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Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 01:05 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

If you are visiting our blog, you are most likely interested in or researching dental implants. Dental implants have been touted as the most significant dental innovation of this generation. As a permanent solution for tooth, loss here are the most important things you need to know about dental implants:

What is a dental implant? Dental implants are made up of three parts important parts including a post, a crown and an abutment. When these three steps work together, they are an innovative solution to permanently replace missing teeth. An actual implant is a titanium screw called a post. The post is placed in the jaw bone to mimic a tooth root needed to replace teeth. The titanium post fuses with the jaw bone allowing the bone to grow directly to the titanium screws. Once fused the post allows for a solid attachment or base to place an individual’s new tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, making implants the closest thing to a natural tooth.

Why dental implants can save your jawbone: When you lose a tooth for any reason, there is a lack of stimulation to the jawbone from the missing root. Without the stimulation, the bone in the jaw begins to dissolve – a process called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing from the jaw bone, the greater the amount of bone loss. Dental implant posts actually fuse to the jawbone acting as a tooth root they stabilize and stimulate the bone allowing the jaw bone to maintain its dimension and density, which saves your jaw bone from resorption. Dental implants maintain jawbone levels and prevent future jaw bone loss which will help restore proper oral health.

Who is a candidate for dental implants? The great news about dental implants is that most people can receive implants without problems. It is recommended that younger patients wait until they stop growing; however, age alone isn’t a factor in determining whether or not someone can get implants. In fact, there are typically only a small number of circumstances that would disqualify you from receiving dental implants.

Dental implants can change the way people feel about themselves by increasing patient confidence, comfort and overall quality of life. Implants come with a higher price tag than other temporary tooth replacement options. Most people who receive one or more implants will tell you that it was an investment worth making!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

By taking the place of missing tooth roots, dental implants can be used to provide support for dental crowns, bridges and even dentures. This revolutionary tooth replacement system provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For many individuals who make the change from dentures to dental implant supported replacement teeth, this tooth replacement system is life changing.

If this sounds good, you might be wondering how long a dental implant will last. While it will vary from individual to individual, dental implants can last for a lifetime, with proper care. Typically, when a dental implant fails, it is due to improper home care or failure to seek treatment, when needed. Proper nutrition, overall health and other disease processes can also play a factor.

If you want to give your dental implants the very best chance of lasting for a lifetime, it is vitally important to practice good daily oral hygiene at home and to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and checkups. If you experience problems with your implant or any dental problems at all, it is important to seek treatment immediately. In addition, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in protecting your long-term dental health.

Dental implants represent a significant investment that is well worth the cost for most individuals. If you do decide to invest in dental implants, you need to do all you can to protect your investment. If you would like to get more information about how to care for your dental implants or about dental implants in general, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

The success rate of dental implants is extremely high. There is typically a 95% success rate of implants lasting after 5 years and 90% success rate 10 years after surgery. There is a very low rate of dental implant failure, but it does happen from time to time. You may be wondering why implants fail? There are two major reasons that implants fail.

One of the reasons for implant failure is when the jaw bone does not adhere to the titanium screw. When this happens the implant will be loose and fall out. If there is trauma to the jawbone during surgery or infection sets in, the fusion between bone and screw could happen. In some instances the replacement teeth are set too soon after implant and the implant has not fully healed or set. The second major reason is infection in the gum tissue. If an infection develops in the gum tissue it may prolong or prevent the implant from setting up properly. One an infection is cleared up with antibiotics and the gum tissues heal, the implant can typically be restored.

To avoid implant failure, remember the following tips:

• Brush your teeth twice a day and pay close attention to the gum line to best avoid infection.

• Always use interproximal brushes that are specially designed to clean the area between dental implants.

• End-tufted brushes should be used to clean around the neck of the implant at the gum line.

• Ask your dentist to prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinse like chlorhexidine and use mouth rinse as recommended.

• Keep regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings.

If you fear you are having a problem with your dental implant, call your doctor immediately.

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

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 09:04 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

It is almost summertime! Hard to believe with the long and cold winter we had in Atlanta this year! Summer means time to relax, go to the beach or lake, enjoy warmer weather and hang out with your family and friends. It is also a great time to enjoy some quality time with your children while they are out of school. Unfortunately, summer also means an increased number of dental traumas, especially among children. During the summer months, kids are more likely to play outside and to engage in activities that involve more physical contact. This includes climbing trees, swimming in pools, playing sports and roughhousing in general. While all this activity is great for their development and physical fitness, it also leaves them more at risk for dental traumas and traumatic tooth loss.

One way to cut down on the risk of dental traumas is to make sure that your child wears a protective mouth guard while participating in contact sports. You can buy mouth guards at any sporting goods store, or you can purchase a custom-fitted mouth guard from your dentist. A custom-fitted mouth guard is made especially to fit your child’s mouth and can be more effective in protecting their teeth from traumas and injuries.

So, what can you do to cut down on the risk of losing a tooth due to a traumatic injury this summer? If a tooth is broken, find the missing piece and go immediately to the dentist. This is especially important if the tooth appears to be bleeding from the middle and not just at the gum line. If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to put it immediately back into place, then get to a dental office immediately. If a tooth can be placed back into the mouth within a half-hour of the injury, a full recovery is much more likely. If a tooth is knocked out and cannot be put back into the mouth, place it in milk and go straight to the dentist. Avoid touching the root of the tooth and do not clean it beyond rinsing it gently under water.

If you do lose a tooth or multiple teeth due to a dental trauma, there are a variety of options available to replace them. One option is dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants provide a fixed, long-term solution that looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

Hopefully, you will not have to deal with any dental traumas this summer! We wish you a safe and healthy summer season.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 02:03 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

Everyday, teeth are lost due to traumatic injuries. Automobile accidents, sports-related injuries and criminal assaults are all ways that traumatic injuries and tooth loss occur. In some cases, teeth that are knocked out due to traumatic injuries can be successfully implanted back into the mouth. However, in many cases, traumatic injuries lead to permanent tooth loss.

Unfortunately, traumatic injuries often occur at a young age, leaving individuals to wear dentures or partial dentures for a long period of time. When dentures are worn for a long period of time, it can cause bone irreversible bone loss in the jaw. This leads to ill-fitting dentures. It is an endless cycle.

Fortunately, dental implants now give individuals who lose permanent teeth at a young age a better option for tooth replacement. Replacing lost teeth with dental implant supported crowns or bridges provides a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth. Dental implants function the same as natural teeth and do not cause bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants also make it possible to eat and properly digest all different types of foods, even foods that are rich in fiber and harder to chew. Lastly, dental implant supported crowns and bridges look just like natural teeth.

For these reasons, many individuals are replacing lost teeth with dental implants. This highly successful procedure is now used all over the world and has enabled countless individuals to once again eat, laugh, smile and talk, with confidence. If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to a traumatic injury, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area today to find out if this revolutionary tooth replacement system is right for you.

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Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 02:03 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

Was replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth one of your New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, what are you waiting for? It is the beginning of March. If you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay, infection, gum disease, trauma or any other reason and have been putting off replacing it due to cost or fear of the dentist, now is the time to replace it!

Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can lead to a variety of serious dental health problems and can threaten the health of your remaining teeth. For starters, a missing tooth leaves a place where bacteria can accumulate and contribute to periodontal disease and other problems. Also, if you leave a space in your jaw, the other teeth in your mouth will shift to fill the space. This can cause your teeth to shift out of proper alignment and lead to a variety of other dental health issues. Perhaps the most serious consequence of failing to replace missing teeth is the fact that it can lead to irreversible bone loss in your jaw.

So, the question becomes, how do you replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth? When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are a variety of options to be considered including a fixed dental bridge, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implant-supported crowns and bridges.

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth. While this option is more expensive than the other options, it also offers many benefits that the other tooth replacement options do not offer. Dental implants provide a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a crown or a fixed dental bridge. In some cases, dental implants can even be used to support dentures.

For many, the ability to have replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth and the ability to eat all the foods they love without worry is priceless. While dental implants are not completely covered by most dental insurance plans, many dental practices offer in-house and/or flexible financing plans to help cover the cost. Your flexible savings account (FSA) can also be used toward the cost of dental implants.

Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to help you decide which tooth replacement option works the best for your particular situation. Don’t put your dental health at risk by failing to replace one or more missing teeth. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 03:02 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

Tooth loss is a common problem that unfortunately affects many American adults today. This problem persists despite advances in dental technology and oral hygiene education.

Certainly, tooth loss greatly affects a person’s dental health. However, tooth loss is not just a dental health problem. It also affects a person’s overall and psychological health.

Tooth loss negatively affects a person’s physical or overall health in a number of ways. Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can leave a space in your mouth for bacteria to build up, causing periodontal disease. It can also make it difficult for you to properly chew and/or digest certain foods that are rich in fiber and important nutrients. In many cases, people with missing teeth will adjust their diets to eliminate these types of foods and will incorporate more of the softer, heavily-processed foods in their place. This can lead to nutritional imbalances and weight-gain. Weight-gain can in turn lead to a myriad of serious health problems including Diabetes and heart disease.

And then there is the negative affect of tooth loss on a person’s self-esteem, confidence and overall psychological health. Many individuals with tooth loss report that they are embarrassed to speak, laugh, smile or eat in the presence of others. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Many individuals all over the world have regained their dental, overall and psychological health thanks to this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

You do not have to live with the hassle and embarrassment caused by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, talk to a dental implants specialists or oral surgeon today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

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Monday, February 3, 2014 @ 02:02 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

Gingivitis and Periodontitis are both forms of periodontal disease. So what is the difference? The answer is that periodontal (gum) disease is progressive in nature and can range from mild inflammation of the gums to serious infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.

Gingivitis refers to a mild form of gum disease that is characterized by an inflammation of the gums. It is caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria on the surface of teeth. With Gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily. In most cases, Gingivitis can be treated easily by flossing and brushing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings. This mild form of gum disease does not result in the destruction of bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth, however, if it is not treated properly in a timely manner, it can lead to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to destruction of the bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth and ultimately, tooth loss. With Periodontitis, the gums start to pull away from the teeth leaving spaces below the gum line called “pockets” that become infected. As the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, the body’s immune system fights this harmful bacteria. The body’s natural response to the infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth into place. If Periodontitis is not properly treated in a timely manner, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed. Treatments for Periodontitis may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), medications or even surgery.

The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to practice good daily oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly and refrain from smoking or using other tobacco products. However, there are other factors including hormonal changes that can make you more susceptible to this disease. If you suspect that you may have some form of periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid serious dental health issues and even tooth loss.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 @ 02:01 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

Did you know that smiling is actually good for your health? Why is this? It is because smiling can boost your mood and your immune system. It can also make others around you feel better because smiling is contagious. Have you ever noticed that usually, when you smile at someone, they will smile back at you. It is hard not to. Interestingly, studies have shown that it is actually easier to smile than it is to frown because smiling involves fewer facial muscles. Here are some other fun facts about smiling:

1. Smiling is a universal sign of happiness that is recognized by different cultures all over the world. When we smile, we are all speaking the same language.

2. You are born with the ability to smile. Even babies who are blind are able to smile proving that this is not a learned behavior.

3. Smiling frequently increases your chances of getting promoted as people who smile often are perceived as more attractive, confident and sociable.

This should give you a good reason to smile! However, for many people, smiling can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. If you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, laughing, talking and engaging in social interactions may be uncomfortable for you. However, this does not have to be the case! With today’s advances in dental implant dentistry, there are lots of reasons to smile.

Dental implants are a revolutionary solution to missing teeth that provide for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth. Don’t let missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures keep you from smiling, talking, laughing and eating with confidence! If you have missing teeth, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area today.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 02:12 PM
posted by C. MacDonald Worley, Jr., DMD, MD

If you are having surgery for the placement of dental implants, it is vitally important to follow your oral surgeon’s specific instructions prior to your surgery. This will help to prevent complications and increase your chances for a successful outcome. Your oral surgeon may suggest that you do a few things to prepare for dental implants surgery including the following:

• remove all make-up and cleanse your entire face on the evening before and on the morning of your appointment

• wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing

• if prescriptions were printed for you at your pre-operative/consultation visit, then have them filled no later than 24 hours before your appointment and begin using them as directed

• notify your oral surgeon if you are not feeling well, as your procedure may need to be rescheduled

• refrain from smoking beginning at least 48-hours prior to your surgery

If you are going to receive intravenous/general anesthesia during your surgery, your oral surgeon will also give you further instructions that may include the following:

• empty your stomach by refraining to eat or drink after a certain time the night before your scheduled surgery

• secure a ride home from a responsible adult

Again, these are just general guidelines. Your oral surgeon may have more or different instructions for you to follow, depending on your particular medical history, family history and other circumstances. The important thing is to get and completely read and understand all of your oral surgeon’s pre-operative instructions prior to arriving for your procedure. This will give you an opportunity to get any questions answered, prior to the day of your surgery, thereby preventing delays.

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