My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Dentinogenesis imperfect is a hereditary condition that affects how much and how well the dental dentin develops. Dentin is the vital hard tissue that serves as the mass of a tooth. The dentin surrounds the sensitive root structure and itself is surrounded by protective enamel. The type III version of the condition is highly geographically specific, with sufferers having been born in the Brandywine region of Maryland.
So type III is rare and oddly specific. But what are the dental treatment options when your dentin isn't developing the way it should?
Fluoride Treatment and Crowns
If the dentin deterioration isn't severe, it's important to boost the health of the protective enamel surrounding the dentin. Proper oral healthcare using a soft toothbrush is key to this protection. Your dentist will also likely prescribe a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash to strengthen that enamel.
If the dentin is slightly deteriorating to the point oral health alone won't help, you might receive standard dental crowns on the weaker teeth. A dental crown involves bonding an artificial tooth material around the exterior of the tooth. This essentially seals in the existing dentin and enamel and protects them from further outside damage.
Before the artificial crowns are placed, it might be necessary for your dentist to clean out infected root material. The mouth is full of harmful bacteria and weakened enamel and dentin increase the chances of bacteria making it into the root canal. The resulting infection can cause discomfort, inflammation and further damage to the tooth structure.
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove your natural crown and clean out infected material in an area called the pulp chamber. The entire root canal is then flushed out with an antibacterial solution. The artificial crown can then be bonded on to seal up the cleaned tooth.
Extraction and Dental Implants
Crowns need an existing tooth to bond onto. If your tooth has deteriorated to the point it can no longer support a crown, your dentist might recommend extraction. There are a variety of possible replacements for an extracted tooth. But dental implants are one of the sturdiest and most natural-feeling options.
For the procedure, your implant dentist will implant a metal artificial root into your jawbone and wait until the tissue and bone has fused to that root. An artificial tooth is then snapped into place over that root. An implant will give you a similar level of stability as a healthy natural tooth when you're speaking or eating, but it might still feel a bit unnatural.
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