Dental FAQs

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From bone grafts to teeth grinding, Dr. Reddy has answered her patient's most commonly asked questions and listed those answers here, so everyone can stay in-the-know on their dental health.

Dental FAQs

How many appointments does crown procedure take?

Usually about 2 appointments. At the first appointment, we prepare the tooth to create space for the crown. We will also take impressions, and fabricate and place a temporary crown to protect your trimmed tooth. Once we receive the permanent crown back from the dental lab, we will schedule your second appointment to have your permanent crown placed.

Could changes in my gums be a sign of a bigger problem?

Changes in the gum tissue, including texture and color, are often signs of poor oral hygiene and show the need for a professional cleaning.

In some cases, these symptoms may indicate a change in health status, such as development of diabetes, changes in immune system, pregnancy, certain conditions affecting the platelet count in the blood, or a vitamin deficiency.

What is bone graft? How does it help after getting a tooth extracted?

Bone graft is a mixture of collagen and calcium apatite crystals, which are components of bone. After tooth extraction, bone decreases in width and height as it heals. Bone graft helps maintain the bone shape and size, which is important for better natural looking esthetics and function. It also decreases the post extraction discomfort and helps in faster healing.

I was always told that I don’t have enough bone to support my dentures and they are loose. Is there a better option for me?

This problem is most commonly seen in patients who have lost all teeth and have been edentulous for at least a few years. When there are no teeth present, bone starts to resorb with time. Eventually you will not have enough bone support for proper retention of dentures.

The rate at which bone resorbs is different for every patient. Health conditions like Diabetes could hasten the rate of resorption. In such cases, use of implants make a lot of difference in retention. It helps provide more support and thereby increase function, comfort and confidence for patients.

I've noticed changes in my bite. I feel like my lips are dropping more than before. Is it because of my teeth?

One of the reasons for this could be loss of height of your teeth. If you grind your teeth, over time, the height of your teeth gets reduced. This leads to loss of overall face height and will make your lips droop as well as make you look older than your age.

Catching these habits early on and preventing further damage by use of occlusal guard is very important. If habits like grinding go unnoticed, it could lead to much bigger problems like tooth sensitivity and TMJ problems.

Depending on the severity, some patients may require full mouth rehabilitation to improve the overall health of their teeth and to attain a more youthful appearance.

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