A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is palced into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
They are an ideal option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, failure of endodontics, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Why opt for Dental Implants
- They can easily replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- They support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
- Reliable: They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
- Esthetic: Dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. They are a semblance of your natural teeth
- Tooth-saving: Neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, hence a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
- Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about displaced dentures and messy denture adhesives.
When to opt for Dental Implants
Replacing Several Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing All of Your Teeth: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots
Pediatrics (Kids) Dentistry
It is highly recommended that kids and children get first check by 12 months to establish if they have normal teeth and jaw development, and also to ensure that children have a healthy development right from start
Early checkups have several advantages including:
- Teaching adults how to care for their child’s teeth and gums.
- How to help their children learn to care for themselves
- Answering parents questions and concerns
- Planning for future dental health.
- Braces are considered to be the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth.
- They are usually made of stainless steel
- Clear brackets for braces are available, usually at extra cost.
Usually, there are two visits in the process of fitting braces.
It is recommended that the braces remain on the teeth for the entire duration of treatment.
After the first visit an approximate period of 1 to two months is recommended for adjustments, wire changes, Rubber Bands and Headgear
Patients may need to wear such items as rubber bands and/or headgear with their braces during treatment to provide important extra forces for the correction of the bite.
The approximate period for the entire treatment is usually 18 – 24 months. However, some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The severity level of the original malocclusion, cooperation of the patient and the type of treatment may determine the total time of treatment
Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
These are the procedures that attempt to regenerate lost periodontal structures that support our teeth. This is accomplished using biocompatible membranes, often in combination with bone grafts and/or tissue stimulating proteins.
Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR)
This refers to procedures that attempt to regenerate bone prior to the placement of bridges or, more commonly, implants. This is accomplished using bone grafts and biocompatible membranes that keep out tissue and allow the bone to grow.
We have great techniques available to us to replace missing bone. We can increase bothe the width and height of bone. We can fill in anatomical voids in bone thereby creating new bone and we can fill in all sorts of defects that develop when teeth are lost. We can even use grafting techniques to prevent the loss of bone in circumstances where bone would normally be lost like the extraction of a tooth.
Gum Treatment & Surgeries
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is the inflammation of the soft tissue and abnormal loss of bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place, and is the second most common cause of toothache.
Causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by toxins secreted by bacteria in “plaque” that accumulate over time along the gum line. This plaque is a mixture of food, saliva, and bacteria.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Early symptoms include gum bleeding without pain.
- Pain in a more advanced gum disease as the loss of bone around the teeth leads to the formation of gum pockets. Bacteria in these pockets cause gum infection, swelling, pain, and further bone destruction. Advanced gum disease can cause loss of otherwise healthy teeth.
- Treating Gum Diseases
- Oral hygiene and removal of bacterial plaque is the most effective treatment of gum disease in early stages.
Thorough cleaning of the teeth and teeth roots called “root planning” and “subgingival curettage.” is also useful in moderate to advance stages of gum disease. Root planning is the removal of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from exposed teeth roots while subgingival curettage refers to the removal of the surface of the inflamed layer of gum tissue. Both of these procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia and may be accompanied by the use of oral antibiotics to overcome gum infection or abscess. Follow-up treatment may include various types of gum surgeries. In advanced gum disease with significant bone destruction and loosening of teeth, teeth splinting or teeth extractions may be necessary.
It is defined as progressive inflammatory disease of the gums and the surrounding tissue around the teeth. It is commonly referred to as gum disease and was referred to as pyorrhea in the old days. Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss after the age of 40.
Certain medical conditions or medications can make you more susceptible to gum disease. They include pregnancy, diabetes, epilepsy, and such medications as chemotherapy, birth control pills, antidepressants, and those for heart problems.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
Fixed Teeth Replacement
It is IMPORTANT to consult Dentplan Dental Surgeons, prosthodontist, in case of unfortunate occurence to your teeth. This ensures a reduction of inmpact on your entire mouth. If the situation is not corrected in advance, missing teeth can allow the surrounding teeth to become displaced.
By taking care of dental problems immediately, you minimize the risk of future problems.
Ensure you have crowns fix to protect teeth that are so damaged or diseased that they need more support than a simple filling.
Bridges replace missing teeth and offer support for the surrounding teeth to help retain the integrity of the jaw and face structure.
Crowns(caps), restore damaged teeth and mimics the shape, size and color of the surrounding teeth. Crowns are indicated for cracked teeth and teeth with deep cavities; to protect teeth that have been filled by root-canal treatment; to provide extra support for bridges; and to cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth. Crowns may be made of metal, porcelain, or newer restorative materials like metal free ceramics. They are custom-made and fitted for each patient in conformation with the size and length of the natural teeth. Crowns have a life span of five to eight years, but can last much longer with proper oral hygiene. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials. They can be made of plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximize strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
The teeth to be crowned are prepared which involves reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anaesthesia) followed by an impression or mould of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted. The mould taken is then sent to a laboratory where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown. In the meanwhile, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the trimmed tooth.
Bridge stabilizes the bite of a patient who is missing one or more teeth. They prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable and require removal, compromising oral health or change the shape of the face and diminish the beauty of a smile.
Bridges are permanent hence patients need not remove them. The missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth connected between two crowns (caps), which are permanently cemented or bonded on the adjacent teeth.
Bridges can be used to replace a small number of missing teeth if the neighboring teeth are sufficiently strong. The number of missing teeth, condition of the neighboring teeth, condition of the supporting gums and bone are all important factors which need to be assessed prior to making a bridge.
Teeth Bleaching & Whitening
Teeth Bleaching and Whitening
Bleaching is considered one of the most common procedures of dental cosmetics.
It aims at brightening discolored, stained, or teeth that have been darkened as a result of injury or drinking habits.
Types of Teeth Stain
- Internal stains are those that occurs from within the tooth.
- They cannot be removed by brushing and flossing
- Bleaching may not be effective in removing such stains.
- Causes include injury to the tooth, certain medications (such as tetracycline) taken during tooth formation stage or an excess fluoride ingested during the formation of teeth.
Extrinsic Stains(External stains)
- This is staining of the tooth surface.
- Sources include cigarettes, cigars, paan masala , coffee, tea, or spicy foods.
- Good tooth brushing techniques or professional oral prophylaxis (scaling) can remove such stains
Tooth sensitivity may be experienced during the bleaching process, which however may disappear within two to three days upon completion of the treatment.
Bleaching is used to enhance your smile by brightening your existing natural teeth, and therefore, will not make crowns, Veneers/Laminates, bonding or existing fillings lighter.
- Brush and floss teeth thoroughly prior to placing the tray in your mouth.
- Place small drop of gel in tray at each tooth site where whitening is desired.
- Place the tray completely and firmly onto teeth.
- Use toothbrush or clean finger to wipe off excess gel
- Wear the trays through the night
- When trays are removed, rinse with cool water and remove residual material and store in case. Keep your trays out of the sunlight and heat. Excessive heat can melt the trays. Do not store them in your car during the warm summer months.
- Brush and rinse remaining gel from teeth after Bleaching
- Before you eat make sure you remove tray
- Have enough material to bleach both upper and lower teeth for 1-2 weeks.