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Space maintainers ‘can help children’s teeth’

Mon

Space maintainers 'can help children's teeth'Children who lose a baby tooth before the adult one comes through may need cosmetic dentistry, according to one expert.

Writing for the Stabroek News, Dr Kiran Koora explained that children should be assessed by a dentist to see if they need to have a space maintainer fitted to guide their teeth.

“Crooked and/or crowded teeth in turn can lead to difficulty in chewing and accumulation of food particles,” the specialist explained.

The paedodontist stated that the spacer could be either fixed or removable dependant on the course of treatment and is made up of steel wires and rings that are fitted to the remaining teeth around the exposed region.

Dr Koora recommended wearing the appliance to prevent other teeth from shifting and disturbing the area before the permanent replacement comes through.

The specialist recently advised people to seek emergency dentistry as soon as possible if they break their teeth, as dentists may be able to replace the damaged section.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19861745-ADNFCR

Seek emergency dentistry ‘for broken teeth’

Wed

Seek emergency dentistry 'for broken teeth'If a tooth breaks or falls out people should seek emergency dentistry as soon as possible, according to one specialist.

Writing for the Stabroek News, paedodontist Dr Kiran Koora advised what people should do if their teeth are knocked out.

If the tooth is chipped but a substantial amount of the original remains, then a dentist should be able to replace the missing section with a cosmetic filling or crown, the expert explained.

However, if the entire tooth has been knocked out it is recommended that the patient places it in milk, contact lens fluid or coconut water to keep it moist and then visit a dentist immediately.

Delaying treatment could result in further injuries, Dr Koora warned, such as toothache and cuts to the mouth’s soft tissues.

The British Dental Health Foundation suggested people wear a professionally made mouthguard when playing sports to prevent damage to teeth and jaws.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19841003-ADNFCR

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