Cosmetic dentistry FAQs
1- What are my options to replace a lost tooth?
To replace a lost tooth, you have the option of dental implants. Dental implants are structures compromising of three units, a root, abutment, and crown. Unlike dentures, the structure of a dental implant is securely anchored with a titanium root entrenched in the jaw bone. The implant typically enhances circulation in the jaw bone as it applies pressures to the area, making it the only dental prosthetic to prevent bone erosion. The incentive of the abutment is to connect the crown to the root. Unlike the root, crowns are not made from one standard material. Instead, they are made of a versatile range of material that each possesses multiple characteristics. Discuss the options with your dentist to see which option suits your case and financial plan. Dental implants are not placed as a full unit from the get-go. The process constitutes three major steps. Step 1: placing the root The root placement is either preceded by bone grafting or not. Bone grafting is necessary when the dentist picks up that your jaw bone is not strong enough to support the structure of an implant. Your bone strength is a determining factor in the success of the surgery. If found brittle, a piece of bone whether from the patient or synthetically made is placed to scaffold the jaw bone. In a months’ time, the jaw bone breaks the implanted material down and generates growth on top of the graft increasing its strength. The implant is then placed in a 15-20 minute surgical procedure under the effect of local anesthetic. The following step is postponed until the bone infused with the titanium root in 8 to 10 weeks. Step 2: Placing the abutment When the bone is expected to have completely fused with the root, abutment placement ensues. The gum is opened on the surface to make visible the surface of the root, the abutment is secured on it, and the gum is closed around the abutment but not over it. The healing period is estimated at around two weeks. Step 3: Placing the crown Once the gum heals, the crown can be safely placed. The process is split into two sessions. During the first session, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and gap to send to an offsite laboratory to construct the crown. In the second visit, the crown is placed and secured on top of the abutment.
2- Are Dental implants long-lasting ?
Dental implants have a life expectancy of 5-15 years. Factors that influence the longevity of dental implants include oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and the material of the crown.
3- What is the aftercare procedure for dental implants?
Dental implants are treated exactly like natural teeth. Patients are expected to brush them twice a day, floss, and rinse with antibacterial mouth wash or saline water.
4- Do I need to extract a misshaped tooth?
A misshaped, discolored, or chipped teeth do not necessarily need to be extracted as long as the root is intact and unaffected. Some of the options include dental veneers and dental crowns. Dental crowns encase a tooth entirely giving it strength, keeping it composed, and eclipsing its misshapenness. Crows can be placed on any tooth regardless of its place. Dental veneers, on the other hand, do not fully Incase a tooth. Instead, they are cap-like structures that cover the front part of the tooth, which is why they are only used on the front teeth.
5- how long do dental veneers and dental crowns last?
The average life span of dental veneers can peak around 5-10 years with proper care. The cap-like structures are not inherently destructible and need to be attended to maintain their composition. Dental crowns have a lifespan of 5-15 years. Again with good oral hygiene practices and avoiding using teeth as tools can extend the lifespan of crowns or veneers to the threshold.
6- can a root infection be treated without extracting the root entirely?
Root infections are typically attended to with a root canal treatment. A surgical procedure that involves the drilling of the tooth down to the infected root, and later vacuuming the infected parts out. The root is then sealed with some gutta-percha to prevent bacteria from penetrating the root another time. That being said, what remains from the root is entirely dependent on the depth and extent of the infection. The crown is restored with a typical crown. If the root is extracted, your dentist will discuss the available restorative options for your case.
7- Are Dental procedures painful?
At the Vera Clinic, the dentists offer a versatile range of anesthetic options. In most cases, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the treated area so patients do not feel any form of pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. Often times, general anesthesia is required, and sometimes sedatives. Sedatives do not numb the patient or put them to sleep. The effects of sedation are all over the body and the patient is overwhelmed with feelings of comfort and tranquility. Sedation is an ideal option for patients with dentistry-related phobias as patients have no memory of the procedure when the effects of sedation wear off.
8 - Is jaw reconstructive surgery always necessary?
Jaw reconstructive surgery is not always necessary. In some instances, the jaw realignment can be fixed with orthodontics. Surgery is almost a last resort and is needed in extreme cases, or cases were proper alignment cannot be achieved through braces.
9- If I need braces, how long will I have to wear them?
The duration of treatment with braces varies from one individual to another depending on the severity of misalignment. Typically, the shortest period is 6 months and the longest is 30 months.