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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

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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

Dental Partial Vs. Bridges


Before we discuss about the advantages between dental partial dentures and dental bridges let me explain briefly about them.

Removable partial denture is a prosthesis to replace missing teeth which can be easily removed and placed in the mouth by the patient.

Fixed partial denture, in other words dental bridge is used to replace missing tooth which is support by adjacent teeth or implant and cannot be removed  by the patient.

Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages and normally your dental surgeon will choose the best option to replace your missing teeth based on your oral condition. 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

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

Having a missing tooth and worried about presence of a gap between your teeth which disrupts your daily social life and compromises your appearance. Worry less as dental bridges offer a great solution by closing the gaps. A false tooth is held in the open space at the gum line by attaching it to teeth on either side of the missing tooth. If several teeth are missing, artificial teeth are glued together and attached to adjacent real teeth. Dental implants and removable partial denture are other options available to replace missing tooth. Likewise other dental procedures, dental bridges have its advantages and disadvantages as well. Continue reading

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

There is no exact figure regarding the success rate of crown and bridges. According to some surveys, small conventional bridges can last around 20-40 years where as larger conventional bridges can last 10-30 years. For adhesive bridges, they last approximately 10-20 years or more.  Evidences to prove the success rate for adhesive bridges are not very strong due to they are being introduced long time after conventional rate.  Success rate of bridges depend strongly on the maintenance by the patient him/herself. Continue reading

Permanent Dentures Cost in the US and Malaysia

Permanent dentures © Impact Lab

Permanent dentures © Impact Lab

With the advancement of today’s technology, many people are turning to permanent dentures to fill in the missing gaps in their mouth.

Permanent dentures would include fixed dental prosthesis (dental bridge) and implant-supported prosthesis which are artificial substitutes that are not readily removable from the mouth. Closely resembling real teeth, they will result in a very naturalistic look.

A poor, unattractive dentition can be transformed into a comfortable, functional dentition that can last for years to come. Though however attractive they may be, permanent dentures do come with a price. Continue reading

Alternatives to endodontic treatment

General information about endodontic treatment

Pulp death and dental abscess.Image taken from http://www.andoverdmd.com/treatment_root_canal.html

Pulp death and dental abscess.Image taken from http://www.andoverdmd.com/treatment_root_canal.html

Endodontic treatment is a common dental procedure that removes damaged living tissue called “dental pulp” from inside the root canals of a tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. It is often referred to as root canal treatment or root canal therapy.

Sometimes, the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected by bacteria or damaged by a traumatic injury to the tooth. However, the most common cause of pulp death is a fractured or cracked tooth and deep tooth cavity which can expose the pulp to the bacteria found in saliva. This can result in inflammation, infection and, eventually, necrosis (pulp death).

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Permanent Dentures and Alternatives to Permanent Dentures

Permanent Dentures and its alternative

Permanent Dentures and its alternative

What are dentures

Dentures are removable, artificial replacements for missing teeth, to maintain oral form, restore function, appearance and health.

There are two main types of dentures:

  • Complete Dentures or Full Dentures, and
  • Partial Dentures.

For those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures are an affordable option. Partial denture can be made out of full acrylic or incorporated with cast metal framework. Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable partial dentures. Cast metal partial dentures are usually greater in cost due to laboratory procedure for metal framework. Continue reading

Mini Dental Implants – Remedy for loose dentures

Mini Dental Implant Screw

Mini Dental Implant Screw

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium alloys made to replace roots of missing teeth. It is usually surgically placed in the jaw bone underneath your gums and fuses to the jaw bone after certain period of time. Dental bridges, dentures and dental crowns are then placed on top of dental implant for function.

What are mini dental implants?

Mini implants are miniature type of conventional dental implants. They can also be considered as cheap dental implants as they are mostly one quarter to one third of the cost of a conventional dental implant. Continue reading

Endodontic Treatment – What, Why & How

What is Root Canal Treament?

Endodontic treatment is also known as root canal treatment. It is a procedure to clean, shape and fill the root canals of a diseased tooth. Our anterior tooth (incisors and cuspid) has one canal normally except for lower anterior teeth whereby they may have two. Bicuspids and molars have more than one canal. Continue reading