Author: Adam Martinez

Eating Habits

Eating Habits For Orthodontic Wearers

Orthodontics helps us have a prettier smile and improves bite problems and oral health in general, but it can be a bit annoying and cause some oral health problems if we do not take proper care of it. Therefore, both to prevent discomfort and make the treatment more pleasant, food is a pivotal aspect to consider when we wear appliances.

If the orthodontics that we wear is fixed (braces) the first days of adaptation to the appliance, it is advisable to follow a soft diet based on: liquids, yogurts, purees, and foods easy to chew and swallow such as boiled or French omelet. 

Once this period has passed, we must also pay special attention to the type of food that we are going to incorporate into our diet so that these do not interfere with the treatment in the sense that they cannot deform or detach the device. 

The small pieces are the basic norm, so much for meats, vegetables, or fruits. It is better to break them into tiny pieces so that teeth and teeth have to exert as little pressure as possible. It is better if we peel the fruit before so that the skin does not get caught in the devices, and another trick is to cut the vegetables perpendicular to their fibers, which facilitates chewing. It is also recommended that fibrous meats are prepared in the form of a meatball or hamburger because this gives a smoother texture, and also, the fibers will not remain between the brackets. 

Dental Treatment

And although to have a healthy diet you have to eat everything in a balanced way, there are certain foods that it is better to reduce their consumption during dental treatment. 

Among them are nuts or hard or whole foods since they require more effort to chew and move the handles. In addition, in crunchy foods, when chewing them, they break into multiple pieces that remain between the teeth and the appliances, making oral hygiene difficult.

It is also recommended to avoid acidic foods (citrus fruits, pineapple, tomato, vinegar) because they can erode the enamel. In addition, if you have thrush, it is recommended to avoid irritating or scorching foods and liquids.

Root Canal Treatment

Single Root Canal Treatment: What Is It, And When Is It Necessary?

Typically, the central incisors, the lateral incisors, and the canines, both of the maxilla and the mandible, usually have a single root. The first and second premolars but only of the mandible also typically have a single root.

Each of the roots of a tooth will have at least one root canal, although some often have more.

When is a single root canal treatment necessary?

Endodontics is a dental procedure that involves the removal of the tooth’s soft center, the pulp.

This treatment is done when the pulp is injured, inflamed, or infected.

  • The most common causes of pulp damage include:
  • Deep decay due to untreated tooth decay
  • Performing multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
  • A fracture or crack in the tooth
  • An injury to the tooth from trauma.

Symptoms of damaged pulp

Whn the pulp is damaged, the most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and warmth in the gums.

Single root endodontic treatment

The treatment consists of extracting the inflamed or infected pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and disinfecting it carefully to fill and seal the canal and thus prevent the re-entry of new bacteria.

Treatment steps

  1. The first step of endodontic treatment begins with a detailed understanding of the morphology of the tooth. The teeth vary according to the type of tooth they are and according to their location in the jaws.
  2. Before starting the actual treatment, the dentist will place a slight local anesthetic on the gum near the affected tooth. Once it has taken effect, a small opening will be made on the top of the tooth.
  3. When infected or damaged pulp is exposed, it will be carefully removed using special tools called files.
  4. Subsequently, the canal is cleaned and disinfected, and finally, the tooth will be filled and sealed with a sealing cement and a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. If there are several channels, each of them must be carefully cleaned.
  5. Finally, the procedure will be completed by filling the opening of the tooth with a temporary material. This sealant will prevent saliva from seeping into the canal until the tooth is permanently restored.

It is possible that once the treatment is finished and once the effect of the anesthesia wears off, you will experience pain in both the tooth and the gum. These symptoms can be treated with pain relievers as prescribed by the dentist. If the pain is more or lasts longer than a few days, it is essential to contact the dentist who performed the treatment.…

Tooth Fissures

Tooth Fissures: What To Do If I Have One?

Dental fissures are cracks that work their way over the surface of the tooth.

The fissures that occur only in the tooth’s enamel have the appearance of a crack and do not usually produce any symptoms.

Age is an important factor as most tooth cracks occur in people over 50 years of age.

How do dental fissures occur?

Chewing

In healthy teeth, cracks can be caused by chewing ice, candy, hard nougats, or other foods that are notoriously tough.

Temperature

They can also be caused by sudden changes in temperature in the mouth.

Bruxism

The habit of bruxing wears down the surface of the tooth, making it more vulnerable to cracks. On the other hand, the pressure itself produced during tightening can also spontaneously have a dental fissure.

Trauma

In cases where the tooth is endodontist, devoid of its nerve, and the dentin dehydrates and, therefore, the tooth weakens, and a fissure may occur when biting something more complex than expected.

How are they diagnosed?

  1. Visual examination using magnifying glasses and study using a probe to see if the probe is caught in the presence of a crack.
  2. Using a dental stain on your teeth can help the crack to stand out visually.
  3. While X-rays cannot reveal small cracks, they can show poor pulp health, which is sometimes an indication of a crack.

Treatment of dental fissure

The treatment of a dental fissure or fracture depends on several factors:

  • The place where the crack is
  • The size of the crack
  • Whether or not it extends below the gum line

The dentist may recommend solutions such as sealing with a plastic resin to fill the crack or endodontic treatment if the crack extends into the pulp.

If the tooth, its root, and its nerve are severely damaged, sometimes the only option is to extract it.

Prevention

The best treatment for fissures is to try to prevent them.

When engaging in contact sport or work where injury could occur, it is essential to wear a mouth guard or a protective mask. It is also important to use common sense and avoid eating foods that can cause cracks, such as popcorn or nuts.

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