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Dental Implants Versus Dentures

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A dental implant is a titanium screw-type device inserted into the bone of the jaw to serve as a root for the attachment of various restorative prostheses such as crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. While implants are an excellent long-term solution for replacing lost teeth, the up front costs are relatively high. A complete set of dentures, however, also can be a major purchase. Both are susceptible to long-term wear and tear; possibly needing replacement after ten or more years.

Dental implants, dental bridges, partial dentures and complete dentures are all viable replacements for missing teeth. A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth with false teeth attached to crown on either side of the space where the teeth were missing. A partial denture has replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, and it is connected in the mouth by a metal framework attached to one or more existing natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw.  Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both.

Dental implants are the tooth replacement option of choice in most cases.   Unlike other alternatives, dental implants stimulate jaw bone growth so loss of bone density is not an issue.  They are also the most secure and and natural looking option. Dental implants look and act just like your natural teeth.

Dentures, partial dentures and bridges are a less expensive option for replacing one or more missing teeth.  However, partial dentures and dentures have to be periodically replacedwhich makes the long term costs of implants and dentures much more comporable.  In addition, dentures and partial dentures can be loose and uncomfortable to wear and some patients have a difficult time learning to chew food.

For replacement of numerous missing teeth, a denture anchored by two or more dental implants can be an excellent choice.  The implants anchor the denture firmly in place and the cost is more reasonable than a full set of dental implants.  Your dentist can help you choose the tooth replacement option that is best for you.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Considering A Dental Implant?

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As adults, we all know that if we lose a tooth, we’re not going to grow another one. Many adults are unconcerned over the loss of a few teeth, especially if they are hidden from view and enough remain tha the person can chew food without any discomfort. They may ignore the problem until they experience difficulty chewing or their remaining teeth begin to bother them.  However, it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid bone loss and further dental issues that can result as the remaining teeth shift their positions.

There are several options available to replace missing teeth including a bridge or partial dentures.  In these cases, there are usually surrounding teeth that can be used to anchor the tooth replacement. However, there is another alternative –  dental implants. An implant, usually a titanium post, acts as a permanent “root” to anchor your crown, bridge or denture into the bone of your jaw. With the use of modern computer technology (CT scanning), the minute specifics and fine details of your mouth (nerves, sinuses, jaw bone, etc.) are accurately pinpointed and measured to create a surgical guide for the placement of implants into the bone of your jaw.

Specific implant requirements such as bone depth and density differ according to the type of dental prosthesis to be attached. Sometimes a pre-implant bone grafting is necessary to build up the jaw. Your dentist or oral surgeon will ensure that your dental implants are right for your individual needs. Ultimately, the implant becomes stable and integrated, or fused, within the bone of the jaw, requiring no further treatment.  Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Endosteal Versus Subperiosteal Dental Implants

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Dental implants, also known as tooth implants, are custom-fitted artificial teeth that replace missing teeth. They look just like natural teeth; in fact, to the average onlooker the difference is imperceptible. The type of implant used varies according to the jawbone density, surgical tolerance, and physical fitness of the patient. Below is an explanation of the two main types of dental implants.

1)      Endosteal/root form

Endosteal dental implants, also known as root form implants, are fused directly into the jawbone. The dental surgeon cuts open the gum to expose the jawbone. A hole is then drilled in the jaw bone and the implant (a metal screw, nail, or cone) is inserted and sealed into the bone. As the gum heals, the implant becomes securely locked into place. After the gum heals, a post is attached to the implant (or implants) and the artificial tooth (known as a crown) or group of teeth (known as a bridge) is mounted onto the post or posts. Endosteal implants are used when the jawbone is dense, and sufficiently wide and high to hold the implants securely in place. They are the most common type of dental implant.

2)      Subperiosteal

With subperiosteal implants, a lightweight metal frame is surgically fixed onto the jawbone underneath the gums. The frame sets and becomes immoveable as the gums heal. There are posts on the frame that stick up through the gum and the artificial teeth (either individual crowns or a bridge) are mounted on these posts.  Subperiosteal implants are suited for patients whose jawbones have eroded, a process known as bone resorption. These patients have jawbones that are not sufficiently strong, wide, or high to have metal screws, nails, or cones embedded in them. The metal frame used in subperiosteal implants is narrow and light.


How Can I Replace A Missing Tooth?

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When teeth are lost due to trauma, natural reasons, gum disease or extensive decay, patients are often left wondering how to fill in the space of their missing tooth. Not only are missing teeth an aesthetic concern, but the space can also affect the alignment and shifting of the rest of the teeth throughout the mouth.

Common tooth replacement options include:

Dental Implants: Dental implants are the most “natural” toot replacement option available to the modern dental patient. Implants use a titanium steel dental root that is placed in the area of the missing tooth, where bone naturally re-forms and grows around it. Once healing has completed, a porcelain crown is placed on the top of the implant abutment. Dental implants can be used to replace single, multiple, or an entire mouth of missing teeth.

Bridges: Dental bridges are similar in appearance to dental crowns. A crown is placed on each of the two adjacent teeth with a false porcelain crown between the two with all of the teeth bonded together as a single unit.

Partial Dentures: A partial denture replaces several missing teeth in a single arch, by having prosthetic teeth placed on an appliance that fits along the entire roof of the mouth or along the lower arch of teeth.

Flippers / Retainers: This option is typically a temporary tooth replacement option used between therapies such as orthodontic treatment and dental implant therapy. Teens and adults that need a period of time between treatments can find flippers a useful aesthetic aid that hides open spaces.

Tooth replacement options vary from patient to patient; based on their dental anatomy, bone quality and their personal preferences.


Congenital Tooth Abnormalities

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Congenital tooth abnormalities are abnormalities of tooth development inherited at birth. They occur when genetic factors affect the formation, eruption, color, shape, number, or size of a person’s teeth. Congenital tooth abnormalities typically have a marked effect on a person‘s oral and overall health and often require extensive dental intervention from an early age. Here are some of the most common congenital tooth defects.


People with this condition fail to develop any teeth at all. The absence of teeth contributes to a number of challenges such as chewing dysfunction, early gum disease, jaw bone loss, speech impairment, and psychological issues. The recommended course of action for treating anodontia is full-mouth dental implants to restore tooth functioning.


Hyperdontia is characterized by the presence of extra teeth. Individuals with this condition develop more than the standard 20 primary teeth or 32 permanent teeth. Often, there is not enough space for all the teeth, resulting in a crowded mouth and crooked, fused, or misshapen teeth. Hyperdontia can cause many complications including functional impairment, impacted teeth, misaligned bite, and aesthetic issues. Treatment may include tooth extraction, orthodontic treatment, and cosmetic dental procedures to improve appearance.


Individuals whose teeth develop to an abnormally large size have an inheritable condition called macrodontia.  Macrodontia may be generalized, i.e., affecting all of the teeth, or localized, affecting a single tooth or a few. Macrodontia can cause crowding, fused teeth, mastication problems, malalignment of the teeth, and maxillofacial issues (jaw and facial join disorders). Treatment usually includes dental contouring to alter the length of the teeth and dental stripping. Tooth extraction and replacement with implants may also be necessary.

Dentinogenesis imperfecta

This condition is characterized by discolored teeth. The discoloration is caused by abnormal development of the dentin layer of the teeth which causes the teeth to appear yellow-brown or grayish-blue.  The teeth are also fragile making them more likely to fracture, erode, and even drop out. Treatment focuses on reducing wear and enamel loss through full crown restoration. Dental bonding may also be used to whiten the teeth and to repair gaps and cracks. Bleaching is another treatment option for whitening the teeth. In cases of severe tooth attrition, it may be necessary to extract all the teeth and replace with dentures.


Dental Implants For Anchoring Dentures

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Even thought tooth loss is almost entirely preventable, millions of Americans have missing teeth.  Missing teeth is particularly widespread among older American.  It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth.  For generations, dentures have been the primary tooth replacement alternative for older Americans who have lost all or most of their teeth.   Approximately 90 percent of those suffering from full or nearly full tooth loss have dentures.

As anyone who has dentures knows, dentures can be a lot of trouble.  They can slip, become uncomfortable to wear, and are accompanied by the taste of dental adhesive.  Denture wearers can have difficulty eating leading to dietary changes that adversely affect the person’s health.  Dentures can also cause speaking problems which cause the person to lose self confidence and avoid social situations.

Dental implants can make a world of difference for denture wearers.  Dental implants are titanium alloy anchors that are implanted in the patient’s jawbone.  In many cases dental implants are used to anchor a single replacement tooth, but they can also be used to anchor dentures firmly in place.

For denture wearers, instead of replacing each individual tooth with a dental implant, two to four dental implants are placed in the jawbone and a special type of denture is attached to the implants.  The result is a full set of teeth that are as secure and functional as natural teeth.  The patient can chew and speak with confidence and the chewing forces help stimulate bone growth in the jawbone.


Tooth Replacement Options

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Millions of Americans are missing one or more teeth.  It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent the development of further oral health issues.  If a missing tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth will move which can cause bite issues and other problems.  There are several different options for replacing missing teeth.  You dentist can help you decide which option is best suited for you.

A fixed bridge can be used to replace missing teeth in some patients.  In order to be a candidate for a fixed bridge, there must be healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.  A bridge is permanently attached to the adjacent healthy teeth and the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) are suspended in between.

A fixed bridge has the advantage of being permanently placed and provides a strong chewing surface.  It looks and feels natural and lasts about 10 to 12 years in most patients.

Dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth.  A partial denture can replace one or more teeth and a full denture replaces all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.  Dentures are removable and rely on adjacent teeth, the gum, and jaw bone for support. They are not as sturdy as a bridge and are not as natural feeling.  They must be removed and cleaned at night.

Dental implants are surgically placed in the patient’s jawbone.  They have the look and feel of natural teeth and will last longer than any other alternative.  They stabilize the remaining teeth and stimulate the jawbone like natural teeth which stops bone loss.  They are more expensive than a bridge or dentures, but they last much longer and are the tooth replacement option of choice for patients who are good candidates for the procedure.

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