Why should I get dental implants?
HEALTH. Replacing missing teeth helps maintain optimal oral health and avoids the risks associated with a missing tooth. Failure to replace a tooth can cause side effects, which may further worsen your oral health. AESTHETICS. Not only does a radiant, healthy smile have a significant impact on your self-image, but also helps boost self-confidence and improves your social standing. Implants help preserve or restore facial features and structure, which makes them the most attractive solution to tooth loss. INCREASED COMFORT & QUALITY OF LIFE. Smiling, eating and speaking with no discomfort are essential. Dental implants offer exceptional stability and comfort, which makes them look, feel and function like natural teeth. SAFE & EFFECTIVE. Dental implant treatments have higher success rates than any other dental replacement technique. In addition, dental implants are conservative in that missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth.
Can my body reject an implant? Can implants not bond with the bone?
It has been scientifically proven that, under controlled conditions, titanium roots integrate with the living bone without inflammation of the surrounding tissues. The biological fusion of bone cells to titanium is called osseointegration. This process allows the bone to weld to and grow around the implant, giving it a firm support. However, implant rejection should not be confused with potential complications associated with the treatment. Nowadays, 99% of the dental implants are successful. But it should be said that a person considering dental implants should have healthy gums. Any gum disease must be treated first. Unhealthy gums are unfit for implants. Implants themselves do not develop problems, but the surrounding tissues might do (gums, bone, etc.).
Is there an age limit for having dental implants?
From the moment a patient is diagnosed and they must undergo surgery, other clinical tests are carried out to make sure that the patient is fit for minor or intermediate surgery. There is no age limit for receiving dental treatment if no contraindication has been found in such tests. In developed countries with well-established dental hygiene habits, these procedures are mostly applied to elderly patients, since it is at this stage in life when they are prone to losing their teeth. However, there is no age limit and anyone can benefit from dental implants; remember that one of the main objectives of dental implants is to improve the patient’s quality of life.
How long will my dental implants last?
Medical research states that once osseointegration (i.e. the fusion of bone to implant) has taken place, dental implants can last for many years subject to multiple factors such as the patient’s overall health, oral hygiene, regular check-ups, anatomical variations, and proper rehabilitation treatment. In a nutshell, the implant lifespan will mainly depend on two factors: a) Oral hygiene: if not carried out daily and thoroughly, infections may occur, which will lead to bone mass reduction, causing implant removal. b) Bone mass quality and quantity: a healthy diet is also essential to maintain and improve bone mass and bone quality standards.
If I smoke, can I wear dental implants?
Yes, but beware: the success rate in smokers is only around 65% ten years after procedure, in comparison with 98.3% for non-smoking patients. Extensive research has shown that smoking habits represent an increased risk of implant failure/loss over the years.
What material are implants made of?
Dental implants are made of pure titanium—a material proven to be biocompatible, in other words, accepted by living bone tissue. During the productive process implants undergo strict quality controls.
Does the implant brand matter?
The implant brand actually does matter because it helps guarantee the success of the treatment, together with the dentist’s high standards and the technology used. At Gioia Dental Surgery we use the leading brands worldwide: Biomet, BioHorizons, Klockner and Straumann.
Are dental implant procedures painful?
Dental implant procedures are not painful as they are performed under local anaesthesia. However, some soreness may be expected afterwards, but it can be controlled and relieved with medication. Even so, with the patient’s suffering and best interest in mind, at Gioia Dental Surgery our anaesthetist will administer conscious sedation to patients undergoing a complex or long surgical intervention. Upon request, it can also be given to patients who need to be put at ease because they are feeling a bit anxious or nervous.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a titanium root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to support the dental restoration, i.e. a crown, and thus replace the missing tooth. It also serves to fix and hold dentures in place. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The latter is visible in the mouth and it is used to chew and grind food. The former is the lower portion of the tooth, essential for anchoring the tooth to the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown, and a new root is needed to replace it with an implant. As regards the procedure, a titanium root is embedded in the jawbone in order to substitute the lost natural root. When the initial healing phase is completed, the abutment is attached to the root. This creates an anchor for the crown. Dental implants are the best option for recovering a firm, comfortable and aesthetic set of teeth. At Gioia Dental Surgery we specialise in dental implants, offering the most state-of-the-art techniques and the latest technology.
Is the initial consultation free?
Yes. At Gioia Dental Surgery the initial assessment visit is free of charge. After assessing the patient’s oral health, we give them an accurate diagnosis at no cost.
What recommendations should I follow after the procedure?
On the first day, apply ice twenty minutes on, ten minutes off to decrease or prevent swelling. You may notice a slight increase in body temperature, but there is no reason for concern unless the fever lasts longer than 24 hours. If so, please contact us immediately. It is very common to prescribe painkillers, mouthwashes, anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes antibiotics. Please take the medication exactly as prescribed. Should you be a smoker, refrain from smoking for at least three weeks following surgery as it significantly delays healing and increases pain. Do not eat any solid or hot food for 24 hours after surgery. Do not chew on the surgical site. From the first day, you can start on a soft-food diet. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consuming staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Are there food restrictions after professional teeth whitening?
Avoid drinking coffee, tea, red wine, deep coloured soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Fanta, etc.) and fruit juices, and eating red meats, tomatoes, carrots, dark chocolate, and sauces like mustard or ketchup.
Can I get composite veneers if I have bruxism?
Composite veneers are not contraindicated in patients with bruxism. During sleep, the patient must wear a bite splint.
How many sessions will I have to attend for a smile makeover with composite veneers?
Composite veneers are placed in one or two sessions.
How many sessions will I have to attend for a smile makeover with composite veneers?
Composite dental veneers require an annual maintenance appointment with the dentist.
Do I need anaesthesia for teeth whitening?
No, because it is a straightforward and harmless procedure.
Will you have to grind down my teeth to bond the composite veneers?
No, no grinding is required on the patient’s natural teeth.
What is composite?
Dental composite is a type of acrylic resin mixed with ceramic particles that, when exposed to powerful halogen light, hardens into the solid filling similar to a natural tooth.
What is the difference between teeth whitening at the surgery and at home?
Our whitening process involves applying a highly concentrated bleaching agent, and using a cold LED light to activate this solution. Gums are also protected with a special covering. Another alternative is to whiten teeth at home, always under the dentist’s supervision. The bleaching agent for home teeth whitening is carbamide peroxide in different concentrations. The patient is supplied with a take-home whitening kit that includes custom-mouth trays to be filled with whitening gel.
Why do teeth get damaged?
There are different causes of tooth damage: 1. Tooth decay: is a breakdown of teeth due to bacteria. This occurs when bacteria turns food debris, especially sugars, into acid. If left untreated, it can completely destroy the crown. 2. Bruxism: is the involuntary habit of excessively grinding or clenching your teeth, causing pressure on the jaw. The patient does not usually realise that they grind or clench their teeth because it mainly happens during sleep; it may occur while awake, though. Bruxism damages teeth, and prolonged pressure on them can lead to severe tooth destruction.
Why do we lose our teeth?
The most common causes of tooth loss are periodontitis (gum disease) and tooth decay.
Who makes the prosthesis?
The clinical dental technician is a member of the oral health care team who, based on the dentist’s records and instructions, creates custom-made restorative and dental prosthesis in the laboratory.
Does the implant include the crown?
The dental implant is the element designed and used to replace the root of a missing tooth. It creates a permanent anchor for the crown, the visible part of the new tooth.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
There is no upper limit for starting treatment. However, it will always depend on the patient’s condition. Our orthodontist will determine when—or if—it’s best to start so as to achieve the best results as quickly as possible.
At what age should my child first visit the orthodontist?
According to the Spanish Society of Orthodontics (SEDO) and the Spanish Association of Specialists in Orthodontics (AESOR), the recommended age for visiting an orthodontist is 7. At Gioia Dental Surgery, our orthodontist will clear up all your doubts. Then you will receive a custom quote based on the orthodontist’s diagnosis, along with a tailored payment plan.
What types of braces are there?
At Gioia Dental Surgery we offer different orthodontic treatment options, including: - metal braces - clear (tooth-coloured) braces - clear aligner: Invisalign All techniques are equally effective. Our orthodontist will recommend the one best suited to you and your mouth.
How can I pay for my treatment?
Before starting treatment, you will get: - fixed quote and method of payment - tailored payment plan - brushing kit plus orthodontic wax
At what age should we start brushing teeth?
Even before your baby gets their first tooth, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of wiping their gums with a damp gauze. This prevents nasty mouth bacteria from building up. As your child’s first teeth poke through they should be cleaned more thoroughly. Just use a damp gauze. When baby is 18 months old, parents can start using a special baby toothbrush. Using toothpaste is advisable from the age of 3, but no more than a rice-grain size smear of fluoride toothpaste to prevent them from swallowing too much. At the age of 4 or 5 your child will probably want to try brushing their own teeth; let them give it a go (if they have the dexterity and don’t just get frustrated), but be sure to monitor brushing and follow up with a more thorough cleaning of your own.
When do babies start teething?
Humans have two dentitions throughout life: two complete sets of teeth that erupt in two different stages. Full primary dentition has 20 teeth (10 maxillary, 10 mandibular). The eruption of these teeth ("teething") begins at the age of 6 months and continues until approx. 30 months of age. Not all babies get their first tooth at the same age. If your baby is an early developer, you may see the first white cap as early as 3 months. Late bloomers may not teeth until a year or older. As from the age of 6 these temporary teeth fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth. Depending on the individual, permanent teeth erupt between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The last permanent teeth to appear are the wisdom teeth, which generally erupt between the ages of 18 and 25. They complete the set of permanent teeth, consisting of a total of 32 teeth. With the right care, your permanent teeth will serve you throughout your life.
Why is it important to take care of primary teeth (baby or deciduous teeth)?
Although primary teeth may be only temporary, they also need to be taken care of. They allow the child to chew properly, maintain space for the permanent teeth, and are needed for proper speech development. Any infection in primary teeth that reaches the root can also affect the developing successor teeth, resulting in malformation, spots or secondary lesions. Decay is the main cause of early primary tooth loss. This could cause permanent teeth to drift or erupt into the wrong position. It can also often result in malocclusion of permanent teeth.
What is tooth decay? At what age does decay occur?
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Tooth decay, aka dental caries, is an infection or a breakdown of teeth due to bacteria activity in the mouth. These microbes break down sugars into acidic by-products that destroy tooth enamel, resulting in cavities. Primary teeth are at highest risk for tooth decay because enamel and dentine are much thinner. Teeth are most prone to decay when they first erupt, hence the importance of proper oral hygiene as soon as they start to come out. The longer it takes to start a dental hygiene routine, the more likely a child is to develop tooth decay.
How can we prevent tooth decay?
Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent tooth decay. It is not enough to brush your teeth after every meal; you have to do it properly. Make sure to brush at night before bedtime, as you produce less saliva during the night, which makes it harder for your mouth to fight off the bacteria and teeth can decay at a faster rate. It is advisable to follow a low-sugar, high-fibre diet, and to avoid sticky and sugary foods that cling to your teeth, especially between meals and before bed. Avoid baby teeth coming into prolonged contact with bottle teats, and do not sweeten dummies with sugar or honey. Fluoride hardens enamel, is an antimicrobial agent, reduces demineralisation and encourages remineralisation. The professional fluoride treatment applied by the paediatric dentist is one of the most effective means to fight off tooth decay. According to the WHO, it reduces the risk of developing tooth decay by up to 50%. Pit and fissure sealants are also currently effective in preventing caries. Teeth have recesses on their biting surfaces; the back teeth have fissures and some front teeth have pits. It is these pits and fissures that are most vulnerable to tooth decay, partly because food sticks in them and they are hard-to-clean areas. Dental sealants are materials placed in these pits and fissures to fill them in, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean, thus acting as a physical barrier to bacteria. Last but not least, it is crucial to visit your dentist regularly, every six months, for a thorough check-up.
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