By Gordon J. Christensen DDS MSD PhD ScD
Written particularly for the dental sufferer, this source offers functional information regarding dental wellbeing and fitness and treatment plans. Readers can entry easy-to-understand information regarding ideas to their dental difficulties and approximately easy methods to continue a fit smile for all times.
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Worn Teeth We all cause wear of our natural teeth throughout life. Researchers estimate that normal chewing wears natural teeth a little more than the thickness of a human hair per year. Such normal wear will not be visually evident for many years into life. However, as many as one third of the population wear their teeth signiﬁcantly more than normal. These people brux or clench their teeth together, grinding them excessively. They will commonly wear their teeth many times faster than normal, rapidly deteriorating their (FIG.
They include injury to the primary (baby) teeth,which could deform the underlying permanent teeth; genetic disorders; diseases of the child or prenatal diseases of the mother during tooth development;and others. If the spacing of teeth is relatively normal, there are at least three alternatives that provide excellent esthetic improvements for irregularly shaped teeth: A. Bonding (p. 54) B. Placing veneers (p. 55) C. Placing crowns (caps) (p. 146) A gummy smile is not uncommon. It is usually caused by a disproportion of the facial soft tissues (gums) and underlying bone tissue.
7 F. Result of Nontreatment of a Dead Tooth: If you do not treat a tooth with a diseased or dead pulp, continued infection will almost always occur with increased bone degeneration around the tooth, pain, and discomfort. These conditions will ultimately force you to root canal therapy or tooth extraction. 2. Apicoectomy (FIG. 8). Occasionally, when viewing a radiograph (x-ray), so much disease is observable on the tooth root end that an apicoectomy is indicated (FIG. 9). A small incision is made in the soft tissue (gums) near the root end of the tooth.