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Oct
13

Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dental Implants

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Dental implants have quickly become the choice of treatment for tooth replacement in adults. They can be used to replace as few as one missing tooth, or several at a time (such as anchoring a full mouth denture.) But there are a few things that a lot of people don’t know about implants. 

Implants encourage new bone growth within the jaw.

In order to place an implant into the jaw, healthy bone levels must be present. The material that is used for the artificial implant root is made of titanium, which is also used for joint replacements throughout the rest of the body. Titanium is so biocompatible with the body, that it encourages new bone formation to occur around the new dental implant root. This allows new bone formation to fuse with the root and secure it into place. 

Dental implants can last a lifetime.

A healthy implant is stronger than natural teeth. The titanium fused with bone means that the implant can support much more weight and force than a natural tooth. A full mouth denture of 14 teeth (per arch) can be supported on as few as 4 implant roots! 

They’re just like having real teeth.

There’s no other dental treatment that’s quite like the dental implant In fact, implants are the most realistic tooth replacement option available in all of modern dentistry. Patients are able to brush and floss them just like natural teeth, and they are easier to care for than other types of tooth replacement treatments like bridges or partial dentures. 

Are you a candidate for dental implants? Schedule an exam and X-rays today to find out!

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Jul
16

Dental Implant Restoration

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Dental implants are designed to support multiple types of dental restorations. A single implant root is so strong that it not only can support an individual crown, it can also help anchor a bridge or even a full mouth denture. Some dental patients will have their implant surgically placed by an oral surgeon, and then return to their dentist for the final implant restorative procedure. Or, patients with existing dental implant restorations may find that they need a new restoration for whatever reason. Here is a brief run-down on the types of restorations available for dental implants:

Abutments

The abutment is a separate part of the implant that supports the restoration. It is screwed into the implant root after the implant has been exposed following a few months of bone integration. Abutments are usually implant specific, but any type of restoration can be placed onto it. 

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns are cemented directly onto the abutment of the dental implant. Most implant crowns are made completely of porcelain, and are color matched to the adjacent teeth. The final crown is similar to a regular dental crown, and it looks and functions just like a normal tooth. 

Fixed Bridges

Implant bridges are different from standard dental bridges, because they can replace more teeth at one time. A traditional bridge can only replace one or two teeth, but implant-supported dentures can replace 3 or more teeth. An implant bridge is supported on either end by the implant, supporting the pontic crowns across the open space. 

Implant-Supported Dentures

An “all on 4” denture is an implant supported denture that is permanently anchored into place. It is horseshoe-shaped, eliminating the need for an acrylic plate across the top of the mouth. This makes it easier to talk and eat!

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Jan
30

At What Age Can Someone Have a Dental Implant?

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Nobody likes to go without a missing tooth, especially teenagers. A common question that parents and teens ask is “how old does someone have to be to get a dental implant?” This is a great question, because dental implants are now regarded to be the treatment of choice when it comes to tooth replacement. Making the best investment in the future of your child’s smile is important, because you want it to last for a long time to come.

They key to determining if a child is ready for implant placement is at what stage their oral and facial features are in the maturation process. There must be enough mature bone growth for an implant to be placed, and the facial features should be completely developed before delivering a long-term treatment like an implant. For most people, 18 years of age is a safe time to complete such a treatment. At this point, most people have physically stopped growing and will continue to mature at the same size, meaning jaws will no longer grow and immediate oral features should remain the same (excluding wisdom tooth development.)

Waiting until they are 18 isn’t something that teens usually like to hear, but thankfully there are high quality temporary prosthesis that can be used to maintain the space and replace the appearance of a tooth before a more permanent option can be completed. Flippers, a removable acrylic prosthesis similar to a retainer are a common approach used, especially when a front tooth is missing.

With just a little bit of patience, teens and their parents can have successful implant placements that will last years to come.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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Jan
15

Dental Implants or Dentures?

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Patients with teeth missing need to have the teeth replaced because missing teeth impacts a person’s self esteem, as well as their ability to speak and eat properly.  While dental implants and dentures both accomplish the same goal of providing patients with replacement teeth, they do it in a different way.

Dentures are typically either full dentures, which usually replace all of the upper or lower teeth or partial dentures, which usually replace a few upper or lower teeth.  In some cases dentures are used to replace all of the upper and lower teeth.  Often the dentures are held in place with either adhesives or various mechanical attachments.  On the other hand, dental implants are typically individual crowns attached to a post that is anchored into the patient’s jaw. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or all of the patient’s teeth.  Once the implant is installed, the bone eventually grows around the implant, making the implant permanent.

While dentures can be less expensive in some cases, they are not permanently attached to the patient like dental implants are.  The fact that dental implants are permanently attached to a patient’s jaw makes them function like real teeth, especially when eating food.  In addition, dental implants also look like real teeth, while dentures are not quite as natural looking.   Finally, to clean dentures, they must be removed, while dental implants are brushed just like regular teeth.  Although it often takes several months to install dental implants, due to the healing process at the bone, the results are long lasting, permanent and natural.  Despite the costs of implants and the time required to install them, most patients find that implants provide superior results in the long term.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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Sep
12

Dental Implants

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Despite quality medical care in the United States there are still many reasons people suffer tooth loss – injury, tooth decay, gingivitis, etc.  For a long time the only methods for repairing missing teeth have been bridges and dentures. However, improvements in medical and dental care have provided individuals with successful dental implants.

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are rooted into your jaw so that they fuse together with your bone and become permanent. Your confidence will not be compromised by dental implants because they are made to look like your other teeth. Your implants will be specially designed to fit into your mouth and will match the shape and color of your other teeth.

Dental implants can improve your speech because unlike dentures they will not slip within your mouth causing you to have slurred speech. Implants can improve comfort while eating because they will not slide or pull out with sticky or chewy foods. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental appointments. But perhaps the most common reason people choose dental implants is for improved confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. There is no more embarrassment from removing bridges or dentures, and there is no more embarrassment from gaps in your teeth.

Your smile, your self-esteem, and your oral health can all be improved with Johns Creek dental implants. You can have the smile you once had – or maybe an even better one – with quality dental implants.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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