Capeside Family Dentistry
TAP® Thornton Adjustable Positioner
Abutment head attached to implant to recieve permanent crown
What are implants?
Are you missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence? Then dental implants may be right for you! Dental Implants are small, titanium, screw-shaped threaded cylinders that are placed into the bone in the upper (Maxillary) and/or lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or many missing teeth, or to stabilize dentures. Titanium is an inert metal that is capable of creating a very tight bond with bone. Titanium is used in other operations such as knee or hip replacements so it is a proven surgical component. Dental implants are no longer experimental. Due to differences in bone quality and quantity, the life time success rate for implants is 93-98%. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The implant acts like the root of a natural tooth, and bone actually forms around a special coatingon the implant to hold the implant firmly in place. A crown, with the look, feel, and function of anatural tooth is then affixed to an abutment which is connected to the implant. The 'abutment' is simply a small connecting piece etween the implant and the crown. In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, or where the patient has previously had dentures, multiple implants are placed in the mouth to allow for implant-supported crowns or bridges, ball abutment retained overdentures, and/or bar-supported overdentures.
The success rate for dental implants is very high; and, with proper care, good dental hygiene, and a healthy life style, it is rare that implants will fail. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of thousands of implants have been placed. Many of the 'original' implants are still functioning without problems. Technology and procedures have advanced significantly since the first implants were laced. Photo below: Tooth #9 missing. Replaced with a Titanium Dental Implant. Abutment head attached to implant to receive final permanent crown. Right photo- Treatment completed – final porcelain crown attached to dental implant.
Dental Implants - Cerec 3
Introducing to our patients the CEREC acquisition unit – quick, simple, precise. We concentrate on you! Cerec focuses on the latest technology. The CEREC procedure is simple from the word go. We show you the defect, prepare the tooth and then create an optical impression in just a few seconds. The easy-to-use CEREC 3D camera always displays the tooth in constant magnification, regardless of the distance between the preparation site and the lens. The extensive depth of field goes hand in hand with razor-sharp image quality. It’s even possible to acquire difficult inlay preparations in three dimensions with just a single exposure. To acquire bridge preparations and/or the adjacent teeth, you can overlay and juxtapose several images with just one click of the mouse. Even virtually inaccessible areas can be precisely acquired. The three-dimensional optical impression of the preparation and the antagonists provides a dependable basis for designing the restoration. The CEREC AC acquisition centre has been designed to interface optimally within our accustomed practice workflow. The CEREC Bluecam, a high-performance PC and innovative 3D software are only some of the user-friendly details. There is also the introduction of both an optional uninterrupted power supply and wireless link to ensure CEREC AC adapts to your individual mode of working. In addition, it offers convincing benefi ts in terms of ergonomics, hygiene and effective patient care.
TAP® Thornton Adjustable Positioner
Sleep Apnea Defined
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he/she will close the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.
The Sleep Apnea cycle - falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp, falling back asleep - can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked air passage, one does not receive enough oxygen. Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation can then trigger other health problems..
The Unique Approach of TAP®
The TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) is based on the same principle as that of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring or Sleep Apnea. The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. The TAP maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
TAP® is comfortable and custom-made to prevent any change in teeth position or mouth structure. They are patient-adjustable, allowing for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
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