Dentists and patients desire dental implant success that comes when the final case is functional, meaning the patient has stability, is able to chew effectively and esthetics provides an enhanced smile.
Fabrication or construction of a patient’s new smile comes due to the general dentist serving in the dental team as the architect for the overall case.
A visit to your dental office may find you asking questions about state-of-the-art technology that provides understanding for a decision to proceed with this technology.
People are surprised to learn that dental implants and the components supporting their placement are fabricated with robotic technology.
Dental implantology is a precision science with a very high success rate in the upper 95 percentile.
Not very many disciplines can make this claim.
A valuable service offered in most dental clinics is the replacement of a single tooth with a dental implant.
You may start with a removable partial denture to replace a missing tooth but it is not necessary to remain there.
Another option to replace a single missing tooth is to reduce the teeth to small stubs on both sides of the missing tooth.
Reducing the adjacent teeth allow the making of a 3 unit bridge. Bridgework remains a viable option in dentistry with an ideal lifespan of approximately 10 years or more.
Patients are advised to take special care in cleaning all aspects of bridges, due to the fact margins of bridges at the tooth to metal interface are susceptible to decay.
High sugar intake and carbonated beverages accelerate the breakdown process of bridge margins.
You can reduce the breakdown of margins with daily flossing, usage of oral irrigation and automated toothbrushing techniques.
A difficult problem in the reconstruction of the oral cavity is the collapsed bite.
Patients who neglect the care of their teeth for a number of years face to possibility of needing their bite reopened so adequate room is generated to rebuild the teeth.
Dentists tell dental patients, room between the upper and lower teeth is required to reconstruct their case.
Study models that assist in evaluating the relationship between upper and lower teeth are mounted on an articulator for analysis.
The goal in mounting the case is an evaluation to see how much room must be gained to treat the patient successfully.
A collapsed bite develops over a long period of time and therefore should be reopened with care.
The goal of the restoration process is providing a predictable outcome in the development of the case
as we desire dental implant success.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz
Reference: Picture from seminar literature Nobel Biocare