Posts for tag: Dental Implants
It's a common practice among people slowly losing their teeth to have their remaining teeth removed. They find dentures to be less costly than replacing one tooth at a time or caring for those that remain. On the other hand, it's usually healthier for the mouth to preserve remaining teeth as long as possible, replacing them only as necessary.
This latter strategy has up to now been difficult and expensive to achieve. But dental implants are changing that—using these imbedded titanium metal devices with a variety of restorations, we're able to better plan and implement staged tooth replacement.
Most people associate implants with single tooth replacements of a life-like crown cemented or screwed into an abutment attached to the implant post. This can play an early role in a staged replacement plan, but at some point, multiple single-tooth implants can become quite expensive.
Implants, however, have a much broader range of use. A few strategically placed implants can support a variety of restorations, including bridges and removable or fixed dentures. Four to eight implants, for example, can secure a fixed denture replacing all teeth on a jaw, far fewer than the number needed to replace the teeth individually.
Implants may also improve the function of traditional restorations. For instance, dentures can't stop the bone loss that often results from tooth loss—in fact, they will accelerate it as they rub and irritate the bony ridges of the jaw. By contrast, implants stimulate bone growth, slowing or even stopping the process of bone loss.
In a traditional bridge, the outer crowns of the restoration are bonded to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap (the middle crowns fill the gap). These support teeth must be permanently altered to accommodate the crowns. But an implant-supported bridge doesn't depend on other teeth for support, thus eliminating the need to permanently alter any teeth.
More importantly, previously placed implants often become part of the next stages of tooth replacement, like building on an addition onto an existing house. All in all, including implants in your ongoing dental restoration can help you enjoy the benefits of preserving your natural teeth for much longer.
If you would like more information on dental restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”
The Benefits of Dental Implants
If you take care of your smile, it can last a lifetime, but unfortunately, sometimes dental issues arise that require a tooth extraction, or you may lose teeth due to an injury or aging. In these cases, the best thing to do is get your missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. Dental implants provide a great solution for missing teeth. Dr. Denise Stone is a dentist at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC. She specializes in dental implant surgery.
Why Dental Implants are a Good Idea
Having missing teeth is not only an embarrassment, but it can also be bad for your oral health because, if left untreated, your gums will begin to deteriorate rapidly. Charleston dental patients have been replacing missing teeth with dental implants for more than 50 years. Here are the benefits:
- Improving your appearance: One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they restore your facial structure. When many or most of your teeth are missing, your face tends to sag, causing wrinkles around your mouth and making your look older. Dental implants remove the collapsed look and make you look at least ten years younger.
- Restore your confidence: Because dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, no one will be able to tell the difference. You can smile with confidence and no longer have your life dictated by missing teeth.
- Avoid bone loss: When you have missing teeth, because there is no root to stimulate jawbone regrowth, the bone will gradually erode. Because dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth, they prevent the degradation of your bone.
- Maintain the health of existing teeth: When you have implants in the spaces between your natural teeth, this will help protect them and reduce their risk o falling out.
If you are a Charleston resident and you would like to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Stone at (843) 556-6566 to request a consultation.
You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.
It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.
We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.
It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.
Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Missing teeth can have consequences that affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. They can negatively impact your social life and hinder you from enjoying your favorite foods. At Stone Family Dentistry, for patients who suffer from these consequences, we offer dental implants in our Charleston, SC, dental office for those who wish to restore the function of their bite, appearance, and speech as a whole. This method of restorative dentistry is a permanent solution to enhance your self-esteem and oral health.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that consists of three parts - the body, abutment, and crown. They are surgically positioned into the jawbone to fuse with the gums, and provide a substantial foundation for the porcelain crown that resembles a natural tooth. Implants don't come loose as other dental restorations can, and improve your ability to speak, bite, and chew, without worrying about interference. Dental implants allow you to live the way you want to because they don't interfere with your daily activities.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
For an efficient way to restore your smile dental implants are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and routine visits to our dental office. If you experience pain and discomfort from missing teeth, dental implants replace your tooth roots and function like your own. They are extremely versatile, which means you'll be able to laugh, kiss, and eat with courage.
What to Expect From Treatment
One of our dentists develops a customized treatment plan at Stone Family Dentistry, after performing an oral examination and identifying your specific needs. Placement involves a minor procedure in our Charleston, SC, dental office, which involves inserting the dental implant into the jawbone, capping it with an artificial tooth crown, and allowing it to fuse together over a period of months. Caring for this restoration requires the same attention as your natural teeth, which includes daily brushing and flossing.
At Stone Family Dentistry, we want our patients to feel like their best version of themselves, which is why we offer dental implants in our Charleston, SC, dental office for those who are missing teeth. If you'd like to restore your smile as well as your confidence, schedule a consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you. For more information about restorative dentistry and other services provided, visit our website. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call (843) 556-6566.