A modern clinic will still fulfil these vital functions, of course, but it will also offer a range of high tech, cutting edge treatments which are constantly expanding what the modern dentist can offer and the number of patients they can offer it to.
The first aim of any dentist will be to preserve the natural teeth that a patient has and maintain their appearance. This may mean whitening the teeth, straightening them, giving them a good clean or placing a veneer to cover superficial damage or discolouration to the enamel. In some cases an individual tooth may be so badly damaged or decayed that there’s no choice but to have it removed and replaced with an implant. An implant will take the form of a titanium pin which is implanted into the jaw bone and eventually bonds with the bone to become an integral and permanent part of the body. A ceramic crown is then attached to the pin, having been designed to perfectly resemble the tooth which it is replacing.
In certain cases it may be necessary for a patient to be fitted with a full set of dentures, a complete set of false teeth to replace the originals. The word denture may conjure up a rather old fashioned image of a loose fitting plate which shifts in the mouth, getting in the way of talking and making certain foods impossibly difficult to eat. Whilst this may once have been the case, however, dental technology has moved on apace and the kind of techniques used in the fitting of single tooth implants can now be utilised to attach a rail onto which a set of dentures can be comfortably and firmly attached.
The technique in question is known as a Rasmus frame implant. As in the case of other implants a Rasmus frame is made out of titanium, a material chosen because it is compatible with human tissue, and will eventually be held in place when the bone of the jaw grows around it. Other advantageous features of titanium are that it is extremely strong, does not corrode and is resistant to attack from salt, acid and oxygen. The frame in question is a thin rail which follows the line of the jaw and is attached either in the two back corners of the mouth, close to the wisdom teeth, or near to the patients chin. Once the frame has been fully embedded all that will be showing above the gum is a thin metal bar which acts as the anchor for the dentures. This method is especially useful for patients who have experienced difficulties with wearing dentures in the past. These difficulties might include pain and discomfort or problems with eating and speaking. The firm support of a frame like this will help dentures to function more efficiently as well as providing extra strength of the jaw bone itself.
If your dentist decides that a Rasmus frame would be a suitable course of treatment then the first stage of fitting the implant will be to make three small incisions in the gum – one at each back corner of the jaw and another at the front. The implant will then be attached to the three incisions and, while it heals, the dentist will place a set of temporary dentures on top of it. Over the next three months the frame will grow into the bone of the jaw, becoming solidly attached. When this process is completed the dentist will attach either the patients existing dentures or a new pair, securing them with a locking device. The rock solid nature of the Rasmus frame will result in an extremely solid and natural feeling bite which combines comfort with security. If you think this sounds like a treatment you’d be interested in then make an appointment at your clinic and find out whether an implant of this kind would be suitable in your case. The dental technician will explain in detail what the treatment entails and how much it will cost. Thanks to regular special offers and 0% finance on dental implants advanced treatments of this kind are now more affordable than they’ve ever been.
Advances in the field of dental technology mean that a state of the art clinic will now be capable of dealing with a huge range of problems. Problems such as uncomfortable dentures, which patients would once have had to just put up with, can now be solved, meaning that the confidence which comes from being able to trust your smile moves within the reach of more people every year that passes.