Conventional orthodontic treatment relies upon anchorage provided by healthy teeth to correct a misalignment of upper and lower teeth. It can be difficult to provide this type of treatment for patients who have several missing teeth, particularly if a substantial number of teeth are absent. Following tooth loss, the surrounding or opposite teeth can over-erupt, become angled or shift position causing gaps which are not suitable for a dental prosthesis with the placement of implanted teeth.
In patients who have a reasonably intact set of teeth sufficient anchorage is normally achievable by the movement of the misaligned teeth. However, in some individuals who are suffering from partial tooth loss there may be inadequate levels of anchorage available to correct the misalignment. In such cases, dental implants may be used to allow alternative points of anchorage.
Orthodontic Implant Studies
The application of dental implants to provide anchors is improving orthodontic treatment by ...
If you're looking at the mirror every morning when you brush and wondering how you can reverse your receding gums, there's good and bad news. The bad news is that receding gums are a sign of periodontal gum disease. Medical treatment for severe cases generally consists of expensive gum surgery. In less severe cases you can take some steps to halt and even reverse receding gums by keeping bacteria in check. If you suspect you have receding gums the first step would be to visit the dentist for a thorough dental inspection to determine the level of gum disease and whether specialised treatment is needed. If surgery is not needed the following steps could help you reverse your receding gums.
How Plaque Builds Up
One of the main reasons gums get affected is the build-up of plaque. Initially the plaque build-up is hidden, under the gums. You'll identify plaque as a sticky coating that covers your teeth. If left unchecked, the plaque builds up causing the gums begin to get ...