With cosmetic dentistry prices becoming increasingly affordable thanks to technological improvements, it is easier than ever to enjoy straight teeth and a perfect smile.
Problems that can be addressed with Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is primarily used to whiten and straighten the teeth.
- Dental veneers and crowns are used to correct discoloured or crooked teeth.
- Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth.
- Cosmetic dentistry bonding is a commonly used and affordable approach to masking cracks and chips in teeth.
- Laser technologies are also being used to reshape the gums and dental bones to create a more uniform, symmetrical appearance and to improve the smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth, and are used as structural supports for artificially replaced teeth. The most common tooth implants used in modern dentistry are Osseo-integrated root form implants. These dental implants can be fused right into the surface of the jawbone to create a strong support that mimics the natural arrangement of the teeth.
Who needs them?
The ideal candidate for dental implants can be a person who has experienced whole tooth loss or suffers from jawbone degeneration to the point where natural structures can no longer support prosthetic teeth.
What is the procedure?
- Your dentist will make a detailed examination to evaluate your teeth and jaws. This is to determine which placement techniques will result in the most aesthetically pleasing outcome. If any teeth need to be extracted to make way for the implant, they may be removed at this point.
- Osseo-integrated dental implants are placed with the aid of a precision, high-speed dental drill, which is used to hedge against the possibility of bone necrosis.
- After placement, the bone is allowed to heal around the implant, after which the prosthetic tooth can be placed. On an average, the procedure takes 30 minutes per implant.
- Bone grafts maybe needed to provide stability and promote faster recovery.
Sometimes, the implants are placed in a multi-stage procedure, which allows the bone to heal with the implant more firmly to provide predictable and reliable support for your implanted teeth.
What are the associated risks?
- In some patients, the implants fail to integrate with the natural jawbone properly. This leads to implant failure, and your dentist will need to use an alternate technique to restore your missing teeth, including re-implantation.
- If you have a tooth abscess, your dentist must allow it to clear up before placing the implants.
- Heavy smokers, people who abuse alcohol or people with chronic, serious medical conditions may experience delayed healing or implant failure.
- The risk of developing an infection while undergoing a major dental surgery always remains.
What are the alternatives to Dental Implants?
Partial and full dentures are an affordable alternative, but do not look and are not as comfortable as dental implants. Bridges and dental crowns may also be used if your tooth loss is limited to one or two teeth and your other teeth are healthy enough to remain functional and support additional loads of replaced teeth.