Archive for the ‘dental implants’ Category
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Anyone who has lost one or more teeth understands the problems with proper chewing; or the embarrassment felt if a missing tooth appears in the smile line. But dental implants can restore tooth loss to the closest thing to having your biological teeth back … allowing the patient to eat all the foods they love, speak clearly, and laugh without concern or embarrassment wondering if their dental apparatus will hold in place.
The dental implant process does require a commitment from the patient … treatment can take months to complete and the participation from the patient is paramount to implant success.
A consultation with your dentist begins the process. Medical history is reviewed and a thorough dental exam is completed. Sufficient bone in the gum tissue where the implant is to be placed is required; an additional step of bone augmentation may be needed to improve the odds of a successful implant procedure.
The patient is required to keep the implant area clean to prevent infection. If tobacco products have been used in the past, they must be eliminated from use. Infection and smoking are the two biggest reasons dental implants fail.
When ready to begin, the small titanium post (the implant) is surgically placed in the gum where tooth loss has occurred. A temporary covering will help to protect the area. As healing begins, bone is integrating with the implant. Eventually bone and implant will merge to become a strong support for the final restoration.
The healing period is different for everyone; when your dentist has determined you are ready for the final steps of treatment, the implant will be uncovered. An abutment will be affixed to the implant to allow the final restoration to be cemented in place.
The restoration has been made to match surrounding dentition in size, shape, and color making it literally impossible to tell biological from manmade.
The final result gives you the freedom to eat all the foods you love … there are no chewing difficulties (no movement or shifting when biting down). You can enjoy everything from crunchy or chewy, to foods you may have avoided like corn on the cob or a thick, juicy steak.
Having your smile restored, the ability to speak clearly, and being able to enjoy all the foods you love can be a reality with dental implants. To get on the right track, make an appointment with our team today!
Monday, September 5th, 2016
Dental implants are the most technologically advanced tooth replacement devices available to patients who have suffered tooth loss. This treatment option provides the only structurally complete tooth replacement, consisting of both an artificial root, which is the dental implant itself, and a prosthetic crown.
After a dental implant is placed in a patient’s jaw, the surrounding bone forms a bond with the implant’s titanium surface. This process, known as osseointegration, leaves the implant as a root-like structure in the jaw.
Because dental implants have a form quite similar to a natural tooth, they preserve much of the functionality of the missing biological tooth. Most importantly, dental implants help to maintain the integrity of the jawbone. After tooth loss, the root of the missing tooth is no longer available to anchor the jawbone and it erodes as a result. So, with tooth replacement appliances that only replace the crown – like bridges and dentures – the jawbone’s shape changes over time and the appliance loses its fit.
In contrast, prosthetic crowns, bridges or dentures that are supported by dental implants do not lose their fit due to jawbone atrophy. Therefore, an implant-supported crown or appliance can last for decades when the patient takes proper care of it.
The structural characteristics of dental implants also makes these devices more effective at chewing than conventional dentures and bridges. The connection between the bone and the implant facilitates the prosthetic tooth’s ability to withstand stronger chewing forces. As a result, patients who choose dental implants are much less likely to have to give up their favorite foods.
With dental implants, you can also take care of your replacement teeth much like you do with your biological teeth. Unlike a dental bridge that limits access to your gumline, a dental implant lets you brush and floss normally.
Patients who prefer a replacement tooth that closely mimics a natural tooth and preserves the smile’s function should investigate dental implants as a treatment option. Call our office at Ora Dental Studio to schedule a consultation today.
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Are you evaluating your tooth replacement options? If you have lost a tooth, you are likely wondering which treatment method is best for your needs and your oral health. Since dental implants have become increasingly popular in the past few years, many patients have questions about this treatment option for missing teeth. Dental implants are a biocompatible and permanent solution to lost teeth. Since they are incredibly durable, dental implants can replace any tooth in the mouth—including molars. Our dentist answers a few common questions about implant dentistry.
How are implants different from bridges?
Implants are like bridges in the sense that they replace the visible parts of teeth (the crowns). However, implants have a noticeable structural difference from bridges that involves replacing lost structure below the gums. Starting with a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw, a dental implant essentially replaces a tooth’s root. This creates a sturdy pillar for a prosthetic crown. Once an implant has stabilized and the permanent crown is attached, both the crown and roots of a missing tooth are replaced.
How long do implants last?
Implants can last for a very long time. Some patients enjoy these replacement teeth for the rest of their lives. The reason implants are so long lasting is because the bone surrounding the implant will fuse to the titanium post with time.
How do I care for dental implants?
Unlike removable prosthetics, like partial or full dentures, patients will clean their implants through brushing and flossing. This means that once the implantation process is complete, patients’ oral hygiene routines will remain the same. If a patient has a dental implant, he or she should still come to our office for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure that the gums are healthy and neighboring biological teeth are free of disease.
If you are curious as to whether implants are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists. At your appointment, our team will perform an examination and answer your questions. Call Ora Dental Studio today to reserve a consultation.
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
In the last two decades, dental implants have become a viable and wildly popular method for addressing tooth loss. Unlike losing a tooth in childhood, losing teeth as an adult is not a rite a passage; instead, it is a distressing experience that affects emotional wellbeing and oral health. As a permanent tooth replacement option that offers many advantages to traditional prosthetics like dentures, dental implants are durable, natural looking, and long lasting.
Who can receive dental implants?
Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant is only appropriate for adults. This is because the jawbones continue to develop throughout adolescence. Adults should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have enough bone mass in their jaws to support a dental implant.
How are dental implants made?
Implants consist of two key features, a screw-like post and a man-made crown. The post is constructed from titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. This allows the jawbone to fuse around the post over time, eventually allowing the post to act like the tooth’s roots. Once the implant is stabilized by the bone, a custom crown, made in a dental laboratory, is attached to the post to complete the tooth replacement process. Crowns may be made from metal alloys, metal alloys with porcelain fused over them, or all porcelain.
What are some advantages of receiving dental implants?
One of the most popular advantages of dental implants that our patients enjoy is completely renewed oral function. Patients with dental implants can easily eat their favorite foods and because their implants are firmly secured in the jawbone, they will not move about in the mouth as removable prosthetic teeth do. Implants also prevent bone resorption because they support jawbone health by functioning like a tooth’s root.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, our dentist recommends that you schedule a consultation at our practice. After an examination, our team can determine if you’re eligible for this procedure and answer any questions you have. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
While many might not think of receiving dental implants as major surgery, any time an individual is subjected to the trauma of any surgical procedure, there will be a period of recovery that will be easier to manage if the patient has been proactive prior to this lengthy process.
The patient must be aware and understanding of the fact that the dental implants process can take up to a year from start to completion. There is a commitment required from the patient to follow all the instructions given by the implant dentist for the desired outcome including:
- Observing the daily dental regimen including brushing and flossing to keep the implant area clean and as free from bacteria as possible to prevent infection, the leading cause of implant failure.
- Discontinue tobacco use. Another leading cause of implant breakdown is due to smoking; however, any type of tobacco is discouraged.
- Limit the foods and beverages that are high in sugar content as consumption of excessive sugar can promote plaque build-up which is a hazard for all teeth leading to dental decay.
- Eat a healthy diet both leading up to and after implant placement as good overall health is advantageous to recovery.
- For the first three or four days following implant placement, eat a softer diet in an effort to maintain oral comfort. If needed, take the analgesics recommended or prescribed by your implant dentist to minimize discomfort.
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, but try to stick to water wherever possible.
- Avoid rigorous exercise for a few days following surgery to keep swelling to a minimum. If stiches were placed, bleeding can occur. Avoid aggressive rinsing so clotting will not be dislodged, which can delay healing.
- Keep scheduled follow-up appointments to make sure the process is staying on track.
If gum disease is the reason tooth loss occurred, your implant dentist may take x-rays to make sure there is sufficient bone to support a successful implant. There are solutions to lack of bone that can be performed so implant surgery is still an option.
Once the implant area has healed and the implant itself has successfully adhered to bone, the final restoration can be placed providing a solution to tooth loss that rivals the function and aesthetics of your biological teeth.
Contact our dedicated implant team at Ora Dental Studio for more information about successful implant surgery today.
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Tooth extractions are not uncommon, especially in a patient’s later years. Although some patients may dread the process, your dentist will work diligently to ensure your comfort while focusing on restoring your oral health when an extraction is needed. Like other parts of the body, teeth are living structures and when a tooth’s vitality is compromised, the best means of restoring a patient’s oral health may require extracting the affected tooth.
Patients may require a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons. In some cases, an extraction may be necessary after an accident that results in a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth. In this instance, the reason for extraction means that the tooth cannot be restored or saved because the damage is so extensive that the interior structures of the tooth such as the root canal and pulp chamber cannot supply the tooth with vital material to stay alive. In other cases, untreated cavities may have compromised the health of a tooth resulting in a tooth’s death.
When a patient is in need of an extraction, it is best to act quickly. Severely damaged and decayed teeth can produce significant pain and discomfort. Furthermore, a tooth with extensive damage or infection can impact the health of oral tissues and the jawbone.
Some patients may prolong an extraction procedure because they fear having an empty tooth socket. Fortunately, patients don’t have to suffer with a missing tooth. A common and natural-looking method for replacing missing teeth involves placing a dental implant into an empty tooth socket. Extremely durable, implants function as permanent replacement teeth. These restorations consist of a titanium rod and a crown. The rod is inserted into the jawbone and functions as the tooth’s root while the crown rests above the gum line and serves as the visible portion of a tooth used for biting and tearing food.
To learn more about extractions and dental implants, call our office to reserve your consultation with our experienced and compassionate dentists.
Friday, October 25th, 2013
As a society, it is clear to see that we are leading longer, more productive lives than any of the previous generations in our history. Whereas adults in the 20th century may not have lived actively into their 80’s and 90’s, today’s generations are meeting or exceeding those age limits. In fact, we seem to be outliving some of our most important body parts! Hips, knees, and teeth are wearing out and breaking down when there is still so much living to do!
That’s why so many adults are turning to hip replacements, knee replacements, and dental implants to rebuild the parts that no longer work, extending their lives in terms of quality as well as productivity. Choosing to replace and restore worn teeth, just like hips and knees, means that we can continue to enjoy healthy lives for several more decades.
As we age, our ability to eat nutritiously has a greater influence on the rest of our body. For maximum comfort and versatility, removable teeth like dentures and partials just can’t go the distance. False teeth that are made from plastic or acrylic might be sufficient in the short term, but these types of prosthetics tend to wear out faster, break more often, and require ongoing adjustments and repairs just to provide average performance.
In comparison, by investing in dental implants, you can be confident that your artificial teeth will not need to be removed due to wear and tear or other repairs. These prosthetic teeth are made from top-grade titanium, white gold, and porcelain—materials that have shown proven biocompatibility throughout the body. In fact, titanium hardware has been the material of choice for hip and knee replacements for a very long time.
Dental implants are also noted as the only type of tooth replacement that can prevent the deterioration of the jawbone and the remaining teeth. Therefore, in addition to enjoying comfortable eating, you will also continue to enjoy healthy and youthful facial structures.
To learn more about investing in your health with dental implants, talk to our implant dentist about your options today.
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Tooth loss can have devastating effects on your smile, but the effects of tooth loss go far beyond your appearance. This issue has long-term consequences for your oral health as well.
Common treatments to replace missing teeth include partials, dental bridges or full dentures (in the case of edentulous patients). Dental implants offer more advanced technology and a more structurally complete tooth replacement, and this treatment option is becoming increasingly popular.
When you do seek appliances to replace your missing teeth, the characteristics of the chosen treatment method will influence its longevity. Patients should discuss their options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment, thoroughly with a dentist before coming to a final decision.
An important distinction between dental implants and the alternative tooth replacement methods is the replacement of the absent tooth structure. In fact, dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are able to fuse with the bone over time.
If you choose not to replace the missing teeth at all, your oral health will suffer, as will your smile’s aesthetics. Not only is a gap in the smile quite noticeable and distracting, it also provides an opportunity for the other teeth to shift out of their proper positions to fill in that space. If that happens, the teeth may no longer fit together properly and the chewing mechanism can become less efficient.
Another concern related to tooth loss is jawbone resorption. The tooth’s root plays an important role in the smile’s well-being even though it is obscured by gum and bone tissue. The root helps to hold the jaw in place. When it is missing, the jawbone wears away.
Even opting for a bridge or dentures can lead to negative outcomes years down the road. Because those appliances do not have structures that replicate the absent root, the jawbone will continue to erode and the appliances will ultimately fail. Dental implants, in comparison, continue to anchor the jaw, providing stability.
Dental implants can help prevent many of the unpleasant aftermath of tooth loss. If you need to replace an absent tooth or teeth, discuss dental implants with your dentist at Ora Dental Studio to see if this option is right for you.
Friday, May 24th, 2013
Losing a permanent tooth can seem like the end of the world. However, a consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.
A lost tooth can impact many facets of daily living. The bone that held the tooth in place for so long will start to atrophy producing a shriveled appearance in gum tissue. Remaining teeth may drift toward the open space resulting in a malocclusion. Overall health may be put in jeopardy due to the inability to eat the fruits, vegetables, and grains that are needed for a well-balanced diet for life.
All of these obstacles are overcome with dental implants. This little piece of metal can make a world of difference to your peace of mind. You will be able to set aside all thoughts regarding lost teeth because the abilities to eat, speak, and smile are restored as close to natural as possible.
A consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.
The implant is made from titanium, a metal with the properties to fuse with surrounding bone that will allow it to act like the root of the natural tooth. This process, known as osseointegration, will be the basis for the strength and stability for the final restoration that will allow you to once again chew whatever you wish.
Once healed, the implant will be a permanent part of your dental anatomy. The final restoration will be fashioned to match surrounding biological teeth which will make this treatment indiscernible to others.
Your implant dentist will address several factors prior to embarking on the implant process:
- Overall health will be reviewed, but more importantly current dental health must be addressed. Patients with periodontal disease are not ruled out, but additional treatment may be needed before implants can be placed.
- Commitment to care throughout the process can make the difference between success and implant failure. Infection is a leading cause for implant failure so daily flossing and brushing to keep the area clean is critical.
- Tobacco use should be terminated.
Once treatment is completed, the implant and restoration are permanent making dental implants a solution for life. No special care is required! Daily brushing and flossing along with those twice per year visits to your dentist for cleaning and exam should provide a carefree result you can live with.
Contact our skilled team of dentists at Oral Dental Studio by calling 312-328-9007 to schedule an appointment.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Compared to conventional crown and bridge restorations, dental implants offer a number of significant advantages. Quite possibly, the most interesting advantage is the implant’s ability to preserve more of your natural tooth structure. When used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, you’ll find that the implant is a very conservative solution that is suitable for virtually every tooth loss situation.
When you consult your dentist about dental implants, you’ll learn more about their benefits, including:
- The result will look, feel and perform with the stability of real teeth even without the need for grinding down any natural tooth structure for support.
- By anchoring your dental implants to the jawbone, your new tooth stimulates the bone and gum tissue preventing bone deterioration and helping to maintain the appearance of your facial structures.
- Dental implants will maintain a permanent position without the need for any adhesives to hold them in place.
Typically, a dental implant is made of a textured titanium post that can be inserted below the gumline and into the jawbone. Since the titanium is highly compatible with human bone, the implant and bone tissues become fused together, forming a strong and permanent new tooth root.
With the implant post firmly in place, a dental crown is placed atop the implant to look and feel just like your natural teeth. For most patients, the implant procedure is relatively painless and simple, sometimes resulting in mild discomfort near the surgical site for 1-2 days. In fact, the post-operative sensation is comparable to that of a conventional crown or bridge although the benefits are significantly greater.
Due to the design and the placement procedure, dental implants are considered more conservative than any other form of tooth replacement. They do not require any changes or alterations to the neighboring teeth, leaving the natural teeth in perfect condition. More importantly, studies have shown that implants can be expected to last longer with more long-term success than conventional bridges and dentures.
Contact any of our skilled dentists at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about the impressive advantages of dental implants.