1. X rays in dentistry

    25th September 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    X-rays in dentistry are commonly known as dental radiographs. These are an essential part of the dental examination process for patients who need extensive streatment. The biggest questions surrounding x-rays in dentistry are whether they needed and how safe are they?
    First of all, one has to understand the reasoning behind their use: Dental x-rays expose the things that cannot be seen by sight or highlighted through a clinical examination.
    Dental radiography also helps to determine the conditions of:
    Dental fillings
    Dental bridges
    Root canals
    Bone loss
    Tartar build-up
    The x-rays are vital to discovering the causes and problems inherent within the mouth…such as hidden tooth decay, tooth abscess, tumours or cysts, extra teeth.

    Patients are mainly concerned about the idea of radiation exposure. This seems to be an off-shoot from what people may have experienced or read about in terms of medical x-rays in the hospital. There seems to be a more heightened awareness of the implications of radiography amongst the general public. Dental x-rays, however, present very little harm to people. Their radiation output is so minimal (particularly when compared to hospital x-ray apparatus or an airplane flight across the Atlantic) that there is less to be concerned about.
    However, one of the new technologies in dentistry involves the use of digital x-rays. These offer a 50-80% reduction in radiation and do not require the use of film or any kind of chemical process. The images they produce are almost instantaneous and cut down feedback time drastically. The digital unit reduces radiation exposure substantially and is ow the gold standard for dental radiography.
    Dental x-rays are very important in the dental field as they are a key tool in diagnosing dental problems and conditions, which lead to more accurate and effective treatments.
    At The Courtyard Clinic, we offer many treatments that are initially explored using this process such as:

    Dental implant surgery
    Cosmetic dentistry
    Periodontal disease treatment
    Dental bridgework
    Orthodontics


  2. Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    13th September 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    If I snore, then do I have sleep apnoea?Frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnoea, a common and potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea, and not everyone who has sleep apnoea snores. The biggest indication is how you feel during the day.
    Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnoea does, so you’re less likely to suffer from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day if you have simple snoring as opposed to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It can be difficult to identify sleep apnoea on your own, since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you’re asleep.


  3. What is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Does it Apply to Me?

    6th September 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    Cosmetic dentistry is a discipline that is finely balanced between science and art form, involving the aesthetic beauty and function of your entire mouth, including the promotion of excellent oral health.
    Cosmetic dentistry began to emerge as a sub specialty of general dentistry in the middle 1980’s as the foundation of today’s concepts on whitening, bonding and smile design.
    All of the techniques that are employed today are due to the knowledge that was assembled and articulated in the mid 80’s in this realm of dentistry.
    Nowadays most dentists are considered to be cosmetic dentists as the materials used generally have very good aesthetics.
    However sound biological principles still apply and most dentists will establish a healthy mouth before focusing purely on cosmetics.


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