Author: Dr. Anto Youssef

How thin are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin layer of material placed on a tooth to correct its shape or its colour. The materials used by dentists are either porcelain or composite. But how thin are veneers really? It is important to note out that there are several types of porcelains that may be used in dentistry to restore teeth. There are also different types of composites. Depending of the material used, veneers can have a thickness from 0.3 mm to 1.0 mm, or even more depending on how much correction a tooth needs. In perspective, contact lenses have a thickness of...

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Why you should not smoke after tooth extraction?

It is bad enough that you’ve been through tooth extraction, but you might be a smoker and your dentist told you not to smoke for a while. The average time that you shouldn’t smoke is for 48 to 72 hours, and this for any extraction, including wisdom teeth removal. But why is that so important? Smoking can have a lot of negative effects on the healing of a socket after a tooth was extracted. The socket is the bony hollow in which the tooth was located before extraction. This socket is an open wound in the mouth, and will...

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Why are wisdom teeth called “wisdom teeth”?

Third molars are almost exclusively called “wisdom teeth“. There are four of them, and they are the third and last set of molars, located all the way in the back of the mouth. They might either come out in the mouth if there is enough space, or they might stay impacted inside the jaw, which happens pretty often because of lack of space. It is thought that third molars are called “wisdom teeth” because if they come out, they do at an age when a person is at a wise age. The eruption would occur at the end of...

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Anaesthetics and sedation for oral treatments

Your dentist has access to many methods to help control anxiety, discomfort or pain when doing a dental treatment. Some methods, like local anaesthesia, are very common. Whereas other approaches may be used in only particular cases. It is important to mention to your dentist your metical condition and if you are taking any medications before choosing the correct anaesthesia or sedation method for you. Topical anaesthetic Before an injection topical anaesthetic may be used on the area of your mouth where the needle will be inserted. This will reduce any pain or discomfort from the needle. Topical anaesthetic...

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Precautions to take after dental fillings

If you had dental fillings but you don’t know what to expect, here are some detailed situations that may happen after, and what you should do if you encounter them. It is important to point out that each filling is unique, and your dentist’s recommendations are more important to consider than the following article. Anaesthesia Your dentist would most probably inject you with local anaesthetics in order to numb your tooth before proceeding with the removal of the cavity in it and/or the old filling. As the anaesthesia wears off, you might feel pins and needles in the surrounding...

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