What Is Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth and serves as a support for your new tooth (crown) or teeth (a row of crowns also known collectively as a bridge). Dental implants can also be used as attachment or support for full dentures in cases where all teeth are missing.
This is possible due to the biocompatible properties of titanium. A strong bond is formed between the implants and the bone over several weeks or months (osseointegration), firmly anchoring them to the jaws and hence, the ability to function as mentioned.
Missing teeth can often affect not only your appearance but also your quality of life and ability to do everyday tasks.
However, you do not have to give up on your favorite food or restraint from speaking/singing freely just because you have missing teeth. Downtown Bradford Dental uses the latest technology to create dental implants that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Whether it is a result of extensive cavities, severe injury, an unfortunate accident, or periodontal (gum) disease, our dentists would provide an accurate consultation on whether this is a suitable treatment option for you.
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Oral Disease and Oral Cancer
Oral mucosal disease involves the soft tissues of the mouth including the lips, gums, cheek, tongue, palate and even the salivary glands. These oral lesions can present in the mouth as swellings, white or red patches or even as ulcers and can be a manifestation of systemic conditions.
It is important to have these lesions examined by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as some of these lesions may also be cancerous. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon may perform biopsies of these lesions if they appear suspicious and will also be involved in the treatment of such diseases.
Oral cancer is a deadly disease of the face, mouth and jaws. Its diagnosis and management is by a multi-disciplinary team involving the oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, maxillofacial prosthodontist and restorative dentist, speech and swallowing therapist, and dietitian.
The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is involved in the surgical treatment of cancer resection and reconstruction and helps in the oral rehabilitation of function of chewing and swallowing with dental implants, together with the maxillofacial prosthodontist. The patient is also being followed up for any future dental and oral related problem.
Not brushing your teeth enough, snacking on sweet foods constantly and not visiting the dentist often - all these constitute poor oral hygiene. Some of us are not very bothered by this, but what if you are told that poor oral hygiene may be linked to cancer?
A study called The Association of Dental Plaque With Cancer Mortality, published in June in Sweden, suggests that poor oral hygiene may be associated with premature death from cancer. The study found that the accumulation of high levels of bacterial plaque (the biofilm of bacteria) on teeth surfaces and in the gingival pockets (the crevices around a tooth, between the wall of unattached gum tissue and the enamel of the tooth) over many years, may have a role in causing cancer.
Over the past few years, there has been intensified interest in the oral health recommendations issued by the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and echoed by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).
Two policy statements made in 2005 and 2007 respectively were:
- That by age 1, the child should have an established dental 'home'. Dental home is defined as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centred way. The parallel to this in the medical fraternity would be the family physician.
- That the child’s first oral health assessment should be at age 1 year.
The impetus for these policies came from an unabated high prevalence of an aggressive form of decay affecting children below the age of 6 years in America. The disease came to be known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC). In 2000, The US Surgeon General declared caries as the most common chronic disease affecting childhood, five times more common than asthma, and reaching epidemic proportions.