Posts for tag: restorative dentistry
Are you interested in dentures? Do you want to ask your Washington D.C. dentist, Dr. Ralph Mazzuca, some questions, but would like to have a background about dentures first? Well, let us give you a quick run through of frequently asked questions.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable oral appliances made out of plastic or acrylic resin that is combined with different types of metals. They can be worn by people who have lost some or all of their teeth due to a variety of reasons:
- Injury while playing a sport
- Tooth decay because of poor oral hygiene
- Disease, such as gum disease
What are some types of dentures?
- Full/Complete Dentures: These types of dentures are used to replace all of your teeth. There are also immediate dentures, which you wear while you're transitioning into your permanent dentures, conventional full dentures, which are permanent and fit over your teeth with perfection, and implant-supported overdentures, which typically use dental implants to support upper and/or lower dentures.
- Partial Dentures: On the other hand, partial dentures fill in the gaps and spaces caused by missing teeth and help prevent other teeth from changing their position. There are transitional partial dentures, which are used while your gums heal before a dental implant, and removable partial dentures, which is used instead of dental implants and bridges.
Who is a candidate for dentures?
If you're missing teeth, whether some teeth or all of your teeth, you are a good candidate. You should go to your Washington dentist for a more thorough evaluation and assessment of the health of your teeth and if any other procedures are necessary before getting dentures.
How do I care for dentures?
Make sure to rinse, floss and brush dentures while the dentures are in your mouth. This will ensure the removal of food debris. If your dentures aren't in your mouth, completely immerse them into water to prevent them from becoming warped.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact your Washington, D.C. dentist Dr. Ralph Mazzuca.
A smile gap--you know, it's that empty space where you've lost a tooth. Of course, you don't like the way it looks, but did you know that gaps control your smile in other ways besides personal appearance? Dr. Ralph Mazzuca places dental implants at his Washington, DC, office to eliminate the many unfortunate consequences of teeth lost to dental decay, gum disease, and oral trauma. Implants are premiere tooth replacements, so natural in form and function, that patients take back control of their smiles. Read all about dental implants here.
Dental implant particulars
A dental implant differs from conventional tooth replacement options, such as fixed bridges, because it replaces a missing tooth--literally from root to crown. Additionally, multiple implants may support partial or full dentures or bridgework.
How does an implant work? Well, it has three parts:
- A titanium metal screw or cylinder that is surgically-inserted into the jaw where the natural tooth once resided
- A metal abutment, or post, that extends above the gums
- A realistic porcelain crown
During a simple procedure at his Washington, DC, office, Dr. Mazzuca installs the dental implant and then allows the site to fully heal over the course of many weeks. As it heals, the implant site undergoes osseointegration, a natural bonding process that knits the jaw bone to the implant device. Osseointegration creates the solid foundation dental implants are known for. When the implant is fully integrated, the dentist can bond the extension post and crown in place, finishing the restorative process.
Qualifying for dental implants
Most teens and older adults who are missing teeth do qualify. Good overall and oral health, as well as adequate jaw bone density, are critical to implant success. Dr. Mazzuca does a thorough oral exam, including digital X-rays and CT scanning to determine a patient's suitability for implants. Then, he can present the patient with options for tooth replacement.
Benefits of dental implants
There are so many, but the most important is how well a dental implant mimics a natural tooth. Truly, the implant looks, feels and acts like a real tooth, and in fact, as a patient bites and chews on it, the implant site is exercised and strengthened. There's no slippage as with dentures, and gums and underlying jaw bone keep their size and shape.
The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness documents up to a 98 percent success rate for dental implants. Longevity depends on good oral hygiene--that is, brushing twice a day and flossing to keep the site free of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. Additionally, smoking cessation avoids a destructive condition called peri-implantitis. Resembling advanced gum disease, peri-implantitis compromises gum and bone health and often requires implant removal.
Could you receive dental implants in Washington, DC?
Find out! Arrange a consultation with Dr. Mazzuca and his team today. Call (202) 537-1088 for a convenient appointment, and take control of your smile gaps!