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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium, which are placed in the jaw
bone in the areas where natural teeth are missing. The implants replace the roots of
missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges or entire dentures. The
capabilities of modern technological advances make it possible for prosthetic
restorations on implants to be comparable to natural teeth at an aesthetic and
functional level.

There are many types of dental implants and many ways to benefit from their abilities
to achieve a beautiful smile and chewing function. Visit us to learn more about how
dental implants can improve your quality of life and to see if you are a good
candidate for dental implant treatment.

Do I need dental implants?

There are many occasions that can lead to tooth loss and rehabilitation with dental
implants.
Three common scenarios that frequently lead to dental implant treatment:

  • Teeth with poor prognosis: In cases of early diagnosis, dental caries and the
    damage it causes in the form of cavities can easily be treated with fillings or
    ceramic onlays. In some cases, however, the structural lesions and
    periodontal lesions that affect bone support around teeth are so extensive
    that the tooth cannot be saved and extraction is required.
  • Catastrophic Tooth Fractures: Teeth structurally weakened by root canal
    treatment or very large fillings are frequently damaged beyond the point of
    repair.
  • Full dentures with poor adaptation, mobility and problematic chewing function.

What are bone grafts and guided bone regeneration?

Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium, which are placed in the jaw
bone in the areas where natural teeth are missing. The implants replace the roots of
missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges or entire dentures. The
capabilities of modern technological advances make it possible for prosthetic
restorations on implants to be comparable to natural teeth at an aesthetic and
functional level.

There are many types of dental implants and many ways to benefit from their abilities
to achieve a beautiful smile and chewing function. Visit us to learn more about how
dental implants can improve your quality of life and to see if you are a good
candidate for dental implant treatment.

Do I need dental implants?

There are many occasions that can lead to tooth loss and rehabilitation with dental
implants.
Three common scenarios that frequently lead to dental implant treatment:

  • Teeth with poor prognosis: In cases of early diagnosis, dental caries and the
    damage it causes in the form of cavities can easily be treated with fillings or
    ceramic onlays. In some cases, however, the structural lesions and
    periodontal lesions that affect bone support around teeth are so extensive
    that the tooth cannot be saved and extraction is required.
  • Catastrophic Tooth Fractures: Teeth structurally weakened by root canal
    treatment or very large fillings are frequently damaged beyond the point of
    repair.
  • Full dentures with poor adaptation, mobility and problematic chewing function.

What are bone grafts and guided bone regeneration?

Following the extraction of a hopeless tooth, jaw bone remodeling occurs in the area and its dimensions after wound healing are usually significantly reduced, as it is not required to support a natural tooth at that site.

In order to replace the missing tooth with an implant restoration, the available bone should have certain minimal dimensions. When the minimum amount of bone does not exist in the specific location, it is possible in many cases to reconstruct it, in order to place a dental implant later or at the same time (depending on the degree of the deficit). The entire diagnostic procedure begins with the fabrication of a radiographic guide and the examination of the existing bone with a CBCT X-Ray.

Furthermore, a lot of times when the tooth extraction is done in order to place an implant later, bone graft material is placed in the area previously occupied by the tooth root in the jaw to maintain the bone dimensions in that location and to avo

What is gum inflammation/gingivitis treatment?

Some serious conditions may cause bleeding in the gums, but the most common
cause is poor oral hygiene, which leads to the establishment of gum inflammation,
also known as gingivitis. In cases of gingivitis, the gums are inflamed, they are bright
red and bleed easily when the toothbrush or even food comes in contact with them.
This inflammation is the result of the accumulation of microbes on the teeth and its
resolution is accomplished with a dental cleaning procedure. In contrast to what
many patients have heard or have experienced in the past, these cleanings are
generally a painless routine procedure for both the dentist and the patient if they are
performed correctly.

What is periodontitis treatment?

If the gum inflammation is not treated in time, it often goes deeper than the surface
stage of gingivitis. The microbial load of the mouth increases and the germs reach
deeper between the tooth and the gums. When this happens, microbial sites are less
accessible and harder to clean. Continued inflammation leads to a further loss of
tooth connection with the gums, and resorption of the jawbone that provides support
to the teeth. In advanced cases there are gaps between the teeth and mobility as the
gums and bone recede.

At our clinic ANTONELLIS DENTAL SPECIALISTS we insist on demonstrating the
basic principles of oral hygiene to all patients. But when germs are found deeper and
at less accessible places around the teeth, the various oral hygiene tools are less
effective. In such cases we proceed to treat this more severe inflammation,
periodontitis, with specialized treatment requiring more sessions.

What are apnea splints?

Apnea
During sleep apnea the lungs are unable to take the oxygen needed by the body
because of a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep.
Sleep apnea often occurs when a person’s airway is obstructed, resulting in a
blockage of the airflow to the lungs and the appearance of snoring. In most cases,
people with sleep apnea do not know they have difficulty in breathing during the
night. Symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, restless sleep and intense accumulated
fatigue during the day.

There are various treatment plans for sleep apnea. The best treatment is a CPAP
(Continuous positive airflow pressure) device. This requires the user to wear a mask
over the nose and/or mouth. The continuous airflow provided by the device fills the
airway and provides oxygen to the lungs. Sometimes patients have difficulty in
wearing the mask over their face or their degree of sleep apnea is mild. In such
cases a sleep apnea splint is a good alternative. These splints position the lower jaw
and tongue forward during sleep, thus opening the airway and facilitating breathing.

Current research supports the use of apnea splints in cases of low or moderate
degree of apnea. If you have sleep apnea and cannot tolerate a CPAP device, visit
us to learn more about fabricating a sleep apnea splint.

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ANTONELLIS DENTAL SPECIALISTS