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All partially erupted teeth are covered by a gum flap called an operculum. This loose flap of gum creates a pocket around the crown of the erupting tooth that can trap food debris and bacteria . As the tooth completes eruption into the mouth, the operculum moves downward ...
22 Oct 2019
It is worthwhile to know that root canal retreatment is less successful than the original root canal treatment attempt because of structural factors (lack of tooth structure due to aggressive root canal preparation or crown preparation) or microbial factors (presence of resistant microbes th...
2 Oct 2019
When patients come to visit me for an orthodontic consultation, one of the most common questions is, “Must I have extraction?” While not all patients require extraction for the orthodontic treatment, sometimes it is unavoidable. The purpose of extraction is to: ...
9 Sep 2019
One of the most likely causes of protruding lips after braces treatment might be that the teeth have aligned by some proclination , coming forward into a wider circumference. This may be likely if the braces treatment plan did not include extractions of teeth or space creation suc...
5 Sep 2019
Thank you for your question. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child should get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem , but no later than age 7. The more common early signs of possible ...
23 Aug 2019
Thank you for your question. An upper jaw/maxillary expander is a custom made device on the roof of the mouth that uses the teeth as an anchor to transfer a force to expand the mid-palatal suture (a joint in the middle of the roof of the mouth). The purpose of the expansion is to correct the ...
24 Jul 2019
Dentists choose treatment plans based on many different factors . Some of these factors have nothing to do with clinical data. As a patient, your dentist should go through the different treatment options with you so that you understand the treatment itself, and the long term maintenance required ...
1 Aug 2019
Xray jaw bone plates and screws
Hi! From the picture, it appears that you could have had upper and lower jaw surgery, as well as a sliding genioplasty and braces. Generally, this should not affect non-invasive facelift treatments. You should be able to undergo most of these such as high intensity focused ultra...
26 Jun 2019
Thank you for your enquiry on baby teeth and dental implants. From the Dental Panoramic Xray that you have provided , it is seen that you have several over-retained baby teeth due to congenitally missing adult teeth. Generally speaking, it is advisable to replace your baby tooth with an implant if...
11 Jun 2019
In general, terms, when a person is in advanced age, bone density and strength decreases. That is why in a very advanced age, a person can look frail and weak. With specific regard to the jaw bone, jaw bone typically shrinks rapidly due to the loss of teeth. However, if you ke...
11 Jun 2019
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