Missing a tooth? Bring back your smile.

Considering the options to restore your smile
By: Hiossen Implant Canada and Osstem Implant 


What happens if a missing tooth is not replaced?

A missing tooth can lead to potential problems if not treated

Missing tooth
- Drifting and shifting of the neighboring teeth causing an unbalanced bite.
- Increased biting stress on other teeth.
- Bone recession in the area of the missing tooth.
- The gap between teeth widens, thereby compromising the esthetic effect.
- Losing your natural smile.

How can a missing tooth be replaced?

1. Removable Partial· Denture: (RPO)

It attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

Removable partial denture 
Drawbacks:
- Increasing stress on the teeth around the area of the missing tooth.
- Bone recession in the area of the missing tooth

2. Fixed Bridge

It is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area of the missing tooth. The neighboring teeth are prepared (drilled) to attach a 3-tooth fixed bridge.

Fixed bridge
Drawbacks:
- Root canal treatment might be necessary on the prepared teeth.
- Increasing stress on the healthy teeth holding the bridge

3. Dental Implants

It is an artificial tooth root, made of titanium metal. Dentist places it into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It is a permanent fixture in your mouth that has excellent long-term success.

It also provides more advanced options for replacing a missing tooth than conventional removable partial denture or a fixed bridge.

It helps to preserve healthy teeth and eliminate the risk of dental decay.

Implant Diagram
Fig. 1 Diagram of Implant 
Lower molar & Maxillary sinus
Fig. 2 Lower molar
Fig. 3 Maxillary sinus
Front tooth & Implant for the narrow gap between teeth 
Fig. 4 Front tooth
Fig. 5 Implant for the narrow gap between teeth

BENEFITS OF AN IMPLANT

“Keeps a one tooth problem a one tooth problem”

  • Replaces one or more teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
  • A long lasting solution
  • Helps to prevent bone recession
  • Eliminates the risk of dental decay
  • Improves your speech, overall self-image and increases your ability to eat an array of foods

Missing tooth (Posterior)

Molar implant before and after
Fig. 6 Molar tooth before the treatment
Fig. 7 Molar tooth after treatment
Radiograph after the treatment
Fig. 8 Radiograph after the treatment

PRECAUTIONS AFTER IMPLANT SURGERY

  1. The surgery site may swell considerably for 2-3 days after the surgery; apply ice on the cheek of the surgery site. If the swollen part is very painful, visit a dental clinic for the appropriate treatment.
  2. After surgery, refrain from excessive exercise, overworking, saunas and long showers/baths in hot water until wound is healed.
  3. During brushing, avoid contact with the surgery site for 2-3 days (use gargle solution instead).
  4. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking for 2 weeks.
  5. Chew food on the opposite side of the surgery site, and avoid hot foods.
  6. In the event a bone graft of the maxillary sinus is performed, avoid blowing your nose strongly or spitting.
  7. In case of severe bleeding, place cold water soaked gauze in the mouth. If the bleeding persists, visit a dental clinic for the appropriate treatment

 

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