Did you ever think that cosmetic dental treatment was just for looks? Not so! Many treatments serve both a restorative and a cosmetic purpose for dental patients. Not only do they keep teeth free of disease and functioning longer, they also restore much needed aesthetics to your smile.
Composite dental fillings are tooth colored restorations that can be used to fill new areas of tooth decay or even replace aging metal fillings. Unlike traditional metal fillings they also preserve a larger amount of healthy tooth enamel, requiring less alteration to your natural tooth. Once completed, your teeth look like they haven’t even had anything done, because the material blends in so well!
Full coverage crowns are used to repair teeth that have had large fractures, root canals, or areas of decay before the tooth has the ability to break down further. As a full coverage restoration, it protects all of the tooth and allows it to continue to function normally once again. Just like white fillings, porcelain crowns are color-matched to blend in with your smile. They can be used anywhere in the mouth, so they’ll never be noticed when you talk or smile.
Having missing teeth can cause other teeth to drift out of place and even alter how you chew – in addition to making a significant impact on your smile. Artificial implant roots can retain spacing and restore normal function to the area. After placement, dental implants are covered with a permanent restoration like a porcelain bridge, crown, or even a full mouth denture.
Other options are also available, like composite bonding, porcelain bridges, and implant dentures. Schedule a visit with your dentist to find out how you can repair your smile and look great at the same time.
Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
Dental implants have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and there’s a great reason for it. Implants now allow dentists to treat patients with the most effective, minimally invasive method of tooth replacement possible. When an option for patients, dental implants are most definitely the way to go for their oral health needs.
Implants use hospital grade titanium roots to act as an artificial root in the bone of the mouth. Titanium also encourages new bone growth around it, making it become so stable that it can support more weight than a natural tooth. Once the bone osseointegration process has taken place, implants can support single crowns, multiple tooth dental bridges, or even full arch dentures. This prevents other teeth from being altered or treated simply to support prosthesis such as bridges or partials. An example would include placing a bridge on two healthy teeth in order to replace the missing tooth between them. Essentially, it is treating those teeth with crowns when there is nothing wrong with them. Implants prevent this from happening!
The long-term success rate of dental implants is over 95%. Implants provide a lasting solution to patients that want to replace missing teeth with a reliable, secure treatment that looks and feels natural. Denture patients that have struggled with loose appliances that are difficult to talk or eat with love the minimally invasive “all on 4” dentures, that only cover the “U” shape of the bone around their mouth. This frees up the roof of their mouth for a more natural fit throughout the day.
Are you a candidate for dentures? The advancements made in recent years allow implants to be placed in patients that may have previously been told they were not a candidate. Ask your implant dentist today about your implant options.
Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
Who needs dental implants?
Dental implants are an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth because of an injury or a tooth was lost due to periodontal disease. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. An oral surgeon will place this implant into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
What are the criteria to be eligible for a dental implant?
Dental implants are not an option for all people. You must have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant and you should have a healthy gum that is free of periodontal disease. The upper back jaw is known for being one of the most difficult areas to place dental implants due to insufficient quantity and quality of bone. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
What types of dental implants are available?
Implants can replace a single tooth. This would be one implant and a crown. Or implants can replace several teeth. Implant supported bridges are used replace several teeth. Implants can potentially replace all of your teeth. An implant-supported bridge or full denture can replace all of your teeth, leaving you with a permanently beautiful smile.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Treat your implant like a real tooth. This requires conscious effort on your part to have good oral hygiene habits. Periodontists are the dental experts in gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. You should have scheduled appointments with this specialist to check the progress of your implant.
Schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist. They will answer all of your questions and go over your treatment options. You can also check with your insurance and they will give you a clear understanding of your coverages.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
Taking care of your natural teeth and keeping them for a lifetime is something that everyone tries to do. Unfortunately, losing a tooth isn’t an uncommon thing. Plenty of people have one condition or another that causes them to lose their tooth, be it a fracture, abscess, severe decay or gum disease. Once the tooth is gone, the area of infection is eliminated and the patient is comfortable once again.
When the infection is gone everything may feel fine. Unfortunately, a missing tooth can cause significant changes in the teeth around it or the ones it used to bite against. The adjacent teeth will begin to drift out of place, slightly leaning into the area of the missing tooth. The opposite tooth may then begin erupting further out of place in an attempt to find something to occlude with. When teeth have shifted like this, it predisposes them to diseases like periodontitis or decay. They are more difficult to clean and tend to become areas where food or debris packs deep between. Once the area of the lost tooth has been constricted, it can be more difficult to treat it with a replacement tooth.
Replacing your lost tooth early on will prevent the other teeth in your mouth from shifting out of place. This keeps your smile straight as well as eliminates the risk for periodontal disease and loss of other teeth. Dental bridges have always been the most traditional method of replacing a single missing tooth, but with the advancements of dental implant therapy, Marietta dental implants have now become the standard of care in tooth replacement.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
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