During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth. [dental implants Glen Oaks and Jamaica]
Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are lab-made restorations that are placed on teeth when the cavity or lost tooth structure is too large to be restored by a simple filling. The process of making an inlay is very similar to a crown. After the tooth is prepared, it is cemented or bonded to the tooth.
There are different materials that inlays are made of, including gold, porcelain, and composite resins. Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings and are very strong compared to regular white fillings. Gold inlays and onlays are also suitable alternatives, but their appearance makes them less popular.
Your dentist will explain when an inlay or onlay is a viable treatment option for you. In general, inlays and onlays can replace most back teeth fillings and are sometimes cosmetically preferred over conventional fillings. At the same time, they are more conservative than crowns.
As far as cost is concerned, because the process of making an inlay or onlay is similar to a crown, its cost is also comparable. But when considering the longevity of inlays and onlays, they can end up costing less than traditional fillings.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown (cap) is a restoration that is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure. There are various types of crowns, ranging from full porcelain to full metal. Your dentist will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each kind for you. A crown (cap) is a restoration that is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure. There are various types of crowns, ranging from full porcelain to full metal. Your dentist will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each kind for you.
Crowns may also be used to securely attach a bridge if the surrounding teeth by themselves are inadequate to do so. A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to be cosmetically appealing and also to restore proper occlusion. Like crowns, bridges are fully customizable and made of various materials, including porcelain and metals. Although not as permanent as a cap, bridges are bonded to surrounding teeth and only removable by your dentist.
Both crowns and bridges are created to match the color, height, texture and overall appearance of your teeth. Most crowns and bridges will last for life, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose. You may prolong the durability of your crowns and bridges by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Standard full dentures are ones that comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. They are made of a pliable material which makes suction easy. However, it is for this reason that standard full dentures require routine visits to the dentist. Being pliable, the dentures are susceptible to shrinkage, thus creating an ill-fitting prosthetic that will result in the atrophy of the jawbone.
Cosmetic Dentures, as you can imagine, are made to look as natural as possible. Unlike standard dentures that use a heat curing process which leads to dentures that become ill-fitting over time, cosmetic dentures are made from a special acrylic base that eliminates the possibility of the denture shrinking and warping.
Furthermore, some cosmetic dentures achieve a natural appearance through the use of implants. Implants are installed in the mouth so that the dentures have something to hold onto. The cosmetic denture will either rest on or snap onto the implant. What this does is allow the denture to stay in place without the chance of it moving around, which makes the denture more comfortable than a standard one.
The loss of teeth and some of the expensive treatment options available need not prevent you from continuing to lead a healthy and happy life. Removable dentures are a suitable course of treatment for many people. You deserve to give yourself the best treatment possible. If you live in or around Glen Oaks and Jamaica and need a consultation for dentures, give us a call today.
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a limited number of teeth, and not an entire set. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting that is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure than standard full dentures, and are more comfortable.
Diseased gums are the primary reason American adults loose teeth. Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the health of the supporting structures of your teeth (including the gums). A periodontist has completed an additional 3 years of specialty training beyond the 4 years required for general dentistry.
During this time they are trained in preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease. Periodontists are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening and gum grafting.
If you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life, the power is in your hands. (To give you an example we have dozens of patients over 80 with all their own teeth.) All you have to do is care for your gums, enamel, and the alignment of your teeth. That means flossing and brushing daily and addressing any alignment problems with your dentist.
Come on in and we'll show you how to floss properly. The right method of flossing requires "hugging" the curve of the teeth and gum line. Think about it this way: you are trying to brush underneath the gum-line where your toothbrush doesn't reach.
The reason brushing and flossing are so important is that any food particles you leave in the mouth will stick to the enamel 24 - 48 hours after you eat. (This sticky film will become harder and harder to remove which is why sometimes your hygienist will need to use special instruments to scrape it off.) This food serves as food for the bacteria in your mouth and they digest it by releasing chemicals to break down the food. These chemicals hurt your enamel and gums and causes caries and gum disease.
While gum disease has become the #1 reason why adults loose teeth, protecting your enamel is still important. Fortunately that's simple. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste will help most of us control the buildup of plaque. And whenever you consume sugar or carbohydrates a quick rinse or drinking water after helps as well.
One final comment: People often overlook the health benefits of straight teeth. However, dental studies show a strong correlation between straight teeth and a healthy, long-lasting smile. In fact, people with good alignment tend to keep their teeth longer and with less problems into life. Many of our patients are over 60 years old and still have all their own teeth.
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