September 10th, 2010
Dental bridges are an effective and solid way of replacing missing teeth that have been lost either to dental decay or some kind of physical trauma. The bridge fills the gap left by a missing tooth with an artificial tooth attached on either side by a dental crowns or resin-bonded strips.
When tooth enamel is worn away either by plaque or bacteria acid, the central part of the tooth can be exposed to infection and decay. If this is not addressed it will eventually lead to the tooth dying and falling out. This will leave a very noticeable and often embarrassing hole in the dental arc. Not only this, but it can often be very painful and can lead to further dental complications. This is because the hollow left by a missing tooth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause further decay and infection.
Tooth can also be encouraged to lean and rotate if the tooth next to it is lost for whatever reason. This is why Central London dentists always recommend replacing lost teeth with dental substitutes. There are other ways or replacing teeth such as dental implants and partial dentures, but the dental bridge is the most popular. This is because it is both cost effective and functional. The bridge is attached firmly using dental crowns and if it is maintained properly it can last for up to fifteen years. Caring for your dental bridge is very similar to caring for your teeth. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque and bacteria and also keep the teeth free from discolouration and staining.
Find out more about dental bridges and other dental restorations by asking your dentist at your next appointment.
July 7th, 2010
Restorative dentistry aims to repair damage that has been caused by dental trauma. This includes when teeth have been knocked out or lost due to decay. There are several methods of replacing missing teeth that include dental bridges and partial dentures. However, perhaps the most realistic and certainly the most permanent is called a dental implant.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw that is anchored directly into the jawbone. Once it is there it will need several weeks or even months to properly fuse with the natural tissue and bone in the jaw. Once solid, the dentists can then attach a post followed by an artificial tooth to the implant. In this way it is the only dental restoration to replace the whole of the tooth from root to tip.
Unlike most other restorations, the dental implant is a permanent solution that does not need to be replaced. Because it replaces the whole of the tooth, including the root, it is also a lot more stable and less likely to suffer damage than a dental bridge. It also means that patients are free to enjoy any food without having to worry about the damage.
London dentists also offer mini-implants to patients who wear dentures. These are a series of smaller implants that are used as a stable and permanent base for dentures. This alleviates the anxiety felt by many denture wearers that they are going to fall out at inopportune moments and means they do not have to resort to sticky and messy denture adhesives.
June 9th, 2010
One of the most popular ways of replacing missing teeth currently is a dental implant. Patients seem to favour dental implants over other dental substitutions such as dental bridges and partial dentures as they provide a grater degree of realism and stability.
A dental implant is the small screw that your London dentist places directly into the jawbone. Because the implant goes directly into the bone it is important that you have strong bones in order for the procedure to be successful. If the bone is insufficiently strong, there may be a chance to have a graft of bone from another area to make it possible for the jaw to accept the implant.
Once the implant is positioned in the jaw it will take a few weeks for it to fuse with the other tissue to become absolutely solid and prepared for the next stage of the treatment. This involves attaching a post to the implant to act as a base for a dental crown, usually made of porcelain and chosen specially to look natural in terms of size and colour.
The dental implant is the only form of dental restoration to replace the whole of the tooth in this way. It is this aspect that gives the implant the advantage and allows the patient to eat and drink every thing they want, something that is not always possible with other replacements.
One of the other major benefits of the dental implant is the fact that it lasts a lifetime. Dental bridges and dentures often have a lifespan of between ten and twenty years before they will need replacing. Once a dental implant is in place you are free to treat it as a normal tooth and carry on with your life.
June 8th, 2010
Losing a tooth to decay or in an accident can be painful and cause a series of long-term dental complications. As well as the pain and cost of treatment, missing teeth are also quite unattractive, especially if somewhere very visible in the dental arc. They can also cause many other underlying dental and wider health problems such as rotating teeth and bite problems. Therefore, Central London dentists always recommend that you try and replace missing teeth as soon as you can.
One of the most popular ways of replacing a missing tooth is to have a dental bridge. This involves constructing an artificial tooth attached by dental crowns on either side of the gap. Alternatively, if the teeth are in good condition, the new tooth can be attached by resin bonded strips.
The artificial tooth, known as the pontic from the Latin for bridge, is usually made from ceramic and chosen to closely match the size and colour of the other teeth. This is attached to dental crowns on either side that hold it in place, bridging the gap. Dental bridges can last as long as twenty years if they are properly cared for, which involves cleaning it by brushing and flossing just as you would a real tooth. It may be necessary to avoid certain foods which could damage the bridge by being too hard. Your dentist will be able to give you more information about how to look after your dental bridge.
A dental bridge will not only restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile which was lost with the tooth, but it can also restore the functionality and make sure that no further damage can be caused to the other teeth, facial tissues and the profile. If you have a missing tooth and are keen to replace it with a substitute, make an appointment to discuss dental bridges with your dentist.
May 12th, 2010
A dental bridge is a unique and crafty way to have a missing tooth replaced without all the fuss and time involved with a dental implant. It is a painless and quick solution that has been very successfully performed for many decades, and it doesn’t cost a fortune says a City of London dentist. If you`re fortunate enough, the treatment will start before you lose the tooth in question. If you`ve already lost it, the gap left will be used to make the replacement tooth. It is not a good idea to leave a missing tooth without any further treatment, the teeth either side will lose their support from the missing tooth and slide into the space. This can cause a misaligned tooth or teeth; and therefore more problems. Using digital photos and X-rays, and often a mould made of the teeth; your dentist will scan them into a computer. the dentist will calculate the exact size and dimensions of the whole bridge. The bridge itself will consist of the missing tooth and two more teeth either side; these will have a hollow inside which is shaped to fit over the teeth on each side. They are all made from porcelain which is very hard wearing and look, feel and act just like the real thing. The two teeth either side are called anchors, for obvious reasons, and are slide over the side teeth after they have been shaped to take the bridge. For an idea of what I mean think of a piece of furniture you are fitting together, you will be using round dowels to secure the pieces together, and now think of the anchor as the piece you are fitting over the dowel. This is now cemented to secure and seal it from infections. The bridge will give you many years of care free usage, and the best part is that no-one but you will know.
February 24th, 2010
Dental implants are one of the most popular and realistic ways of replacing missing teeth. The procedure involves screwing small titanium screws into the jawbone to act as an anchor for an artificial tooth. The treatment is the only dental replacement that replaces the whole tooth and gives the patient relief from the anxiety of missing teeth and temporary replacements.
For dental implants into the upper arc the success rate for surgery is around 91 per cent and for the bottom dental arc about 98 per cent making them some of the most successful dental procedures. However there are some side effects and occasionally treatment may be unsuccessful.
It may be possible to develop an infection if the implant or materials are contaminated. Although this is unlikely it is possible and will need to be monitored after surgery. The side effects of an infection can be quite painful and unpleasant so it really is worth keeping a close eye out for symptoms of infection. It must be stated that infections occur in a tiny fraction of all cases.
Other side effects of dental implants include some bruising and swelling after the implant. This will vary for different patients but will usually disappear naturally soon after the treatment. Dental implants from a London dentist are still one of the safest and best ways to replace a missing tooth. Speak to your dentist for more information about the procedure.
February 19th, 2010
Modern dentistry has advanced to the stage that missing teeth can now be replaced with functional and realistic dental replacements. In the past, dental substitutes were usually in the form of plates or partial dentures which were not permanently attached. These were often prone to coming loose or falling out at inopportune moments. Another, more modern option for missing teeth is to have a more permanent dental bridge fitted.
A dental bridge is attached to the existing teeth with either dental crowns or resin-bonded strips, depending on the condition of the teeth. An artificial tooth, also called a pontic, is the attached to the crowns or resin strips to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.
Missing teeth need to be replaced for a number of reasons. Firstly, and most obviously, are the aesthetic reasons. Missing teeth can be quite unpleasant and very noticeable, especially if in the teeth at the front. They can also have adverse effects on profile and facial muscles, which can sag if several teeth are missing. Missing teeth can also cause there to be changes in the way the other teeth are aligned. Gaps can allow teeth to lean and rotate, which may cause painful bite interruptions and jaw conditions.
London dentists offer dental bridges to replace missing teeth as a standard procedure. The cost of a dental bridge varies according to the severity of work needed. A dental bridge can restore the appearance and functionality of a lost tooth and will last for up to fifteen years if properly maintained.
January 6th, 2010
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws fixed directly into the jaw to act as a solid base for an artificial tooth, replacing a tooth that is missing due to dental trauma or decay. They can be used to attach one or more teeth, or in a series of five can be used as a secure base to attach dentures.
Who do dental implants benefit?
Dental implants are ideal for patients with missing teeth who have otherwise healthy jawbones and teeth in generally good condition. Patients who don’t have a suitable jawbone can have additional graft surgery to strengthen the bone, or could benefit form other dental substitutions such as dental bridges or partial dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are much more sturdy and realistic then other dental restorations. Because the implant replaces the tooth root, the whole tooth is being replaced rather than just the crown. This makes a dental implant feel more like a real tooth and also act like one. Unlike with other restorations, implants allow patients to eat whatever they want without the anxiety of breaking the implant. For denture wearers, implants remove the anxiety of loose dentures and the need for messy adhesives.
How long is treatment?
The initial implant can be fixed in one session but it will need several weeks or months to fuse with the bone and soft tissue. During this time the dentist may attach a temporary crown. When fusion has taken place, a post is attached to the implant and finally a porcelain crown. In all, two or three appointments are needed to replace the missing tooth but they may be spread out over some time. Once fixed, a dental implant can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Is a dental implant painful?
The actual surgery is carried out under anaesthetic so it will not hurt. Some patients may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after initial surgery but this will wear off naturally.
Dental implant surgery is available from all Central London dentists and the costs vary depending on the nature of treatment. Make an appointment to discover more details about dental implants.
December 10th, 2009
Dentures, or partial dentures, are artificial teeth that are specifically designed to replace all or part of the dental arc when teeth have been lost to decay or accidental damage. In the past dentures have had something of a bad reputation because they were unrealistic and patients often had trouble with poorly fitted sets, but denture technology has come a long way.
Losing teeth, whether to decay or because of a head trauma or accident, can be a very unpleasant experience. Everyday activities like eating and drinking can become very difficult and speech and facial structure can be adversely affected. It is important to replace missing teeth to limit the damage done to bite and also for aesthetic reasons. Many people with missing teeth feel embarrassed about their situation and are ashamed to smile or show their missing teeth. A set of dentures can restore a patient’s confidence to smile and eat foods made difficult when teeth are missing.
Modern dentures are made from a combination of ceramic and acrylic resin. They are fitted over the top of remaining gum tissue and ideally should remain in place by suction alone. This is sometimes not the case and loose dentures can fall out or cause irritation to the sensitive gum tissue. For this reason many denture wearers resort to using adhesives to secure their dentures, which is an added hassle and can prevent patients eating certain foods. One alternative option that is becoming more popular is mini-implants anchored directly into the jawbone to act as a solid base for the dentures. This reassures the wearer and feels more like real teeth.
Losing your teeth is something we could all do without, but with nearly a quarter of all people aged over 75 having no original teeth remaining it is a fact we may have to face. However, with improved quality denture technology available form City of London dentists, wearing dentures is not the burden it used to be. Denture wearers can now live a perfectly normal life, eating what they want when they want free from the worry of embarrassment.
December 10th, 2009
Did you know that a dental implant could be the best option to replace a missing tooth? Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone itself to provide a realistic and tooth-like level of security rather than resting on the gum like other dental substitutions. An implant from a London dentist is therefore a more long-term solution to a missing tooth.
Missing teeth need to be replaced for a number of cosmetic and wider health issues. A gap in the dental arc can be the cause behind dental infections and decay, bite problems and painful jaw conditions such as bruxism and TMJ. Replacing the tooth as soon as possible is always a good idea to prevent it causing you any further dental complications.
Statistics in the UK show that over two thirds of adults over the age of forty have lost at least one tooth to decay or accident. By the age of 75, a quarter of all people have lost all their natural teeth. More temporary or unfixed solutions such as dental bridges and dentures can perform a cosmetic role but they are really only band-aids for the actual missing tooth. A dental implant actually strives to replace the whole structure of the tooth for the patient’s peace of mind and to remove the need for messy adhesives. Dental implants are also so strong that they do not inhibit the eating of certain tougher foods that can be the case with more fragile substitutes.
A dental implant comes in the form of a small titanium screw that is drilled into the jawbone through the gum. Given time, the bone and gum tissue will fuse to the implant making it solid and ready to receive an artificial tooth. When this is attached, the patient will have the secure feeling of a real tooth that is only achievable with anchored dental implants.