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Any Difference Between Fluorosis And Demineralization
Fluorosis/deminerali: Fluorosis appears as brown or white stains on the teeth. It is caused by too much Fluoride when you still have your baby teeth and the permanent teeth are developing. Demineralization is a breakdown of the enamel, and also appears as white spots. It is usually caused when bacteria in the mouth interacts with sugar to form acid. If not treated early, it will develop into a cavity. ...Read more
SnF2 and KNO3: Stannous Fluoride is tin Fluoride and is used to fight cavities. It is a chemical compound with the formula snf2. Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound with the formula kno3. Major uses of potassium nitrate are in fertilizers. They quite different in use and in their chemical composition. ...Read more
Plaque and caries: Dental plaque is a biofilm on your teeth. Plaque that is not removed from the teeth turns into a substance called tartar or calculus. Dental caries, a pathological process of destruction of tooth structure by bacteria. Plaque can cause tooth decay by producing acids ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specificity: Fluorosis is a term given to abnormal tooth enamel formation as a result of excessive Fluoride consumption during tooth formation. Enamel hypoplasia is a more general term, and encompasses all types of inadequate enamel formation, including that caused by fluorosis. In other words, fluorosis is one form of enamel hypoplasia. Often, different types of hypoplasia are visually indistinguishable. ...Read more
Simple...: A cavity, by definition: cav·i·ty (k?v??-t?) 1. A hollow; a hole. 2. A hollow area within the body: a sinus cavity. 3. A pitted area in a tooth caused by caries. A filling (dental restoration) is place into a cleaned out tooth cavity to protect the tooth from further decay and to restore the tooth to proper form and function. ...Read more
Size and design: A filling is generally a smaller restoration placed inside a tooth the same visit decay or fractured part of tooth is treated. A cap or crown usually covers the entire or most of the tooth and is sent out to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. (some dentists have a machine to make crown in office while you wait). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teeth or no teeth?: Veneers are like acrylic (fake) nails, but for your teeth and they are made of porcelain. Bottom line: they are meant to alter the shape and shade of your existing natural teeth. Implants are replacements for one or more missing teeth and are the closest replacement on the market for missing natural teeth. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
More Education: Dentists receive a doctorate degree after four years (in most cases) in dental school. Most receive additional training in residencies or specialty training or military service. Dentists may provide all dental procedures their training allows. Dental Hygienists are trained in a more limited fashion to provide dental cleanings and local anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early /late stages: When you get inflammation of the gum tissues around the teeth , that is gingivitis , when that gingivitis stays untreated, then it turns to periodontitis , which is the inflammation of all the tissues surrounding the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligaments around the teeth roots and the bone sockets of those teeth. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Soft versus hard: Dental plaque is a soft material composed of a large variety of bacteria and other microorganisms that form a biofilm covering the outer surfaces of a tooth. This plaque can harden and become tarter (or dental calculus) which is often tightly adhered to tooth structure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difference: the difference between an inlay and a filling is the materials used, the time required to fix the tooth, durability and cost. Once the decay and/or old filling are removed the dentist can either place filling material (composite resin or amalgam) or an inlay (porcelain, gold, or specially oven hardened composite). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cavities?: Not sure what exactly you are asking. Cavities are nothing more than "holes" in teeth. Deep cavities can lead to needing a root canal on the tooth. Gum ulcers are just worn away patches of gum tissue with various causes. Scaling of the teeth is a procedure done to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OI collagen disease: Osteogenesis imperfecta (oi) is a congenital disorder of collagen (important component of bone). Oi is present at birth, and leads to repeated fractures, starting in childhood. There is no consistent treatment to prevent fractures in oi. Osteoporosis refers to an acquired state of fragile bones, most commonly occurring in post-menopausal women. Many therapies can reduce osteoporosis fractures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiographs: Cephalometric films taken by an orthodontist can be used to visualize the entire jaw, the maxilla, the skull, and the sinuses. From these films measurements can be made to compare growth patterns and jaw size to known averages. Routine periapical and bitewing films are used to check for cavities and periodontal bone loss. The are not the same. ...Read more
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