Will a tooth implant show up on the metal screening?
Will a TSA agent need to run a wand over my jaw?
Not likely. A tooth implant has a diameter between 3.4 and 5.5 mm. And the agent can see where it is located.
What about artificial hips and knees?
Prosthetics and metal joint replacements may trigger a secondary screening. We have never heard of an incident where a dental implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.
A permanent dental implant is still the ideal choice for restoring a lost tooth
The very slim chance that it could delay you at an airport screening checkpoint is no reason to avoid getting a tooth implant.
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the post (usually titanium), the abutment, and the restoration.
Tooth implants are used in a variety of applications for men and women of all ages. For instance, an implant can support a crown. Multiple implants can support bridges and dentures. But not everyone is an ideal candidate.
We answered the FAQs about implants and airport security. Here are some other vital questions.
Have you lost one or more natural teeth?
Do you want a permanent restoration?
Do you want a restoration that looks natural?
Do you want a restoration that retains natural chewing function?
Are you in reasonably good health?
Do you have healthy gums?
Do you have healthy jawbone?
If you answered yes to these questions, give us a call today to set up a consultation.
If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have a key decision. Will you choose conventional dentures? Will you choose tooth implants? There is really no contest when you consider the advantages of implants.
Dentures sit right on the gums. An adhesive is used to help maintain the daily fit A tooth implant is surgically fixed into the jawbone similar to one’s original teeth. Dentures fit like there is an obstruction in one’s mouth. Denture wearers say they feel bulky and uncomfortable. Implants feel and function like one’s real teeth.
Do you like the idea of putting adhesive in your mouth?
Dentures typically last 7 to 15 years. As discussed previously, as one’s jawbone changes shape, dentures need to be adjusted to fit. Tooth implants are fitted once. the longest lasting solution.
Do you want a long-lasting tooth replacement that preserves your oral health?
Dentures are the least costly solution. But you get what you pay for. Although dentures are less expensive they are prone to problems. Implants have a higher upfront cost but are cost effective due to the fact that they are more like one’s original teeth.
What is more vital than speaking, eating and tasting? What is your jawbone worth?
This is a huge advantage but relatively lesser known to individuals who don’t know much about dental implants. Dentures lead to bone loss over time. This deterioration of the bone changes the shape of one’s jawbone. Implants help stimulate the jawbone. This bone stimulation helps to keep the shape of the bone therefore maintaining one’s facial structure. This is one of the reasons denture wearers need to continually have their dentures relined. What is a reline? Relining is resurfacing the tissue side of a denture. Material is added to the appliance. Part of the reason that denture wearers need periodic relines is because their jawbone is diminishing. As it recedes, the shape of the jaw changes.
Do you want to replace your shrinking jawbone with acrylic?
Dentures often get in the way of one’s speech patterns. Especially if they move around in the mouth. Implants don’t interfere with speaking. Because dental implant procedures are anchored securely in the jawbone, they don’t hamper speech at all.
Do you want to be able to speak normally?
Dentures require one to forego certain foods. Sticky or hard foods are difficult or even impossible when chewing with dentures. It’s not only more difficult to chew these foods, you can’t get certain foods off the dentures after eating. Denture wearers frequently have to give up steak, raw vegetables, popcorn, shelled nuts, sticky candy, and peanut butter. Implants renew one’s confidence in chewing any kind of food.
What foods do you want to give up?
We hope you have learned something about the important choice you have when considering tooth replacement options. If you want to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, schedule a consultation today.
Many dental patients are turning to metal-free dentistry. Instead of amalgam fillings, they elect composite and porcelain restorations. Non-metal fillings and crowns can be matched perfectly to your natural tooth color. Some people are sensitive to the metals used in conventional fillings. Non-metal materials can prevent potential tooth sensitivity.
Controversy Over Whether Dental Amalgam is Toxic
Another one of the issues with dental amalgam is that it contains a small amount of mercury. Some dental patients are worried that mercury is toxic or detrimental to one’s health.
Both the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reviewed volumes of research and concluded that dental amalgam does not pose a health risk.
“FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population.”(FDA)
Is There a Metal-Free Dental Implant?
That said, many people do not want any metal in their mouth, regardless of what the FDA and ADA says. This leads to the question “Is there a metal-free alternative to titanium for tooth implants?”
Some implant dentists offer Zirconia implants.
What Are Zirconia Implants?
Zirconia tooth implants are routinely marketed as a non-metal alternative to titanium posts.
Is Zirconia Actually Metal-Free?
As it turns out, the answer to this question is complex. And you will get different answers depending on whether you consult a manufacturer of Zirconia tooth implants, an implant dentist who prefers titanium, or a scientist who has no ties to the dental industry.
Consider the following:
“Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium dioxide, a very durable type of metal that’s related to titanium, although it’s categorized as a type of ceramic crown.”(Healthline.com)
“Is it misleading when we call zirconium restorations “metal free”? We all are agreed that titanium is a metal. Zirconium is chemically a metal and has been used in alloys. Its atomic number is 40. To say that Titanium is a metal and that Zirconium is not is showing a poor knowledge of chemistry. Zirconium dioxide, an oxidized form of Zirconium that is used for restorations, is a metal. We would not call rust — iron oxide — anything but a metal. Now we have a new generation of zirconium dioxide implant fixtures and they are advertised as “metal free” and calling them ceramic.” (Osseonews.com)
“Zirconium is a silver-gray transition metal, a type of element that is malleable and ductile and easily forms stable compounds.”(LiveScience.com)
How are Zirconia and Titanium Implants Similar?
Both materials are FDA approved, biocompatible and safe to use for dental implants.
Why Don’t all Dental Implant Dentists offer Zirconia Implants?
There are several reasons.
Some dental implant dentists don’t believe they are as strong as titanium implants.
Some dental implant dentists don’t provide them because they can’t be used in a variety of configurations. For example, they are not suited for complete mouth restorations and implant-anchored dentures.
Some dental implant dentists don’t perform them because they believe they have a slight change of fracture–especially narrow diameter Zirconia implants.
Some dental implant dentists believe they haven’t proven to provide long-term success.
“A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, concluded “Survival rates and marginal bone loss of zirconia implants are promising, but more evidence on long-term outcomes is needed.”(JADA)
So what do you do if you are interested in getting a dental implant but you don’t want titanium in your mouth? Talk to .
Don’t depend on marketing hype to make important decisions about tooth implants. Consult a doctor who has been placing tooth implants successfully since and has thousands of satisfied patients.
Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? Severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Regular check-ups with your dentist are vital, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gums that bleed frequently
Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
Loose or separating teeth
If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.
treats all forms of gum disease. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in:
Have You Lost Teeth To Gum Disease?
Contact us at and a member of our staff can make an appointment for you.
During your consultation, you can meet with about tooth restoration with dental implants.
Are you researching cosmetic dentistry to restore your smile?
Ask us about the process and the price of dental implant surgery. Your research is never complete until you visit with to find out if dental implants are for you. We have been providing dental implants to hundreds of delighted patients since .
has the skill and experience combined with all the wonders of modern dentistry.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods or posts placed into the jaw.
The posts fuse with your jawbone.
The fusing (called ossification in dental-speak), takes 3-6 months.
When the implant has fused with your jawbone, we place beautiful, permanent dental crowns on the implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth. In fact, dental implants can replaced an entire arch. They can also anchor dental bridges and dentures.
Though implant placement requires oral surgery, it’s surprisingly quick and causes no more pain than a filling.
Cosmetic dentistry is life-changing and the ultimate anti-aging treatment! You will value your new smile like a precious gem and will be proud to flash your smile to everyone you meet.
Do your dentures minimize your quality of life? If so, we offer our condolences. For some people, dentures are only slightly better than a toothless mouth.
The dilemmas never end…
They make normal eating hard. They make speaking difficult. And they consistently rub against your gums and cause sores.
That’s not all. They can make it impossible to taste food. You need relines regularly because your mouth shape is changing.
Let’s talk about the collateral problems
When you can’t taste food, you may lose your appetite. When you can’t chew food very well, you are less likely to eat a variety of healthy foods like raw vegetables. When your gums are sore, it may bring about poor sleep.
What about the psychological impact? Ill-fitting dentures can reduct your self-esteem. You may hesitate to attend social functions because it’s embarrassing when they slide around in your mouth.
And they make you feel so…old.
Attention denture wearers: implant-anchored dentures can give you back your life!
There is hope.
Dental implant technology offers a much better restoration solution. If you currently wear conventional dentures and are not happy with them, let’s implant anchored dentures. With implant-anchored dentures, you receive stable posts inserted directly into your jaw bone. Permanent dentures attach to the posts. You get stability, beauty, and near-normal function.
Implant-anchored dentures offer the following:
Come see us at for more information about dental implants.
A dental implant is a permanent metal tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone. It replaces a missing tooth. In the months following implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.
The post becomes a solid base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gumline. A natural-looking crown is affixed to the implant.
Why Are Implants Better Than Dental Bridges?
When you get a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjoining or ‘abutment’ teeth. This is so your dentist can mount the bridge (false tooth) securely to the adjacent teeth. Think about that. It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. That’s why dental bridges are often called ‘A three-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem.’
Dental Bridges Are More Susceptible to Tooth Decay
It’s difficult to keep the area under a dental bridge clean. Food bits accumulate in the small spaces. This leads to plaque buildup. Tooth decay under dental bridges is a common problem.
Remember, these teeth have been adapted to hold the dental bridge. If decay occurs, the bridge has to be removed. The decayed teeth are filled or crowned. If the decay is extensive, the teeth may need root canals.
Dental Bridges and Dentures Don’t Stimulate Bone Growth
When a tooth is removed, the root is removed. This decreases blood circulation in the bone at the extraction site. Tooth roots help keep your jawbone healthy. When a tooth root is no longer there, the bone recedes
Since dental bridges and dentures don’t replace tooth roots, they can’t safeguard your bone structure.
If you are missing teeth, we invite you to set up a consultation to discuss your dental goals.
Do you have teeth missing? Then you are not alone. Even though the U.S. is one of the most advanced countries in the world, tooth loss is commonplace. In middle age, it tends to become more common.
According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult has lost 12 permanent teeth by the age of 50. Tooth loss takes place due to a number of issues including, wear, tooth decay, gum disease, cancer and injury. Missing teeth can influence our self-esteem, oral health and function.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth you may believe it creates an unattractive appearance or at least an unattractive smile. When you look in the mirror, you may feel you look older and perhaps less attractive. The way you look impacts the way you feel. You may smile less because you are self-conscious. You may avoid social activities which can impact your mental health. Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can aggravate the soft tissues of the mouth.
Aside from appearance concerns, there are health concerns that develop if you don’t replace missing teeth.
Jawbone health and strength is preserved through the stimulus of chewing. It’s important to understand that teeth missing can cause bone loss, also called bone resorption. It happens when the tooth is missing and the natural roots are not longer in the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone can deteriorate due to bone resorption.
Implants Provide a Variety of Solutions
A permanent dental implant is the ideal solution for a missing tooth.
Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jawbone.
Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can also be used to provide a foundation for bridges and anchored dentures!
At , nothing gives us more joy than helping men and women dramatically improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public and socialize more often.
If you are self-conscious about missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at to begin restoring your smile.
For years, the dental industry has been advocating implants as the preferable tooth restoration option in most circumstances.
But many dental insurance companies don’t cover teeth implants. The dental insurance industry seems to be stuck in 1970. For example, many insurers will cover dental bridges.
Clearly, dental insurance providers rarely make coverage decisions based on what is best for the patient.
However, you shouldn’t give up on dental implants if your dental insurance provider doesn’t cover them. You may be able to get coverage for part of the procedure. Or your medical insurance may cover part of the course of action.
What to do if your dental insurance provider doesn’t cover dental implants
Have your implant dentist provide a detailed implant treatment plan in writing
Armed with your treatment plan, talk to both your dental insurer and your medical insurance provider
Ask your dental insurance provider if they will give you an allowance equal to the rate of a bridge or standard dentures
Ask your dental insurance provider if they will cover the cost of the crown(s)
If your tooth loss has medical complications, your health insurance provider might cover some parts of the implant treatment
Consider switching dental insurance companies–if your employer offers more than one dental option, contact the other provider(s) to find out if they cover implants
Pay for dental implant procedures instead of premiums: consider not renewing your dental insurance and use the money saved toward the cost of implants
Look into dental implant-specific insurance–some businesses are filling a need in the industry by offering dental insurance designed specifically for tooth implants and related treatments
Dentures secured by implants are permanent dentures held in place with permanent metal screws or posts. The metal posts are also called tooth implants or dental implants. Permanent dental implants can be used in many different ways. In this post, we describe one application for tooth implants; the sturdy base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.
How are the posts inserted?
The implants are first surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The patient is then given time to heal with the posts in place. In the months after implantation, the post meshes with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, the implant recipient returns for a final fitment of his/her new permanent dentures.
Who is an appropriate candidate for dentures secured by implants?
When thinking about whether to get implant secured dentures, standard dentures, or some other restoration option, the quantity of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have experienced extensive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For people with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants bonded to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to dentures secured by but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.
If you live in , , or (where is located) call to set up a consultation.