Many men and women have experienced a rise in self-confidence by restoring missing teeth at in .
Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping individuals dramatically improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public. They socialize more often.
If you have missing teeth or an unattractive smile, come talk to us. We perform personalized smile transformations.
Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:
Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant Solution: Bone Grafting
As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many merits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be enough bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.
Many implant patients depend on some level of bone grafting and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is placed at the implant location where the bone needs structural strengthening. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It stimulates growth, and eventually the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.
If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to . The team at has completed many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.
Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss Solution: Full Mouth Restoration
If it feels like your dental issues are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.
Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the sensational smile you never had. Patients who receive full mouth restoration regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.
Full mouth restoration is comprised of a combination of dental procedures as needed according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.
By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and provide a solution. Call us today at .
Providing first rate dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.
Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.
The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.
X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.
Safety is an important issue considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many essential precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.
It is crucial that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.
Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers.
Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!
Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are indispensable for a high quality of life and overall health. folks who cope with dentures know what I’m talking about.
There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not problem free. Your mouth delivers numerous basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the headaches of dentures.
Dentures can make it difficult to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe—and it doesn’t get more basic than that.
Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an exremely versatile alternative to dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures.
Here is the process:
1. Examination and Assessment During your first visit, your dentist will take X-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will evaluate options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.
2. Implant Placement A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.
3. Integration Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to establish an extremely durable foundation for the final restoration. Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.
4. Final Restoration Whether your concluding step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to create a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from previous teeth.
Dental implant patients of all ages are thrilled with the improved quality of life implants furnish.
Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.
Most individuals are uncomfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. You can argue that it’s not fair, but a gaping hole in a smile has negative connotations for adults in most social circles. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)
A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.
When a man or woman loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final answer.
This attitude is unfortunate. The intent of this post is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.
Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.
The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A tooth implant, unlike a dental bridge, preserves the foundation of the face.
Another vulnerability is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can trigger a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it typically moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).
In addition to esthetic implications, teeth that are displaced in danger of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite troubles. There will also be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.
A Smart Investment In Oral Health (And You’ll Look Better, Too!)
Investing in a dental implant could be far less pricey than treating the dental problems mentioned previously. If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call at to request an appointment. Our friendly staff and comfortable facility put our patients at ease.
Do you have a tooth that is beyond saving? Considering a a permanent tooth implant? There are advantages to combining the extraction and implant placement in one procedure. Let’s talk about the benefits of same-day extraction and tooth implant placement.
1. You preserve healthy bone
As soon as a tooth is taken out, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration. A bridge doesn’t avoid it. Dentures don’t prevent it. The post that is inserted into your jawbone makes all the difference. It quickly meshes with your existing bone. This is called osseointegration.
2. You have the natural tooth as a model for the crown
There is nothing like the real thing when taking an impression for a crown. If the tooth you are extracting is broken or misshapen, we will fix all those troubles with your new crown. But we’ll start with an impression or 3-D model of the original. This helps the lab techs create a perfect restoration.
3. One surgery vs. two
One incision. One healing period. One dental appointment. Need I say more?
Not everyone is a candidate for immediate placement. But if you are planning to get a permanent dental implant after you have a tooth extracted, follow your implant dentist’s guidance about the timing. It may make sense to do both treatments together.
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1. A tooth implant can serve as a foundation for a crown.
A complete tooth implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.
2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.
Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these conditions. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth
3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.
When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be fitted to a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it commands three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
Do you think there can be troubles with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. Talk to for more information about why this is true.
Before you got a tooth implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wore dentures, you should have been cleaning them with a denture paste and brushing the soft tissues in your mouth.
A tooth implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially susceptible to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing technique for your tooth implant is a bit different.
Criss-Cross Shoe Shine
Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and swap hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.
Some people prefer the tape style floss over the conventional type.
Gentle and Thorough
When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Vigorous brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and lead to gum recession.
Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?
You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is not easy for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.
Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.
You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.
Each patient is different. But in most cases, complete implant procedures take fewer visits than they used to. The team at can restore missing teeth with just a couple of visits.
Don’t trust in second-hand accounts or outdated information. We invite you to come and get the facts.
If you are embarrassed by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at to begin restoring your smile.
Permanent dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They can serve as a strong and stable foundation for dentures, support a dental bridge, or replace a damaged tooth. All without disturbing the surrounding teeth.
Since tooth implants mesh with your jaw bone, they help avoid bone loss and gum recession.
Schedule a consultation and we’ll develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. Many men and women with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s problematic to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone.
13 Problems With Dentures
1. Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures which fit properly cause troubles, both physical and mental.
2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.
3. Ill-fitting dentures can irritate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation contributes to additional health problems.
4. Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can cause pain in the face, neck, and head.
5. Dentures trap fragments of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.
6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in deficient nutrition.
7. Some people with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.
8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can impact emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)
9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This affects the power to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
If you are retired, you should be able to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. If you are working, you should be able to enjoy your career to the fullest.
10. Dentures restrain chewing power. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.
11. Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This can result in digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.
12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is diminished, some men and women avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.
13. Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.
We can explain these conditions in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.
Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems
Since this is the blog for the best tooth implant in , you know where this article is going. It may sound far-fetched, but dental implants can enable you to prevent each one of these health ailments. The wonders of modern dentistry!