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Dental Care Services
At the Suma dental Clinic Center, we provide a wide range of oral health care services to patients, from routine checkups and cleanings to fitting braces and treating oral disease.
Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area. Although primarily associated with teeth among the general public, the field of dentistry or dental medicine is not limited to teeth but includes other aspects of the craniofacial complex including the temporomandibular and other supporting structures.
Dentistry is often also understood to subsume the now largely defunct medical specialty of stomatology (the study of the mouth and its disorders and diseases) for which reason the two terms are used interchangeably in certain regions.
Dental treatments are carried out by a dental team, which often consists of a dentist and dental auxiliaries (dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, as well as dental therapists). Most dentists either work in private practices (primary care), dental hospitals or (secondary care) institutions (prisons, armed forces bases, etc.)
Before we get into the importance of replacing teeth, let’s address the most common question first: what exactly is a dental implant anyway? A dental implant is a tiny, but extremely strong, titanium alloy screw which is used while surgically replacing damaged or missing natural teeth. It is drilled into the jawbone, so that the screw can firmly connect the artificial teeth or any other dental prosthesis to the jaw.
In addition to its use in replacing broken/missing teeth, implants can also be used to provide support to loose, removable dentures. Now that you know what a dental implant is exactly, let’s take a look at why replacing lost or badly damaged teeth is important in the first place.
Superficial as it may sound to someone who has all their teeth, even a single missing tooth can put a lot of emotional stress on us. In varying degrees, we are all somewhat concerned about our appearance, and it affects our confidence as well.
To lose your perfect smile because of a missing tooth or two can cause depression and loss of confidence, which in turn may affect your work and personal life. It has been found that dental implants are often effective in boosting the patient’s morale and overall confidence. Since there is no externally visible difference between a replaced tooth and a natural one after the procedure, it does actually affect physical appearance positively.
As soon as a tooth is lost, the balance in your entire dental structure is disturbed. The created gap allows for the remaining teeth (especially the ones nearest to the gap) to tilt and shift as a result of even the most normal regular chewing.
This could lead to further oral problems down the line, especially if the distorted structure of the teeth interferes with the patient’s chewing abilities. It isn’t uncommon to see someone lose multiple teeth over the years as a result of this and more often than not, the bone loss occurs in the same row, side by side.
If you have all your teeth intact, then you probably don’t have any idea how it feels when a particularly hard piece of food comes in-between the exposed root of the missing molar and an existing one.
Let’s just say that it isn’t a very comfortable experience and once that keeps happening almost every time you try to eat, it’s not rare to see people giving up on meat and other previously loved food sources to alleviate themselves from the continuous pain and discomfort. In a way, losing your ability to properly chew food can potentially stop you from enjoying a very big part of your life.
Routine Care and Evaluation
All first-time patients (other than those needing emergency care or referred to our specialty clinics) will receive an initial evaluation of oral health. Patients who need routine care (such as a checkup or cleaning) are seen in the Clinic.
Our mission is to deliver high quality dental care with emphasis on an integrated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to dental problems. We have established a reputation as a center of excellence and learning through Continuing Education.
Endodontics is the study, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases associated with the roots of the teeth. Endodontic services aim to save the patient’s natural teeth by restoring dental health and function.
Operative and Adhesive Dentistry
The Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry Clinic provides services geared toward preserving the natural dentition with a focus on esthetic rehabilitation of the smile. Services address dental problems such as tooth wear/erosion, dysfunctional and disharmonious smile, carious lesions, tooth fractures, intrinsic tooth discolorations and demineralization and white spot lesions. Specialty treatments include but are not limited to tooth-colored restorations, bleaching, porcelain veneers, digitally designed restorations, microabrasion, and adhesive dentistry.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic treats diseases, injuries, tumors, and deformities of the face and jaws that may require surgery or tooth extraction.
Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine
The Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Clinic specializes in treating patients with oral disease and oral pain, including chronic headaches, teeth grinding, jaw disorders, and breathing issues.
Orthodontic treatment helps teeth line up correctly, using braces or other devices.
The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic provides dental services for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs, in a relaxing, caring environment specifically geared toward young patients.
Periodontics is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries to the gums, connective tissues, and bone surrounding the teeth. Periodontists can also place implants in areas of missing teeth.
Prosthodontics is the treatment, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health for patients with missing or deficient teeth or tissues. Prosthodontists can replace teeth with implants or dentures and correct misalignment of teeth.
The Urgent Care and Dental Trauma Center specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental emergencies.
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