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DR. Mahfujul Haq Khan BDS, DDS, FSDCE (USA), PhD (Japan), Post Doc. (Japan) Specialised: Crown and Bridge work, and Periodontal plastic surgery (USA) Senior Medical Officer, Department of Dentistry, BIRDEM Hospital.
A. Your dentist should evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth. If there are no cavities, pericornitis (inflammation and/or infection of the gum around the teeth) or deep fillings...then there is no likelihood that they could be causing you to have headaches.
Most likely, your headaches are caused by a compressed TM Joint (This is the joint which holds the lower jaw located in front of your both ear), we call it TM joint dysfunction syndrome.
You must find a well-trained dentist who is capable of evaluating the position of your joints and determining if there is any compression. If you give me more info about your oral status I can help you determine what is happening a little more clearly.
Dr. M. H. Khan
A. You should go see a dentist and request a pantographic x-ray because you think your wisdom teeth are coming in. You may need to have them out and the pain is often because of inflamed tissue in the area where the teeth are extruding into your mouth.
Sometimes this pain
can be from pressure into the other teeth from the erupting wisdom teeth.
At any rate, you should get a jaw x-ray to see the position of these
teeth and most likely, have them removed.
A. It is very normal for a patient to be sore and swollen a few days after having a wisdom tooth removed. Assuming this was a surgical removal (sutures placed to close the skin), you could be sore from the actual removal or even sutures placed.
The time to worry is if you get extremely swollen (lumps under your chin) or see active infection (pus) in the area. Also, if you feel feverish, this could mean you have an infection in the area and could need antibiotics. Please contact with your dentist if things worsen. Irrigation with warm salt water will help soothe the area also.
Dr. Mahfujul Haq Khan
A: I believe your dentist can explain you more clearly by showing some study model. Anyway I will try my best to explain.
What are crown? A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps," a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won't solve the problem. After root canal treatment we usually advice for crown. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn't get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn't enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.
How is a crown placed? To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reduced so the crown can fit over it. An impression of teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. On the next visit cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.
Will it look natural? Yes. The dentist's main goal is to create crowns that look like natural teeth. That is why dentists take an impression. To achieve a certain look, a number of factors are considered, such as the color, bite, shape, and length of your natural teeth. Any one of these factors alone can affect your appearance. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they may be more attractive.
What is the difference between a cap and a crown? There is no difference between a cap and a crown.
How should I take care of my crowns? To prevent damaging or fracturing the crowns, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You also want to avoid teeth grinding. Besides visiting your dentist and brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital with crowns. Floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes and sticks) are important tools to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque in that area can cause dental decay and gum disease.
How long do crowns last? It depends on your care and from where you did. But usually 10 to 20 years.
For more information visit Dr. Khan's website "www.aikodental.com"
Interpreter Of Maladies
Dr. Nighat Ara, Psychiatrist
Ans: Dreaming, not dreaming or not remembering the dream- all these are normal states of mind. Scientific research reveals that we dream every night (no matter whether we like it or not!). Sleep is just an altered state of mind that is essential for proper brain functioning. Whatever information our brain receives throughout the day it cannot process them all instantly, so it stores the information randomly and during sleep when input is less (because all five senses are not working), brain cells retrieve those information and try their best to process and rearrange these information and thereby unload the brain cells (our brain works 24hours 7days a week!) so that it is ready again to function in full swing the following day (brain can be compared with a computer in this respect). While processing that information from remote past or recent past during sleep, parts of it get captured again by memory cells and form memory, so we remember them after we wake up. Some people simply have better memories of their dreams than others. However, dreams usually takes a distorted, twisted and somewhat unrealistic form (because the primitive lower brain was dealing with them and the smart upper intellectual part was not involved) and sometimes doesn't make any sense at all. However, if someone wakes up after a normal night's sleep and can't remember the dream, it is usually the NREM (non rapid eye movement) dream that becomes hard to remember. According to electro encephalography studies, there is minimum electrical activity in the brain during NREM sleep (which ranges from light to deep sleep) whereas in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep brain electrical activity is very close to an alert state of mind (beta waves). Unlike REM dream, NREM dream do not produce vivid memories. This probably also explains why we remember some dreams and not all. Another explanation could be, if the person was in NREM sleep just before waking up then the person would not have much memory of the dream, it might feel like something vague was going on. Usually people have vivid memories of a dream if they wake up just after REM sleep, which happens more frequently towards the end of the sleep. The proportion of REM and NREM sleep in a normal night however changes in different mental illnesses and can be related to the perceived sleep disturbance or dissatisfaction with sleep. Sedatives, Hypnotics and narcotic medications influence this REM/NREM proportion of a night's sleep.
By The Way
Pressed powder tips
First of, never
buy pressed powder at random, without testing the shade of it on your
wrists fist. Dab a bit on your wrist from the tester, and see if it
suits your skin tone. Next, rub it against the skin to see if it blends
in well. If it doesn't your face will not have the desired smooth and
even finish. As always, go for good, brand name products.
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