pregnancy and type of X-rays

Pregnancy and Type of X-Rays

Taking any type of X-ray during pregnancy is a big taboo in contemporary society!

But is it true and correct to discharge a diagnostic tool in favor of “rumors”, especially in life threatening situations?

According to American Academy of Family during dental roentgen procedures, only teeth and hard tissues around them are exposed. Any x-ray procedure has to be accompanied by the protection equipment. The dentist or hygienist must cover you with a lead apron. The abdominal and neck lead apron are designed to protect you and your future baby. For future moms is important to remember that radiation is part of our daily life, called “natural background radiation “: we get a dose of cosmic radiation when we fly in aircraft, terrestrial radiation when we walk, even bananas are radioactive! 

A dental X-ray exposure is equivalent with cosmic radiation obtained during a 40min flight (for example Dubai-Doha, Zurich-Geneva flight).

Abdominal X-rays (stomach, kidneys, lower back, torso), CT scan (head or chest) are a different story. They may cause adverse effects to the embryo development, because that involves future mom and future baby radiation exposure. These X-rays should be taken only when the benefits outweigh the risks. 

To make sure you don’t end up in the dental chair with dental issues, future moms have to keep a good oral hygiene before and while being pregnant. A healthy mom is a healthy baby! 

 

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers vice Versa Lumineers

Have you ever noticed that Hollywood actors and actresses seems to have straight, white and flawless teeth? These days, just about anyone can achieve this kind of smile using Veneers and Lumineers. Both made of thin and natural looking material, tiny porcelain shells bonded to the top of the teeth to provide a more attractive appearance. Veneers and Lumineers are used to hide stained teeth, discolouration, gaps cracked teeth chipped teeth.

Before signing up for either procedure, be sure to consult with your dental professional. Every person’s teeth are different and you need to have a personalized consultation before you undergo a drastic procedure.

ConfiDent team worked on this article to write down similarities and differences between Veneers and Lumineers.

Similarities:

Both options can improve the appearance of slight crooked and misaligned teeth, can give you a whiter and brighter smile, can hide cracked or chipped teeth, cover the gaps between teeth, both are custom made and come with a similar price tag.

Differences:

Veneers, without question, always require a minimum removal of tooth enamel to make room for veneers. Lumineers are sometimes referred to as no-prep veneers and require little if any enamel to be sanded away. Even though Lumineers are thinner than Veneers and the very composition of the Lumineers shield makes the no- prep element possible, once in place the Lumineers can look thick and bulky, that looks very unnatural and fake.

While Veneers and Lumineers are incredibly thin, they will both bump the lip out slightly (a bonus for patients with thin lips). However the preparation for Veneers and the placement will always rest more cleanly and naturally against the teeth, margins will not be overhanging and this will prevent severe gum inflammation that is very common with Lumineers due to the cervical bulkiness.

Natural teeth reflect light. It is not just the whiteness of your Veneers and Lumineers that matters, but the level of translucency. Without this important element your smile make over will look fake. Veneers and Lumineers are made with translucency in mind, but Lumineers will be slightly opaque and look less natural.

Veneers still remain the main choice for the high standards professionals, it requires lots of skills and a good dental technician – he is the one to make those veneers look natural, made of good long lasting porcelain, translucent, of the right shape and size that suits your face and smile.
After you leave the dental office with your new Hollywood smile still there is maintenance to be done. It is vital to keep a good oral hygiene that involves brushing, flossing and regular check-ups every 6 months with your dental hygienist.

The lifespan of porcelain veneers is about 10 years or 15 years with a proper care but as the porcelain becomes stronger and more durable thank to new technologies, their lifespan can increase significantly.

Are you eligible for porcelain Veneers? There are many elements that will impact your ability to be a good candidate for veneers.

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.

She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

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