Dental Tips Blog

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

Mar
31

Dental Implants or Natural Teeth – Which Are Better?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you ever been told that you should get a tooth pulled and replaced with an implant?

It turns out that there are good reasons for holding onto your natural teeth as long as possible.

Natural teeth have no equal replacement. Dental implants can’t mimic the contour beneath the gums that teeth do. Implants also cannot sense temperature or respond to pressure.

Besides this, there’s the fact that your natural tooth is already there! Why hurry to get a new one?

Dental implants are usually worth considering if:

  • Your tooth is too damaged to restore
  • An indefinite number of procedures to restore the tooth will end up costing more than an implant surgery
  • Your health doesn’t allow you to have multiple restorative appointments

For many patients, going ahead with the implant is the best option.

But you should consult with your dentist to find out whether there’s any reason you shouldn’t get an implant. For example, if you have a teeth grinding problem, an implant would be a waste of money since your habit could damage your investment.

Holding onto your natural teeth isn’t the cheap or lazy way out, however. Whether you choose to save your tooth or get an implant, both options require commitment to your health.

To make a choice, you need to be well-aware of your condition and what your dental needs are. Explore every option, ask questions, and ask others you know how they feel about the choice they made.

Just remember that knowing some success stories doesn’t guarantee a particular method will be right for you Contact your dentist for an expert assessment of what your smile needs to thrive!

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Mar
30

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

Posted in Dental Implants

By design, dental implants are essentially an “artificial root” that is inserted into the jaw, where a missing tooth once stood. This titanium rod fuses with your bone and supports the desired fixed prosthesis (“false tooth.”)

Implants are able to support a variety of restorations, including fixed crowns and bridges. Alternatively, one or more implants can be used to secure a denture. While the implant stays put, the denture may be permanently affixed or removable. Implants themselves are not removable.

Phases of Implant Treatment

In a straightforward outpatient procedure, the dentist makes an incision in the gums and carefully inserts the implant in the bone underneath.

Next comes a healing period. The gums have to close over the implant to give it time to fuse (osseointegrate) with the bone. This usually takes 3-6 months to complete.

Once the metal implant takes to the bone, it’s strong enough to go to work. The dentist then removes the protective covering to place the restoration of choice. This is usually a crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Dental implants don’t feel much different from real teeth. But if you get one, you’d still need to keep it clean in order to avoid getting an infection that could cause it to fail.

An Alternative Option to Replace Missing Teeth

Due to their predictability and longevity, implants offer a convenient advantage over traditional dentures and fixed bridges.

What are benefits to getting an implant?

  • Easy cleaning and care
  • Smiling and laughing with confidence
  • Cosmetic enhancement in addition to the medical benefits
  • No diet limitations

Contact your dentist today to learn more about implants and whether you’re a candidate for one.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
27

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of dental offices are promoting implants as the perfect remedy to missing teeth. It’s true that dental implants represent the highest standard of restorative care. But before you rush out to get one, you should understand what’s required.

A Good Dental Implant Takes Time

What does it take to get a dental implant?

It kind of looks like all you do is stick a fake tooth in the gap where one is missing. In reality, however, there’s so much more to it than that.

Dental implants are more likely to be successful in a mouth with lots of healthy bone. Special scans and x-rays will show whether your mouth is a good candidate for an implant. If there isn’t enough bone, you may need more than one surgery to prepare it.

The implant procedure itself is not complicated, but there are several months of healing that follow.

Implants Require Care

Long after you finally get an implant, you need to take good care of it to make it last. A dental implant may be a false tooth, but it’s still a part of your bone. The screw itself fuses with the jawbone around it. If the implant isn’t kept clean, the surrounding tissues can get infected.

An implant can eventually become totally loose if inflammation sets in. At this point, there’s a good chance of it failing.

Even after years of successful implant use, you can still lose it if you don’t properly brush and gently floss it!

Given that an implant represents an investment of time and effort in addition to cost, it’s not the right choice for everyone. If you’re interested in seeing whether you qualify, call your local dental office and schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Mar
6

Why a Dental Implant Isn’t a Good Idea for Your Child

Posted in Dental Implants

You wouldn’t be the first parent to ask if it’s okay for kids to get dental implants.

An implant is often ideal for filling in smile gaps. If your child has a permanently damaged or knocked-out adult tooth, then a dental implant can seem like the perfect remedy.

But your dentist may suggest otherwise.

A few reasons include:

  • Implants take a lot of time to heal
  • Kids aren’t always compliant with basic oral hygiene, so they may have a harder time keeping an implant healthy
  • Implant placement can be an intense procedure for a child

Most importantly, however, your child’s developing mouth is just too dynamic for an implant.

Even after adult teeth come in your child’s mouth keeps growing. The jawbone gets larger to make more space for incoming molars. This growth action is not the best environment for an implant to heal into.

Implants need solid bone to fit securely. But if that bone is steadily expanding over the months of healing, the implant won’t find a secure hold.

It would end up being a waste of money to put an implant in your child’s smile. Worse still, you could put your son or daughter through unnecessary discomfort.

So what can you do when your child loses a permanent tooth?

Happily, an implant could still be an option . . . down the road. Once physical growth in the jaw stops, you and your child can discuss together the pros and cons of getting a dental implant.

In the meantime, ask your dentist about temporary tooth replacements for kids. A removable bridge, flipper, or space maintainer is usually appropriate. Schedule a smile reconstruction consultation soon after your child loses an adult tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Nov
7

How Noticeable Are Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s not unusual to worry if a dental implant or two would be noticeable in your smile. You might be thinking about restoring your bite with an implant, but you’re afraid the metal “root” will show.

Yes, dental implants are made up of titanium restorations that replace a tooth root. But that metal part doesn’t show up the way you might think.

What Dental Implants Look Like

An implant is a small metal post topped with a connecting abutment, which supports a crown. This “cap” is made of a material like porcelain that resembles the texture, color, and translucency of real tooth enamel.

The crown is the only part that shows when you smile. It covers all metal parts that show above the gum line. All the rest is hidden away from everybody’s sight, deep within your gums and bone.

What If You Don’t Have Enough Gums?

In some cases, patients don’t have enough supporting structures to retain and hide an implant. If that’s true in your case, then your dentist will give you a few options:

  • Gum/bone grafts
  • Shorter implants
  • Dental bridge
  • Ceramic (tooth colored) implants

If You Can See Your Implant

If you’ve had an implant for quite some time and the metal post has become visible, then it’s time to see your dentist. This could be a sign of gum recession or, more seriously, aggressive gum disease.

If you need to replace a diseased tooth with an implant, you can wear a very low-profile partial to fill in the gap while you complete treatment.

The only ones who will know you have an implant are you, your dentist, and anyone else you choose to tell!

Posted on behalf of:
Taylor Dental and Implant Center
13429 Macarthur Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73142
(405) 722-4400

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
29

I Lost My Tooth Years Ago – Can I Still Get an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Although you’ve known about dental implants for years, you’re only just now starting to consider the option.

Is it too late for you to fill the gap in your smile with an implant?

How much time goes by between losing a tooth and getting an implant isn’t that important. There’s no time limit, no set figure. What does matter is the condition your mouth is in.

How Are Your Bone Levels?

Bone responds to the presence of tooth roots. If there is no tooth in an area, then the bone tissue has nothing to stimulate its rebuilding process. Over time, it shrinks and becomes too shallow to retain an implant.

Even if you have too little bone, implant therapy could still be an option. Smaller implants, bone grafting, and careful planning have made implants a success for many a patient with poor bone levels.

Is There A Tooth In The Way?

You might have a gap in your smile, but it’s possible that neighboring teeth have shifted forward or tipped out of line. This would block the space for an implant to fit into. To make room, you may need orthodontic treatment for a short period of time to open the space back up before you can have an implant placed there.

After Years With Dentures

If you’re just now considering implants after wearing dentures for some time, that’s okay. Your dentist can help you work with what you have to place implants that will anchor your denture for a secure bite.

Contact your dentist to schedule an evaluation and see if dental implants are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Paul Jang Dentistry
14711 Princeton Avenue, Ste. 12
Moorpark, CA 93021
805-791-2336

Sep
27

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Dental Implant Surgery?

Posted in Dental Implants

Before you jump into the process of planning a dental implant treatment, you should have realistic expectations of how long it takes.

Typical Dental Implant Procedures

Having the implant placed doesn’t take long, at all. It should take your dentist less than an hour. But in most cases, you don’t get to enjoy the finished product for several months.

Dental implants need time to heal and fuse with the bone before they can bear the force of biting. After about 3-6 months of getting the implant, you’ll be ready to have the healing cap placed.

After a couple weeks of letting the gums heal, you’ll be ready for a crown.

What About Same-Day Implants?

Recovery from surgery is similar for same-day implants. You just don’t have to wait as long to get your “teeth put on.” But bear in mind that this procedure isn’t right for everyone.

Can You Speed Up Recovery?

You can make your healing period productive and brief by following your dentist’s instructions. These may include:

  • Not smoking
  • Icing the site to bring down swelling
  • Getting lots of bedrest and limiting physical activity
  • Sticking to a liquid and soft foods diet

The more time your implant has to heal into your jaw before you use it, the better. So your recovery and healing should be all about rest and not putting weight on your implant by biting on it.

Whichever implant procedure you have, it may take you six months to a year to fully complete your smile. You may need more time if you also have bone grafting.

Ask your dentist for an estimate on how long it would take you to heal from getting an implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

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