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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.


Are Dental Implants Right For You?


If you are missing a tooth, you might want to find out more about how dental implants can help restore your smile. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth!

But although implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some situations where you may not qualify to be a dental implant recipient.

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!


Questions About Dental Implants? We Have Answers!


dental implant dentistFew would argue that dental implants have been a revolutionary change to the dental industry. The benefits of dental implants when patients are missing one or more teeth are life-changing. Let’s first go over exactly what a dental implant is.

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.


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.


The Science of Dental Implants Has Greatly Improved


The Science of Dental Implants Has Greatly Improved

In 1952, Per-Ingvar Branemark accidentally discovered that bone integrates with titanium while conducting a completely unrelated experiment that had to do with blood flow characteristics. During the experiment, the scientist had to implant titanium into the bones of rabbits to be able to conduct his experiment. At the end of his project, he went to remove these implants that he had placed but he couldn’t remove them very easily. He discovered that the bone and the titanium had integrated together, and he coined the term “osseointegration” to explain the phenomenon. From this discovery, the world of hip replacements, knee replacements and our favorite dental implants opened.

Since the discovery of osseointegration, there have been multiple advances that have improved the success rate of single dental implants and implant supported dentures. One of the advances is the finish of the titanium on the dental implant. Initial dental implant procedures utilized titanium screws with a very smooth surface. Implant dentist now use implants with a treated surface that leaves a porous finish and inherently increases the surface area that a patient’s bone can integrate with.

Another great advancement, especially for individuals who are in need of dentures, is the imaging and computer programing technology that is now readily available. With a Conebeam CT scan of a patients jaw, an accurate 3D image can be produced which then can be uploaded to special software. The dentist can then digitally place the dental implants on this 3D replica to ensure the most ideal position. After this is complete the computer will then create a custom stent for the patient that can be placed over their jaw with guides that will ensure precise placement. This is a technology that has revolutionized dental implants.

Dental implants have come a long way and  they are becoming less and less expensive. Be sure to discuss your options with your dental implant dentist for the best possible results when it comes to dentures or missing teeth.


Tips On Successful Dental Implants


Dental Implant DentistIf you are missing a tooth anywhere in the mouth, or if you’ve lost all of them and are now wearing dentures, dental implants might be what you need in order to bring back the smile you want. If you’re young and missing a tooth, it’s embarrassing to have a partial denture that you remove; if you are older and have dentures, it is also embarrassing to have unstable dentures in your mouth that can fall out. Getting a tooth implant can solve most of these problems; however, there are limitations to implants. For instance, a child should not have an implant placed until after they have completely stopped growing. Here is a list of certain characteristics of a mouth that give greater chances of success with implants:

* Jawbone Support: The jawbone must be substantial and strong enough to support the dental implant.

* Good Dental Hygiene: Past cases show that patients who regularly floss, brush, and take good care of their teeth have higher success rates with their dental implants.

* Dentures: Patients looking for an alternative to dentures or wanting to replace most or all of their teeth are excellent implant dentistry candidates.

* Overall Health: Good overall health contributes to implant dentistry success.

The most important step when making this important decision is to have a consultation with a qualified and experienced dental implant dentist to help guide you in the right direction of making the best choice for your mouth. This will prevent you from making hasty and undesirable choices.


Dental Implants Are Perfect For Dentures


Dental Implants Are Perfect For DenturesDentures that are unstable are very common. They cause interferences with speech, mouth sores and often embarrassment. There is a better way now because dental implants have become very successful. There  are many options with dental implant placement and many patients have discovered how stable and comfortable their dentures have become with dental implant anchors.

A common perception is that dental implants are far to expensive to replace every single tooth in my mouth so those with dentures don’t consider this option, but there are methods by which a dental implant dentist can anchor  a denture with just 4 implants. This procedure is better known as All-On-4. Although dental implants are currently the best replacement to real teeth available, there are some reason why you may not be a candidate:

  • Visit with your dental implant dentist so he can assess what options you have available to you.
  • There must be enough bone density and mass to place a dental implant. If you do not have sufficient amounts you may need a bone graft before you get an implant placed.
  • Grinding your teeth is also a habit that can increase failure rate of dental implants. Make sure to discuss this with your dentist
  • If you are inconsistent with oral hygiene practices then you may want to address that before you spend the money on this procedure because this too can cause an increase of implant failure.
  • Poor overall health can slow or prevent cosmetic dental implant healing (Smoking, Alcohol, and diabetes have been shown to decrease success)

Ensure that you find an experienced dental implant dentist for best results and lowest failure rates.


Anatomy of A Tooth Implant


Dental Implant ProcedureUnfortunately, we can’t grow back adult teeth once we lose them. However, a tooth implant is designed to replicate a natural tooth as closely as possible. A natural tooth is made up of two basic parts: The tooth and the tooth root. While most tooth replacement options only replace the visible tooth, a tooth implant replaces both the tooth root and the tooth. A tooth implant consists of three basic parts:


Relax and Say “Ahhh” With Implant Dentistry


Implant Dentistry BenefitsImagine laughing and eating normally. Speaking to others without feeling self-conscious. The benefits of dental implants are more than just cosmetic. They can help improve the actual health of your gums, jawbone and surrounding teeth. But another bonus is that they can relieve you of unnecessary stress about your smile.