Nigerians should take note that extraction of teeth is not the only treatment options in dental care. Tough cases does not necessarily mean extraction. Many treatments can save the natural tooth for a lifetime, many treatment options can improve the function of the teeth, and many treatment plans can restore the teeth to near-normal state if attended to early enough. You can read up Burst the myths to familiarise yourself with the in-thing in dental world.

TYPES OF TEETH FILLING MATERIALS
TYPES OF TEETH FILLING MATERIALS

What the dentist would suggest to you depends on the condition of the teeth, your time of presentation at the clinic, your general health, your level of co-operation and compliance to instructions, your financial strength, availability of dental expertise and of appropriate dental materials.

N.B: Two people coming to the dental clinic with similar dental complaints may not receive similar treatments from the same dentist and also two different people who receive the same treatment for their individual complaint may still respond to the treatment differently. Why? There are a lot of background check and Clinical considerations. This article is a guidance for successful outcomes based on prognosis and wide consultation with your individual dentists.

IMPLANT: A FORM OF TOOTH REPLACEMENT
IMPLANT: A FORM OF TOOTH REPLACEMENT

So, there are no strict rules and the treatment plans and options are more complex than what a quack can venture into. Dental practice is evidence-based and patients satisfaction is the ultimate goal of every case or patient managed.

Here are some common main complaints and some sort of possible treatments that can be suggested.

 

                                  Dental Treatment Guide

                    Chief Complaints         Proposed Treatment
             Pain In Teeth

      -lasting for few seconds

 

Filling

      -on taking cold drinks Filling / Root Canal Treatment
       – during chewing or eating of hot food   Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
        – relieved only on taking medication Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
         -at night Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
       -lasting for minutes to few hours Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
    Broken Tooth Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
    Misaligned Teeth / Crooked Teeth Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
    Sensitive Teeth Identify & Treat the cause.

 Use Desensitizer

    Mouth Ulcers Vitamin B & C, Folic Acid,

Mouth Ulcer gels

    Spacing Between Teeth Cosmetic Fillings / Veneers / Laminates /Braces Treatment
   Thumb sucking habit / mouth        breathing / other mouth habits Habit Breaking Appliance (Orthodontic)
     Deposits on teeth / tartar Professional Cleaning of teeth (Scaling& polishing)
      Bleeding gums during brushing Professional Cleaning of teeth (Scaling& polishing)
      Swelling of Gums Identify cause, scaling& polishing / gum surgery
     Inability to open the mouth Identify cause, antibiotics, muscle relaxants
     Fluorosis (discolouration) Veneers / Laminates / Crowns
     Shaking Tooth (Mobile) Splinting of Teeth / Extraction
      Decay /hole on tooth Filling / Root Canal Treatment / Extraction
     Pain during wisdom tooth eruption X-ray / analgesics / antibiotics /  removal of gums above erupting tooth / extraction
    Bad Breath Identify & Treat the cause.

Local cause-Cleaning & Mouthwashes. Systemic cause- consult general physician

            

    Missing tooth

Replacement with Removable denture / fixed partial dentures (Crown & Bridges) / Dental Implants
  Broken&/Discoloured upper front teeth Root Canal Treatment &

 Bleaching / Crown  

Disclaimer: This is the general dental treatment guideline. Treatment plans often vary from one patient to the other, depending on nature of dental conditions & severity of the disease. This treatment guideline is NOT in any way a substitute for individual dental specialist opinion. 
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS
TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

ADDITIONAL READING:

LOCATE A DENTAL CLINIC

TREATMENT OF MOUTH ODOUR

 

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