Posts tagged ‘Dental Industry’

March 30th, 2014

Factors Responsible for the Success Rate of Dental Implants

by Edwin Rosenthal

Dental implants have a very high success rate because of which many people opt for it to replace their missing and damaged teeth. There are various things that success rate of dental implant depend on, such as site of the implant, type of the implant, implant design, health conditions, age and operator skill.

  • Site of the implant: The success rate of dental implants depends on the position of implant on the jaw bone i.e., upper jaw or lower jaw. If an implant is placed in the lower jaw it has high rate of success and when you move on into the mouth the rate of success decreases gradually. Based on the position of implant, it has a success rate of about 98%.
  • Type of implant: Based on the type of implant materials like stainless steel implants, metallic implants and ceramic implants, the success rate may vary. Stainless steel implants have less chances of success of implant placement as they may brittle. Metallic implants have high chances of success compared to other types of implants.
  • Implant design: The length and internal diameter of the implant should be selected depending on the amount of the jaw bone. Longer implants have high success rate because there will be an increased contact between bone and the implant which leads to increase in the mechanical resistance to the masticatory forces where short implants have less contact with the jaw bone and less resistance to occlusive forces leads to failure of implants.
  • Health condition: Patients health condition and their habitual action also affects the success rate of implants. People with good oral hygiene and enough jaw bone density have high rates of success. Patients with a habit of smoking decreases success rate by 10%. Patients having a habit of drinking, disorders such as thyroid, diabetes, hypertension, renal disorders have less success rate. Patients with mental disorders like depression have high rates of failure as implant adds additional stress on them.
  • Age: Age and gender also influence the implantation rate of success. People above 60 years and children are not suitable for implants. In older persons, changes in the mineral composition of bones and collagen content takes place. Children with growing jaw bone is not suitable for implant placement.
  • Operator skill: Operator’s experience also decides the success rate of implant placement. It is clear that surgeons having an experience of more than 50 implant surgeries have high success rate compared to surgeon having an experience of less than 50 implant surgeries.

Apart from these, design of the prosthesis and time of placement of implant also decides the success rate of implant. Overall we can say that dental implantation is an alternative for people with missing teeth as it has high rate of success.
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September 17th, 2013

How are Dentures Helpful?

by Dov Waxman

A denture is a temporary replacement for missing teeth. Though they are temporary, they help you in certain cases such as if your tooth affected a disease, deformity, and so on. In this article, we will discuss how dentures are helpful when your teeth are not in good condition.

If you have missing teeth
As we said in the beginning, dentures are a replacement for teeth. Though they are temporary they keep your cosmetic appearance unchanged. See a dentist to save other teeth from malfunction.

When you lose teeth, the remaining teeth are more prone to get more workload. This may result in loss of more teeth. To avoid losing more teeth, you need to dentures by a professional dentist.

If your teeth are loose, shifting or have gaps that are much wider
Loose teeth means gum disease and it needs a treatment. Sometimes extraction of these teeth is needed. Shifting of teeth is often unnoticeable as it very slow which can afterwards cause gaps between teeth that are much wider. With denture, one can overcome this problem. Before the problem gets more complicated, it is better to seek a dentist.

Further, if you have issues has shift in teeth or of gaps, use of dentures makes the situation better.

If your gums are bleeding, tender or swollen
Also known as gingivitis, gum swelling and tenderness can increase from mild to severe form. In gingivitis, your gums bleed, have tenderness and are swollen. Treatment of this is easy in early stages, when overlooked or untreated can lead bone loss following tooth loss and then there is a need of dentures. It is sensible to consult dentist and get dentures. This helps you prevent tooth loss because of gingivitis.

If you have trouble in chewing
If there is any difficulty or trouble in chewing certain food. The problem might be cracked or missing tooth or teeth or any gum problem. Dentists may advise you for partial denture for missing teeth. Detecting and treating the problem in the early stages can avoid the need for dentures.

If you don’t visit the dentist every six months
Make sure to visit dentist once every six months. This helps you keep away gum disease and tooth decay. Minor issues can be simply be treated in early stages. If you overlook and leave untreated, it can make the problem complex and results in more complex treatment. In future, there might be the need for replacing the teeth with dentures.

If you are self-conscious
Sometimes dentures are considered a cosmetic choice for people. If you are self-conscious of smiling and your teeth are not proper, going for denture is a better option. Moreover, they are not as costly as dental implants. It helps you in giving a beautiful smile, thereby enabling you to smile more confidently.

Dentures are useful in conditions as discussed. Do not ignore dental issues. See professional dentists, and follow their advice. This is likely to reduce the need of dentures and keep your teeth healthy. read more »

January 27th, 2012

Green Tea – Healthy Drink for Teeth and Gums

by Andrew Veazey

Green tea is known to provide many health benefits like reducing risk of heart diseases, losing weight and so on. One of the interesting benefits is the maintenance of teeth and gum health. It ensures better breath, gum health, cavity prevention, less tooth loss, and cancer control.

As green tea is only dried and is not brewed, its natural compounds remain intact. Specific compounds such as catechins help control inflammation and fight bacterial infection. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea prevent inflammation of gums and hence, periodontal (gum) diseases are controlled. The specific compounds in green tea also prevent adherence of plaque to the teeth. Dental plaque is a pale yellow colored film that is formed by colonization of bacteria on teeth. Plaque formation is the main factor that initiates a sequence of dental problems. However, bacterial infection can be controlled by green tea. This helps prevent other dental problems like cavities, tooth loss, etc. As microbial growth is controlled, the acidity of saliva is reduced. So, even dental cavities can be prevented.

The active elements of green tea are antioxidants – compounds which kill cancer cells and also prevent tumor growth. So, the healthy drink can slow the progression of oral cancer and prevent it. Green tea also ensures better breath as it kills bacteria that make out mouths stinky. Certain green teas may have fluoride (from the leaves and the water it’s steeped in). It helps in protecting tooth enamel from decay. Hence, make a habit of having green tea once a day at least to enjoy dental and overall health. read more »