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How to Protect "Buck Teeth"

August 28th, 2019

We all try to play it safe and keep our teeth protected and healthy, but sometimes traumatic dental injuries can be inevitable, particularly for children. From sports activities to just having some good-ole fun playing outside, accidents can happen and hurt your little one’s teeth. Sadly, not only can it be traumatic for your little one, but it can also be costly. The risk of dental trauma is specifically increased for children with teeth that protrude outwards. This is often known as, “buck teeth.” Due to the positioning of the teeth, the teeth often extend beyond the protective lip, which can make their teeth more susceptible to injuries. Take a look at the latest research on protruding teeth and what you can do to help prevent damaging them:

According to a recent study performed at the University of Adelaide in Australia, a connection was found between the degree of protrusion of children’s teeth and risk of damaging teeth. The study analyzed 50,000 children under the age of 19 years old. The study concluded that kids up to the age of six years old with teeth protruding over 3 mm are three times as likely to suffer with dental trauma than kids without protruding teeth. In addition, they found that kids over the age of six with teeth protruding greater than 5 mm are twice as likely to experience dental trauma.

Great news is that this risk can be reduced! Regular dental check-ups are extrememly important for your child to help lower the chance of developing long-term dental issues. Protruding teeth can be caused by numerous things. This includes negative oral habits such as thumb-sucking, longterm pacifier use, and tongue-thrusting. Genetics may also play a role in the alignment of teeth. Your dentist can analyze the relationship of your teeth and come up with the right treatment options to help prevent their harm. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to help correct protruding teeth. Also, be sure that your child always wears a properly fitting mouth guard when playing sports to help prevent dental trauma.

Remember, prevention is key! If teeth are knocked out or injured at an early stage, this can cause extra dental procedures including root canals or even extractions.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190514090100.htm

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/buck-teeth-causes-0516-

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Experiencing Toothaches from Winter Weather?

January 13th, 2019

As you're walking outside this winter, do you ever feel a cringing pain in your teeth from the cold air? Not only can the cold cause dry skin, it can also cause some tooth sensitivity, especially if you already struggle with sensitive teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth. This causes many people to avoid foods that are either very cold or very hot, such as ice-cream or soup. So, why does tooth sensitivity occur?

The bulk of your teeth are composed of dentin, which is covered but your enamel on the outside, your gums, and also by cementum on the roots. Inside the dentin is a lot of nerve endings, so once dentin is exposed your nerves respond painfully to hot and cold!

Numerous factors can cause your dentin to become exposed, take a look:

  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. Over time if plaque builds up on your teeth, your gums can become inflamed leading to gingivitis. If not treated, periodontal disease can arise which leads to gum recession and exposed roots and dentin. Be sure to keep up with regular brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing, and dental check-ups to ensure that your gums stay healthy.
  • Improper brushing techniques: It's true, there is a science to brushing! Brushing aggressively can cause your enamel to wear down and eventually expose your nerve endings within dentin. Make sure you have a soft bristled tooth brush and that you are brushing toward the gum line lightly to remove bacteria within your gum pockets. 
  • Teeth clenching and grinding:  Someone may have told you that you grind your teeth at night, or you may notice that you're clenching your teeth throughout the day. Clenching and grinding can cause your enamel to wear down and also cause headaches and cracks within your teeth. Let your dentist know if you are clenching or grinding and treatment options such as a night guard can be discussed.
  • Tooth decay: If you begin experiencing cold sensitivity on a regular basis, it is important to let your dentist know because it could be a sign of tooth decay. Tooth decay and fillings that have cracked can cause exposure of dentin and result in tooth sensitivity.
  • Tooth whitening/dental treatment: Sometime bleaching agents and recent dental procedures such as fillings and crowns can cause temporary sensitivity. Be sure to let your dentist know when you begin experiencing sensitivity.
  • Acidic diet: Foods and beverages with high acid content, including sodas, coffee, juice, pickles, etc., can cause enamel erosion and exposure of dentin.
To help your winter go smoothly, when going outside try breathing through your nose as much as possible so that the cold air has less contact with your teeth. Make sure that you are bundled up when going outside. Fluoride rinses and toothpastes geared to help with sensitivity can also help decrease your pain to cold. Your dentist may recommend root canal treatment if the pulp inside the tooth is infected, or a procedure to cover your root surfaces to help improve gum recession.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/winter-and-sensitive-teeth

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/what-causes-sensitive-teeth-0714

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Diamonds Are a Tooth's Best Friend

November 30th, 2015

 

We've heard that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But what if I told you that diamonds can also be a tooth's best friend? In an article in last month's edition of ACS Nano, bioengineer Dr. Dean Ho from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry suggests that diamond is an ideal substance for  root-canal treatment, the deepest type of filling for dental cavities.

Root-canal therapy penetrates the bottom of the tooth and is required for bacterial infections that have passed through both the enamel and dentin layer underneath to the pulp of the tooth's center that is rich in nutrients and contains nerves. This type of filling is difficult to execute, complicated, and often painful. It is also sometimes ineffective in preventing the infection from returning, because either the hole created when the pulp is removed may not be fully cleaned or the gum used to fill the hole, gutta percha, is not an effective enough seal to prevent bacteria from reaching inside again.

Dr. Ho explains how the properties of nanodiamonds, diamonds that are 4-6 nanometers across, make nanodiamonds the optimal substance to be mixed into gutta percha. These diamonds have the shape of  octahedrons with sharp edges. Their geometry allows them to penetrate and stick to the surfaces of the teeth. Furthermore, their facets are coated with amines, carboxyls, and hydroxyls, which are ideal for keeping antibiotic molecules in place. On the other hand, when antibiotics are incorporated in pure gutta percha, they quickly move away from the material, which allows the plug to be vulnerable to the colonization of bacteria. Another excellent property of diamonds is that with the exception of their surface groups, they are crystals of pure carbon. This abundance of carbon makes these diamonds resistant to the mouth's harsh chemical environment. Finally, these diamonds are also economically feasible, because they are inexpensive. Traditional mining and refining create them as byproducts.

In order to test how effective this idea is, researchers left a mixture of nanodiamonds and the common antibiotic amoxycillin at room temperature for five to seven days. By this time, the antibiotic would have been able to stick to the diamonds. After adding the nanodiamonds to a portion of gutta percha, researchers shook the product with sound waves. They tested the flexibility, elasticity, ability to withstand stresses, and rate of antibiotic leakage of  the new material. The scientists discovered that it was about three times stronger in all aspects than that of gutta percha by itself.

Because of these positive results, scientists expect that in two years, there will be clinical trials on patients that use diamonds in root-canal treatments.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21677190-adding-tiny-gems-may-make-root-canal-treatment-more-effective-tooth-fairy-dust

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Lasers In Dentistry

July 26th, 2012

It's true that many people fear the unknown, especially when it comes to dentistry. However, did you know that there is technology available that makes getting your teeth fixed a comfortable experience?

Dr. Ejaz Ali explains,

“Most of our patients don’t even know this exists, but we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, and thus we have invested in this advanced technology."

This revolutionary system called Waterlase MD™, from BIOLASE Technology, Inc., is a unique dental tool that pairs laser energy and water to perform numerous dental procedures less invasively. It is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in filling cavities, prepping teeth for crowns and root canals, inserting implants, and more.

To learn more about this cutting edge technology or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

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