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Sep
15

What Are the Chances My Dental Implant Could Fail?

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Dental implants are valuable investments. The value they add to your smile is simply priceless!

Whether you’ve recently gotten an implant or are thinking about having one placed, you’re doubtless concerned with making it last.

A Successful History

Generally, dental implants have a success rate close to 98%.

This ranks dental implants among the most predictable dental procedures out there! Because an implant is an artificial root that is inserted into bone, it sounds like a drastic surgery. In reality, the procedure is fairly quick and simple. Extensive planning helps the procedure to be safe and successful.

Why Do Some Implants Fail?

Implants are usually made from titanium – a metal with properties that help your body accept it as its own. This metal is widely tolerated by the human body and is used in other kinds of implants and transplants. Titanium allergies are extremely rare, but a true allergy could be the reason an implant fails.

A dental implant cannot get cavities like a natural tooth will. But it can still collect plaque that causes gum irritation.

Gum irritation usually leads to gum disease. Because the gums and bone around an implant are different from those around a natural tooth, the inflammation is more serious. This inflammation is called “periimplantitis.” Periimplantitis, if not controlled, will lead to the implant losing its hold in the bone.

Making Your Implant Last

You play an important part in your implant’s chance for success! A routine of excellent oral hygiene will keep you implant clean and your gums healthy. Visit your dentist on a regular basis for dental checkups to make sure your implant stays strong.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 360-7700

Aug
9

Extend the Life of Your Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

An implant is the next best thing after a natural tooth. It’s the best way you can restore your missing teeth. After investing in this valuable restoration, you need to know what steps to take to make it last a lifetime.

How Long Do Implants Last?

A dental implant is designed to become a part of your body. The implant itself is made from a material that your body accepts as its own. As the surgical site heals, your bone forms a tight seal around the prosthetic root.

What Could Compromise an Implant?

An implant could fail if the site is not maintained with good oral hygiene. The buildup of bacteria around your prosthesis will irritate the gums and cause the tissue around the implant to become inflamed. This could weaken the bone, which would loosen the implant.

Tobacco use can also affect how well an implant holds. It’s important to not smoke during the healing process after surgery, as it lowers your body’s ability to heal and fight infection.

Keep Your Implant Clean!

With proper care, your implant can stay with you for good. The good news is that an implant doesn’t usually require special care at home. With careful brushing, flossing, and the use of an antimicrobial rinse, you can easily keep your implant clean right along with your other teeth.

Regular Dental Checkups

Because the implant is not a real tooth, the crown isn’t at risk for cavities. But the teeth next door are! Regular dental visits will help you make sure that your implant is stable. They’ll also ensure that the rest of your teeth won’t need to be replaced by implants any time soon. Protect your valuable smile by scheduling an appointment with your implant dentist today.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
28

What Types of Crown Goes on a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You’ve most likely heard a lot about dental implants – the tooth replacement treatment that is considered to be the most advanced, reliable, secure treatment for missing teeth. But many people still wonder that in addition to the implant root, what kind of teeth or restorations can be placed on top of the implant? 

That’s an excellent question! Dental implants have the capability to support restorations far larger than those used on natural teeth. For instance, a multiple-tooth, porcelain dental bridge that replaces 3 or 4 missing teeth is no problem for implants, but could never be anchored onto natural teeth. Single dental implants are often used to replace just one missing tooth, and in that case an individual dental crown is used that functions independent of other nearby teeth. 

Both implant crowns or bridges can be made of aesthetic materials that allow the final restoration to blend in and look natural. In most cases, a porcelain or porcelain fused to metal base crown/bridge will be used. The color of the porcelain is shaded to match that of natural tooth coloration in the rest of the patient’s mouth. 

If an All-on-4 implant denture is being placed, the denture will appear as if it were several crowns or bridges bonded side by side, replacing all of the teeth across the arch of the mouth. The teeth are supported on a thin, pink acrylic base that allows the denture to sit comfortably along the “U” shape of the jawbone. There is no extra material that covers the inside of the jaw or roof of the mouth, the way a traditional denture is made. 

Implants are an excellent, natural, and aesthetic way to replace your teeth…no matter how many there are!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

 

Sep
25

Dental Implants on the Rise

Posted in Dental Implants

Less than a decade ago dental bridges were the most common solution to replace missing teeth in a person’s mouth. That is not necessarily true any longer. It is true that the initial cost of dental bridges is lower than dental implants, and many people still make their decision based on cost. However, Canton dental implants are on the rise all over America, and many find that they actually save money in the long run.

Dental implants to replace lost teeth are now generally thought to be the best long-term solution for maintaining oral health. Implants do not decay, adjacent teeth do not require crowns to support them, and they are easy to care for. Implants work like regular teeth, and it is easy to clean and floss between implants.

With dental bridges, if one of the supporting crowned teeth becomes damaged, the bridge and the adjacent crowns must be removed and replaced. During a crown replacement, the cost of the initial procedure is repeated. Replacing dental bridges (on average every 7 years) is where the cost effectiveness of dental implants comes in to play. Yes, dental implants are more expensive up-front, but because they are typically a lifetime solution, patients typically save money because their implants do not have to be replaced.

Dental implants have an overall success rate of 95% according to the American Dental Association. With the length of time that implants last verses the typical dental bridge, implants are becoming the most popular choice for patients.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery

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Jan
1

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

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Losing a single tooth can affect your entire mouth. Though it may not feel like it, just one open area where a tooth once was can allow the adjacent teeth or teeth in the opposite arch to begin shifting or repositioning themselves throughout the mouth. It is very common for adjacent teeth to collapse inward into the area of the missing tooth, which makes those teeth susceptible to gingivitis, bone loss, periodontal disease and areas where food can pack under the gums. This shifting causes a chain reaction throughout the mouth. Even the tooth on the opposite arch that used to bite against the now missing tooth may super-erupt, and come farther out of the socket in search of a tooth to bite against.

Dental implants are the most natural and minimally invasive therapy available for replacement of missing teeth. A titanium root is placed into the socket area of the missing tooth, which is then left in place for a period of healing time, where the bone fuses to the new root. After this healing has occurred, a porcelain crown is placed on top of the implant. The crown can be brushed and flossed around, similar to an independent tooth.

Other types of tooth replacement use removable partials or are made of fixed dental bridges, which are cemented onto adjacent teeth that have been prepared for the appliance. A dental implant is much easier to clean around and does not affect the structure of the adjacent teeth or require preparation of other teeth.

The sooner a missing tooth is replaced, the better. Early replacement of missing teeth with dental implants is an effective plan to prevent other oral health problems later on.

Sep
27

Most People Are Good Candidates For Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Millions of older Americans experience the loss of most or all of their teeth.  In fact, about 25 % of those over the age of 65 have no natural teeth left and most of these Americans rely on dentures to replace their missing teeth.  Dental implants are another option for replacing missing teeth, but only a small percentage of older Americans have chosen to go with dental implants.

One reason is that many patients are under the impression that they are not a good candidate for dental implants. They may not have sufficient jawbone for placement of dental implants, or they may be heavy smokers or have untreated gum disease.

The reality is that most patients can be good candidates for dental implants, even if they are not a good candidate today.  A good candidate must have sufficient jawbone to support the implant.  Patients who have had missing teeth for years, even if they had a full or partial denture, may have suffered too much bone loss to be a current candidate for dental implants.

However, in most cases an oral surgeon can build up sufficient bone mass with a bone graft.  The bone graft procedure is done in the oral surgeon’s office and is an effective way to build up bone in your jaw so that it can support an implant.  Once the procedure is completed, the bone will be allowed to heal for six to eight months before the implant can be placed.

Untreated gum disease is another reason why a person may not be a good candidate for dental implants.  However, once the gum disease has been resolved, most patients can move forward with dental implants.  Your dentist will explain your treatment options for gum disease.

Finally, smoking has been shown to reduce outcomes, but it does not necessarily exclude you from consideration as a candidate for dental implants.  If your oral and overall health is otherwise good, you may still be a good candidate.  Your dentist can help you reduce or stop smoking or help you understand the risks to your dental implants presented by smoking.

Jun
4

Dental Implants vs Bridges

Posted in Dental Implants

Missing teeth are a problem for hundreds of millions of Americans and the problem is particularly a concern for older Americans.  The majority of Americans over the age of 65 have lost six or more of their natural teeth and about 20 percent have no natural teeth left at all.  Replacing missing teeth is very important because studies have shown that missing teeth lead to poor diet and lower overall health.

A fixed bridge has long been one of the primary methods of replacing one or more missing teeth, but in recent years dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing missing teeth.  Dental implants are permanently implanted in the patient’s jaw bone and provide support for a single prosthetic tooth or to replace several adjacent missing teeth.

Dental implants look, feel, and act just like natural teeth.  They can last a lifetime and also stimulate bone growth and eliminate problems with bone loss in the jaw associated with other tooth replacement options such as a fixed bridge

Another problem with a fixed bridge is that it must be supported by two adjacent healthy teeth.  A bridge is essentially two caps or crowns attached to either side of one or more prosthetic teeth. The healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth have to be ground down to allow the bridge to be placed on them.  This process weakens the two otherwise healthy teeth to provide the support needed for the bridge.

With dental implants, no healthy teeth are compromised.  The implants are placed in the bone at the site of the missing teeth and the replacement teeth are attached to the implants instead of adjacent healthy teeth.  Finally a bridge usually has to be replaced after 5 to 10 years while a dental implant can last for a lifetime.

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