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February 13, 2017
5 yearsago

Dentist Greenwich CT discuss: an ankylosed tooth

An ankylosed tooth is the tooth that is directly fused with the jaw bone. Having this tooth results in the condition called “Dental Ankylosis”, an abnormal condition of a solid, fixated tooth root to the bone. This condition usually occurs in time of the emergence of the secondary teeth. It is commonly observed in children.

How Does an Ankylosed Tooth Form?

Normally, there is a gum tissue, which is called as “periodontal ligament”, around the roots of a tooth. This gum tissue is made up of fibers that hold the tooth so that it securely remains in the dental socket. Also, periodontal ligament is supposed to wrap the tooth root so that it doesn’t touch the bone.

Ankylosis happens when the root and the bone touch as a bridge of material called “cementum” starts to form along the gum tissue. This will create a link between the root and the bone.

Dental Issues That Come Along

  1. Tipping Of Erupting Teeth

    Ankylosis causes the ankylosed tooth to stop erupting and to stay in the same place in the same position while the other neighboring teeth on each of its side grow. As these neighboring teeth erupt, they will eventually tip with the unmoving ankylosed tooth.

  2. Displacement of Permanent Tooth

    If the ankylosed tooth happens to be a primary tooth, it will end up displacing the secondary and permanent tooth, keeping the new tooth from erupting.

  3. Impaction

    Ankylosis can also reduce the space needed for the eruption of the permanent tooth. This eventually results to an impaction, a condition where a tooth fails to erupt.

What to Do About the Problem?

In most cases, a dentist or an orthodontist will try to let the permanent tooth erupt. However, if ankylosed tooth has still not exfoliated after a given period of time, it will need to be forcibly removed. This is where the removal of the ankylosed tooth is done.

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February 13, 2017
5 yearsago

Westchester NY Dentist Disucss the topic: Caring for your Kid’s Teeth

You may already know that one of the best ways of preventing cavities is through a healthy diet, regular brushing, and visiting a dentist. However, dental experts suggest that many parents fail when handling the dental health of their kids. This can be noted from the fact that around 42% of kids aged between 2 and 4 suffer from cavities in their baby teeth. Here are some of the greatest mistakes that parents make that are the cause of these cavities.

Allowing their kids to brush alone

Most kids do not have motors skills that should enable them to brush in an effective way until they reach 8 years. This is why it is important to supervise them while brushing and ensure that they clean every surface of their tooth.

Allowing their baby to sleep with a bottle

This is one of the easiest ways of causing tooth decay. This could be through giving babies a sippy cup the whole day or a bottle when putting them to sleep. The downside of this habit is that it keeps the bacteria and sugar levels in the mouth high throughout the day.

Delaying the first dentist appointment

Dentists say that they regularly treat kids aged between 2 and 3 years for infection and cavities. The explanation for this is that parents do not take their children to a dentist early enough. It is advisable to take the kids to a dentist immediately after the eruption of the first tooth. This should be followed by regular visits after every 6 months.

Offering healthy but sticky foods

Whole-grain crackers, raisins, and bananas are healthy foods, but they also contain lots of sugars and tend to stick on the teeth creating cavities. Ensure that your child brush their teeth after consuming these foods.

Ignoring cavities

Many parents consider treating a cavity to be one easy fix. However, cavities can affect your kid for their entire lifetime. When a cavity is infected, this can negatively affect the development of adult teeth.

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