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Wilckodontics – Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics

Wilckodontics (corticotomy) combines orthodontic (tooth movement) and periodontal procedures to obtain the most ideal orthodontic result.

Wearing braces can be an irritating. Many people decline orthodontic treatment because of the time commitment and also because they find the whole procedure a nuisance. Wilckodontics has solved this problem. Many orthodontic cases can now be completed in 8 to 10 months. This is 3 to 4 times faster than conventional orthodontics.

Social obligations are no longer be an overwhelming limitation. With Wilckodontics, less time in treatment translates to less disruption in your personal and work schedule. Due to the shortened treatment time, your Wilckodontics procedure can be scheduled not to interfere with weddings, vacations, or other important social events. The benefits of a shortened treatment are complemented by the quality of a pleasing smile.

Decortication or corpectomy simply means the intentional cutting or injury of cortical bone. While the bony jaws are composed of both cortical and medullary bone in various combinations depending on site and patient demographics, the periodontal surgery of interest in contemporary selective alveolar decortication involves only surgical injury of alveolar cortical bone for accelerated orthodontic tooth movement.

Will there be any discomfort?

Most patients report only minor discomfort from the surgical procedure. Even though discomfort is usually minimal, you can expect minor swelling and possibly light bruising. Both of these findings normally resolve themselves over the first week. The procedure will not impact an average daily routine after the first day or two. Most patients are back to school or work the very next day. Because the supporting bone is softened, many patients do not report significant discomfort, which can accompany wire adjustments in conventional orthodontic treatment. Wilckodontics patients have a much-improved orthodontic experience.

The major benefit of Wilckodontics is the prevention of periodontal problems by creating sufficient bone in areas where the bone is usually very thin or lacking. In other words, having a strong bone foundation should prevent from having periodontal problems (gum recession, furcation invasion, etc.) long term.

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Benefits of Wilckodontics:

  • Less time in orthodontic treatment (quicker treatment)
  • Rapid Tooth Movement
  • More Bone to Support Teeth Long Term
  • Lesser Cost than Orthognathic Surgery
  • No Hospital Visit as with Orthognathic Surgery
  • Less Periodontal Problems around Teeth Long Term
  • Less Loss of Gum Tissue (Recession)
  • Less Furcation Invasion
  • Less Root Resorption (Root Resorption can occur with conventional braces)
  • Less Relapse (Movement of Teeth Back to Prior Position) Relapse commonly occurs with orthodontics. This is why wearing a retainer is important after treatment to prevent migration of teeth away from the ideal position.

Courtesy, Dr. Vignesh N, Periodontist, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry

Bad Breath Control – How a Dentist Can Help ?

Bad breath or halitosis as it is referred to by dentists, is a common oral condition and a reason why patients seek dental consultation. Halitosis is the result of microbial activity in the mouth in a majority of the population.Treatment options are relatively straightforward when the clinician can objectively verify the presence of oral malodor/bad breath. In many cases, however, the patient’s complaint of bad breath does not appear to have an objective basis.

Reasons for oral-based malodor include –

– Poor oral hygiene.
– Periodontal disease.
– Faulty dental restorations.
– Debris buildup on the posterior area of the tongue.

Many factors influence the way in which we generally perceive odors. Qualitative judgments of odors largely depend on a person’s experience and personality traits. In this context, how we perceive our own breath odor is even more complex. Generally speaking, people appear to be unable to tell whether they have bad breath. This inability, termed the ‘bad breath paradox’ results in millions of people who have bad breath, but are unaware of it, while millions of others who do not have discernible bad breath think they do. The consequences of this paradox are immense.

People who are not aware of their bad breath may come across social professional rejections without knowing why. Since bad breath and other body odors are intimate topics, few of us are willing to confront people who have this problem. This is unfortunate, as bad breath often is indicative of oral and medical conditions that can be treated. On the other hand, so-called “halitophobia” spend their entire lives obsessed with the thought that others perceive them as having bad breath. This obsession causes them to severely restrict their behavior, avoid social interactions and regularly attempt to cover up a problem that does not exist.

Classification of halitosis:

  • Genuine halitosis
    • Physiologic halitosis
    • Pathologic halitosis
  • Pseudo-halitosis
  • Halitophobia.

Most oral malodor originates within the oral cavity itself, mostly as an effect of microbial activity, in which volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) and other volatile compounds are produced through proteolysis and putrefaction of glycoproteins and proteins. Furthermore, cleaning of the teeth and tongue, rinsing with mouthwash, and periodontal therapy can control oral malodor.

However, it has also been reported that these treatments are often deemed unsuccessful by patients who are extremely sensitive to and often delusional about the behavior of others towards their imagined oral malodor, and who suffer from oral malodor with accompanying psychosomatic tendencies.

Halitosis is also caused due to certain systemic conditions, namely

  • Chronic liver failure
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Carcinoma

Thus in such cases treatment of the underlying cause can bring the halitosis under control.

Home Remedies for Bad Breath – Figuring out the cause of bad breath is the first step, obviously, in doing something about it, but here are some home remedies to keep your breath as fresh as possible.

Keep your mouth clean – Brush thoroughly before breakfast and after dinner which should be followed by flossing.Food/bacteria trapped between teeth and at the gumline can be removed only with floss; if it’s left to linger, it’s not going to smell nice. Periodontal/gum disease can result in bad breath too.

Clean your tongue – Bacteria left on your tongue can contribute to less-than-fresh breath, so be sure to brush your tongue after you’ve cleaned your pearly whites.

Denture care – If you wear dentures, remove them prior to sleeping.Clean them thoroughly and wear them again in the morning.

Wet your oral cavity – A dry mouth can cause smelly breath. Saliva contains natural antibacterial effects that help clean your mouth, and it washes away food particles.(Saliva flow is reduced at night, which explains why your breath smells sour in the morning.) Try chewing on sugarless mints to stimulate saliva production.

Don’t stress out – Stress can dry out your mouth, causing bad breath.

Avoid potent foods – Garlic and onions, among other foods, contain sulfur compounds that move on to the lungs after they are absorbed in the bloodstream, which in turn can cause bad breath.

How a dentist can help – Regular professional cleaning, correction of faulty restorations/fillings, correction of ill-fitting dentures, full mouth disinfection, treatment of gum/periodontal diseases and other oral diseases/lesions that may be a precursor or cause of halitosis can be done with the dentists diagnostic and treatment skills.

Kindly visit us at any one of our Dental Centres in case of any kind of dental problem or for a thorough dental assessment.

Courtesy Dr. Vignesh N, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry. For more details call: +91 954 3368478 or email: patientcare@apollowhitedental.com

Oral Care During Festive Season

Festivals are synonymous with feasting. The Festival season is always marked by good food, sweets, and a sense of euphoria along with exchanging gifts. There is a feel of festivity in the atmosphere with people sharing their joy, merry songs in the spirit of the festival and decorating their homes and surroundings with colorful lights. Food plays a big part in these celebrations, and often caught up in the festive spirit people forget to observe caution and binge on food and sweets. People look forward to big treats such as homemade sweets, laddoos, Mysore pak, jalebi, chocolates, etc. This splurge in the festive season is often responsible for the resulting tooth decay, toothache, and other such dental problems.

The festive season is an excuse to stuff them with food. While they worry about their bulging waistlines, they completely disregard the effect that sweets or snacks can have on their teeth. Dental hygiene is one area that one should be wary of during the festive season. Sweets, cakes and snacks contain a generous amount of sugar which is the main cause of tooth decay. The aerated drinks that are included along with the feast in the festive meals are acidic and cause severe tooth erosion. These two things work in sync and affect the health of your teeth. The sugary foods deteriorate and decay the teeth while acidic drinks cause erosion of the protective covering – thus making the teeth soft targets for attack by bacteria. It is advised that you do not eat/binge between meals. It is better to eat sweets with the meals rather than eating them between meals. This step helps by allowing your teeth to re-mineralize and recover after a meal has been consumed. Make sure you use a dentist recommended mouthwash after every meal. This helps protect the teeth against plaque and foul smell/halitosis.

People with the history of tooth decay can follow a few tips to prevent further damage which are:-

  • Sugar-free gum or mints can help keep your mouth busy when faced with sugary temptations.
  • Chocolate – especially dark varieties – in moderation, can offer health benefits and is less likely to stick to teeth when frozen.

Since systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension/high Blood Pressure go hand in hand, people with the history of these diseases need to make sure that they keep their blood sugar level under control, failing which they will be at a very high risk of dental caries, early gum disease [gingivitis], and advanced gum disease [periodontitis]

It is also important that you brush your teeth at least twice on a daily basis and use the right brushing technique such as the bass/modified bass brushing technique, followed by flossing and usage of prescribed mouthwashes. Kindly visit us at any one of our Dental Centres in case of any kind of dental problem or for a thorough dental assessment.

Courtesy Dr. Vignesh N, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry.

“Taking Care of Your Teeth During Festivals”

With the festive season in the air, all of us relish the possibility of gorging on all kinds of delicacies. But beware, uninvited guests in your mouth (bacteria) may find your food just as tasty. The bacteria that cause the common diseases of the oral cavity- tooth decay and gum disease, are normally present even in a healthy mouth and only need the right environment to multiply into numbers that can cause disease.

Here are a few tips to help protect the oral cavity:

While it may cruelly impractical to avoid eating sweets altogether, the prudent thing would be to avoid binge eating.

Rinse your mouth vigorously even at the risk of losing the pleasant, lingering after tasting your favourite sweet. Sticky carbohydrates being the favoured food or oral bacteria that colonize tooth early and rinsing is a good way of preventing their accumulation anywhere in the mouth.

After eating a particularly sticky sweet, you can consider brushing, especially those who already have a number of decayed teeth or diagnosed gum problems.

Brushing twice a day is mandatory at all times only that this is to be done very diligently. Interdental aids such as floss or interdental brush must be used at least once a day, preferably in the night.

An antibacterial mouthwash may be used at least for as long as the festive season lasts.

Children are more prone for disease during this time as there may be a tendency for excessive eating and no care, what with more interesting things to do such as playing with friends and relatives. Parents are often too held up with other things to pay the extra attention they need at this time.

So exercise extra vigil to ensure that children continue to take care of their teeth even while enjoying their sweets.

When it comes to older individuals, there is probably an increased prevalence for diseases such as diabetes. Uncontrolled eating may not only spoil teeth but also worsen blood sugar levels, which could in turn lead to several complications including gum disease.

In brief, festive offers may be good when it comes to buying clothes, sweets or other household good, but make sure it does not include- a buy a goody get a disease free offer. The festive season comes with its set of new challenges that require an even vigil on the maintenance of oral hygiene.

Courtesy Dr. Arun K V, Consultant Periodontist, Apollo WHITE Dental SPA, Chennai.

Gums diseases: Signs that you should watch out for

Diseases of the gum are one of the most common causes of tooth loss among adults. Commonly, there are three stages of gum diseases: gingivitis, periodontitis and acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). But the root cause of all these conditions is bacterial attack.

Gum disease is mainly caused by plaque deposit around the gum lines of the teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids and other toxins that can destroy bone and gum tissue over a period of time.This is more likely to happen if you find it difficult to clean your teeth well, for example if you wear braces, dentures or have irregularities in your teeth that you can’t reach with a toothbrush.

Apart from this there are several other factors that could lead up to inflammation of the gums. If you smoke or have diabetes, you are more at risk for diseases of the gum. Also, you are more likely to get gingivitis in case you are going through a hormonal change such as during pregnancy or at puberty.

To prevent periodontal diseases, only brushing is not enough. It is mainly the plaque that needs to be removed from your teeth on a daily basis. Hence, it is very important that you floss your teeth daily. If there’s plaque on your teeth, it will harden into a thick deposit called tartar. If tartar is allowed to remain on the teeth and gum lines, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation. Using anti-bacterial mouthwashes also helps in fighting plaque.

On many occasions, you may not even know that you are suffering from a gum disease. Listed below are the signs of a gum condition you should watch out for:

  • Are your gums bleeding easily?
  • Your gums are extremely red, tender and swollen.
  • There’s pus between your teeth and gums.
  • You have chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
  • You have problems while biting your food.
  • Your teeth are loose or they are separating.

If you are having any of these symptoms, it’s time that you visit your dentist. There are several treatment options available for curing gum disease, the most common being scaling. In this process, the doctor cleanses your teeth thoroughly using an electronic device called scalers.

However, in extreme cases you might need a gum surgery. But such instances are very rare. There are a number of types of surgery that can help to build your gum tissue back up after it has shrunk from gum disease. You dentist might refer you to a periodontist for this.

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Apollo White Dental’s opinion on the new ‘Visa on arrival’ proposal

A simplified VISA system to make an entry into the country can be beneficial to many. The proposal to provide “Visa on Arrival” for US tourists can uplift the face of medical tourism in India in a grand way. The city of Chennai in particular which is fast emerging as a hub for medical tourism is likely to benefit on a larger scale from the proposal. Taking a good opportunity of this, dental tourism can be promoted. With world class treatment meeting new age technology, dentistry in India is moving into new horizons.

Apollo White Dental which is spread along the length and breadth of the country, delivering quality service to all its patients, has geared up to extend its services to patients beyond boundaries. Apollo White Dental has gone that extra mile to provide the entire dental treatment without disturbing the travel schedule of the patient. Apollo White Dental has made provisions in such a way that one will not need to extend his/her stay at a particular city to get his/her entire treatment done. Apollo White Dental, the largest and most trusted corporate chain of dental clinics/SPAs in India, known for working in a systematic way to provide quality patient service supports patients by coordinating amongst its different clinics/SPAs, thereby scheduling every visit at a clinic close and convenient for the patient on his/her day of appointment.

The patient can visit our dental clinic in chennai for his first dental visit and can schedule his/her successive appointments at other clinics spread across different cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata. This new Visa proposal has come as an encouragement to make dental health have a wider reach. With over 70 clinics spread across 15 cities, with flexible work timings, experience the Apollo expertise you trust deliver the Quality you deserve at the choice of your place!

We hope Apollo White Dental reaches to a larger audience!

Courtesy Dr. Bhama, Apollo WHITE Dental.