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Nov
17

Dental Implant Options for Missing Teeth

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There’s nothing that impacts your smile more than losing a tooth. Even if it’s just one tooth, other teeth in the mouth seem to respond to the open space and your smile begins to change. Teeth drift, shift, and even your bite changes. Some people even begin developing jaw problems because of it. Replacing your missing tooth is one of your top priorities, not just for your smile, but also for your oral health. There’s never been a better way to replace your missing teeth than with dental implants.

Implants for Single Teeth

If you’re missing just one tooth, an implant is an excellent choice for your tooth replacement. The artificial root can support a porcelain crown that looks and functions just like your natural tooth! Individual dental implants are very easy to care for – just brush and floss them as you would a real tooth. 

Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth

Dental implants are so strong that they can support multiple tooth restorations like porcelain bridges and even full mouth dentures. The titanium root makes dental implants stronger than even the healthiest of teeth, providing you with the security and stability that you demand from your investment.  

A Safe Treatment Option

Implants aren’t just safe; they’re now the preferred method of treatment for replacing missing teeth. That’s because dental implants are independent treatments that don’t alter the function of your other healthy teeth. The actual implant root is placed into your bone in the same place where your missing tooth once stood and your body naturally begins to develop more bone around it, securing it in place.

How many teeth do you need to replace? Call your dentist to find out if implants are an option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Sep
15

New 3D CT Scanning Improves Dental Implant Treatments

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The evolution of 3D CT scanning has transformed the way dentists are able to provide expanded services to their patients – especially when it comes to dental implants. In the past, many patients were told that they couldn’t even be considered a candidate for dental implants due to the limited amount of bone health in or around their mouth. Or, they required additional bone grafting and recovery times before the implant could be attempted. With CT scanning available in dental offices, not only do more patients qualify for the service – the treatment has an even shorter recovery time than before.

Newer digital X-ray and imaging equipment allows dentists to capture 3D images of their patients’ anatomy and bone density. 3D CT scans can be taken in just seconds, and provide your dentist with a detailed perspective unlike anything visible with 2-dimensional X-rays.

Why does this make such a big difference? Because:

•       3D imaging allows dentists to pinpoint the exact areas of high quality bone density

•       Implants can be placed in a pre-guided position, limiting recovery time

•       Already successful treatment has an even better success rate

Being able to visualize the exact areas of bone and bone quantity allows some patients to get implant therapy even if previous dentists told them it wasn’t an option. Rather than simply playing it safe with limited 2-dimensional X-rays, a dentist with a 3D CT scanner can make a well-equipped recommendation as to where implants can be placed so that it benefits the patient’s current oral health.

Have you been told that implants weren’t an option? Then it’s time to have your 3D scan today and get a second opinion!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Dec
31

Lost Tooth Solutions: Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth can be a very traumatic experience, fraught with both emotional and physical pain. In the aftermath of the situation, patients are faced with choosing the solution to best meet their needs in the absence of a natural tooth.

Many factors can lead to the loss of a tooth, from gingivitis or tooth decay to physical injury. While your dentist is the only person truly qualified to decide which option is best for your unique situation, it’s always wise to educate yourself a bit about the various options for replacing a lost tooth. For many dental patients, the most favorable solution is one which includes the use of a dental implant for a more permanent fix.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are, essentially, an artificial alternative to natural tooth roots. They will replace the missing root and provide a strong foundation to which fixed replacements can be attached. They look and feel like natural teeth, and are designed to become a permanent solution as they fuse with the bone along your gumline. They’re more comfortable than dentures or partials in most cases, and will not create the speech difficulties presented by the slippage or movement of dentures within your mouth. The estimated general success rate of dental implants hovers around ninety-eight percent, and can last for the rest of your life if they’re cared for properly.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

For the majority of adults, dental implants are likely to be considered a favorable option as long as the gums and bone are healthy and capable of holding the implant. Patients with uncontrolled heart disease or diabetes, heavy smokers and those who have undergone radiation to the neck or head area of their bodies will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact your dentist to discuss the feasibility of dental implants as a solution for your missing tooth, regain your confidence and a healthy smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Jul
20

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

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