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W ith recent emergence of novel virus COVID -19 pandemic, many dental offices across the country are closed down while some are already postponing non emergency dental treatment. Hence, it's more important to keep good oral health home care. HOME CARE FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH Always wash your hands before and after any personal dental care. Brush twice daily with flouride containing toothpaste and medium textured tooth brush. Brush your tongue regularly. Check here Floss a day Eat a well - balanced diet for oral and general health well being. Include detergent food in your diet for cleansing and health oral cavity. Limit frequency of snacking Limit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices which can be harmful to teeth surfaces. Drink plenty of water Avoid smoking Use of Mouth guard for contact sport

Replacement of missing tooth

The loss of one or more teeth will affect your Chewing, Speaking and Smile, especially, losing the front teeth can cause reduce in self esteem. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced.

The following are three options your dentist may suggest:
1. Implants
2. Fixed Bridges
3. Removable Partial Dentures

IMPLANTS.

This is a device that is inserted into or on the jaw bone to retain an artificial tooth. It's often made from Titanium metal which is driven into the jaw bone to support artificial teeth or denture.
 

 

Implant with the artificial tooth.

Implants are very durable and stable. Can last for a life time and requires moderate maintainance.
Of the three options available, implant placement is the most expensive.


FIXED BRIDGES

This is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining the artificial tooth that will be used to replace the missing tooth definitively to adjacent teeth(abutment teeth).
The artificial tooth is called pontic and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental bridge requires some level of maintainance.
Requires the preparation of the adjacent teeth to receive the bridge unit.
The cost is relatively cheaper compare to implant but not as durable and stable.

                                                                                                       A three unit bridge

REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE

The design are intended to be placed into and removed from the mouth by the patient. They are not rigidly connected to the teeth or tissue. They are cost effective and less invasive compare to implant. However, it is poorly tolerated by patient, aid accumulation of plaque and low survival rate.

                             
              Removable Partial Denture






Don’t hesitate to contact me for further clarification, Dr. Odeyemi Kolade Project Smile 32 Senior facilitator 0806-9815-500.

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