- Nothing beats a great smile…!! If beauty is a treasure, then a great smile is its prized possession.
- At PHI, your Smile is Our Priority. Put to rest all your worries about stained teeth, crooked teeth, or no teeth. Your worry is our concern.
- Our team of dentists and surgeons are world-class artists in the field of advanced dentistry.
- We provide comprehensive dental solutions right from Smile design to gap closures to restorative dentistry.
- We use best-in-class products for all our procedures. We understand the anatomy needed for a great smile, the PHI of that Charming smile.
- So don’t shy away from smiling and get that signature smile only at PHI CLINIC.
Toothaches can range in their severity from mild, ignorable to extremely severe, unbearable. No matter the severity, however, in the case of toothaches, it is always wise to see a dentist or a specialist. Some of the symptoms of toothache could be sharp, throbbing pain in your tooth that you feel constantly, or when pressure is applied, swelling around the area of the teeth, headache, ear pain or fever and sometimes even disgusting taste in the mouth caused by a drained infection of a tooth.
What causes toothache?
A number of reasons could contribute to toothache but whatever the reason, it is very important that you visit a doctor at the earliest so as to not let the issue get out of hand. Some of the causes for a toothache are as follows:
- A damaged filling might cause you to have a toothache
- If you have infected gums, that could lead to toothache
- Bacterial infection at the center of the tooth, also known as an abscessed tooth, could cause severe toothache
- Decaying tooth can cause severe, unbearable toothache
- After a wisdom tooth extraction, other teeth near the wisdom tooth could start aching due to shock
- A tooth fracture could also cause toothache
- Some people are used to chewing gum constantly or grinding their teeth. Such repetitive motions can contribute to toothaches
Treatments for toothache
At PHI Clinic, we have a number of licensed and certified dentists, specialists, orthodontists who would be happy to help you through your pains and aches. Our holistic treatment plans will include not just clinical procedures, but also medications, lifestyle changes and dietary plans as and when necessary. Depending on the nature of your toothache, our doctors will help you opt for treatments that will help you manage the pain as well as options like cavity-filling, root canal, or prescription medications. Please visit us so we can help get to the root of your toothache.
STAINS ON TEETH
Does your smile make you cringe when you see your discoloured teeth? Does smiling for photos become stressful thinking about the stains on your teeth? You are probably in the same boat as so many other people out there. Teeth stains are more common than you’d think and also treatable.
What causes stains on teeth to appear?
Teeth stains could be caused by a lot of different things including external factors, that you ingest or internal factors like infections.
Some of the things that could cause your teeth to stain are:
- Tobacco in the form of both cigarettes and chewing of tobacco can lead to teeth discolouration
- Certain foods and drinks could cause stains on teeth especially drinks like coffee, wine, dark sodas and certain vegetables and fruits.
- Poor dental hygiene could also lead to discolouration of teeth.
- Fluoride exposure at an early age could cause teeth to stain.
- Trauma, or certain medical conditions, could cause teeth discolouration. For example, radiation treatment and chemotherapy or internal bleeding could all cause stains on teeth.
Treatment for stains on teeth
A lot of treatment options are available for teeth stains right from over-the-counter whitening products to prescription products that are much stronger. But there are some stains that cannot be cleaned out with just the whitening products. Such stains need to be dealt with some cosmetic dental treatments like bonding or veneers.
At PHI Clinic, we offer treatment plans that are tailor-made for your specific needs and that are holistic in nature; meaning, not only do we offer clinical treatments, but we also help you understand the lifestyle and dietary changes you’d need to sustain the treatment plans, as well as prescribe medication when necessary. Contact us today to find out what kind of treatment you would need to get rid of those stains on teeth.
CAVITIES/ TOOTH DECAY
As kids, we were always scared into eating less chocolates by adults, after telling us about the cavities or holes that would form in our teeth. But these holes don’t just appear overnight. It is a gradual process of tooth decay that eventually results in cavities or holes in teeth. As scary as that is, there are treatments available that could help you once you encounter tooth decay or even cavity.
What causes tooth decay and cavities?
Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria; some of which are useful but some others are most definitely not. The bacteria usually mix with the food and drinks we consume and turn some of it into plaque. If you don’t practice dental hygiene, you give this plaque an opportunity to convert the sugar in your food into acid that slowly starts eating away at your teeth enamel. Once the enamel is completely weakened and broken down, your teeth start decaying and corroding and a cavity is thus formed.
Some groups of people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others, either because of their age (too young or too old) or because of certain medications they are on which reduces the saliva in their mouths (cancer treatments) or because of insufficient fluoride.
Treatments for tooth decay and cavities
Having proper dental hygiene is very essential for avoiding tooth decay and cavities. However, here are some treatment options that could help in case you already have some tooth decay or have developed a cavity:
- Fluoride treatment could help repair minimal tooth decay.
- Dental fillings could be done in case you have a cavity.
- A root canal might be needed if the damage is so severe that it has reached the root of your tooth.
- An extraction is sort of the ultimate option for a tooth that is decayed beyond repair and the only option left is to take it out completely and then either add an implant in the missing space or bridge the gap.
Depending on the extent of damage that your tooth or teeth have suffered, we, at PHI Clinic, will give you a treatment plan. Our procedures are holistic in nature where we not only offer clinical treatments, but we also help you understand the lifestyle and dietary changes you’d need to sustain the treatment plans, as well as prescribe medications when necessary.
Broken teeth/ Fractured Teeth
A fall is okay so long as you come out of it with just a small bruise. But imagine getting up to find out that you have chipped a tooth or broken it. You might also end up chipping your tooth when chewing food. If you ever encounter this, remember to immediately see a dentist. A tiny breakage is fixable with a small in-office procedure however, if your tooth is seriously damaged or broken, you will need a more complicated procedure.
Treatment options for broken teeth
Often when someone chips off just a tiny little portion of their tooth, a dentist might suggest filing it or grinding it down to make it even. However, if the chipped tooth is in the front where it will be visible, the expert might use a tooth-colored composite resin. This technique is called Bonding.
In cases when the broken part of the tooth is much larger, the expert would file the remaining part of the tooth and then cover it with a cap or a crown. Metal crowns are a popular option, but porcelain or resin crowns are also something that a lot of people prefer as they resemble the natural tooth much more closely.
Other procedures include adding a dental veneer or root canal therapy. What treatment is recommended to you, would depend completely on the extent of damage to your tooth.
At PHI Clinic, we offer treatment plans that are holistic in nature; meaning, not only do we offer dental treatments, but we will also walk you through the lifestyle changes needed to maintain the effects of the treatment. At times, we might also prescribe medication, depending on your problem.
MISALIGNED TEETH/UNATTRACTIVE SMILE
Everyone doesn’t always have a photographic smile with beautifully aligned teeth. More often than not, people have a lot of crooked teeth, or misaligned teeth, this problem is also called Malocclusion. This could lead them to believe that their smile is also unattractive. However, a lot of treatments are available today to fix your misaligned teeth while giving you a beautiful smile.
What are some of the causes of misaligned teeth?
Misaligned teeth could be because of a number of different reasons. Having crooked, unshapely teeth is very common among people. Some of the things that could cause crooked, misaligned teeth are as follows:
- Small mouth, leading to overcrowding of teeth which causes overlap of teeth. This makes the teeth crooked or misaligned.
- Sometimes people’s upper and lower jaws are not proportionate. When a person has a larger upper jaw than the lower jaw, the upper jaw protrudes outside. This is called overbite and is a reason for misaligned teeth. When, on the other hand, a person’s lower jaw protrudes due to its bigger size than the upper jaw, it is called underbite and this also causes misaligned teeth.
- In case you lose your milk teeth too early, this could cause overcrowding since your jaw doesn’t develop at the same speed.
- Incorrectly done dental fillings could also cause the teeth to misalign.
- If your jaw gets misaligned after an accident or an injury, this could shift your teeth, making them misaligned.
- Some childhood habits like thumb sucking, excessive use of pacifier over the age of three years, and using the bottle for too long could all cause teeth to come out crooked.
- Certain diseases like gingivitis or tumors in mouth or jaw could also contribute to misaligned teeth.
Problems with misaligned teeth
Having crooked teeth can interfere with a person’s self-confidence, making them feel conscious about their appearance, especially about their smile. However, apart from appearance, misaligned teeth are also not great from dental hygiene’s point of view. Some of the problems that could arise with misaligned teeth are as follows:
- Difficulty in chewing food.
- Problems keeping the teeth clean due to their crooked placement, making it tougher to get to places where food might be stuck.
- In cases of overbite and underbite, if a tooth or teeth are sticking out, they are at a greater risk of breaking on impact.
Treatments for misaligned teeth and unattractive smile
Fixing an unattractive smile can be done by starting to align the teeth, to begin with. A few procedures that might be an option for fixing misaligned teeth and the unattractive smile are:
- For minimal misalignment, crowns, veneers, bridges or dentures could be used to fix the problem
- In most cases, braces would have to be put in place to align the teeth.
- A cosmetic procedure called a Smile Makeover could also be opted for, which could include either or both of the above-mentioned procedures and could also include teeth whitening, cleanups, etc.
- Sometimes, if you have a small jaw, some teeth might have to be extracted to make a place for the other teeth to fit in properly. This will solve the problem of overcrowding in the mouth and with braces, the teeth could then be aligned.
- Surgical procedures to reshape the jaw and in cases of accidents or illnesses, adding plates and wires to stabilize the jaw could also be options that could be offered.
At PHI Clinic, we offer holistic treatment plans carefully based on your specific dental needs.
Imagine you are enjoying the lazy Sunday summer with friends and decide to get an ice-cream. As you take your first bite, a searing pain passes through your tooth, to your head. If that’s happened to you, this condition is called having sensitive teeth or sensitivity.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Such sharp pain in teeth, although often temporary, is very distressing and can be caused by not just cold or hot beverages, but also by a host of other factors. Some of the things that could cause sensitive teeth are:
- Activities like chewing, brushing, gargling, etc.
- Some people are used to grinding their teeth, this could cause sensitivity in teeth.
- Ageing could also cause teeth sensitivity as the gums start receding in old age, exposing the roots of our teeth. These roots, without enamel protection become sensitive.
- A decaying tooth could also cause sensitivity.
- A cavity could definitely be at the root of tooth sensitivity at times.
- Sometimes gum diseases, caused by poor dental hygiene or smoking, could cause sensitive teeth.
Treatments for sensitive teeth:
Depending on the root problem, sensitive teeth could be treated in a number of different ways. Some of the treatment options for tooth sensitivity are:
- Fluoride treatment to help strengthen enamel could reduce teeth sensitivity
- Bonding could be used on the sensitive roots to help reduce the sensitivity
- Desensitizing toothpaste or gel, often available as an over-the-counter product, could help reduce teeth sensitivity
- Surgical gum graft can be opted for when the sensitivity is due to loss of gum at the roots of your teeth.
- Root canal would have to be done in case the teeth sensitivity is due to tooth decay and cavity.
At PHI Clinic, we always strive to offer holistic treatment plans that include lifestyle, dietary changes as well as medications and cosmetic procedures as needed.
Gums are on the front lines, the basis for healthy teeth. So just like any other body part, your gums are also susceptible to getting infected at times. In case you suffer from even a minor gum infection, getting proper medical attention promptly, is very important so that the condition doesn’t worsen. A gum infection left ignored or untreated, could lead to a more severe condition, known as Periodontitis.
What causes gum infection?
Gum infections could either be due to plaque or because of other factors like certain bacteria, viruses, wounds, illnesses, or even genes. Some of the causes of specific gum infections are as follows:
- A type of gum disease or infection, known as gingivitis, could be caused once the gum tissue is destroyed because of the bacterial plaque that accumulates around and in between the teeth.
- Plaque and hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus, can cause irritation to gums, leading to inflammation of gums.
- Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, could lead to sensitivity in gums, increasing the risk of gum infections.
- Certain diseases like HIV, cancer, diabetes have often been thought to contribute to gingivitis
- Genetics could make you predisposed to gum infections and bad breath
- Smoking could contribute to gingivitis
- Untreated gingivitis could turn into periodontitis.
How to identify gum infection?
There are a few tell-tale signs that could help you determine whether you have a gum infection and if you should be seeing a specialist or not.
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Gums that are bleeding especially when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Soft, tender gums
Treatment for gum infections
Depending on the severity of your gum infection, a treatment plan will be drawn out by our experts at PHI Clinic. We offer treatment plans that are holistic in nature; so they would not just be cosmetic or surgical but also would include medications, lifestyle, and dietary changes if necessary. Some of the treatments that are done for gum infections are as follows:
- An antibiotic course treatment could help subside the infection
- Root planing and scaling treatment to help deep clean your teeth and gums
- Gingivectomy in which damaged or infected gum tissue would be removed
- Flap surgery is an option for a very severe case of gum infection wherein tissue or bone grafts would need to be done in order to deal with the gum infection.
No one wants to be shunned for having a stinky breath but sometimes a lot of people suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis. This condition, however, is treatable and with proper care and dental hygiene, bad breath can definitely be combated.
What causes bad breath?
You decide to eat that delicious garlic bread and then immediately regret it because now your breath smells like garlic. However, although disturbing, this is only temporary. There are a lot of things that could cause bad breath.
- Certain food substances like garlic or onions.
- Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath as food that gets stuck in your mouth reacts with the odour-producing bacteria, causing bad breath.
- Smoking can lead to bad breath.
- Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can lead to bad breath. This often happens during the mornings after we wake up, especially if you sleep with your mouth open. Saliva, that usually keeps our mouth clean, when it is low and the mouth dries out, it can contribute to bad breath.
- Infections, such as gum infections, could lead to bad breath.
- Some diseases such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or cancer can contribute to bad breath.
Treatment for bad breath
Maintaining proper dental hygiene is of utmost importance, in order to avoid or at times, even reverse bad breath. You will need to consult an expert to find out the root cause of your bad breath in order to get the right treatment. A professional clean-up could be something that a doctor might recommend if the problem isn’t deep-rooted like gum infection or cavity.
At PHI Clinic, we offer treatment plans that are holistic in nature and our licensed and certified experts will guide you through the best treatment options depending on the severity of your problem.
Did you have your tooth extracted? Or maybe you lost it after a fall. Whatever be the reason, missing a tooth or teeth is something that needs to be fixed at the earliest. There are plenty of treatment options available to fix this problem.
Why replace missing teeth?
Missing a tooth or two, might not seem like a big issue and might not even impact you noticeably. However, filling up this gap is very crucial in the long run for your dental hygiene and in order to avoid future complications. Some of the reasons for replacing the missing teeth are:
- Missing tooth or teeth could affect the way you speak.
- It could impact the way you chew and put undue pressure on other teeth or the jaw.
- Due to the gap that the missing tooth forms, the rest of the teeth suddenly have space to move around which might lead to the teeth shifting and loosening up.
- Loss of bone could occur around the missing tooth which could lead to other complications in the future.
- Sometimes you might lose a tooth in the front, where it is more visible which could lead to feelings of embarrassment, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Missing teeth can also affect your smile and could make your smile appear unattractive.
Treatment options for missing teeth
There are a number of options for replacing your missing tooth or teeth, and for filling the gap formed by the missing teeth. Depending on the severity, the number of missing teeth, your budget, a treatment plan will be recommended by our experts. Some of the possible treatment options are as follows:
- Dental bridges that take the support of the adjoining teeth to fill up the gap formed by the missing tooth is an option to opt for.
- Implants are the next option to look for that comes closest to your natural teeth in terms of the look and the feel.
- In case you are missing a lot of your teeth, opting for dentures is a good alternative.
We, at PHI Clinic, offer holistic treatment plans and help you understand the lifestyle and dietary changes you’d need to sustain the treatment plans, as well as prescribe medication when necessary.