1. I am missing several teeth. A friend told me that she recently had implants to replace her missing teeth and is very happy.What are implants?
Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth when certain conditions exist. Such things as your overall general health and the length of time you have been missing your teeth must be considered. The replacement of missing teeth using dental implants frequently requires a team approach.
After your dentist does a thorough examination and treatment plan the surgical phase of treatment takes place. In most cases a periodontist or an oral surgeon will put the implant(s), the artificial root(s) into the jaw(s). Implants can also be placed by general dentists who do them. When healing is complete, usually after 4-6 months, The tooth or bridge segment can be placed on top of the healed implants by a general dentist or a prosthodontist . Some dentists are trained to place the surgical part of the implant as well as the prosthetic or tooth part.
You should ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for implants and ask for a referral if he or she does not do them.
2. What technology do you offer?
We feature the Schick Digital Radiography system,the Odyssey Diode Laser, Nobel Biocare Dental Implants, Intraoral and Extraoral Photography, Nickel Titanium Rotary Endodontic Files, Zoom Bleaching Lights, DDS GP Dental Presentation System on Ipads, and Computers in every operatory.
3. I have some old silver fillings which are beginning to look bad. What can be done to improve them.
Silver amalgam fillings, which are composed of 50% mercury and 50% silver alloy ,eventually need to be replaced. It may surprise you to know that the average life span of a silver filling is five to eight years. Your dentist can tell you when they appear to NEED to be replaced due to leakage, breakdown or recurrent decay.
If your concern is strictly COSMETIC, there are many new methods available to replace the fillings with beautiful, functional long lasting restorations.
Such things as white filling materials, porcelain inlays , crowns and veneers may be used to give you the smile you are seeking.
There is currently a great deal of interest in new reinforced hybrid materials. These beautiful resin materials may be reinforced with fibers, similar to fiberglass, and used in very conservative inlays and bridges without having to grind away a whole healthy tooth.
4. Will Bleaching My Teeth Harm The Enamel Of My Teeth?
The short answer is no. The enamel actually looks like glass rods with space in between them under microscopic examination. The enamel also has very little intrinsic color and looks frosty white to clear. Bleaching/Whitening agents actually pass through those glass-like rods to reach the next layer called dentin wherein the color lies and shines through the enamel.
The edges of young, healthy teeth look rather clear to grayish since the edges are pure enamel. The gumline area of teeth tend to look darker since the enamel thins out there and the color of the dentin can be seen more clearly.
The middle of the teeth is a mixture, so the color is intermediate in nature. That does not mean that you may not have any side effects of such treatment. Cold sensitivity is the most common since the bleaching agents (peroxide or cabamide peroxide) can open the pores of any exposed dentin along the gumline. Dentin can be exposed here if there is any gingival recession since the enamel thins out at the gumline and stops there.
Many contemporary bleaching agents contain anti-sensitivity chemicals right in the product to cut down on such sensitivity. Prescription strength fluorides can help with this sensitivity as well. Overall, though, no permanent damage occurs, and the enamel is not affected.
5. Will A Crown Repair A Cracked Tooth?
While the question is simple, the answer is not necessarily as simple. It depends on a number of factors.
First of all, if the tooth is painful, maybe it will, maybe it will not. Okay, if there is a vertical fracture (one running down the long axis of the tooth) that is small, possibly, but in my experience, probably not. Vertical fractures cause a splitting effect when the opposing tooth/teeth come into contact with the cracked tooth. This fracture is usually accompanied by pain on closing and opening with bacteria-laden saliva being able to percolate into the pulp (the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth) causing pain and ultimately an abscess. Some of these may actually survive after root canal treatment, but all too many fail in a rather short time. It is a better idea to have a vertically -fractured painful tooth extracted and replaced with either an implant or a fixed bridge. Those teeth with fractures more horizontal or oblique in nature (do not extend through the long axis of the tooth or into the pulp) fare much, much better and can reliably be restored to full function with a crown. Many of these cases will require root canal treatment as the fracture can either directly expose or traumatize the pulp so root canal therapy should be discussed prior to the crown preparation.
Bear in mind, these are not hard and fast rules but some things to take into consideration before considering a crown to restore a fractured or cracked tooth. A full diagnostic examination and workup should be done prior to making any decisions.
6. What Is The Difference Between D.M.D. and D. D. S. ?
We used to get this question a lot in the past, but since so many dentists in the area have DMD degrees, it has become less common. It still pops up so it deserves an answer.
DMD is a Doctor of Dental Medicine. DDS is a Doctor of Dental Surgery. There is no practical difference between a DDS and a DMD. The curriculum for each is identical. Each dental school chooses which degree to award its graduates. As long as the school is accredited, the graduate is eligible to sit for the national board as well as any regional board or state licensing board.
Any licensed dentist is allowed to perform any dental procedure provided they have not limited their practice to one of the dental specialties (oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, etc.).
The University of Florida College of Dentistry, where I attended, awards the DMD degree. By the way, dentists in Canada tend to have B.D.S. degrees or Bachelor of Dental Surgery.
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