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clip Treatment for Fractured Tooth
May 05, 2018, 07:25:47 PM by Wale Adeleke
Treatment for Fractured Tooth  - A Dentist Explains When you get a tooth fracture, it comes as a bit of a shock, even if it's painless. I can remember very well when I first noticed that I had a broken tooth a few years ago; a piece of tooth enamel came off one of my bottom front teeth.
To my tongue, it felt like half the tooth had gone! I rushed to the bathroom to check in the mirror, and thankfully it was just a small chip. But I have always remembered that initial sense of shock when I first felt the tooth fracture.


  It's not unusual for a broken tooth to be painless. It depends on how big the broken bit of the tooth is, and where the fracture line runs.
At one extreme, it could be as simple as a small chip of enamel off a corner of a big molar. At the other extreme it could be a front tooth broken off at gum level, say from diving into a swimming pool and hitting the bottom. Ouch!
A fracture like that can let bacteria into the tooth nerve, resulting a painful pulpitis.
You can read more about this painful condition at pulpitis.
If the tooth nerve HAS been exposed by the tooth fracture, then you will need  root canal treatment to get rid of the pain, and save the tooth.
 It's not unusual for a broken tooth to be painless. It depends on how big the broken bit of the tooth is, and where the fracture line runs.
At one extreme, it could be as simple as a small chip of enamel off a corner of a big molar. At the other extreme it could be a front tooth broken off at gum level, say from diving into a swimming pool and hitting the bottom. Ouch!
A fracture like that can let bacteria into the tooth nerve, resulting a painful pulpitis.
You can read more about this painful condition at pulpitis.
If the tooth nerve HAS been exposed by the tooth fracture, then you will need  root canal treatment to get rid of the pain, and save the tooth.
xx Cost of Tooth Implant
May 05, 2018, 07:06:04 PM by Isaac Adeniran
Cost of Tooth Implant - How To Find Affordable Dental Implants.

Tooth implant cost really boils down to how much time the dentist is going to need to do the whole job from start to finish. The time the dentist needs to do the WHOLE job is the biggest single factor. More complicated cases will take more time than simpler cases. Much more time. A single dental implant can be planned, fitted, and then a tooth (cap or crown) added, all in perhaps 5 or 6 appointments.
But if you need several dental implants to replace, say, 6 to 8 teeth, then the planning stages will be longer, the actual surgery to fit the implants will be longer; also the check appointments after surgery may take longer, and to finish up the final stages to get the new teeth fitted to the implants will be more time-consuming.
IT ALL ADDS UP! Like all professionals, dentists charge by the hour. So more time = more cost. So how can you find affordable dental implants?
It can be extremely difficult to estimate how much time (and therefore cost) accurately, because the dentist doesn't really know for sure at the start what dental implant complications might arise.
Finding a dentist who offers affordable dental implants really means finding someone who is experienced, well-trained, and well-equipped.
clip Tooth Pain After Dental Crown
May 05, 2018, 06:21:52 PM by Isaac Adeniran
Tooth Pain After Dental Crown

ABOVE - 8 front teeth crowns

Having tooth pain after crown (a "cap") is quite common. In my experience as a dentist over more than 35 years, I would say that about 30% of patients experience some sort of tooth pain after getting a crown, BUT it's usually only short-term.

But what does that mean EXACTLY?

Tooth pain can be split into several levels of intensity and duration; How bad the pain is, and how long it lasts for will tell you if it might settle down on it's own, or whether you need to go back to the dentist.
The first level of a tooth pain after crown, the simplest, is sensitivity to hot or cold. When you have a hot or cold drink, you get a brief but intense stab of pain. It's GONE inside 15 seconds or so. This is not unusual after getting a crown fitted, for 2 to 4 days. After that, the tooth settles down, and all is good.
This sensitivity is caused by the nerve inside the tooth being irritated by the dental treatment involved in getting a crown. More about this below.

The next level is more borderline. You get that intense pain with hot or cold drinks / foods, BUT it lingers on for a few minutes afterwards, maybe up to half an hour. This a 50/50 situation.
xx Home Remedies for Toothache
May 05, 2018, 11:32:08 AM by Isaac Adeniran
Toothache Home Remedies - A Dentist's View If you've got a toothache, home remedies can seem attractive. But toothache home remedies are usually a temporary stop-gap to see you through until you can get to a dentist. One of the favorite home remedies for toothache is clove oil. For toothache pain, however, you will need to see a dentist eventually!
But what toothache home remedies are there, that might buy you some time? Maybe you're in a strange town, or overseas on business, or just plain so busy with stuff in your life that you can't get to see a dentist for a day or two. Or longer.

Here are some suggestions that may help you out for a short time:
  • If you have a toothache like a constant dull throbbing, that a hot drink makes worse, try rinsing gently with cold water. The cold can really take the sting out of the ache. But you'll need to keep a bottle of cold water in your hand and keep rinsing out every few minutes. After an hour or so, the pain should settle down for a while, giving you tha chance to try some of the other home remedies for toothache here.
  • If you can identify which tooth is aching, and you can feel a little hole, you could try a small amount of clove oil. For toothache, it's pretty effective, but doesn't last long, and it has a very strong taste!
clip The Causes Of Pulpitis-Toothache Explained
May 05, 2018, 11:13:15 AM by Isaac Adeniran
The Causes Of Pulpitis-Toothache Explained

Tooth nerve pain can be extremely severe.
This is a painful toothache that is caused by the tooth nerve INSIDE the tooth; NOT an infection in the gum around the tooth. Dentists call pain from the tooth nerve, deep inside the tooth, "pulpitis", which looks like a funny kind of a word for a toothache, but it's made up of 2 other words: "pulp", which is the dental term for the nerve inside a tooth, and "itis" which means inflammation, like in tonsillitis or dermatitis.
 So "pulpitis" means an inflammation of the tooth nerve. If the nerve buried deep inside the tooth becomes inflamed for whatever reason, it can be extremely painful.
How can such a tiny little nerve cause so much pain?

The problem is, the nerve is completely surrounded by a rock-hard, rigid tube: the tooth! If it gets a bit inflamed for any reason, it wants to swell up a little, like when you accidentally hit your thumb with a hammer. Your thumb can swell up, and it's a bit sore, but settles down in a few days.
BUT the nerve buried inside a tooth cannot swell up, because it's encased in the middle of a rock-hard tooth. So what happens is this; as the nerve tissue becomes inflamed, (maybe due to a cavity or to a knock on the tooth), it tries to swell up as tissue fluid leaks out of the tiny blood capillaries. The result is that the pressure inside the tooth goes up.
xx Restorative Dental Care
August 10, 2017, 08:11:23 PM by Wale Adeleke
Restorative Dental CareCROWN and BRIDGE
Dr Wale Adeleke, Ikeja, lagos. Nigeria. 08033181698. [email protected]

   In dentistry, crown and bridge (Restorative Dentistry)  refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Once your dentist has examined your teeth and has evaluated your dental and medical history, he/she will be ready to provide a diagnosis, and treatment options. A crown may be constructed to restore an individual damaged tooth back to it's original form and function, while a bridge may be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture..
A [/color]crown[/size] is fabricated using an [/color]indirect[/size] procedure. The tooth is modified and prepared by using special insturments and a copy of  the tooth preparation  is made is made by taking an impression The crown is then "permanently" cemented onto your tooth preparation. A fixed bridge refers to a [/color]prosthesis[/size] that will span the area of a missing tooth, known as a pontic. The procedure involves a local anesthetic and the preparation of two or more [/color]abutment[/size] teeth. Once this has been accomplished, an impression is made and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your new tooth. This procedure will take five to ten days and will encompass two to four appointments. (A crown procedure takes two to three office visits.)
The following is a brief description of how a crown will be made:
  • Upon arriving to the laboratory, your impression is cleaned (sterilized).
  • Powdered stone is mixed with water and poured into your impression, which once set hardens into a stone cast of your upper/lower teeth. The casts are connected on an apparatus called an [/color]articulator[/size] that mimics your jaw motion.
  • Using a bunsen burner, the dental technician melts wax and applies it to the prepped tooth stump. This process is called fabricating a coping or framework (if a bridge) which supports the tooth colored material called porcelain. The wax coping is invested in high heat stone, burned out in an oven and cast into metal. This is a similar procedure that a jeweler might use when making a ring.
  • After the metal has been cast, the technician will use a variety of high and slow speed drills to contour the metal.
  • The metal is then ready to be prepared to receive [/color]porcelain[/size]. Since porcelain is very clear, the silver gray colored metal needs to be masked out. This procedure is referred to as opaquing, or masking out the metal.
  • Porcelain powder is mixed with water and applied by brush to the opaqued metal understucture. By using the casts that have been joined, the dental technician will be able to reproduce a lifelike copy of the original tooth.
  • The porcelain build-up is fired in a ceramic oven at 1800 degrees. Using various diamond and carbide drills, the final contours are established.
  • The porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration is then colored to the patients specific shade and glazed to render an enamel-like finish.
After the final fabrication phases have been completed, the finished crown is returned to your dentist to be checked for correct fit. Once all final adjustments have been made, your restoration is permanently cemented.

clip Insight Into Dental Crowns
August 10, 2017, 08:03:05 PM by Wale Adeleke
Insight Into Dental Crowns

With the rise in the problems related to tooth decay, teeth care and replacement techniques have attracted the attention of many across the world. One such technique is the placement of dental crowns. Let us have a look into the details of having a tooth crown in this article.

What are Dental Crowns

A dental crown denotes a cap that has the shape of a tooth. This is often placed on top of a tooth to regain the size, structure, strength, shape and appearance of the same. Crowns generally cover all visible portion of the tooth and are seen well above the line of the gums.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are basically 4 different categories of crowns used by dentists.

Metal Tooth Crowns: This type of crowns is made up of gold, nickel, chromium or palladium alloys. They are very durable and support the process of chewing. They prove to be resistant to the wear and tear that teeth generally undergo. The biggest disadvantage of this type of crown is the color of the crown that is very much visible when placed in position. If you want to have a crown for tooth that care located at the backside, then this type of crown would prove to be the right choice.

Porcelain-Metal Fused Tooth Crowns
: This type of crown looks natural and can be rated next to the ceramic type if the natural aspect of the artificial teething is considered. However, they are often subjected to chipping and breakage.

All-Resin Tooth Crown:
This type is pretty cheap compared to the other types of crowns. However, they might not prove to be durable and are very much prone to fractures.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tooth Crown: This type of crown is the best choice when the natural appearance is considered as the most important factor. However, they are not strong and are subjected to wear and tear. However, they prove to be a remarkable choice for those with metal allergies.

Should you opt for a Dental Crown?

If you have a weak tooth that has been cleaned recently, you might want to resort to a dental crown in case where most of the tooth has cracked already and is likely to be subjected to breakage.
 If you have broken a part of your tooth accidentally, then a tooth crown can pacify your needs better.
 If any of your teeth has decayed thoroughly and has been filled with fillers, you might need a tooth crown in case the filled section is very large and is subjected to breakage.

To support a dental bridge that you have.
To cover up severely discolored teeth
To cover up the teeth that are out of shape
To cover dental crowns implant if you have any!

For your dental crown and other dental treatment contact Dr. Wale Adeleke 08033181698. Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria
clip How Dental crown Preserves Teeth
August 10, 2017, 07:47:07 PM by Wale Adeleke
How Dental crown Preserves Teeth
Dental Crowns For Teeth Preservation

Dental crowns are used for various purposes when a tooth filling cannot work to restore decay. When the bacterial plaque spreads too much, then the tooth corrodes slowly and a hole develops in the initial stages. You can notice a black spot which is the initial sign of bacteria settling in and feeding on the tooth. This black spot gradually starts to spread around and starts reaching deeper into the bone.

It takes years for the bacteria to destroy the tooth completely, and with time one can notice the gap increasing and sometimes you can even sense pain while chewing or even at other times a general sensitivity is there while drinking something too hot or cold.
Finally, when the tooth has been totally corroded by the bacteria, filling the hole becomes impossible and the dentist then has to clean up the bacteria first, drill the corroded tooth and then prepare a crown to fill the gap. This is known as the root canal treatment. The crown is also known as a cap. The cap looks like a normal tooth which is prepared by the laboratory. A molded impression of your tooth is sent to the dental laboratory.
The dentist fits a temporary crown in your first visit while the laboratory prepares the restoration in the mean time. As soon as the permanent tooth crown has been prepared you are called for the second visit and the dentist fits it with a good adhesive. The tooth crown looks exactly like a normal tooth and is made with ceramic.

In case you have broken your teeth due to a fall or accident, dentists give fixed partial dentures which can be removed and placed. This is also one kind of dental crown treatment. The crown is placed adjacent to the missing tooth and connected to a replica of the missing tooth.

For your dental crown, crowns and bridges and other dental treatment contact Dr. Wale Adeleke 08033181698. Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria
clip Tooth Crown - Is This Treatment for You?
August 10, 2017, 07:37:44 PM by Wale Adeleke
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Tooth Crown - Is This Treatment for You?

A tooth crown is a restoration for your damaged or cracked tooth. It is meant to cover and protect the remaining part of your problem tooth. It is also called cap by some dentists. Crowns or caps help strengthen your existing teeth, making it possible for them to function like your original healthy teeth again. There are certain cases when caps are recommended, while there are situations where other dental solutions would work better.

There are teeth that may have been decaying too much for too long that the remaining structure is not enough for them to have fillings or inlays. In some cases, fractured teeth may also be excessive that bonding also wouldn't be enough.

But there are times that you may need a crown in addition to another dental treatment. You may need to have a cap on top of the filling that was placed to cover the substantial cavity of your damaged tooth. This is to reinforce the protection of your remaining natural tooth.

If you've lost a whole tooth, the dentist usually has to place a titanium root implant where your lost tooth was. To complete the restoration procedure, he has to put a tooth crown on the abutment that was planted. It now replaces your missing tooth. Also, crowns are generally suggested to strengthen your teeth after you've had a root canal treatment.

But before deciding on having crowns placed on your teeth, you need to check carefully with your dentist if this is what you really need. During your initial consultation, let the dentist know your concerns about your teeth so he can really know which solution would be best for you. You might need another procedure that's less invasive, cheaper, and faster. You might not know it, but maybe what you need to have are veneers or fillings alone. As mentioned earlier, a tooth crown is meant to strengthen the existing tooth. If the remaining tooth is still strong enough, there would be no need for a cap or crown.

When done properly on your teeth and maintained well, crowns can last even for up to 15 years. But you need to make sure that you go to an expert so they can be done accurately. It is also very important that you care for them like your natural teeth. Perform proper oral hygiene everyday and avoid habits that can easily damage your teeth.

For your dental crown and other dental treatment contact Dr. Wale Adeleke 08033181698. Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria
xx Permanent tooth replacement in Ikeja lagos
August 10, 2017, 07:33:13 PM by Wale Adeleke

Dental Crowns - Tooth Restoration Without Any Royal Pain

Dental crowns restore broken, discolored and weakened teeth that have robbed you of your bright smile - all in a painless procedure. Serious damage to your teeth may have been caused by a number of reasons including decay, root fillings and others. This procedure, though, may also be done by your dentist to help hold your dental bridge or dentures in place.

The usual procedure involves using a dental impression of your prepared tooth by a dentist who will then customize the crown or cap outside of your mouth. The capping material is inserted generally during your following visit to the clinic. This indirect restoration procedure enables the dentist to use strong restorative materials and time-consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat like casting metal or firing porcelain. This definitely would be impossible to do inside the mouth.
Materials used for this cap vary and some new types are introduced year after year. Among the top choices these days are porcelain and all-ceramic.

Porcelain types have two versions - all-porcelain or porcelain bonded to precious metal. A tooth crown made entirely out of porcelain are not as strong as those bonded to precious metal, but look natural that they are ideal for use on your front teeth. Most people still prefer porcelain ones that are bonded to precious metal. A base made of precious metal is done and then layers of porcelain are applied on it.
But growing in popularity is the all-ceramic type. This technique that was recently introduced combines the qualities of the bonded porcelain and the all-porcelain types. It gives patients a metal-free alternative solution with the same strength as metal-bonded porcelain and the natural appearance of an all-porcelain.
There are also variations of this treatment that are called onlays and crowns. If the usual treatment covers your whole tooth, these variations involve capping only a portion of the tooth that is necessary to cover.

While having a dental crown procedure is under cosmetic treatments in dentistry, it is advisable that capping your tooth or teeth should not be done for purely aesthetic purposes. Experts recommend this procedure usually if the appearance problem is coupled with the need to restore structure as in broken or badly chipped teeth or to strengthen teeth that has had a large filling.

This treatment is reserved for more serious dental problems, because a dentist must grind a good portion of a tooth away before the capping procedure can be done. If your concern is mainly superficial, other cosmetic methods like veneers, composite bonding or teeth whitening will be considered.
Dental crowns can last even for more than a decade. But just like your natural teeth, their life span will depend on your chewing habits and oral health maintenance. Good oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, should be observed, while bad habits like opening packages with your teeth, grinding, chewing hard candies, etc. should be avoided.

For your dental crown and other dental treatment contact Dr. Wale Adeleke 08033181698. Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria
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