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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.

By Dental Choice
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsFind out how this amazing restoration can help you get a full smile back.

You never thought you would lose a tooth as an adult, but it happened. Now what? Don’t worry; you have treatment options when you turn to our Easton, MD, family dentists, Dr. Irving Phillips Jr. and Dr. Wade Dressler. If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants and how these long-term restorations work to replace missing teeth, you’ve come to the right place.

What is a dental implant exactly?

Perhaps you’ve heard about dental implants but you aren’t sure what they really are or how they work aside from replacing one or more missing teeth. Well, simply put, a dental implant is a metal post or screw that is created to replace your missing tooth’s roots. The roots are an important component of your oral health, even if they aren’t visible. The implant will replace your missing tooth roots and function just like one, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss.

How does a dental implant work?

Since the implant naturally stimulates the jawbone to protect it from bone loss (a common complication of untreated tooth loss) it will need to be placed within the jawbone by one of our Easton restorative dentists. Don’t worry; the procedure is minor and can be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. You won’t feel a thing and you’ll be able to go home right after your procedure.

During your first procedure, we will go inside the gums to uncover the jawbone. A small hole is drilled into the exact spot within the jawbone that we need to place the implant. Next, the implant is positioned within the jawbone and the gums are stitched up.

Over the course of several months, the bone and tissue will heal. As they do, they will grow around the implant and fuse together with it. Once this happens the implant is now a long-term and permanent part of the jawbone. This is what makes the success rate for dental implants extremely high.

Now that the implant and jawbone are one, the next step is to place a structure known as an abutment. Some implants come with an abutment already built-in and other implants require us to place it during a separate procedure. If your implant doesn’t have a built-in abutment we will need to perform another minor procedure to open up the gums and attach the abutment over the metal implant.

After several more weeks of healing the custom dental crown can then be cemented into place over the abutment to complete your restorative dental treatment and to give you your beautiful smile back.

Dental Choice in Easton, MD, is dedicated to giving you back that beautiful smile. Don’t let tooth loss affect your appearance and your oral health when you have options. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.

NotEnoughBoneSupportforanImplantHeresaWaytoRebuildIt

Due to financial circumstances, people often have a lost tooth restored with a removable partial denture, an effective appliance that restores function and a degree of aesthetic appearance. Later, though, they may want to improve both function and appearance with a dental implant.

If this describes you, you’re making a great choice. Dental implants are the closest technology we have to a natural tooth. But there may be a roadblock to your implant, especially if a long time has passed since your tooth loss—there may not be enough bone at the site to place an implant.

The heart of an implant is a titanium metal post surgically imbedded in the jawbone. The titanium naturally attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to it to form a solid hold that can support a porcelain crown or other restorations like bridges or dentures. But to achieve a natural appearance it’s important that the implant is placed in the right location. To achieve that requires adequate bone.

But there may not be adequate bone if the tooth has been missing for a while. The forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the jawbone, which stimulates bone growth. If that stimulus is absent because of a missing tooth, new bone cells may not replace older ones at a healthy rate and the total bone volume begins to diminish. A denture can’t compensate and, in fact, accelerates bone loss.

But there may be a solution: bone grafting. With this procedure we place a donor bone graft into the area of bone deficiency some time before implant surgery. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Hopefully, this will produce enough healthy bone to support an implant. If the bone deficiency is minor, we may place the implant and the bone graft at the same time.

If you have experienced bone loss, we must first determine the amount of bone at the missing tooth site and whether grafting is a viable option. Bone grafting postpones your implant, but the delay will be worth the wait if we’re successful. With increased bone volume you’ll be able to obtain a new tooth that’s superior to your current restoration.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

YoumayNeedOrthodonticWorkBeforeGettingaDentalImplant

For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.