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Dental implants, Dentist, Dental Treatment - Dental Implantology Unit DIU Malta
Given the nature of the ongoing unprecedented and highly infective Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, both national and international health authorities and associations have advised that dental practices limit dental treatment to genuine emergency procedures and defer elective and non-urgent appointments.
Due to the current situation regarding covid-19 we at the Dental & Implantology Unit have taken the painful decision of closing our clinics as from Monday 16th March 2020
A 28 year old lady not at all happy with her bridge and does not like to smile. Challenging case...
During infancy it is common for babies to explore the world using their mouths, this is a natural instinct that babies are born with, and all parents know how stressful this can be! Sucking on a pacifier, thumb or fingers is perfectly normal for the first few years of life, as children use this to help themselves feel calm and reassured.
Practicing good dental care from infancy to adulthood can help a person keep their teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing daily, not smoking, eating a healthful diet, and having regular dental checkups can help people avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. It may also benefit their overall health.
Apparent evidence of attempts to use toothpick to deal with impacted tooth and misalignment of another one adds to impression Neanderthals were significantly more intelligent than previously thought
Our patient was an 81 year old lady. She wanted to fix her bridge, rather than have dentures.
Cosmetic bonding is one of the cosmetic dental procedures we provide here at the dental and implant unit. This procedure can radically change a person’s perception and feeling about their own smile.
Have you ever stopped to think about gum disease? The damage dental plaque germs cause can be permanent, but you can fight the germs with toothpaste, a toothbrush and dental floss. Read on to learn more about plaque and ways to protect your teeth and gums.
Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. Tombs of the ancient Egyptians have been found containing toothsticks alongside their owners. Around 1600BC, the Chinese developed "chewing sticks" which were made from aromatic tree twigs to freshen breath.
What Is It? Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this. In the United States, bruxism affects about 30 million to 40 million children and adults.
We’ve all been there — in the middle of a conversation, someone leans away and you think, “Oh no, is it my breath?” If this happens to you more often than not, you may want to consider what options you have to help solve your bad-breath condition.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed a pink tinge on your toothbrush? It may have made you wonder if you have gum disease. So, what is gum disease? Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can lead to the deterioration of the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. The infection is primarily caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that irritates the gum line if you let it build up. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be reversed.
Early childhood dental decay is a severe form of tooth decay that affects the teeth of infants and young children. It is found usually on the upper front teeth but other teeth may also be affected.
Over the last twenty years, awareness of the importance of applying dental sealants has increased. Yet many parents who did not undergo this procedure in their youth may need to educate themselves to gain a certain level of comfort before bringing in their own children for the procedure.
Oral Surgeon, Dr Mark Diacono, talks to us about the latest advancements in digital technology and some of the benefits that come along with these advancements
Teeth Whitening: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Tooth whitening prescribed and supervised by your dentist does not harm your teeth or general health. The most common side effects are ...
Is tooth whitening always successful? In most cases, yes. However, the treatment doesn’t suit everyone and may not work for some people. If your teeth are likely to be difficult to treat, your dentist will tell you beforehand. Your dentist is trained to ...
How safe and effective are teeth whitening products sold in shops and online? Why is it important to investigate all of your teeth whitening options, specifically with your dentist? What about non-dentists who carry out teeth whitening treatments?
If your teeth don't fit together properly, you can have problems not only in your teeth themselves, but also in the gums, the temporo-mandibular joint or the muscles that move your jaw.
Some medical conditions and drugs can affect your oral health. Or they may affect the treatment you get and the materials your dental team use.
Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they will not go for dental treatment. They can overcome their fears with relaxation or sedation. Dentists today are sympathetic about these feelings, and you can ask your dental team about these ways to help.
Your mouth needs saliva to be able to work properly. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, and it helps to break down your food and helps you to swallow.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in many foods and in all drinking water. Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay.
Your teeth do different jobs. They help you to cut up and chew your food when you are eating. They help you to talk and make different sounds. They also give your face its shape and give you a nice smile.
If you pass on hot or cold drinks because you know they’ll make your teeth hurt, it may be time to talk to your dentist about the possibility that you have sensitive teeth.
Your dental team or orthodontist will be able to give you advice about your brace and teeth. If you don't do what they say, the brace can take longer to work and the treatment may be unsuccessful. If your brace is damaged or broken this can also delay the treatment.
Being 'afraid of the dentist' may mean different things to different people. It will probably help if you work out just what it is that worries you most.
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Your gums may recede (shrink back) as you get older, and your teeth may become a little more sensitive as a result. Your dental team will be able to show you the best brushing methods to keep any gum problems under control, and may suggest a mouthwash to deal with the sensitivity.
In between trips to the doctor, hospital tours and setting up the nursery, don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before your baby comes. Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health.
It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. You should then take them regularly, as often as your dental team recommend. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits.
Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for their health. It can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However, many people don't realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
Meet specialist Dr. Lee Ferriggi... TIPS OF THE MONTH... Case Study...
58 year old lady attended with severe problems associated with her dentition.
Dr. Rubén Davó is a lead trainer in the latest addition to our Training and Education program: Essentials of the Trefoil system. Since October 2017, he has trained over 100 clinicians, and explains why it is so crucial for this revolutionary full-arch solution.
The mouth serves as a gateway to the body. There is a connection between oral health and general health.
Meet specialist Dr. Strojek...TIPS OF THE MONTH...viral photo... Case Study from CEREC...
Dr Strojek's fascination and obsession with aesthetic perfection and photography caught the attention of the professionals at Ivoclar and they invited him to deliver a lecture on dental photography and aesthetic dentistry to their experts.
Dr. Nicola McArdle, one of our specialists in restorative and aesthetic dentistry has just been nominated for the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year 2017 Award for showing kindness and compassion when treating her patients in Ireland.
Once a year, in the fall, the EAO holds its annual conference in one of Europe’s major cities. About 4000 delegates normally attend to listen to leading experts talk about current topics in implant dentistry. This year was no exception and it did not disappoint Dr Mark Diacono.
Nobel Biocare invited a group of experts to Frankfurt for their course on Trefoil. Dr. Mark Diacono was invited to attend along with 25 other specialists from across Europe.
When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay. Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.
Seeing patients in transit or tourists who are around just for a day or two is one of the highlights of working on a Mediterranean island somewhere between Africa and Europe.
Meet specialist Dr Patrick Vassallo...Tips on tooth decay prevention... New case study plus more ...
A 70 year old client first visited our clinic in 2016 requesting a beautiful smile. Aware that her teeth have failed over the years, she only wanted to be able to smile with pride.
Cavities, or tooth decay, is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down.
Meet specialist Dr Susanna Diacono......DIU team complete training course in digital dentistry after acquiring the latest hardware from CEREC by Sirona....TIP OF THE MONTH Coping with cancer, mouth care.......
CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Why wait to fix a damaged or weak tooth? ...the Dental & Implantology Unit team in March went on an intensive training course to learn about the latest advances in digital dentistry after acquiring the latest hardware from CEREC by Sirona. That enables us to obtain digital images, design & finally fabricate precise CADCAM restorations in house. .............to remain effective, advanced and ultimately offer a better service to our clients.
Dr. Mark Diacono was selected by Straumann Ltd, a manufacturer of medical devices to use their latest Bone Level Tapered Implant System prior to its launch to provide feedback on the implant system.
Patients who are receiving cancer therapy often experience side effects including changes in the mouth.
Pro Arch Bridge, restoration of maxilla with four Straumann® Roxolid® SLA Bone Level Tapered implants and fixed bridge using a CARES® frame.
A 62-year-old female was referred to us as her upper fixed bridge had failed..... all the supporting teeth had carious lesions below the margins to such an extent that they could not be saved and the adjacent premolars on both sides were also non-restorable: oral hygiene was moderate. Her medical history was complex
We all know if it's root canal therapy or aesthetic dentistry we can turn to Dr Susanna for professional advice, but does she also have survival skills? We caught up with one of our specialists at the Dental & Implantology Unit, Dr Susanna K Diacono, to bring you some fun facts on things you didn’t know about her.
The Dental Unit and Implantology first newsletter. Latest news
The Dental & Implantology Unit First Newsletter. Latest news, updates, industry changes
There may be a link between microbeads in toothpaste and some periodontal disease
research studies have created what is known as Hyperelastic Bone, a much needed significant leap forward in rapidly treating bone injuries
A 61 year old lady was referred to the clinic after having old crowns on two upper anterior teeth fail
One of our specialists, Piotr, attended an advanced aesthetic dentistry course organised by Stylo Italiano in Poland.
Dr. Mark Diacono was selected by Straumann Ltd to use their new Bone Level Tapered Implant prior to its launch to provide feedback on the implant system.
Mrs Mary Jane Galea has joined our team as a dental hygienist.
Ms Sandra Claesson, a student dental nurse from Sweden, has joined our team.
We welcome Mrs Mary Rose Giorgio who has recently joined our front desk team.
Advanced tissue grafting course in Alta Badia, Italy, organised by Straumann Ltd. attended by Dr. Mark Diacono.
One of our specialists, has set up a new business offering ‘a sailing experience’ on his sailing yacht.
Apart from being one of our specialists, Dr. Susanna Diacono is also a photographer.
Working with us for 18 years, Nadia Mattocks is now embarking upon a new and exciting career.
A 25 year old lady was referred to the unit by her dental surgeon due to advanced acid erosion of her upper teeth. She had mild sensitivity but was very unhappy about her appearance. Pre-operative analysis in the implant combined clinic included a clinical and medical examination, X-rays, study models and a wax up / mock up of the expected outcome.
Mrs SN was referred to the surgeon due to failure of the large span upper bridge. She presented with ten failed teeth in the upper jaw and three failed teeth in the lower.
This is a 70 year old gentleman referred by his dental surgeon regarding implant treatment in the upper jaw, He had lost three teeth and was correctly advised that a convention bridge would not be an ideal restoration.
This is a 27 year old female referred to the unit by her dental surgeon following a failure of a root filling in her premolar tooth in the upper jaw.
This is a young male patient who asked to have his aesthetic issue associated with malformed teeth fixed.
This is a 55 year old man who was referred from the casualty department. He fractured his upper left central incisor in a work accident.
This is a 27 year old lady who had a failing crown and heavily restored front teeth. She was keen to resolve the pathology and improve the aesthetic outcome.
A crown replacement
Mrs. L. attended the unit in February 2006. She was extremely unhappy with her complete dentures, which she has been wearing for two years.
Mrs. C visited the Dental and Implantology Unit in 2004 after being referred by her doctor. Her main problem was gun disease.
Under general anesthesia, bone re-contouring surgery was performed as planned and six implants were inserted into the upper jaw and five into the lower jaw. An immediate temporary bridge was fitted, followed by a final bridge six months later.
Mr. A, a 59 year old male came in for a consult at the Dental Unit concerned about the advanced loss of tooth substance. A thorough examination revealed severe attrition of his dentition in both jaws.
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