A Dental Implant is a titanium screw that is placed directly into your jawbone to replace the root of a tooth. A crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the screw to fill the gap and create a natural looking smile. There are three parts to an Implant, the screw, the abutment and the crown. A pre-requisite for fitting Implants is an adequate amount of bone in which to insert the screw, where this is not present, a bone craft may be required (not unusual). Quality Implants are costly but very popular and highly effective as a long-term solution.
All On Four
The ‘All on four’ implants treatment is an alternative to dentures. Simply put, four implants support new teeth on a series of bridges. When a patient has lost multiple teeth and or a whole jaw of new teeth is required. All on four is considered a sensible long term option when people can afford the cost. All on six is the essentially the same treatment using six implants as an alternative to four. Both treatments are used to treat only one jaw and so a patient requiring a full set of teeth would require two treatments of ‘All on four’ or ‘All on six’.
A Crown is an artificial, tooth shaped, cap that restores the shape and form of a natural tooth. If provided by a quality dentist, they should be indistinguishable from a real tooth. Crowns can be used to protect teeth that have been previously filled. Crowns are produced in a dental laboratory from various materials including porcelain and zirconium and the colour is matched to that of the patients existing teeth.
Made from thin layers of composite resin or porcelain, Veneers are essentially cosmetic covers designed to improve the appearance of teeth. They are a fast, non-invasive, solution for whiter teeth and a big step up from cheaper whitening systems that use combinations of cleaning gels, air pressure and or ultra violet light. Many celebrities use veneers to enhance their smiles.
Teeth whitening systems like Phillips Zoom and currently very popular, the treatment is very fast and relatively cheap. The treatment involves application of a various combinations of cleaning solutions, air pressure, corrosive substances and ultra violet light. A single treatment usually results in teeth that are at least 2-3 shades lighter without sensitivity.