Thursday, 13 December 2012

Mums Can Influence Children's Oral Health, Study Suggests

The British Dental Health Foundation believes a new study showing how a mother's knowledge is key to their child's oral health is a timely reminder of how important their early years are. 

The study3 concluded that mothers who were more able to handle stresses in their environment had children with better oral health. According to the research, mothers with higher maternal factors when their child was three years old resulted in a better oral hygiene for their child, more visits to the dentist and more preventive treatments. 

The research speculated that mothers with better maternal instincts are more attentive to the oral hygiene and dental needs of their children, leading to a reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

The early years of children's lives are a time of rapid development, none more so than their teeth. Even prior to entering pre-school, a child's learning and understanding is largely based on experiences from within their family and home environment. That is why Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, believes the study reinforces the importance of ensuring good oral health for your child as early as possible. 

Dr Carter said: "The study builds on previous work that suggests mothers have a key role to play when it comes to the development of their child's oral hygiene. What mums should remember is that looking after your baby's oral health starts during pregnancy. 

"Good nutrition for the mother during those nine months is crucial for your baby's teeth to develop correctly. It is also worth knowing that due to hormonal changes your gums may bleed more easily, so the Foundation advises more regular visits to the dentist and a higher level of oral health. 

"It is not just a child's mum who can help their oral health. The responsibility to improve oral health lies with each and every one of us. Poor dental health is constantly being linked with a variety of diseases, while too many people do not visit their dentist as often as recommended. 

"If we can reach out to the non-attenders and encourage them to follow the Foundation's three key messages, of brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly there is no reason the oral health of the nation and future generations cannot improve even more." 

The study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, analysed data from a long-term study involving the dental  records of 224 teenagers and questionnaires from their mothers.

What To Expect When Getting A Filling Done.

                                   What to Expect When Getting a Filling Done

When your dentist tells you have a cavity, you really do need a filling to protect the tooth from further decay.

If left unfilled, a cavity will only get worse and the decay could ultimately lead to bone loss. Fortunately, the tooth-filling procedure these days is nearly painless thanks to advances in dentistry. So there’s no reason to avoid getting a filli

ng if your dentist recommends it.

One of the first things to expect when getting a filling is a conversation with your dentist about what type of material should be used. There are many more choices of filling material available today than in the past, and your choice may depend on a combination of appearance, cost and function.

Some options for filling materials include:
Gold. Gold fillings are sturdy and non-corrosive and they can last up to 15 years. Many people like the look of gold fillings, but they can be more expensive than other types of filling.
Amalgam. Silver-coloured amalgam fillings are a mixture of metals including silver, copper, tin and mercury. They’re the most researched dental material and are strong, durable, and inexpensive, however, many people don’t like the look of the silver.
Composite. Fillings made of a tooth-coloured mixtures of glass and resin, composite can match the colour of your teeth, but they are not as durable as metal and may need to be replaced more frequently.
Ceramic. Ceramic fillings are often made of porcelain and they are popular for people who want a natural looking tooth. They are durable, but can be abrasive if they hit up against natural teeth. Your dentist will need to make sure that you are biting correctly and the ceramic crown is smooth in order to prevent tooth wear.
Glass ionomers. These glass and acrylic fillings bond chemically to dental hard tissues and release fluoride slowly over time. They are indicated for low-stress areas and are usually placed on roots or front teeth. They are often used in children as a short-term solution for baby teeth.

When it’s time to fill your cavity, your dentist will first numb the area using local anaesthesia. If you’re very nervous about the procedure, talk to your dentist about options for managing your concerns to help you relax.

Once the area surrounding the cavity is numb, your dentist will remove the decayed tissue using a special dental drill, an air abrasion instrument, or even a laser. The end result is the same—the removal of decayed tissue. The instrument used depends in part on where the tooth decay is and how severe it is. Air abrasion is a relatively new technique in dentistry that involves using a handheld device to spray a tiny stream of aluminium oxide particles onto the area of the tooth to be removed. The particles hit the tooth and blast away the desired amount of tissue without any heat or vibration. Most patients report that the procedure is essentially painless. But if you have a very deep cavity or a cavity in a particularly tricky spot between the teeth, your dentist will probably use the dental drill.

Once the decayed material is removed, your dentist will clean out any debris and place the filling in the cavity. If the cavity is deep, your dentist may place a liner over the cavity before placing the filling to protect the tooth nerve.

When the filling is in place, your dentist will clean and polish it and send you on your way. Your lips and gum area may be numb for the first few hours, so chew food carefully and avoid chewing on the part of your mouth where the filling is located. Some tooth sensitivity is normal during the first few weeks after a filling. You might also want to avoid triggers, such as extremely hot or cold foods. If the sensitivity persists after a few weeks, contact your dentist. And if you feel pain in the tooth when biting, see your dentist as soon as possible—you may need to have the filling reshaped.

Don’t worry if you feel some pain or sensitivity in teeth that are next to the filled tooth. This “referred pain” is the nerves in the filled tooth sending pain signals to other teeth. It is normal and should subside within a week or two.

After you’ve received a filling, take good care of it. Follow a regular oral health routine of twice daily tooth brushing (preferably with a fluoride toothpaste) and daily flossing. And be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups—you may not notice when your filling starts to wear down, but your dentist will be able to notice this and also find any weak spots during a checkup. If your filling breaks or falls out, see your dentist immediately so it can be repaired or replaced.

Article published by Oral B

Monday, 26 November 2012

Dentist Fear In Children

The Roles Parents Play In The Transmission Of Dentist Fear In Their children
Fear of visiting the dentist is a frequent problem in paediatric dentistry. A new study confirms the emotional transmission of dentist fear among family members and analyses the different roles that mothers and fathers might play.

A new study conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid highlight

s the important role that parents play in the transmission of dentist fear in their family.

Previous studies had already identified the association between the fear levels of parents and their children, but they never explored the different roles that the father and the mother play in this phenomenon.

América Lara Sacido, one of the authors of the study explains that "along with the presence of emotional transmission of dentist fear amongst family members, we have identified the relevant role that fathers play in transmission of this phobia in comparison to the mother."

Published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, the study analysed 183 children between 7 and 12 years and their parents in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The results were in line with previous studies which found that fear levels amongst fathers, mothers and children are interlinked.

A key factor: the father

The authors confirmed that the higher the level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, the higher the level in the rest of the family. The study also reveals that fathers play a key role in the transmission of dentist fear from mothers to their children as they act as a mediating variable.

"Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful," states Lara Sacido.

Consequently, transmission of fear from the mother to the child, whether it be an increase or reduction of anxiety, could be influenced by the reactions that the father displays in the dentist. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Teeth Whitening

The shine of your smile is very important. It is always the most noticeable in the character of a person. If there is something that can help you feel more comfortable and self-assure, it's a bright and beautiful smile.Years of staining with tea, coffee,etc. can be removed in less than an hour revealing truly white teeth that enhance the perfection of a smile

At our office we use whitening system Zoom!
The Zoom whitening can make your smile to shine at its best. Unluckily any non-professional procedures and unproven techniques or tips could lead to unsatisfactory results or even to damage.A brief theory about the whitening effect Microscopic intrinsic stains and discolorations are present deep within the teeth, which give them an overall dull or yellowish appearance. Such stains are professionally removed by our whitening experts with the use of a peroxide based agent. The peroxide reacts with such stain producing substances thereby oxidizing and removing them completely. The gums and lips are protected with special barriers to prevent their contact with peroxide.

What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened.
Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.'Calculus' or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.

What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening.
Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dentist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield.The 'active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.

How long does this take?
The total treatment can usually be done within three to four weeks.
First, you will need two or three visits to the dentist. Your dentist will need to make a mouthguard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment. Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time.
However, there are now some new products which can be applied for up to eight hours at a time. This means you can get a satisfactory result in as little as one week.

What other procedures are there?
There is now laser whitening or ?power whitening'. During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly. Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.

How long does this take?
Your dentist will need to assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. Once it has been agreed, this procedure usually takes about one hour.
How much does tooth whitening cost?
Private clinic charges will vary from practice to practice and region to region. Laser or power whitening will be more expensive than professional bleaching. We recommend you get a written estimate of the cost before you start any treatment.

How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to 2years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dentist for their opinion before you start the treatment.

What are the side effects?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.

What about home kits?
Home kits are cheaper. Because tooth whitening is a complicated procedure we advise that you always talk to your dentist before starting the treatment.

What about whitening toothpastes?
There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining. Therefore, they may improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Whitening toothpaste may also help the effect to last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened.
We recommend that you look for our accreditation symbol on the packaging of oral care products. This is a guarantee that the claims made about the product have been scientifically and clinically checked by an independent panel of experts.

Can a single tooth which has been root filled be whitened?
Sometimes. Many dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal (which contained the nerve) may be reopened. The whitening product is applied from the inside to whiten the tooth.

When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of 'false' teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.
If your dentures are stained or discoloured visit your dentist and ask for them to be cleaned.

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don't forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
* brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
* cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
* visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers

THINEERS Ultra Thin Veneers - The permanent, painless way to a perfect smile!

Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers are super thin veneers and the technology used to create this type of veneer is revolutionary, it's the Greatest Advancement In Cosmetic Dental History.
Due to the revolutionary technology used Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers are manufactured as thin as a contact lens so that means most cases no drilling away of any sensitive tooth enamel is required unlike traditional porcelain veneers!
Once Thineers are fitted there is no discomfort or sensitivity, leaving you with a natural and comfortable feeling right from the start!
Ultra Thin Prepless Veneers
Quick, Painless & Permanent
It's so Easy!

With Thineers you can
Re-Shape Teeth, Whitnen Teeth
Straighten Teeth
Repair Chipped & Stained Teeth
Close Gaps & Spaces Between Teeth

THINEERS Ultra Thin Veneers
The permanent, painless way to a perfect smile!
Question 1
What are Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers and how does it transform one's smile
THINEERS Ultra Thin Veneers are Super Thin Ceramic Infused Hybrids, using revolutionary technology to produce a veneer that represents one of the greatest advancements in cosmetic dental history

With THINEERS you can:
* Whiten Permanently
* Re-shape Teeth
* Straighten Teeth
* Repair Chipped and Stained Teeth
* Place over existing Crown or Bridge work without having to replace them
* Close gaps and spaces in between teeth

Are Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers different to any other traditional veneer?
Thineers are unique in that they are manufactured as thin as a contact lens, with the result that virtually no enamel tooth structure needs to be drilled away and they are a much more conservative alternative to traditional veneers.

Thineers resist micro leakage and micro cracking due to the extremely strong bond to the underlying tooth surface. Traditional Veneers usually require injection and the removal of approximately 2mm of healthy tooth enamel in order to allow for the thickness of the veneer to be bonded or fused to the tooth.
Having Veneers placed on your teeth is a painful procedure, why is Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers pain free?
Most Veneer procedures are painful and anesthetic is used because a certain amount of tooth enamel structure is removed, thus causing discomfort. Once this is done temporary veneers are fitted while you wait for your veneers to be manufactured.

Whereas with Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers:
* No Injections
* No Pain
* No Grinding away of Enamel
* No Filing
* No Temporaries
* No Discomfort

Just 2 easy appointments a week apart.
Your first appointment is Free of Charge for an Assessment.

After your first consultation an Impression is taken, this is then sent to the laboratory for manufacture. Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers are micro thin, minimal to no tooth reduction is necessary.
Once your Thineers have been fitted, there is no placement discomfort or sensitivity leaving you with a natural and comfortable feeling from the start.
I have teeth that are skew and the shape is not great. I might need braces, but I really don't want to go through the inconvenient, unsightly and time-intensive process. Would Thineers work in my case?
In most cases, yes - Thineers are the most convenient, quickest and easiest of options as it?s not time intensive and the process is totally painless.

Your Dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers will change the alignment and shape of your teeth, making them look whiter, straighter and more uniform.
To Put the Magic Back into Your Smile, what does Thineers cost?
The dentist determines fee?s as he/she evaluates your new smile needs.
Often Thineers procedures can vary considerably. In some cases only a few Thineers will dramatically improve the smile and at other times more Thineers may be required.

Should I want to remove Thineers, can it be done?
Yes, this is largely due to the fact that there is no reduction in sensitive tooth structure so that your natural teeth are still intact and healthy.

Thineers are completely reversible.
Do I need to use special toothpaste or floss in a different way once I have Thineers put on?
Thineers are made from revolutionary technology, and the maintenance of these does not differ from your normal dental regime of brushing and flossing twice a day leaving you with a clean, magic smile!

How long can Thineers last?
This type of restoration has been proven to last for up to 20 years with proper maintenance and care. This would include your regular Dental Check-up and Cleaning.

How do I know that I am having Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers placed?
All our Thineers Specialists have completed a Prepless Veneers Course and are registered with Thineers International, the list is viewable on the website.

As a Thineer patient once your veneers have been placed, you will receive a Thineers Authenticity Card, stating your case particulars.
This Card is for verification. Should you in the future require further work, the Thineers Laboratory has your History Details.

What are Thineers?
Thineers are ultra-thin veneers, that are as thin as a contact lens.
Thineers fit over your existing teeth to perfect your smile. There is no drilling or injections involved. Unlike regular Veneers, Thineers DO NOT STAIN. If you are a smoker or have discolored teeth, Thineers are a permanent solution to your problem.

Due to the revolutionary technology used Thineers Ultra Thin Veneers' are manufactured as thin as a contact lens so that means most cases no drilling away of any sensitive tooth enamel is required unlike traditional porcelain veneers!
THINEERS Ultra Thin Veneers - Whiten's Permanently
* Re-Shapes Teeth
* Straightens Teeth
* Repairs Chipped and Stained Teeth
* Can be placed over existing Crown or Bridge

work without having to replace them
Closes gaps and space in between teeth

It is so Easy
No Injections Required. No Pain. No Drilling. No Tooth Enamel Removal.. No Temporaries.

Just two easy appointments - Once fitted there is no discomfort or sensitivity leaving you with a natural and comfortable feeling from the start!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Dental Implants

About Dental Implants
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
Preparing for dental implant surgery
What happens during dental implant surgery?
What to expect afterwards
Recovering from dental implant surgery
What are the risks?

About dental implants

A dental implant is a metal rod that has an internal screw or clip (abutment) that can hold a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Implants are usually made of titanium.
Over several months, your jawbone will fuse with the titanium rod.
Dentures, crowns or bridges can be attached to the implant to replace your missing teeth. One implant can support one or more replacement teeth. In your upper jaw you would need at least six implants to replace all your teeth and you would need between four and six implants in your lower jaw.

Having dental implants will involve at least one minor operation. You need to have healthy gums. Some dentists won't offer you dental implants if you smoke as it can affect the outcome of the treatment.
Implants are less likely to be successful if you have a medical condition such as diabetes or osteoporosis, or have had chemotherapy.

Ask your dentist if implants are an option for you.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?
Alternatives to dental implants include:
removable dentures (false teeth) ? plastic or metal frameworks that carry false teeth a bridge ? false teeth that are fixed onto adjacent natural teeth Preparing for dental implant surgery

Your dentist will explain how to prepare for your procedure.
You may need to have an X-ray or a CT scan so your dentist can check the thickness of your jawbone and the position of other structures in your mouth.

Dental implant surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia. This completely blocks pain from your mouth and you will stay awake during the procedure. You may have a sedative ? this relieves anxiety and helps you to relax. It?s rare, but you may need to go into hospital and have treatment under general anaesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the operation.

Your dentist will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might have. This is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and you can help yourself by preparing questions to ask about the risks, benefits and any alternatives to the procedure. This will help you to be informed, so you can give your consent for the procedure to go ahead, which you may be asked to do by signing a consent form.

What happens during dental implant surgery?
Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will make a cut in your gum and then drill a small hole in your jawbone. The implant will fit into this hole.

If you need to have teeth removed before dental implant surgery, your dentist may be able to remove a tooth and 
put an implant straight into your tooth socket this is called an immediate implant. However, usually your dentist will fit the implant after a few weeks, which is called an immediate-delayed implant. Sometimes he or she will fit it after several months once your tooth is removed and your jawbone has had time to heal ? this is called a delayed implant.

Immediate and delayed implants can be done in one or two stages.
In one-stage implant treatment, the implant rod and the abutment that pokes through your gums to connect the implant to the false tooth will be fitted at the same time.

In two-stage implant treatment, the implant rod will be buried under your gum while your bone heals (you won?t see it in your mouth). Then, a few months later, you will have another small operation to attach the abutment.
Your dentist may attach artificial teeth on the same day you have the implant. Usually, however, you will need to wait between three and eight months to allow your mouth to heal. Your dentist may fit a temporary bridge or partial dentures so you can't see the spaces between your remaining teeth. If you have complete dentures, they can be adjusted so that you can wear them throughout this time.

After your mouth has healed, you will have a second, smaller surgical procedure to uncover the gum over the top of the implant if necessary.

Your dentist will then fit your artificial teeth onto the implant. The teeth may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that allows you to remove them for cleaning. Your dentist will ensure that they fit properly, match your other teeth and feel comfortable.

What to expect afterwards
You may need to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have passed.
After a local anaesthetic it may take several hours before the feeling comes back into your mouth. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off. You will usually be able to go home when you feel ready.

If you have a general anaesthetic you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. Try to have a friend or relative stay with you for the first 24 hours.
General anaesthesia and sedation temporarily affects your co-ordination and reasoning skills, so you must not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legal documents for 24 hours afterwards. If you're in any doubt about driving, contact your motor insurer so that you're aware of their recommendations, and always follow your dentist's advice.

It's important to only eat soft foods for the rest of the day after having dental implant surgery. Try to keep your mouth clean by brushing but don?t directly brush the implant site. Your dentist may advise you to use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after your operation.

Recovering from dental implant surgery
If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

Your dentist may prescribe you antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your implant getting infected.

The time it takes to make a full recovery from dental implant surgery will vary depending on your treatment plan, so it's important to follow your dentist's advice.
Once you have recovered, your implants and replacement teeth should function as natural teeth do in terms of eating.

If you damage the implant it may be removed and replaced. If it?s too difficult to remove, it can be safely left in your jaw and another implant will be placed alongside it.
See our common questions for information about caring for your dental implants.

What are the risks?
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with dental implant surgery. We have not included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your dentist to explain how these risks apply to you.

Side-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure.

You may have some swelling and discomfort around the implant area. If so, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

Complications are when problems occur during or after the procedure.

The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, or excessive bleeding.
Your lower jaw contains nerves that supply the feeling to your tongue, chin, lower lip and lower teeth. If the nerves are damaged by the implant, you may feel temporary or even permanent tingling or numbness. X-rays and CT scans help your dentist to see the position of the nerves in your jawbone to minimise this risk.
Occasionally, the jawbone doesn't fuse with the implant properly and the implant can become loose and fail. This isn't usually painful, but the implant won't be able to support false teeth. Your dentist will ask you to attend regular check-ups to make sure your implants are still secure.

Dental implantsDental implants surgery are actually more tooth saving than traditional tooth bridge, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

What Dental Implants Can Do?
Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge:
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Esthetic : Teeth implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since Teeth implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and removable dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

Tooth saving : Teeth implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence : Teeth implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about displaced removable dentures and messy removable denture adhesives.

Reliable : The success rate of Teeth implants is highly predictable.
They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants Surgery?
The ideal candidate for a tooth implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental Implants Surgery are indicated as a treatment option for:

Replacing a Single Tooth : If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Replacing Several Teeth : If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Tooth Implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing All of Your Teeth : If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Tooth Implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

Implant Retained Dentures:
What are implant retained dentures and why do people have them?
Implant retained dentures are dentures which are functionally assisted by dental implants. There are a variety of reasons why people may not be able to wear a traditional removable denture.

Lower jaw : Losing your teeth leads to bone loss which continues over time. If a substantial amount of bone loss occurs, the lower jawbone may not be able to support a fixed denture. Inserting two implants into the lower jawbone provides a solid foundation for a fixed denture that otherwise a patient may not have been able to wear.

Upper jaw: Some people may not be able to wear traditional upper fixed dentures because their jawbone has shrunk away with no ridge and insufficient palate depth to hold a full upper fixed denture in place.
Patients can also have a gag reflex which is oversensitive and they cannot tolerate the roof of their mouth being covered with a fixed denture base. Having upper implants placed allows the size of the fixed denture base to be reduced and made into an arch shape, rather than occupying the entire palate.

When are mini implants used for implant retained dentures?
Mini-implants may be used when traditional implants are not suitable, especially if the patient's jawbone is not sufficient enough to support standard implants. Although mini implants are not considered a long term solution there are some advantages:

The procedure is generally non-invasive and doesn't require the gums to be cut open. The treatment can be performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure and recovery time are quicker than with traditional implants.The treatment is less expensive than standard implants. Mini implants can be used as a temporary solution as part of a treatment plan involving standard long term implants.