Importance Of Dental Abutments In Dental Implants

January 9th, 2012

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular every day. There is a great trend among people with dental problems to undergo dental surgery for dental implants. But this is a reasonable step as dental implants are much more durable and natural looking than dentures. They are also more comfortable to wear and less emotionally distressing. Unfortunately, most  people who require this procedure never make a thorough background check to gain more information and they often have misconceptions about it. A lot of them have problems understanding the main elements from dental implants. One of these elements is the dental abutment, a very important topic in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental abutments are considered by some to be the most important elements during dental implants; this is mostly because they are the connecting elements. There are also dental abutments that act as supporting teeth for the bridge in fixed bridges or in partial removable dentures. However, when it comes to implants they are used for attaching the crown or the denture to the implant that was previously fixed in the bone. So, you can see why the dentists need to take extra care when fitting them as they are if not the most important, some of the important elements.

The materials used for dental abutments can vary from dentist to dentist but you can also choose a special material if you feel that it will be suited for you. The materials used are surgical steel, titanium, gold and zirconia. Some work better than the other while others look better than others. For example using a dental implant made of gold or zirconia will give you a more natural look. However, materials like zirconia are usually avoided by dentists as they tend to be more durable. The best materials considered by dentists to be the best when it comes to the healing process and durability remain both stainless surgical steel and titanium but they might give an unnatural look which some people might not like. It is best to discuss this matter beforehand with your dentist and make sure that you take the best decision as your implants will be with you for a very long time.

Another important factor about dental abutments is that if they are not placed correctly they will ruin the whole implant so dentists need to take special care when fitting them.

Now that you learned more about dental abutments and their importance to your dental implants you should feel more prepared for your surgery as you know the procedure and what it involves.

Surgical Dentistry

December 22nd, 2011

Surgical dentistry refers to any procedure meant to solve problems of the oral cavity. The most common problems are dental caries and gum disease. Although the simple thought of having surgical dentistry can be enough to produce panic, modern procedures present a low level of pain and discomfort if done properly. Here is where choosing the right dentist can make all the difference in the world because you can save yourself a lot of pain and discomfort by going to an experienced surgeon.

A disorder in the oral cavity is usually accompanied with excruciating pain so the quicker the problem gets fixed, the better. While some of these procedures are common for the surgeon, it is important to know what to expect before sitting down on the chair and opening your mouth.

Tooth extraction is probably the most common one of all. This happens when a tooth is decayed and can’t be repaired so the surgeon has to remove it as well as the root. It can also be a way to make room for new teeth which the surgeon will implant later. In case of accidents where teeth are lost, it can be possible for the surgeon to place them back if the conditions are optimum; this is called to tooth replacement.

Problems with the gums can be very painful and can make it difficult to perform daily tasks such as eating. Surgical dentistry can be done to remove the bacteria as well as cut the excess gums that have grown over the teeth.

While pain is usually what drives us to have surgical dentistry, esthetics is another very important motivator. There are procedures that can be done to improve a smile by changing the gum line, removing gaps between teeth and correcting other imperfections that might bother the patient.