Quite a lot of people are overwhelmed by the thought of a visit to the dentist and procrastinate doing so for as long as they can. Whether it is because of the protracted time-frame since there since their last dental exam or nervousness about the state of their teeth and gums, avoiding the dentist is not healthy behavior.
In this post, Dr Shantanu Jaradi shares the top 5 most common dental procedures in India along with simplified explanation of each.
Root Canals (Endodontics)
Root canal is a treatment that involves extracting the tooth’s pulp which resembles a thread and contains living connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes the pulp gets damaged due to a variety of reasons including a cracked tooth, which results in a cavity. The pulp is exposed, causing tooth ache.
A root canal is a procedure that seals off the root canal. Avoiding this procedure may result in infected or dead tooth pulp which may further worsen with the formations of abscesses at the root of the tooth. If left untreated, the abscess can worsen and cause permanent bone damage surrounding the tooth.
Repairs and Fillings
A dentist has a host of methods to scrutinize and zero down on identifying tooth decay — cavity detecting dye, laser fluorescence, x-ray etc. Repair of fillings is needed when teeth are cracked or broken due to nail-biting, wear and tear, grinding of teeth or even using teeth to open sealed products.
A dentist has many options when it comes to repair and fillings and will use one that suits the patient’s specific requirements. According to Dr Shantanu Jaradi, composite filling is very popular. It is made from tooth colored resin giving it a natural look.
Dental crowns restore and protect damaged or broken teeth and are generally referred to as caps. They are made to sit over the entire tooth. They are made out of porcelain or metal. Dental crowns can also be used to cover stained teeth, cracked or damaged teeth and chipped teeth.
Bridges and Implants
Patients sometimes have a missing tooth or a series of missing teeth which is set right with implants or bridges. A bridge may also be referred to as a fixed removable dentures that replaces one or more teeth. According to Dr Shantanu, there are many kinds of dental bridges. The fixed bridge is the most popular one in India which composes of a false tooth with crowns in the fixture on either side of the tooth. This bridge fills the gap left by the missing tooth. The bridge can be supported by natural teeth or it could also be supported by implants in case of many missing teeth. Dental implants are metal frames which need to be surgically positioned underneath the jaw to provide a proper fixture for the placement of the tooth. After the procedure, dental implants are appear and function like natural teeth with a root and a crown.
Extraction is the final resort for broken, cracked or severely damaged teeth. Usually, dentists try to save the tooth with the mentioned methods. According to Dr Shantanu, this stage occurs when the patients procrastinate dental care and medical administration. Some patients have an extra tooth that is not aligned with the jaw line and blocks the development of other teeth, such patients may also need extraction.
Sometimes wisdom teeth cause immense pain and need to be extracted as well. However, it is best to speak to the dentist and validate all the options.
According to Dr Shantanu Jaradi, Indian dentistry is changing and expanding its horizons with ‘Dental Tourism’. Pioneered by him with ‘Dentzz Dental’, he has several patients coming in from the USA, the UK and all over the world due to world-class treatments at affordable prices. He professes Indian dentistry and sees a phenomenal market for ‘Dental Tourism’ as a long-term trend.
Dr. Shantanu Jaradi is an aesthetic Dentist and the Managing Director of Dentzz Dental Care Centres. Under his guidance, Dentzz Dental Care Centres have become one of the front-runners in the newly emerging market of dental tourism. It attracts numerous patients from all over the world especially the UK and USA who prefer flying down to Mumbai for their basic to advanced dental care. Dr. Jaradi strongly believes that the new era in dentistry is in the creation of a great future.
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