Mảng bám trên răng: đừng coi thường!

Mảng bám trên răng gây hôi miệng, sâu răng, khiến răng ố vàng, chảy máu nướu (lợi), nhạy cảm, không chỉ mang lại cảm giác khó chịu về thẩm mỹ mà còn liên quan đến nhiều bệnh răng miệng nguy hiểm. Loại bỏ tác hại do mảng bám gây nên không khó nếu chúng ta biết cách phòng ngừa và loại trừ chúng. Read more

Replacing a Single Tooth

Replacing a single tooth can be achieved with a conventional bridge or an implant retained crown.

The conventional fixed partial denture (fixed bridge) requires that your dentist drills down two or more adjacent teeth to create space for the crowns of the prosthetic teeth. Placing a bridge on natural teeth increases the functional forces that are placed upon them and makes the use of floss between the teeth more difficult. Conventional bridges may need to be replaced if the supporting teeth develop cavities or periodontal disease. In a certain percentage of instances while preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns (i.e. drilling down a tooth), the preparatory procedure will cause the nerve of the tooth to die and require root canal treatment to eliminate infection of the nerve. Read more

Healing and Treatment Care

How long does it take for implants to heal?

Healing times for implants vary depending on the quality of the patient’s bone and are often extended in cases where performing adjunctive procedures is necessary. In general, dental implants require two to four months for the bone to heal (without being exposed to extra forces from biting). Research into the mechanisms of bone attachment to titanium has improved the healing process to the point that some implant manufacturers can claim greatly shortened healing times for their products (but this is generally not the norm). In recent years, research has demonstrated that in certain controlled circumstances, dentists can immediately load implants (connect prosthetic teeth) either the same day or shortly after they have been placed. While this is becoming increasingly common, most cases require a healing period of two to four months before the prosthetic restoration can be finalized. Read more

Implant Procedure

Why is the surgical procedure a three-step process?

The most widely practiced method of placing dental implants is a “staged surgery” procedure. The first stage consists of surgically burying the implant (which replaces the tooth root) flush with the bone but underneath the gum. This protects the implant from force while it is healing. At the end of this healing period, the implant needs to be surgically exposed by removing some of the overlying gum.

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Preliminary Examination

What can I expect to happen during the examination process?

Your dentist or implant surgeon will take x-rays of your jaw, paying special attention to the area which will be treated. A general review of these x-rays will allow the dentist to carefully inspect for any additional teeth or areas in the bone that require treatment (whether for implants or otherwise). Many dentists will use a panoramic radiograph, which shows all of the upper and lower jaws’ bones and teeth, to diagnose other dental and bone pathology. These can also be used to assess the height of available bone and the relation and position of other anatomic structures – all considered as part of the overall analysis for implants. Read more

What is a dental implant?

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant. Read more