Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth. Theoretically it is possible to do this successfully for a person with OI and there is anecdotal evidence that this has been accomplished. However, there are no controlled studies on the use of dental implants in people with OI and only a few case reports in the literature. The high failure, reported to be 50 per cent within 3 years of surgery is a concern.
Dental implants are somewhat like screws. In order to function, there must be enough bone in the jaw for the implant to be securely placed. After healing, a “post” is placed in the implant and an artificial tooth is attached. Good, strong healing around the implant is critical. Continue reading →
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 →
Dental veneers are a thin coating of ceramic that is placed over the tooth on the outer side of the tooth. The placement of veneers on your teeth will give you a brighter smile and improve the appearance of your teeth. The cosmetic treatment consists of thin, customized, tooth-colored shells that qualified dentists bond to the outer surface of teeth. Dental veneers can correct problems related to the color, length, size and shape of teeth when properly constructed and attached. Continue reading →
A dental crown is prostheses that replicates the features of a tooth that it is replacing, and will be fixed onto the tooth after the tooth it is replacing has been cut down. There are a few ways to classify a dental crown, and if it is classified according to its composition, there are three types: porcelain crown, porcelain fused metal (PFM) crown, and metal crown. Continue reading →