Archive for the ‘Restorative Dentistry’ Category
It is estimated that 69% of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and 26% of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth by the time that they are 74, according to The Implant Hub. This undeniably makes restorative dentistry in high demand. As it stands today, dental implants are the only permanent teeth replacement system available, and they are drastically superior to any other treatment option. continue reading
If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’ll need to carefully consider the healing process. In fact, the way an implant heals is a primary indicator of its success. Once the titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, a critical healing process takes place in the following few months. During this time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and the tissues heal around the implant. When this process is compromised in any way, the implant may fail altogether.
The good news is that if you are in good overall health, you should have a comfortable and easy recovery period after your implant surgery. However, despite how easy it is for the majority of patients, there are still health concerns that can make healing more challenging. While the medical conditions below won’t necessary disqualify you from getting dental implants, they can mean you’ll need some special care and close monitoring during your recovery. continue reading
There is no doubt that natural teeth are remarkably strong. Not only are they made from the strongest substance in your entire body, but they are designed to perform a lifetime of tasks such as chewing hard foods and supporting the structure of your jawbone. Still, teeth get damaged, diseased and go missing from time to time.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering if a replacement tooth will ever offer the strength and durability that your natural tooth once provided? Thanks to the advancements of modern restorative dentistry, the answer is yes! Dental implants make it possible to have a prosthetic tooth that matches the strength of a real tooth. continue reading
Dental implant complications are very rare. But that doesn’t mean they can’t occur. The most likely culprit to implant failure is infection, which is referred to as peri-implantitis. If you’ve made it through the initial recovery period without an infection, that doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. Implant infection is caused by bacteria, which can develop weeks or years after your dental implant procedure. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease, so neglecting treatment can jeopardize a lot more than just your dental implant investment. continue reading
The All-on-4® treatment concept was first used successfully by Dr. Paulo Malo in 1998. Since then, thousands of patients have gained the benefits of this revolutionary option in implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation. All-on-4® is most notably marketed as “teeth in a day” or “same day teeth.” It is a unique treatment approach that uses as few as 4 dental implants to support a whole arch of teeth. It is cost effective and can be used in either the upper or lower jaw to support immediate fixed replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The best part – it can be done in as little as 1 to 3 days!
Once you lose a tooth, there is a critical need to replace it. Replacing a missing tooth ensures that your surrounding teeth stay healthy and aligned. It also means that you don’t lose dental function (chewing, speaking, etc). What you may not know is that you have two primary options when it comes to replacing a single tooth: a dental bridge and a dental implant.
In order to make the best choice for particular needs and goals, it is important to first understand what each of these restorative options involve. continue reading
Dental implants have a remarkable success rate. In fact, they work just like they should in over 98% of patients who get them. However, that doesn’t mean that implant failure doesn’t occur. There are certain situations, habits and even medications that can threaten your dental implant’s ability to fuse to the jawbone and provide a long-term anchor for your prosthetic tooth or teeth. Fortunately, you’ll find that these risk factors are largely within your control so it is important to educate yourself before your implant procedure. 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
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