November 6th, 2011
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth’s natural root. Dental implants are screws that are positioned into the jawbone in the location of a lost tooth. The screws are made from bone-tolerant materials such as titanium and titanium alloy. After the screw has been inserted into the jawbone, an artificial tooth is fitted into the location of the missing tooth.
Dental implants can be used to support one missing tooth or more in the form of a crown, bridge or fixed denture. Dental implants are used when the entire root of a tooth is no longer viable to support a tooth. Dental implants are also used to improve the appearance of damaged smiles and aid in the proper function of the teeth during speaking and eating.
Other root replacement techniques include bridges and dentures. Bridges involve attaching false teeth to existing teeth and could mean that healthy teeth have to be filed down for the bridge to fit securely. While bridges are attached to existing teeth, dentures are generally attached to plastic or metal plates. Dentures must be removed daily for cleaning, to ensure good oral health. Although bridges and dentures are conventional restorative treatments, which have been used for decades, dental implants provide better support and are much more comfortable. However, not all patients with missing teeth are suitable for dental implants.
There are a series of questions that Hyde dentists ask before determining whether or not dental implants are right for you. This decision is generally determined after a consultation with your dentist, which will probably include an assessment of your mouth and teeth. At a dental implant consultation, your dentists will assess you on the following questions to determine whether dental implants would be suitable for you.
- Do you have satisfactory general health?
- Are the remaining teeth and gums stable and free of decay, broken teeth and gum disease?
- Are you capable of maintaining a healthy mouth?
- Is there sufficient quality and quantity of bone present to allow for implants to be inserted?
- Are you of a suitable age to receive dental implants?
September 29th, 2011
Dental implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm and they are widely regarded as the best long-term solution for missing and damaged teeth.
People lose teeth all the time, either through dental trauma, sports injuries or as a result of decay or advanced gum disease. It is important to replace missing teeth for aesthetic reasons, as well as functional purposes – gaps in the teeth can look unsightly and they also increase the risk of oral health diseases and reduce the function of the teeth. Gaps in the teeth can also increase pressure on other teeth and the spaces left may cause the remaining teeth to move and become misaligned.
Dental implants are titanium rods which are designed to substitute the root portion of the missing tooth. The implant is screwed into a pre-drilled socket in the jaw bone. Once the implant has been inserted, it will be left to heal and settle into the jaw bone. Then, once it has integrated fully, a new restoration such as a crown, dentures or a dental bridge can be attached. Once the restoration has been fixed in place, the tooth will function in exactly the same way as a natural tooth.
Dental implants are regarded as a better treatment than dental bridges and dentures because they last longer and provide exceptional functionality. Once the implant has integrated into the jaw bone, the tooth will function as effectively as a natural tooth. Implants also enhance the aesthetics of the smile because they look like natural teeth and are designed to blend in with the rest of the teeth. Dental implants also reduce bone loss and provide support for the cheeks and lips, which helps to prevent sagging around the jaw and help prevent signs of ageing.
Dental bridges can be damaged quite easily and they do not last as long as dental implants. Dental implants are also more durable than dentures and there is no risk of the implant irritating the gums or causing soreness, which can happen if the dentures start to lose their shape.
August 9th, 2011
It really is no good at all to have a set of teeth which is not complete. Aside from how this makes your mouth look strange, you will also be unable to carry out many of the functions that you take for granted. Eating and drinking, let alone talking, suddenly become much more difficult or even impossible in some cases. Humans have long been concerned with replacing missing teeth and we have developed a number of effective ways of doing so which are available in dental surgeries up and down the country.
Audenshaw dentists are telling their patients that one of the options for replacing teeth does not deserve the negative stereotypes which persist around it. Dentures are long overdue a reappraisal, especially in the light of the vast improvements which have been made in their construction and therefore usability.
Many of the problems associated with dentures are simply not applicable anymore. The tendency of dentures to slip out of the mouth during meals or even speech and the possibility of them being painful to wear, were the results of the fact that they were mass produced according to a ‘one size fits all wearers’ principle. Nowadays, your dentist will make a set of dentures individually for you that will fit neatly into your unique mouth.
The materials being used allow for a more comfortable wear too and some types of denture can proudly boast of being ‘friction free’. Dentures represent a relatively hassle free way of replicating the functions of a full set of teeth. Ask your Ashton under lyne dentist about them and you might find that they are the solution you’ve been looking for.
July 1st, 2011
Looking good is at the top of everyone’s list of priorities, and why shouldn’t it be? Looking into the mirror and liking what you see is guaranteed to get your feel good vibes pulsating. It’s all well and good preening ourselves, straightening our hair, buying nice clothes, buffing our nails and exfoliating our skin, but what really counts – and I mean really counts – is our smile.
The importance of a healthy smile
Smiling is good for you and for others because it’s the most natural and simple way of expressing contentment with yourself and the world. When we smile we trigger a positive emotional response in those around us and trick our minds into believing we are happy. When we fail to smile we fail to see the funny side in just about everything.
So why don’t we smile more? Why do we hold onto our quivering, straight lipped frowns when the butterfly of mirth is desperate to emerge and flutter its joyful wings?
I’ll tell you why: you’re embarrassed. You’re embarrassed because you have missing teeth. Listen; the world of dentistry has come a long way from the days of backstreet buccaneers pulling and tugging at roots like the characters in ‘The Enormous Turnip,’ so erase this medieval misconception from your mind at once.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used as an alternative to bridges and crowns as a way to permanently replace missing teeth. The false tooth or teeth (known as ‘restorations’) are attached to metal rods and fused to the jawbone. When we lose a tooth or several teeth the disconnection creates a ‘sunken’ look adding years to our appearance, so dental implants come with the added benefit of restoring the bone structure too. And although crowns and bridges can help correct the appearance of your smile, they may interfere with the health of the surrounding teeth and can become loose, particularly when you’re tucking into your favourite piece of meat.
Because dental implants merge with your jawbone they can last a long time. They also look beautifully natural among your other teeth and can be maintained in exactly the same way, simply by brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist for a regular six monthly check-up.
So what are you waiting for?
If you’ve got missing teeth, you are based in Saddleworth and you desperately want to fix your smile, then contact your dentist for a lowdown on dental implants and the best treatment package available for you today.