Category Archives: Dental Implants

How to Clean Ceramic Teeth

The process of using ceramic materials to replace or repair teeth is not new. According to the Indiana University School of Dentistry, the first porcelain denture tooth was introduced in 1789. Of the materials used today for tooth restoration, ceramic porcelain comes closest to duplicating the color and translucency of natural teeth. Ceramic teeth are, however, more expensive than other materials and can add up to a major investment. Protect your investment and help your ceramic teeth last longer by cleaning them properly. Continue reading

Temporary Cement Vs. Permanent Cement for Dental Implants

Dental implants involve one or more artificial teeth being inserted into the jaw to fill a gap in the bite. Dental implants can be used to fill spaces where one or two teeth are missing, or to serve as an anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures where many or all of the teeth need to be replaced. Both temporary and permanent cement play a role in dental implants. Continue reading

Types of Dental Implants

There are many implants available, each designed for a specific function. Dental implant types can be categorized in different ways:

  • By the type of connection on top of the head of the implant- internal/external hexagon, octagon, etc.
  • By size- Wide, standard or narrow dental implants, Continue reading

What is a dental bridge?

What is a dental bridge? Post-insertion of a bridge

A dental bridge is also known as a fixed partial denture. It is used to replace a single missing      tooth or a short span of missing teeth. It is a permanent prosthesis, which is joined to the tooth      or implant adjacent to the space created by the missing tooth. Before the bridge is fabricated, the    adjacent tooth on both sides of the missing space is prepared (a cantilever bridge requires only    one adjacent tooth to be prepared). The tooth is reduced to the appropriate size, depending on the   material used to fabricate the bridge. The reduced tooth will serve as the anchor unit, holding the   bridge in place. A dental bridge can be fabricated using all metal, all porcelain, porcelain fused to   metal or gold. Continue reading

The Advantages of Dental Implants

screw, and a tooth like cap

There are several ways of replacing a missing tooth. The most common ways (if only one tooth is missing), are by bridges or implants. If a few teeth are missing, dentures, bridges, or implants can be used.  Implants are screws that are planted into the gums, with a tooth like cap sitting on the screw, so that implants look exactly (depending on the refinement of the work) like a real tooth. Continue reading