f.a.q. about Braces – Bridges – Crowns – Dentures – Implants – Invisalign & Dental Anxiety

f.a.q. about Braces, Bridges, Crowns, Dentures, Implants, Invisalign & Dental Anxiety

Questions about Braces, Bridges, Crowns, Dentures, Implants, Invisalign braces & Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety – Dental Implants & Crowns

Dental anxiety is very real and can be quite serious. About 15 percent of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety, or dental phobia is moreseriousthanjustgettingthesweats at the thought of going to the dentist — it’s a paralyzing fear of dentists. In fact, if you put off dental visits, your teeth and gums can become chronically infected.

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This can:
– Affect your ability to chew and digest properly
– Affect your speech patterns
– Lead to heart disease

Dental fear may also stem from:
– Prior painful or negative experiences
– Feeling helpless or out of control in a dental office situation
– Feeling embarrassed about neglecting your teeth
– Fear of being ridiculed about neglecting your teeth

Dental Implants
Structure
The dental implant itself consists of two surfaces; an inner and an outer.

The outer surface is made of a special form of titanium oxide, and has a complex shape; which somewhat resembles a screw. Implants come in all shapes and sizes, and by many different manufacturers. Only certain types of shapes are able to both mechanically lock with surrounding jaw bone, as well as stimulate micro-forces, which enhance atomic and cellular bone mineralisation & osseointegration with the specially treated implant surface.

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The inner surface, usually made of pure titanium, utilises screw threads and internal locking devices, which can secure a permananlty attached tooth, or denture appliance. As the implant needs to function in a hostile environment, with extreme repeat forces (and over a lifetime), design of these retention elements are extremely important.

Dental implants and veneers offer dramatic cosmetic results if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look. And while hearing the words “tooth filling” and “root canal” may set you on edge, today these dental procedures can be performed with little pain or inconvenience.

ANTERIOR IMPLANTS

(Front teeth)Anterior implants are an effective replacement for lost front teeth, and can last a life time. When coordinated and planned with your general dentist, a specialist can remove the affected tooth, and mould your gum line in a way that makes the final implant supported crown natural and lasting.

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DENTURE SUPPORTING IMPLANTS
When someone has been edentulous (without their own teeth) for a lengthy period of time, the jaw bone resorbs away. This compromises the retention of the denture (especially the lower full-denture). Excessive bone resoprtion eventually forces a person into being unable to wear their denture(s). Implants can be placed in jaw bone to help retain or fix dentures, and which maximise chewing ability.

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FULL ARCH RECONSTRUCTION
When all teeth in an arch are lost (a total of 16 teeth), full dentures have been the traditional means of replacing the ability to chew and smile. Implant s can now be used to fix a permanenlty secured full arch of teet, for maximal function, chewing ability and comfort.

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POSTERIOR IMPLANTS
Posterior implants offer the best replacement for lost side or back teeth, both for looks and function. Modern implants use pure titanium supports which “fuse” to and maintain your natural living bone, with a zirconium abutment which in turn supports your gums in a healthy and sustained way.

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Crowns (Caps)
A crown is a lab created “cap” that serves as a replacement for a tooth. It fits over a tooth or dental implant. Crowns restore a tooth’s strength, function, and appearance.

Essentially, a crown becomes the new outer layer for a tooth. Crowns are used for several reasons. Following root canal therapy, crowns are used to protect the remaining tooth and provide function. Crowns are used to cover a tooth with large fillings if the tooth structure has weakened. The teeth that are next to bridgework may be crowned to provide the bridge with a solid source of attachment. Additionally, a crown may be used with an implant to replace a lost tooth. A crown can also protect teeth with cracks and cover teeth that are discolored, chipped, or poorly shaped.

Crowns are created in a lab based on molds of your teeth and gums. Crowns are made of various materials depending on the strength requirement and desired appearance. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, such as gold, or a combination of both.

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Symptoms
You may need a crown if you experience tooth fracture or loss. A crown is usually used in the final step of root canal therapy. A crown may be required if your tooth can no longer support a very large tooth filling. You may need crowns to support bridgework.

Diagnosis
Your dentist can evaluate your need for a crown by examining your teeth and gums. Your dentist will check for loose, fractured, or decayed teeth. X-rays help identify changes in your teeth, bones, and gums.

Treatment
Treatment with crowns usually requires two dental visits. First, impressions of your teeth are made to use as a mold for creating the new crown, and your tooth is prepared for crown placement. At your second visit, the new crown is secured in place.

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During your first appointment, your dentist will use molding material to create an impression of your teeth. A model of your teeth will be made from the impression. A lab technician will use your model as a guide when creating your custom made crown.

Also during your first visit, your dentist will numb the area surrounding the affected tooth and prepare your tooth for the crown. A tooth typically needs to be made smaller to enable the crown to fit over it. After your tooth is prepared, your dentist will cover it with a transitional “temporary” crown to protect it until your permanent crown is placed.

At your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth is cleaned. Your dentist will evaluate the fit and appearance of the crown. Your dentist may adjust the crown to accommodate your bite pattern. Finally, your new crown is cemented in place.

Your new crown can last for many years with proper care. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least one time each day. Pay special attention to the areas surrounding your crown. Avoid grinding your teeth and chewing on hard items such as candy or ice. This can damage your crown.

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