Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants and How to Care For Them

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw to sustain a bridge or a tooth replacement. They are the best options for anyone who lost their teeth through accidental injury, periodontal diseases and any other reason, though these are the most common.

Who qualifies for dental implants?

A good candidate should have good oral hygiene and general health. He or she must have enough bone in their jaw since that is essential in providing support to the implant. One must have gum tissues that are healthy and free of any periodontal diseases to avoid any future complications or infections. One must be attended to by a dentist and a periodontist since the latter has more experience, facilities, training and special knowledge in the said field. They specialize in dental implant procedures.

Expectations after receiving an implant

As always after any medical procedure that involves insertion or removal foreign bodies in the human body there must be a lot of oral care to ensure that it recovers well. There is no exception with dental implants. Oral hygiene is paramount to complete recovery and to ensure that it goes successfully. There has to be constant flossing and brushing and you have to have a good care plan given by your dentist. You will be required to go for periodic checkups and constant visits for close monitoring.

Kinds of dental implants

Endosteal implants are the most common and are placed in the bone. Under this category there are various types like cylinders, screws and blades which are placed surgically in the jawbone. An implant could have one prosthetic tooth or more. Sub periosteal implants are to be placed in the bone jaw using a metal framework and they protrude through the gum, holding the prosthesis in place. They are normally used by patients who can’t wear straight dentures and their jaw bones have minimal height.

Porcelain Veneers

Reasons and Procedures for Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are also known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers. They are custom-made shells of wafer thin tooth coloured materials which are specifically made to conceal the tooth’s surface. This is done with the aim of improving an individual’s appearance.

These shells change the colour, size, shape or length, and are made from resin or porcelain composite materials. Dental veneers that are made from porcelain are better than those made from resin. This is because the porcelain veneers resist stains in a far much better way than the resin veneers. They also mimic natural teeth light reflecting properties better than the resin veneers.

On the other hand while using the resin veneer, less of your tooth surface is removed. This is because the resin veneers are thinner, hence requires a small portion of the tooth to be removed before it is placed. You choose the type of veneer material that you want the dentist to place on the tooth.

Reasons for dental veneers

There are various reasons as to why an individual may require dental veneer on their teeth. Discolouration may occur as a result of root canal treatment, tetracycline or drug stains, excessive fluoride among other causes. Another reason may be when an individual has worn down, broken or chipped teeth.

Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth are other reasons as to why individuals opt for dental veneers. Teeth with gaps in between them are another major reason why individuals get veneers.


An individual needs to visit the dentist three times to get a dental veneer. The first trip is for consultation while the other two are for making and applying the veneers respectively. There is the diagnosis and treatment planning. It is usually the first step that requires the individual to participate actively. It is the discussion between the individual and the dentist. The dentist then examines and determines whether putting veneers are appropriate.

Once the dentist approves the veneer placement, the other thing is to prepare the tooth or teeth for a veneer. Around a millimetre of your tooth enamel is removed, which is equal to the amount of veneer to be placed. Before trimming the tooth the dentist will administer a local anaesthesia in order to numb the area.


A model of your tooth is later made by the dentist and then sent to the laboratory to make the veneer. After two weeks the doctor gets the ready made veneer from the laboratory.


The last part is bonding. This is the cementing of the veneer on your tooth. It is first placed temporarily in order to determine whether it is fit on the tooth and whether the colour is okay. The dentist trims the veneer and adjusts the colour of the veneer to that of the cement to be used.

The tooth is then cleaned, polished and then etched to make it rough in order to make a strong bond with the veneer. Finally the veneer is placed using special cement. A special light beam is applied on the already fixed dental veneer for quick healing and activation of chemicals in the cement.

Close-up of patient’s open mouth before oral checkup with mirror near by

Assessing the Credentials of Your Cosmetic Dentist

Before committing to any cosmetic dentist, there are certain things to which you need to pay close attention. The before and after photographs of past clients as well as the competitive prices for their services are important – especially if you have never been to a cosmetic dentist before in the past at all. However, the credentials of that dental professional should play an instrumental role in your decision-making process.

Check for the Standard Licensing

One of the first things that you should check thoroughly is the standard licensing of the cosmetic dentist. In most cases, the best dentists will have all of their credentials (including certificates, licenses and awards) hanging on the walls of their office. When speaking with them during your initial consultation, take a few moments to explore, examine and even ask questions about these documents.

Conduct a Background Check

In addition to checking for the standard licensing and other credentials of your cosmetic dentist, the next step to take before committing to either one of them is to conduct a background check. The purpose of the background check is primarily to verify their references and credentials as being accurate and credible. For example, you can call the state board to confirm that their license is still active and not currently being investigated. You can also get in contact with their dental school and other educational institutions to confirm their graduation and degrees.

Check for a Master Ceramist

One of the major highlights of the average cosmetic dentistry practice is to have a master ceramist on their staff. When it comes to working with the different types of ceramics (or even porcelain) to create and customize the variety of aesthetics offered, using a master ceramist provides a superior level of quality that cannot easily be duplicated. Checking for a master ceramist is just like checking for their licenses and other forms of credentials and certifications simply because having a master ceramist on board should assure you that you will be receiving the best service possible.

The Bottom Line

When selecting a cosmetic dentist, you can basically open a phone book or choose a listing from an online directory at random. However, if you are only interested in receiving the best quality service from this dental professional, then your best bet would be to take the necessary steps to confirm their credentials and do your homework to identify the best successfully.