Choosing Implant Roots To Reduce Integration Concerns

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Choosing Implant Roots To Reduce Integration Concerns

Dental implants work quite well for some people, but there is a risk that the implant will not fully integrate with your jaw. If you are concerned that your implant will not secure to the bone like it should, then there are several things your dentist can do to make sure you are receiving a dental implant device that will most likely be successful.  The Use Of Titanium Roots If you receive an organ or tissue transplant, then your doctor will analyze the transplanted materials and make sure they are as compatible as possible with your own body. Blood type matching and antigen typing are used to make sure that the transplant will not be rejected. The same sort of matching and typing will be used if you receive a cadaver bone graft before your dental implant surgery. However, the implant root itself cannot be specifically matched to your body since the root is constructed out of a strong metal material. This means that the implant is a foreign body and there is some risk of rejection.  To combat foreign body rejection risks, your dental professional will choose a dental implant root made out of a biocompatible material. A biocompatible material is one that can live next to or within the natural tissues of the body without harming them. The metals that are considered biocompatible are stainless steel, cobalt-chromium, and titanium. Titanium is typically used due to its high level of biocompatibility, its overall strength, and its low weight. Titanium cannot be used alone to create an implant root, because the material is a bit too soft. An alloy is required instead, and titanium is mixed with a small amount of nickel. The alloy is called nickel titanium or nitinol. The nickel content in the alloy is extremely low, but the metal can cause issues in some people who have a nickel allergy. There is a possibility that that implant will not integrate into the jaw if you have the allergy. Make sure to discuss your allergies with your dentist. A pure titanium dental implant root can often be used in place of the titanium alloy variety.  Titanium Metal Testing It is fairly rare, but there are some individuals who are allergic to titanium. About 4% of all people tested for the metal allergy showed positive results. If you are allergic to one or several metals that you know of, then your dentist can order a titanium allergy test. A MELISA test will need to be performed. You will need to supply a blood sample to a local testing facility that performs the MELISA test, or your blood will be sent out to a MELISA testing facility.  If you are allergic to titanium, then your dental professional can choose to secure a zirconium root in your jaw. Zirconium is considered a ceramic material and the implant will appear white and opaque much like a dental crown. The material will contain metal ions, but it will act like a ceramic compound and it will be far less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Zirconium implants are strong but not as strong as titanium varieties. This means there is a chance that the root will crack or break, so zirconium should only be used in cases where titanium is not ideal....

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3 Reasons To Choose Amalgam Fillings Over Composite Fillings

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Choose Amalgam Fillings Over Composite Fillings

A visit to the dentist will reveal if you have any cavities or not; and if you do, the dentist will want to remove and fill them. When you find out that you have a cavity, your dentist might give you the choice of getting an amalgam filling or a composite filling. An amalgam filling is a silver filling, and dentists have been using amalgam fillings for many years. Composite fillings are white and are extremely common today, but here are two reasons you may want to choose an amalgam filling over a composite filling. They Are More Durable When you need a filling, the first thing to find out is what your options are. Both amalgam and composite fillings can be used for fillings in molar teeth, but composite fillings are almost always used to fill cavities in front teeth. This is because composite fillings are made of a plastic material that can be colored to match the shade of your teeth, and most people do not want silver fillings on their front teeth. Even when composite fillings are used to fill cavities in molar teeth, it is simply for looks, and looks are more important to some people than durability. If you are more interested in getting a filling that is durable for a molar tooth, choosing an amalgam filling is the better option. Amalgam fillings are made up of silver, tin, copper, and mercury, and this is why they are silver in color. Even though they contain mercury, they are completely safe for use as fillings in teeth. It’s also important to know that dentists are able to place amalgam fillings in faster than composite fillings because amalgam is an easier material to work with. If you want to choose the best filling material for your cavity, you can do so by comparing the differences between how long each type of filling is designed to last. When you make this comparison, you will see how much stronger amalgam fillings are. On average, an amalgam filling will last around 12 years; however, studies show that there have been times when they have lasted up to 50 years. On the other hand, a composite filling will last for around five years. One of the reasons this is true is due to the way composite material can shrink in size. Amalgam material does not shrink or move at all. Once the filling is placed in the tooth, it will not move. The materials used for composite fillings are not nearly as solid, and they can allow moisture to get behind them more so than amalgam fillings. They Are Less Expensive Not only do amalgam fillings last longer, but they are also less expensive than composite fillings. In fact, if you compare the costs of amalgam fillings to any other type of filling you could choose from, amalgam fillings will be the cheapest option of all. The average cost to fill a back tooth with an amalgam filling is around $132. To fill a similar tooth with a composite filling, you should expect to pay around $170. Before you choose an option, you may want to find out what types of fillings your dental insurance covers, just in case your insurance covers only one of the options. Dental fillings are...

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Tooth Bleaching, Bonding, Veneers Or Crowns? Ask Yourself These Questions To Get Your Answer

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Tooth Bleaching, Bonding, Veneers Or Crowns? Ask Yourself These Questions To Get Your Answer

Modern cosmetic dentistry offers so many options for creating a brilliant smile, from tooth bleaching and bonding to veneers and crowns, that it can be difficult to know which option or options you should focus on. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions in your quest toward a more beautiful mouth. How Healthy Are Your Teeth? If your teeth are in good shape and merely need whitening, tooth bleaching is the most cost-effective and least invasive method for achieving your goal. Cosmetic dentists use a much stronger bleaching agent than is available over the counter, meaning that you can experience dramatic, uniform whitening of your teeth in just one session. But if your teeth are cracked, broken or prone to decay, then you’ll need a more extensive form of cosmetic dentistry to make your teeth look good as new. Bonding fills in chips that deform a tooth’s shape, but the difference in tooth surfaces may become obvious over time. Alternatively, veneers cover the entire front surface of a jagged tooth to ensure that the entire tooth continues to look like one solid entity for years to come. If this sort of minor repair is all you need, then a crown, which covers the entire tooth (front and back), would be overkill. For teeth that are very prone to cavities, the more coverage the enamel receives, the better. Bonding won’t help in this regard, but veneers can at least help to protect the front-facing sides of your teeth from decay. Ultimately, however, crowns are your best bet because they effectively replace the enamel all the way around and extend below the gum line. Even so, you’ll want to maintain the best possible brushing and flossing habits. What Is Causing Your Tooth Discoloration? Tooth discoloration can have a wide range of causes, from health conditions such as tetracyline exposure or rot inside the tooth to frequent consumption of staining agents such as coffee, tobacco products, tea and red wine. Tooth bleaching can do a fine job of removing surface stains from the porous enamel of your teeth, but it may not work on very deep discolorations. In such cases, it makes more sense simply to cover those permanent stains with veneers. If you routinely smoke or consume beverages that stain your teeth, veneers will always be a better choice for you than bonding. Bonding is prone to staining, and it may not stain at the same rate as the natural part of the tooth. Crowns can be custom-colored to match your surrounding teeth, and in certain cases of discoloration, they may serve as both a cosmetic enhancement and a functional necessity. Rotted teeth, for instance, may require either a root canal topped with a crown or possibly even extraction and replacement with an implant (which is also topped with a crown). Do You Have Previous Restorations? When selecting the right cosmetic dentistry solution for your mouth, stop to consider what other kinds of work you’ve already got in there — because color matching can be an issue. For one thing, veneers will not react to bleaching like natural tooth enamel does, leaving you with teeth in a range of different shades — so if you have veneers or crowns (or even partial dentures) alternating with natural enamel, it’s best...

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