How to do Dental Implant?

Day of Surgery

The surgical phase is done in the dental office with local anaesthesia by an oral surgeon.

The First Phase

For the surgical placement of the implant, your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia.

An incision is made in your gums where the implant will go to expose the bone underneath.

A specialized (but quiet) drill will then be used to create a space for the implant in the bone.

The implant itself is then screwed in place with either a hand tool or the same implant drill used to create the initial space.

After the implant is snugly in place, a second component will be screwed into the implant itself and will remain in place during the healing process.

The gums are closed over the implant and a stitch or two may be placed.

Over the course of the next few months, the implant becomes securely attached to the bone.

The Second Phase

The second phase starts with the re-exposure of the implant. Another small incision is made in your gums to expose the implant unless there was a separate component placed on the implant that sits above the gums.

A small extension is placed on the implant for an impression taken. This component is what the lab will use to fit your new crown.

Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to make your new implant crown. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your teeth. From these impressions, they will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. Your crown is fabricated on these models.

The last step is the final placement of your new crown. In some cases, depending on which tooth is being restored, the dentist may want to try in the new crown before it is completely finished to check the shape and fit of it in your mouth.

Post-Surgery Discomfort 

It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. Usually, the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller, such as ibuprofen, hydrocodone, or codeine.

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a bleaching system designed to lighten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. The treatment is performed in-office, and combines the application of a hydrogen-peroxide based gel with the “Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp,” a UV device which accelerates the bleaching process of the peroxide.

How does Zoom Teeth Whitening work?

The idea is that as the hydrogen peroxide gel is broken down by the rays of the Zoom lamp, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin of the tooth to bleach any stains while leaving the structure of the tooth intact. The entire process takes less than an hour when performed by a qualified professional.

Can I smoke after Zoom Whitening?

Yes, you can smoke 48 hours after teeth whitening, but it will stain your teeth. This procedure doesn’t prevent your teeth from staining. It whitens your teeth. It’s up to you to make good choices about avoiding activities, foods, and drinks that are likely to stain your teeth.

Can I do Zoom Whitening on cavities and crowns?

No. Zoom treatment cannot whiten any foreign material. It is designed to whiten only tooth enamel. It is better to whiten your teeth before having a cavity filled so you can match that dental work to the new shade of your teeth. The same goes for a crown. You want to get a crown that blends with the color of your newly whitened teeth. If you are due to have a cavity filled, a crown put on or any other dental work performed, talk to your dentist about your interest in the Zoom whitening procedure.


How Long Will It Take to Adjust to New Dentures?

At first, only soft foods should be eaten. Something like mashed potatoes may be fine on the first day. They are gentle on the gums and the softness can ease the process of getting adjusted to dentures. During the first two weeks, you can expect sore spots and an increase in salivation. Dentists often recommend rinsing with warm salt water over the first 14 days.

ADJUSTING TO DENTURES MAY REQUIRE ADJUSTMENTS

As your gums heal, the way your dentures fit may change. Regular visits to your dentist will help them determine a course of treatment. Sometimes the dentures have to be adjusted so they fit better. Adjustment times are often longer following teeth extractions or if the individual is wearing a full plate.

After two weeks, most denture wearers are able to talk and eat normally. Salivation and sore spots tend to decrease by this time. Denture adhesives can be used by now and can help you feel more comfortable. An adhesive keeps the dentures secure while eating and helps to improve your confidence as well.

ADJUSTING BEYOND 30 DAYS

After 30 days, most people are cleared to engage in most activities. Periodic dental visits are still recommended to check the dentures for problems. Replacements are typically recommended as early as five years, but some denture sets will last up to 10 years.

TIPS ON ADJUSTING TO NEW DENTURES

After getting dentures, there are ways to make your adjustment period more tolerable. Cut all of your food into small bites, and eat slowly. Chewing on both sides helps to balance the forces of biting. Also, take your time so you can become better used to your dentures. Use each meal in the beginning as practice, so you will eventually eat as naturally as before.

Drink plenty of fluids, avoid sticky or hard foods, and bite off foods by pressing them against the back teeth on the upper denture. This will stabilize the plate. The tips mentioned here will help adjust to your dentures, recover more quickly, and become more comfortable as time goes by.

Empress vs eMax

An IPS Empress veneer is a great restoration for teeth that are more noticeable when you smile. They are also strong enough to correct some gaps between teeth, which cover your entire tooth, IPS Empress veneers are cemented to the front of teeth.

 E-MAX – A type of veneer that offers numerous benefits and features. Dental veneer are primarily made of pressed ceramic, which makes them highly durable.It is made from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic. This is top grade material which has been harvested for its toughness, durability and opaque qualities which makes it a highly prized crown. This considered to be the best match with your own natural teeth.

  • Dental Veneer advantages 
  • Dental veneer lasts up to 15 years.
  • Its longevity depends on the care and attention you give to all your teeth
  • Dental veneer is highly durable
  • It comes in thin layer
  • It prevents the need for drilling the teeth
  • Looks natural, like your own teeth.

Disadvantages

Discomfort after the treatment, but these issue usually disappear within a few days

Cost, veneers are tend to be expensive because of its material and longevity period

Chipped or damaged veneers cannot be repaired.

Sensitivity, as your tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold.

No grin

Removal of enamel, grinding up to 5-1 mm of enamel for a perfect fit. 

While Dental Veneer has advantages and disadvantages, Dental Veneer has also numerous benefits, which are:

Veneers are difficult to stain and are quite durable

It corrects the alignment of the teeth for an instant cosmetic smile makeover

Helps brighten your smile and improve self-esteem

It has translucence and texture similar to the natural enamel of your teeth

If helps closes gaps between teeth

Lengthens and reshape the teeth

Repair chipped, broken, worn down or misshapen teeth

Covers tetracycline stains and other discoloration such as fluorosis or presence of large resin fillings

Gum tissue tolerates porcelain very well

The color of porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter and matched to your ideal smile.

Who should get a Dental Veneer? Are You a right Candidate?

You might be a good candidate for veneers if;

If you have heavily stained teeth

Your teeth are crooked and broken

You have several cosmetic issue that want to improve

You wish to have a perfect Hollywood smile 

Misshapen teeth

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Dental Veneers will not damage your teeth, if a cosmetic dentist with plenty of experience and proper training carries out the treatment.

 A good dental hygiene routine and regular checkups are recommended. 

Remember that just because your natural tooth has a veneer, it’s still susceptible to gum disease, so make sure you take care of your whole mouth.

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

How does tooth pulp get infected?

When pulp is damaged it breaks down, and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other dying pulp remnants can cause an infection or abscess on the tooth.

It is important to treat a dying tooth or a dead tooth as soon as possible, it’s because if left untreated it will affect the other surrounding nerve tissue and the bacteria from the dead tooth, it can spread and lead to the loss of additional tooth. Other alternative way to treat a dying or dead tooth is to remove the entire tooth. 

What is an Abscess?

an abscess is a collection of puss that has build up within the tissue of the body. A puss-filled pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root.

Signs and Symptoms of Abscess includes;

redness of the gums

pain in the surrounding’s of the tooth and gums

warmth sensation

swelling – the swelling may feel fluid-filled when pressed. 

Root Canal Treatment and Procedure

Initial Consultation

X-ray – to examine the infected tooth

Root Canal treatment and preparation

Infected tooth cleaning

Opening made in tooth

Infected tissue removed; canals cleaned

Canals filled with a permanent material ( guta-percha )

Opening sealed with filling. In some cases a post is inserted for extra support

New crown cemented onto rebuilt tooth

Requires two-separate visit / appointment.

Time Duration is usually takes 1 ½ hour – depends on the infected tooth.

Sometimes root canal treatment is completed in one appointment but usually two or three visits may be necessary – depends on how infected the teeth is.

The main purpose of endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) is to:

remove the diseased pulp

clean and shape the root canal system

disinfect the contaminated root canals

Obturate (fill) the root canal system to prevent re-infection and promote periradicular healing.

ALL ON 4

How Do I Know If I Am Suitable for an All-on-4?

All-on-4 dental implants have gained in popularity in recent years, with more and more patients seeking this type of dental implant surgery. A full-arch fixed dental implant bridge is a very effective way to achieve a complete smile makeover, so people with many missing or broken teeth are ideal candidates for this type of treatment.

If you have just one missing tooth an All-on-4 simply is not necessary; instead, a single dental implant is perfectly sufficient. Perhaps you suffer from discoloured teeth and are desperate for a bright white smile. Other options like teeth whitening and veneers are worth exploring first before considering an All-on-4.

Who Can Get an All-on-4? Practically Everybody

Most people can get an All-on-4 if they want one, but it is important you understand what this type of treatment involves before you decide to go ahead with it. I speak as a dentist who is experienced in All-on-4 surgery, and I hope to share some of my knowledge with you. My name is Dr.Pichet Kitsumritiroj. , and I am part of the team of experienced dental surgeons who work at The Ivory Dental Clinic in Bangkok.

Patients with multiple missing, dead, or broken teeth have the most to gain from an All-on-4. Replacing a full arch of teeth means removing any teeth that are left, so extractions are sometimes necessary if you have a few teeth remaining. Four implants can then be placed into your jaw and left to fuse to the bone. This can take up to six months, and once the implants have a strong hold in your jaw your new set of permanent false teeth can be fixed securely into place.

Why an All-on-4 is Better than Dentures

Before the All-on-4 procedure became available, many patients with multiple missing teeth traditionally chose to wear removable dentures. Patients still wearing dentures should know a much better alternative is now available. Instead of having to take your dentures out on a daily basis to wash them, an All-on-4 stays fixed in your mouth and you can clean them in much the same way as regular natural teeth.

A full-arch fixed dental implant bridge has many other advantages over removable dentures. Happy patients who have made the switch report that an All-on-4 feels much more comfortable, and they do not suffer from soreness caused by dentures rubbing against their gums. They also mention that they can eat, drink, laugh, and sing without the fear that their false teeth will move out of place.

A Few Issues That Can Stand in the Way of You Getting an All-on-4

The first step you need to take towards getting an All-on-4 is to visit a dentist for a thorough consultation and examination. Any potential issues that could delay your All-on-4 surgery will be identified.  

If you suffer from gum disease it will need to be treated before any implants can be placed. Your gum is cut open when implants are placed so ensuring that are healthy and able to heal properly is imperative.

An x-ray will reveal whether you have enough bone in your jaw for the implant to be placed. If you do not,  this will delay your treatment. A bone graft can help to build up bone in your jaw so that All-on-4 surgery can proceed.

Smoking can seriously hamper the healing process and the fusing of the implants to your jawbone. Heavy smokers will be made aware of the risks and recommended to stop smoking during treatment.

Save up to 60% on an All-on-4 at The Ivory Dental Clinic

Luckily, all these items can be fixed ahead of you undergoing All-on-4 surgery, so there is nothing standing in your way. If the cost of getting an All-on-4 in your home country is still putting your off, I have some good news for you. At a dental clinic in Bangkok, you will only pay a fraction of the All-on-4 price you would pay in Australia or New Zealand. 

The average price for an All-on-4 at an Australian dental clinic comes to AU$33,910, but at The Ivory Dental Clinic, you will pay just AU$11,910. For New Zealanders, the average price you will pay at home is NZ$34,841, but at our Bangkok dental clinic the price drops to NZ$34,841. As you can see, getting an affordable All-on-4 is possible when you travel to Thailand.

The Ivory Dental Clinic is a Dental Departures Global Patients’ Choice Awards winner, and we have also received ISO 9001 certification in recognition of our high-quality dental treatment. Our All-on-4 clinic in Bangkok has received hundreds of reviews from happy patients who have achieved a healthy-looking smile with us, and we can do the same for you. 

To book a consultation at The Ivory Dental Clinic you can use the online appointment scheduler right here at Dental Departures. If you would prefer to speak with somebody over the phone just ring the Customer Care Team and they will arrange an appointment for you. From myself and all the staff at The Ivory Dental Clinic, we hope to transform your smile soon!

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