A dental abscess is a bag of infection that contains bacteria, its products, own body cells and blood. The content of the bag is called pus. The abscess develops in connection with an infected tooth or an infected gum.
Bad Breath
Many people suffer from bad breath. The bad smell in the breath often originates in the mouth, the digestive system or the respiratory system.
Bisphosphonates and tooth extractions
Bisphosphonates are used in prevention and treatment of Osteoporosis, treatment of Paget’s disease and as a drug among a cocktail of drugs treating certain forms of cancer.
Bite Guard
A bite guard is also known as a stress guard or night guard. It is a dental appliance that is provided by the dentist to protect your teeth from excessive grinding or clenching.
Bleeding Gums and Pregnancy
This condition is called Gingivitis (gum inflammation). This is a reversible process, which means that if you clean the bacteria and the plaque the gums will return to their original healthy structure.
Brushing Injuries
Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a construction designed to replace missing teeth. It is made of a metal core covered with porcelain. There are also metal-free bridges.
Cold Sores
A cold sore is a viral infection that affects the skin around the mouth and especially the lips. The first warning signs are the tingling and itching sensation of the affected area. Soon after, the skin starts to swell and redden with a build up of liquid-filled blisters.
When a tooth is damaged extensively by decay or trauma, a filling may not be suitable to restore the tooth and a crown is then the choice of treatment.
Dental Implants
Dental implants are metal screws that are inserted in the jawbone. Once the bone tissue grows firmly around the implant, it serves as the foundation to carry a crown or a bridge.
Dental Phobia
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. The denture is usually put in the mouth in the morning and taken out before bedtime.
Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is also known as Xerostomia. Not until we suffer from a dry mouth, do we appreciate the role of saliva. People may suffer from low saliva production for many reasons.
Bruxism can occur at any age, from young children with milk teeth to adults. People are usually unaware of the condition as it occurs mostly during sleep.
Gum Disease
It is a very common disease that could affect the patient without clear symptoms or pain. The condition may go undetected for years before the patient becomes aware of it.
It is an appliance you wear if you run a risk of getting hit on the mouth while engaging in sports such as boxing, American football, rugby, martial arts, hockey etc.
Many people suffer from headache, but few realise that the teeth or the bite may be the reason behind it.
Invisible Braces
Invisible braces use a method of straightening teeth gradually with a series of clear plastic trays instead of conventional metal braces.
Mouth Ulcers
A mouth ulcer is also known as an Aphthous ulcer or a Canker sore. Aphthous ulcers are very common and can occur at any age. They are easy to recognise due to their painful nature and distinctive look.
Natal and Neonatal Teeth
Babies can be born with one or more teeth. These teeth are called natal teeth. If teeth develop within the first thirty days after birth they are called neonatal teeth.
Patients on Warfarin and Tooth Extractions
Dental plaque is a whitish sticky thin layer usually found visible on the borderline between the tooth and the gum. The longer the plaque stays on the surface of the tooth, the more it develops into a harmful product that can cause decay if exposed to sugar.
Root Canal Treatment
If a tooth is infected or badly damaged by trauma, a root canal treatment is necessary unless the patient decides to have the tooth out. Root canal treatment is removing the tissue from the inside of the tooth and replacing it with a filling.
Sensitive Teeth
There are many reasons behind sensitive teeth. Here are some of the most common: brushing injuries, grinding/clenching, drinking acidic juices or fizzy drinks frequently, bulimia, bad habits, broken teeth or broken fillings, gum disease.
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is also known as teeth bleaching. It is all about improving and revitalising the smile. Depending on the original colour and shade, teeth whitening will give different results.
Teething is the time when a baby's primary teeth (milk teeth) start cutting through the gums. The age for the appearance of the first tooth may vary, ranging from six months up till around one year or even longer.
Tetracycline and Pregnancy
Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is effective against many infections and used sometimes to treat Acne. Taking Tetracycline during pregnancy affects the development of the bone and the teeth in the fetus.
Thumb Sucking
Sucking the thumb is considered normal behaviour for babies and may even start in the womb. But if it continues after the age of four or five, it will have negative effects on the child.
Tooth Decay
Our teeth are covered with plaque. Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria and its products. When we eat and drink sugary products, the bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into harmful acid and other bi-products.
Tooth brushing
The important thing when brushing teeth is to remove the plaque. It is also better to brush gently more often than brushing hard fewer times.
Veneers are thin facades placed on the front teeth to improve the shade or the shape of them, hence an improved smile.
Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. Often the rest of the teeth have already taken up the available space in the jaw and the wisdom tooth is left with little or no space at all.