Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

How Long Can a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite the investment of time and money. If you get one, then you want to be sure it will last as long as possible.

Implants Can Last a Lifetime

It’s hard to say exactly how long dental implants can last. Most dentists give an estimate of around 25 years. There aren’t yet enough long-term studies to prove that implants last a lifetime, but in 98% of cases they’re expected to.

One special case gives hope.

Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark place the first implant in 1965 in a man named Gösta Larsson, who enjoyed his replacement tooth for over 40 years until his death.

That was the very first dental implant. These restorations are only getting better with time. Advances in dental imaging and surgical planning ensure that implants are safer and stronger than ever before.

If you get an implant, it will most likely last you your entire life.

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

An implant is a small rod set into the bone beneath your gums. As new bone tissue grows around it, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth.

Once the implant attaches to the bone, it isn’t going anywhere. In theory, it could stay with you for life. As long as you take good care of it, that is.

Make Your Dental Implant Last

The way you treat your dental implant, like any natural tooth, affects its longevity.

Keep your implant clean through daily brushing and flossing. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it. Avoid habits such as smoking which can weaken the bone and gums around implants.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your entire smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Apr
15

Dental Implants and Security Metal Detectors

Posted in Dental Implants

Air travel these days has gotten a lot more intense thanks to increased airport security. It’s hard to remember what you are and are not allowed to bring. It’s understandable that you don’t want the added stress of setting off every security metal detector with your dental implant.

Is this concern holding you back from getting an implant?

All you frequent flyers can now be at peace – dental implants do NOT set off airport security systems!

Anatomy of an Implant

Your dental implant is typically made of a metal rod inserted into your jawbone. A small abutment piece would show above your gums, but that’s the anchoring point for the crown, or false tooth.

How does this metal not create an issue for metal detectors?

Metal detectors sense magnetic objects. Dental implant parts are made from a material called titanium.  Aside from being so easy to integrate with human tissues, this biocompatible metal is non-magnetic.

A titanium implant is pure, meaning it’s not mixed with any other potentially detectable metals. You’re safe to walk through airport security!

Benefits of Dental Implants

There’s not much that can hold you back from enjoying all the benefits a dental implant can offer. You don’t need to run around with that gap in your smile any longer!

With an implant you can:

  • Eat all of your favorite foods
  • Smile with confidence
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Get your “natural” tooth back, for good

Do you still have some questions about implants? Your local dentist is your best resource for all of your concerns about replacement teeth. Ask your dentist whether a dental implant is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Aug
1

Will Anyone Notice If I Have A Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s hard to say which is worse: having a missing tooth or having a fake-looking replacement! If you need to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably already thinking about filling in the gap.

Would anyone be able to tell that your implant is not your original tooth? Most likely not; here’s why:

An Implant is Permanent

Many patients choose to replace a missing tooth with a partial denture. A partial denture is a frame that anchors onto your existing teeth. It supports one or more false teeth, which are suspended over the gaps where your natural teeth used to be.

A partial works fine for a lot of people. But how might an implant be even better?

Unlike partials, an implant isn’t removable. Partial dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning. If you remove your prosthesis, others will notice! But because it’s a part of your mouth, your implant can be brushed and flossed just like it’s a natural tooth.

An implant won’t move around and risk slipping and pinching while you eat. If your partial is loose, it can cause such problems.

Implants Let You Customize

The visible part of your dental implant, the crown, can be custom designed to match the shape and size of your other teeth. It is even dyed to match the same hue. This means that it won’t stand out like a solid white piece of porcelain. Once fully healed, your implant will look just like a normal tooth. And it will stay there for good, too!

Curious to find out whether an implant is right for you? Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Mar
27

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are the next best thing to having a natural tooth – especially after having a tooth pulled. Now that you’ve decided to have the lifelong tooth replacement procedure, you need to decide which type of restoration is right for you.

Implants can support restorations for just about every smile. Here are 3 different types of tooth replacement options that implants are often used for:

Porcelain Crowns

A crown is used to replace one missing tooth. It is placed directly over the top of the implant root, functioning as a single, stand-alone tooth. You can floss it, brush it, and treat it the same as any other tooth in your entire smile. The crown is custom designed to blend in as seamlessly as possible. 

Dental Bridges

Should you need to replace more than one tooth, say, three or four teeth, then a bridge is a great option. Bridges usually need two implant roots for support – one on each end. An implant supported bridge means you don’t have to grind down healthy teeth to anchor a bridge in place. 

Implant Supported Dentures

Wearing dentures can be difficult for some people to adjust to. Supporting your denture with implants can give you the stability and security that you deserve. Dentures may be removable, fixed to the implants with a clip – or they can be permanent, screwed directly on top of the implants and only removable by your dentist. 

If you’re still considering whether or not implants are right for you – or you just want to get rid of the false teeth that you already have – ask your dentist about dental implants!

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

Mar
8

What To Expect With Dental Implant Surgery

Posted in Dental Implants

With the increasing popularity of dental implants, you might be considering this procedure to replace your missing tooth.  It’s not uncommon to have questions about a surgery you’re considering the process and recovery that might be involved.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement therapy.  It involves the placement of a titanium post into the bone, creating an artificial root that a prosthetic tooth can be adhered to. Prior to your dental implant surgery, you’ll meet with your dental specialist to plan your dental implant procedure.

Will It Hurt?

Just as with most surgeries, some discomfort is possible, but with dental implants it is minimal.  Local anesthesia is commonly used other sedation may also available to insure your absolute comfort and ease during the procedure.

Your Implant Surgery

Before your procedure begins, the area around your new implant will be thoroughly numbed.  Once you’re comfortable, a small incision is made in the gum to expose your bone.  A special drill creates a new socket for the implant to be placed into.

Once the post is correctly installed, the healing process begins and will continue for a few months.  During this time, your jawbone will undergo the important process of grafting onto the new titanium implant, creating a stable new tooth.

Your New Tooth

Once healing has been completed, you’ll return to the dental office for a minor procedure, under local anesthesia, to place an extension called an abutment.  An abutment is the piece that your new tooth will be anchored to. Once your mouth has healed, you’re ready for your new tooth to be installed and start enjoying your beautiful smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

Jan
27

Osseointegration: What is it?

Posted in Dental Implants

When you have missing teeth, chances are that your dentist has recommended dental implants to replace them. If they have, have you heard them mentioned the term osseointegration to you?  What does this word mean and why is it so essential in implant therapy?

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental Implants are similar to a natural tooth has a crown and a root.  The root is attached to your jawbone which supports the top part of the tooth, called a crown.  When a tooth is missing, a dental implant is placed into your jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth.  The artificial root is made out of titanium metal.  This material is used because it fuses to bone better than any other type of metal.

The Role Osseointegration Plays

In order for your dental implant to be successful and stay in your jawbone for life, a very important process has to occur.  After the implants are placed into your jawbone, that process is called osseointegration.  Osseointegration occurs when your bone cells attach directly to the titanium surface of the implant.

Sometimes, implants can be used to support tooth replacements for many teeth, such as overdentures.  This is why it is so critical to have osseointegration between your dental implants and the bone.  Without this permanent attachment, the implant would fall out and not be successful.

Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Implants are now the most preferred method used to replace missing teeth. Talk to your dentist if you are interested in trying dental implants for yourself.  Together, you can create a durable smile that lasts for life – no matter how many teeth are missing.

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

Feb
5

What to Expect from a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants have the potential to help you replace all of your missing teeth. Whether it’s just one or all of them, the reliability and strength that implants offer is far superior than any other type of restorative care.

When you invest in an implant, you get an artificial titanium tooth root that is placed into your mouth. New bone formation will fuse with this root, securely anchoring it into place as if it were a real tooth. After it is surgically placed, it is given about 3-6 months for this process of osseointegration to occur. During that time, a temporary restoration is worn over it for aesthetics, comfort and function. Once fully secured, an abutment is anchored onto the top of the implant root. This is the piece that secures your final restoration.

Restorations placed over implants can be a crown, bridge or even a denture. Only a few implants are needed since they are so strong. Once the restoration is permanently affixed to it, you’ll be able to go on and about your normal routine as if you had never lost your tooth at all. Implants are truly the most natural form of tooth replacement available.

All in all, with dental implants you’re able to have a brand-new, permanent tooth for the rest of your life. Even though restorations placed on top of the implant have the potential to wear down or give out over time, the implant root will still stand strong for decades. Implants are truly one of the greatest investments you can make when it comes to any form of dental treatment. Ask your dentist if implants are an option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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