April 5th, 2012
Dental implants replace a lost tooth with an artificial one, a treatment that is normally available to most dental patients. However, certain health conditions such as diabetes, smoking or alcohol abuse can adversely affect the healing process of dental implants – so a careful evaluation of your health history will be needed before treatment can begin.
Dental implants typically fuse with the bone, making it as strong as a natural tooth and root. A careful evaluation of the jawbone will be required to check if there is enough bone density to receive the implant. Wear and tear resulting from years of using dentures may result in insufficient bone levels to support the implants. In such cases a different procedure needs to be adapted, which strengthens the jawbone to provide a strong foundation.
Besides the bone the gums will also have to be in a good enough condition, with sufficient tissue to support the implant. In cases where the patient is showing signs of gum disease, this will need to be addressed before the implant process can go ahead.
The procedure for dental implants is more invasive than some other cosmetic dental treatments, but the level of experience of Mossley Dental Care’s team ensures patients from Hyde and nearby areas receive only the highest levels of treatment.
Dental implants are not advised during pregnancy or if there are signs of gum diseases. Severe cases of diabetes will also need to be brought under control to aid the healing process required after dental implants. Smokers will need to abstain before and after the procedure as it can impair the healing process.
January 20th, 2012
Losing a tooth is fairly common and there are various ways you may lose a tooth, from being involved in an accident or a sports injury to tripping or suffering from severe decay. There are also various treatments available from dentists in Hyde.
A dental bridge is a type of restoration which can be used to replace missing teeth. The bridge contains a false tooth, known as a pontic. There are different types of bridges, including classic fixed bridges, Maryland bridges and cantilever bridges. The type of bridge used will usually depend on the location of the gap and the health of the neighbouring teeth. The procedure to fit a bridge is straightforward and the false tooth is designed to look like a natural tooth, so that it blends in perfectly with the other teeth creating a beautiful smile.
Dental implants are another viable option to restore a missing tooth gap. Dental implants are titanium screws which are designed to replace the root section of a missing tooth. They are widely regarded as the most effective long-term means of replacing a tooth. Once the implant has been fixed into a socket in the jaw bone and integrated fully into the bone and it will perform in the same manner as a natural tooth.
It is always beneficial to replace missing teeth because gaps in the teeth affect the aesthetics of the smile, as well as increasing the risk of oral health problems and having an adverse effect on speech and the ability to eat and chew properly. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant or a dental bridge will restore full function to the mouth, as well as creating a much more aesthetically pleasing smile.