Saturday, 29 February 2020
Did you know that one in four adults lose all of their permanent teeth by age 74? Tooth loss from accidents, gum disease or decay are commonplace and while dentures and bridgework were go-to options for years, dental implants are a more approachable and popular alternative today. Dental implants offer a natural and attractive look, but the benefits are far more than cosmetic.
What is a dental implant?
The initial answer to that question requires an explanation of traditional oral goings-on. When a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone in the jaw that supports the tooth starts to disintegrate. This can affect facial structure such as the jaw and its related joints, and sometimes surrounding muscles.… Continue Reading
At one point in time, if you lost a tooth it was pretty much gone for good. Even after the invention of dentures, a missing tooth still presented problems and your dental options were still rather limited.
That was then. This is now. You don’t have to struggle with ill-fitting dentures or need to undergo expensive bone grafts to get natural looking, fully functional teeth any more. Advanced dental implants can provide you with a safe, effective and long-lasting way to create your ideal smile.
Dental implants come in several varieties but all are basically composed of two parts: a titanium root and a porcelain crown.… Continue Reading
It used to be that when you were faced with the decision of getting dental implants, you knew you were about to embark on a costly and time-consuming route.
After all, many patients who need implant-supported dentures suffer from extensive bone loss, and must undergo bone grafting before the implants can be placed – a procedure that can take more than a year.
However, with recent advances in technology, there is a new technique available that allows dentists to place your implants in just one day, and for you to walk out with a brand-new, functional smile.
The All-on-Four Technique
The All-on-Four Technique is a revolutionary dental implant procedure that uses just four implants to place a full set of teeth on the arch.… Continue Reading
For anyone who has had to wear dentures before the development of dental implants, it was common knowledge that dentures were a poor substitute for natural teeth with many downsides. To a great degree, they felt like a necessary evil.
Dentures worn with no anchoring support on your jaw will slip out of place when pressure is placed on them. This makes eating a real hassle, often requiring that you blend or mash foods that take some biting or chewing strength to eat properly.
The denture will also slip out of place when talking. This can cause an unsightly protrusion of one of your dentures in the front of your mouth or a strange clicking sound while speaking.… Continue Reading
In recent years technology has advanced tremendously concerning the stability and functionality of dentures. Although the dentures themselves are essentially the same, there are now revolutionary ways of stabilizing them in your mouth so they function very much more like regular teeth and not as uncomfortable substitutes.
If you are in need of dentures or are already a denture wearer, this technology is well worth knowing. Being able to take advantage of it could save you a lot of headaches normally associated with having to have dentures.
Standard dentures are made in the shape of your dental arch and are fitted over your arch to act as a row of teeth.… Continue Reading
The technology of planning and placing dental implants has advanced considerably in recent years.
Now we have advanced bio-compatible materials, advanced instruments, pre-planning of placement using 3D images of the entire jaw structure, appliances that fit right over the implant site itself called “surgical guides” which tell us exactly where to place the implant so it is anchored in the strongest possible position, and bone grafting to replace missing bone and allow the implant to be firmly anchored.
And yet despite this, in a small percentages of cases, an implant here and there develops complications which need to be treated, and in time, if the implant is to be preserved.… Continue Reading
The development and use of dental implants to replace missing teeth or teeth that need extraction has allowed an untold number of people to preserve the integrity of the surrounding teeth and jawbone, while maintaining their ability to chew and in many cases improving the look of their smile.
This has also allowed patients, in many cases, to avoid the awkward, uncomfortable and often dreaded use of dentures.
One of the many health benefits of dental implants is their ability to continue putting a natural pressure on the bone around and under the tooth root from the action of chewing. This pressure keeps the bone from deteriorating and wasting away.… Continue Reading