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Five Benefits of Dental Implants

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If you’re missing a tooth, there’s no better way to replace it than with a dental implant. Dental implants have become so advanced that their treatment is very predictable, and allows patients to have secure tooth replacement treatments that last longer than any other type of treatment. Here are 5 reasons why dental implants are beneficial to your smile:

Implants encourage new bone formation.

The materials used for the implant root encourages bone formation along its surface. As the body creates new bone, it fuses directly with the implant, securing it into place. 

Implants are stronger than natural teeth.

Titanium implants can bear more weight and stress than a natural tooth. This allows it to support larger restorations without any fear of the implant failing. Since the implant has osseointegrated with the jawbone, it isn’t going anywhere. 

Multiple types of restorations can be placed on an implant.

Implants can support individual dental crowns, multiple tooth dental bridges, and even full mouth dentures. Bridges of longer length can be supported on implants thanks to their stability. A full mouth denture can be supported on as few as 4 dental implants. 

They can last a lifetime.

Teeth decay and break, but dental implants are so strong that they can last for the rest of your life. The titanium material used in dental implants is also used in surgical joint replacements in other areas of the body. 

Dental implants are easy to care for.

Just brush and floss your teeth like normal! Every implant functions as a stand-alone tooth root with its supported restoration. You won’t need to do anything special other than your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.

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



What Are My Options If I Have Missing Teeth?

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Advances in dental technology today provide patient’s with missing teeth a great number of treatment options available including full and partial dentures, bridges and dental implants.  These options effectively replace the missing teeth allowing patients to chew and speak normally.

Full dentures are usually made to replace all of the upper or lower teeth, while partial dentures only replace a limited amount of teeth.  In most cases they are held in place with an adhesive, but recently many dentures are being held in place using the same type of posts used in dental implants.  The posts are implanted into the patient’s gums, with the denture being mechanically attached to the post, holding the denture in place.  The denture basically “snaps” into place on the dental post and is easily removed for cleaning.

A dental bridge is a replacement tooth, which is anchored on both sides by dental crowns.  The patient’s teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepped for crowns by reducing the size of the tooth in height, as well as girth.  The crown portion of the bridge is then cemented onto the teeth, which have been prepped for the crowns, with the gap being filled by then replacement tooth.

Dental implants are replacement teeth, which consist of two components.  The first part of the implant is the post, which is surgically implanted into the patient’s jaw.  The second part is the replacement tooth, which attaches to the post, once the gums have healed.

While only a highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist can make specific recommendations as to the best solution for each patient, today’s dental technology provides a number of solutions for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth.

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



Missing Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants

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Dental implants are also known as replacement tooth roots. Even with all of the advancements in dental care, some people will still suffer from tooth loss. Be it from injury, less than optimal oral hygiene habits, or from gum disease, teeth can fall out and need to be replaced. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

There are many advantages to having dental implants instead of bridges. Dental implants are made to look and feel like your own teeth. They are designed to fuse with the teeth bone so that they fix into the mouth permanently. People also tend to have improved speech with dental implants verses bridges or dentures. Because dentures and bridges can slip in the mouth or fit loosely, they can cause people to slur their words. But dental implants allow people to feel comfortable talking as they are permanent and will not slip. People with implants also claim to have much more comfort than those with dentures.

Because dental implants are permanently placed in the mouth, they work like natural teeth. They make chewing as easy as it is normal; whereas dentures can slide around and make chewing certain foods very difficult. Dental implants can also help people feel more confident about their smiles because there is no noticeable difference between their dental implants verse their natural teeth. Dental implants can also improve the oral health of patients because they are able to be taken care of just like other natural teeth. They are incredibly durable, and can last for a lifetime with proper dental care.

If you have teeth that need to be replaced, talk with your dentist about dental implants. They can be a permeant solution to your needs.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental



Flexible Options with Dental Implants

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If you’ve been thinking about what type of tooth replacement option is the best for your smile, then you should definitely consider the flexibility that dental implants can offer. Dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth at once. They function the same way a natural tooth does, thanks to their titanium roots. Each artificial root is held into a socket in the bone similar to how real teeth are, and new bone forms around the titanium, fusing with it and creating a secure hold.

Once implants have been placed, an abutment is installed on top of the implant so that it can support a crown, bridge, or even a denture. Implants that have individual crowns are easy to brush and floss the same way real teeth are. If a bridge is on top of the implants, then that type of bridge is cleaned the same way a traditional bridge is. Patients love implants because they prevent other teeth from supporting appliances, and the implants can last forever. A full denture can be supported by as few as 4 implants.

No special hygiene aids or tools are needed to keep your implants clean, they’re just like having your old teeth back! Implants are even considered to be more stable than natural teeth, which makes the investment more than worth it. If you’ve wondered whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants, or simply want to find out what type of implants would be best for you, a quick consultation with your dentist is all that is needed.

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



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



Should You Replace Extracted Teeth?

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Many people are of the opinion that all teeth that are extracted (except for wisdom teeth) must be replaced as soon as possible. The school of thought here is that, unless the gap created by the extracted tooth is filled, the surrounding teeth will shift, become unsightly or less functional. While tooth replacement is usually be the preferred option, there are some exceptions.

Like other specialties in health care, dentists are beginning to treat their patients more individually, customizing their care to what may best suit their particular situation or dental needs. For example, if your back tooth was extracted many years ago, all the shifting has already taken place so there may no longer be a need for a replacement. Furthermore, sometimes teeth opposing the adjacent teeth will help keep them in place. When an elderly person of fragile health loses a molar, there may be no reason to replace it as long as they have a molar remaining with which to chew.

With someone whose health status is delicate, a long dental visit and tooth replacement would certainly be of secondary concern to ensuring that person remains free of any infection that could risk their overall health. However, for healthy individuals who have a tooth extracted or otherwise loose a tooth, the best option for preserving their dental health is usually to place a dental implant.  Patients who need a dental implant (either for functional or cosmetic purposes) should not prolong the process since the bone around the socket tends to narrow with time following an extraction. In other words, there may not be enough bone left in the jaw to hold the implant if too much time has passed.

When having a tooth extracted, be sure to discuss all of your options with your local dental professional. Your dentist will help you decide whether a tooth replacement will best meet your individual needs.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts


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