Restorative Dental Care

xx Restorative Dental Care
August 10, 2017, 12:11:23 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, 12:03:05 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
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August 10, 2017, 11:47:07 AM 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
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August 10, 2017, 11:37:44 AM 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, 11:33:13 AM 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
clip A Dental Crown May Be the Best Option
August 10, 2017, 11:21:51 AM by Wale Adeleke
A Dental Crown May Be the Best Option

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is installed over an existing tooth. Crowns perform a number of functions including restoring the shape and size of a tooth and providing structural strength to a tooth or its root structure.

 An existing tooth that is to be fitted with a crown undergoes a certain amount of preparation which usually includes the taking of x-rays and the making of a tooth impression of not only the tooth to be crowned but of the other teeth in the jaw as well to ensure a good fit. Other preparations may include some shaping of the tooth and the installation of a temporary crown while the final one is being made for you. Once the final crown has been fitted correctly it is cemented in place.

A dental crown may be recommended to address a number of issues. Some of these may include a weakened tooth after a root canal or a deep cavity filling. Often these procedures result in a significant portion of the tooth being removed, therefore weakening it and making it more susceptible to future damage or breakage.

Installing a crown after such procedures restores the appearance of the tooth and strengthens and protects the remaining tooth structure. A crown may be recommended to repair a broken tooth, a badly worn tooth, or a misshaped tooth. A crown applied in these cases restores the tooth to the correct size and shape.

A crown may also be the solution for severe tooth discoloration. Often tooth discoloration can be resolved by a veneer or cosmetic filling, but when neither method is suitable, a crown may be a viable option. When a patient requires the installation of a bridge, depending on the condition and health of the adjacent teeth, a crown may also be installed to help hold the bridge in place. It is also a great option for covering a tooth implant, when needed.

Crowns are made from a variety of materials. The main categories include metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. The combination crown is typically made up of a metal sub-shell encapsulated by a porcelain outer covering. The different types vary in price, with the metal crown typically being the least expensive and the porcelain crowns the most expensive. Even within the categories, there are many sub-categories, such as different metal alloys or different porcelain qualities or grades.

The crown that is best for your case will depend upon the goals and objectives you want to achieve, such as strength, durability, and appearance. Your dentist can best help you select from the many available alternatives the crown that both fits your budget and meets your dental needs.

 For your dental crown and other dental treatment contact Dr. Wale Adeleke 08033181698. Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria
xx Dental bridges from a Dentist in Ikeja Lagos
May 27, 2013, 09:50:24 AM by 9ja4real
Dental bridges from a Dentist in Ikeja Lagos
Your online dentist: 08033181698
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Bridges can:

Restore your smile
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?
There are three main types of dental bridges:

Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual's case. If the dental bridge is a fixed (permanent) bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.

Call your online dentist: 08033181698

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.

Will It Be Difficult to Eat With a Dental Bridge?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.

Will the Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing. Wearing a dental bridge with the anterior teeth in their proper relationship will help you speak properly.

How Do I Care for a Bridge?
It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge (depending on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss teeth. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
Call your online dentist now for all your. Dental needs on 08033181698
xx Cracked Teeth
August 15, 2012, 03:55:09 PM by Isaac Adeniran
What can I do to prevent my teeth from cracking?

While cracked teeth are not completely preventable, you can take some steps to make your teeth less susceptible to cracks.
 Don't chew on hard objects such as ice, unpopped popcorn kernels or pens.
Don't clench or grind your teeth.
If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a retainer or other mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Wear a mouthguard or protective mask when playing contact sports.
xx Dry Mouth -causes and treatment
May 13, 2012, 10:58:49 PM by Son of King
Xerostomia  ( "zero-stoh'-me-a" )
Dr Wale Adeleke 08033181698. [email protected]
Do you feel like you have less saliva than you used to? Does your mouth feel dry especially at mealtime? Do you have trouble eating dry foods? Is swallowing difficult? Do you need to moisten your mouth often or sip liquids often?
If you answer yes, you are one of many people who suffer from xerostomia .
Xerostomia can cause health problems by affecting nutrition as well as psychological health. It can contribute to and increase the chances of contracting tooth decay and mouth infections. With the aging of America the number of Older Americans is increasing. It is normal for the gums to recede as we age and the incidence of Root Surface decay is increasing especially in people who are taking certain medications.
Xerostomia is not a disease, but it can be a symptom of certain diseases. Xerostomia can result from medical treatment or as a side effect of many medications. Many times xerostomia is caused by failure of the salivary glands to function normally.
Saliva has important functions which include:
o   Wash away food debris and plaque from the teeth to help prevent decay.
o   Limit the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay and other mouth infections.
o   Bathe the teeth and supply minerals that allow remineralization of early cavities.
o   Lubricate foods so they may be swallowed more easily.
o   Providing enzymes that aid in digestion.
o   Help us enjoy foods by aiding in the "tasting" process.
o   Moisten the skin inside the mouth to make chewing and speaking easier.
Causes for Xerostomia include:
o   Medications - Several hundred current medications can cause xerostomia. The major drug groups are antihypertensives and antidepressants. Analgesics, tranquilizers, diuretics, and antihistamines can also cause dry mouth.
o   Cancer Therapy - Chemotherapeutic drugs can change the flow and composition of the saliva. Radiation treatment that is focused on or near the salivary gland can temporarily or permanently damage the salivary glands.
o   Sjogren's syndrome - an autoimmune disease, causes xerostomia and dry eyes.
o   Other conditions -such as bone marrow transplants, endocrine disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, and nutritional deficiencies may cause xerostomia.
o   Nerve Damage - Trauma to the head and neck area from surgery or wounds can damage the nerves that supply sensation to the mouth. While the salivary glands may be left intact, they cannot function normally without the nerves that signal them to produce saliva.
o   Conditions - Alzheimer's disease or stroke may change the ability to perceive oral sensations.
If you suspect you have xerostomia, visit your dentist or physician to determine the exact cause.
   Saliva substitutes are available to moisten and lubricate the mouth
   Sugarless hard candies may be helpful in stimulating saliva flow
   Medications may be added, changed, or dosages altered to provide increased salivary flow
   Two new drugs Salagen and Biotene offer much promise in alleviating xerostomia
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