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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.

 


Are Dental Implants All They’re Cracked Up To Be?


What is all the hype about anyway? Why can’t people stop talking about implant dentistry? Let’s explore some of the key reasons implant dentistry has become so popular among Crown Council patients with missing teeth.

If you have missing teeth you know how frustrating it can be to try to eat certain foods. Even with dentures eating isn’t the same. It becomes difficult to chew and even thinking about taking a bite out of an apple is a pain.  This is one of the many reasons implants have become so popular. Dental implants bring back the function and feel of your natural teeth and you’ll find yourself enjoying foods you thought you’d given up for good.

How do implants make this possible? The key is that implants restore not only the visible part of the tooth, but they actually restore the root as well. This anchors them into place and at the same time helps to stimulate your jaw bone. This stimulation mimics that of an actual tooth’s root and helps prevent the deterioration of bone which happens when a tooth is missing.

Not only do dental implants restore function, and health but another reason that makes them so appealing is their versatility. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a whole mouth full of missing teeth with something called implant support dentures.

If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants visit your local Crown Council Implant Dentist for a consultation.


Start This Year Out With A Full Set Of Teeth


Year 2014 The Year For Dental ImplantsNow that 2013 is over, do you still have a space where a tooth was extracted? Is food getting caught in the area and you are starting to feel like the teeth next door are drifting into the void? In the past, a missing tooth was a bigger problem because the only solution was either a bridge or a partial removable denture. Both of those options leave much to be desired. The bridge will require the removal of healthy tooth structure and the removable denture is uncomfortable and leaves the remaining teeth at a high risk for developing decay. Don’t worry though! Implant dentistry has been around for a long time now and the success rate of dental implants is very high. Here are some great advantages of dental implants:

Independent From Other Teeth: The success of a bridge is determined by the success of the teeth it is attached to. If one of those teeth gets decay or fractures, then the entire bridge must be replaced. That’s a lot of money down the drain. Dental implants are completely independent from the teeth that surround them.

Most Natural: When you get a dental implant, your doctor will place a titanium screw in jaw bone. Your bone will integrate with the titanium and make a firm anchor. When the crown is placed on the implant, it is the closest thing to a natural tooth that you can receive when replacing missing teeth.

Easy To Clean: A bridge is more challenging to clean. You must thread floss underneath its span and clean the undersurface and the teeth. This can be annoying and is another benefit of a dental implant.  You will floss your dental implant like all your other teeth.

As you add another year to the calendar, why not look into adding another tooth to your beautiful smile. Dental implants are the best option and have been helping patients for years now. Be sure to talk to your dentist to learn more about this wonderful procedure.