Long-term dental care has one aim – to maintain the good condition of your teeth for as long as possible. It deals primarily with the treatment of dental cavities, but also with the treatment of inflamed soft tissues of the teeth (root canal treatment) and the rebuilding of defects in the hard tissues of the teeth (caused, for example, by an accident).
Dental cavities are the most widespread complaint of the mouth. They are caused by damage to the tooth resulting from bacteria. These bacteria are found in higher concentrations in plaque, which covers the surface of the teeth in the case of insufficient oral hygiene. In areas left uncleaned the layers of plaque build up. Together with the large amounts of sugar found in most food and drinks, the build up of plaque begins to have a negative effect on the teeth, manifesting in dental cavities and inflammation of the gums.
Dental cavities are treated with fillings. In our practice we place great emphasis on the functionality and the longevity of any treatment, but also on its appearance – particularly on the visible part of the tooth. For this we use a range of materials – composite resins, ceramics, or amalgams.
Most patients assume that the only difference is the color, which isn't true. Amalgam is a metal filling, which cannot “stick” to the tooth. It holds only mechanically, so in most cases, the dentist must sacrifice more dental tissue, which is the main, big disadvantage. Another disadvantage is that it acts as a wedge – during use of the filling there's a greater risk of damaging the tooth. White (composite) fillings “stick” to the tooth, and whatsmore, their resistance is very similar to the resistance of natural tooth tissues, so they don't have the tendency to damage the tooth. Another advantage is of course the way they look. During placement of the composite filling, absolute dryness is necessary.Any moisture will disrupt the setting of the filling, so it is necessary to use a so-called “dental dam” - a latex membrane, which perfectly seals off the tooth.
Difference between amalgam and composite filling
Treatment of patient using a dental dam.
Prevention is better than cure ! It's always better to have regular preventative check-ups, than to have to undergo complicated procedures to resolve the consequences of neglect (tooth decay, gum disease - inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth). It's also considerably cheaper.
Ideally, twice a year. That way, you can be sure that your dentist will catch any problems in time, and dealing with them will be less complicated.
Again, prevention is better than cure! Prevention is the most important thing that you can do for your health. The source of all problems in the oral cavity is plaque, which it is necessary to clean regularly. The dental hygienist will teach you how to use various dental hygiene aids so that your cleaning is the most effective (interdental brushes, flossing, the correct technique for brushing). Last but not least, your hygienist will also remove tartar and pigmentation, which has a considerable aesthetic impact, judge for yourself:
Fotografie před zákrokem a po zákroku
It's necessary to undego this treatment in the case of nerve inflammation or decay (most frequently caused by dental cavities). If this is the case, it is necessary to take out the damaged nerve, clean and disinfect the root canal and hermetickly seal the space to prevent further infection of both the tooth and its surroundings. This procedure is comparatively demanding in terms of both time and materials. The treated tooth is very fragile so it is necessary to reconstruct it immediately following the procedure to prevent further tooth fractures, usually with a crown or a half-crown.
Stages of dental cavity.
Dental prosthetics are used to replace missing teeth or parts of teeth. They are usually made in the dental laboratory from an imprint. We distinguish between fixed dentures – those which are permanently affixed to the teeth or through implants, and removable dentures – those which are removed from the mouth every day in order to clean them. Fixed prosthetics are preferable as they more closely resemble one's own teeth.
In our practice we use a very high quality combined whitening process. First we prepare a mold for home bleaching according to an imprint of your teeth. (The mold precicely fits your teeth, so there is minimal risk of the whitening gel overspilling and damaging gums. At the same time it guarantees maximum effectiveness.) With this mold, you apply the whitening medium in the comfort of your home over 14 nights. After this, you begin the phase of whitening carried out in our practice, which will ensure the long term stability of the whitened teeth. The bleaching gel is prepared shortly before use and should be stored at a cold temperature to increase its effectiveness. For more information you can take a look here www.purewhitening.cz
Bleaching of upper and lower teeth using combined bleaching Purewhitening:
The most frequent procedure in dental care is tooth extraction due to irreparable damage of the tooth. Our aim is that this step should be as comfortable as possible for you. Of course a high quality local anaesthetic is used.
We recommend that you eat well before the procedure. Afterwards, we recommend that you take it easy, take analgetics, and cool the affected area.
After the area has healed, it's generally appropriate to replace the missing tooth. A missing tooth or teeth disrupts the overall integrity of your teeth, and brings not only aesthetic, but also functional and health problems. A missing tooth causes anatomical changes in the jaw, and the teeth in the opposing jaw can react to the absent tooth (teeth leaning in to fill the gap, the opposing tooth protruding out of its setting in the jaw bone). There are a variety of replacement tooth types: These are the concerns of prosthetics or the relatively new field of dental implants.
Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth which are affixed in the jaw as firmly as your own teeth. A titanium screw is secured directly into the jaw bone. The body copes very well with titanium and after a short period of a few weeks the bone and the implant bond tightly in what's known as osteointegration. In this way, the dental implant replaces the root of the lost tooth. Following implantation, the replacement tooth is mounted on the titanium screw, either a crown or a bridge, in the case of multiple missing teeth, or a complete prosthesis.
It depends on the situation. The biggest advantage of dental implants is that it isn't necessary to brush around the teeth, as is the case with a bridge.