Dental Tips Blog

Sep
8

Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you been told that you have bone loss? Are you considering getting dental implants, but worry that the lack of bone support will prevent you from being a candidate for the treatment? If that’s the case – a bone graft may be the solution.

Why Bone Grafts are Necessary

If bone loss has occurred due to gum disease, medical conditions or age, it may leave your jaw too weak to support a dental implant. Even though implants encourage new bone growth, it is not enough to independently support it.  In these cases, extra bone will need to be added to the implant site before the actual implant is placed. 

How They Make Implants a Reality

The bone graft comes from another location in your own body, or from a donor source. Once the bone is grafted in to place, it stimulates new bone growth and fuses with the jaw. This creates a denser, higher quality area of the bone where an implant would be more successful.

After the implant is installed, osseointegration (new bone growth that fuses around the implant) takes place. Not only does this permanently fuse the implant into the jaw, but it also compliments the integrity of the bone surrounding the implant.

Having a bone graft completed can make the entire difference between having an implant and something like a denture or bridge. Implants are the longest lasting restorative option when it comes to rebuilding your smile. Find out more about the bone graft process and how it can make implants an option for you. Call your implant dentist today!

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

Jul
24

Bridges vs. Implants – How to Choose

Posted in Dental Implants

Other than wearing dentures, there are primarily two different ways to replace your missing teeth: a fixed bridge or dental implant. Making the choice between the two options can seem difficult, especially depending on what your personal short and long term goals are. Here are a few things to consider so that you can make an educated choice about which option is right for you:

Dental Bridges

Bridges require healthy teeth on opposite sides of the missing tooth in order to support the restoration. A dental bridge is initially a more affordable option than a dental implant, but bridges usually only last about a decade. It can replace up to two missing teeth at a time. One important note is that the supporting teeth must be altered in shape in order to support the bridge – making the treatment irreversible. The supporting teeth must also be extremely well cared for in order to prevent decay or gum disease from developing around them, thus jeopardizing the stability of the bridge. 

Dental Implants

An implant is a stand-alone tooth replacement option that does not rely on any other teeth for support. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, you can have a single implant (for one tooth) or as many as 4 to 6 (to support a full mouth bridge.) Although initially a larger investment, most dental implants last for the rest of your life, making them more cost effective. They also improve bone strength in the jaw. 

Now that you have a better understanding of the basis of each treatment, you can talk to your dentist about the one that you feel is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Jul
24

4 Reasons Why You Should Get Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

As dental implants have been modified and perfected throughout the last decade, they have become what are now regarded as the standard of care in tooth replacement. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider getting dental implants if you have missing teeth:

Implants Can Last for a Lifetime

The success rate of dental implants gives them a longer lifespan than any other type of dental prosthesis. While most types of tooth replacements last 10-15 years, implants can literally last for the rest of your life. They are considered to be so strong that they are even sturdier than natural teeth. 

The Prosthetic Roots Strengthen Your Bone

Titanium implant roots do something very unique once they are placed into the jaw. They actually impact your bone to start forming new, additional bone around the implant – securing it in place. This also strengthens your jaw to make it stronger than it regularly would be. 

They Can Replace One Tooth or All of Them

An implant can support a single dental crown. Two implants can support a bridge. 4 to 6 implants can support a full mouth denture. The flexibility of implants mean you can replace however many teeth as necessary, as long as you have a healthy mouth to support them. 

Implants Feel More Natural

The streamlined design of implants allows them to feel more like natural teeth. For instance, an implant-supported denture doesn’t need a large acrylic “plate” spanning across the roof of your mouth – it simply follows the natural curvature of your jaw. As a result it gives you liberty to speak or eat more comfortably.

Are implants right for you? Schedule a consultation to find out!

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

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

Dec
29

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Who exactly needs dental implants? While the treatment is a wonderful option, it is typically only recommended on people ages 18 and up. The benefit to dental implants is that it gives adults a permanent option to their missing tooth dilemma.

The person with one missing tooth

If only one of your teeth is missing, it can create a chain reaction throughout your mouth. Teeth begin shifting out of place, your bite begins changing, and everything you’ve ever worked for in your smile has changed. Implants are perfect stand-alone tooth replacements. 

The adult who needs smile rehabilitation

Complete smile rehabilitation has never been easier than with dental implants. Implants can support any prosthesis from an individual crown to a multiple tooth bridge. That means no matter how many teeth you need to replace dental implants are an option. They can be used in conjunction with other types of treatments to give you the overall results and health that you deserve. 

The senior who needs a permanent denture

Wearing a removable denture may be difficult or even impossible for some people. If the fit isn’t just right, you won’t be able to keep it secure all throughout the day. An implant-supported denture provides stability while also freeing up space throughout the mouth. This makes it easier to eat and enjoy foods as well as speak more clearly than with traditional dentures.

You’ll never know if implants are an option for you until you ask. Your implant consultation will include an exam, x-ray, and discussion of your needs. There’s something right for everyone – are implants what’s right for you?

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Oct
23

What Makes Dental Implants So Successful?

Posted in Dental Implants

Why have dental implants become so popular? Are they a treatment fad or vanity that only a few people can afford? Believe it or not, dental implants have become the dental standard of care when it comes to treating areas where missing teeth are present.

Dental Implants Are Stand-Alone Treatments

A lot of tooth replacement treatments depend on other teeth being present. Either they clasp around the existing tooth or are permanently cemented to the tooth for support. This means that healthy tooth structure is sometimes altered when there’s no need to do so. Dental implants are placed by themselves in any area, regardless of whether other teeth are present. 

They Are Stronger Than Real Teeth

Natural tooth roots can fracture, wear away, or even decay. Dental implants are artificial roots that are made of titanium – a material that is used in surgical joint replacements. Just one dental implant can support more weight and pressure than a natural tooth can! In fact, as few as 4 dental implants can support an entire full mouth denture (sometimes called an “All on 4” denture.)

Implants Make Your Jaw Stronger

Placing an implant into the mouth encourages new bone growth within the jaw. Not only does this stabilize the dental implant, it also strengthens the jawbone. When teeth are missing, jawbone typically resorbs and becomes weaker in that area. By installing a dental implant, further bone loss is avoided; in fact it is reversed, because new bone formation occurs around the implant which both strengthens the implant as well as the bone.

Missing teeth can compromise other healthy teeth in the mouth. It’s time to talk to your dentist about how implants can help your smile.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Aug
9

When are Dental Implants the Best Option?

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of people are curious about dental implants and the benefits that they have to offer for the modern dental patient. Implants have become the treatment method of choice and new standard of care for tooth replacement. One of the most common questions asked is, “How do I know that dental implants are the best option for my oral health needs?”

Implants are appropriate in dental patients who need to have one or several teeth replaced. The titanium steel roots are very biocompatible and allow your bone to fuse to them, securing them in the place of missing tooth roots. These integrated roots can support one crown, bridges, or even dentures. Each implant is designed to last several years and function exactly like a natural tooth, blending in with the teeth that surround it.

To determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will perform a simple exam and take a few dental x-rays to examine the health and quantity of the bone levels in your mouth. A healthy amount of bone is needed for optimal implant placement and predictable results. For some people with a history of bone loss or gum disease, a bone graft may be needed first so that bone can re-grow enough for an implant to be placed.

Once your implant is placed, a few months are allowed for the surgical site to heal and build up enough bone support. At this point the implant will be exposed and an abutment placed into the implant. A porcelain crown that is similar to other types of restorations is then permanently affixed to the abutment and you have a functional tooth!

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Jun
27

The Tooth Replacement Options

Posted in Dental Implants

If you are one of the hundreds of Americans who are missing one or more teeth, it is important to replace missing teeth to not only maintain your confident smile, but also to maintain your overall health.  Missing teeth have been linked to a decline in overall health, especially in older Americans.  Good oral health habits and regular preventative dental care to preserve your natural teeth is the best option, but when it becomes necessary to replace one or more missing teeth, there are essentially four options:  a bridge, partial dentures, full dentures, and implants.

The goals of tooth replacement include stabilizing the remaining teeth by filling in the gap left by the missing teeth, improving the appearance of your smile, stopping bone loss, and providing a solid and stable chewing and biting surface.

Only dental implants do all four of these things well.  A dental implant is implanted in the jaw bone and performs exactly like a natural tooth.  A dental implant fills the gap left by the missing tooth, looks like a natural tooth, provides a sturdy chewing and biting surface, and stimulates bone growth.

A permanent bridge consists of a cap on each tooth adjacent to the missing tooth with an artificial tooth suspended between them.  A permanent bridge is nearly on par with a dental implant, but it does not do a very good job of stopping bone loss.

A partial denture, sometimes called a removable dental bridge fills the space left by the missing tooth, but does not provide the same sturdy chewing surface of dental implants or a permanent bridge.  A partial denture is even less effective at preventing bone loss than a permanent bridge.

Full dentures are the least effective of all the tooth replacement alternatives.  They are prone to slipping which causes many wearers to be self-conscious about their smile.  In addition, because of their instability many denture wearers have a hard time learning to eat solid food with dentures.  They do very little to prevent bone loss which causes the denture wearer’s face to shrink over time.

Jun
4

Tooth Replacements

Posted in Dental Implants

Even though tooth loss due to gum disease and tooth decay is preventable, hundreds of millions of Americans are missing one or more teeth and ten percent of Americans have lost all of their natural teeth.  For these Americans it is important for their overall health and self-esteem to replace missing teeth.

It is well established that a person’s diet is adversely affected by tooth loss and the more teeth that are missing, the worse the problem becomes.  In addition to leading to poor diet and health, tooth loss causes loss of jawbone density and can cause problems with speaking.  People with missing teeth are also more inclined to avoid social interaction because they feel self-conscious about their appearance and have problems speaking and chewing.

Fortunately, there are a variety of tooth replacement options.  Removable dentures are a very common alternative due to their relative low cost and the fact that they can usually be fitted without extensive treatment.  However, they take some getting used to and denture wearers have to learn to chew and speak with their new teeth.  They can also slip and require occasional adjustments for a good fit.

A fixed bridge is a more permanent solution that provides sturdier replacement teeth.  A fixed bridge is one or more prosthetic teeth that are permanently attached to adjacent healthy teeth.  They look and feel like natural teeth, but are only appropriate if the patient has sufficient remaining healthy teeth.

Dental implants require more invasive treatment, but they result in a replacement tooth or teeth that look and feel almost exactly like natural teeth.  Implants have a higher initial cost than other alternatives, but they last much longer.  A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or to anchor numerous teeth.

Jun
4

The Importance of Tooth Replacement

Posted in Dental Implants

The majority of Americans will lose one or more of their natural teeth at some point in their life.  Missing teeth can have a negative impact on a person’s appearance and many patients choose to replace missing teeth to restore their smile and boost their self-confidence. Even if you are not bothered by the appearance of one or more missing teeth, replacing missing teeth with dental implants or another tooth replacement alternative is important to preserve your both your oral health and your overall health.

Missing teeth impact oral health in several ways.  First, other teeth will tend to migrate and shift into the space left by the missing teeth.  This can affect your bite which can lead to problems with your jaw including TMJ (pain in the jaw joint).

Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw.  Chewing action naturally stimulates bone production in the jaw and when a tooth is missing, bone loss can occur in the area of the missing tooth.  The jaw bone will continue to deteriorate and over time, the person’s jaw will become noticeable smaller.  Adjacent teeth can also become compromises by the weakened jaw bone.

In addition to oral health, missing teeth can compromise your overall health.  Missing teeth make it more difficult to chew and to eat certain food.  Studies of denture wearers have shown a significantly lower level of overall health that is usually attributed to avoiding certain types of hard to eat foods and eating only soft or mashed foods.

There are many excellent alternatives for replacing missing teeth.  Dental implants are an outstanding option that look and function just like natural teeth.  If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to you dentist about the best tooth replacement alternative for your situation.

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