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What Does Advanced Gum Disease Look Like?

It can happen to all of us at some point in our lives when something just doesn’t feel right. 

You might be experiencing an uncomfortable symptom, having a weird hunch that something is off, or just noticed something and started questioning yourself if this was there before. 

If you’re worried that your gums are left neglected, or you’re uncertain about whether your symptoms are severe, then you are probably wondering,

  • Do I really have gum disease? 
  • How advanced is it, and what stage of gum disease am I at? 
  • Can I stop its progress, or should I call my dentist immediately? 

Preserving a healthy smile needs effort, and caring for our oral health should be taken seriously. 

If you want to learn these answers and understand more about gum disease, then you should continue reading our article.  

Few Words About Periodontal Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Periodontal (gum) diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth.”

The cause behind these infections is the bacteria inside our mouths. Poor hygiene practices and habits allow these bacteria to stay on our teeth and form dental plaque. As a result, plaque can harden more, leading eventually to tartar which is even harder to remove.

Depending on your stage, the symptoms can vary from minor irritation and bleeding to loosened teeth, severe pain, and tooth loss. 

Treatment options will be planned depending on the severity and progress of gum disease. For example, it might only take a proper cleaning routine at home, but also a prolonged dental surgery might be needed. 

So let’s better understand the evolution and severity of periodontal disease and what advanced gum disease looks like.

Stages of Gum disease

We usually categorize gum disease into two primary forms, gingivitis and periodontitis. 

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease in which someone might experience a few of the most common symptoms—swollen and tender gums. Τhe inflammation irritates your gums, making them appear in a bold red colour or bleed sometimes.

In this early form, people might start thinking something is wrong and seek dental assistance. However, neglecting this situation is common since the symptoms are not severe and usually pain is not associated. 

The recommended approach here is a thorough home cleaning process, which means regular and proper brushing and flossing. A professional cleaning from your dentist or dental hygienist to evaluate and improve the situation is also recommended. 

Remember that gingivitis is reversible, so keep caring for your teeth at home regularly and adequately. 

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is commonly known as advanced gum disease. It’s the most severe type due to the serious infection involved.

Soft tissues can be damaged, and your gums might get pulled away. In addition, especially when left untreated, bone can be lost, and teeth may loosen or even fall off. 

But we do not observe all these symptoms all at once from the beginning. Instead, we categorize periodontitis into further stages, early, moderate, and advanced, to better monitor the damages and follow the treatment needed.

Early or Initial Periodontitis

This early stage of periodontitis is where any untreated gingivitis, will progress into. However, you may not notice many different symptoms in this phase.

Bleeding might worsen as your gums become more inflamed, but severe symptoms or pain are usually absent. 

We should highlight here that early periodontitis is not reversible and needs treatment. The plaque has already hardened and probably formatted into tartar and can’t be removed at home. 

You should book your dental appointment for deep professional cleaning at this stage, so plague or tartar get removed. And don’t forget to ask for advice on how to improve your cleaning routine at home.

Moderate Periodontitis

As periodontitis progresses, it results in dental pocket formation (the space created between your teeth and gum after the tissue begins to pull away from the teeth).

In this phase, we observe more severe damage to your inflamed gums, more of your teeth’s enamel is exposed (with a higher risk of decay), and the larger pockets are an even better place for bacteria to grow and hide. 

The deeper the pocket gets, the more extensive the damage to your teeth’s surrounding area will be. Now, the biggest threat is towards your tissue and bone, and you might observe your gums receding more, teeth start getting loose, and some bone might be lost. 

In this phase, the damages are more visible than the early periodontitis. Your doctor should choose the best treatment options for you since moderate periodontitis can’t be reversed, and the damage here is usually permanent.

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is the most severe form untreated gum disease can lead to, and in this stage, more drastic measures should be taken since your teeth and health are in danger. 

In this stage, the damage is extensive, and the infection progresses in the jawbone, with a significant potential of tooth loss if it hasn’t started yet. 

We’ve reached a point where teeth don’t get the support they need that even healthy teeth might feel loose, one or even a few might have already fallen off, and even chewing might be impractical. 

Advanced periodontal disease should be treated by the right dental professionals (periodontists and other specialists). It is vital to get proper treatment as soon as possible since your teeth and overall health are threatened. 

Damaged teeth that can’t be saved will be removed; surgery might be necessary to restore your oral health, and restorative dental solutions like dental implants or dentures will be applied.

All these might sound scary, but even in this stage, things are manageable if someone asks for help. So we always say to our patients here at the Swedish Dental Clinic that you should consult your dentist as soon as something worries you. 

But even if you still haven’t taken action to improve your symptoms, you should never be afraid. 

Book your consultation appointment as the first step to understanding your needs, and your doctor will ensure to offer you what you need.  

4 Common Dental Veneer Alternatives

Whether you’re looking for the best approach to restoring your teeth’s appearance and getting your irresistible smile back or finding the right way to improve your imperfections, dental veneers could be the solution to help you achieve your goal.

However, what happens when you’re still uncertain and don’t know if veneers are the right option for you or your pocket?

Placing dental veneers can be used for restorative or strictly cosmetic reasons. These thin “sheets” are attached to the surface of your teeth, and their process is different depending on their material and your individual needs.

Their placement requires a few recurring appointments and a little patience from you for their preparation since they are custom. 

Dentistry evolves continuously, and dental veneers have become one of the most preferable and popular dental procedures since they are more affordable, less invasive, and offer more excellent results than earlier practices. 

Before rejecting or investing in them, we recommend learning everything about dental veneers and what to expect from their placement.

Let’s quickly review what can we fix with dental veneers:

  • permanent discolouration or stains on your teeth, 
  • deformations such as misaligned or misshapen teeth,
  • chips, gaps, or cracks on your teeth,
  • and lastly, worn-down teeth.

There are 4 different dental procedures that can be considered alternatives to veneers targeting specific dental issues. These include crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, and orthodontic treatments.

Dental Crowns 

Dental crowns are often compared with veneers, and many people tend to believe they are the same. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap and not just the surface as veneers. They can fix cracked and damaged teeth as well as decayed teeth. Dental professionals also use crowns to cover a tooth after a root canal treatment to restore their patient’s healthy-looking smile.

If you have a minor crack or a chipped tooth, then veneers could be a better choice since crowns are preferred when we have more severe and extensive damages.  However, if another issue is involved like, for example, the presence of decay, a crown could be a better option.

Dental veneers cost is not easy to calculate as it depends on many factors, like how many you need (if you’re improving more than one tooth), insurance coverage, your area and many more. So to accurately calculate dental crown or veneer costs, we need to evaluate each patient’s condition and needs.

Both crowns and veneers are permanent solutions, their placement is pretty similar, and their aftercare doesn’t require anything specific. 

But even though they share many similarities and both can fix a broken tooth, which one will be used completely relies on each patient. So trust a dental professional to recommend the preferable approach for you.

Dental Bonding

Another common alternative to veneers is dental bonding. During this procedure, your doctor will apply a special material (usually composite resin) directly to your tooth. 

According to the American Dental Association, it’s mostly useful to repair a chip or a minor crack on your tooth. It is applied in one appointment, it has really natural results and is less expensive than veneers. 

However, bonding is not stain-resistant, and it tends to darken over time. Also, it’s not as customisable and usually not as long-lasting as veneers. 

Whether you proceed with dental bonding or veneers, consider the possibility of using a whitening method in the future. 

Remember that bonding materials do not respond the same as your natural teeth. So to have a complete and natural result, you could either replace your bonding or invest in a dental veneer.

Teeth Whitening

If you’re just looking to get a whiter and brighter smile, this is probably a better and usually less expensive option for you. Choosing teeth whitening over veneers thought requires that there aren’t any issues that need to be fixed.

Teeth whitening can be done at the office or in the comfort of your home. There are different methods and substances that your doctor might recommend to get the best result.

However, if you have severely stained or discoloured teeth, then veneers or bonding is the solution for you since whitening methods aren’t effective in hard-resisting stains.

Orthodontic Treatments

As mentioned above, with veneers, we can also improve some issues involving misaligned teeth, that’s why some orthodontic treatments might be used as alternatives.

However, suppose you aim to straighten your teeth, then veneers are not your choice. Traditional orthodontic treatments still remain the best option to correct your teeth. 

There are some patients that might need a combination of these treatments, but for restoring structural problems braces are recommended. Veneers can be an alternative for mild misalignment and for purely cosmetic reasons.

If you would like to further explore your treatment options, feel free to contact us for a consultation appointment. 

Tips From Our Dental Team

#1 Get your first consultation appointment

Reading and researching online is great and recommended, but if you haven’t visited a dental professional yet to discuss your options, you should start there. 

Find a team that you trust so you can get your individual plan specifically prepared for your needs. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health, detect if there are other issues involved and recommend the best approach.

#2 Don’t Be Afraid To Share Your Concerns

Many people, even though they trust their doctor, don’t always feel comfortable sharing their feelings. 

You should always remember that your dentist wants to offer the best treatment to give you back your confidence and health.

Nothing should be left unanswered, and anything should be discussed. If, for example, you can’t afford a specific procedure or you’re anxious about some steps of the process, you should discuss it with your doctor. 

#3 Prepare Some Questions Before Your Appointments

Whether it is your first dental appointment or not, we’re pretty confident that you will have some questions to ask.

So do your research before, write down your questions, and get organised so you can learn everything you need to know before you invest in dental veneers or any other alternative dental procedure.

Don’t forget to use what you’ve learned from our article to discuss with your dentist. If you still have doubts or need a consultation, don’t hesitate to book your appointment at our clinic. Swedish Dental professionals are always here to offer their services!

Are Dental Implants Painful? Everything you need to know

Some of the most frequently asked questions we get in our clinic are related to pain concerns during and after dental implant surgery. 

Getting a surgery sounds stressful, and in most cases, we all experience some level of fear. 

To answer such questions, let’s take a step back and review all the stages of this procedure. We’ll share every pain-related information with you, so you can be prepared before starting your journey of fixing your health and smile. 

Dental implants are a restorative treatment approach that aims to fix missing or damaged teeth. According to the American Academy Of Implant Dentistry, “dental implants are usually made of titanium and work as a substitute for the tooth’s root. On top of the implant, an abutment is placed, as a connection for the replacement tooth (usually a crown)“.

Implants tend to be a more durable solution when compared to a denture or a dental bridge. They don’t require any attachment to the surrounding healthy teeth, like a dental bridge, or are removable as dentures. This method also reduces the strain on your teeth and the removal of tooth substances.

Getting dental implants requires several appointments and consultations before you start your surgery. This depends on your overall oral health, the number of restorations you need, and the type of your implants. 

At the Swedish Dental clinic, we aim to reduce the number of appointments and provide a treatment plan to help you get your implants as quickly as possible. To achieve this, we perform a computer-guided surgery that results in a painless experience without swelling or bruising.

At this point, we should also highlight and not overpass the fact that the pain and how anyone manages it is subjective and can’t be the same for everyone. 

So, considering all mentioned so far, let’s briefly review the dental implant procedure and then evaluate the pain associated with each stage.

  • Preparation before surgery
  • Bone Grafting
  • Implant Surgery (Placement)
  • Jawbone Healing
  • Placing the Abutment
  • Choosing and placing your new artificial teeth
  • After Surgery / Recovery

Before Surgery

It would be best if you kept in mind a few things before we start discussing the surgery. 

Getting your dental implants usually is a long-time process when undergoing a conservative treatment, and it can even take months to complete.

So, if you are looking for quicker and less invasive results, you should find dental professionals with experience in more advanced techniques (like computer-guided implant surgery). 

Evaluation and consultation require an entire team of professionals. They will recommend and decide the best options for you, create a plan for your restoration, and then you can proceed with surgery.

So let’s leave aside all the X-rays and oral examinations required as the first steps because up to this part, we can guarantee that your appointments are painless. 

However, this could be considered wrong if the pain of a damaged or severely infected tooth is what brought you to the dentist’s chair, which leads us to the next prior-to-surgery step.

Tooth Extraction

If you’re not missing a tooth, your dentist will have to remove the old, damaged one before your surgery. This process could also happen simultaneously with your dental implant surgery.

However, in some cases, someone could proceed only with the extraction and wait until their doctor decides that there is proper healing and then continue. 

Having a tooth extracted usually involves some discomfort. Pain could also be present but usually as a complication after an infection. So, in case you experience this unusual symptom, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.

During the procedure, you won’t feel anything, maybe a little pressure, since it happens under the influence of local anaesthetics.

The healing process could involve discomfort for a few days, and we recommend following your doctor’s instructions. Take any recommended prescriptions or some over-the-counter pain medication if needed (always ask your doctor first) and try to rest.

Dental Implant Surgery

The whole process is usually divided into a few partial steps. They could be performed in different appointments or all at once. 

At the Swedish Dental clinic, we use computer-guided surgery, a minimally invasive approach that reduces the time between the surgery and the placement of the teeth. 

The treatment plan depends on many factors, and once your team evaluates all of them, they will prepare it according to your needs.

Bone Grafting

If your doctor observes that you have a bone loss, then jawbone grafting is required, but this is not mandatory for everyone. Getting a dental bone grafting means that your doctor will use a “filler” tissue to restore the loss. It could be tissue from your own body or an artificial one.

But how painful could bone grafting be? We completely understand that this process sounds scary but again, it should be pain-free. Your dental professional will use local anaesthesia, and you shouldn’t feel anything.

As you might have guested during the healing process, you might experience some pain, but it’s usually tolerable. Take any prescribed medication (painkillers or antibiotics) and follow the instructions and your doctor’s plan to manage this.

Implant Placement

Now it’s time for your surgeon to place the implant. Local anaesthesia is used, and the surgery itself should not cause you any pain. However, some minor discomfort or pressure could be present, but this is normal and expected. 

As for any of you who are stressed about this even now that you’re reading our article, you can always discuss it with your team. Prepare a schedule based on your needs and consider the option of sedation or general anaesthesia to reduce your stress.

Jawbone Healing

Now it’s wise to take a close look at the healing timeline. After your implant placement and before we can move to the next step, the healing process is crucial. Time is needed so your bone can grow and become a strong foundation for your new tooth. 

For the first few days, pain, swelling, or even bruising could be present. Pain levels may differ from person to person, but either over-the-counter or prescribed painkillers will work. 

Placing the Abutment 

This step could be performed along with the implant placement or as a separate minor surgery with local anaesthesia. 

For example, in our clinic, placing the abutment as a second surgery is not needed. And keep in mind that severe or recurring pain is not associated with this procedure.

Placing the New Artificial Teeth

Once your bone is strong and ready to support the replacement teeth, it’s time to get the new impressions. Your new teeth should fit properly and look as natural as possible. But the time for the placement can vary.

Based on our method, the implant bridge can be placed a few days after surgery when replacing all the teeth in your mouth. 

But, when restoring one or several teeth, the average healing period is around 6-8 weeks before you proceed with the placement. 

The placement is a straightforward process, represents the last and final step of getting your dental implant, and doesn’t involve extreme pain.  

Recovery

Now, you’ve riched a point where you had your successful surgery, and it’s time to rest, start feeling yourself again, and enjoy the results. 

If you follow a more conservative treatment, it is typical to feel pain and experience other symptoms like swelling or bruising. 

On the contrary, the method we use and recommend in our clinic, computer-guided implant surgery, results in a painless experience without swelling and bruising.

You should follow all your doctor’s instructions, take the required medications, avoid hard food and unhealthy habits and take a good rest. 

If you experience any unpleasant symptoms or pain after your surgery, don’t stay at home worrying and suffering; contact your dental professional.

Let’s Recap

Dental implants are a great and durable option to improve your smile and health. The entire procedure and the surgery might sound demanding, but they are definitely worth it. 

Of course, some oral treatments and surgeries might implicate some discomfort or pain as part of the healing process. However, with our advanced techniques, you could achieve excellent results and get your dental implants fast, free of pain, swelling, and bruising.

The dental professionals in our clinic recommend that any persistent pain that only gets worse should not be left untreated. 

So, after your surgery, monitor your health, and if you’re experiencing pain after a few days, note that it is not typical. And you should immediately discuss it with your doctor.

If you have any concerns or need additional information and advice, don’t hesitate to contact the Swedish Dental team to book your consultation. 

Interesting & Fun Facts About Dentistry

Who said that dentistry is only scary and couldn’t be fascinating or funny?

We might sometimes forget how important it is to care for our oral health or be afraid of our dentist’s chair, but we deserve a moment of entertainment or learn something new.

Modern practices and our daily routines to preserve a healthy smile hide many interesting dental facts behind them. 

So, we opened our books and researched online to discover some exciting facts to share with you. Now, you can challenge yourself and see how many of them you actually knew.

1. It’s all the tooth worm’s fault!

Fact: “A Sumerian text at 5000 BC describes ‘tooth worms’ as the cause of dental decay.”

Let’s say that you were struggling with tooth decay (cavities) and lived around that period. The only explanation for your suffering would be the “tooth worm”. 

Across many different cultures and ages, people would blame the tooth worm for many dental issues. There were beliefs about its appearance; for example, it was supposed to look like an eel or a maggot. Also, there were interesting ways to treat it, like oaths, spells, and magical potions. 

Of course, the evolution of dentistry took away this belief by identifying that the actual cause of tooth decay is the bacteria inside your mouth.

2. I’ll have a haircut and a tooth extraction, please!

Fact: “Until the mid-eighteenth century, the main providers of dental services were barber-surgeons”.

Before dentists took care of our teeth, practitioners from different occupations were responsible for our oral health (like blacksmiths and barbers). 

For tooth extraction, you would have to find a barber-surgeon with all the appropriate tools to relieve your pain.

Interestingly, in 1210 when the Guild of Barbers was established in France, they were split. So, lay barbers or barber-surgeons would take care of routine tasks (like extracting teeth and bleeding), and surgeons would be responsible for more complex problems. 

3. Can you imagine cleaning your teeth with a different kind of toothpaste?

Fact: “The development of the toothpaste as we’re used to began in the 1800s.” 

Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, and Romans used different ingredients to create some formulas as toothpaste. Including materials like ashes, eggshells, pumice, bones, oyster shells, charcoal, and more.

Toothpaste remained relatively the same until the 1800s. Like the ancient formulas, the new ones were in powdered form but mainly included soap, chalk, and occasionally charcoal.  

Around the middle of the 19th century began the mass production of toothpaste in jars. Before that, dentists had to create a specific mixture for each patient. 

Around the 1950s, the soap was replaced with other ingredients like the ones found in today’s toothpaste (like fluoride and more).

Now, we can clean adequately and even treat some dental issues by simply brushing our teeth with the appropriate toothpaste. 

 4. Our teeth are indeed the strongest!

Fact:The tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.” 

The enamel is the thin outer layer of our teeth. It covers and protects the dentin and the pulp, which are our teeth’s more fragile inner layers. 

Due to each its structure, it’s highly damage-resistant and actually harder than our bones. 

So when we highlight how important it is to take care of our teeth, we should never forget to think about protecting our strong enamel as well. 

 5. Please, use your tongue print! 

Fact: “Our tongue print is unique; no two tongue prints are similar”.

Maybe you knew that tracing bite marks could even help an instigation and be specified for one individual, but did you know that our tongue is unique too? 

As a matter of fact, tong prints can be used in biometric authentication, just like our fingerprints. They could also be a valuable tool in forensic dentistry.  

6. Are you sure that you clean your teeth as recommended? 

Fact: “25% of adults do not brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste”. 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations, you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride.

So, 1 in 4 adults does not follow proper oral hygiene practices. Neglecting your teeth care can lead to many dental issues and complications such as tooth decay, gum disease, and many more if left untreated. 

Our professionals here at the Swedish Dental clinic recommend scheduling your dental checkups at least twice a year. This way, you’ll get the proper care if needed in the early stages and learn how to care for your teeth properly. 

If you’re struggling with any dental issues or want your teeth checked, you can book your consultation in our clinic, and why not during our appointment to discuss more fun facts together! 

Most Common Dental Problems And Ways To Treat Them

If you have ever experienced uncomfortable symptoms from a dental complication, we’re confident that you already know how important it is to take care of your oral health. 

Even though modern dentistry constantly involves offering more precise and accurate results, many people still suffer from dental problems when some of them could have been prevented. 

According to The Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Burden of Disease Study, “Oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide.”

At Swedish Dental Clinic, we always try to promote the importance of preserving your oral hygiene and finding early and quality treatment. These are essential steps to protect your healthy smile. 

So, let’s review the most common dental problems and the ways to treat them one by one. 

1. Tooth sensitivity

If a hot soup or an iced smoothie makes you feel uncomfortable and even brushing your teeth can cause some level of pain, then you should visit your dentist. 

Tooth sensitivity is a condition that probably any individual has or will experience at least once in life. According to studies, around 25-30% of adults report dentin hypersensitivity. 

Tooth hypersensitivity can happen when the enamel is wearing off. This way, dentin (which is protected by the enamel) is exposed and will allow cold or heat to reach the nerves of your tooth. And this is why you’ll experience discomfort and pain. 

Sensitivity could be a symptom of untreated dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, broken teeth, or exposed roots. 

The type of treatment needed depends on the cause behind your tooth sensitivity. Once your dentist determines the problem involved, there is a solution.

The treatment options can vary, from a simple toothpaste suitable for your situation or the application of fluoride to root canal treatments, teeth restorations (crowns, fillings, etc.), or surgical gum grafts.

Don’t worry about treatment; your doctor will make sure to provide the best options for you.

However, you should remember that proper hygiene is essential in preventing. So try not to neglect your dental routine and ask your dental hygienist for tips and advice to help you ease or avoid sensitivity.

2. Tooth decay

Tooth decay (also known as cavities or dental caries) is usually an opening or a small hole in your tooth. This happens from the bacteria inside your mouth due to inadequate oral hygiene and unhealthy eating habits, like consuming a lot of sugar. 

The Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) highlights that dental caries of permanent teeth are the most common dental condition worldwide. 

Additionally, it’s also interesting that “more than 1 in 4 adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay“, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s crucial not to leave tooth decay untreated because it can lead to pain, infections, or even tooth loss. 

So if you’re experiencing sensitivity and pain or see some spots (white, brown or black) or even holes in your tooth’s surface, you should visit your dentist.

The treatment options depend on how complicated your situation is. For example, some fluoride treatments are usually prescribed for the early stages of decay. 

However, if there is an open cavity, you’ll need a dental filling and a root canal treatment if the decay reaches the pulp. Don’t forget that a tooth extraction might be the only choice for the most severe damages.

3. Gum disease 

Gum disease (also called periodontitis) is an infection that damages the tissue that supports your teeth. The cause behind it is the formatted plaque (created by bacteria), usually from poor hygiene and dental habits. 

CDC indicates that “46% of all adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease and that severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults.

The signs that show that you might have periodontitis include:

  • red, swollen, and tender gums,
  • bad breath or bad taste, 
  • bleeding while brushing your teeth,
  • sensitivity or bleeding while consuming hard foods,
  • loose teeth or even tooth loss. 

Even though gum disease is a severe infection and common – affects nearly half of US adults, it’s also largely preventable. 

To prevent this condition, you should schedule and never forget your routine dental appointments. 

However, if you’re already suffering from more severe periodontitis and its symptoms, the sooner you see your dentist, the better it will be. 

Usually, your doctor will perform a deep cleaning under the gums and prescribe medication to treat the infection (like antibiotics and painkillers).

In more severe cases, you might have a tooth removed or undergo gum surgery. 

If you’re experiencing pain from tender gums and your teeth become loose, don’t wait long and find an emergency dental care provider

4. Chipped, cracked or broken teeth

Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone and maybe at a really terrible time, like while you’re at a nice gathering. 

Usually, we see such breaks after an accident or an injury, while bitting something hard, or when people tend to grind their teeth (also called bruxism).

Depending on the damage, the treatment options differentiate, and there is a chance that you feel pain if it’s the damage is extensive. 

In any case, the first thing you should do is to find help from a dentist, even if you think that it’s just a minor crack.

The NHS suggests that if a segment of your tooth breaks, you should keep it in a container with milk or your saliva and take it to your dentist. There is a chance that the piece could be glued back on. 

So, your doctor will evaluate your situation and recommend the best treatment. Restorative options to fix your tooth are fillings, veneers, crowns, or a root canal treatment if needed.

5. Root infection

Are you wondering how you can get the root of your teeth infected? 

Well, this happens when a hole in the tooth is progressing, and we’ve reached a point where the bacteria affect the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth.

When left untreated, it could damage your tissues and nerves and lead to an abscess. You’ll feel mostly persistent pain, especially while chewing and biting and sensitivity to hot and cold. 

To treat this, you should contact a dental professional (an endodontist) to evaluate the damage and perform a root canal treatment. A procedure conducted with local anaesthesia, where your doctor will make sure to clean the infected area, fill the tooth and seal it with a crown. 

According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), “more than 15 million root canal procedures are performed every year and basically around 41,000 root canals each day“.

So, no need to feel scared or anxious; even though it involves a few appointments, it’s a routine procedure that will save your tooth from extraction.

Preserving proper oral hygiene and caring for your teeth daily is a commitment you should take for yourself. 

The dental professionals in our clinic recommend scheduling your check-ups twice a year to prevent severe complications. In addition, always try keeping your teeth clean by brushing twice daily and never forgetting to floss!

Contact your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms. You can book your appointment here at Swedish Dental, and one of our doctors will make sure to provide the treatment you deserve.

Aesthetic Dentistry During Pregnancy

Being pregnant, especially for the first time, is challenging. Most women are confused or overwhelmed by others suggesting they should do this or shouldn’t do that.

And that brings you somewhere in the middle, trying to understand the changes in your body while being filled with concerts. For example, what is safe for you and your baby and what is forbidden?

Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry are unofficial, yet commonly used terms to describe all those dental procedures that will help you improve your smile and oral health. 

This includes improving appearances, like discolourations, misshapen or misaligned teeth, or restoring any missing or deficient teeth (decayed, damaged, cracked, or chipped), gums and tissues.

Pregnancy is always a factor that dentists should evaluate before proceeding with any treatment plan. Based on our years of experience and expertise, we will analyse some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures and their safety during pregnancy. 

But before we start with the treatment options, let’s review some potential dental risks associated with pregnancy.

Dental risks during pregnant

Gum Issues

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food, causing increased irritation to your gums.”

“Nearly 60 to 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis, which occurs when the gums become red and swollen from inflammation,” the CDC highlights.

Some pregnant patients have also observed some growths on their gums. These are usually called “pregnancy tumours“, but don’t get confused here; they are not related to cancer. 

They are usually formed because of plague or gum issues. But, if they are created because of pregnancy hormones, they usually will go away without treatment.

All the above implicate a high risk of gum-related complications that healthcare professionals and pregnant women never should neglect or overpass.

Teeth Complications

The high levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy and the possibility of gingivitis could temporarily loosen the tissues around your teeth. 

This way, your teeth could become painful but also feel loosened. There is a minor possibility for a worst-case scenario here; a tooth extraction. So be sure to get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.

The possibility of tooth decay also increases during pregnancy, and there are some reasons like eating habits or extensive vomiting during the first months that reinforce the existence of decay. 

According to CDC, 1 in 4 women has untreated cavities (tooth decay) during pregnancy. This number shows how much missing information is when considering dental health during pregnancy. 

Aesthetic dental work during pregnancy

A pregnant woman shouldn’t be left untreated in an emergency dental situation or when their oral health is in danger. Therefore, addressing the above complications and restoring oral health is a top priority.  

So, is it safe, and can you actually have dental work during pregnancy?

If we want to go to the bottom of this, the actual question that anyone should be asking is if the treatment option is necessary and mandatory or elective.

It’s advisable to avoid any invasive procedure that can be delayed and performed either later in pregnancy (after the second trimester) or even better post-delivery. 

  • For procedures like dental implants or veneers that require a lot of visits, X-rays, anaesthesia, or staying for a long time in your dentist’s chair, it’s best to re-schedule.

    Of course, if the situation requires immediate treatment, there is always a way to safely perform, let’s say, dental implants at any time during your pregnancy.
  • Cosmetic procedures that will only improve the appearance of your smile, like teeth whiting and bleaching, it’s best if you avoid them. 

    There aren’t enough data indicating that they could cause issues. But we should never forget the dental complications any pregnant woman could experience and try to avoid anything that could induce those issues.
  • Preventative restorations, like fillings or dental crowns, could be performed during pregnancy. Taking care of these will protect your overall oral health and reduce the risk of future infections. 
  • It’s worth mentioning that root canal treatments or teeth extractions can also be performed if mandatory since they could be necessary steps for other aesthetic procedures. 

Quick Overview

Pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life that could cause some complications with their oral health. A dental professional should evaluate the situation and offer safe treatment options when and if needed.

There are available scientifically-approved guidelines and lists of safe medications that we can follow and provide proper dental care to pregnant patients.

The general rule to follow here is that any procedure is best if it could be scheduled for later (after delivery or even lactation) unless it requires immediate care to prevent even more significant and severe complications.

However, every patient is different, so our advice is to contact a dental professional and get a proper consultation plan for your pregnancy. 

Don’t forget to take care and preserve your oral hygiene because preventative care is the best treatment option always!

Dental Tourism: What to Check Before Travelling Abroad

Are you feeling tempted to plan your next vacation? It might be a great time to consider all your options; destination, hotels, sightseeing and why not a dental surgery?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), dental services are one of the well-known categories for medical tourism, and many countries provide health care for medical travellers.

More and more people take advantage of their days off work and combine a great vacation with a dental treatment plan to another country. This is not just someone’s crazy idea or a social media trend, but there are plenty of destinations, offers, and packages to pick from.

But before you dive into the actual planning, there are a few things that you should consider first, then research them in-depth and eventually decide. So let’s review them together. 

#1 What dental procedure are you planning to schedule

One of the most important things you should consider is your needs. You might think this is unorthodox, and of course, you won’t plan anything without knowing what you’re looking for, but having all the information is the key to a successful plan.

For example, are you looking for an aesthetic procedure like veneers or crowns, or a more invasive and restorative procedure like root canal treatment or even braces? 

Our advice is to learn everything about the procedure, its aftercare and whether there should be any recurring visits. You might find many tempting offers for 1-day services or unreasonably inexpensive practices online, but you should know better. 

Here is our tip: Schedule a consultation with your dentist first. Discuss and learn what you need to do for your oral health, and then decide if the cost will leave your pockets empty or not. Because let’s face it, this is probably one of the main reasons you’re thinking about travelling abroad for medical assistance. 

#2 Research all available options in-depth

Now that you know what you need, it’s time to research. There are some specific questions you should ask yourself and online. We listed them below, and you can also use them as the base for your dental tourism checklist.

  • Is there a “famous” country for dental tourism and your specific procedure?
  • Which treatment options are available, and who can perform them?
  • Can you find testimonials or stories from patients who have already gone through this dental method there?
  • Are any restrictions or forbidden practices related to your dental problem in this country?
  • Are there any standards, and if there are, do they meet your perspective of the ideal result?
  • Finally, can you find any estimates for the upcoming costs? 

All these questions can guide you to find all the necessary information and help you create a questionnaire for your next move – finding the right health care provider. So, grab a cup of coffee, start googling and take notes.

#3 Contact the dental professional and get all the information

Even though this step is related to the previous one, we separated it because we wanted to analyse a few things that might not come through your mind. 

If you have found your candidates, it’s time to decide who is the best fit for you. We will give you three pieces of advice. 

Ask your questions without skipping anything. Try to fully understand the details of your procedure, like the materials that will be used and the recovery. 

Triple check if there is going to be an issue with the communication. If you don’t speak the native language, don’t take for granted that your dental professional can fully understand what you need. 

If you’re looking for an aesthetic procedure, like, for example, teeth whitening, veneers or crowns, make sure that you share the same standards. For example, you might want a beautiful and natural smile and end up with a bright and shinny-white one. 

#4 Understand the potential risks

No matter how well organised you and your trip might be, there is always the possibility of complications and other travelling risks. 

We collected a few thoughts and recommendations to help you evaluate everything in advance.

Since your trip involves medical care, especially in a foreign country, the risk of health complications might be a bit higher than normal. So, please make sure that you wisely choose your destination and provider.

Consider your aftercare needs and whether it would be safe to travel after your treatment. You might need a few additional days of rest and observation during your recovery.  

For those air travelling and planning dental surgery, keep the following in mind. Generally, it would be safe to travel if it’s a minor surgery. However, if it is more complicated, it should be best to plan for one or two days of rest. Travelling too soon could affect your recovery.

Discuss with your dentist in your home country and make sure that any required follow-up appointments can be arranged and provided. Compilations or infections should always be considered, so keep that in mind before and after your trip. 

Don’t forget to pack with you all the necessary documents and your medical files and after your trip, ensure that you’ll get a record of your treatment. So, in case of any complications, your doctors can have access and decide the best for you. 

#5 Is dental tourism actually a wise choice?

After everything being said so far, you might still wonder if you should start planning your trip, and of course, we can understand why.

But since we have already been offering our services as a clinic to many dental tourists, we can reassure you that it is definitely worth it.

At the Swedish Dental clinic, we have treated many patients looking for more in advance and budget-friendly treatments. So we only know one thing; If you find a certified and qualified dental professional with authorised facilities, you shouldn’t worry.

Choose a country that can offer you not only less expensive treatment care but also safety and innovation. Never forget that the cheapest choice won’t necessarily mean quality service. So do your research, follow our recommendations, and we are confident that you can find the best option for you. 

If you’ve never been to Sweden, then you should definitely plan a trip to explore our beautiful country. And if you’re searching for dental services, contact us to learn more about our services and any other information you need.

7 Teeth Whitening Myths Demystified By Dentists

Who wouldn’t wish to have a healthy and beautifully white smile? For most of us, this is the dream. However, there are so many misconceptions around the teeth whitening process and techniques which lead us to this article’s creation.

The dental professionals in our clinic analysed the most common teeth whitening myths and offered all essential information that no one should overpass. So let’s review them one by one!

1. Professional whitening is the same as home kits and over-the-counter products

To break down this myth, first, we need to understand the available treatment alternatives

Professional teeth whitening (also called dental bleaching) will occur in a dental office. Only a professional can use the right techniques depending on the patient’s needs and proceed with your treatment.

There are also available at-home whitening kits with customised gel trays. A dental professional offers these kits with instructions and an observation plan to monitor the process. 

There are also different over-the-counter (OTC) products available like whitening toothpastes, strips, gels, or gums that you can use at home by yourself.

Lastly, we can’t ignore all those remedies and DIY methods that anyone can find online.

As you might have already thought, anything provided by a certified professional can be safely used and be effective. The OCT products are safe-to-use but will definitely need more time to show their results and might not be what you expected. As for the home remedies, no scientific data indicate their efficiency or safety.

2. Teeth whitening can last a lifetime

Unfortunately, no matter how great it would be to have a permanent result, this is impractical for many reasons.

The lasting period can vary from person to person, the type of the chosen whitening procedure, someone’s lifestyle, eating habits, aftercare, and many more. 

Typically, professional whitening kits and in-office treatments tend to have longer results, but they can’t be preserved for more than a couple of years. Other methods like the typical over-the-counter products can retain a good result for a few weeks. 

3. All teeth are eligible candidates for whitening

This is one of the most common misconceptions that lead to many unwanted results. So let’s clarify a few things.

First, teeth whitening techniques can be applied to your natural teeth and not on other teeth restorations like your veneers or crowns. 

Second, it’s essential to ensure that there aren’t any dental issues involved. If you have tooth decay or an open cavity, the use of whitening products can lead to more severe damage. 

Third, your natural teeth’ colour can also determine the outcome or even whether you should actually invest in whitening treatments. For example, people with yellow-colour (yellowish hue) teeth tend to have better results. 

We highly recommend getting a dentist’s consultation before following any whitening treatment. This way, you won’t waste your money without getting the results you want, but also you’ll boost your overall dental health. 

4. Whitening will make your teeth look unnatural

Although we probably all have stared at someone’s unusually bright smile walking by us or on tv or a movie, this doesn’t mean that you’ll get the same result. 

If you opt for a professional treatment, this shouldn’t worry you. Your dentist will make sure to find the best shade based on your natural colour.

But even if you choose a home kit or other whitening products and strictly follow their instructions, you can always stop using them when you achieve a good result.

Our advice is not to get tempted to go for the brightest choice. Two to three shades brighter than your natural teeth colour can make a significant difference. 

5. Teeth whitening products don’t involve any risks

All whitening techniques are less-invasive aesthetic procedures, which is why many people consider them safe without any risks. 

However, all of them use different amounts of peroxide-based ingredients and other chemicals that can intensify the damage in any pre-existing dental issue (like gum disease or tooth decay). This could lead to experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, and you’ll probably need some additional dental treatments. 

Keep in mind that there is always a risk, even with zero issues involved. For example, during a home whitening process, if anything goes wrong or something is misused, you might experience temporary pain or sensitivity, and, in rarer cases, you could cause a burn at your gums. 

Of course, all of these won’t be considered risks if you get professional advice and follow a recommended for your needs treatment.

6. Home remedies or DIY methods will safely whiten your teeth 

We are confident that most of you have read or watched videos online with ultimate whitening tips and hacks with natural ingredients to test on your home. 

Some famous examples are eating and rubbing fruits that contain acid, mixing lemons with baking soda, using vinegar, oil pulling (mainly coconut oil), and much more.

To be absolutely fair, we can’t say with certainty that this is a myth. Several studies have been made, but there aren’t sufficient results that scientifically prove their efficiency or safety. 

When trying to fix something, there is always the risk of creating more harm than good. So, please avoid any of these methods, at least without first consulting your dentist.

7. Activated charcoal will whiten your teeth

These past few years, many dental products that use activated charcoal have been accessible and promise excellent whiting results (like toothpastes, powders, gels, etc.) and other benefits. 

Again here, the truth is that there are no data that proves charcoal’s whitening benefits, but there are some concerns about its safeness. 

It would be best to avoid such products and especially not use them for a long-lasting period.

Conclusion

We manage to address some of the most wrongly-believed concepts around teeth whitening and its methods. If you’ve read so far, you definitely understand the importance of a professional consultation; it’s the only way of having a safe and desirable outcome.

At the Swedish dental clinic, we always help our patients gain and preserve their oral hygiene and offer our services to make them smile again. If you’re interested in investing in a brighter and perfect-looking smile, don’t hesitate to contact us for a personalized consultation.

Common Dental Bridge Problems & Why You Should Get Them Fixed

Unfortunately, there comes a point in life when someone will have to deal with a missing or completely damaged tooth, which needs extraction. We know that it’s not a pleasant situation for anyone, but thanks to dentistry, we can restore our beautiful smiles and health.

A typical therapeutic solution to restore such issues is to use a dental bridge. Your doctor will place a “false” tooth (also called pontic) and use one or two of the gap’s surrounding natural teeth to hold and bond the pontic. 

There are several types of dental bridges created from different materials. The type will determine the time and the steps for the procedure each time. If you have already invested in a dental bridge or your dentist advised you to get one, you should be aware of the following information. 

Generally speaking, a dental bridge is a long-term solution for missing teeth. If it’s taken care of well, it can even last more than 15 years. 

During our years of practice, we observed a few common problems which can lead to a bridge failure, and we can separate them into two primary causes.

The first is associated with the procedure itself (creation and placement), and the other is the routine care you’ll follow (hygiene). So, let’s analyse everything to help you understand why you should not ignore these problems and how to prevent them.

Problems due to a lousy fitting

The bridge should fit perfectly so it won’t feel unnatural and dental issues won’t appear. If the bridge allows minor gaps between the tooth and the gum and bone that surround the teeth, food can get caught under it. Trapped food will allow bacteria to grow, and that is when the problems start — infection, gum disease, and even more severe complications. 

When these are left untreated, there is a significant possibility that the bridge will start coming loose and might even fall off. You should also not ignore the fact that your natural teeth might be affected too and get damaged. 

If you’re wondering how to recognise an ill-fitted bridge, these are some of the first signs you will notice. 

  • A sensitivity under the dental bridge or even pain, especially while consuming food. 
  • Your bite won’t feel the same, and you might observe redness and irritation to your gums. 
  • The bridge might look unnatural, due to the placement that won’t be inlined with your teeth and gums, or because of its colour that won’t match your natural teeth. 

Problems from poor hygiene

Caring for your bridge is the most crucial task and you should make it a habit. If you’re thinking about how do you clean a dental bridge properly, the answer is pretty straightforward. 

You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once and use the appropriate products suitable for use when having a bridge. Also, don’t forget to ask your dentist which brush would reach all the “difficult” places, which mouth wash is more suitable, and any other recommendations they might have for routine cleaning with a dental bridge. 

The same dental issues can happen here too. So if poor hygiene is involved, food particles will get trapped, and bacteria will start causing plaque formation. Neglecting can lead to tartar, which is more challenging to treat, and periodontal disease will be present.

There is always the possibility that you might observe some damage to your bridge. Unfortunately, this is something that can happen, and in most cases, the cause will be the consumption of something hard or sticky.  

You should avoid such eating habits and try to eliminate sugar and foods and drinks that can cause stains (coffee, wine, dark juices, berries, beetroot, tomato-based sauces, etc.) from your diet.

Conclusion

If you recognise some of the symptoms mentioned in this article, you should immediately contact your dentist to take a look and give you the right care and advice. 

You should never forget to follow proper care for your dental bridge. Even though the tooth is not “alive”, hygiene will play a significant role in its lasting period and your overall oral health. 

Remember to find a doctor you trust, and if you’re struggling, you can always contact our clinic and schedule an appointment to evaluate your situation.