At Icon Clinic – Abu Dhabi, we have a state-of-the-art Dental Care facility that takes precious care of our clients’ smiles. Our Dental Services include services like Fillings, Tooth Extraction, Teeth Whitening, Root Canal Treatment, Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Hollywood Smile, Braces, Crowns, and Dental Implants.
Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results. Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.
Composite fillings (white fillings) are modern dental materials that can bond to the tooth while matching its color, texture, and shape. They are used to restore teeth with simple and moderate cavities. Composite Fillings provide excellent aesthetics, function, and durability.
Filling Cavities: What Will Happen During My Filling Appointment?
You should expect to be at your dentist’s office for around an hour. This gives him/her enough time to take x-rays if needed, talk to you about the procedure, and complete the dental work. Before filling cavities, your dentist will numb your teeth, gums, and surrounding skin if needed, using a special anesthesia gel and solution, to avoid and lessen discomfort during the procedure.
Your dentist will drill to remove the decay/old filling and prepare the tooth to accept the new filling. The restoration is then placed and shaped using the latest bonding techniques, and a blue light is shone onto the material to set it. After filling placement, your dentist will smooth, contour, and polish the filling to ensure you can bite together comfortably, and your tooth looks natural.
Once you’re done, your mouth will probably remain numb for a few more hours. There aren’t any significant risks associated with filling cavities but be sure to keep your dentist’s contact information on hand in case you have any questions or complications. The most common use of tooth fillings is to fill a cavity in the tooth. But tooth fillings can also be used to repair teeth damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or to replace part of a broken tooth.
Cavity Filling Aftercare
Occasionally, you may experience some sensitivity to hot/cold food and drinks after your filling has been placed. However, this should subside in the following weeks. Once settled, you will have to maintain the restoration by regular brushing, flossing, and avoidance of too much sugar in your diet. Don’t neglect your oral care routine. Instead, try products designed specifically to protect sensitive teeth and protect against future tooth decay. However, if the sensitivity persists, it is advisable to return to your dentist for further advice.
When to Replace a Cavity Filling?
Tooth fillings usually last for many years before they need replacement. However, they can wear out over years of chewing. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may need to have tooth fillings replaced sooner.
If you notice signs of wear on your tooth fillings, such as cracks or worn areas, see your dentist to have the filling replaced as soon as possible. Continuing to chew with a damaged filling can cause the tooth to crack and could require additional repair that is more expensive and more complicated than a simple cavity filling. If additional tooth decay develops around a filling, your dentist may choose to repair the tooth with a crown instead of a second cavity filling.
Other Potential Problems with Cavity Fillings
It’s important to know about potential problems, so you can see your dentist promptly to have cavity fillings adjusted or repaired. Possible complications from cavity fillings include:
• Infection: Sometimes a cavity filling will pull away from the tooth to which it is attached, creating a small space. This space can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause additional tooth decay. If you notice a space between your tooth and your cavity filling, visit a dentist as soon as possible.
• Damage: Sometimes a cavity filling breaks, cracks, or falls out. Damage to a filling can occur when you bite down on something hard or if you are hit in the mouth while playing sports. See a dentist as soon as you notice damage to a cavity filling to avoid irritation and infection of the unprotected tooth.
- Brush your teeth and tongue for two minutes at least twice a day
- Use a toothbrush gently
- Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone
- Get a new toothbrush every 6 months
- Use floss every day
- Visit the dentist at least once a year
- Avoid tobacco products
- Avoid sugary food and drinks
The prevention of dental diseases is key to oral hygiene. It includes regular cleaning in the clinic (twice a year), daily brushing (at least 2 times a day), daily flossing, the use of antiseptic mouthwashes and tooth-powder, and avoiding snacks and sticky food (like candy). Further, promoting nutrition and diet by reducing the intake of carbohydrates and increasing the intake of fibrous food is essential to stimulate salivory flow and protect against caries.
Dental inlays and onlays are used to restore and strengthen a greater decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition. They are more conservative than dental crowns because they don’t involve the removal of healthy tooth structure. For this reason, inlays and onlays are considered as minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments, and for many dentists and patients are preferred over other types of restoration. A crown, although not a bad procedure, involves the removal of healthy tooth structure (more than needed) and can increase the risk of tooth fracture and the need for a root canal treatment.
Inlays and onlays are usually fabricated in a dental lab and are then fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by the dentist. This type of restoration is called an indirect filling because unlike traditional dental fillings they are not molded into place during your dental visit. However, using CEREC SIRONA technology, inlays and onlays can be provided in a single visit.
What is the Difference Between an Inlay & Onlay?
Both inlays and onlays are preformed in a lab before being bonded to the damaged or decayed tooth. The difference in use depends on the amount of tooth structure that has been lost to wear or decay. Your dentist will help you decide which is most appropriate for you.
An inlay fits within the grooves that are within the cusps of your teeth. An onlay, the larger of the two, fits within the grooves but wraps up and over the cusps covering more of the tooth’s surface. An onlay is used when the damage is more extensive, and the restoration covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps.
The Inlay & Onlay Procedure
The procedure to place an inlay or onlay is the same, and both require two dental visits unless an in-office milling unit (CEREC SIRONA CAD/CAM Dentistry) is used. The first dental visit will involve the preparation of the tooth, which includes the removal of the decayed or damaged portion. Because the procedure is conservative, the dentist will only remove as little tooth structure as possible to restore your tooth. The area is numbed by a local anesthetic before being removed by a drill. After the decay and damage have been removed, a mold of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental lab. If your dentist has a milling unit in their office, they can avoid the use of a temporary restoration. A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth until the inlay/onlay comes back from the lab.
The single visit restorations are typically made by machines such as the CEREC that enables the dentist to make porcelain crowns and inlays/onlays quickly and bond them in a single appointment. The permanent restoration involves the cleaning of the tooth to prepare for the new inlay/onlay. The inlay/onlay will be placed to ensure a correct fit before it is bonded to the tooth. If the fit doesn’t interfere with the patient’s bite, it is permanently attached to the tooth using special cement or bonding then polished for appearance.
Fissure sealing (also termed dental sealants) is a dental treatment to prevent tooth decay.
The teeth have pits and fissures, which are most vulnerable to tooth decay because food and bacteria stick in them and because they are hard-to-clean areas. Dental sealants are materials placed in these pits and fissures to fill them creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean.
What is Scaling and Polishing?
It’s a quick cleaning of the teeth carried out by the dentist that involves cleaning around the gum line on the back and front of your teeth to remove any plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. The treatment is finished by a quick polishing of the teeth.
Your teeth are continually soaked in saliva which contains calcium and other substances that help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time. Usually, it is tooth-colored and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but the color can also vary from brown to black.
Why Do We Need It?
If the calculus (tartar) is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria is unable to stick to them. Thus, you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.
How Is It Done?
The dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. The instruments which may be used during your cleaning, and what they feel like, are described below:
• Ultrasonic Instrument: Ultrasonic instrument is commonly used first, which uses tickling vibrations to remove larger pieces of tartar. It also sprays a cooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a proper temperature. The device typically emits a humming or high-pitched whistling sound.
The ultrasonic instrument tips are curved and rounded and are always kept in motion around the teeth. They are by no means sharp since their purpose is to knock tartar loose and not to cut into the teeth. It is best to inform the operator if the sensations are too strong or ticklish so that they can adjust the setting appropriately on the device or modify the pressure applied. With larger deposits that have hardened on, it can take some time to remove these, so your cleaning may take longer than future cleanings.
• Air Flow Polishing: Once all the surfaces are smooth, the dentist may polish your teeth. Polishing is traditionally done using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis paste – a special gritty toothpaste-like material – is scooped into the cup and spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth.
New dental technology is constantly being developed. The innovative air flow polishing technique uses a machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mix of water, compressed air, and fine powder particles. This method is far superior to traditional cleaning methods, which can be time-consuming and uncomfortable.
Is It Going to Be Painful?
Most people find that cleanings are painless, and find the sensations of (tickling vibrations, the cooling mist of water, and the feeling of pressure during “scraping”) do not cause discomfort. Be sure to let your dentist know if you find things are getting too uncomfortable for your liking as he/she can recommend various options to make the cleaning more enjoyable.
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or develop normally. They usually develop in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they’re checked using X-Rays. Most people remove their wisdom teeth for one of these reasons:
- They’re impacted
- They grow abnormally (in the wrong angle) and may press against your other teeth
- Your mouth isn’t big enough
- You have gum disease because wisdom teeth are hard to clean
Being experts in the field of dentistry, we, at Icon Clinic, deliver one of the finest root canal treatment and restoration in Abu Dhabi. We use technologically advanced facilities and modern dental practices for treating our patients.
Book an appointment today for a painless root canal treatment!
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages like:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
How Do You Know if You Need a Root Canal?
Root canals are needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations. Common signs that tell you whether you require a root canal treatment or not:
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
How Is a Root Canal Done?
During a root canal procedure, the endodontist first removes the nerve and the inflamed/infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth carefully, and then fills and seals the space. Afterward, your dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to its original function.
How Many Visits Does a Root Canal Take?
Most root canals can usually be completed in one to two appointments depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. The first appointment is the procedure itself when the infected pulp is removed. The second (and maybe third) appointment is when the root canal gets cleaned and filled with a crown or other filling to prevent infections. Each appointment lasts roughly 90 minutes each.
After the Procedure
Although you will most likely be numb for 2-4 hours following the procedure, most patients are able to return to school or work directly following a root canal. However, it is advised against eating until the numbness is completely gone. In some cases, for the first few days after a root canal, some patients may experience sensitivity, swelling, or inflammation, while others may experience an uneven bite or a reaction to the medication provided by the endodontist. Regardless of symptoms, a follow-up appointment is almost always needed.
What Not To Do After a Root Canal?
After a root canal, make sure to follow all of your endodontist’s instructions, which most often include avoiding hard or especially chewy foods, brushing twice a day, and being very cautious around the area where the root canal procedure was completed.
Full mouth rehabilitation is the restoration of the form and function of the masticatory apparatus to as near normal as possible. The most common reasons for doing full mouth rehabilitation is to maintain healthy periodontium, improve objectionable aesthetics, and eliminate pain and discomfort of the teeth and surrounding structures.
Every smile starts a new story. Isn’t it time to show the world a beautiful smile that you can be proud of? Our team of qualified dentists is dedicated to your oral health and aspire to perfecting the latest and best technologies to transform your smile. Our doctors and clients work together as partners in creating their glowing brand new smile. Planning and executing your smile transformation is a creative process with a result that is completely unique to you. Every step in the process is intended to make sure that the smile that you get is exactly the right smile for your face; a beautiful, natural smile that can only belong to you.
Often front teeth can be repaired and improved with the addition of white composite material (composed of plastic and fine glass particles). The advantage being is, less tooth loss, less expensive and better tooth longevity before eventually veneering or crowning. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced but they are now very durable and will last many years. These kinds of restorations are tooth-colored, they restore shine, texture, and shape of the front teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for cosmetic fillings:
• Chipped teeth
• Closing space between two teeth
• Cracked or broken teeth
• Decayed teeth
• Worn teeth
• Will often add longevity before crowning is needed
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. Space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
Sometimes patients might experience sensitivity to hot and cold food/drinks when composite fillings are first placed. However, if this persists, the filling should be reviewed. You will be given care instructions after your treatment.
Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in prolonging the life of your new fillings.
As we get older our teeth get stained and eventually lose their shine. Many factors trigger the yellowing of your teeth like diet (coffee, tea, soda) and lifestyle (smoking). Nevertheless, millions of people worldwide are enjoying brighter more youthful smiles with teeth whitening treatment. Teeth bleaching or teeth whitening is an excellent way to lighten your teeth to the shade that you desire!
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The complete procedure takes less than an hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended before the actual teeth whitening session.
• The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed.
• The dentist then applies the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, watch TV, or listen to music.
• The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes.
• Immediately afterward, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain food and beverages or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc. Tobacco products also stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. Thus, your dentist will suggest you quit using them. Further, you should maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings. Toothpaste containing whitening agents also may be suggested by your dentist to maintain the results of the procedure.
Are you looking for a dazzling smile?
If so, Hollywood smile veneers and lumineers can be the answer you have been looking for.
What is Hollywood Smile?
Hollywood smile veneers are covers for your teeth, made of thin shells that look perfectly natural. They’re designed to fit the shape, color, and size of your teeth perfectly producing a bright and healthy smile!
A number of cosmetic defects can be corrected through dental veneers:
• Chipped or broken teeth
• Irregularly shaped, misshapen, or uneven teeth
• Worn out or discolored teeth
• Gaps between teeth (Diastème)
- Take place in one session, without anesthesia
- Do not need any preparation of the superficial enamel, which means without any damage to the teeth
- Offer a great polishing like the enamel
- Offer a radical change on the form, color, and dimensions of the tooth
- Present the advantage of great adherence to the tooth, so the risk of detachment is non-existent
- Present a natural fluorescence
- The middle age is 6 years seen that it is an organic material (degradable with a firm core)
- Need a great dexterity from the practitioner
- Reversible and modifiable during the entire time of their remaining in the mouth
Ceramic or Indirect Veneers
- Guarantee a stable permanent white color
- An easy and quick fixing process in 2 sessions
- Guarantee a radical change of the form and the color, without any damage on teeth, gum, and oral health
- Do not have any risk of detachment
- Durability until 15 years
- Natural effect of transparency and reflection of light
- Protect the dental tissues without any damage
- Do not give any sensation of discomfort, such as pain to heat or cold, with normal mastication of every kind of food
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever, patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the highlighted awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it’s traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been longing for!
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Incognito is a high-tech appliance for patients with all kinds of different malocclusion. It is fitted on the inside of the teeth and is completely invisible! Both the braces and the wires of the incognito appliance are manufactured individually with the latest state of the computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing art CAD/CAM technology. The remarkable flat design of the gold alloy braces (anti-allergic) provides maximum patient comfort and rapid adaptation to speech.
Your New Smile Is Waiting. Let’s Get Started!
A lot of powerful technology and doctor’s expertise are combined together to make a digital plan for shaping your new smile. Let’s take a look.
From Digital to Physical!
Once your digital plan is finalized, your custom aligners are made using our state-of-the-art printing process.
The Invisible Aligner Difference:
A modern, fully digitized experience to help you get the smile you want, the way you want.
- Feels better. Better fitting than other aligners.
- Faster. 50% faster, thanks to our innovative material.
- More advanced. Innovations that move more smiles, with greater predictability and control.
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible.
- Smooth Comfortable plastic aligners.
- Aligners are removable for easy cleaning.
- Eat whatever you want.
At Icon Clinic’s Orthodontics, we pride ourselves to have been among the first in the Middle East to adopt this technique with extensive expertise in treating various complex cases with aligners in addition to providing continuing education courses and certification courses to orthodontists across the Middle East.
Aligners take a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of removable, smooth, virtually invisible plastic trays created and customized for you and only you! Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements we have planned for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Functional Orthodontic treatment is reshaping and repositioning the upper jaw and lower jaw to a more harmonious position as well as straightening the teeth, and enhancing the facial profile and appearance. Functional appliances are used to help to alleviate multitude of medical problems related to poor facial profiles, poor jaw alignments, and narrow mouths. By correctly harmonizing the facial-skeletal structures through functional orthodontic treatment, medical problems such as temporomandibular disorders, migraine headaches, neck-shoulder-back pains, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing problems, upper airway obstructions/mouth breathing, sleep disorders/sleep apnea, and other problems may be alleviated.
Custom Retention at Icon Clinic – Keeping Teeth Straight for The Long-Haul!
Once you have completed your straighter smile treatment, it is important to keep your teeth in their new position irrespective of which brace system we have used.
During your treatment, the teeth are held in position by your braces or aligners, but once the treatment is finished, stretched fiber in the gum will try to pull the teeth back to their original position (known as relapse). It can take time for soft tissue to remodel, in addition, ongoing growth of the jaws will also encourage the teeth to move once treatment has been completed.
At Icon Clinic, we use a variety of retention techniques to help keep your teeth straight for the long-term.
To ensure your teeth stay put, retainers are a lifelong commitment –but thankfully they are both comfortable, discreet, and do not get in the way of your day to day life.
Retainers are either removable or fixed in place, and we recommend their long-term use to ensure the ultimate cosmetic appearance for as long as possible. Removable retainers are worn just at night & fixed retainers are low profile wires attached to the back surfaces of the front 4-6 teeth and are permanently fixed in place.
Most orthodontists will suggest wearing a retainer to hold your teeth in position after the braces are removed. The retainer will assist in adjusting the teeth surrounded by gums as well as to adapt to changes that may occur in the bones in your mouth.
• Retainers are also used after any form of surgery that has been done to realign or readjust your teeth. Aside from that, retainers can also be used to close gaps in teeth and help with speech problems.
• Another common usage for a retainer is to help children with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). This disorder is usually the result of a bite problem (teeth that don’t meet when jaws are closed.) It is called malocclusion or bruxism, which results in the grinding of teeth in your sleep.
• Another issue where a retainer can come in useful is when a child develops a tongue thrust. This is an issue where the tongue sneaks between the teeth when they talk. Normally, our tongues are designed to go to the roof of the mouth when we speak. By wearing a retainer, the tongue can be trained to go toward the roof of the mouth instead of sneaking between the teeth.
Nightguard (also known as occlusal splints) is a plastic device that covers your upper and lower teeth. This procedure is used to stabilize the teeth and prevent the traumatic effect of bruxism during sleep. Nightguards also help reduce clenching disorder.
If you’re missing one, several, or all of your permanent teeth as a result of an accident, congenital defect, or oral health problems, prosthodontics can restore your smile, as well as your chewing and biting abilities. At our clinic, we offer prosthodontics to safely address complex dental issues.
Teeth can be lost due to gum disease, decay, or injury. Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and improve your appearance and health. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
This procedure is constructed when there are no more teeth left in an arch to restore the appearance of the natural tooth, its occlusion and oral function.
Partial denature is used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw to fill in the spaces when the patient is missing teeth and prevent other teeth from changing position.
When insufficient tooth structure is left or following endodontic treatment, it’s essential to strengthen the remaining tooth as well as restore shape, appearance, and alignment. Dentists use a crown to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are used and can be matched to the color of natural teeth.
Traditionally crowns have been described as metal or ceramic fused to metal. However, advancing technology has provided materials based on Zirconium. These materials are very strong and durable thus eliminating the requirement for a metal. Ceramic crowns now are the gold standard in providing the ultimate aesthetic result.
A Crown Might Be Needed…
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking, or hold together segments of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already damaged tooth
- To replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a badly shaped or severely discolored tooth
- To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
The Crown Procedure at Icon Clinic Is Relatively Simple.
First, we anesthetize the problem tooth area. Once completely numb, the tooth is shaped so that the crown will fit correctly. We then take an impression of the tooth to use in the construction of the crown. The impressions are sent to our dental laboratory to create your crown. Meanwhile, we apply a sturdy temporary crown over the problem tooth. Once your custom crown is ready, you’ll come back to Icon Clinic and the crown will be fitted.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (these anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Success depends on the foundation. Therefore, it’s vital to keep your remaining teeth strong and healthy. On average, dental bridges can last five to seven years. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, a fixed bridge can even last for over a decade.
Inlays and onlays are dental prosthetics that are designed to cap only the upper-most portion of the tooth. Like dental crowns, they are fabricated from porcelain for durability, strength, and cosmetics. Inlays and Onlays are used to treat back teeth which have lost one or more cusps and are secured in place with dental cement.
What is Dental Implant?
Dental implant is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal screw like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that does not fit well and can offer an option when a lack of natural teeth roots does not allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures. But in general, dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Before the Procedure
Dental implants may require one or more surgical procedures, therefore; you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process, including a:
- Comprehensive Dental Exam
You may have dental X-rays and 3D images taken, and have models made of your teeth and jaw.
- Review of Your Medical History
Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection. Depending on your medical history, certain tests may need to be performed such as vitamin D, anemia, and sugar level tests.
- Treatment plan
Tailored to your situation, this plan considers factors such as how many teeth you need replaced and the condition of your jawbone and remaining teeth.
What is the Benefit?
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. The implants will not slip, make noise, or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that has reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or can have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Do not have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
- Do not smoke tobacco
What You Can Expect
Dental implant is usually performed in stages, with healing time between procedures. The process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps, including:
- Damaged tooth removal
- Jawbone preparation (grafting), when needed
- Dental implant placement
- Bone growth and healing
- Abutment placement
- Artificial tooth placement
The entire process can take many months from start to finish. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw. Depending on your situation, the specific procedure done, or the materials used, certain steps can sometimes be combined.
After the Procedure
Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as:
- Swelling of your gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
You may need pain medications or antibiotics after dental implant surgery. If swelling, discomfort, or any other problem gets worse in the days after surgery, contact your oral surgeon. After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals.
You can help your dental work and remaining natural teeth last longer if you:
- Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
Specially designed brushes, such as an interdental brush that slides between teeth, can help clean the nooks and crannies around teeth, gums, and metal posts.
- See Your Dentist Regularly
Schedule dental checkups to ensure the health and proper functioning of your implants and follow the advice for professional cleanings.
- Avoid Damaging Habits
Do not chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy, which can break your crowns or your natural teeth. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products. Get treatment if you grind your teeth.
The best way to decide whether you’ve selected the right cosmetic dentist is through a formal consultation with a cosmetic dentist, where you can go through what you need and how they can improve your particular smile. It’s crucial that you choose a dentist who can give you a beautiful smile.
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