Dental implants are intended to offer a groundwork for replacement teeth that function, feel, and look comparable to natural teeth. The individual who has implant restoration of lost teeth recovers the ability to eat and taste a normal healthy diet and grin with confidence, knowing their teeth look natural and the contours of their face will be well-preserved. Dental implants are actually just small titanium root replacements. This highly biocompatible titanium post is placed into the jaw-bone, in the place where the teeth were lost.
The bone grows onto and bonds with this titanium root replacement making a solid foundation for realistic replacement teeth. Because implants are functional root replacements they aid in maintaining facial structure, thwarting the deterioration of the bone which takes place when teeth are lost and not replaced. Dental implants do not “get cavities” and once integrated into bone can actually provide a stronger bite than the original teeth.
Dental implants are rapidly altering the manner in which individuals live. With them, individuals are re-discovering the confidence and comfort to enjoy life, laugh, speak, and eat.
If like numerous others, you are interested in the benefits of implant dentistry and/or think implant dentistry is the perfect choice for you, we will request that you undertake a radiographic/dental examination with consideration of your dental/medical history. In the course of these visits, your expectations, needs and individual considerations will be addressed by our specialists. Answering your concerns and questions are paramount to us and help guide our skilled team in ensuring that your case is a success.
Dental implants are biocompatible metallic anchors that serve as tooth root substitutes. These implants are placed surgically in the jaw bone. Later custom fabricated small posts will then be linked to the dental implants extending beyond the gums into the mouth. These posts support the new replacement teeth ( crowns or denture). The posts offer steady solid anchoring of the new natural looking replacement teeth.
For a majority of patients, dental implant placement consists of two surgical procedures. First, the implants are put in the jawbone. In the first 2-6 months after the surgery, the implants will be underneath the gums’ surface, slowly connecting itself with the jaw bone. At this time, you will be able to use temporary dentures and take a soft diet. During this transitional period with temporary esthetic tooth replacements, our dentist’s ultimate design, the final denture or bridgework that will restore both the aesthetics and the function of once natural teeth will be thoughtfully designed.
As soon as the dental implant has been connected to the jawbone (integrated with the jaw), the second surgical step is performed. The dentist will gently uncover the dental implants and then attach a very minor healing collar that allows the gum to form a healed soft tissue channel for attaching the implant to the new teeth replacements through the gum. Since healing is complete after this uncovering, anesthetic or numbing is not generally needed for subsequent visits. We will then begin creating your new teeth. A dental impression will be taken. Then individual custom attachments or posts can be made to link your beautiful new teeth to the dental implants. The whole procedure normally takes just a few months or even 2-3 weeks for a single tooth or small bridge restoration. A majority of patients who undergo this procedure are not faced with any disruptions in their normal life.
Periodontal diseases refer to gum infections that slowly dissolve your natural teeth’s support. There are many cofactors and variations of periodontal disease (periodontitis) and many need unique treatment approaches. The primary activator of gum disease is dental plaque and is particularly harmful in genetically vulnerable persons. Daily flossing and brushing will foil a majority of periodontal conditions.
Individuals over 30 years old lose more teeth to gum/periodontal diseases (gum diseases) than cavities. In every four adults, three of them have been affected at some point in their life with this condition. The best method to stop periodontal disease and cavities is through good home care. Daily flossing and tooth brushing (with a technique personalized for your needs) combined with regular dental cleanings to remove hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) and monitor for the earliest intervention if disease activity increases is the only predictable avenue to a lifetime of good dental health.
Tooth decay and periodontal diseases both thrive in high bacterial plaque environments. This plaque is a colorless film that fixes itself to the teeth at the gum line. The plaque persistently forms itself on all teeth. By meticulously flossing and brushing every day, you can eliminate organized colonization of these germs. You will be actively participating in your fight against periodontal disease. Statistically, periodontal diseases’ destructiveness and activity level are worsened in the presence of co-factors like uncontrolled diabetes, a positive genetic history, or extreme clinching/ grinding. Nonetheless, it is predominantly brought about by bacteria that can be found in a dental plaque- the adhesive and colorless film which continuously forms on the teeth. In case they are not carefully eliminated by regular flossing and brushing, the plaque will harden into a porous and very rough substance that is referred to as tartar or calculus.
The bacteria that is found in a plaque releases poisons or toxins which irritate the gums, and they can make them bleed, swell or turn red easily. Bleeding gums or gingivitis is the earliest sign of impending periodontal disease. In case the irritation is persistent, the gums may start separating from the teeth, and this will lead to the formation of spaces (pockets). As the periodontal disease advances, the auxiliary bone and gum tissues which keep the teeth in place will start to deteriorate. In cases left untreated for long periods, it can lead to the loss of your teeth. Typically this is a painless process and by the time pain arrives and teeth loosen the diseased teeth need removal.
Daily flossing and brushing is the best method of preventing gum disease. Regular professional cleanings and examinations are also recommended. Unfortunately, individuals who are very diligent with home care remain unable to remove tartar or calculus buildup under the gum line and can still develop a type of periodontal disease. As soon as the diseases starts, expert intervention is needed so as to thwart its progression.
Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeon (O.M.S.)
OMS surgeons can be defined as dentists who have focussed in the surgery of the jaws, face, and mouth. Generally, surgeons study for four years in a dental school, then undergo at least four years of medical and hospital-based surgical training. This training is designed to ready the surgeon to treat a wide range of abnormalities and diseases of the jaws, face, and mouth.
A periodontist is a dentist who has focused on the treatment and diagnosis of gum (periodontal disease). They possess broad training and additional two years of study after completing dental school program. As experts, they dedicate their skill, energy, and time to helping individuals in caring for their gums. Periodontists are among the top 8 dental experts that have been acknowledged by the national organization of dentists- American Dental Association.
Why Your Dentist May Refer You to a Periodontist
Your dentist may choose to refer you to a periodontist. This is after determining that your gums may need extra care from a specialist more experienced with your specific issues. The dentist and the periodontist will work in unison, so as to offer you the best level of medical care. The two specialists will combine their training and experience to endorse the best treatment available, while at the same time keeping the other up-to-date on the progress of your case. By referring you to another specialist, the dentist will be demonstrating a strong commitment to your personal dental well-being.
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