By the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association
Does your smile look like you've been chewing on rocks?
Are your teeth chipped, cracked or broken - some with painful jagged edges? Do you self-consciously cover your mouth when you speak or are afraid to smile in public or for photos?
Almost as badly as if you had missing teeth!
Photo: Justin Bieber without teeth. Cosmetic dentistry candidate? Nope - he needs implants or dentures.
- For pain take Advil, Tylenol, Dolac and if you have an infection - Ampicillin the penicillin based anti-biotic.
- In many countries like Mexico you can buy it without a prescription or go to a generic pharmacy like Dr. Simi’s in Mexico where clinics are staffed with an in-house doctors who will consult and prescribe meds for $3-$5.
- A salt water or borax and water rinse can help. Use mouthwashes like Oral B Black and Original Listerine to alleviate pain, minor infection and abscesses.
- Sterilize a nail file or other small tool file and file the jagged edges down.
Ultimately professional care will be required to properly restore your smile. The following are some of the more commons solutions offered by dentists. Remember, that in Mexico and many other developing countries you will get the best results from Board Certified Dental Association dentists who have 2-4 more years’ specialist training in advanced procedures such as crowns, veneers, bridges and cosmetic dentistry.
Dental Filling or Bonding: In the case of small chips - filling or bonding can solve the problem. For bonding, the tooth surface is etched with a liquid to roughen it and adhere the tooth color matching bonding material. Afterwards, an adhesive material is applied, followed by the bonding material. Lastly, an ultraviolet light will be used to harden the bonding material.
Dental Crown: In case of a lot of decay or breaking out of a large piece of tooth, the dentist grinds or files away a part of the remaining tooth and covers the same with a crown to protect the tooth and enhance its appearance. Porcelain and resin crowns can be made to match the original tooth.
The crown can be easily installed within two visits. At the first visit, the dentist takes x-rays for checking the roots of tooth and surrounding bone. A putty like material will be used to make an impression of tooth which is about to receive the crown.
A temporary crown of thin metal is used till the permanent one gets ready from the lab. During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one set.
Dental Veneers: If visible front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer may contribute in making it look healthy again. If teeth are badly stained or cracked often several or all the visible teeth may be veneered. A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material covering the whole front of tooth with a thicker section for replacing the broken part of tooth. Similar to a crown but 3-sided, thinner and more delicate.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of dead pulp from tooth, cleaning the same and sealing it. It is performed by general dentists and endodontic specialists in Mexico and many developing countries and only permitted to be performed by specialists with advanced training in most developed countries such as the USA and Canada.
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