Dental Tips Blog

Aug
19

Who Invented Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

As long as humans have been missing teeth, we’ve been looking for ways to replace them.

Primitive evidence of dental implants includes:

  • Circa 2000 B.C. bamboo pegs were used as tooth replacements in China
  • 1000 B.C. shows the first copper tooth replacement was tried out in Egypt
  • An iron tooth was found in a man who lived in France around 300 B.C.

In some cases, it’s uncertain whether the implant was placed while the person was living (ouch) or after they died for esthetic purposes.

Goodbye Bamboo. Here’s to Modern Materials

As implant technology forged ahead, one major challenge became clear: finding the right material for implants.

Materials people have attempted over the years included gems, sea shells, and the teeth of other humans or animals.

The issue is that living bone tissue is rather picky. Implants needs just the right material in order to go through a process called “osseointegration.” That’s when bone successfully accepts and grows around the “new tooth” as a foreign object.

Around the year 1952, an orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark found that titanium worked nicely in animal tests for healing bones. He placed the first titanium dental implant in 1965 and it was a hit.

Implants today are far and away cleaner, prettier, healthier, and safer than their counterparts of centuries ago. Dental implants are considered to be among the more predictably successful dental procedures.

Getting a dental implant is often preferred over getting a partial denture because:

  • Implants look like natural teeth
  • You can clean implants the same as natural teeth
  • You aren’t limited for diet options with implants

If you’re thinking about getting implants, contact your local dentist to see what options are available.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Aug
3

How to Afford a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

t’s no secret that dental implants are an investment. But you can still manage to afford one of these high-quality restorations with one or more of the following methods.

Split the Cost

Do you need an implant for every missing tooth? Ask your dentist if you can cut the cost in half by using two implants to support a bridge or denture.

Spread it Out

If getting an implant is important to you, then you’ll find ways to stick to a budget and tuck something away each week. The dental implant takes several months from start to finish, with different phases and fees during the process. You may need to make a down payment initially, but you’ll still have some time left to save up for the rest.

Health Insurance

Implants serve a functional purpose, preserving jaw bone and helping you eat a nutritious diet. It’s usually the best option for your health overall, so there’s a possibility your health or dental insurance plan will cover some of the cost, as with other types of restorative procedures and oral surgery.

Financing Plan

Your dentist or implant specialist may have a plan that allows you to pay off your implant procedure that easily fits your monthly budget.

Shop Outside Your Hometown

Dental implant prices factor in the costs to keep the dental office running. These overhead expenses depend on the practice’s geographic location. An office situated in an expensive urban setting will have to charge more for their implants. To pay less, you might consider visiting an implant practice located in a quieter town with a lower cost of living.

Ask your dentist about other ways to get an affordable dental implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Aug
2

How Long Can a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite the investment of time and money. If you get one, then you want to be sure it will last as long as possible.

Implants Can Last a Lifetime

It’s hard to say exactly how long dental implants can last. Most dentists give an estimate of around 25 years. There aren’t yet enough long-term studies to prove that implants last a lifetime, but in 98% of cases they’re expected to.

One special case gives hope.

Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark place the first implant in 1965 in a man named Gösta Larsson, who enjoyed his replacement tooth for over 40 years until his death.

That was the very first dental implant. These restorations are only getting better with time. Advances in dental imaging and surgical planning ensure that implants are safer and stronger than ever before.

If you get an implant, it will most likely last you your entire life.

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

An implant is a small rod set into the bone beneath your gums. As new bone tissue grows around it, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth.

Once the implant attaches to the bone, it isn’t going anywhere. In theory, it could stay with you for life. As long as you take good care of it, that is.

Make Your Dental Implant Last

The way you treat your dental implant, like any natural tooth, affects its longevity.

Keep your implant clean through daily brushing and flossing. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it. Avoid habits such as smoking which can weaken the bone and gums around implants.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your entire smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Aug
1

The Top 6 Benefits You’ll Experience When Choosing a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Why should you think about replacing that lost tooth with an implant? Here are a few good reasons to get you started:

No Storing Teeth in a Cup

You will love the convenience of not having to remove false teeth at night, or the social embarrassment that goes along with it. Plus, you can stick to “normal” cleaning methods like brushing and flossing rather than brushing and soaking a denture.

You Can Stop Worrying About How Your Smile Looks

Rediscover your lost confidence. An implant blends in flawlessly with your smile. It won’t look fake, it won’t fall out, and it feels like a real tooth. You can show off your smile with pride!

You’ll Get to Eat All the Foods You Love

Some tooth replacements limit you when it comes to what you can chew or bite into. But an implant can handle everything a natural tooth can.

Laugh Out Loud

Go ahead and let that laugh roll out. You’re guaranteed that your teeth won’t roll out along with it!

Say Goodbye to Smile Shrinkage!

Without a tooth root in your jaw, the bone around missing teeth starts to shrink. Eventually, this leaves a dramatic gap in your smile and can shorten your bite, giving your chin a rolled-in or sunken appearance. Implants stimulate bone growth and contribute to a youthful facial profile.

Preserve the Rest of Your Teeth

Partial dentures and bridges rest on natural teeth for support. But implants won’t wear on the remaining teeth, since they’re set into your jaw.

Want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? Get started today by calling an implant dentist near you to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Aug
1

Can I Get My Denture Permanently Implanted?

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you bothered by a denture that’s constantly slipping or sliding around? A loose “plate” can be both embarrassing and painful, causing sores on your gums and challenges while speaking.

You’re ready to nail it down, for good (so to speak.)

But how?

Implant-Supported Dentures

Fortunately, there is a way to a full denture to stay in place. This is usually called an implant-supported denture or an overdenture.

These dentures look much like any other denture would. The difference is that they have attachments on the underside that snap onto implants anchored into your jaw. This feature gives your denture more support and stability than it would have resting freely on your gums.

How to Get an Implant-Supported Denture

If your current denture can’t be retrofitted, then your dentist can fit you for a new one. The new design will determine where your implants need to be placed.

Next, is a surgery to install the implants. Anywhere from 2-4 implants are necessary; they’re quickly set into the bone like a natural tooth. Afterward, you’ll need to wait around four months for the site to heal and fuse the implants in place.

Finally, your implants are exposed and an abutment placed on each one. Your new denture will be adjusted to attach directly onto these abutments.

Is an Implant Denture Right for You?

An implant denture is secure, but you’ll still have the responsibility of removing it at night for routine cleaning. There are some types of permanent implant dentures that can only be removed by a dentist.

While an implant procedure does require minimally-invasive surgery, you’ll have all of the benefits to enjoy, in light of your health.

Ask your dentist for an implant consultation today!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jul
15

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant might sound like a simple tooth replacement. What’s the big deal with placing an artificial tooth into the socket? Why does it have to cost so much?

Some dentists like to explain using the example of completing a home improvement project.

Unlike a new car or phone where you just head off to a store to pick it up, making a change to your home takes many other factors into consideration:

  • The skill of the craftsman you hire for the project
  • The quality of the materials you select
  • How long it takes to complete your project
  • The condition of your land or building before the project

Likewise, getting a dental implant is about far more than just putting a fake tooth in place of the lost one. It takes a good deal of careful planning, which requires a lot of time and the use of costly equipment.

You’d probably agree that especially where your health is concerned, you want to get the job done right the first time. A dentist or oral surgeon who really knows their craft and takes their time to perfectly place dental implants is worth every dollar spent.

A cheap dental implant deal, on the other hand, doesn’t speak well of the quality or experience behind it.

Not to be forgotten are the overhead costs. Your implant fee isn’t going straight to the dentist’s pocket. Dental materials are pricey, dental equipment is expensive, and then there are lab fees, clinic maintenance bills, and employees to be paid.

That’s all taken into consideration when you get billed for an implant.

Ask your dentist how you can get an affordable and high-quality dental implant.

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

May
20

Could a Robot Place Your Next Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A Chinese woman recently had a dental implant placed by a robot with a pre-programmed procedure. Human doctors were right there to make sure everything went well, but they didn’t participate.

The implant was placed accurately.

We’re now a huge step closer to automated dental surgery in America thanks to a new system.

Yomi is the robotic dental surgery assistant now FDA-approved for use in the United States.

This system isn’t meant to take the control right out of the dentists’ hands, however. Yomi helps to make their own work more precise.

Until recently, traditional implant placement meant that a surgeon had to make a map of a patient’s mouth and then operate based what he or she saw in the images.

Computer-assisted 3D virtual surgery planning has helped a lot. But it’s still up to the doctor to look at the plan and then estimate the correct angle and depth in the gums for placing the implant.

Yomi creates a 3D image of the patient’s mouth with a CAT scan. This image can be manipulated throughout the procedure. Best of all, Yomi’s surgical arm is linked with the image like a car can be linked to a GPS. So during the surgery it ensures that the drill only moves at the angle and depth originally planned.

Yomi allows for the treatment plan to change as needed, and the surgeon is always in control of the machine.

It’s fascinating to see how implant surgery is getting faster, more accurate, and less-invasive.

Contact your local dental office to find out more about the advances being made in dental implant technology. A consultation will reveal whether an implant is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

May
13

Dental Bridge or Implant – Which Should You Get?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth, a bridge or implant could give you back a functional and beautiful smile. You may be confused, however, about which one to get.

What Are Dental Bridges? 

A bridge is a restoration that spans a gap between teeth. The bridge caps the neighboring teeth with dental crowns and suspends a false tooth over the empty space. Bridges are most often made from porcelain for a natural look and feel.

How Dental Implants Work 

Dental implants are tiny metal screws the dentist places into the jaw bone. These artificial tooth roots support a dental crown as the tooth replacement. Implants don’t require capping the neighbor teeth since they function independently.

Differences Between Bridges and Implants

Dental bridges can be completed in just a couple of appointments. Getting a bridge is not an surgical procedure, so it’s usually safe for everyone. Once you get a bridge, it will stay with you for several years until it needs to be replaced.

Implants require more work and planning than bridges. Because getting an implant is a minor surgical procedure, your oral and general health have to be in good shape before you can qualify for the treatment.

The advantages implants have over bridges is that they are permanent and don’t require reshaping any healthy neighboring teeth.

If, however, you have other teeth around the empty gap that are in need of crowns or fillings, then you may be better off getting a bridge. In this case, a bridge can serve the dual purpose of filling in a gap and restoring other decayed teeth.

Contact a general dentist to find out which restoration is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

May
6

3 Things You Should Know About Getting a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are the latest and greatest when it comes to tooth replacement these days. But dentists still caution patients to not rush the decision to get just any type of new treatment.

You should be aware of these three key facts before you commit to getting a dental implant.

  1. It’s Not Indestructible

Just because an implant is an artificial tooth doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. True, it won’t develop cavities. But the gums and bone around it can still get infected if you don’t clean it well.

  1. You Still Need to Floss

To keep your implant secure in your mouth for life, you’ll have to clean it every day. This includes brushing it right along with your other teeth and flossing around it daily. Your dentist who places the implant will have more specific care instructions.

  1. It Both Will and Won’t Feel Like a Natural Tooth

Your tongue will perceive the implant as any other tooth. But you will notice that it doesn’t have the sensation or “spring” that other teeth do. This is because the implant is rooted directly into the bone while other teeth have a layer of ligaments supporting them in the sockets.

This design puts your implant at some risk, as well. Natural teeth can heal from minor trauma if they are bumped, thanks to the ligaments. But if an implant is knocked loose, it may need to be replaced.

Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. But they really can’t match the stability and function of natural teeth. So hold onto your pearly whites for as long as possible! Ask your dentist for advice if you’re thinking of replacing a tooth with an implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Apr
22

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Posted in Dental Implants

With a history of 30-plus years, dental implants wouldn’t be so popular today if they were unsafe.

If anything, the whole implant placement process only gets safer with each technological advancement.

Why Implants Are Biocompatible

Some materials can trigger allergic reactions and cause the body to reject a foreign object. Making the implant screws out of biocompatible titanium reduces those possibilities.

After the implant goes into the bone, the jaw begins healing around the screw in a process called osseointegration. This makes for a strong and secure bond between the implant and your body.

The Implant Procedure – Quick and Safe

Like many others, you may be more concerned about getting an implant rather than just having one.

The procedure is not as scary as it sounds. Your dentist or oral surgeon will gently expose the bone underneath the gums, place the implant, and close the gums up over the screw. You’ll be numb the entire procedure, which usually takes about a half hour.

The next step is healing for a few months to make sure the implant “took.” At your next procedure, the gums are pulled back again to allow the dentist access to the implant. The abutment and crown is attached, and you’re on your way.

Implant Disclaimers

Dental implants are not ideal for those with serious bone health issues. Certain medications and oral conditions may also rule out the treatment option. Children with jaws that are still developing do not qualify for this therapy.

Implants are perfectly safe as long as you have a qualified dental professional providing them and you plan well for the procedure.

Ask your dentist whether a dental implant is the right option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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