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Dental implants are by far the most superior solution in tooth replacement. Not only do they look, feel and function like real teeth, but they are a permanent restorative solution. Dental implants are said to last a lifetime! However, there are a few things you should know about that statement. First, dental implants, just like your real teeth, require proper care. They are not totally indestructible. Second, your dental implant involves two components: the titanium implant itself and the implant restoration that is placed on top (prosthetic tooth or teeth). Only one of these parts can last forever.
The implant that is inserted into your jawbone during a minor oral surgery is made of strong, biocompatible titanium. It fuses to your jawbone over a period of several weeks and can serve as a permanent artificial tooth root for your prosthetic tooth or teeth. The implant is designed to last a lifetime as long as the surrounding gum and jawbone are cared for. The implant itself won’t decay or corrode and it can’t withstand everyday dental function with ease. continue reading
While it is easy to convince someone to replace a front missing tooth, it often requires more effort to help them understand why a back molar needs a replacement with a dental implant. To be clear, this refers to the second molars and excludes the wisdom teeth, as the wisdom teeth are typically removed during late teens and don’t serve real functional benefit in the mouth. However, patients who have a second molar missing or extracted commonly ask if it is really necessary to replace it? Here’s a closer look at that answer.
Is it a Lower or Upper Molar?
It can make a difference whether you are missing an upper second molar or a lower one. If it is a lower molar, the answer is almost always “yes – you need to replace it.” These set of back molars are your primary chewing teeth, and they are directly in line with the main chewing muscle called the masseter. If you are missing that lower molar, the corresponding upper molar may begin to “over erupt” out of the socket in an effort to make contact with its long lost partner. continue reading
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, there is simply no better solution than a dental implant. If you have lost one of your natural teeth, you may be wondering if you qualify for this superior restorative treatment. The good news is that most people are good candidates for implant dentistry.
Have you put off replacing a missing tooth? One of the primary consequences of not replacing a missing tooth in a timely manner is the shifting of adjacent teeth. In other words, the neighboring teeth on either side of the missing tooth will naturally drift towards the open gap over time. This can be problematic if you want a dental implant but there is limited space for it to fit. Don’t worry; it doesn’t mean you can’t get a dental implant and regain a stable and natural-looking tooth. You just may need to undergo orthodontic treatment prior to implant placement. continue reading
While modern dental implants, such as the All-on-4 implant system, have drastically streamlined the process, most patients who undergo traditional implant placement will experience three separate procedure steps. These may be broken up into 2 to 3 appointments depending on the type of implant you choose as well as your specific clinical needs.
To understand the 3-step process of getting dental implants, it is best to first learn about the three basic components of a dental implant. Working from the bottom to the top, there is the implant itself, the abutment and an implant restoration (artificial tooth). continue reading
Not everyone has a complete smile of natural teeth. Many people have a combination of real teeth and dental implants. So what does that mean for teeth whitening? Can you still whiten your smile if you have prosthetic teeth next to natural teeth?
While prosthetic teeth can look and function much the same as natural teeth, they are not made from the same substances. Therefore, crowns, bridges and partials that are supported by dental implants will not react the same way to teeth whitening as your natural teeth.
Traditional whitening treatments do not work on porcelain or bonding materials, which means you can not lighten their color like you do your real teeth. Once the color has been established, it is there to stay. Color matching, however, can be precise and customized to meet your goals before the fake tooth or teeth is placed in your mouth. continue reading
A normal adult mouth consists of 32 teeth. Unfortunately, these teeth don’t always stay in place. Whether due to severe infection, decay, accidental trauma or other factors, teeth can go missing. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, “More than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.”
The good news is that there are restorative dentistry options that can replace missing teeth, whether you have a single missing tooth or a full mouth of missing teeth. Dental implants top the list when it comes to replacement options. Since dental implants are a notable investment and they require an oral surgery, many people shy away from this option and may avoid replacing their missing teeth altogether. This can be a bigger mistake than patients realize, as we need our full set of teeth for a number of reasons. continue reading
If you have implant-supported dentures, you have a full arch of prosthetic teeth that are resistant to decay and staining. So what is the harm in slacking on your brushing habits? What is the real purpose of brushing and flossing if my dental implants won’t get a cavity? If you assume that it’s okay for your dental hygiene efforts to fall by the wayside after you get overdentures, you are making a serious (and costly) mistake.
Implant-supported dentures consist of an upper or lower set of artificial teeth that are firmly secured by a set of dental implants. Some patients have as few as four dental implants to support a full denture arch. Implant-supported dentures, also called overdentures, offer unrivaled benefits towards your comfort, confidence and quality of life compared to traditional removable dentures. One of the best perks is that you can care for your over-dentures just like real teeth. This means brushing and flossing daily as well as seeing your dentist for a routine cleaning and checkup. continue reading
Dental implants aren’t just for aging adults or those that have lost their teeth due to infection or decay. An unexpected injury to the mouth can also cause you to lose a natural tooth. While car accidents or a bad fall can lead to an avulsed tooth, sports injuries are also a common culprit. If you or your child has suffered tooth loss during contact sports, you’ll be happy to know that implant dentistry can offer a restored smile. If you have a young child that needs an implant, you may have to wait until their jaw has stopped growing before the implant is placed.
Single tooth implants are an excellent solution to regain your natural smile. In fact, others won’t be able to distinguish your implant from your real teeth. You can care for your implant just like you’ve always cared for your smile, with regular brushing and flossing. Although rare, if you notice signs of infection around the implant, seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. continue reading