Dental Tips Blog

Oct
23

What Makes Dental Implants So Successful?

Posted in Dental Implants

Why have dental implants become so popular? Are they a treatment fad or vanity that only a few people can afford? Believe it or not, dental implants have become the dental standard of care when it comes to treating areas where missing teeth are present.

Dental Implants Are Stand-Alone Treatments

A lot of tooth replacement treatments depend on other teeth being present. Either they clasp around the existing tooth or are permanently cemented to the tooth for support. This means that healthy tooth structure is sometimes altered when there’s no need to do so. Dental implants are placed by themselves in any area, regardless of whether other teeth are present. 

They Are Stronger Than Real Teeth

Natural tooth roots can fracture, wear away, or even decay. Dental implants are artificial roots that are made of titanium – a material that is used in surgical joint replacements. Just one dental implant can support more weight and pressure than a natural tooth can! In fact, as few as 4 dental implants can support an entire full mouth denture (sometimes called an “All on 4” denture.)

Implants Make Your Jaw Stronger

Placing an implant into the mouth encourages new bone growth within the jaw. Not only does this stabilize the dental implant, it also strengthens the jawbone. When teeth are missing, jawbone typically resorbs and becomes weaker in that area. By installing a dental implant, further bone loss is avoided; in fact it is reversed, because new bone formation occurs around the implant which both strengthens the implant as well as the bone.

Missing teeth can compromise other healthy teeth in the mouth. It’s time to talk to your dentist about how implants can help your smile.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Mar
24

Implant Supported Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Implant supported dentures are overdentures that are supported by and attached to implants. While regular dentures rest on top of the gums, implant supported dentures are specially attached devices that snap onto dental implants. Implant supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because lower dentures tend to be much less stable than upper dentures. Just as with regular dentures, implant supported dentures must be removed and cleaned daily and are not to be worn while sleeping.

Implant supported dentures are made to look like real teeth. The dentures are made of an acrylic base that will look like natural gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth are attached to the base, and the end result is to have naturally looking teeth. Implant supported dentures are held in place by securing to the implants that have been placed inside the jaw bone. Implant supported dentures are much more stable than regular dentures. Most people find it easier to eat and speak without worrying about the denture becoming loose or falling out of the mouth.

Before implant supported dentures are ready for a person, patients must have implants placed. They will have a supported denture fixture to hold the dentures in place. Patients will have to undergo a number of dental procedures in order to prepare the mouth for implant supported dentures. There is a significantly higher cost for implant supported dentures over regular ones, however the pros of implant supported dentures highly outweigh the cons. If you are interested in implant supported dentures, schedule an appointment for a consultation and get on your way to a beautiful, more natural looking smile.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Jul
19

Are Dental Implants a Permanent Solution?

Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered accurately with a simple yes or no answer. Dental implants are screw-type devices made of titanium that are  surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. The bone accepts the implant by fusing the implant surface with the surrounding bone. Once this happens, the implant can then serve as a “root” for several restorative dental prostheses such as crowns or dentures. As is the case with any surgical procedure, there are extenuating circumstances that should be addressed.

For this dental implant procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw that is strong enough to hold and support the implant. The teeth and gum tissue surrounding the implantation site needs to be healthy. The proposed functional aspect of the restoration needs to be assessed as to the biomechanical tolerance of the implant in design of the prosthesis, or failure of the implant and possible bone loss is a risk. Dental implant success is rated not only according to the skill of the operator and the quality of the bone, but also to the patient’s oral hygiene and compliance with post-operative care.

Some implants boasts success rate of 90% or more, but the general consensus is a success rate of 75%. Failure of a dental implant is most often related to the failure of bone integration and rejection by the body, which occurs in about 5% of cases. Inflammation can also develop around the implant, which results in bone loss and subsequent failure. Like natural teeth and dentures, implants suffer a buildup of wear and tear over the years that, ultimately, may require replacement. Thus, the answer to the question is, dental implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth.

Jul
19

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a screw-type device made of titanium that is placed within the bone of the jaw to act as a root for some kind of dental prosthesis. Eventually, the jaw bone accepts the implant and the dental implant becomes fused with the surround bone tissue.  It can then be used to support a number of dental restorative techniques such as crowns, bridges or dentures.

Prior to surgery, a very detailed plan is developed to identify key structures in the jaw, such as the sinus nerve, as well as the shape and exact dimensions of the bone structure. Sometimes a two-dimensional radiograph or a CT scan is taken before surgery, and used in conjunction with the use of specialized computer programs. Such detail is necessary to ensure the proper orientation of the implants for predictable and successful outcome.

Whether or not dental implants are right for your particular case depends largely on the results of the pre-surgical testing; i.e., is there enough bone in the jaw and is it strong enough to support the implant, or is the sinus nerve located directly in the path of the planned implantation? Also, uncontrolled Type II diabetes would be an eliminating factor because it inhibits healing following surgery. Further consideration may include the personal choices or availability of dental bridges or dentures; full upper and lower dentures may or may not require the use of implants if no other teeth are available for anchorage. Final consideration must be given to cost as, when not covered by insurance, a single implant can cost from $3,000 to $4,500.  Above all, make certain to consult with your trusted local dental professional to ensure your best option and treatment.

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