Teeth can be lost in a variety of ways, but mainly because of two reasons which are dental decay and the effects of a serious accident. A dental implants clinic will be there to see that your loss does not result in permanent disfigurement or infection. In fact the loss of your teeth – no matter the number – may be rectified very easily by the use of today’s modern dental surgical procedures which will have your smile looking as good as it ever was, and probably a bit better.
Any good dental implants clinic will take you on as a patient on the basis that all procedures carried out are done so with your informed consent. That is to say that you will have been informed of the risks and that you have accepted these fully, although in practice such risks are very slight, given the extremely high standards of today’s modern dental procedures and the training that fully qualified dentists and their staff have to undergo.
Upon first receiving you as a patient, the dental implants clinic will firstly take your medical history, including any previous medical operations or procedures. The medication of patients is then always copiously checked and confirmed; it is sometimes the case that some medications can interfere with drugs prescribed during and after surgery, and it is important that these medications are made clear to the dentist before any surgical procedure begins.
A dental implants clinic will be able to perform a variety of procedures to replace teeth which have decayed through lack of proper maintenance and a healthy lifestyle. Teeth which are otherwise healthy but which look unsightly may be capped or crowned using a variety of substances. Your dentist will be able to advise on the best remedy in each case; some materials will wear out sooner than others so there may be some caps and crowns that your dentist will refuse to fit on the grounds that they will only last a relatively short time and that you will be back in the dentist’s chair before you need to be!
Root canal treatment will be more appropriate for teeth which have suffered from dental caries to the extent that they may be unsteady within their sockets and would otherwise be candidates for extraction. More invasive surgery will need to be considered in cases where the root itself has become structurally unsound, in which case a new, artificial base will need to be put into place by permanent screws into the jawbone itself. This may also be the case where gum disease such as gingivitis is indicated.
Remedies will vary depending upon the severity of the situation that brought the patient to the surgery in the first place. It may be that only one or two teeth are implicated, with a simple cap or crown being used as a solution. Other, more serious matters, such as car crashes or serious traumatic events, will necessitate more drastic and wide-ranging surgery, including the replacement of all teeth. But whatever the need, a good dental implants clinic will always have the solution.