Teeth Restoration (Utilizing Dental Implants)
Teeth restoration can sometimes be confused with cosmetic dentistry, and although the two may overlap in some areas there are distinct differences. Whereas cosmetic dentistry mostly focuses on the way teeth look on the outside, restorative dentistry focuses on the important task of reinstating the functionality and integrity of your teeth.
Our dentists believe when necessary dental implants have to be considered to not only complete your smile, but to make sure your other teeth are not compromised due to the lack of teeth, and therefore strength, in other areas of your mouth.
Dental implants include a metal framework fixed to the jawbone under the gums. The dentist will then be able to fix replacement teeth on to this framework. Since the framework is mounted on your jawbone, the artificial teeth or more stable and will not shift, which is important during speaking or eating. The fit also makes other restorative dentistry such as bridges, dentures or crowns feel more natural.
It is sometimes not possible for patients to receive standard bridges or dentures due to conditions in their mouth and neighbouring teeth are normally ground down and used to support the bridge. With dental implants, neighbouring teeth are not affected by artificial sets of teeth.
There are two types of implants, namely endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants use a process where the framework is surgically implanted into the jawbone, and once the gums heal, connects metal posts onto the original framework through another surgery. Once this is done, the artificial teeth can be placed.
When implanting subperiosteal implants, the metal framework is fitted on the jawbone below the gum line. The frame becomes fixed once the gums heal, and posts from the frame stick out of the gums to accommodate artificial teeth.