The common question one would ask a dentist after a dental restoration would be, ‘How long would this last?’ Dental restorations do not come cheap therefore many would want to be reassured that their money is well invested in something that would, desirably, last a lifetime. However, nothing is permanent. Continue reading
The number of teeth in our mouth may tend to decrease with age due to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, gum diseases and many other causes. When teeth are missing, many problems can arise – the way you bite gets affected, food can easily get trapped in the spaces and teeth can drift. Though there are those lucky few who managed to maintain a complete dentition till their old age, never fret for there are many options to fill in the gap or gaps in your mouth to recreate your perfect smile. Continue reading
A dental bridge, or also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration that fills in the gap between teeth by replacing the missing tooth with a prosthetic one made out of metal or porcelain which is then anchored permanently to the adjacent healthy teeth. There are several types of fixed tooth bridges including conventional dental bridges, cantilever bridge and resin-bonded (adhesive) bridge. Continue reading
Before we discuss about the treatment options available to replace missing teeth, let me explain to you about the reasons why we need to replace them. Continue reading
Dentistry is a very subjective area where a wide range of treatment such as dental bridge or a post is readily available to suit your needs. This can present challenges for both the dental practitioner and the patient in deciding which treatment option suits the patient best, taking into account the advantages, disadvantages, time and cost required to achieve desired results. As the dental practitioner may have very different opinion as to what is ideal, you being the patient need to clearly express your needs to the dentist and have a good discussion to avoid any misunderstandings and setting down reasonable and realistic expectations.
Why does a tooth needs a dental bridge or a post?
Often when a tooth is very broken down, there are several options to manage such tooth. Not pursuing with treatment is always an option, though always not recommended especially when associated with large areas of dental decay and the potential of infection. Another option is to place pins or post into the tooth. The former consist of small screws that are manually drilled onto the tooth while the later is an alloy post that is cemented into the root canal, hence the tooth will need to have been nerve or root canal treated prior to post insertion. Placement of pins or post will provide more retention and anchorage for the dental restoration. The last option is to extract the tooth. After extraction, a gap will be present and this can be replaced if desired. There are several options to replace a missing tooth, such as bridge, dentures or dental implants. Continue reading
In recent days, owning a perfect face and figure are not impossible. We cannot choose to be borne beautifully but we could enhance our beauty with cosmetics, plastics surgery and dental corrective surgery. Dental plays an important role in the make over as good smile and dazzling teeth contribute immensely to a good look.
Types of Dental Corrective Surgery
Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
Who needs it?
- mal-aligned (crooked) teeth
- unfavorable smile
- difficulty in chewing or speech
- missing teeth or spaced teeth
- unable to bite with front teeth
- cleft palate and lip patients
What is a denture?
A standard denture is also known as artificial teeth. It is removable and made of a type of plastic like material known as acrylic. This plastic plate houses acrylic teeth to replace those that are missing inside your mouth. The plate is pink to mimic your gums and the acrylic teeth are chosen to suit the size and color of your existing teeth. If you lost all your teeth the dentist would choose a color that you prefer. Standard dentures are affordable dentures compared to permanent dentures. Continue reading