Preventative care program:
At Sydenham dental group we believe prevention is better than cure and it is also much more cost effective option in the long term. Your regular 6 mth recall visit will consist of an initial examination and discussion that will identify any areas of concern and explain any queries you may have. Your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and any ongoing care is discussed and treatment recommended. Our aim is to provide you with dental care for life, and we believe that our preventative care program is one of the most important services that we offer to our patients and their families.
Our home teeth whitening system uses a mild whitening gel in a custom made mouth tray that is worn over your teeth. You can whiten your teeth comfortably at home, for a half an hour per day. Under supervision this technique is safe for your teeth and gums and results are usually achieved within several days. Once you have a custom mouth tray, you need only buy touch up material to keep your teeth their whitest every year or so, due to staining from coffee, tea, red wine, smoking and other heavily pigmented foods. Temporary sensitivity or gum irritation can be experienced, if this is the case, your dentist may recommend a fluoride at-home treatment, or advise you to stop the bleaching process for a minimal period of time.
Dental implantation is a procedure to replace missing teeth, or teeth you cannot save with conventional means. They can vary from single tooth replacement to a complete upper and lower arch replacement. Dental implants are made of titanium and the crowns are made usually of high grade porcelain fused to precious metals such as gold. Suitability for dental implants depends on
- Adequate bone with regard to quality and volume
- Good oral hygine
- General medical requirements
Bone quality and volume will be determined by examination prior to commencement of treatment.
Orthodontics and Early childrens jaw growth and development:
What causes orthodontic problems in children? If a childs teeth are not developing correctly, this can also effect facial growth. Health problems such as allergies, asthma, poor posture and nutrician all have an effect on facial and dental development. Incorrect habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing and poor posture are contributing factors of orthodontic problems.
Many research articles have shown that the development of the jaws, both size and shape , are influenced by how a child breathes, and swallows. These habits should be corrected as soon as they are evident. With out correction of these habits as early as possible, the growth of the face and the alignment of the teeth is likely to be compromised.
We can evaluate and treat these problems while the child is still growing , well before the traditional age when children have braces. The best time to gain space and develop jaws is when a child is growing between ages 6yrs – 10 yrs. Orthodontic treatment with extraction of permanent teeth, as well as jaw surgery can be avoided by early intervention.
Jaw joint disfunction, Head and facial pain treatment:
TMJ: TMJ stands for temporomandibular join, or the jaw joint. There are two of these, one in front of each ear.
Symptoms of TMD (tempromandibular joint disfunction)
- Chronic recurring headaches
- Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joints
- Earaches, congestion or ringing ears
- Limited jaw opening or locking
- Pain when chewing
- Neck and/or throat pain
- Difficulty in closing teeth together
- Tired/tight jaws
- Pain behind the eyes
- Scalp tenderness
- Swallowing difficulty
- Pain in the tongue, gums or cheek muscles
- Teeth grinding or clenching.
Causes Of TMD (Tempromandibular joint disfunction):
- Air bag deployment
- Opening the jaw too wide
- Bad bite(mal occlusion)
- Ligament laxity
- Systemic diseases
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
What is the dental connection?:
Muscle contraction (tension) headaches is the most common form of headache. This results in pain on both sides of the forehead and sometimes in the neck. The temporalis muscle, located in the forehead and extends to behind the ear is the muscle group that postures your jaw. If these muscles need to work overtime to properly align your bite, they may go into spasm, and cause pain.