IMPLANT PLACEMENT AND RESTORATION
Dental Implants are a small screw like fixtures that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to form an artificial tooth root, made of a metal post, which anchors in place a new tooth crown. Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology resulting in a permanent solution that will serve its owner for life.
A dental implant placed in a single session, thanks to new methods that have simplified the procedure. A dental implant can be used to replace any amount of teeth, from a single tooth to a full mouth restoration.
In your first visit, thanks to a Panoramic X-ray we will evaluate the quality of your bone and if you are suitable for dental implants. We will listen to your concerns and discuss the issues, treatment options available to your individual needs, and answer any questions you may have.
- Preserve natural teeth: They can replace one or several of your teeth without the need of filing down your adjacent teeth.
- It is a permanent solution: They can give support to a bridge, so you don’t have to wear a removable partial denture.
- Comfort: If you decide to have a denture, having several tooth implants as a support can make it more comfortable.
- Better oral health: They can stabilize the jawbone, helping to keep the bone integrity for longer.
A small screw made from titanium is inserted into the jawbone – the dental implant. Titanium is commonly used, as it is lightweight, strong and biocompatible with the human body.
An abutment (which we provide from either titanium or zirconium) is attached to an implanted fixture.
A tooth crown is anchored securely to an abutment, giving you the same functions as a natural tooth. The metal post is left for three to four months to heal and integrate with the jawbone.
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.
WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful. If they don’t fully break through the surface of your gum line, wisdom teeth can cause issues over time. Bacteria and food particles can build up and get trapped leading to gum disease, infections, and tooth decay.
Wisdom teeth usually grow out during the early twenties for most patients. There are several different types of impacted wisdom teeth which include:
- Horizontal Impaction – Grows Horizontally.
- Vertical Impaction – Wisdom tooth can’t break through the gums because it’s stuck against the next tooth.
- Mesial Impaction – Grows at an angle facing the front of the mouth.
- Distal Impaction – Grows away from the tooth next to it.
We must take X-rays of your wisdom teeth in order to get a better understanding of why you are experiencing pain and if they need to be removed or not. If it has to be extracted, you will usually be given a local anesthetic injection to numb the area.
In some cases, a cut may be needed in your gum, and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it’s removed. The time it takes to remove the tooth will vary. Some procedures only take a few minutes, whereas others can take 20 minutes or longer.
There will be some swelling and discomfort after the tooth is removed with the first couple of days being the worse. The dentist will be able to give you some pain medication to help cope with the discomfort, but after a couple of weeks, everything should be back to normal.
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, but they can loosen up or fall. A good oral hygiene and regular checks will help the longevity of crown or bridge. Matching your natural teeth color, you will recover your natural/beautiful smile.
Whether patients want a confidence boost or to look their best for a specific occasion, whitening remains the most-requested cosmetic dental procedure. Today’s patients want whitening options that fit their lifestyle and fast results with little or no discomfort. They want whitening that makes their special moments even brighter, giving them the confidence to truly smile. Only dental professionals have access to the most powerful, professional-strength whitening and can ensure your treatment is safe and your results are outstanding.
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, the No.1 patient-requested professional whitening brand. With clinically superior results and efficacy versus other professional whitening alternatives, WhiteSpeed is one of the fastest ways to create brighter, healthier smiles that patients will want to show off. When combined with the pH booster in the whitening gel, WhiteSpeed’s advanced blue LED light-activated technology greatly accelerates the whitening process, delivering dramatic results your patients will love in just one office visit.
Is teeth whitening safe? Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What are the side effects? The most common side effect is both tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist is your best resource to make sure you’re a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right formula.
How is Zoom different? Over-The-Counter whitening products are not customized to you. With Phillips Zoom, the whitening process is tailored to your needs by your dentist.
How long will my Zoom results last? Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration.
How long does it take? With Zoom in-office, teeth can be up to eight shades whiter in 45 minutes.
COMPLETE AND PARTIAL DENTURES
Immediate dentures are created ahead of time and can be placed in a patient’s mouth whenever their old teeth are removed. A disadvantage is the fact that as your gums begin to heal, over time there will be some shrinkage which would cause the dentures to not fit as securely as possible.
Conventional dentures are full removable dentures, they will be able to be placed in the patient’s mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the patient’s teeth have been removed. For most patients, immediate dentures should only be used as a temporary fix until they can receive their conventional dentures.
Dentures are used to replace surrounding tissues and missing teeth in your mouth. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing and partial dentures when some natural teeth remain.
This is a partial denture that can easily be removed and is made up of replacement teeth that would be attached to a matching gum-colored base. Partial dentures can be used in both the upper and lower jaw.
This is a great alternative for the interim stages of the implant treatment plan, while the final crowns are not fitted. Patients who might not qualify for dental implants could also be good candidates for removable partial.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES (OVERDENTURES)
Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental Implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.
The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. In fact, it has been reported that dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.*
BENEFITS OF STABLE DENTURES
- Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improves speech and confidence
- Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
- Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
- Often can utilize your existing denture
- Minimally invasive procedure
PROBLEMS WITH LOOSE DENTURES?
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.