An estimated 75% of head and neck cancers begin in the oral cavity, a term that describes anything that is there inside the mouth, viz. the tongue, lips, gums, lining inside the cheeks and lips and the bony top of the mouth. The oral oncologist can perform a thorough oral, head and neck cancer screening in few minutes. More people are being diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancers at a younger age than in the past, when most of these cancers were found in adults over age 50. Because oral, head and neck cancers now affect a more diverse group of people, virtually everyone should be screened. As always, preventing cancer is the goal. But diagnosing it early is just as important considering cancer found in its early stages is most treatable.
A specialist day care clinic is the one wherein specialty treatment is given to the patient and the patient is discharged the same day. The primary driver for this trend is the cost factor. Short-stay day care centres are less capital-intensive when compared to the traditional healthcare hospitals.
The treatment procedures at clinics are performed on the same day and do not require overnight stay. This in turn offers more predictability in the planning. It is extremely convenient for the children and the elderly as they do not have to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. Day care clinic treatments effectively reduce anxiety, which is normally associated when undergoing surgical procedures. It is the ideal way to avoid disruption at work or home.
Orofacial pain is a general term covering any pain which is felt in the mouth, jaws and the face. Orofacial pain is a common symptom which can occur due to many reasons. It is estimated that over 95% of cases of orofacial pain result from dental causes (i.e. toothache caused by pulpitis or a dental abscess). After dental pain, the second most common cause of orofacial pain is Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction. All other causes of orofacial pain are rare in comparison, although the full differential diagnosis is quite extensive.
The excellence in functional and aesthetic dentistry will never be achieved by accident. It is consistently achieved by a systematic approach for diagnosis, communication, treatment planning, execution, and case maintenance. It ethically involves the patients in the restorative or smile enhancement process, making them the co-designer of their own treatment by sharing objectives, expressing their desires and expectations with the restorative team. The interaction between patient and dental specialist is improved by photos and videos taken at several steps of the treatment. The experiences all over the world have been tremendous. Once the restorative technical requirements are combined with the desires and emotional needs of the patient, great results will be achieved - creating a path to a natural, confident and beautiful smile.
The whole concept is based upon the analysis of the patient’s facial and dental proportions, utilizing a predetermined series of high quality digital photographs and videos understanding the relationship between teeth, gums, lips, smile with the facial features in motion and with emotion.
Laser-assisted Dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for it is to improve dental procedures which rests in the dentist's ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging any surrounding tissues.
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications, with that number expected to increase over time. Dentists use the technology to provide patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.
A dental implant is a screw which is inserted into the alveolar bone that supports the teeth. It then acts as an artificial tooth root to adequately hold a dental prosthesis or artificial tooth/teeth which is called an ‘Implant-supported Prosthesis’. When the implant is stable in the jawbone, a dental prosthesis is made in a laboratory and subsequently installed on the implant. This kind of prosthesis can be fixed permanently to the implant and the patient will have a feeling as if he/she have regained the normal tooth/teeth.
N.B. : Removable prostheses on implants are also available. These implant-supported dentures can be removed easily for cleaning and are much more stable than conventional dentures.
A ‘Full Mouth Reconstruction’ or rehabilitation is a restorative dentistry option for patients with complex dental needs. The process involves multiple restorative dentistry procedures to rebuild or restore all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Full mouth reconstruction may involve dental implants, TMJ therapy, crowns, bridgework, fillings and other dental procedures. Patients who may feel anxiety sitting for this type of procedure should consider oral sedation for optimal comfort. In most cases a full mouth restoration can be accomplished in few dental visits. The process may involve qualified oral health professionals in multiple areas of restorative, cosmetic, and sedation therapy in order to allow the patient to quickly reclaim the smile.
N.B. : A mouth reconstruction differs from a smile makeover as it is considered as a necessary treatment as compared to the later, which is an elected treatment. A mouth reconstruction however is similar in that it does allow the ability to transform your smile into something that is healthy and esthetically pleasing.
There are numerous prosthetic options to restore the completely edentulous patient. One of these options involves the use of dental implants and a fixed complete denture; including a titanium framework that is fabricated through a computer-assisted milling (CAM) process. On this framework individual preparations may be designed to accommodate aesthetic restorations, using all-ceramic restorative materials. These fixed complete dentures can also be fabricated adding heat-cured acrylic resin and acrylic resin teeth to the framework instead of individual preparations and all-ceramic restorations. Most of these implant retained restorations require cantilever sections that are attached to multiple units.
Implant placement has become a primary option in clinical dentistry and many clinicians believe that it is the standard of care. It requires proper diagnosis and case selection. Patients could present with unpredictable osseous anatomy at the proposed implant location, often making it difficult for the dentist to determine if there is sufficient bone in which to place an implant. The utilization of 3-dimensional (3D) radiography, viz. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) allows the Dentist to adequately assess the form and density of bone at the recipient site.