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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures. There are two types titanium and ceramics. The latter is a new addition but without a long term studies to support its success. If you have concerns of metal and you request a ceramic implant, we are providing it in our practice. They are all screw type devices placed in the bone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth.Read more
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you've lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.
If you have a minimum of 4 mm below the sinus, at the time of the implant placement preparation, tools can be used to infract the floor of the sinus and the bone graft is pushed to increase the length and surround the implant with bone. It will be left to heal up to 6 months and after that the implant will be uncovered if it was buried under the gum to attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure and then your dentist will proceed with restoring the implant and place the dental prosthetic engaged to that implant.
The term All-on-4 refers to "all" teeth being supported "on four" dental implants. This procedure allow the replacement of missing teeth with a permanent, screw-retained, same-day replacement for the entire upper and / or lower set of teeth with a bridge or denture. The procedure is best for patients with significant tooth loss or decay and for people whose bone loss in the jaw area prevents them from getting conventionally oriented (vertical) dental implants. Often, tooth loss is accompanied by loss of the jaw bone which poses the problem of reconstruction of the jaw bone requiring bone grafting. The All-on-4 technique takes advantage of the dense bone that remains in the front part of the jaws and by placing the two posterior implants on an angle to avoid the sinus cavities in the upper jaw and the nerve canal in the lower jaw. For the implementation to be successful a careful analysis of the bone structure needs to be made. The most ideal way to evaluate the bone is by a CBCT scan and digital planning. The All-on-4 protocol is for at least four implants to be placed in a jaw. The back implants are typically angled approximately 30 to 45 degrees from the biting plane. The implant is placed in front of the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw (maxilla) and in front of the mental nerve in the lower jaw (mandible). The head of the implant emerges in approximately the second premolar position. This will allow a molar tooth to be cantilevered posterior resulting in a denture or bridge with approximately 12 teeth.
Known as Socket preservation or alveolar ridge preservation procedure. It allows to reduce bone loss after tooth extraction. After tooth extraction, the jaw bone has a natural tendency to lose its original width resulting in 30–60% loss in bone volume in the first six months. Bone loss, can compromise the ability to place a dental implant (to replace the tooth), its aesthetics and functional ability.
A 2015 Cochrane study found that there was evidence that socket preservation does indeed improve the height and width, compared to extraction without socket preservation but that there is insufficient data to conclude that it decreases implant failures, improves aesthetics, or that one grafting material is any better than another.
Socket preservation is completed at the time of extraction. After removal of the tooth, the gum is elevated away from the bone if needed, the socket is thoroughly cleansed mechanicaaly with curettes and chemically and than thoroughly rinsed with saline (sterile) water. The socket is packed with bone grafting material and a resorbable collagen barrier membrane is placed over the graft. The wound will be closed over the barrier membrane.
Oral medicine is concerned with clinical diagnosis and non-surgical management of non-dental pathologies affecting the orofacial region (the mouth and the lower face). Many systemic diseases have signs or symptoms that manifest in the orofacial region. Pathologically, the mouth may be afflicted by many cutaneous and gastrointestinal conditions. There is also the unique situation of hard tissues penetrating the epithelial continuity (hair and nails are intra-epithelial tissues). The biofilm that covers teeth therefore causes unique pathologic entities known as plaque-induced diseases.
Example conditions that oral medicine is concerned with are lichen planus and pemphigus vulgaris. Moreover, it involves the diagnosis and follow-up of pre-malignant lesions of the oral cavity, such as leukoplakias or erythroplakias and of chronic and acute pain conditions such as paroxysmal neuralgias, continuous neuralgias, myofascial pain, atypical facial pain, autonomic cephalalgias, headaches and migraines. Another aspect of the field is managing the dental and oral condition of medically compromised patients such as cancer patients suffering from related oral mucositis, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws or oral pathology related to radiation therapy. To get a definitive diagnosis, most of the time, we will perform a surgical excisional biopsy and send to a pathology lab. The results will be communicated with you. If further treatment or referral is needed, out periodontist will guide in that process.
Digital Dentistry has changed treatment planning. Using this new technology, your case is virtually planned and ready for execution. With digital scanning, we have eliminated dental impression material and increased the accuracy of our final dental product. As always, our goal is to give you the best, most innovative service and we are keeping our promise.
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.
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