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Modern Dental Technology Protects Your Jawbone


dental implant dentistWhether through trauma or injury, gum disease, or decay, there are a lot of reasons many of us might be facing tooth loss.

What happens when a tooth is lost? Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.

The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.

Set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.

It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!


Dental Implants for Natural-Looking Smiles


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.


The Serious Consequences of Missing Teeth


the serious consequences of missing teethIf you lose a tooth, it might be tempting to leave it alone–especially if it’s in the back of your mouth where it can’t be seen. Many people have chosen to ignore tooth loss, but the truth is it isn’t all about esthetics. The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.

  • Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
  • Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
  • Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
  • Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.

With modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the long-term ramifications of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!


The Facts About Dental Implants


the facts about dental implantsMost would agree that dental implants have made a huge change to the dental industry. Dental implants are life-changing for patients who are missing one or more teeth.

Let’s talk about the facts about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.

Are dental implants better than dentures or bridges?

The simple answer to this question is that implants are much better than dentures. They are also superior when it comes to a bridge. Dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, meaning that bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change the shape a person’s face in addition to causing other oral health problems.  In addition, dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, whereas dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are cared for properly.

How successful is implant dentistry?

Research shows that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 to 98 percent. Patients considering implant dentistry should be aware that good oral hygiene is the biggest factor in determining how long dental implants will last. It’s important to maintain good home care with daily brushing and flossing, and to visit the dentist regularly.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). If the cost of dental implants seem high at first, it is important to remember that the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Not only do they provide patients with better function, but they require far less maintenance than traditional dentures. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


Dental Implants: Something To Sink Your Teeth Into


Types of Dental ImplantsHello, dental devotees! Today in the Crown Council dental blog we get to talk about something really exciting: sharks! Shark teeth have been a subject of fascination for centuries.

Did you know that sharks lose an average of one tooth per week? But never fear: in a shark’s lifetime, it will literally grow thousands of new teeth, constantly replacing old ones. A shark can have hundreds of teeth (the famous great white shark has up to 300), arranged in several rows.

We poor human folk only get two sets of teeth – our baby teeth, or primary teeth; and our permanent teeth. Permanent teeth begin to replace primary teeth around age 6, and the last of the permanent teeth are the wisdom teeth, which tend to erupt in late adolescence to early adulthood.

What does that mean for you when you lose a permanent tooth due to accident, injury, or decay? Do you have to live with an open gap in your smile?

We’re lucky to live in a time when dental procedures to replace missing teeth are better than ever before. Search for a Crown Council dental implants dentist near you to discuss getting a dental implant.

Dental implants have advanced dramatically over the years. This highly successful procedure is done regularly by dentists and prosthodontists, and it has over a 95% success rate. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, and they feel, look, and perform just like natural teeth. They are strong and easy to maintain. You can even use dental implants to anchor a bridge or a denture.

With a dental implant, no one will even know you lost a tooth – and you might forget, yourself!

Contact your Crown Council dentist today to discuss whether getting a dental implant or implant-anchored dentures is right for you.

So sink your teeth into something new – consider a dental implant at your Crown Council dentist.

Learn more about dental implants and choosing an implants dentist at http://crowncouncil.com/why-visit-a-dental-implants-dentist.

 

Information was used from the following website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/.


Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.


The Domino Effect of Tooth Loss


choosing a dentistSo you’ve lost a tooth. Those wonderful, enamel-strong little pearly friends who are supposed to serve you for the rest of your life—you’ve lost one! What now?

You may be tempted to leave the gap in your mouth alone, especially if the tooth was in the back of your mouth and can’t be seen as easily as a front tooth. You wouldn’t be the only one; many folks have chosen to ignore tooth loss. Some leave it be, others get a bridge, and still others who have lost many teeth may opt for a denture.

The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.

  • Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
  • Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
  • Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
  • Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.

The truth is, with modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the domino effect of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!


Avoiding Bone Loss with Dental Implants


dental implant dentistTooth loss can happen for any number of reasons – trauma or injury, periodontal disease, decay – and sometimes the permanent teeth never even develop; this condition is called congenital absence.

Sometimes a missing tooth calls for immediate action. For instance, if you’ve had a front tooth knocked out playing soccer, you cannot stop seeing the gap in the mirror and feeling self-conscious. But what if the tooth is in the back of your mouth and not easy to see? Is there still a need to replace the tooth?

Well, let’s talk about what happens when a tooth is lost. Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.

The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.

It’s easy to set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.

It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!


Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentistry


What are dental implants?

Dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement possibilities. Implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.Dental Implants Questions

How do dental implants compare to dentures or bridges?

When it comes to dentures vs. implants, or a tooth implant vs. bridge, implants far outweigh the alternatives. Because dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change face shape and cause serious oral health issues. While dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, implant dentistry restorations can last a lifetime if cared for.

How successful is implant dentistry?

Research shows that dental implants have a success rate between 95-98%, which is incredibly high. Dental hygiene is the biggest factor in maintaining the longevity of your dental implants. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help protect against dental implant failure.

What do dental implants cost?

The price for implant dentistry varies depending on the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). While the cost of dental implants may initially seem higher, the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Dental implants require far less maintenance and replacements than traditional restorations. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


When Dental Implants Are Right for You (and What to Do If They’re Not)


By Dr. Scott Rice

 

Crown Council Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. Unfortunately, though, not everyone is a perfect candidate. How do you know if dental implants are right for you? The only way to know for sure is to talk to a dentist, but here are some basic guidelines.

The Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants

Most people who have lost a tooth recently or who are facing the removal of a tooth are candidates for dental implants. In an ideal world, the dental implant candidate:

  • Smokes less than 20 cigarettes a day
  • Has good oral health–gum disease is controlled
  • Is healthy enough for surgery
  • Has adequate bone to support implants

 

If you meet all these qualifications, you’re ready to get your dental implants right away. If not, you may need to take steps before you can get dental implants.

Quit Smoking for Dental Implants

Smoking will increase your risk of dental implant failure. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, which is bad for implants (see below), but it also impacts bone healing.

 

Dental implants in smokers sometimes fail because the body doesn’t build bone around the implants. Instead, it creates a soft, fibrous tissue that can’t secure the implants in place. There is some evidence that   nicotine can increase the risk of implant failure, so this means that even if you’re not smoking, but are using nicotine gum or e-cigarettes, you might still have elevated risk.

And chewing tobacco is just as bad or worse.

Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is when an infection attacks the gums, bones, and ligaments that hold your teeth in. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It can also lead to dental implant failure because the bacteria will attack the bone around the implant as well. Treating gum disease will give you a good chance of success with your dental implants.

Get Healthy

For a healthy individual, there are few risks associated with dental implant surgery, but some people have health conditions that may lead to dangers. In particular, sleep apnea and heart conditions may result in anesthesia-related risks. Talk to your doctor about whether you can get surgery, and what you should do to get in shape.

If You Have Limited Bone

For people with limited bone to support dental implants, there are many options.

A bone graft may be recommended, which may be actual bone or a bone substitute. Sometimes a bone graft may be placed when you get your dental implants. Other times, you may have to wait for your graft to heal before you can get your dental implants.

Other times, Mini implants or special angled implants can sometimes be used to make sure your dental implants find enough bone to support them, even if you’ve lost bone in the area where the implants are being placed.

 

If All Else Fails

And, of course, sometimes your dentist may not have good options for making you a dental implant candidate.  In this case, you may have to look at other treatments. The good news is, these are usually pretty good options.

 

Dental bridges have their limitations, but they are still attractive and long-lasting restorations. Even dentures, which have in the past been maligned for poor fit and function, are experiencing a revival. New neuromuscular dentures provide better fit, appearance, and support than traditional dentures.

 

Talking to your cosmetic dentist is the best way to find out which is the right choice for restoring your attractive smile.

 

About The Author

Dr. Scott Rice is a Crown Council dentist based in Irvine, CA, where he practices with his son, Dr. Taylor Rice at Rice Dentistry. Dr. Rice has been recognized by many prestigious dental organizations for his extensive experience and training.