What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They are biocompatible titanium posts, which are placed into the upper or lower jawbone. Through a process called "osseointegration", the dental implant "fuses" with your own bone and becomes a part of your body much like your natural teeth. After this process, an abutment and crown are attached to the dental implant to complete the tooth replacement. Implants can also be used to retain bridges and dentures.
When are dental implants used?
Individual tooth replacement
Dental implants have become the new standard of care for individual tooth replacement because they can offer the following advantages over other conventional treatments, such as fixed bridges.
Dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth by attaching fixed bridge to them. They can also aid in the replacement of a full set of teeth by helping to secure dentures. When compared to conventional removable dentures, there are many advantages.
Crowns, commonly referred to as caps, are a procedure that includes the reshaping of an entire tooth, reducing it in size by approximately 25%, then covering it with a natural-appearing, porcelain crown. A dental crown can be used to replace a chipped, broken, decayed, misaligned, or discolored tooth. It can add strength and color stability to otherwise compromised teeth. In our office, in most cases, we utilize Cerec technology to create life-like porcelain crowns in a single visit.
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Bridges are used when a patient is missing one or more teeth, but still have one healthy tooth to both the right and the left of the space. Just as in dental crowns, the teeth to the left and right of the empty space are reshaped, reducing the size of the teeth by 25%. The two shaved teeth act as anchors or "abutments," as a bridge of new teeth cover the two reshaped teeth and fill the empty space at the same time.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete denture services are either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all of the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.
Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected due to decay or injury to the tooth, the pulp must be removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of each root canal. Once the infected pulp is removed, the remaining chamber is filled with a rubber-based material to seal it off. Most teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected with a tooth-like artificial covering known as a crown. This is because teeth that have had the pulp removed are more susceptible to fracture.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the tooth's surface to fill the grooves and pits. The coating is hardened to protect the tooth's surface from decay. The coating can be clear, white, or slightly tinted, but is virtually impossible to see because of its placement on the back molars. Sealants are a great option for the prevention of dental caries (cavities) because they act as a physical barrier to decay. The protection is determined by the sealant's ability to adhere to the tooth.
If you have swollen, bleeding gums, you may have periodontal disease. The sooner we eliminate gum disease in your mouth, the better. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious loss of teeth and bone, and it has recently been linked to heart disease and stroke as well as premature and low weight babies. Treating periodontal disease is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. We take it seriously, and so should you.
Tooth extractions and other minor dental surgeries are performed in our office.
The NTI-tss Plus™ protects teeth, muscles and joints by suppressing parafunctional muscle contraction by almost 70%. Originally developed to prevent migraine pain, the NTI-tss Plus is proven to be a superior alternative to full coverage bite guards.
The NTI-tss Plus also gives dentists a way to simply and effectively treat patients suffering from tension and migraine headaches by reducing the intensity of jaw clenching while the patient sleeps.
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Matthews Family Dentistry
1340 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite101, Mathews, NC 28105
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