What is the definition of Dentistry?
The American Dental Association definition states that dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law.
Pierre Fauchard was a French physician, credited as being the “father of modern dentistry”. He is known for writing the first complete scientific description of dentistry, Le Chirurgien Dentiste (“The Surgeon Dentist”), which was published in 1728.
Even though dentistry as a discipline has progressed enormously in the last hundred years the core principles have stayed the same. Getting patients out of pain, restoring them back to function so that they are able to chew a wide variety of foods, and improving the patient’s cosmetic appearance are still the basis for any dental practice. Our website was set up as an educational tool for the public with simple, easy to understand information about dental related topics. Dental lingo can be confusing, we try to make it simple. We explain and simplify common conditions and procedures performed in dentistry to enable anyone to make an informed decision related to their treatment.
Dental Implant Overview
Dental implants are one of the most popular ways of replacing a missing teeth in dentistry today. Why are implants so popular? An implant allows us to replace a missing tooth with something that mimics the original tooth. The implant itself is a fixture that replaces the root of a tooth. Placement of the implant in the jaw bone provides support for an artificial tooth crown, bridge, or a denture. Implants are fabricated out of either titanium or zirconium. Metal implants are made out of titanium alloy that is surface coated with bone like material called hydroxyapetite. Zirconium on the other hand are made out of a very strong ceramic material that is compatible with living tissue. The size and length of an implant which will be placed vary upon the placement location and the amount of bone that is present in the recipient site. Implants are placed within the jawbone with great precision to allow for full integration and ideal restoration. Unlike natural teeth, which are held in place by periodontal ligament fibers, implants have a highly biocompatible surface that enables bone to completely fill in around the implant and provide long-term stability. When fully integrated with surrounding bone, the implants become part of the jaw bone and are able to withstand standard biting forces. The titanium or ceramic implant provides support for the final restoration, which can be a dental crown, bridge or denture. After the implant is restored it is not possible to distinguish between an implant supported and tooth supported restoration. Thanks to advances made in dental ceramic restorations, implant crowns look like natural teeth. Many of the implants placed today are metal based. Ceramic implants are fairly new on the market and are gaining in popularity. In the next two to three decades I see dentists going away from titanium and transitioning to zirconia implants mainly because there is less chance for post-operative complications. Hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to titanium alloy, although not very common, can be experienced by some patients. Currently there are no known allergies to zirconia.
Ceramic Dental Implants
Metal-free Dental Implants
Dental implants are revolutionary and have become a standard of care in dentistry. They offer options for patients that were not possible a few decades ago. With a higher incidence of metal sensitivity among the general population, and some patients choosing not to permanently insert a metal fixture in their body, ceramic implants provide a great alternative. Learn More
Cost of Dental Implants
Cost of Dental Implant
As with any minor surgical procedure, elective or not, the total cost should be carefully considered. Initially, the cost of placing and restoring a dental implant or implants can be substantially higher than conventional treatment options. Dental implants are more cost effective when we compare costs over a lifetime because they usually will last considerably longer as compared to other dental restorations. A dental bridge is usually replaced every 15-20 years due to failure. Some of the more common reasons for dental bridge failure include a recurrent cavity, poor bone support of teeth and esthetically unpleasing appearance. A denture is usually replaced every 7-10 years. Some of the more common reasons include ill-fitting dentures due to bone changes, broken or worn dentures and unaesthetic appearance. Therefore, when we consider the costs of these options over a lifetime, dental implants can be the most cost effective option. Learn More
How to Improve Denture Stability
How to Improve Denture Stability
Anyone who has ever had to wear a denture understands how frustrating it is when the denture will not stay in place. Whether its poor tissue support or poorly fitting dentures, the transition from natural teeth to a removable set of teeth can be traumatic. The transition can take a long time and it is dependant upon the patients willingness to accept this change.
Due to increased popularity and more focus being placed on cosmetics in recent years, expectations for improved appearance and function can be high. Cosmetic dentistry plays a big part in proper restoration of patient's smile, patient acceptance of the prosthesis, and ultimately satisfaction. Learn More
What are the benefits over conventional treatment options.
Advantages in replacing a single tooth.
Advantages in replacing multiple missing teeth.
Learn about the course of treatment. From tooth extraction to placement surgery and crown, bridge or implant supported denture.
Examination of both restorative options for replcing missing teeth.
An alternative to titanium alloy, a great metal-free fixture.
Placed on the day of tooth extraction. What are the advantages and disadvantages.
Placed and restored in the same day with a temporary crown or a denture.
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