Dental Tips Blog

Oct
8

How to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is today’s tooth replacement option of choice. It’s quite simply a metal “root” inserted into the jawbone. Implants support crowns, bridges, or dentures to complete a smile.

Can your smile benefit from an implant (or two or three)?

Implant Consultation

The very first thing you need to do is visit a dentist with experience in placing dental implants. A series of x-rays and other imaging will help your provider estimate how well your mouth can support an implant.

You’ll discuss some important factors like:

  • Amount and quality of bone in your jaw
  • Your overall health
  • Factors that may inhibit healing
  • Your short and long-term smile goals

If it’s determined that an implant is right for you, your dentist will move on to the treatment planning phase.

Implant Placement Planning

Today’s technology allows implant professionals to basically perform virtual surgery to find out the best way to place your new restorations. This takes out the guesswork and secures the chances for successful healing.

Digital imaging and virtual planning will give your dentist an idea of how many implants are needed, what size they should be, and how they should be positioned to make the most of existing bone.

If you need bone grafting to build up your jaw, this will happen in advance of getting an implant or at the time of your surgery.

What’s It Like To Get An Implant?

Your actual implant doesn’t take long to place. Most appointments are less than an hour. With just a numbing shot or two, you won’t feel a thing. Follow post-op directions for healing and you should enjoy a speedy recovery.

Contact your dentist today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Sep
19

Can I Get an Implant if I’m Missing More Than One Tooth?

Posted in Dental Implants

Most of the time, we think of a dental implant in terms of a single tooth replacement. But if you’re missing several teeth, it may not be practical to get a separate implant in each spot.

What can you do? Your dentist may have a few different options that are available?

Implant Bridges

Let’s say you’re missing a few teeth in a row. The gap is too long for a traditional dental bridge to span. But place a dental implant in there, and you’ll have an extra tooth to work with. A bridge is cheaper than placing multiple implants for each missing tooth. The support of two implants can support a bridge up to three or four teeth long.

Implant Dentures

Dental implants can even help when you have absolutely no teeth left to speak of!

As few as two implants placed near the front of the jaw could be sufficient to hold a denture securely in place. Other methods use implants of different sizes placed at different angles to lift the shape of the smile.

You’d be surprised at just how much work modern dental implants are capable of!

Implant Partial Dentures

Some dentists can apply the same techniques for implant dentures to partial dentures. Even if you still have many teeth left, a partial denture can fill in the gaps, and implants can hold it in place where your remaining teeth cannot.

It takes a lot of careful planning to make this method work. If you ask around, you may find a dentist with the experience necessary to give this a try.

Whichever method you end up going with, planning and patience will bring you miles closer to the smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Aug
30

Can I Still Get Braces If I Have a Missing Tooth?

Posted in Braces

Yes, and not only is it just possible, but right now might be the best time for you to get braces.

How so? 

Teeth On The Move

Your teeth don’t like to stay put for too long. If a tooth goes missing, it’s neighbor tends to move forward in an attempt to fill the space.

The same is true if there’s an empty space right above or below a tooth.

Interesting though this process is, it creates a slew of problems for your mouth. When teeth are tipped out of line or crowded, they become prime candidates for gum disease and tooth decay.

Braces can get your teeth straightened out so that you can more easily keep them clean and healthy.

Filling In The Gap

Now that your teeth are all in tidy order once again, how will you replace the missing tooth or teeth?

Most folks’ options for replacing missing teeth fall into three basic categories:

Whichever solution you pick, your teeth have to be straightened first for it to work. In fact, it would be pointless to try wearing braces while you have any of those tooth replacements in your mouth.

Never Too Late For Braces!

Given all the good that comes of straightening out tooth alignment, it’s clear that anyone stands to benefit from braces. No matter your age, if you want to properly fill in a gap in your smile, orthodontic treatment can help.

Talk with your dentist about your smile goals. He or she will explain exactly what steps are necessary to get you there and whether braces can play a role.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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
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

What You Should Think About Before Getting a Dental Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

For decades, dental bridges have restored smiles around the world. But before you decide to fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge, take some time to consider the following questions.

How Will This Affect My Other Teeth?

A dental bridge is simply two dental crowns that rest on the teeth on either side of the gap. Between them, they support one or two false teeth which hang suspended over the gums. Dental crowns are not permanent. With time, the crowns supporting your bridge will need to be replaced. Every time they are replaced, those teeth will get weaker.

It’s one thing if the teeth around the gap have damage or decay. But if they’re perfectly healthy, why crown them? They will last much longer if left as they are.

Do I Need A More Permanent Solution?

As mentioned above, your bridge won’t last forever. If you want a solution that you never have to worry about again, dental implants may be right for you.

Dental implants still require some care, but as long as you’re healthy, they will likely never need to be replaced.

Can I Keep A Bridge Clean?

A dental bridge is the fastest and simplest option for restoring a secure bite. If you choose to get one, you should be prepared to take good care of it so that it lasts as long as possible. Cleaning your bridge is not as simple as brushing it. You’ll need to access the underside of it in addition to flossing around the crowns.

Talk with your dentist about the tooth replacement option that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 360-7700

Jun
4

Which Is Better: Partial Dentures or Implants?

Sometimes, the most annoying teeth are the ones that just aren’t there anymore.

A gap in your smile isn’t just a blow to your pride. It can also be a trap for irritating food leftovers. Empty spaces also allow your other teeth to move and shift out of place.

One thing is certain: you must fill in that empty space. The question is: with what?

Partial Dentures For A Non-Invasive Fix

A partial is a dental prosthesis with one or several replacement teeth attached to it. It’s a metal frame that rests on your remaining natural teeth for support.

What’s good about a partial is that you don’t have to wait very long to get your completed smile. It’s also a non-invasive and conservative procedure. This is really the only option for a person who can’t have surgery. The only downside to having a partial is the fact that you can’t leave it in your mouth 24/7. It has to come out for cleaning and to give your gums a break.

Permanently Restore Your Smile With An Implant

Dental implants are metal screws that anchor firmly and permanently into the jawbone. These are, in turn, topped with crowns that look and feel just like natural teeth. An implant is the smile solution that stays with you for life. It doesn’t need regular adjustment and you don’t remove it for cleaning.

Which Restoration Is Right For You?

The “best” option is highly relative. It depends entirely on your individual needs. You’re only going to find out which is right for you by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Jun
4

How a Dental Implant is Just Like a Natural Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

Thinking about getting a dental implant?

If you’ve never had one before, you’re probably wondering what it feels like. Actually, a dental implant is not too different from the rest of your natural teeth.

How’s it similar?

In Form

A dental implant is a metal screw that sits inside the bone of your jaw. This is kind of like the root of a tooth. The artificial root supports the crown of the new tooth, just like natural roots anchor the chewing part of real teeth.

In Feel

What does a dental implant feel like?

You won’t really notice the actual implant in your jaw. Once it’s healed into the bone, it creates a stable seal with your body and becomes a part of you. The crown, or fake tooth, will be as smooth and strong as any other. It will feel like a regular tooth when you touch it with your tongue.

In Function

Using your dental implant will come quite naturally. You just eat the foods you love as you normally would.

Anything that’s bad for your implant is bad for your normal teeth, as well. So this rules out using your implant tooth to open packages or to chew ice. Other than that, corn-on-the-cob, whole, apples, burgers, steaks, you name it are all fair game.

In Maintenance

Even caring for dental implants is just like cleaning a natural tooth! Regular brushing and flossing is all that you need to keep the area around your implant healthy. While it can’t get tooth decay (cavities,) the gums around it need to stay free of gingivitis to keep your implant secure.

Ask your dentist if implants are right for you!

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

May
25

Am I Too Old for a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

As long as you are healthy, there is no age limit for getting a dental implant.

Adult patients across a wide spectrum of ages have benefited from dental implants for years. The fact that you’re considering the possibility of implant therapy shows that it’s probably not too late for you.

Dental implants are one of the most predictably successful treatments out there. Even still, there are a few important considerations everyone needs to keep in mind before getting an implant.

Will Your Jaw Support an Implant?

Implants are metal screws that need plenty of bone to anchor into. After years of wearing a denture in your mouth, the bone under your gums will have shrunk a bit. You may need bone grafting to rebuild your jaw. A graft procedure means an extra investment of more surgery and recovery time.

Can You Care for Your Implant?

You need to be diligent about thoroughly cleaning your implant daily with a toothbrush and gentle floss. If you would have difficulty doing that, then a removable option that someone else can clean might be better for you.

Are You Ready to Invest Some Time and Risk?

Placing a dental implant in a healthy body is a very safe procedure. However, like any other surgery, there is always possibility something could go wrong. There is also the fact that implants take months to properly heal.

If you don’t want to put your body through all that at this point in your life, then your dentist will help you find another option. But if you’re interested in what an implant could do for you, bring the topic up for discussion with your family and local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

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