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Dental Anxiety

Perfect oral health is essential for your overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene and practices can lead to certain dental problems, as well as systemic problems. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is very difficult for every patient.

The earlier you learn about proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and limiting sugar intake, the easier it will be to avoid costly and painful dental procedures.

Have you ever got anxious thinking about going to a dentist?

If yes, trust me you’re not alone here. Most of the people around you suffer from dental phobia.

Dental anxiety is a more serious condition than usual anxiety. It leaves people panic-stricken and terrified. The phobia is generally associated with the fear of dentists, needles, or the fear of dental work.

Our dentists will review all the treatment & processes planned beforehand, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Beyond that, you will be relaxed by our friendly and cooperative team members as well as the calm atmosphere.

  • Causes of Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety is usually associated with certain triggers that usually elevates your anxiety levels, such as;

  1. FEAR OF PAIN: This is a common phobia that many patients suffer from. Fear of pain is usually because of a previous unpleasant experience or hearing about someone else’s experience.
  2. FEAR OF NEEDLES: Most of the people among us fear needles when inserted in the mouth. Some patients often faint on a dental chair when anesthesia is being administered.
  3. FEAR ANESTHETIC SIDE EFFECTS: Patients who generally have needle phobia also suffers from anesthetic side effects phobia thinking about what effect it might have on them. These side effects include; nausea, dizziness, or numb limb.
  4. FEAR OF DENTAL WORK: Often patients also fear dental work and dental instruments.

Symptoms of Dental Anxiety

People having dental anxiety may experience;

  1. Sweating
  2. Intense uneasiness during dental treatment
  3. Syncope or faintness
  4. Crying or physically ill feeling
  5. Nervousness
  6. Trouble sleeping a night before a dental appointment.
  7. Palpitations and tachycardia
  8. Low blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Management of Dental Phobia

The solution key to your dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with our dentist.

Our team at Zia dental care is extremely friendly and cooperative.

Once our dentist knows what your fears are, she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.

We may also ask you to take deep breathes and distract yourself through soft music so that you feel comfortable.

Severe dental anxiety often requires the administration of a sedating anesthetic (general anesthetic) to make you feel comfortable.

You will stay awake during the procedure but you will be relaxed.

People who generally are not satisfied with the feeling of being anesthetized, are given Anxiety Relieving Medicines (Anxiolytics) one hour prior to the treatment to calm them.

An IV conscious sedation is also an option to manage your dental anxiety but we usually do not suggest this unless necessary.

Dr. Aimen Zia is experienced in her field and knows well how to tackle an anxious patient making him or her fearless for any dental work.

Don’t be anxious anymore, we have got a solution for everything.

Gum Disease

Have you noticed any bleeding while brushing? If yes, then your gums are infected.

 Healthy gums do not bleed!

  • What is gum disease?

 Gum disease or periodontal disease is the infection of your gums caused by bacteria that you allowed to accumulate in the form of plaque due to your poor oral hygiene.

When such periodontal diseases progress, they can further damage your underlying bone leading to tooth loss.

Periodontitis is believed to be the most common reason for tooth loss in adults.

This bacterial accumulation not only causes tooth loss but can further be harmful causing other systemic diseases.

Do you see how your oral hygiene has a strong impact on your whole body?

  • What are the symptoms of gum disease?

 The symptoms usually differ depending on the stage of the disease, but general symptoms involve:

  1. Bleeding gums while you brush your teeth or floss
  2. Bad breath and foul taste
  3. Changes in the position of your teeth or loose teeth
  4. Receding gums
  5. Red, tender, or swollen gums
  6. Plaque or tartar build-up
  7. Pain while chewing
  8. Tooth loss
  • How to know whether your gums are healthy or not?

 To test your gums for periodontal disease, floss strenuously between your teeth.

If you notice any blood, that’s the sign you are suffering from periodontal disease.

Bleeding gums is the first clinical sign of gum disease.

Gingivitis also often leads to swelling and tenderness of your gums that also marks the condition.

 Our experienced Periodontists at Zia Dental Care may help you prevent further progression.

We provide you with efficient solutions to all your problems that you may be suffering from.

  • Gingivitis and Periodontitis

 Gingivitis or inflammation of gums is most common among adults.

 It is usually the beginning stage of periodontitis, but you need to understand that gingivitis does not always progress to periodontitis

If the bacteria or mainly plaque build-up is allowed to accumulate on your tooth and gum line, it usually starts loosening the tooth attachments forming pockets.

These pockets generally bleed while you are brushing your teeth.

Even at this stage, the condition is reversible and tooth loss can be prevented.

If gingivitis is left untreated at this stage, it can later progress to periodontitis infecting the underlying bone.

Gingival pockets often deepen with time, loosening the tooth and eventually leading to tooth loss.

Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause often contribute to a rise in gingivitis.

The increase in hormones causes the blood vessels in the gums to be more susceptible to bacterial and chemical attack.

At puberty, the prevalence of gingivitis ranges between 70%-90%.

  • Treating a gum disease

 Treatment

 The goal is to control your infection. Our dentist will look at what’s affected to figure out where to start.

 The first line of gum disease treatment is a deep cleaning that involves the removal of plaque and calculus on your tooth.

Other methods include medications, antibiotic gels, and antibacterial mouthwash.

Maintain proper oral hygiene practices to prevent tooth loss!

Soft Teeth

Do you suffer from a lot of cavities and dental decay, even though you practice oral hygiene habits properly?

Do you take care of your teeth by regularly brushing and flossing, and visit your dentist every 6 months?  

 If so, you’ve probably started thinking that you just have “soft teeth” and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 MYTH OR FACT?

 Soft teeth are generally a dental myth and there is no certainty to this statement.

 Most people who suffer from severe dental decay or cavities have normal teeth and enamel thickness.

The main cause of decay and cavities in such cases is just ignoring your oral hygiene habits. The percentage of people who suffer from weak or thin tooth enamel is very low. 

  • THIN TOOTH ENAMEL

 Having thin or improperly formed tooth enamel comes with a condition called amelogenesis imperfect. This condition makes the enamel look thin and worn out.

People who suffer from this condition are more vulnerable to dental cavities, especially if they frequently intake acidic foods and beverages. 

 Do you know different types of foods can also cause tooth decay or generally what we say soft teeth?

Different food items and beverages have different pH that can create an acidic environment in your mouth and increase bacterial activity.

Consuming acidic beverages on regular basis is also the biggest factor for tooth decay.

But as you know cavities are preventable and cannot be passed down as part of hereditary disease.

 They generally form in your tooth because of a lack of proper oral hygiene.

 Every person is different so they need different oral hygiene practices.

Figuring out an oral hygiene routine that works for your needs is beneficial but can only happen if you go for regular dental check-ups and cleanings with our dentist.

  • Prevention of tooth decay and soft teeth

 The most important and primary step is to eliminate the cause. The main cause of tooth decay is the breakdown of sugar by bacteria residing in your mouth.

 Cutting down sugary food from your diet might decrease the risk of decay

Other ways to prevent tooth decay are;

  1. Brushing twice a day
  2. Flossing after meals
  3. Regular dental check-ups
  4. Monitoring the pH of different beverages

 It is advised to visit our clinic for a routine dental checkup to prevent tooth decay or tooth loss later.

Zia Dental care is providing you a routine dental checkup by her experienced dentist, Dr. Aimen Zia who will diagnose your problems and recommend you different methods to improve your oral hygiene practices according to your need.

Cavities

Cavities or tooth decay is the softening of your tooth enamel and refers to the damage of the structure of the tooth caused by acids that are created when plaque bacteria break down sugar in your mouth.

If this loss of mineral from the enamel is left untreated, a cavity, or hole in the tooth, forms. These holes enlarge over time and can cause tooth loss.

 Further, when the root is exposed to the acids, the dentin is affected causing the root caries or root cavity.

 As a result of root caries, your tooth nerve might get damaged and you experience a sort of discomfort and pain, whenever you intake any food item.

 Taking good care of your teeth is an important part of maintaining your overall dental health, including preventing dental cavities.

 A dental cavity is one of the most common results of tooth decay and could be a sign of your poor oral health and hygiene. 

  • Causes of tooth cavity

 Cavities are usually formed in a long term. It takes many stages from the demineralization of your enamel to form a hole in your tooth.

Primarily when carbohydrates or sugar-containing food is trapped between your teeth, it is generally not cleaned with brushing or flossing.

The most common cause of tooth decay or a cavity is sugar intake. The more sugar you consume, the more there is a risk of tooth decay.

 This sugar combines with the bacteria in plaque buildup weakening your enamel, leading it to cavity formation.

 Factors that lead to tooth decay are;

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Plaque formation and accumulation
  3. Dry mouth
  4. Eating and drinking habits
  5. Some medical condition
  • Signs and symptoms of tooth decay

 As the tooth decay progresses and reaches deep into tissues, symptoms start to appear.

Symptoms of tooth decay include;

  1. Toothache that’s is often unbearable
  2. Pressure and sensitivity
  3. Noticeable pit or hole formation

 The earlier the symptoms are identified, the more there is a chance to save your tooth.

  • How to prevent cavities?

 Prevention is the best solution to avoid any cavity.

The first step in preventing a dental cavity is to start and keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine.

Once it becomes a habit, you’ll be pleased to enjoy the healthy mouth and beautiful smile that comes with good oral hygiene.

 Brushing twice a day with the correct brushing technique helps you to prevent any entrapment of food. Floss once a day regularly to clean the spaces between your teeth. Also, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to remove any bacteria present in your oral cavity.

With establishing good oral hygiene, you also need to limit your sugar intake and watch your diet.

A timely dental checkup also helps to prevent a cavity that may progress to further damage.

  • Cavity treatment

 Tooth decay treatment depends on the severity of any cavity. Even if you are most dedicated to your oral hygiene practices, will most likely get at least one or two tooth cavities over your lifetime.

 While it’s best to avoid getting them altogether, cavities are fairly simple to treat. The most basic form of treatment for a cavity is a filling. Our dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth with a drill and fills the hole with a filling. This filling prevents the cavity from getting enlarged.

 For more extensive and deep cavities, Root canal treatment is usually recommended.

  • Home remedies for cavity treatment

 Tooth cavity treatment doesn’t cost you much but still many people prefer home remedies for cavity pain.

 Cavity treatment at home can be very convenient and effective for people who are willing to maintain their oral hygiene.

 You can prevent further progression of tooth decay once you have a minor cavity by taking some precautions measures such as;

  1. Xylitol or sugar-free Chewing gum
  2. Taking enough Vitamin D
  3. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
  4. Cutting out sugary foods from your diet
  5. Oil pulling method

 Such measures prevent your cavity from getting deep that might lead to tooth loss.

 Treating a tooth cavity with a painkiller is also an option.

Over the counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen proves to be great in providing tooth cavity pain relief.

 Tooth decay remedy may only work if you carry them out properly maintaining your oral hygiene practices.

Prevent cavities and smile better.

Wisdom Teeth

With age comes wisdom teeth!

One important event of your dental life that occurs between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars also known as your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth or third molars are all the way in the back of your mouth. They are generally the last teeth to appear hence called wisdom teeth because they erupt when you are mature.

  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth

 When our dentist tells you that your wisdom tooth is impacted, she actually means that the tooth is trapped under your soft tissues (gums) or bone.

 As your wisdom teeth make their way through your gums, she will be monitoring your mouth for signs of the following:

  1. Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can allow food to become trapped promoting bacterial accumulation and cavity formation.
  2. Unerupted wisdom teeth can make it difficult to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them.
  3. Partially erupted wisdom teeth can give bacteria a way to infect your gums.
  4. Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough room can damage neighboring teeth.
  5. An impacted wisdom tooth can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth and damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy the underlying bone.

 It’s normal for every patient to feel a little discomfort while your wisdom teeth start to appear, but if you experience unbearable wisdom tooth pain, see your dentist immediately.

Wisdom teeth can often be problematic if there isn’t enough space for them to erupt or they try erupting in the wrong position affecting the adjacent tooth position.

 Some wisdom teeth never erupt and stay impacted under the soft tissues or bone. Those that do erupt can cause pain as they break through the gum tissue. 

 These teeth require surgical removal which is done generally under a local anesthetic.

  • Wisdom tooth extraction

 Our dentist will examine your mouth and take a full mouth X-ray (OPG) to assess your problem.

The wisdom tooth is often extracted when a dental X-ray shows;

  1. Cyst or abscess
  2. Risk of damage to the adjacent tooth
  3. Infection
  4. Impaction

 In such cases, when a wisdom tooth is removed, it helps to prevent many complicated issues that may arise in the future.

Wisdom teeth removal is preferred in your early 20s to avoid any inconvenience and it requires extreme precautions in order not to damage any nerve.

Wisdom teeth are extracted under local anesthetic and involves the removal of a soft tissue flap that covers or traps your tooth.

 In cases where the tooth is embedded in bone, the bone is segmented into pieces with a drill to ease tooth removal.

 Once the tooth is removed, the site is cleaned and tissues are stitched back to heal.

  • Wisdom teeth extraction during pregnancy

 Although extraction is usually not recommended during pregnancy. That’s because it can lead to excessive anxiety and pain, which is unsafe for a developing baby.

However, in case of a wisdom tooth infection, an emergency tooth extraction may be considered, ideally during the second trimester which is safest.

It is advised to inform our dentist prior to the treatment so she may take extra precautions during the procedure.

  • After Extraction

 It is normal to experience discomfort and pain after wisdom tooth extraction, once the anesthetic effects wear off.

Over the counter pain killers are often prescribed for wisdom tooth pain relief.

 Dr. Aimen Zia is of the best female dentist for wisdom tooth extraction.

It is recommended to follow all the aftercare instructions to ensure maximum and proper healing.

 Unbearable wisdom tooth pain usually marks the beginning of infection or dry socket that needs immediate attention and treatment.

Zia Dental Care is providing Wisdom Extraction Services 24/7 means in Emergency also.

Tooth Infection

Typically, when a tooth gets an infection it is due to bacterial contamination of the root pulp.

The bacteria gain access through the tooth structure and eventually enter the pulp of your tooth.

 Do you know that the health of your mouth affects the health of your whole body?

When you have a bacterial infection in your mouth, the bacteria residing in your mouth increases the risk of traveling into your bloodstream.

The pulp of the tooth is integrated into the bloodstream of your whole body, thus we don’t want to allow these harmful bacteria to cause damage to other organs.

  • Tooth abscess

 An abscess is an accumulation of pus that can form in different parts of a tooth as a result of a bacterial infection. It’s sometimes called a Dental Abscess. This collection of pus is usually beneath the root of your tooth and this type of abscess is known as Peri apical Tooth Abscess. Whereas periodontal Abscess is the accumulation of pus in gums.

Inflammation in your impacted third molars or wisdom teeth may also develop an abscess. This condition is known as Pericoronitis.

 Abscessed tooth pain ranges from moderate to severe pain that is often radiating to other parts.

These abscesses keep multiplying in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Thus it causes tooth pain and swelling.

A woman is usually more susceptible to tooth infection in pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations.

If an abscess or tooth infection is left untreated, it can turn into a serious, life-threatening condition.

  • Symptoms of an abscessed tooth

 The most common symptom of an abscessed tooth is throbbing pain near a tooth or in your gums. The pain usually worsens over time.

 Other symptoms may include: 

  1. Radiating pain
  2. Pain gets worse when you lie down
  3. Pain while chewing or biting
  4. Facial swelling
  5. Swollen and red gums
  6. Tooth Sensitivity
  7. Discoloration of teeth
  8. Bad breath
  9. Foul taste
  10. Fever
  11. Swollen lymph nodes

 If you are experiencing any similar symptoms, visit us for dental consultation and treatment.

  • TREATMENT OF TOOTH ABSCESS

 

Tooth infection treatment focuses on clearing up the infection and relieving pain.

Depending upon the severity of the infection and your symptoms, treatment options include;

  1. Drainage the abscess
  2. Root canal procedure
  3. Antibiotics for tooth infection
  4. Tooth extraction

 Home remedies for tooth infection and pain are the least likely option when you cannot see a dentist anytime soon.

Over the counter pain killers are often helpful in tooth infection pain relief.

Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water also helps at times.

 In the case of wisdom tooth infection, the only solution to manage the pain is to remove the flap.

  • Complications of Abscess

It’s important to have an abscessed tooth treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

Even in a case where your abscess ruptures and the pus drains on its own, visit a dentist and get the injection site examined and cleaned in order to make sure the infection doesn’t spread later.

 If you left an infection untreated, it may later spread to your jaw and other parts of your head and neck, and may also infect your brain. This may be a life-threatening complication of an infection.

Chances of tooth infection and abscessed can be reduced by practicing good oral hygiene and going for dental checkups every 6 months.

 At Zia dental care, we provide you the best and the most comfortable solution to your problems.

Broken Or Chiped Tooth

Have you ever chipped or broken your tooth?It’s really painful to chip, crack, or break your tooth.

Your teeth can be damaged in any number of ways, and the damage can be slight or extensive depending on the type of injury.

Although the tooth enamel most mineralized and hardest tissue in the body, it has limited strength.

Only a minor chip can be treated at home or else you have to go see a dentist.

If you notice that your tooth is broken or chipped a tooth, don’t panic, our dentist can fix it.

The best way solution to minor chipping is to prevent any further damage.

  • What to do with a chipped or broken tooth?

A dentist won’t advise you any home treatment for a broken tooth, but there are still certain things you can do to protect your tooth and mouth.

If you break or chip a tooth, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water to clean any residing bacteria.

In the meanwhile, apply pressure to stop any bleeding, and place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling.

Try to consult our dentist as soon as possible.

Or else, you may damage or infect it further, and possibly end up losing your tooth.

If you find any broken piece of your tooth, wrap it in gauze and bring it to us.

  • What to do if your tooth comes out of the socket?

If the tooth has fallen out of your mouth, use a gauze pad to grasp it by the crown and place it back into the socket if possible.

Make sure not to touch it.

If the tooth looks dirty, you can rinse it off with clean water. Don’t clean it with any other solution, and don’t remove any attached tissue.

If you can’t place it back into the tooth socket, place it in a glass of milk, saline solution, or water.

Try to get to our dentist within the next 30 minutes.

  • Managing a broken tooth pain

You may also experience a slight pain at the site of a broken tooth.

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to flush out any bacteria residing in your mouth and apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling.

We also suggest you take over the counter painkiller to reduce broken tooth pain.

Try to avoid eating from the particular side to prevent any further damage until your broken tooth has been treated.

  • Treating a broken tooth

Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth depends upon the severity of the damage.

If only a minor piece of enamel is broken, simple treatment is required.

An extensively damaged or broken tooth may require a more costly procedure.

Our dentist may repair your tooth in certain ways, such as;

 Chipped Tooth:

If the damage is slight, a dentist may polish and smooth a broken edge. This is called cosmetic contouring.

They may also use dental bonding to fill in gaps and fissures with a tooth-colored composite resin.

BROKEN OR EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED TOOTH

  If a crack extends into deeper layers of your tooth, it needs more extensive repair. In the case where a crack extends down into the pulp, it may require a root canal.

Our dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect your tooth, and later fill it with Gutta Percha.

At the end of the procedure, we may cover your treated tooth with a crown or cap to protect it.

  • Treatment of front broken tooth

In cases where your front teeth are broken or chipped, the easiest and convenient option to treat them is dental veneers to not compromise over aesthetic appearance and make it look whole and healthy again.

A dental veneer is a covering of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front side of your tooth.

It’s not impossible to treat a broken or chipped tooth anymore.

You’ve got a better solution to all your dental problems at Zia dental care. Consult with our experienced dentist, Dr. Aimen Zia, and her team.

Misaligned Teeth

Malocclusion is a misalignment of your teeth that can lead to serious dental complications. It can also be specified in terms of:

  1. crowded teeth
  2. crossbite
  3. overbite
  4. underbite
  5. Openbite

 Misaligned teeth refrain to perform normal teeth function like chewing and biting, as well as it disrupts your speech.

Occlusion is a perfect alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together or simply come in a bite when you close your mouth. Ideally, your upper teeth fit slightly over your lower teeth in occlusion. The pointed tips of your molars should fit the deep grooves of the opposite molar.

Deviations from ideal occlusion are known as malocclusion.

  • Causes of Malocclusion

 Malocclusion is most often hereditary. This means it is passed down through families.

It’s usually caused by the difference between the size of the upper and lower jaw or between the tooth size and jaw size.

 The other causes of malocclusion may include;

  1. Thumb sucking or pacifier sucking
  2. Cleft lip and palate
  3. Prolonged bottle-feeding
  4. Injury or trauma
  5. Tumors of jaw
  6. Poor dental care
  7. Airway obstruction
  8. Impacted tooth
  9. Tooth loss
  • Symptoms of Malocclusion

 Depending on the type of malocclusion, the symptoms of the disorder may either be mild or severe.

Common symptoms of malocclusion include:

  1. Improper alignment of the teeth
  2. Alteration in the appearance of the face
  3. Biting of the inner cheeks or tongue
  4. Discomfort while chewing or biting
  5. Speech problems
  6. Mouth breathing
  • Diagnosis and Treatment

Misaligned teeth or malocclusions are diagnosed and treated by an orthodontist who is specialized in correcting dental and skeletal disorders.

Our orthodontist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to determine the extent of the problem and the appropriate treatment option.

If a malocclusion is detected, it will be classified by its type and severity. 

 Class 1 Malocclusion: Upper teeth overlap Lower teeth- Normal

 Class 2 Malocclusion: Upper teeth significantly overlaps the lower jaw- Overbite

 Class 3 Malocclusion: Lower jaw protrudes forward – Underbite

 Zia Dental care provides all the necessary treatments to treat a malocclusion.

 

Mild cases don’t usually require any treatment. However, in the majority of cases where the malocclusion is severe, an orthodontic treatment involving braces is required.

In the case of crowded teeth, extraction is also necessary to create enough room for orthodontic treatment to work.

  • Prevention of Malocclusion

 Most of the malocclusion cases are often hereditary, making prevention difficult. Parents can only prevent their children from suffering from such problems if they take earlier preventive measures such as limiting the use of pacifiers and bottles. This may reduce changes in the development of the jaw.

 Early detection of malocclusion may help cut down the severity of the treatment needed to correct the problem.

Dark Teeth

Have you noticed your teeth are no more white as they used to be and maybe not as white as you’d expected it to be?

 You need to know about the causes of tooth discoloration and stains, and what you can do to keep your teeth looking their best.

Spots of discoloration on the teeth are very common.

You can often prevent or eliminate them by making certain changes in your lifestyle or consulting for dental treatment.

 Discoloration spots range from yellowish-brown to black-brown. The shape and size of the discoloration can also vary. Some people also notice irregular, blotchy patches, while others have just brown lines.

  • Causes of tooth discoloration

 The main reasons for discoloration depend typically on what we eat and drink, aging, as well as tooth injuries.

 FOODS AND DRINKS:

 Many foods and drinks contain chromogens that can easily penetrate into the outer layers of your tooth structure, leaving your teeth stained.

 Foods and drinks that contain artificial colors also cause significant staining of the teeth.

 NICOTINE AND TOBACCO:

Tobacco used in any form either cigarettes or chewing tobacco can also cause tooth discoloration. The particles in nicotine are very small and easily penetrate your tooth enamel.

There is a higher prevalence of tooth discoloration in smokers over non-smokers. 

 AGE, GENETIC & MEDICATIONS:

 With age, the white enamel that protects the teeth slowly starts degrading, exposing the layers of yellow dentin underneath. This natural process can lead to yellowish-brown discoloration or more commonly what you call Yellow teeth.

 Some genetic and hereditary diseases such as Dentinogenesis Imperfecta can lead to serious tooth discoloration.

 The use of certain medications can also cause tooth discoloration, particularly the antibiotic tetracycline and its relatives. This is common in young children.

 POOR ORAL HYGIENE:

 Poor oral hygiene practices such as forgetting to brush or floss regularly can lead to food impaction and later tooth discoloration.

  • Why do your teeth get discolored?

 A healthy and pearly white smile is what every person wishes for.

There are certain reasons why your teeth may darken that’s totally beyond our control, such as age or accidents when we are young that may disturb our tooth enamel’s development.

 Such causes make it necessary for you to consult our dentist for a teeth whitening treatment.

She will be able to tell you if your tooth discoloration is simply staining caused by lifestyle factors or maybe more a matter of dental health.

Although whitening is usually done for cosmetic reasons, your dentist can advise you on what options you have for treating the type of staining you have.

 The good news is that in many cases removing the teeth stains is possible for us. That helps to pursue a healthy white smile worthwhile.

  • Treating Discoloration

 With the advancement of techniques in our modern world, Zia Dental care aims to provide you, Laser whitening treatment to reverse your tooth discoloration and gives you a bright white smile.

 If you are looking to brighten up your smile, our whitening procedures can fit almost any budget and time frame.

 Although some stains are irreversible and may not lighten up by any whitening treatment.

Visit us for consultation, our experienced dentist Dr. Aimen Zia, can diagnose the cause of your discoloration and provides you a solution to all your problems.

 Smile bright with us!

Root Canal

The root canal is basically a pulp filled cavity in the root of the tooth which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues responsible for the growth of the roots.

  • What is a root canal?

 A cavity when penetrates through the superficial layers into the deeper layers involving the pulp and the soft tissues is basically when the endodontist advises root canal treatment which involves removing the nerve and pulp and filling it with a biocompatible material.

 It is a very common problem reported because most patients visit when they show any symptoms or after they realize they have a broken tooth wall or a deeper cavity involving most part of the crown of their tooth or when it does not look aesthetically pleasing.

 By the time if the tooth could’ve been saved by just the filling has now involved the canals and requires a more advanced approach to be treated because of bacterial penetration that irritates and infects the pulp.

 A tooth can be saved at this point and is accessed to clean the canals of any debris, nerves, infected vessels, or tissues. It is then filled with the material of choice to prevent the spread of infection and further damage to the tooth which can lead to its extraction.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ROOT CANAL INFECTIONS

 The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is by paying a visit to a dentist. But there are several warning signs to be on the lookout for.

 These signs include;

  1. Severe and persistent pain most commonly at night,
  2. Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  3. Discoloration of the tooth,
  4. Swelling and tenderness of gums,
  5. A chipped or cracked tooth that exposed the nerves and led to infection.

 When the patient comes across any of these it’s hard for them to take care of it on their own so it is advised to visit the dentist as soon as you can.

  • Root canal treatment

 Our dentist will your tooth and inquire about the symptoms and take your medical history.

Then a radiograph is taken to help diagnose the cause more accurately with the site, depth, tooth morphology, and spread of infection.

 Under local anesthesia, the canals are accessed, cleaned, and shaped, irrigated with disinfectant, filled with a sealer, and a gutta-percha that goes along the canals to the root.

The final step of the procedure involves restoration of the tooth because usually, the tooth due to deep decay or broken down walls has a weak structure.

Hence to provide support, preventing it from breakage under masticatory loads, and to restore all function a crown is well suited.

  • FACTS about the treatment

Root canals can be done in a single appointment but considering the symptoms, patient availability, chair-side time, and condition of the tooth it is usually done in multiple appointments, to achieve a painless effective procedure for long-term success.

Root canal procedures are generally painless as they are done under local anesthetic. However once the effect of anesthesia wears off, you might feel some discomfort that usually subsides with time by the use of painkillers or warm salt water rinse.

 

 

 

  • Get it treated before it’s too late

 

Like any other infection, a root canal infection can spread to surrounding tissue in the mouth, including other teeth, gums, and facial tissues.

The infection won’t go away on it’s own and the longer you wait, the farther it can spread.

 

Spread of infection depends on how soon you get the treatment done once you notice any symptoms.

 

The spread of infection can be minimized without any damage to the tooth or the supporting soft tissues and underlying bone, if treated promptly, as soon as you notice the first symptom

 

A root canal infection that’s left untreated can spread to your bone. In some cases, the infection can spread to the facial tissues and even infect your systemic organs by passing the bacteria to the blood stream.

 

  • Tips for preventing root canal infections

 

There are several things you can do to help prevent a root canal infection, which involves a proper oral hygiene practices, such as;

 

  1. Brushing and flossing
  2. Antibacterial mouthwash
  3. Get dental cleanings at least twice a year to keep your teeth healthy
  4. Consulting a dentist right away if you notice any early signs of infection.

 

  • Our Services

 

At Zia Dental care, we provide you a comfortable and a friendly atmosphere to make you feel less anxious about the treatment.

 

Our dental professional, Dr. Aimen Zia will make sure you go through a painless and a comforting procedure with her experience.

 

Visit us for consultation if you experience any of the above symptoms before it’s too late.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Does your mouth smell awful no matter how much you brush your teeth?

  • What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is a term given to mouth malodor that persists for a longer time period. It results in constant smelly breath in a person which may affect their personal relationships with people and harm their self-esteem.

  • What causes Bad Breath?

 The main cause of bad breath is typically poor oral hygiene since the impacted food particles and the debris on the tongue contribute majorly to the mouth smell.

However, there are maybe many more reasons for it as described below:

Mouth, Nose, and Throat Infections: The bacteria in gingivitis (gum disease), tonsillitis, or another nose, sinus, and throat issues could also be the reason behind your mouth odor. Other infections like oral thrush, mouth sores can also add to it.

Dry mouth: Dry mouth is when there is less than normal levels of saliva production in your mouth, resulting in dryness, or oral thrush in children.

 Since saliva is essential to all the antimicrobial activities in your mouth, poor levels can lead to more accumulation of bacteria resulting in bad breath.

 Dry mouth may be caused by a number of things like medicines, excessive caffeine intake, and smoking.

Other conditions: Even though bad breath occurs in the mouth, it could also be coming from other areas like a bad breath from the stomach, liver, or kidney problems.

  • Bad breath treatment

 To avoid bad smell from the mouth, good oral hygiene should be practiced. Daily flossing, brushing teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, and brushing your tongue is crucial to oral hygiene.

To further aid in keeping your mouth fresh, flavored toothpaste and mouthwashes can be used.

For temporary relief, mints and mouth sprays can also be used.

To avoid dry mouth, less use of tobacco, alcohol, and coffee is encouraged.

Chewing gum or candy can stimulate saliva.

Make sure to drink plenty of water.

For chronic dry mouth, consult a dentist or physician.

Lastly, keep a habit of checking in with us regularly, i.e. twice a year, to keep your oral hygiene at best.

No More Bad Breath!