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Non-Vital Front Tooth: What Should I Do Now? (Dental Treatment Options)

A non-vital, or what some people may refer to as a “dead”, front tooth can stand out as an eyesore and may even signal a dangerous dental infection. If you have a tooth that you suspect is non-vital, then you should get it looked at right away.

The sooner you schedule a consultation for a suspicious-looking tooth, the sooner you can get treatment that will save your smile.

What Makes a Tooth become ‘Non-Vital” and darken?

Teeth are living parts of your body. They have hollow pulp chambers on the inside that are filled with nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp chamber in a tooth is damaged by disease or trauma, it can trigger an infection in the nerve of the tooth. As the infection progresses, the nerve dies, and the pulp chamber darkens which leaves a bruise-like stain that shows through the tooth.

A disruption in tooth vitality can be caused by things like an untreated cavity, a dental abscess, or a sports injury that happened decades earlier.

Whether you can recall what may have caused you to have a non-vital front tooth or not, the next important step is to get it treated.

Signs of a Non-Vital Front Tooth

Non-vital teeth can present with any of the following symptoms:

  • Gray, brown, or black discoloration in part or all of the tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity

Pain and discoloration are the two main symptoms that your tooth may become non-vital. A tooth can go through this process slowly or suddenly, and the resulting discoloration and discomfort can likewise come on at a similar pace. It is, however, possible for a tooth to become non-vital without causing you any pain. This is why you should always discuss changes in tooth color with your dentist even if the tooth doesn’t hurt.

What are your options to treat the tooth and prevent it from falling out? Your tooth may qualify for one or more of the following procedures.

Root Canal

A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the infected and inflamed nerve. The pulp chamber and root are cleaned out and filled with a material that seals out bacteria. This process relieves your tooth of pain and prevents the infection from spreading to your gums and other teeth in your mouth.

Your treatment doesn’t just end with a root canal, however. You’ll need some more help in restoring your tooth’s strength and natural color.

Bleaching

Most teeth whitening systems work by removing stains that settle into tooth enamel from the outside of your tooth. This doesn’t work for deteriorating teeth that are stained from the inside. Your tooth may respond well to an internal bleaching procedure that only dentists can provide. Internal bleaching lightens stains on non-vital teeth from the innermost layers.

The non-vital teeth whitening procedure:

In order to achieve satisfactory colour results for non-vital teeth, it can be necessary to bleach them from the inside out. Following a radiography examination, the dentist will place the whitening gel either in a tray or inside the back of the tooth. Many patients see the results of non-vital teeth whitening in a few days but achieving satisfactory results depends on a number of factors and more time may be required and more than one application. If the gel is placed within the tooth the access cavity will need to be sealed with a small composite filling on completion.

Dental Crown

Non-vital teeth are often very weak as a result of an injury or cavity. They become even more brittle after a root canal procedure. It’s very likely that your tooth will need a dental crown.

Crowns serve two purposes. First of all, they strengthen and protect weak teeth. Secondly, they completely cover up dark stains in tooth enamel that don’t come out with professional teeth bleaching procedures.

Your dental crown will be made from a beautiful ceramic material to imitate the color and texture of natural teeth. With a dental “cap” on your non-vital front tooth, you can smile with confidence again.

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Why Does My Breath Smell Bad When Wearing a Mask?

Now that wearing masks is the new norm, I’m sure you’ve noticed a change in your breath. You’ve probably referred to it as “mask breath” or something similar. But, in reality your mask isn’t to blame for the smell. Think of wearing a mask as constantly cupping your mouth to smell your own breath.Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is usually a result of decreased saliva production. There are plenty of reasons you could be experiencing bad breath, but we decided to make a list of the most common reasons.

Bad Breath Culprits

1. It’s important to discuss that when you’re wearing a mask you’re not able to drink. If you aren’t drinking as much water as normal, this can result in bad breath. Drinking water regularly allows for bacteria to be washed away before they multiply and cause your breath to smell.

2. Diet is a main culprit for bad breath. Foods like garlic, coffee, fish, eggs, and onion are all known to leave an odor behind. Along with these foods, sweets can also leave an odor behind. According to CNN, bacteria can feed off of sugar, leaving a foul smell behind. These happen the worst with gummies and caramels. If you have a sweet tooth, your best option is to go with plain chocolate!

3. When food gets trapped between your teeth and gums, bacteria will start breaking it down, leaving a stink behind. If you’re experiencing this try brushing your teeth and tongue three times a day, flossing, and using a mouthwash with fluoride in it!

4. Mouth breathers continuously get a bad reputation for a few reasons, and one of them is for having bad breath. At night, saliva production is decreased. Mouth breath or snoring can even further dry out the mouth, making your breath even fouler than the normal “morning breath”. The best way to combat the mouth breathing stench is to drink lots of water and continue with a normal healthy dental hygiene routine.

5. Underlying medical conditions can cause bad breath. If you’re experiencing acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease the acid can easily create bad breath. Untreated GERD can develop into serious illness. Bad breath can also be an early sign of underlying disease that don’t have any noticeable symptoms.

Say Goodbye To Bad Breath

If you’ve recently noticed your “mask breath”, consider making an appointment with your dentist! During this visit, your dentist will be able to determine the culprit of your bad breath and be able to give you some solutions. At Neem Dental Clinic, your dentist, we are taking measurable precautions to keep you and our staff safe.

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Bonding is usually used for filling chips, fractures or gaps between teeth, or for fixing discolouration. A composite resin is attached to a tooth and shaped to restore its original appearance. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth, so it will appear as though it is a natural part of the tooth.

Composite bonding can help you achieve a smile you’re happier with. Composite bonding can be a cheaper alternative to crowns or veneers. It’s also a less invasive process and can be completed in just one appointment. And with regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your composite bonds should last for years.

 

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Dentures, or false teeth, are one of the most common solutions to missing teeth. They’re strong and look like real teeth since they’re made from acrylic resins or porcelain. Dentures are also cheap compared to similar treatments like bridges and implants.
Patients get dentures for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the frequent reasons: 1. Smile with confidence. Modern dentures look completely natural and can really enhance your smile. You’ll no longer have to feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. You can smile away with a beautiful full set of teeth! 2. Reduce your lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of dentures is that they help support your lips and cheeks. This support can reduce your face’s lines and wrinkles. 3. Make it easier to eat. A further benefit of dentures is that they can restore your ability to chew food properly. 4. Make it easier to speak. Did you know that even a single missing tooth can affect the way you speak? The good news is that dentures can help you to talk naturally again. #Emergency #Dentist #Sudbury#Hill #wembley #Harrow #Restore #Your #Smile #immediately #dentalclinic #dentist #dental #dentistry #smile #dentalcare #teeth #dental #crown# Bridge #teethwhitening #oralhealth #dental #hygienist #deepclean #Denture #veneers #cosmetic #dentistry #dentalphotography #Near #Me #tooth #smilemakeover #dental #hygiene
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If you’re looking for a dentist or have a dental emergency such as pain or swelling and are in need of emergency dental treatments then you’re in the right place. Sometimes you need to see your dentist right away and there’s no better place to get treatment than right here at Neem Dental Clinic. We’re open at our dental clinic right in the centre of Harrow, 6 days a week including Saturdays. We’re open from 9:30am until 6:30pm and have emergency slots throughout the day which are allocated on a first come first serve basis.We’re sorry if you have a dental emergency and cannot be seen. Please don’t be upset with us if you can’t get an appointment. Call us Now

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Look your best for the big day

Everyone wants to look their best for their big day. So whether you need simple whitening or straightening of you front teeth through to a full smile makeover, we’re here to help!

Wedding season has started! If your wedding day is just around the corner, or you’ll be attending someone else’s, you will want to make sure your teeth look perfect in all those pictures! A confident smile radiates happiness and beauty, and isn’t that what the big day is all about?

Here are 5 key tips to make sure you can smile confidently at the most special of occasions 🙂

1: Plan ahead

As the old saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.

Weddings are known for requiring a huge logistical effort, where plans are made months and even years in advance. It’s a lot of work but knowing everything is sorted out will give you so much more room to relax and enjoy the day. You’ll be able to smile freely knowing everything is under control.

The same goes for pictures. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to have every single snap mapped out but knowing which are the key moments you’d like to capture will ensure you’re ready when the camera shutter clicks.

2: Avoid last minute dental disasters

This point ties in with the first in that it’s also planned ahead of time. Book a check-up with your local dentist well in advance to make sure your teeth and gums are looking good and healthy on your wedding day. The reason for this is that, if you need periodontal treatment on your gums for example, you will want to make sure this is treated well before the wedding day. If you leave it to the last minute, you might end up being much too busy to spend time at the dentist’s office and be worried about smiling on the big day.

3: Say “I do” to dental hygiene

Apart from a dental check-up, you should also book a dental hygiene appointment in advance, so that a few weeks before the wedding day you have your teeth professionally cleaned. It not only makes a difference in your oral health, it also helps to make you feel super clean inside and out. Because you want to look and feel fresh when you say I do and while you’re on your honeymoon

4: Straightening your smile on a budget

If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, there’s a cost-effective solution that will allow you to achieve your dream smile without breaking the bank. With Aligners , you can straighten your teeth from the comfort of your own home in a safe, professional and affordable way.

For this, you should aim to start your treatment roughly 1 year to 6 months before your wedding, so that you will be done in time. However, the beauty of these aligners is that they are removable at any time and first results are visible after just 90 days. So, in case your treatment isn’t quite over by your big day, you can just remove the aligners and smile freely.

You will be able to complete your treatment by receiving as many aligners as you need at your doorstep. The invisible aligners are super discrete and almost unnoticeable which will make you feel much more confident, while you’ll be also saving thousands compared to traditional solutions.

5: How to whiten your teeth safely at home

Our home whitening service is very simple, and you’ll have everything you need to achieve a brighter smile. Our dentist will take an impression and use this to create a whitening tray for you. Once your whitening tray has been made, you will be able to take it home along with our easy-to-use whitening gels. As of January 2021, we have changed our whitening gels to Boutique Whitening, which means you get more gel for the same price as our previous gel.

You can then use the gel every day for two weeks as instructed by your dentist. Here is a great example of how much whitening gel you should be putting in your tray for the best results:

If you take these 5 tips into account, nothing will stand in the way of your perfect smile on the perfect day!