Dental Tips Blog

Sep
4

Can a Dental Implant Fall Out?

Posted in Dental Implants

Getting a dental implant can be costly and time-consuming. It’d be terrible to see all that time and money go to waste.

So you may naturally worry: “is it possible for an implant to fall out?” Fortunately, dental implants rarely do. They have a 97% success rate. This means that once in place, they’re virtually guaranteed to stay.

A dental implant is a screw that binds with bone in the jaw and creates a seal with the gums. It takes a lot for that to come loose.

However, there are a few instances that could cause an implant to fail…

Inadequate Healing

The initial months after getting an implant are critical. Adequate blood circulation, sufficient bone, and lots of rest are necessary to help an implant “take” to the surrounding bone.

Your implant surgeon will do everything possible to ensure the implant site is ready before placing the restoration. But what you do after the procedure also makes a difference. For instance, smoking can interfere with the healing process and cause a weak bond with the implant, increasing the chances of it falling out.

Poor Oral Hygiene

A dental implant requires regular care and attention its entire life. If you ever neglect your implant when it comes to brushing and flossing, the surrounding gums and bone could become infected and inflamed (just like natural teeth) and the implant can fall out.

Trauma

As with any natural tooth, an implant can be knocked right out of the bone in an accident.

It may take a little bit of work to get a dental implant, but it’s worth it to have a new tooth! Ask your dentist for more information on how to make your implant treatment a success.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jun
23

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Posted in Dental Implants

When you think about something being implanted into the bone of your jaw, it might seem like a very uncomfortable procedure. A dental implant is a small screw made of biocompatible metal that is inserted into the bone where a tooth should be. Is this procedure uncomfortable? What is it like to have an implant?

During the Surgery

Placing an implant does not require a lot of surgery. The site is very small. The whole process happens quickly and with the help of local anesthesia so that you don’t feel a thing. Does the idea of surgery still freeze you up with anxiety? Many offices offer sedation techniques that help you to essentially “sleep” through treatment.

The Healing Process

Most patients are surprised at how easy the recovery process is after implant placement. Again, the surgical wound is very minimal so there isn’t much cause for discomfort. Post-surgical discomfort is easily relieved with whatever medication you would usually take for a headache. With a little rest, you’ll be back to normal in no time.

Life With an Implant

A dental implant doesn’t have the same ability to sense things as a natural tooth does. Even so, it is very strong and will allow you to bite and chew the foods you love. When the implant is fully healed and integrated into the bone, you won’t feel a thing. It becomes a part of your smile.

An implant could give you your smile back, forever changing the way you see your smile. It’s not the scary process you once thought it was! To find out if implant therapy is right for you, visit your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
6

The Simplicity of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

If you have lost any teeth due to gum disease or for any other reason, your dentist will likely recommend dental implants for you. A dental implant is basically an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jawbone, to later hold a crown or a denture.

Who would be a good candidate?

Ideally, patients should:

  • Be in good oral and general health
  • Have plenty of bone in your jaw for support
  • Not have gum disease, instead, having healthy gums
  • Be committed to regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene
  • Not be heavy smokers or have any uncontrolled chronic condition

Tooth-Replacement Restoration of Choice

There are many reasons why implants are the recommended treatment option for patients in need of replacement teeth. They are made to last for a lifetime, unlike other tooth-replacement options. Patients can keep them for a long time with proper cleaning and care. Another reason why implants are great is because they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth! This makes them easier to clean and more comfortable too!

Will Implants be covered by insurance?

As implants become more common, some insurance companies are starting to cover a portion of the treatment, depending on your plan. It is always a good idea to ask your dentist for a pre-treatment estimate before you start any dental work, so that you know what to expect.

Are you interested in implants?

Each potential implant candidate will need to be evaluated by their dentist based on their dental situation, oral health as well as their general well-being. Contact your dentist to find out if you would be a good candidate for this predictable tooth replacement option!

Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates www.naturalsmile.biz

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Sep
8

What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are a wonderful technology that restore the appearance and bite-strength of teeth that have been lost. Intended to last a lifetime, these marvelous replacements are not as likely to succeed if there is not enough bone structure to support them. If a lot of bone in the upper half of your mouth has been lost due to disease, injury, or resorption over time, what can be done? Traditionally, bone grafting has been the answer.

Zygomatic dental implants have been designed in an effort to minimize the need for extensive surgical procedures. How do these implants work?

What Makes Zygomatic Dental Implants Unique?

The complete dental prosthesis is supported primarily on implants that are anchored in the cheekbone (maxilla), instead of the limited bone around the palate. These implants are much longer than those used in traditional implants.

What Are the Benefits?

Without bone grafting, the total treatment time for implant-placement is reduced, as well as the amount of time needed for healing. Additionally, because the implants are intended to bypass the sinuses, there is no need to have a sinus-lift to make room for the implants.

Zygomatic dental implants provide a hope-filled treatment option to individuals who have limited bone available for retaining dentures or traditional implants. The outcome is expected to be just as successful as that of traditional implant therapy.

Perhaps you are interested in a permanent solution to restore your smile to its former strength and beauty, but have been told that there is not enough maxillary bone to support implants. Ask your dentist for more information on how zygomatic dental implants can change your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Sep
8

Full-Mouth Dental Implant Therapy

Posted in Dental Implants

For patients missing all of their natural teeth or those who need to have all of their teeth removed, there is an alternative to traditional dentures. Full-mouth dental implant treatment options open the way for individuals to once again enjoy a strong bite and beautiful smile.

If you are ready to consider a more permanent replacement for lost teeth, we are happy to work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. A couple of helpful options for you to consider are implant-supported bridges or dentures.

Benefits

The prosthesis will provide you with strong and natural-looking teeth as regular dentures do, but has the added benefit of anchoring securely onto a few implants placed at key locations in the mouth.

Dental implants are integrated into the bone of your mouth and prevent resorption, which can occur with regular dentures. Full-mouth implants will enhance the shape of your face, restore strength to your bite, and give you a beautiful smile.

Additionally, implant-supported bridges and dentures tend to be easier to care for than traditional dentures.

How Do You Get Started?

A thorough exam will enable me to determine both where teeth should be located on a fixed denture as well as optimal locations for implant-placement. Once we draft the plan of action, the first step involves surgical placement of the implant abutments, or anchors. After a period of healing, the customized full-bridges or dentures will be delivered to you and secured over the abutments. The time needed for this process varies. Find out more information by asking our team about full-mouth dental implant therapy at your next visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jul
24

Same Day Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Is it possible to enjoy brand new, permanent teeth in just one dental appointment? With same day dental implants it is!

Just like traditional dental implant therapy, same day implants give you fixed (permanent) dental restorations that stay put all day long. But, there’s no lengthy recovery time! The implant itself is placed on the very same day as your prosthesis is delivered.

Most people use same day dental implants to replace all of their teeth at one time, such as with fixed or secured dentures. The type of implants used will depend on your personal oral health, bone quality and the type of restoration that you choose.

Your dentist will help you decide whether or not same day dental implants are right for you. All you will need to do is schedule a consultation, which consists of an exam and x-ray. With this information your dentist can assess your oral health and determine if same day implants are an option.

When you decide to move forward with your implant treatment, all of your services will be completed on one day! Your implants are placed and your fixed restoration is delivered at the very same appointment. That way you never have to go without a smile or feel self-conscious about the way you look between your dental treatments.

Same day dental implants are safe, reliable, and comfortable. Most people go right back to their normal schedule with minimal discomfort. It’s a simple process that has transformed the way dental implants are used in modern dentistry.

Find out if same day implants are right for you. Call your implant dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

May
31

CBCT 3D Scans: How They Have Transformed Implant Placement

Posted in Dental Implants

When an implant is place, location is very important. The head is a complex structure of human anatomy made up of interconnecting and overlapping parts including sinuses, blood vessels, nerves, bone, and more. An implant cannot be placed just anywhere! For the implant to last indefinitely, optimum placement is essential. How do cone-beam computed tomography three-dimensional (CBCT 3D) scans help?

Aren’t Regular X-Rays Enough?

In some cases, no, traditional x-rays are not sufficient to map the placement of an implant.

Traditional x-rays provide a two-dimensional image, only. This limits what the dentist can see as far as the bone pattern and possible obstacles to placement. A CBCT 3D scan conveys a more accurate reflection of how all the head’s structures are arranged so that the implant can be placed in the optimal position. This technology individualizes the treatment plan even further by allowing for virtual implant placement, with the right computer software. In utilizing this program, a surgeon can visualize the end result. This improves chances of success after an implant is placed.

What is Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Three-Dimensional Imaging?

That’s a mouthful!

The CBCT 3D scan is a variant of the more commonly-known CT scan. Used in the dental field, an x-ray beam rotates around the head, and provides a three-dimensional image of all it sees. This uses the minimum amount of radiation possible, and is not used as a routine part of your dental checkups. This imaging system provides very treatment-specific information which is essential in many cases of implant placement.

If you are considering implants, ask your dentist further about your diagnostic needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

May
30

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Posted in Dental Implants

As dental care providers, our goal is to help you achieve an improved standard of living, where your dental health is concerned. We want to equip you with the facts needed to make an informed decision by answering your questions and addressing your concerns about any proposed treatment.

Dental implants are recommended because of the vital role they can play in maintaining the health and function of your mouth. In spite of this, you may rightly be concerned about what you will feel during the procedure.

When completed by a skilled practitioner, the procedure for a single implant can last mere minutes. The procedure is a mild surgery in which a metal implant is carefully inserted a short ways into the bone beneath the gums. After some time is allowed for the surrounding tissues to heal, this implant will support a replacement tooth.

The surgery is usually done only under local anesthesia. If you struggle with dental anxiety, it may be possible to undergo the surgery while medically-sedated. If sedation is the option you choose, then you won’t remember a thing from the surgery!

Many dentists who have performed countless dental implant surgeries will attest that their patients have reported no serious post-operative discomfort. It is normal to experience a little discomfort for a short while after surgery, when the anesthesia wears off. This is anticipated, and the surgeon will provide you with the necessary painkillers for managing discomfort.

As long as you keep your implant as clean as possible, it should never cause you any discomfort. Please, always feel free to question your dentist further about the dental implant process.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

Mar
19

Computer Guided Implant Therapy

Posted in Dental Implants

If you thought dental implant treatments couldn’t get any better – they have. Computer aided placement technology now makes implants easier to complete, reduces recovery time, and allows more people than ever to be a candidate for the treatment.

More Accuracy

Computer aided implant technology uses 3D imaging to capture images of your true bone anatomy. This allows your dentist to pinpoint the exact areas of most successful implant placement, rather than using 2-dimensional x-rays or during the actual surgical procedure. With computer-aided treatments, the implant is designed and installed to specifically meet your individual needs.

Shorter Recovery Time

Due to the accuracy of the placement process, there is a much quicker recovery time following the procedure. Traditional dental implant treatments can take up to 6 months of healing before a permanent restoration can be installed. With computer-aided placement, some recovery times are as short as 3 months. 

Expanding People’s Options

Some people are told that implants are not an option for them because they may not have the right anatomy or bone support for the implant to be placed. Usually this is because the dentist is using a 2-dimensional x-ray to determine placement measures, or because the patient has experienced bone loss. Since computer aided placement allows your dentist to maximize healthy bone in other areas, more patients are candidates for the treatment than ever before.

Even if you’ve ruled out dental implants as an option for your smile, it’s worth it to consider computer-guided implant therapy. During your consultation, your dentist will record a 3-dimensional bone scan to discuss placement options with you. Experience the permanent smile option with dental implants, and call your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Mar
8

Restoring Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implant restoration involves making or replacing the permanent prosthesis that goes over your implant root. Restorations are initially made to fit on top of the implant abutment but may need to be re-made as time goes by and they begin to wear out. Sometimes the restoration itself is in trouble, the abutment underneath has come loose or may have even broken. Just like natural teeth, your dentist should routinely examine the health of your dental implants and their restorations.

Types of dental implant restorations include:

Crowns

Individual porcelain crowns are anchored directly onto the implant abutment. If you’ve bitten into something hard and cracked or chipped a crown, ask your dentist to assess whether or not it needs to be changed out. 

Bridges

Bridges are supported by 2 (or more) implant roots, with the restoration suspended between them. If the bridge feels loose, it could jeopardize the stability of the implant roots or cause you to fracture a tooth. Your dentist may need to reattach it to the implants, adjust an abutment, or replace the bridge. 

Dentures

Implant-supported dentures come in a variety of styles. They can be permanent or snap in-and-out of place for stability purposes. Just like regular teeth, dentures can wear out over years of use. Have your dentist check your dentures regularly to help prevent complications or to pinpoint areas of concern. 

If you’ve broken an implant, had an implant prosthesis fall out, or something feels loose – it’s time to get to the dentist. No matter where you were when you had your implant initially placed, your dentist can help you maintain the health of your implants or correct problems as they arise.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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