They say you never truly appreciate something until it’s gone. This is especially true when it comes to your teeth. You use them every day for chewing, brushing, and smiling, but it is often taken for granted that you have a mouthful of chompers. Lose just one tooth and you will soon realize just how essential they are to your quality of life. Chewing becomes a hassle, food often gets stuck in the space left behind, and you become less hesitant to flash your winning smile if you’re missing a few front teeth. Luckily cosmetic dental surgery can redress the loss of a tooth or even a mouthful of teeth and have you chewing bubble-gum with gusto once again. In this article, we will look at two techniques of cosmetic dentistry: All-on-4 dental implants and Laser gum surgery.
What are the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants? First of all, a brief explanation of what All-on-4 dental implants even are is necessary. Normally when you lose a tooth, an implant is required for each and every tooth lost. With All-on-4 dental implants, only 4 implants are used to potentially restore a full array of missing bottom or top teeth. So, as to the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants, this economical (it costs drastically less than an implant for every tooth!) and less drastic method of restoring a full set of teeth is perhaps the most immediate benefit. Other benefits include: the ability to avoid grafting the new teeth to the jaw bone, which is painful, invasive, and expensive; it allows you to start chewing immediately, because, even though most implants require months for osseointegration (the process of your bones accepting the new implants until they are permanently fixed and integrated), All-on-4 dental implants allow the dentist to fix a temporary bridge to allow you to use your teeth to eat; it beats dentures any day of the week because what fits more perfectly than a new pair of bone-implanted teeth?
What about your gums? Gums are an often overlooked yet absolutely essential component of one’s general oral health. The pink tissue surrounding your teeth is alive with nerve endings and rife with millions of blood vessels. Like any living system, it is susceptible to disease. The most common gum disease is known as gingivitis. It occurs when plaque, i.e., a kind of bacterial waste products, builds up between teeth, near the gums and is characterized by reddish, swollen gums. Gingivitis left unchecked can lead to bone loss, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. Fortunately, a futuristic and effective way to remove tissue effected by gingivitis exists. Laser gum surgery involves the usage of precise, high-powered beams of light to surgically remove diseased areas. Using a laser instead of a scalpel has the following advantages: it is less painful and less bloody due to the cauterizing effect of the laser, it is more precise, and healing is quicker. Going under the laser is a quicker and safer way of going under the knife.