Thursday, 17 May 2018

Digital Dentistry- CAD/CAM Technology

Oral care has come a long way.  About 8000 years ago people used a “chewing stick” which was no more than a stick or twig with a pointed or frayed tip. Today we use computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). That is quite a jump!  Today, there is an entire industry focused around improving your dental experience and using technology to do so. 

The CAD/CAM as an acronym stands for computer-aided design or computer-aided manufacturing. This is used for producing precision tools and with its incorporation into the field of dentistry over the past 2 decades, the technology and metal-free materials has been utilized by dentists to provide dental candidates milled ceramic crowns, onlays &inlays, veneers and bridges.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) in restorative dentistry can be used to:
Ø  Reduce production time for copings and frameworks; increasing overall productivity
Ø  Introduce consistent and measurable accuracy
Ø  Provide evidence of product quality

The dentists are able to see a three dimensional model of your mouth on a computer screen, by using this sophisticated software.  They can also create dental restorations right in our office that would previously have been made by a laboratory.  The patient benefits are immense in terms of time and accuracy.
CAD/CAM technology is usually combined with other technologies to shorten time in the dentist chair and reduce the number of visits.  Prior to this technology, all major tooth restorations required dentists to make a mold of the tooth and send it to a lab. The lab would then carve and cast a crown, send it back to the dentist, and you would need to return for another appointment. In-office CAD/CAM technology reduces these steps and allows the dentist to make a crown while you wait.

Restorations made with CAD/CAM technology will also fit the patient’s tooth better.  A better fit result in a stronger seal and a longer lasting result. Some restorations still need to be sent to the laboratory for expanded material choices or custom aesthetic work not possible with a same-day procedure.  The good news is that modern dental laboratories now also use CAD/CAM technology.  Dentists send digital scans to the laboratory instead of the old style “impressions” many patients are familiar with.  This digital scan is then taken into the laboratory’s CAD/CAM system and restorations are made more quickly and more accurately than when made from an impression.

This technology has changed the world of dentistry but it is not alone. Subsequent posts will look at other new technologies for everything from dental implants to financing.  Our patients can take comfort in the fact that very smart people are working hard to help dentists make your dental experience better. 


Easing Dental Anxiety – support and tips to manage

We realize that many people don’t look forward to seeing the dentist. While most of us appreciate the product of dental care, not many people enjoy the process and the possible discomfort, be it physical or psychological.
Putting off your dental visit, usually leads to suffer from dental anxiety or anxiety disorder. It’s because off times encountered drawback in dental offices. Dental anxiety and anxiety disorder end in turning away of tending despite experiencing pain, living with broken, discoloured or missing teeth associated presumably an infection. Individuals with dental anxiety disorder have a greater risk of gum diseases and early tooth loss. Avoiding the dental practitioner could have emotional prices in addition. Discoloured or broken teeth will create individuals self-conscious and insecure. They’ll smile less or keep their mouths part closed once they speak. Some individuals will become thus embarrassed regarding however their teeth look that their personal and skilled lives begin to suffer. There’s usually a heavy loss of vanity.
People with dental phobic disorder conjointly might suffer from poorer health normally, and even lower life. This can be as a result of poor oral health has been found to be associated with some threatening conditions, like cardiovascular disease and respiratory organ infections.


What Causes Dental Phobia and Anxiety
Ø  Fear of pain
Ø  Fear of aesthetic side effects
Ø  Embarrassment and loss of personal space
Ø  Feelings of helplessness and loss of control
Ø  Bad experience in the past
Ø  Anxiety about Cost
Tips for staying calm when you visit the dentist
Ø  Share your fears.
Ø  Use hand signals
Ø  Choose a low-stress appointment time
Ø  Get some good reviews
Ø  During dental procedures breathe regularly and slowly

How can one overcome dental phobia?
Ø  Talk to the dentist
Ø  Ask about anti-anxiety medication
Ø  Ease into your exam and cleaning
Ø  Arrive early to your appointment

Dental anxiety and phobic disorder will have adverse impacts on a person’s quality of life, and thence it's imperative to spot and alleviate these vital obstacles to pave the means for higher oral health and overall well-being of the individual. It’s the duty and responsibility of the medical man to excellent dental care to those patients with special needs as well.

Friday, 4 May 2018

A Unique Dental Technology – INSTAsmile: Smile with Confidence

The field of dentistry is constantly evolving and changing. Nowadays many dental technologies play a role in an individual’s health; one among them is INSTAsmile- clip on veneers. If anyone is conscious of damaged, missing, discoloured or crooked teeth, it helps to smile with confidence.
INSTAsmile a comfortable alternative to dentures, which is also considered as a cost effective solution, ideal for missing, chipped, crooked and discoloured teeth. It can be extremely uneasy and inconvenient for a person having broken teeth. Individuals with their teeth repaired have plenty of alternatives, with the applications of dental crowns together of them. Fortunately, like other kinds of cosmetic dental procedures/techniques, INSTAsmile does not only increase the looks of tooth, but additionally restore the natural functions of teeth. Dental crowns are the very best selection for ruined teeth whereas the other cosmetic dental techniques that can repair ruined teeth, includes veneers. Relating to most professionals, nevertheless, caps are right for patients suffering from extreme structural harm to the teeth.
1. A pain-free alternative to the dentist.
2. Affordable, convenient and easy
3. Long-lasting, hard-wearing smiles
4. A unique technology

So what exactly do you get?
Basically it is a perfect fitting full arch set of veneers made from high grade dental material that clips onto and fits over your existing teeth and no one will be able to tell that they are not looking at the real thing. Once they are fitted they will stay in place unless you remove them by yourself. This is not like false teeth that can pop out at embarrassing moments. The veneers are so true to life which fits so well that will not create any trouble during eating, drinking or smiling. Up to a maximum of ten teeth (to the second pre-molar) – top or bottom – are covered. We leave those uncovered for reasons of comfort and practicality. We also leave the biting surface free enabling you to chew on your food without any problem.
INSTAsmile is revolutionary, non-intrusive and affordable which acts as an alternative to painful and invasive dental treatments. It is just a quick and simple self-impression process that works with your schedule. No time off work. No lengthy and expensive appointments at the dentist are required. 
Advancements in dental technology still grow which can offer you modern solutions to traditional dental problems.


Saturday, 28 April 2018


It is important for people of all ages to take care of their oral health. it is equally essential for the elderly population to seek dental health care. Geriodontics is the delivery of dental care to older adults involving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with normal aging and age-related diseases, it is important for older individuals to remain diligent about their oral health care.
Many dental issues that disproportionately affect seniors are difficult to detect in the early stages. 
The dental care needs of the elderly are not very different from those of others, but they are complicated by a number of impairments which includes physical, sensory, and cognitive aging and dental health related to age and aging. The inter connection between dental health and overall health is even more important as the elderly generally possess less immunity.

Natural consequences of aging:

·         While dry mouth is not a requirement of aging, it nonetheless affects 20% of patients older than 55years and up to 30% of patients older than 70 years.

·         Among the elderly there is increased incidence of oral cancers and dentists need to be aware of this risk. The average age for diagnosis is 52; which indicates that vigilance is important.

·         Increased gastric pH that can accompany aging can lead to acid reflux that can be damaging teeth.

·         Increased exposure of root surfaces (gingival recession) is also a potential problem.

·         The loss of nerve sensitivity with age can give cover to dental problems that should receive early detection.

·         Elderly patients might also have heart conditions or artificial joints and implants, and so will require antibiotics to reduce their elevated risk of infection during dental work.

It was commonly believed that dental problems and the loss of teeth were an inevitable consequence of aging. But the fact is: Age itself isn’t a risk factor for tooth loss; if properly cared, your teeth can last a lifetime.

With Geriatric dental health care, a person can prevent or eliminate the progression of certain oral diseases and can stave off certain illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. With proper dental care, an aging person can have a healthy mouth and teeth that help them feel, speak and eat with confidence. Everyone believes deeply in the miracle of our dental implants and the quality of life issues. Dental Medicine understands that geriatric dental needs not only enhancing smiles, but also to lead a healthier life.


Friday, 30 March 2018

New Advancements in Dentistry

A Smile Is One Of The First Things People Notice. Every smile is different.

During the past years, Dentistry has benefited from a number of new advancements. One of the largest and most dynamic areas of growth in Dentistry is orthodontics. With dentistry's many diagnoses and treatments are more sophisticated and comfortable than before. Research gives a conclusion that the condition of the body health depends on the healthiness of the mouth. There is no reason to have chipped, stained, or crooked teeth nowadays!

Many techniques have been into role to make the smile you’ve always wanted! Orthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry that requires additional efficiency, and the treatments involve correction of spacing’s between teeth, malocclusion, and misalignment's. It can be usually accomplished through the use of braces or aligners such as Invisalign.
Whole new service mixes of clear aligners have opened up for general practitioners provoking orthodontics to be a fast-growing segment of adult patients. The cost of orthodontics can vary depending on the materials used and plan the treatment challenging the accepted wisdom of the past; it offers a fresh look at orthodontic treatment, using a patient-centered paradigm for enhancing the appearance, function, and health of the dentofacial features. The past few years have seen an increased emphasis

On reducing treatment times in orthodontics. Numerous new methods of accelerated orthodontic treatments have been introduced for enhancement. More research is necessary to substantiate claims and enhance technology and techniques. Today’s orthodontics includes creating a straight line from GP's to patients.

An unparalleled meet in the field of Dentistry, “6th Annual Congress on Dentistry and Dental Medicine” scheduled in the month of July 23-24, 2018 around the theme “Welcoming the Era of Smile” in an exciting city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This congress paves way to enhance the innovations and novelties in the field of Dentistry.

Monday, 19 March 2018

New Advancements in Restorative Materials

This has been an impressive year especially for the field of dental research with new developments, discoveries and manipulations seemingly emerging every day.  Dental materials are fabricated materials, designed for use in dentistry.  By altering the initiation system, monomers, and fillers and their coupling agents, and by developing novel polymerization strategies, dental materials have been the essential of a great deal of research with the goal of improving restoration performance.   There are many different types of dental restorative materials, and their characteristics vary according to their intended purpose.    

Dental materials may be classified as
1.     Preventive materials
2.     Restorative materials
3.     Auxiliary materials

      With hundreds of millions of restorations performed each year, continuing research into practical advances and successful clinical implementation of composite restoratives are critical to oral care, aesthetics, and functional restoration. Materials such as glass–ionomers, resin ionomers, resin ionomers products, and improved resin-based composite systems have been developed which are having profound impact on the restoration of primary teeth
Dental materials and discovery of their specific applications in practice. A wide range of materials is necessary for current restorative practice, including metals and alloys, plastics, ceramics and various combinations of substance. For each type of material, it is necessary to evaluate the tissue reaction it will evoke, its physical and mechanical characteristics and the influence of variation in manipulation, in order to estimate its serviceability in practice.

Recent developments:
·         Dust free alginates
·         Siliconised alginates
·         Low dust alginates impression material
·         Antiseptic alginate impression material
·         CAVEX Color change
·         Highly Filled Flowable Resins
·         Dentin Replacements
·         Nanotechnology Composite Resins
·         Pit and fissure sealants

It has long been a goal of clinical and materials science to improve the direct resin dental restorative process. With advances in dental research, newer dental materials have made their way into the dental market. Each newer restorative material introduced has its set of benefits and shortcomings. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Nanotechnology, a therapeutic strategy for Oral cancer

More than a decade ago, Nanotechnology became an integral part of the scientific research world. Oral squamous cell carcinoma is the sixth most common cancers, one of the malignant diseases with the worst survival rates. Despite the fact that great progress has been made in diagnosis and therapy of cancer, the survival rate for oral cancers has not been improved, still remaining at approx. rate of 50%. Though many strategies are being employed for treatment of oral cancer, the eventual goal to cure cancer still remains elusive.

Nanotechnology is very diverse field that has revolutionized the industry and new methods of Nano engineered materials are being developed. New trends have been setted in the management of oral cancer which might be effective in detecting the disease at an early treatable stage. The use of optical nanoparticles provides efficient drug delivery to tumor cells. The application of nanotechnology in cancer diagnosis and treatment, promises to have a profound impact on health care. of using nanomaterial’s as a carrier for anticancer drugs adds advantage because of its targeted delivery to the tumor, and their ability to bind thousands of molecules of a drug and deliver them to the required site and to overcome issues  of solubility and stability.

A new area of science that possesses the ability to impact radiation oncology in Oral cancer is Nano medicine. These Nano scaled materials provide many unique properties such as enhanced permeability and retention effect and superparamagnetism that are well suited for applications in radiation oncology.  Overall, nanotechnology-based drug delivery is an attractive form of treatment that has great therapeutic potential in the case of oral oncology. 

Dentistry Medicine 2018 scheduled to be held in Malaysia in the month of November 22-23, 2018 paves way for development in this area further raising opportunities for the oncologist, researchers and pharmaceutical scientists, Dental Surgeons. This meet would summarize the clinical findings and patents on various oral anticancer drugs for effective pharmacotherapeutics.

For more details regarding scientific sessions:

 Contact: Lavera Valentin
               Program Manager | Dentistry Medicine 2018