Tooth Loss, its Con­se­quences and So­lu­tions

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At Or­ange Moose Dental, Dr Ven­ter often sees pa­tients who have lost their teeth and have had den­tures for many years. The con­cern for many is the in­abil­ity to eat and en­joy the food they used to, hav­ing to chew for longer to man­age the size of the food in their mouths, often lead­ing to di­ges­tive prob­lems and then also not able to bite as hard as they used to.

The prob­lem with tooth loss

Af­ter tooth loss, the big­gest prob­lem we’re faced with, is bone loss. We can lose up to 4mm of bone height within the first 6 months af­ter los­ing a tooth. With loss of bone height, comes loss of bone width too. The prob­lem with this is loss of sta­bil­ity and sup­port of fu­ture tra­di­tional den­tures.

Any pres­sure from your den­tures on your gums ac­cel­er­ates this loss of un­der­ly­ing bone, which is an on­go­ing process through­out your life.

How dental im­plants could help you

Re­plac­ing miss­ing teeth can be di­vided into Fixed or

Re­mov­able so­lu­tions. Fixed So­lu­tions re­fer to a set of teeth, com­pletely sup­ported and re­tained by im­plants, where a re­mov­able so­lu­tion, refers to a full up­per or lower den­ture sup­ported by im­plants and gum. Your den­ture will clip onto the placed im­plants and you can still re­move it when you go to bed and when you clean the den­ture.

With the re­mov­able op­tion, you still lose un­der­ly­ing sup­port­ing bone where the den­ture is sup­ported by only gum, usu­ally to­wards the back of your mouth. With the fixed op­tion, your set of teeth are more slim line, usu­ally eas­ier to clean and feels less in­va­sive to your lips, cheeks and tongue. This set of teeth can only be re­moved by your den­tist with spe­cial in­stru­ments and usu­ally feels closer to nat­u­ral teeth than a tra­di­tional den­ture.

“Re­search shows that im­plant-sup­ported den­tures al­low pa­tients to in­crease the amount of chew­ing force by up to 300%, im­proves chew­ing ef­fi­ciency with 20% and usu­ally only need 1.5 to 3.5 times less chew­ing strokes to ob­tain the same out­come com­pared to pa­tients with tra­di­tional full den­tures”

– Dr Carl E. Misch in Con­tem­po­rary Im­plant Den­tistry, 3rd Edi­tion For both of th­ese treat­ment op­tions, your den­tist had to have spe­cial train­ing and if you’re in­ter­ested in per­su­ing any of th­ese op­tions, be sure to ask your den­tist if they can show you any cases that they have done.

Dr Ven­ter at Or­ange Moose Dental of­fers va­ri­eties of op­tions within the Fixed and Re­mov­able treat­ment so­lu­tions and the first step for you would be to con­tact our of­fice to ar­range a com­pre­hen­sive dental ex­am­i­na­tion. Usu­ally be­fore dental im­plants can be planned and placed, Dr Ven­ter will have to take a small view 3D xray of the area in ques­tion to as­sess the shape and vol­ume of your jaw bone. This will help him to also give you an ac­cu­rate treat­ment cost for the pro­posed treat­ment op­tions. Dr Ven­ter has all the equip­ment to take all nec­es­sary pho­to­graphs and xrays in his prac­tice and there­fore elim­i­nates the need to re­fer you some­where else for th­ese di­ag­nos­tic aids.

Dr Ven­ter has been trained in var­i­ous dental im­plant sys­tems and will use the prod­uct best suited for your sit­u­a­tion.

All of the placed dental im­plants are fol­lowed up by Dr Ven­ter on a reg­u­lar sched­uled in­ter­val and for the first year this is com­pli­men­tary.

Teeth in a day

A Fixed treat­ment so­lu­tion Dr Ven­ter of­fers at Or­ange Moose Dental, is a No­bel Bio­care prod­uct, called Al­lon-4™. This al­lows a full arch of up­per or lower teeth to be re­placed by only four dental im­plants placed in a spe­cific way, fol­low­ing a spe­cific pro­to­col.

By only us­ing four dental im­plants, it keeps the to­tal treat­ment cost down and al­lows for im­me­di­ate func­tion if min­i­mum amount of im­plant in­ser­tion torque is achieved. Along with this pro­ce­dure, Dr Ven­ter works along­side a mas­ter ce­ramist and his team from Vic­to­ria for the pro­ce­dure that al­lows the pa­tient to go home that same day with a fixed set of teeth, ready to smile and eat. This comes to no ad­di­tional cost to Dr Ven­ter’s pa­tients, due to the na­ture of the pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship be­tween Dr Ven­ter and this dental lab­o­ra­tory.

Not ev­ery­one is suited for the All-on-4™ treat­ment so­lu­tion but that is why Dr Ven­ter will as­sess each pa­tient on their own merit and pro­vide treat­ment op­tions suit­able for that spe­cific pa­tient.

Visit our web­site and face­book page for real life treat­ment pro­ce­dures com­pleted by Dr Ven­ter him­self and come and visit us to find out what treat­ment op­tions are avail­able to you.

© Dr Hanno Ven­ter Fixed Im­plant sup­ported pros­the­sis

© Dr Hanno Ven­ter Re­mov­able Im­plant and Gum sup­ported den­ture

© Dr Hanno Ven­ter Fixed Im­plant sup­ported pros­the­sis

© Dr Hanno Ven­ter Fixed Im­plant sup­ported pros­the­sis

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