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REPLACING MISSING TEETH

Missing teeth can be replaced in a variety of ways.
You may be a candidate for any one or all of them, depending on the circumstances. Implants are becoming the treatment of choice for a number of reasons. Most significant among these is the expected longevity, strength and stability offered by current implant treatment, as well as the predictability of implant treatment with current technologies. Listed below are common treatment options for missing teeth.

There are three basic ways to fix a missing tooth or teeth:

A fixed bridge.
A removable appliance.
A dental implant

Here are the pros and cons of each treatment:

A fixed dental bridge
Having a bridge is like having three crowns. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns; an impression is made, and is sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory then makes the crowns and fastens a false tooth between the two crowns - this is a bridge.

          

The advantages of a bridge are that it is fixed, stable, and feels like your own teeth. In most cases it can be made to look just like you never had a tooth missing. The disadvantage is that you have to treat two teeth besides the one that was extracted - these teeth may otherwise be perfectly sound with nothing wrong.

Crowns:

Is it right for me?
Crowns (or Caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore & function. They are indicated for fractured form teeth, Root canal treated teeth, teeth with large broken down fillings thereby protecting and preserving the underlying natural tooth.
They are either metal in overlaid ceramic or the newest and state of the art "All Ceramic Crowns that not only are more esthetic and tissue friendly but also as strong as ceramic metal crowns. The core of these crowns are fabricated by a computer called CAD -CAM technology and arrive at our office in 3 days after your appointment and can be fit in your mouth 3 days later, giving you an enhanced more lifelike result and impeccable beauty and esthetics mimicking that of natural teeth.

          
                     
                      Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns                                         All Ceramic Crowns

          
                            3 M Lava Crowns

A DENTAL IMPLANT
♦          A dental implant is an artificial "root" that is implanted in your jaw after a tooth extraction, and then a tooth is placed on it. Biologically, it is like placing an entirely new artificial tooth in your mouth.
♦          The advantages of an implant are: No teeth on either side have to be prepared for crowns, so there is no grinding on "good teeth" - you just fix the missing tooth. Implants can also span the space of multiple missing teeth. There is no limit to the span they can cover, as long as the patient's health is good and there is healthy and adequate bone to support the implant. An implant also is fixed and feels just like your own teeth.

          

♦          The disadvantages of implants are that they can cost more and be more and time-consuming. There is also a delay in getting the false tooth or teeth - a healing interval of several months may be required before the artificial root can have a tooth placed on it.
♦          A model of an implant tooth between two natural teeth.

Installing Implants with Fixed Bridge
1. Before the procedure
                     

2. Implant Placement: First, the implants are installed. With conventional procedure, implants are left about 2-6 months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. If immediate loaded implants can be done, a temporary bridge may be placed at the same time.
                     

3.Attaching the bridge to the implants
                     

4. End result: The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.
                     

Implants supported Over dentures
• Denture stabilized with implants. So renewed confidence and improved quality of life as well
• Possible to use existing dentures
• Removable
• Simple and relatively Inexpensive

Installing Full Arch Implants with Over dentures

1. Before the procedure
          
The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.

2. Implant Placement
          
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, two implants are used. Four implants may be placed in cases for added over denture retention. Temporary dentures may be worn that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent over denture to be installed.

3. Attaching the bridge to the implants
          
A ball or bar is then attached on top of the implants and the over dentures installed over. The ball or bar acts as a clip that enables the over dentures to snap securely in place.

4. End result
          
The removable over dentures are securely clipped on top of the implant with the ball/bar giving the strength and stability that allows you to better than with conventional dentures

Dentures

                                

Removable partial or full dentures can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw. Dentures rely on support by the other teeth in that jaw (for partial dentures) and from mechanical support by the remaining ridge of gum and underlying bone. Maxillary (upper jaw) full dentures also may be helped by suction between the denture and the underlying gum of your palate (roof of mouth).

 
 
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