When the dreaded day comes when you lose a tooth or two, or even all of them, it could be the time to look into dentures. Now before you dismiss them completely because of ideas you may have of them, they do serve a very good purpose and help to retain the health of your mouth. They are also a cheaper option to say having dental implants fitted. Dentistry has moved on from the dark days; dentists want to try and save as many of your teeth as they can, so this has seen a massive rise in people opting for partial dentures to overcome the problem of tooth loss. They are incredibly good looking when they are in the mouth, wrap themselves firmly around the surrounding teeth and are easy to pop in and out whenever you need to do so- and again, very cheap. Full dentures are going through a bit of a renaissance too. This is all due to the fact that they are made from softer, more natural looking materials that cling in the mouth better and can adapt to any shrinkage in your gums. These fit even better when used in conjunction with mini implants and some of the vastly improved adhesives on the market today. Surbiton has the lot, but if you want to know where to go, or want more information, one company that serves the area is Mulberry dental care of Walton- they serve the area so give them a call.
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About 20 years ago, you would never have thought bout putting the word ‘dashing’ and ‘dentures’ in the same sentence, just ask anyone from those years who had to endure them, but time and technology has seen a new generation of dentures emerge that has indeed made them dashing and exciting too in Surbiton. And the dentists aren’t that bad either now; as opposed to pulling all of your teeth back then at the merest hint of a crisis, dentists today prefer to save as many of your teeth they can to wrap your dentures around when rebuilding your mouth. Partial dentures can lock more strongly around remaining teeth to keep them in place, but this isn’t just the advantages modern dentures have to offer, it’s what they are made from and how they look that have made them better to wear than ever before. Partial and full dentures are manufactured from softer more natural looking materials than adhere to the mouth better, avoiding the embarrassment of them falling out. New Fixodent’s have transformed this adhesion too, but the ultimate sensation for the wearer has come from the arrival of mini-implants that lock the dentures firmly into place to the point that you could chew your way through a log.
A dental implant is not a new innovation, the research was started in the 1950s in Sweden and Oxford, the results of which have been revolutionised of late says a Sunbury dentist. They are the ultimate in false teeth and are a real God send for the patient who has lost a tooth or two, and doesn’t want to wear a denture on a plate. The patient first consults a dentist with a tooth problem, this could be a misaligned or crooked tooth, it may be a chipped, cracked or discoloured tooth or even worse a decaying tooth. Once it has been decided that a veneer won’t solve the problem by covering it up, the decision may be made to extract it. The patient then has pictures taken of the gap left, and the teeth either side of the rogue one. An orthodontist will then make the new tooth, this will look just like the old one in colour, size and shape, except it will be more perfect than nature’s last attempt. The new implant has a screw on the bottom of it, the dentist will now drill into the jaw line and screw and glue a plate in place, this has an inner screw hole and into this is placed the new implant. After three to six months the implant will fuse into the jaw and for all intents and purposes the implant acts, feels and works just like a natural tooth. Multiple implants can be fitted in this way, and they last a long time, if they in turn become damaged then they can easily be replaced in a few sittings. This has completely turned around the false tooth industry, especially for those patients that cannot wear dentures on a plate. The new implant can literally be used just like the old tooth, and it can be cleaned in just then same way so there’s no need for a glass of water each night, glue or any special cleaning materials.
If you have a tooth or numerous teeth missing, and do not want you wear a removable denture, then a fixed dental bridge is for you. Your Worcester Park dentist will explain the benefits of dental bridges, which are prosthetic teeth made of porcelain, metal or gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal/gold that use the adjacent teeth for support and anchorage. These supporting teeth are referred to as abutment teeth, while the missing teeth that are replaced are referred to as pontic teeth. For every tooth that needs replacing, you like to have one supporting tooth at least, if not more.
A dental bridge or bridges will be recommended by your Worchester Park dentist if you have one or several teeth missing that effect your ability to eat. Other reasons to replace your missing teeth with a fixed dental bridge are if: your appearance and smile are affected, your teeth are starting to shift or your bite is collapsing; your speech is affected; and, there is a change to the shape of your face, along with numerous other reasons.
There are several different types of fixed dental bridges; by fixed it is meant that they are not removable. There are several designs of fixed dental bridges, where the adjacent teeth are prepared the same way that crowns are prepared, and the impressions are taken, along with a bite registration and shade, and are sent to a dental laboratory with instructions. Different designs are also available for the pontic tooth of the bridge, depending upon where the missing tooth is located and the hygiene needs of the patient. There are also resin-retained bridges and cantilever bridges. Resin bonded bridges are usually used in the anterior sections of the mouth, when the teeth are in good shape, and both the dentist and the patient do not want solid tooth structure removed unnecessarily. Very little of the inner of the adjacent teeth are removed and the pontic is bonded to the adjacent teeth by metal wings made to conform to those teeth. Cantilever bridges are usually made when teeth abutments are only on one side of the edentulous (toothless) space. Dental bridges can last a long time, especially if you take good care of them and your overall oral hygiene. Fixed bridges are natural in appearance and tend to be much more stable than removable bridges, partials, or full dentures.
Nowadays, nearly all dental implants are fabricated from titanium, a metal with distinctive properties that render it helpful towards this end. A slight film forms on the titanium surface that safeguards it from rusting. Among other things, it can withstand acids, oxygen, and salt solutions. Besides, titanium is nearly totally nonmagnetic. It is very tough for its weight. Most significantly perhaps, the body doesn’t consider titanium implants to be alien objects and accepts them. When implants are fixed in the bone, the bone develops around the dental implant. This process is referred to as osseointegration.
Titanium implants are made with several kinds of surfaces, including:
* Plasma sprayed
* Hydroxyapatite coated
* Acid etched
* Acid etched & grit blasted
Hydroxyapatite forms a part of bone composition. Through a process known as biointegration, it adheres to bone.
Implants are of various kinds. The most widely preferred are root-form implants. Once in a while, transosseous implants are also done. The other kinds are seldom carried out.
Your dentist in Sunbury determines the kind of implant to be employed depending on the bone quality in your jaw plus the kind of crown, denture, or bridge that will be fixed on dental implants.
The root-form dental implants are known as endosteal or endosseous implants, indicating they are fixed in the bone. These implants appear much like cones, screws, or chunky nails, and are available in different lengths and widths. To ensure root-form implants prove effective, the bone must be sufficiently deep and wide to offer a firm base.
In Sunbury, it is possible to fix root-form implants either in one or two stages. Conventionally, the two-stage procedure is used. In this process, for about 3-4 months the implant is positioned underneath the gum tissue. Then it is bared during a second operation. In the case of a single-stage process, the implant is fixed in bone and stays bared in your mouth.