patients ask about aesthetic dentistry.
It will help you learn:
What is Smile Analysis and Smile Design
The techniques we are currently using in Dentistry to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and smile.
The treatment options for the most common smile aesthetic problems.
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As people who have dental implants are increasing, we are often asked if they can have an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging).
The question arises because dental implants are metallic objects. An MRI uses a powerful magnet to scan the human body. The magnet can be a problem with things containing ferrous metals (i.e. iron and steel).
However dental implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy which in any case can not be magnetized since they contain no iron. The same applies to all the alloys used in the oral cavity.
Periodontitis is one of the most serious dental diseases.
It is the progress of gingivitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, which if not treated promptly develops into periodontitis. The inflammation extends from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, which slowly subsides.
When periodontitis is not treated, more bone is lost, so progressively teeth start to move and finally they are extracted .
The moment someone looses all his teeth and has to wear a denture, is one of the most difficult in life.
There is usually a significant psychological stress, since for most people the loss of natural teeth symbolizes the loss of youth.
Even when our patients manage to overcome their initial fears and get used to the idea of dentures, they still need time to be able to comfortably use their new set of teeth for speech and mastication.
Our patients often wonder, if the denture can be more stable. A full denture can not be stable by itself.
There are ways to improve the behavior of a denture, but it is impossible for a denture especially in the lower jaw to be perfectly stable without help.
Mock up is a diagnostic procedure, useful to Esthetic Dentistry and Prosthodontics.
Imagine mock up like a smile simulation, happening directly over your teeth, something like a test smile.
It changes temporarilly the shape and colour of your teeth in order to check the changes you and your dentist wish to make on your smile. It is used in the first steps of a smile design procedure.
Sometimes you may be happy with the result, some others you may not. In any case, with the mock up procedure you will be able to locate what troubles you and ask your dentist to change it. The procedure can be repeated as many times as nesecary, until the desired outcome is reached.
In case the changes do not satisfy your needs, then you may decide to change the treatment plan completely, choose for example orthodontic treatment instead of a cosmetic treatment or even decide that your original smile is better and you want to keep it.
Have you ever noticed while smiling, that one of your front teeth is darker that the rest of them?
Have you wondered why it happened and if there is a way to fix this?
Although there may be a lot of different reasons for teeth to be darker than the rest, the most common problem when the discoloration is located in only one tooth is due to internal discolouration and pulp problems.
Discoloration usually happens after a trauma or root canal treatment and is the result of the degradation of the blood products inside the pulp chamber. Enamel is affected by the degradation products and it changes its colour to brown, orange or dark gray.
The problem may be noticed in both anterior or posterior teeth but the truth is our patients rarely care unless the tooth is located at the front of their mouth.
Sometimes getting a new smile may seem impossible or very hard to get.
Many patients think that their treatment will very expensive or that it requires extensive reduction of healthy tooth structure. The truth is, that in many cases getting a new smile may be done easily in a few steps only.
What you need is a dentist that will address all your concerns, will think all the alternative treatment options and will suggest treatment plans that are fitted to your special needs and concerns.
Today I present a case that has been treated in our clinic in a short period of time, without orthodontics and extensive restorative work and with minimal cost.