Friday, July 29, 2011

Is My Baby Teething?

Teething is the process by which an infant's teeth sequentially appears in the mouth. Teething may start as early as three months or as late. 

Sequence of appearance of Baby Teeth :
  • Lower central incisors at approximately 6 months
  • Upper central incisors at approximately 8 months
  • Upper lateral incisors at approximately 10 months
  • Lower lateral incisors at approximately 10 months
  • First molars at approximately 14 months
  • Canines at approximately 18 months
  • Second molars at approximately 2-3 years
Milk teeth tend to emerge sooner in females than in males.

Teething signs and symptoms :
  • Common symptoms include drooling, mood changes and feelings of irritability or crankiness and swollen gums.
  • Crying, sleeplessness, restless sleep at night, and mild fever are also associated with baby teething
  • Pain is often associated more with large molars since they cannot penetrate through the gums as easily as the other teeth.
  • They may chew on their fingers or toys to help relieve pressure on their gums.
  • Babies might refuse to eat or drink due to the pain.
Teething has not been shown to cause the following:
  • Fever 
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose and cough
  • Prolonged fussiness
  • Rashes on the body
  • Medicinal gels are often applied to the babies gums to relieve swelling and pain. These gels are similar to the toothache gel that is used by adults for sore gums and toothaches, but is administered in much smaller doses.
  • A teething ring is generally a soft plastic device that can be chewed on and allows the baby to break down some of the gum tissue which promotes the growth of the teeth out of the gum. 
  • Placing a wet washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes and then applying it gently to the gums can be effective, but care must be taken not to expose a baby's gums to coldness for too long.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dental Implants Cost in India

Dental Implants in India cost significantly less than what they do in the US, Canada and UK. India is now offering such patients a way to restore their smiles by offering affordable and safe Dental Implants Surgery, which is also reliable and of the highest quality. This cost can be reduced by as much as 75% when a patient opts for a Dental Implants Surgery in India.
As with many surgical procedures, dental implant fees will vary from doctor to doctor. Each individual implant dentist will be able to quote you his fees.
It is important to remember that there are three components to a tooth being restored by an implant dentist, and each component has its own fee structure:

First : The cost of the implant surgical procedure.
Second : There is the cost of the post (also called an abutment), which is placed on the healed implant
Third : There is the cost of the crown, which is the tooth placed on top of the post.

Remember, there can be multiple implants and multiple crowns
There may be other costs as well; for instance, the use of synthetic bone material during surgery might be an added fee.

Treatment Duration:
2 stage dental implants: The replacement is completed in  2 stages which are spread over an interval of minimum 3 months. The first stage involves the placement of the implant and requires one to two sittings. The second stage involves the placement of the artificial tooth (crown).
1 stage dental implant: Requires just one stage for the placement of the implant and crown.

Different types and cost of Implants :

  1. Cost of Uniti Dental Implant : INR 20,000
  2. Cost of Ankylos Dental Implant  (FDA Approved, CE Certified) INR 40,000
  3. Computer Guided Implant Surgery : This is the safest way to place dental implants today and implants can be placed without raising of the gums.For computer guided surgery, a CT Scan of the patient is done after placing a specially made radiographic guide in the mouth. Then another CT Scan is done of the radiographic guide alone. The CT scan data is then loaded onto our in-house computer, and our IMPLANTSMART software builds the jaws in 3D, onto which implant surgery can be planned, taking care that important anatomic structures are not harmed. Once the surgery is planned on the computer, the surgery data is then sent electronically to our partner lab, which makes a CAD-CAM (computer-guided) surgical template and sends it back to us. Once the CAD-CAM surgical guide is received, the actual surgery is performed predictably, without raising the flap. Temporary prosthesis can also be fitted at the same surgical appointment. 4. Cost of Computer Guided Surgical Guide: INR 20,000
  4. ALPHA BIO DENTAL IMPLANT (With straight abutment) 25,000/- Per Implant
  5. NOBEL BIOCARE - DENTAL IMPLANTS (With straight abutment) 40,000/- Per Implant

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Study finds that gums disease affects fertility

Women who wish to get pregnant should be advised to brush their teeth and floss regularly as gum disease affects chances of conception, a fertility conference in Stockholm. Periodontal disease can delay the time it takes to conceive by two months on average, an effect similar to that of obesity in women, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) heard at its annual meeting.

For a long time we have known that risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drugs affects mothers having babies that are born prematurely at a low birth weight. Some studies have suggested the possibility of an additional risk factor – periodontal (gum) disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. However, more research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes. All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation.

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