Oral health has been a concern for long before Shakespeare wrote his classic works. As early as the medieval times, people took care of their teeth, though through crude means such as cleaning with charcoal, bloodletting in case of certain types of a toothache, and the use of amulets, charms, and herbs. Many of the oral health problems in existence now were experienced in those times such as tooth decay, bad breath as a result of tartar buildup, and herpes simplex which is thought to be referenced in Romeo and Juliet as blisters on the lips. Books were even published in the 15th century on tooth extraction, treatment of tooth decay and jaw fractures, and oral hygiene. There have been major advances in oral health procedures since then; doing away with the crude methods, taking away the terror, and making it easier to achieve a beautiful smile. Here are ways you could maintain or improve your facial appearance today with the help of Sunnyvale oral surgeons.
‘ Dental implants: whether you’ve lost your teeth as a result of poor oral hygiene or trauma, you don’t have to remain with toothless gaps or as was the case in the old times, have them replaced with animal teeth. Nowadays, highly educated oral surgeons can replace your teeth using dental implants. These are artificial teeth made of different materials; some of which resemble your natural ones. They are permanently attached to the jaw through titanium screw-like structures, bringing back your smile and the ability to bite ad chew comfortably. All this is done under anesthesia, meaning you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
‘ Orthognathic Surgery: if you have skeletal or dental problems such as misaligned jaws and teeth, corrective oral surgery is able to realign your jaws and teeth so that you can be able to eat and talk properly. It also has aesthetic benefits including improving the appearance of your smile. Again, this process is painless due to the numbing effect of anesthesia. Sometimes, other orthodontic treatments are used. These include the use of braces and retainers to bring teeth back into their proper alignment. While traditional braces are very visible, newer types of treatment such as Invisalign offer similar benefits but are hardly noticeable.
‘ Root canal treatments: unlike in the old days when toothaches were treated through bleeding and crude methods of tooth extraction, there are painless methods of relieving toothache and saving the tooth. Root canal treatments clear infections that have reached the root of the tooth. This invasive, but painless procedure typically involves at least two appointments during which the roots are cleaned and sealed. The cavities are then filled with a permanent material some of which resemble the tooth. Crowns can be used to provide additional protection.
There are a lot of modern options to achieve and maintain a beautiful smile, relieve a toothache and restore full functionality of teeth. Some of these are cleft and cosmetic surgeries, dental bridges, teeth whitening products, and mouth guards. Despite these advancements, proper hygiene is still as important now as it was then thus regular brushing and proper flossing should be observed.