Dental Tips Blog

Aug
7

Not Enough Bone for an Implant? Not Necessarily a Problem

Posted in Dental Implants

“Use it or lose it” holds true for a lot of things, including your jawbone.

The bone in your jaw is very sensitive to pressure from teeth. When tooth roots apply regular force against the bone, it triggers natural processes that reinforce the bone.

Take those teeth away, and your bone will only disintegrate in a process called resorption. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and act as substitute tooth roots. But the less bone there is, the harder it gets to anchor a dental implant.

In years past, an implant was simply not an option in the face of bone resorption.

It’s a different story today, however.

CT Scans And Virtual Planning

A two-dimensional panoramic x-ray may easily reveal that you don’t have a lot of bone to work with. But more detailed scans and advanced computer programs now give dentists and surgeons a better idea of what they can do for your smile.

By carefully assessing the available bone, your dentist may be able to calculate the best angle to place an implant for the most secure fit.

Bone Grafting

Classic bone grafting is almost always an option. You’d have many choices as to the material and source of the graft. The only downside is that grafting surgery adds more healing time to your treatment.

All-On-Four

All-on-Four and other similar systems use multiple miniature implants to support a denture in places where it wouldn’t fit otherwise.

There’s usually no reason for a lack of bone to prevent you from getting dental implants. Schedule time to talk with your dentist or even a periodontist (gum specialist) about your implant possibilities.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
3

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

An overdenture is simply a dental prosthesis that rests slightly above your gums. It’s usually supported by dental implants, so it puts the bite force directly into your jawbone instead of your gums.

Some overdentures are more like traditional dentures in the way they rest on your gums, but they all provide a more secure bite because of having implants to help hold them in place.

Who Can Have An Overdenture?

People who have minimal bone to support a full classic denture could really use the extra support of implants. Implants give the mouth greater height, which preserves the shape of the smile and the power of your bite.

An overdenture is still removable like any other denture, but it stays in place much better.

Basically, if you’re exhausted from dealing with a regular denture, then an overdenture may be worth your consideration!

Benefits Of Overdentures

In today’s fast-paced society, fewer people want to settle for the hassle and stigma of wearing a traditional denture. Overdentures are gaining in popularity because of these benefits:

  • Can be removed for easy cleaning
  • No more worrying about denture adhesives
  • Hide a high smile line with a tall prosthesis (avoid showing a gap between the denture and your gums)
  • Enjoy having the shape of your original smile
  • Laugh without fear of your teeth slipping!

Is an overdenture right for you? You’ll have to discuss that with your dentist. There are many different ways to replace teeth, especially when dental implants are involved. Careful treatment planning can help you find a solution that matches your lifestyle and smile needs.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
3

Yes, Losing Your Tooth IS a Big Deal!

Posted in Dental Implants

Contrary to what many people believe, there’s nothing natural about losing teeth. Even so, what’s so bad about missing just one or two teeth?

Missing Teeth and Alignment

The biggest issue comes down to is your smile’s alignment. Your teeth are always looking to be on the move. If there’s an empty space directly above or below them, they will try to grow to fill it. If there’s an empty space in front of them, they will drift forward to fill it.

Unfortunately, it throws off your entire bite when teeth tip out of line. It may become harder to chew. Those crooked teeth will be harder to keep clean and restore. They can also become vulnerable to diseases that make them fall out.

A bad bite could also potentially lead to TMJ complications and chronic headaches.

A Broken Smile?

Missing teeth can significantly affect the shape of your smile. This isn’t just because there is a gap or two. The bone in your jaw is reinforced by the presence of tooth roots. Without teeth, that bone will start to shrink and create craters in the gums.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

In summary, missing teeth can result in:

  • Disease to other teeth
  • Alignment and bite problems
  • Collapsed smile
  • Difficulty fitting other restorations

Basically, the more teeth you are missing, the sooner the ones you have left will follow suit!  There are many options to replace missing teeth including dental implants, dentures, and a bridge or partial bridge.

Check with your dentist to find out whether your missing teeth have the potential to cause trouble. If so, talk to your dentist about which restoration options that are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Jul
31

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Your implant is designed to feel like a normal tooth, but it can take some getting used to. After the surgical placement, the tissue around these restorations need time to heal. You’ll also be visiting the dentist for multiple appointments.

With all the time and effort involved, there’s no side-stepping the issue – dental implants can cost more than other tooth replacements. But rather than looking at them as an expense, it best to see them for what they really are: a smart investment.

Just as with any other smart investment, you can expect the payout of a dental implant to be worth all of the time and start-up costs. What this also means is that you can expect your implant to last you a very long time!

Lifespan Of Dental Implants

As an implant integrates with your bone and gums, it essentially becomes a part of you. It isn’t going anywhere. The best part about investing in an implant is that they can last you a lifetime.

Dental implants are commonly made from titanium. You’re not likely to have an allergic reaction and it won’t break down. Top it off with a sturdy crown, and you’ve got the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Investing In Implants

Virtually all other tooth restoration options are temporary. From bridges to dentures, you’re not going to find a replacement that lasts as long as implants do.

Of course, there’s much you still need to do to keep your implant strong. It might not be a natural tooth, but it has natural gums and bone around it. Keeping your implant clean is the key to making it last.

Talk with your dentist for information if you’re curious about implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Jul
18

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s very unusual for dental implants to fail. If you’re thinking about getting an implant, there’s no need to be paranoid. On average, 95-98% of implant procedures are successful enough to last for the life of the patient.

Here are the four biggest causes of dental implant failure:

  1. Bacterial Infection (Peri-Implantitis)

The bone around the dental implant site should be sterile. If bacteria gets in, the tissues all around the implant will get inflamed. This can cause your implant to fall out.

Keeping your mouth clean is very important to maintaining the success of your implant. Yes, dental implants need to be brushed and flossed too!

  1. Insufficient Bone Structure

If the bone beneath the gums is not sufficient for holding an implant, your new tooth won’t stay in place for long. Inadequate bone on the top half of your mouth puts the implant at risk for puncturing your sinuses.

Fortunately, you’re not likely to encounter this problem because of today’s advanced implant placement technology (like grafts or computerized placement.)

  1. The Implant Site Didn’t Heal Well After Surgery

One of the biggest causes of poor healing is disturbing the implant. Chewing on the new implant or bumping it in an accident will often prevent it from fusing with the bone. Be sure to follow your post operative instructions very carefully.

  1. Allergic Reaction or Foreign Body Rejection

Because there are usually very small traces of nickel in titanium implants, some people may not react well to them.

Just as bodies can inexplicably reject an organ transplant, there is also a slim chance your body can reject an implant.

Thanks to ever-advancing techniques, the odds of implant failure are very low. Your dentist will explain to you what diagnostic imaging and virtual planning can help you make your implant treatment successful.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Jul
18

Braces or Implants – Which Come First?

Posted in Dental Implants

Between whitening and crowns, braces and implants, creating the smile of your dreams might seem more complicated than you imagined.

It’s not impossible, however! When it comes to closing up gaps in your smile, braces and implant therapy are important. But which should come first?

What Implants Are For

Dental implants act similarly to a natural tooth root. This metal screw fuses tightly with the bone and provides a strong anchor for a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can take several months to heal.

How Braces Work

Braces are metal brackets and a wire which runs all around the arch of your mouth. As the wire is gradually tightened, your teeth will slowly move through the bone into proper position.

This is a very natural process and your bone heals up just fine after natural teeth move. But as dental implants are fixed, moving them could cause permanent damage to the bone.

Do You Need Braces Or Implants First?

You have to factor in the unique needs of your smile. At this point, it’s usually not a good idea to put brackets on an implant restoration.

But there are a couple exceptions!

Example #1: To encourage proper tooth movement in a complicated case, some orthodontists will use implants as an anchor to guide the rest of the teeth.

Example #2: Orthodontic treatment may only be necessary on front teeth. In this case, an implant in the back of your mouth shouldn’t be bothered by the action going on out front.

Whatever your situation, you’ll need the opinions of your dentist and even an orthodontist, moving forward. Call your local dental office today for a personalized smile evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334

Jul
17

Dental Implant Restorations – What Are Your Options?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that an implant can be more than just a single tooth replacement?

An implant is simply the metal rod that acts like a tooth root. What you put on that metal root mainly comes down to what your smile needs.

Here are three ways dental implant technology can restore all kinds of smiles.

Crowns (Single Tooth Restorations)

A classic dental crown made from ceramic is generally the best option for replacing a lone missing tooth. Once it’s in place, an implant crown is easy to care for.

In most cases, some months of healing after your implant surgery are required before the permanent version of your crown can be fitted in place.

Implant Bridges

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, then an implant bridge is probably your best option.

A bridge is made of one or more implants that have artificial teeth suspended between them. You don’t have to get a separate implant and crown restoration for each missing tooth. Instead, it may be possible for you to restore all those teeth at once with a dental bridge.

Implant-Retained Denture

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants can still help! Anywhere from two to six implants could be all you need to stabilize a denture. Most patients find this to be a much more secure alternative to the fit of classic dentures.

Which Implant Restoration Do You Need?

With all of these options now available, your dream smile could be closer than you realize.

Which dental implant restoration you should have is mostly determined by how many teeth you are missing. Your dentist will also help you pick the right tooth replacement option by considering your:

  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Overall health
  • Lifestyle

Call today to schedule a consultation!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

Jul
12

Subperiosteal vs. Endosteal Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

The goal of dental implants is to replace missing teeth with a secure and discreet solution. No one ever has to know that the teeth you have aren’t natural.

However, not all implants are the same.

Endosteal and Subperiosteal Implants

“Endosteal” means “within bone” and it covers classic dental implants. They are inserted directly into the bone for support. The implant is a small screw that acts just like a tooth root.

Breaking down “subperiosteal” we understand it to mean “below the gums, near the bone.” So subperiosteal implants don’t actually go through the bone. Instead, they rest on the jawbone just under the gum tissue.

These implants are attached to a metal framework that sits on the jawbone like a saddle on a horse’s back. Only the implant attachments show up above the gums and these anchor the false teeth to the mouth.

There is even a third kind of implant called “transosteal” which goes through the bone completely. The implants come out through the gums, but they are anchored by a plate attached to the chin, which is also hidden under skin and gums.

Why The Difference?

Implant support systems come in different designs to make the most of the bone you have available in your jaw. It all comes down to what kind of support your smile needs.

Going a long time without teeth can cause bone to shrink and limit the amount of anchoring material you have to work with.

Do you feel that a special implant system could change the way you smile for the better? An implant specialist or your general dentist could make some recommendations. Call to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

Jun
28

Benefits of Choosing an Implant Over Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Modern dentistry is leaning towards the dental implant trend. That’s not because it’s the more lucrative procedure for dentists to offer. In reality, providers are encouraging implants and more patients are asking for them because they have some real health benefits.

Take a look at how implant technology compares with dentures, the traditional tooth-replacement option:

Downsides Of Dentures

  • They need to be adjusted and replaced
  • They can chafe gums and create sore spots
  • They can get smelly
  • They can loosen and slip with time
  • Your ability to chew is greatly reduced
  • You have to remove your smile to clean it
  • You’re often worried others will notice

If you’re currently a denture-wearer, then you’re probably familiar with such issues! With implants, you can enjoy a permanent or snap-in appliance that omits most of these problems.

What Implants Can Do For You

A single dental implant doesn’t rely on the support of surrounding teeth the way partial dentures do. This makes them a healthy and conservative option. They’re also very strong, arguably stronger than natural teeth, and provide lots of support and reinforcement to the surrounding jawbone.

With one or more dental implants you can:

  • Eat the foods you love
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Smile and laugh with confidence
  • Not worry about your dental prosthesis slipping out of place

Dentures or Implants – Which is Right For You?

Clearly, implants provide the more convenient and lasting solution over dentures.

Even so, it’s important that you discuss this with your dentist. For health reasons, implant surgery may not be recommended in your case. On the other hand, your dentist may suggest a combination of denture and implant technology.

Contact your dental office today to schedule an implant consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Jun
20

Is A Dental Implant Safe For Me?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery has a very high success rate. In fact, it’s one of the most predictable procedures in the dental field today.

Implant technology offers a lot of potential benefits including:

  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Preservation of bone
  • No harm to existing natural teeth
  • Permanent, lifelong tooth replacement option
  • Easy care and maintenance

The process of getting an implant, however, is one that you need to think through carefully in light of your current health.

Is The Surgery Safe?

Dental implant surgery is very safe. It’s usually performed under local anesthesia, meaning that patients will be numb but don’t have to be sedated. The procedure is very minimal and most patients are surprised at how quickly they recover.

With careful planning, your dentist will ensure that your implant is placed at the correct angle.

Who Should Be Cautious Of Implants?

Children definitely do not qualify for this kind of surgery. This is because their jaws aren’t fully developed yet. An implant, once placed, stays rooted in the bone for life. If that bone continues to grow and spacing between teeth changes, that implant would end up not fitting into the smile correctly.

If you have impaired healing ability, it can be tough for your body to accept a dental implant. This includes conditions like:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled gum disease

If any of those conditions apply to you, you don’t have to feel that your dream of an implant is an impossible one. By communicating with your doctor and dentist, you can get your health to a place where it’s much easier to place implants.

Get started today by contacting your dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

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