SYDNEY DENTAL GLOSSARY
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Here an implant and a composite crown were placed on the same appointment minimizing time and cost.
An implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone
One or more missing teeth can be replaced when:
- a Crown
- a Bridge or
- Dentures are added to the implant(s)
Utilizing 3D Xrays implants are placed in a simple procedure that is often pain free. Over the following days bone grows to the implant and bonds to it making implant very strong in a process called Osseo Integration.
Success rates depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed and how healthy the bone is to start with
- The lower jaw has a very good chance of success (>95%)
- The further back in the mouth you go, the lesser the prognosis, but this is generally over 90%
- If you smoke, the chances of success drop by at least 10%.
At Sydney Aesthetic Smiles we exclusively use Intra-Lock made in USA Mini Dental Implants (MDI) that range from 2 to 3 mm in diameter. MDI’s are made of an extremely strong Titanium alloy and are guaranteed not to break for life. Their use allows for conservative placement in bone that is only 3 mm thick, thus avoiding bone grafting and significant trauma and expense for patients.
The conservative nature of the surgical procedure means:
- a) preservation of bone and
- b) greater blood supply means
- c) minimal post operative discomfort and
- d) faster more predictable healing as well as
- e) greatly reduced cost (roughly half the cost)
Interdental Brushes (IDB)are narrow cylindrically shaped “bottle brushes” that are used on a daily basis in between teeth to remove Plaque
They are rinsed recapped and used again like Tooth Brushes
At SAS Dental the best ones we find are:
|Picksters – size 0 (0.35mm) brush is the narrowest IDB available
Where to buy: http://www.piksters.com/cms/content/nsw-pharmacies
|Colgate – these have a triangular cross section that fits the space between teeth well|
|TePe– size 0 (0.4mm) is small|
Invisalign is a system used to straighten and align teeth without braces or tooth extractions.
A series of thin clear plates similar to custom fitted whitening trays are used to guide teeth into more favourable positions
Treatment time and cost is similar to full banding i.e. braces but have the advantage of being removable
Some cases may not be suitable for Invisalign