Gone are the day when a lost tooth was a permanent loss.
Chipped a tooth? If only the enamel (outermost layer) is affected, we can use latest technology and products to reshape the missing tooth part with a bit of dentist’s artistry. The tooth will look just as new. However if deeper layers of the tooth have got exposed, you will have to explore other options to save your tooth.
A tooth essentially consists of three main parts - the white visible part called enamel (hardest), an inner hard structure called dentin, and a soft part in the center of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is what keeps the tooth alive, and is supplied with blood and nerves. The dentin is yellow and supports the outer (white) enamel. There are sufficient nerves in the dentin to give pain signals when injury or infection goes deeper beyond the enamel part. Once damage reaches the pulp, we experience what is described as a typical excruciating toothache.
Once infection or injury has caused the pulp to get exposed or damaged, then the chance of reviving the tooth back to its previous self is minimal. Root canal treatment is the usual procedure performed for a damaged tooth with an intact root, replacing the natural pulp with a sterile medium, prior to reshaping the damaged tooth with ceramic or veneer etc. For totally missing teeth, bridges and dentures have been traditionally employed.
Dental implants are relatively a newcomer in the field of total tooth replacement. Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to eat, smile, talk and laugh without thinking about the missing teeth. Enjoy ultimate freedom from tooth-loss related health problems and appearance-related issues.
A dental implant essentially has three parts to it:
Implant: A cylindrical or tapered post usually made of titanium, which replaces the natural root of the tooth. Titanium has the unique property of being able to mesh itself with the jaw bone into one entity, literally dissolving itself into the natural bone. Hence titanium is used.
Crown: A replica of the white part of the tooth.
Abutment: A connector that is placed on the implant and joins to the crown.
- Thinking of going for a dental implant? Have a look at these benefits of implants over traditional models.
- As natural as it gets. It looks, feels, fits and functions as a natural tooth.
- .Unlike traditional teeth replacement treatment, Implants last a lifetime, provided they are well cared for.
- Don’t worry that your tooth implant might fall off. Since the implant essentially fuses with the jawbone as it heals, it can function just as a normal healthy tooth. Unlike dentures and tooth-supported replacement teeth, implants will never fall out and embarrass you in the midst of a conversation over food.
- Retain the natural shape of your face, and don’t a missing tooth mar your beauty.
- Loss of a tooth can cause the jawbone in the area to deteriorate. An implant prevents this and keeps the jawbone healthy.
- Eat without worries. No cavities can form on an implant!
- A missing tooth means neighboring teeth could shift into bridge the gap. However with an implant in place, the teeth positions are unaffected.
- High success rate. It is rare for an implant to fail. Provided the gums are sufficiently healthy and there is enough bone density, implants are predictably the best solution to replace those precious white pearls that brighten up your face.