Replacing Missing Teeth

Teeth may be congenitally missing, or lost due to decay, gum disease or an accident. When one or more teeth are missing, it not only affects the appearance of your smile, it can influence your diet, your speech, and your facial profile. When a tooth is missing, the bone in your jaw starts to resorb and the opposing tooth with start to over erupt and the teeth adjacent to the space can start to drift.

Dental Implants A Reliable Solution

A dental implants is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone in the place of a missing tooth root. Titanium is generally well-tolerated by the body and bone has been shown to bond well to titanium. The dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone under local anaesthetic as an outpatient procedure. The implant subsequently painlessly integrates with the bone.

With over 40 years of extensive research and convincing success rates of over 96%, many people are aware that dental implants offer a viable treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth. However, what is not often understood is the benefit dental implants offer in their ability to preserve bone.

Dental Implants Help Preserve Bone

A healthy, natural tooth transmits chewing forces to the jaw bone which helps maintain bone strength and position. However, when a tooth is lost, there are no longer biting forces transferred to the bone, so the bone begins to deteriorate. Teeth on either side of a missing tooth can begin to move inward, causing additional gaps. The continual loss of bone may eventually change the appearance of your smile.

Replacing Individual Teeth

The traditional option for replacing a missing tooth is a cement-retained bridge. A bridge requires grinding of the adjacent teeth to successfully support the crown of the missing tooth; however, a bridge does not replace the root of the tooth. Without replacing the root, bone loss usually occurs which can eventually leave an unsightly space at the gumline. A dental implant is the only option for replacing a missing tooth that replaces both the crown and root. The implant acts like a natural tooth root to transfer forces and help keep the bone healthy. The healthy, neighbouring teeth are preserved from the grinding required in conventional bridge therapy.

Improved Quality of Life with Dental Implant Supported Dentures

It is worthy of note that the World Health Organization considers edentulous patients as disabled for the impact that wearing dentures has on general health including oral health, diet and nutrition, social interactions and the overall quality of life. Implant dentistry offers removable dentures on implants that are secure in any situation or non-removable rows of teeth that completely restore toothless jaws. Either solution offer many advantages compared to classical adhesive dentures:

Chewing forces are transmitted to the bone, preventing bone disintegration and ensuring optimal fit of the denture in the long term. The collapse of facial contours associated with bone loss that can severely affect your facial appearance is usually avoided.

Significantly better nutrition is maintained as improved chewing on implant supported dentures results in the ability to chew a greater variety of foods. Taste may improve, allowing the enjoyment of favourite foods again with less indigestion, fewer gastric problems and less nausea.

The discomfort, slipping and shifting associated with ill-fitting dentures is often eliminated, improving comfort, security and social confidence.

Dental implants can enhance the quality of life by providing a permanent solution to missing teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, laugh, kiss and sing naturally with confidence once again.

Expertise in the Placement of Dental Implants

Dr. Harinder Dhanju has completed extensive education and training in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. He has sought advanced, extensive courses from world experts in dental implants. As a result of extensive study and experience, Dr. Dhanju is recognized as a Fellow of the American Board of Oral Implantology. (Need to check designation here)>

Bridges, Partial or Full Dentures

A bridge may be fabricated that is permanently attached to teeth on either side of a missing tooth or teeth in order to replace the space. Not only does a bridge fill in the missing space, thereby preventing repositioning of the remaining teeth, but it can also correct an altered bite, improve chewing ability, speech, and supports facial structures to preserve your appearance.

If the space is large, a partial denture that is custom designed with the missing teeth and attaches to the remaining teeth may be required. It includes a specifically designed removable framework of special metal with gum-coloured acrylic that fits precisely on the existing teeth and rests on the gums. We also provide full dentures to comfortably replace the teeth of an entire jaw.

Endodontics or Root Canal Procedures

All living teeth have canals in the center that contain the nerves and blood vessels that nourish the teeth. These tiny canals may become infected. An untreated cavity is the most common cause for this infection but the infection can also be caused by trauma. In order to preserve the tooth, we will remove all the infection, disinfect the canal area within the root of the tooth by killing the bacteria causing the infection and fill the canal so that the infection is unlikely to recur.

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