Dr Elizabeth Melvin, Dentist

Macroom Dental Surgery (Middle Square)

Macroom Dental Surgery
Middle Square, Macroom
Co. Cork
T:026 41052
E: dentist@macroomdental.ie

Opening hours
Monday
9.00am – 8.00pm

Tuesday-Thursday
9.00am – 5.30pm

Friday
8.00am –5.30pm

Saturday
9.00am – 4.00pm

Emergencies are also catered for at Macroom Dental.

New patients are always welcome (medical card, PRSI, and private).

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News - July 2018

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

dfdfdResearchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials, which could regenerate lost dental enamel.
Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body and this results from its highly organised structure. However, enamel cannot regenerate once it is lost, which can lead to pain and tooth loss. This affects more than 50% of the world's population and finding ways to recreate enamel has long been a major need in dentistry.
The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that this new approach can create materials with remarkable precision and order that look and behave like dental enamel. Dr Sherif Elsharkawy, first author of the study said: "This is exciting because the simplicity and versatility of the mineralisation platform opens up opportunities to treat and regenerate dental tissues".
The mechanism that has been developed is based on a specific protein material that is able to trigger and guide the growth of apatite nanocrystals at multiple scales, similar to how these crystals grow when dental enamel develops in our body. Lead author Prof. Alvaro Mata said: "We have developed a technique to easily grow synthetic materials that emulate such hierarchically organised architecture over large areas and with the capacity to tune their properties".
Enabling control of the mineralisation process opens up the possibility of creating materials with properties that mimic different hard tissues such as bone and dentin. As such, the work has the potential to be used in a variety of applications in regenerative medicine.

From: www.sciencedaily.com

 

How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?

dfdfdAnyone who suspects that they have a cracked tooth should see a dentist immediately. Leaving a cracked tooth untreated may lead to more problems. Some types of cracks are harmless and do not require treatment. However, if a person notices the following symptoms, they may have a more extensive crack that requires dental treatment:

  • pain when eating;
  • swollen gums around the cracked tooth;
  • teeth that have suddenly become sensitive to sweetness, heat or cold;
  • pain that comes and goes; and,
  • discomfort around the teeth and gums that is hard to pinpoint.

If the crack is not visible, a dentist will try to make a diagnosis by asking the person about their symptoms and dental history. The dentist will then examine the teeth, possibly using a magnifying glass and other tools and techniques to help to identify cracks. The longer that a cracked tooth goes untreated, the more difficult it may be for a dentist to save it. Tooth cracks are more common in people over 40 and in women. The best treatment depends on the location of the crack and the extent of the damage. Treatments for cracked teeth include:
  • gluing on the chipped or broken part of a tooth;
  • repairing the crack with plastic resin;
  • using a filling;
  • using a crown;
  • root canal; and,
  • extraction.
Cracked teeth are not always preventable, but a few strategies can help:
  • avoid foods that are hard to chew;
  • stop grinding the teeth or biting on pens; and,
  • try not to clench the teeth.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

How to treat a loose tooth in adults

dfdfdSome causes of loose teeth in adults are harmless, others require the care of a dental professional to save the tooth, remove it, or replace it with an implant or bridge. The following factors are often responsible for looseness in one or more teeth: gum disease; pregnancy; injury to teeth; and, osteoporosis. Loose teeth cannot always be prevented, but a person can take steps to reduce the risk. Tips for tooth and gum health include:

  • brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day;
  • flossing once a day;
  • refraining from smoking;
  • attending dental check-ups and cleanings as often as recommended;
  • wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while playing sport;
  • wearing a bite splint when night-time grinding or clenching is an issue;
  • asking a doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplementation to help prevent osteoporosis;
  • keeping diabetes under control; and,
  • being aware of medications that may affect the teeth.
A range of treatments can help loose teeth, and the best option will depend on the cause of the looseness. Treatments include:
  • scaling and root planning;
  • medications or mouth rinses;
  • surgery to remove inflamed gum tissue and bone that has been damaged by gum disease;
  • bone grafts;
  • soft tissue grafts;
  • bite splints and other dental appliances; and,
  • treatment for diabetes.
If a loose tooth falls out, a dentist can often restore a person's smile with a dental bridge or implant. While these options are effective, it is essential to treat the underlying cause of tooth loss and take any other steps needed to prevent further damage.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

 

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