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Restoring Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the best therapies for tooth replacement available. Unfortunately they also have the ability to suffer damaged restorations or abutments that require restoration. Injuries or chronic grinding have the potential at chipping away porcelain or causing other types of fractures. Thankfully, implant roots are extremely stable and can typically be restored very easily.

Implant restorations typically involve replacing the abutment, crown, bridge, or denture that is supported by the implant root. You do not necessarily have to see an implant specialist for these services, but knowing what type of implant and abutment was used in your initial placement will help the dentist that is restoring your dental implants. Different types of abutments are available on the market, so finding the one that fits is important; Most abutments simply screw right back into the implant root.

Making a new restoration simply involves taking an impression of the implant abutment as well as the teeth around it. This impression is then used to create a model of your mouth that is sent to the dental laboratory. There, a custom prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or denture will be made to fit around your existing implant as well as in alignment with your natural teeth. Size, shape, and color options can all be customized as needed. Within about 2 weeks, your new prosthesis will be ready to be placed inside of your mouth. At this visit, the lab-manufactured prosthetic will be tried onto your abutment and then cemented or snapped into place (depending on the type of treatment being used.)

You’ve already invested a lot in your dental implants. Don’t let a broken one go to waste! Schedule your straight-forward, implant restoration visit as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Computer Guided Implant Placement

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Computer aided implant placement allows very precise delivery of dental implants. This maximizes the bone support around the implant being placed, and is useful for patients that have compromised bone levels or need placement in a very precise location due to their anatomy. Limited bone or enlarged sinuses can interfere with conventional implant placement, making it impossible for some patients. Implementing computer guided placement, implant dentists are able to pinpoint exactly what angle the implant root can be placed in order to make the treatment a possibility after all.

Other than the obvious benefit of enhanced stability, computer guided dental implant placement also reduces the amount of healing time by as much as 50%. Traditional dental implant surgeries can take as long as 6 months to allow for new bone formation to be completed around a new implant root. With computer-aided placement, the implant is already placed into healthy bone, and only a minimum amount of new bone growth is needed. Most of these procedures are ready within 3 months for the fixed prosthesis.

Once full osseointegration (new bone fusing with the implant) has occurred, the implant is ready to have an abutment attached to it. This abutment can support an individual crown, multi-tooth bridge, or even a full denture. Implant roots are regarded to be even more structurally sound than a natural tooth.

Why not consider implants for replacing your missing teeth? If another dentist has ever told you that you’re not an implant candidate, ask about computer guided implant placement. Most dentists will offer a complementary consultation to patients that are considering the treatment, giving you a convenient opportunity to find out if it’s a method that will benefit your smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Finding the Best Dentist in Your Home Town

If you’ve just moved or found yourself in need of locating a new dentist, it can take some time before you find the right one. In fact, many people experience a gap in dental care when they are between dentists, because time simply gets away from them until they experience a dental emergency and find that they need to locate a new dentist as soon as possible. Here are some things to consider when you’re trying to find the best new dentist in your hometown:

Ask your friends who they use.

One of the biggest complements that dentists can receive is to have their existing patients refer their family, friends, and colleagues to the practice. This is a big signal to you as a prospective patient, that the office is doing something great! If your friends absolutely love their dentist and can’t get enough of him or her, then chances are you’ll be happy there as well.  

Does the office accept your insurance plan?

Ah, yes, the insurance topic. Finding a care provider that accepts your insurance plan can make a big difference if you have significant treatment needs. Even if the provider isn’t part of the in-network plan, there’s a chance that they can still accept out of network benefits (as long as you are ready to cover the difference.) For the right dentist, this financial aspect can be one of the main factors in your decision. 

Find out what type of services the office provides.

Are you considering certain treatments, like cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or braces? Call the office or check out their website to find out if they provide the type of treatment you have in mind, then schedule a consultation to meet with them in person.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.




All on Four Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

“All on four” dentures are implant-retained dentures that are held in place by four dental implants in the arch of the mouth. The benefits of all on four dentures include:

  •      Stability
  •      Comfort
  •      Smaller profile of denture
  •      Easier to eat and speak with
  •       Held in place permanently

What makes implant retained dentures different than typical dentures is that instead of an acrylic piece covering the roof of your mouth, the denture is shaped similar to a “U” or horseshoe, and is screwed directly to the dental implants. This secure hold keeps the dentures in place during eating, speaking or smiling. With the reduced area of your mouth covered by an acrylic denture, you can enjoy your food more appropriately and find the adjustment time much easier than that of having complete denture therapy.

Patients that choose to have All on Four Dentures will first require implant therapy in the arch of their mouth where the denture is to be placed. Dental implants typically take 3 to 6 months from start to finish, allowing the new titanium root to integrate with the surrounding jawbone. If bone grafting is required, this may add some recovery time to allow for new bone to grow in the area that is strong enough to support a dental implant.

After the implant sites have healed and are structurally secure in the surrounding bone, the implant-supported denture can be placed. The denture goes over the implants and is then screwed into place directly to the implant. After the connection is covered, you can enjoy a permanent set of dentures that you will find secure and easy to care for.


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.


Tooth Replacement Options

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When teeth are missing or extracted, most people’s next question is what is the best way to replace them? Even one missing tooth can cause a shift in the other teeth throughout the mouth, creating misalignment and an increase in conditions like gingivitis or gum disease. When a tooth on one arch is missing, the tooth on the opposite arch usually begins to erupt farther into the mouth in attempt to find something to occlude against. Replacing missing teeth isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, it’s for function and health of the entire mouth.

Depending on the health of your teeth, bone levels, and the number of missing teeth in your mouth, typical tooth replacement options include:

Dental implants are useful for replacing one or several missing teeth when there are healthy amounts of bone in the mouth. If there is inadequate bone, sometimes a bone graft may be needed. Bridges are used in areas between teeth, when there is only one or few missing teeth. A dental bridge is similar to two crowns on adjacent teeth, with a false crown fused between them, filling in the area of the missing tooth. Dentures are used when all of the teeth in an arch are missing. In some cases minimal-impact dentures that are smaller in size can be used in conjunction with dental implants. These can allow for easier speaking and eating. Partial dentures are used when several teeth are missing, and are removable appliances that are smaller than full dentures.

Deciding on a tooth replacement option that is best for your individual needs can be a difficult choice to make.  Your dentist can help you assess your needs and identify the options that are best for you.


Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

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Dental implants have become a very popular alternative for replacing one or more missing teeth.  Dental implants are generally much superior to other tooth replacement options such as a bridge or dentures.  Dental implants replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. They are more durable, stronger, and present a much more natural look than dentures or bridges.  Also, unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants stimulate bone growth and avoid the bone loss common with dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are surgically implanted in the patient’s bone.  Once the site has healed, a prosthetic tooth is permanently attached to the implant.  Most patients are candidates for implants, but there must be sufficient bone where the implant is to be placed.

If the tooth to be replaced has been missing for a long time, there may not be sufficient bone for the implant.  Bone loss is normally experienced when a tooth has been lost.  Everyday biting and chewing stimulates bone growth, but when a tooth is lost, the stimulation stops and bone loss in that area is common.

If there has been too much bone loss for an implant to be placed, an oral surgeon may elect to use bone grafting to build up enough bone for the implant to be placed. Bone is taken from another area of your jaw and grafted to the affected area.  The graft is held in place with tiny screws and will fully fuse to the patient’s jaw bone in about four months.  The dental implant can then be placed in the built up area of bone.

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