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If you are new to the idea of dental implants, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. More importantly, you may have several questions that you need answered before you can commit to this life-changing investment. Here are some FAQ that may help:
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. After the implant heals and fuses to the surrounding bone, a permanent crown restoration is attached to the implant to act as your lifelike replacement tooth. continue reading
When a permanent tooth goes missing, you’ll be left with a visible gap in your smile. This may be an immediate threat to your appearance, but it is certainly not the only drawback of a missing tooth. In fact, missing teeth can cause a host of problems over time, including those within your oral health and overall health.
Shifting Teeth and Hygiene Challenges
Consider your teeth like a tight family. When one tooth goes missing, it impacts the other remaining teeth in significant ways. They may migrate towards the open space or even grow longer (superuption) to fill the void. This can create crooked teeth that sabotage your smile appearance as well as make it more difficult for you to keep them clean. You may find yourself battling decay and gum disease more than you did before the missing tooth. continue reading
Dental implants have changed the face of modern dentistry. They have been called the “gold standard” of teeth replacement for more reasons than one. More than any other available option, they can mimic the feel, function and look of natural teeth. But how did implants dentistry evolve to become such a superior solution in restorative dentistry? Here’s a closer look at the history of dental implants.
As early as 600 AD, we have records that the Mayan civilization tried to substitute missing teeth. Archeologists have dug up primeval skulls that contained evidence of tooth replacement materials such as wood, stone and even small pieces of seashells. continue reading
Does your teen have a missing permanent tooth that needs to be replaced? While you (and your teen) may be anxious to schedule dental implant surgery, you should know that your teenager may have to wait. Dental implants are undoubtedly the best method to replace a lost or missing tooth, whether you are going to college or going to a nursing home. However, for teenagers, there is a timing and jaw growth issue that must be cleared before you book your dental implant surgery. continue reading
There are times when your smile needs help from two different dental specialists, an orthodontist and an implants dentist. Such patients may find that they have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth as well as one or more missing teeth. Undergoing orthodontic treatment and getting a dental implant are both complex procedures. If you find yourself in need of both, it is common to ask, “which one first?”.
It is generally recommended that patients complete all of their orthodontic treatment before getting a dental implant. The premise for this order is based on the fact that dental implants don’t move like natural teeth. Orthodontics are designed to shift or move your teeth into their ideal position to create better spacing and harmony within your bite. However, once dental implants are implanted and fuse to the jawbone, they do not budge. Therefore, a dental implant before orthodontics could compromise ideal treatment goals. continue reading
Getting dental implants is nothing like it was a few decades ago. Modern technology and surgical processes have made it to where most dental implant treatments can last for the rest of a person’s life. The artificial tooth roots are that strong.
#1 — Replace as Few or as Many Teeth as Necessary
Implants are capable of supporting far more weight than your natural teeth. We can use as few as four or six implants to support a denture or extended bridge, replacing all of your teeth in that arch with a single prosthesis. Or, you can opt for a single implant to support an individual crown for just one missing tooth. continue reading
If you have traditional dentures, or those that require denture adhesives, you may find yourself needing adjustments more than you’d like. Signs that you need to have your dentures adjusted include mouth sores, gum irritations, infection and denture slipping.
Why can’t your traditional dentures retain a secure, comfortable fit? The primary culprit is bone loss. Conventional dentures rest on top of the gum and bone, which means that the jawbone is not properly stimulated as it would be if you had a natural tooth root. Therefore, over time, the alveolar bone shrinks and causes the contour of the gum ridge to change, which adversely affects the way your denture fits. continue reading
Dental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement solution – but does that mean they will last a lifetime? How long your dental implants last depends on how you care for them. Remember that a dental implant includes the implant itself (titanium screw), the abutment and the dental restoration on top. Your crown or denture may suffer damage or normal wear and tear, but as long as your jawbone and gums stay healthy, the implant itself should not need replacement.
The primary factor that influences the lifespan of your dental implant is your oral hygiene or how well (and often) your brush and floss your teeth. If bacteria is allowed to accumulate on your dental implant’s surfaces, inflammation (mucositis) of the surrounding tissues can develop. When left untreated, mucositis may cause peri-implantitis, a serious disease that can result in bone deterioration and dental implant loosening.
While dental implants don’t require extra maintenance, they should still be cared for like your natural teeth. This also includes not biting down on something too hard or trying to open things with your teeth. In addition, a smoking habit will greatly increase your chances of implant failure.
How long your dental implant lasts also depends on the skill of your dentist. An experienced and well-trained dentist will carefully evaluate the osseointegration of your implant after placement, ensuring your jawbone completely absorbs the titanium post before the crown, denture or other restoration is placed on top.
If your dental implant becomes loose, infected or damaged, you need to see your dentist and discuss the possibility of replacing the implant. Dr. Wayne Suway is a reputable implant dentist who can educate you on what your dental implants need to last a lifetime.
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752