Sunday, 17 August 2014

Introducing Instant Smile Makeovers In Bangalore-With Composite Veneers.

What is it? - It involves cosmetic makeover of teeth in just 1 hour with Composite veneers.
Who is a candidate? -  People with    - Fractured /broken teeth                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                        -Mild discoloration of teeth.
                                                                         -Mild fluorosis.
                                                                        -Small gaps between teeth.
                                                                       -Cavities spreading between the front teeth.
                                                                       -Front teeth with wear and tear

                                                                        -Teeth damaged with erosion.
fractured tooth

small gaps



How is it done?                                                                                                                                                      The teeth are built up with a material called Composite Resins. The latest advancement in composite resins is Nano Composites which are stronger and more resistant to stains compared to the old ones. To create composite veneers, composite material is applied to the front surfaces of the teeth and sculpted to the desired shape and finished under the hands of an experienced cosmetic dentist. It is possible to make the composite veneers look very natural. Please see the photographs of case done.                       Who can provide composite veneers?                                                                                                                     To create natural looking composite veneers, dentist must have an artistic flair and the technical skills required to carry out this type of treatment. A cosmetic dentist experienced in composite veneers will have a clear understanding of the properties of dental materials and experience in hand-crafting and replicating the shape, texture and characteristics of teeth. Every individual is unique and has a different tooth shape, smile line and symmetry. An experienced cosmetic dentist will take all these factors into account when creating composite veneers.
How long do composite veneers last?
This depends on the following factors; the type of composite material used (there is a big difference in the quality of different composite materials), the aftercare and habits of the patients. On average, Composite veneers can last between 2 - 5 smile makeovers in bangalore

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cosmetic Dentistry – FAQ’s.cosmetic dentistry bangalore
1. Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
If you have any of the following problems with your teeth and smile you are a candidate- Teeth with gaps, crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, over sized or small teeth, dark teeth, protruding teeth , fractured teeth any old ugly crowns and bad composite fillings.
2. Why would someone need or be interested in cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry provides more than just a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. Cosmetic dentistry has also been shown to improve a person’s overall health and emotional well-being. An improved smile can boost a person’s self-image, making them more confident in their daily lives
3. Is this treatment a surgery, or a complicated procedure, do I require hospitalization?
No this procedure is not a surgery. In skilled hands it is a simple procedure. You do not require hospitalization.
4. Do I have to wear braces/clips/orthodontic treatment for 1-2 years?
Cosmetic dental treatment is done without braces/clips/orthodontic treatment. It is done by changing the alignment, shape, color and texture of your existing teeth with the help of ceramic/porcelain crowns/veneers. It takes only 5-7 days and 2-3 visits.
5. Are the results permanent? How long do they last?
The results are permanent. The new crowns can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene.
6. Do my new crowns and veneers look natural?
Yes, they look absolutely natural and translucent unlike crowns with metal. With the arrival of METAL FREE PORCELAIN and CAD-CAM design you can get stunning results in a short time.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Whiter Teeth In Just 1 Hour !

Whiter, brighter teeth—in just 1 hour. Teeth Whitening in Bangalore. Teeth whitening in Bangalore.                       
For a brighter, whiter smile without the wait, choose an in-office, chemically activated whitening treatment that offers results in less than an hour. It's ideal for people who want instant whitening gratification or those who have that special event coming up that requires a bright, white smile.
Get answers to the frequently asked questions about Instant / 1 Hour teeth whitening procedure..
  • How does teeth whitening work?
Stains on teeth can be classified in one of two ways: extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains live between the micro cracks in your enamel and deep within your dentin (the layer of your tooth underneath your enamel). Whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses may be able to remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth. But only teeth whitening agents can remove the stubborn extrinsic stains and the unsightly intrinsic stains that cause your teeth to look discoloured.
Working from the inside out, the active ingredients in the whitening gel penetrates your teeth to break down the discoloured molecules deep down in your teeth, removing stains and whitens your smile.
  • Is teeth whitening for everyone?
Teeth whitening is a safe, comfortable way to get a bright, white smile. Results and treatment time may vary depending on the level of staining and whiteness desired. Crowns, bridges, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. We recommend visiting us for a prewhitening consultation so that they can help you choose the professional option that best fits your needs.
  • How long do teeth whitening results last?
Teeth whitening results are very stable; leaving you with a stunning smile long after treatment is over. However, there are a few factors that can make teeth lose their lustre. Things like genetics, diet, age, some medications (like tetracycline), and certain habits (like smoking) may affect the length of your whitening results. Fortunately, touch-up treatments are quick and easy, helping you get that bright, white smile.
  • Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is often temporary and will go away once you've completed the whitening process. Good quality whitening products include desensitizing ingredients like potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and provide additional comfort.

The procedure-
The actual procedure will be completed in less than 30-45 minutes.
  1. Take and record the shade of your teeth.
  2. Your teeth are cleaned and polished.
  3. A resin barrier is applied to the gum areas surrounding the teeth to protect your gums from coming into contact with the peroxide gel.
  4. A whitening gel is applied to each tooth.
  5. A special dental light shines on the teeth for 8-10 minutes (optional).
  6. The gel is removed from your teeth using suction.
  7.  Repeat Steps 3-5 about 2 to 3 more times.

 Post-op Instructions:
  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke for 48 hours.
  • Stay away from highly colour foods (red sauce, red wine blueberries, etc.) and beverages (coffee, tea, etc.) for 48 hours.
  • Mild sensitivity to hot or cold liquids may occur.  This usually passes within 1-2 days.  If sensitivity is severe or persists, contact our dental office.
  • If you experience gum sensitivity do not brush the afflicted area while brushing your teeth.
  • Immediate whitening results can be quite dramatic due to minor dehydration of your teeth.  It is normal for the colour to tone down somewhat after treatment when your teeth rehydrate to a natural white tone.
  • Long term results vary from patient to patient.  This can depend on the original shade of your teeth and include habits such as smoking or drinking colour beverages (red wine, coffee, tea, etc.)
  • “Touch-up” treatments may be needed every 6-12 months to retain colour.  You can ask us about different “touch-up” options.
  • Existing fillings, crowns, bonding, etc. will not whiten.  Therefore, these may need to be changed in order to match your new smile.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

THE DILEMMAS IN EVERYDAY DENTISTRY- For the dentist and Patient.

Here, we discuss about commonly asked doubts/questions asked by patients while undergoing or considering dental treatments and also few common problems we encounter while performing   routine dental treatments. This is a sincere attempt to clear a few misconceptions.

Q- From the patient who feels cheated-                                                                                                                                    I went to the dentist because I had sensitivity in my tooth. They did a filling then I started having pain, then I went to another dentist who said that they have infected the nerve and I had to do a root canal treatment, the first dentist has cheated me.
A. When a patient comes to a dentist with cavity and sensitivity, the dentist hopes to be able to fill the cavity without the need for a root canal. Because most of the times even if the cavity is very deep the patient has only sensitivity, not pain.  
                                                                                                                                                                     To understand how a cavity affects the tooth, we need to have a basic understanding of its anatomy. A tooth is composed of several layers. Outermost layer is called the enamel.  Under the enamel is the dentin. Unlike the enamel, dentin contains nerve endings. Beneath the dentin is a vascular tissue called the dental pulp/nerve .When the cavity is in dentin the patient starts feeling sensitivity. When we start doing a filling, we actually drill out the decayed tooth material in enamel or dentin.  Unfortunately, a deep cavity in dentin increases the likelihood that the tooth will require a root canal .A lot of times patients force the doctor to do a permanent filling even if the doctor feels that the cavity is deep in dentin very close to nerve. The patient may be simply afraid of the procedure.  Here's the problem. If a deep cavity is filled, and there is no visible evidence that the pulp has been infected, the tooth might still need a root canal days, weeks, months, or even years later. The possible reason why this can happen is-The   bacteria may have entered the pulp/nerve via microscopic openings in the dentin surrounding it even before or during the procedure. This puts the dentist in a "catch-22" situation. If the dentist leaves the deep cavity alone, the tooth will definitely need a root canal when the cavity eventually reaches the pulp/nerve. If the dentist fills the cavity, the tooth may start giving pain either immediately or at a later point in the future. It is still better to fill the tooth, because there is also a good chance that the tooth will never need root canal or any other treatment. So we do take a chance and do a filling and inform the patient that if the tooth develops pain afterwards we need to look at RCT. Sometimes the filling works and sometimes it does not work.                                                                                                                                                                       In our practice also we have come across such situations .Now we have started to follow the STANDARD PROTOCOL described here to prevent any misunderstanding that can happen if the patient develops pain after a filling- In case of a cavity which we start out as a filling but realize that it is deeper and we feel that RCT is needed-Instead of taking a chance with a permanent filling we do only a temporary filling. And the patient is always free to take a second opinion regarding this.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Q- From the NRI Patient-I am a NRI from HongKong, U.K/U.S.A, I earn in dollars. If I come to you will you be charging more if I give my address as HK/U.S.A.?
No. For us you are a just a dental patient. The cost depends on the treatment required, not on your nationality. If you do not trust the doctors here, you have a choice. Unfortunately some NRIs (Not all, just some -with our due respect ) are stuck in a time wrap. They feel that they are entitled to get the best of the services at the lowest cost .And when the reality is different they accuse everyone of charging 3-4 times more only because they come from other countries. They fail to realize that India as a country has moved on to offer high quality services and Indians in general appreciate world class services. Good quality materials and equipment are mostly imported in dental field .They are expensive and we don't get to crib about their costs as the manufactures don't care about it.If you can not appreciate that fact that quality services don't come very cheap, you have a choice of not seeking treatment here.

Q-   Dr A charges only x amount for a fillings /RCT/crown. Why is it that Dr B charges more?
Dental treatments are not products sold in dental clinics.They are services offered by dentists.Private Dental clinics/dentists in India are completely self-regulated. They do not have any uniform regulations for the infrastructure .They do not abide by any standard specifications for the equipment/materials used during the treatment procedures. There is no authority monitoring the sterilization process or quality of materials used in any dental clinic. So if Dr A has spent very less on infrastructure, sterilization equipment and using cheaper materials then he can offer treatment at x amount. Someone who is spending more on equipment, using good quality materials and skilled staff will charge more. To give an example the  local dental x-ray machines cost about Rs 30000-40000 but they are known to emit residual radiation which is very dangerous to the patient . If you have to use a safer x-ray machine it will cost about 4-5 times more as compared to the local one.Same goes with lot of other materials.In effect safer and good quality dentistry will cost you more.
Also, Doctors who prefer to deliver hi- quality care to a limited number of patients in a day charge more than doctors who dilute the quality of care by taking in more people.Here we offer personalized treatments to a limited number of patients in a day.We are not into mass practice of dentistry. 
Q-Can you give me a cost estimate on the phone for my procedure?
A lot of times what the patient explains on the phone is completely opposite to what the doctor finds in the mouth during a clinical examination. It is better to arrive at a cost estimate after a thorough clinical examination and x-rays if required. Dental procedures require good expertise and state of the art setup. It is impossible for us to give the cost when clients ask for charges of dental procedures over the phone without bothering to check out the materials we use, the results we deliver. Hence it is always better to visit the clinic, consult the doctor and then commit to the treatment rather than shopping for the price.

Q- From Dentally Damaged-If I come with a single tooth infection will you treat my other teeth and ask me to pay for all these?
No. When a patient comes to us with a problem, we are merely giving an opinion based on clinical examination and diagnostic aids. The patient is absolutely under no obligation to start the treatment and pay us. In fact if the patient wants a second opinion he/she is free to go for it. In case the second doctor has a different opinion he is free to share it with us just with a phone call.                                                                                                                 As for the commencement of treatment with us is concerned,  typically this is the standard procedure that is followed.                                                                                                                              –--After arriving at a  detailed treatment plan a cost estimate is prepared. One copy of cost estimate will be given to the patient and the patient has to sign the second copy which will be kept in our records. So, Commencement of treatment is totally based on mutual consent of the procedures and cost.
A procedure like RCT  will require 3 stages of treatment.  Sometimes the patients come to us with severe pain or acute symptoms.It is more important for us to take care of the pain/problem rather than wasting time with standard protocol. In such a situation we may start the procedure first to offer relief to the patient and explain the procedure later. Unfortunately we live in a world where trust is the first causality in a doctor patient relationship.We strive hard to keep our relationship transparent with our patients.                                                                                -We advise any treatment be it extraction of wisdom tooth or RCT based on our diagnosis and clinical evidence.We are purely following science.The patient has the right to accept or reject it.If the patient does not understand why a particular treatment is advised, he/she can ask us for reasons.We are ready to explain the reasons for advising the treatment. The patients are free to take a second opinion regarding it.But if any other doctor disputes our diagnosis or treatment plan we are ready to have a debate/discussion about it with the doctor.It is required of our profession ethics.But if any other doctor/patient is suggesting/thinking that we have advised a particular treatment only because we want to make money from the patient even without discussing the reason for the treatment with us, it is wrong.We are sincere in our efforts to offer solutions for the problems of patients.Being open to any discussion keeps it transparent.                                                                                                                             About Post Treatment Problems and post-operative care
Q-What happens if I encounter problems during or after the treatment? What should I do?
All the patients undergoing treatment are given detailed instructions to be followed during the treatment .They are also explained about the possible problems that can occur. You will be attended to at the earliest if there is anything that needs attention. We advise the patients to follow up at least twice a year for post treatment recall and routine check up. If anybody has issues with any treatment taken they can meet us here. Ph- +91-0 98450 85230 ,080 266673439                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Q- How do you Identify your patients when they come back to you?                                     Every patient who comes here is registered and given a unique number.We always maintain digital and manual records of all the patients and the treatment we have done here.The patient needs to bring the reference number , we will be able to access all the treatment records.                                                                                                                    Q- Are there any guarantees on any treatment ? NO. While there can be warranty on products manufactured but not on any treatments. Some crowns do carry manufacturer warranty,but there can not be  any guarantee on any medical treatment. We put our sincere effort into every treatment  but the outcome and longevity depend on many factors including general medical health,hormonal status and  good maintenance from the patient. We can give a fair prognosis of said tooth depending on  our experience.Only quacks offer guaranty on medical treatments. Dentistry is not an exact science , therefore practitioners can not guarantee results.