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Are there limitations to who can have dental implants?

January 18, 2017

 

Placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure. Similar to other surgical procedures, patients have to be in good general heath to go through surgery. Uncontrolled diabetes and systemic conditions compromising the individual’s immune system or interfering with normal healing are two main contraindications for dental implants. In addition, because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone has to be sufficient in quantity to provide support for the implant.

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What are the advantages of a dental implant over a dental bridge or denture?

January 12, 2017

A dental implant provides several advantages over a dental bridge or dentures, including:

• Maintain the integrity of natural teeth. Where a tooth-supported bridge uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge, dental implants function independently of the neighbouring teeth.

• Maintain bone volume and health. Following the loss of a tooth, the host jawbone begins to resorb, leaving a visible defect that may result in an unattractive smile. About 80 per cent of the bone resorption occurs within a year following the tooth loss.

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What are dental implants?

January 5, 2017

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Extensive research conducted in the 1960s showed that dental implants made of pure titanium integrates with the jawbone to become a permanent part of the jaw. As a result, dental implants are considered excellent options for patients who lost teeth due to an accident, periodontal disease or tooth decay.

Similar to natural teeth, dental implants are prone to infection present in the mouth, including infection from gum disease.

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What happens to teeth with gum recession?

November 16, 2016

Initially patients do not experience any symptoms since the affected roots are protected by cementum. Cementum, however, wears out quickly, exposing the layer underneath, the dentine. Once dentine is exposed, teeth become temperature sensitive. Tooth sensitivity is the principal reason most patients seek treatment for gum recession. If left untreated, exposed roots can develop decay, which further undermines the tooth. Last, but by no means least, gum recession can create an unaesthetic appearance for most individuals, especially when affected teeth show when they smile.

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Can gum recessions be treated?

October 18, 2016

Yes of course. Gum recession can be treated by a surgical procedure, known as gum graft surgery. In our practice, over half of our daily activities involves treatment of gum recession. The gold standard in gum graft surgery is the complete restoration of the lost soft and hard tissues. The treatment should also include measures to prevent future recession. It is noteworthy that early treatment of recession is key to successful treatment.

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