Posts for tag: dental implants

Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldImproveYourBoneHealth

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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.”

By Dental Choice
July 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are one of the 120 million Americans who currently have missing teeth, it’s certainly worth your time to get familiar with how dental implants can improve your smile. After all, dental implants from here at Dental Choice in Easton, MD, can significantly change the quality and stability of your dental health. Read on to learn the answers to some FAQs on the topic and discover if this tooth replacement solution is right for you.

Are Dental Implants Permanent?
Because implants are added to the jaw bone through a biological process called “osseointegration,” they are considered permanent. In this dental-implantstreatment, healthy bone tissue grows over the device (which is shaped like a small screw) and holds it down. An implant is biocompatible, which means that the body's tissues accept and tolerate it as if it’s a natural tooth. With consistent care and yearly dental visits, it’s reasonable to expect that your dental implants could last you a lifetime!

What If a Patient Has More than One Missing Tooth?
Although a single dental implant is the most common implant form, a specialty device can be created for you if you need to replace more than one missing tooth. While standard full dentures are designed to stay attached to the gumline all day through a tight fit and suction, they can still feel loose or unsteady. However, by adding a few dental implants, your denture device will become more stable and non-removable (if you choose).

What Are the Top Benefits of Dental Implants?
Generally, if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, your Easton, MD, dentist will recommend dental implants as the top tooth placement solution. These are a few of the reasons why:

- Implants feel natural and blend in with the rest of your smile.
- A dental implant will keep your gum and bone tissue healthy and useful.
- The crown restoration, which is attached to the top of the implant, looks beautiful, new, and natural.

Dental Implants: A Possible Solution for You
After tooth loss, the most pressing matter for your dental health is to find a proper dental replacement. Fortunately, the team at Dental Choice in Easton, MD, can help you restore your teeth with dental implants. Call (410) 822-4310 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Irving Phillips or Dr. Wade Dressler.

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In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”

YoumayNeedOrthodonticTreatmentBeforeObtainingImplants

You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.

While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.

When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.

If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.

Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.

Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.

If you would like more information on your 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”

By Dental Choice
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Tooth loss is so regrettable and carries with it a host of health issues. That's why dentists such as Dr. Wade Dressler and Dr. Irving Phillips Jr. at Dental choice in Easton, MD, counter its ill effects with modern dental implants. Stable, bone-building, and lifelike, dental implants recreate natural oral function and aesthetics so that patients of all ages have great smiles once again. Learn here if these popular tooth replacements could be right for you!

The story of dental implants

Dental implants have become more popular since the 1980s when dentists discovered a way to strengthen the bond between the implant and jaw bone. This bonding process, called osseointegration, ensures that the artificial tooth (or bridgework or dentures) stays in the jaw and withstands chewing and biting.

Today, millions of people across the world enjoy the many benefits of dental implants. These amazing devices rebuild any jaw bone lost to tooth extraction, and they look and perform just like their natural counterparts.

Do you qualify for dental implants?

You probably do if you are in good oral and systemic health, have enough bone in your jaw, are old enough that your jaw bone has stopped growing, and are not pregnant or lactating. While tobacco users receive dental implants, smoking cessation increases treatment success and implant longevity, according to the researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain. Good dental implant candidates also have solid oral hygiene habits and see their dentist in Easton every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.

Your implant consultation and treatment

Through a comprehensive dental examination and specialized digital imaging, Dr. Phillips or Dr. Dressler can confirm that you're ready for an in-office implant procedure. Your jaw bone should be sufficient in size and density to accept the dental implant screw. If it's not, the dentist may augment it with special grafting materials or natural donor bone.

As for the treatment itself, it all takes place at Dental Choice. You'll receive an injection of local anesthetic to numb the area, and then, the dentist will create an opening in the gums and bone. The implant is inserted and the site closed with sutures.

As you heal over the next several weeks to months, bone forms around the implant, securing it in place. When you return to the dental office, your dentist will attach a metal alloy post and custom-fabricated porcelain crown to complete your new tooth.

Implant care

It's as simple as brushing two times a day and flossing once a day to avoid plaque and tartar and the gum disease they cause. Also, if you grind your teeth, your dentist may advise you to wear a night-time bite guard. Finally, be sure to see Dr. Dressler or Dr. Phillips for a follow-up, for any concerns that may arise, and of course, for your semi-annual visit.

Like it never happened

If you have lost a tooth, or several teeth, to decay, gum problems, or accident, please contact Dental Choice today for an implant consultation. Our dentists have the experience, knowledge, and skills to replace those teeth so that you can have a wonderful smile again. Call today: (410) 822-4310.