When should a child be seen by an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child be seen by an orthodontist at the age of 7 years. This helps in identifying early signs of dental or skeletal mal alignment.
When should a child be seen by a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry recommends that a child been seen by a pediatric dentist at or around his first birthday. This visit helps in identifying early signs of dental problem and helps educate parents in preventive measures.
What are the common causes of Tooth Loss?
Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common causes of tooth loss.
Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. This happens due to the acid formed from the food remains (plaque) on the teeth.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.
While tooth decay primarily affects children, gum disease affects mostly adults.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.
What kind of treatment is available for children with cleft lip and palate?
Children born with cleft lip and palate are a challenge not only for the parents but also for the doctors who treat them. We provide consulting on the latest trends in cleft lip and palate management and work closely with the team of other doctors who provide care to such children. Dr. Noeen is trained in cleft lip and palate orthopedic and orthodontic management and works in conjunction with the plastic surgeons to provide treatment.
Do you provide treatment for special children?
Yes Dr. Noeen is trained in provision of dental care to special needs children and has been seeing patients from local special needs school for many years now.
What are lingual invisible braces?
A. Lingual or invisible braces are braces with are fixed onto the back side of the teeth and hence are not visible to people. In selected number of cases lingual braces are a good option specially in people who are public figure, TV artists or air line crew. Dr. Noeen is an 3M Incognito certified lingual orthodontist
What about sterilization?
It goes with out saying that we pride in our standards of sterilization and rigorously follow international standards of practice as defined by CDC and OSHA
Are x-rays safe for children?
Judious use of x-rays of diagnostic quality are safe for children. Our practice is equipped with digital x-rays which have very low radiation doze as compared to conventional x-rays.
Is sedation and general anesthesia safe?
Yes sedating children and doing dental treatment under general anesthesia is a common practice in the west and we too are providing this service for the last 16 years.
What is Tooth Decay?
Decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Decay occurs when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
If decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.
Retainers – What is a Retainer?
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance (usually removable) that is supposed to be worn after your orthodontist removes your braces. When braces are removed, the teeth have a tendency to want to return back to their original positions. Retainers prevent this from happening. Most upper retainers are made of wire and hard plastic and fit in the roof of your mouth. A lower retainer can be removable or permanently cemented to the lower teeth so that it doesn’t come out.
During the first several months, retainers are usually worn full time. After that, your orthodontist will decide how often they should be worn. When your braces come off, it is very tempting not to wear your retainers. To keep your teeth from shifting and avoiding having to wear braces again, it is crucial to wear your retainers as often as your orthodontist tells you.
A permanent retainer is a piece of wire that is glued on the back of the teeth and is needed in some cases.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
A No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.
Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?
Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent teeth and cause other gum or mouth problems.