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Why do Some Dental Cleanings Cost More?

Written By : Dr. Rahul Mathur | 01-Jul-2018

Not all dental cleanings are created equal. Find out why some hygiene appointments cost more than others and learn how you can save time and money in the dental chair.

A “regular” cleaning is clinically called prophylaxis or a prophy cleaning and is a preventative measure to prevent periodontal disease. It includes removing plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and just below the gum line. Sometimes, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, the buildup of tartar and plaque is too much to remove with the hand instruments that our hygienists use and, in some cases, requires the use of anesthetic and more than one visit, resulting in a costlier dental appointment.

This is when a “simple cleaning” goes from being a preventative measure to a treatment and maintenance measure. When this happens, you might be told you need a periodontal cleaning, root planing, or a deep scaling. These cleanings remove the tartar that wedges itself below the gum line and irritates and inflames the gum, causing what’s called gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums causing bleeding, red swollen gum tissue, and bad breath. A cleaning and more frequent professional hygiene appointments can treat and usually reverse this stage of gum disease so long as you follow a regular at-home maintenance routine and commit to a strict professional hygiene schedule.

Time to Deep Clean:

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can turn into periodontitis. At this stage, tartar builds up between the gum and tooth root creating periodontal pockets that can no longer be cleaned with regular at-home care. A more frequent recare schedule, usually every three to four months, and specialized equipment including ultrasonic scalers can remove the buildup and help the pocket stay clean, so no further damage is done. Think of tartar as a wedge between the tooth and the gum. The more it builds up, the harder it is for you to clean yourself. And the more the tartar builds up, the more the gum is pushed from the tooth. It’s a cycle, and the only way to effectively clean below the gum line is having a qualified dental professional remove it with specialized equipment.

Dentist-and-Patient:

Once periodontitis progresses to a point where the bone starts to recede, it is considered advanced periodontal disease which includes bone loss due to extensive pocketing. This causes loose teeth which can result in lost teeth and a shift in your bite if not properly taken care of. If too many teeth are lost, it can radically alter your bite and cause worse problems than a gap in your smile. At this stage, regular cleanings are no longer effective, and we may recommend one of many procedures to help manage the infection, like laser periodontal treatments, bone grafting, or time release antibiotics placed in the periodontal pocket itself. Each of these treatments requires dedication to an excellent home care routine, so the efforts of your hygienist and dentist don’t go to waste.

An Ounce of Prevention:

The good news is, gum disease can be prevented with regular professional cleanings and a good home care routine that includes daily flossing and brushing for two minutes at least twice a day. A little extra time spent on proper home care and regular cleanings can help save a lot of time and money down the road.

Love Your Teeth!

Written By : Dr. Rahul Mathur | 01-Jul-2018

Do you love your pearly whites? Even when they are giving you trouble or pain? If you don’t now, hopefully you will when you take a moment to realize all that they really do for you.  Then you can give them the love and attention that they deserve.

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you.  Not only does it add value to your appearance, but it also sends a message about You.  It doesn’t tell anyone how much money you have, whether you’re vain or how successful you are.  But it does say you care about yourself, your health and your appearance. Your healthy smile projects self-confidence, which draws people to you.
Your teeth can also be a sign of your overall health.  Dark spots, missing or decayed teeth and swollen gums can lead not only to oral struggles but major health problems as well.
If you keep your teeth healthy, you are able to eat just about any kind of food you want. Unless you’ve lost a tooth or two or suffer from other gum or oral issues, this has probably never crossed your mind.  Get some perspective.  Ask anyone who is missing teeth and they will let you know that you are taking your culinary freedom for granted.
If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, you could suffer mild to severe pain, including lesions, ulcers and dry mouth.  These issues can also lead to oral cancers.
Now that you know what your teeth can do for you, show them the love by brushing after meals, flossing daily and going on regular visits to our office.  Your teeth will love you back!

And never forget – we love your teeth too!

Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile:

Written By : Dr. Rahul Mathur | 01-Jul-2018

Your mouth is an intelligent system made to work with every piece doing its part. When you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous. Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.

Enter: dental implants. Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of teeth quickly and effectively. Dental implants can improve your overall oral health and are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology.

Dr. Rahul Mathur  and Dr. Shubhy Sahai at 32 Pearls Dental Clinic in Allahabad offer professional placement and restoration of dental implants, so let us tell you more about them and how they can help protect your greatest asset and secure your smile!

How Do Dental Implants Work?:

Teeth have even more going on under the surface of your gums than above. What you see when you look at your teeth is the hard, white crown. (See, you knew you must be royalty!) Then – like a plant – each tooth has a long root extending down into the jawbone.

Nearly 98% of implant treatments are successful, and healthy implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for. Dental implants are highly successful because they closely imitate your natural tooth in every way. Implant teeth have a top crown and a permanent root fixed into your jawbone—unlike traditional dental restorations that only replace the visible crown.

The Security of Dental Implants:

The fact that dental implants are permanent and made to integrate perfectly into your mouth gives them the potential to benefit your overall health and wellness in many ways, such as:

  • Implants prevent your other teeth from moving.
  • Implants prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.
  • Unlike ill-fitting restorations, implants alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Implants are cleaned and maintained using the same methods as natural teeth.
  • Implants won’t break as natural teeth can.
  • Implants are easier to floss between and clean than a removable bridge, making prevention of gum disease and bad breath a snap.
  • Implants also make speaking, eating, and kissing easier so life is a lot more fun!
  • Should You Get Dental Implants?

Getting dental implants require that your gums and jaw are relatively healthy to start, and you must be committed to proper oral hygiene to maintain them so they last a lifetime. Only your 32 Pearls Dental Clinic in Allahabad can tell you if implants are the best option for you. If you’re missing a tooth, don’t delay! Contact Dr. Rahul Mathur  and Dr. Shubhy Sahai at 32 Pearls Dental Clinic in Allahabad today and let’s get started on giving you a smile you can wear with security and confidence.

DENTISTRY WHILE PREGNANT

Written By : Dr. Rahul Mathur | 22-Jan-2016

You go to your doctor for routine check-ups with your body, but what your OB-GYN doesn’t check is your oral health. Maintaining good oral health while pregnant is totally safe and something that is often overlooked during the duration of pregnancy. As your hormones change, your risk of developing gum disease increases.

Keeping your oral health in good standing all year long will help in case you can’t get a routine check-up in before you get pregnant. With increased risk for periodontal disease, dental appointments are more necessary than ever. Once you reach your second trimester, your dentist will work with you to keep dental exams safe and healthy for both you and your baby, putting off any elective dental procedures until after the baby is born.

Dental procedures such as root canals, x-rays, or other procedures that require anesthesia can be postponed until after the baby is born. Even in the event of an emergency, advanced dental technology has made x-rays much safer, and our dental staff will use cautionary measures to keep mom and baby safe.

During pregnancy, pay attention to symptoms such as tenderness in the gums, bleeding gums, swelling, or other unusual pains. If you notice any of these, contact your Raleigh dentist immediately. These could be signs of periodontal disease and should be treated right away.

If you have questions about the safety of dentistry while pregnant, call our friendly staff at Better Dentistry.

Are sugar-free soft drinks better for my teeth than regular soft drinks?

Written By : Dr. Rahul Mathur | 22-Jan-2016

We all know the effects of sugar on our waistlines, not to mention the adverse effects on our teeth, but if you believe switching from sugar-filled to sugar-free is the answer you would be wrong.

The Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre has recently revealed that sugar-free versions of soft drinks, sports drinks and confectionary products can wreak just as much havoc on your dental health as the sugar-laden varieties.

“Both sugar-containing and sugar-free soft drinks (including flavoured mineral waters) produced measurable loss of the tooth surface, with no significant difference between the two groups of drinks,” Dr. Rahul Mathur

Dr. Rahul Mathur tested 15 soft drinks (including three sugar-free brands) on extracted healthy human molars that were free of cavities.

They found that despite claims to the contrary, sugar-free products are still potentially harmful to teeth due to high levels of acids that strip away the surface layers of tooth enamel; in advanced stages exposing the softer dentin or pulp of the tooth.

This can lead to chalkiness of the tooth’s surface, pitting, opacity, tooth sensitivity and other issues.

Parents of young children will understandably be concerned about these findings given many believe they are sparing their children’s dental health with sugar-free substitutes.

“We’ve seen bad erosion in the teeth of children aged two to three-years-old, and signs of erosion in permanent teeth of older children,” says Dr. Rahul Mathur.

“Banning sugar-containing beverages from schools may have positive health effects for reducing obesity, diabetes and dental caries but it may not reduce the risk of dental erosion.”

What should I be drinking instead of sugar-free soft drinks?

32 pearls dental clinic researchers recommend fluoridated tap water as the best option for teeth, as well as milk, which is not erosive on teeth

If you must drink or eat an acidic product, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards and wait an hour before brushing your teeth, as doing so can remove the softened layer of tooth.