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Retained Baby Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

Some people have baby teeth that they don’t lose when they were children. These teeth are called “retained” teeth, and typically refer to when the permanent tooth meant to replace the baby tooth never develops, or is impacted and fails to erupt into place. Retained baby teeth can stay in place several years, but will typically fall out by the time an adult reaches their 30s.

Baby teeth are designed to only last into the early adolescent years. They wear down much quicker than permanent teeth, and have a shorter root structure, which prevents them from being anchored into the jaw for an extended period of time. Natural root resorption is part of the process your body uses to expel baby teeth, but it is stalled when a permanent tooth is not pushing the tooth out as well. Once the root has resorbed to a certain point, it becomes mobile and unstable for normal use.

Dedicated care to the gums around retained baby teeth can help them stay in place longer, but it will not prevent them from being lost. Eventually all retained baby teeth will need to be replaced using options such as dental implants, bridges or removable appliances. By placing a permanent restoration such as a dental implant in this area, the function of the tooth is restored and the rest of your smile is protected. Even the loss of one tooth can cause other teeth in the mouth to drift out of place, creating areas where food packs, teeth appear crooked, or teeth that erupt and become taller than others due to nothing to bite against.

Ask your Atlanta dental implants dentist about what tooth replacement options are most appropriate for you.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Replacing a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are the preferred choice of treatment when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. From time to time, some people experience a dental implant that fails. This can be especially frustrating due to the amount of time and financial investment that has been spent on the implant placement. Unfortunately, implant failure typically requires for the complete replacement of the appliance.

Replacing a dental implant is a delicate procedure. For one, your dentist will want to identify all of the factors that contributed to the failing of the previous appliance so that they can be avoided. After the failed implant root is removed, it may be necessary to place a bone graft in the socket so that new bone support can be formed before placing a new one. A sinus lift may also be needed.

Your Atlanta dental implants dentist will most likely want you to wait for a few months for the bone graft to take and the implant site to completely recover from the previous failed device. Once quality bone height has been established, your new dental implant will be placed similar to how the first one was. After the titanium root is placed, it will be re-covered and given up to 6 months to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone. Adequate time allows for new bone to form around the titanium so that the implant root is secure as possible. Once this takes place, your dentist will place a new abutment and completely new porcelain crown on top of the implant.

Follow up care for your implant will involve having it cleaned with implant specific instruments at your regular cleaning appointments. Careful monitoring can allow your dentist to help insure the success of your replacement implant.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott


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