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Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
One way to cosmetically improve your smile is to fill in gaps after tooth loss. Some patients decide to have denture devices created, while others prefer to have dental implants installed. While dentures make you look nice when you smile, an implant is a permanent fixture that offers significant functional benefits. At the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, your questions about this treatment will be answered by a qualified dentist.
Restoration with Dental Implants
Your teeth are held in place by strong, dense bone tissue. When tooth loss occurs, the bone tissue begins to weaken and deteriorate. That can be prevented if the tooth is replaced with a dental implant. A small implement made of titanium is posited into the bone tissue. Over the course of several months, the bone will fuse with the titanium and hold it as securely as your natural teeth.
How Dental Implants Help
According to a report published by the Journal of Dental Research, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent. These are some of the ways that implants will help your smile:
- Implants help keep the bone tissue in your mouth strong and healthy for years.
- You don’t have to take an implant out for cleaning or going to bed at night, and there's no risk of it shifting when you're talking or eating.
- With regular care and checkups, a dental implant placed by your Lawrenceville, GA dentist can last indefinitely.
Keep Your Whole Smile Healthy After Implantation
Do everything you can to protect the health and stability of your dental implant after the procedure is complete. Keeping your mouth as clean as possible with brushing and flossing is key. You must also avoid clenching and grinding your teeth (a nightguard device can help if it’s involuntary). Also, avoid smoking and eat more foods that contain calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium to help keep your jawbone strong.
Preserve Your Smile
A single dental implant can do a lot for your smile. Implant-supported devices are an option if you need to restore multiple teeth. Call (770) 995-1957 today to schedule an appointment at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA.
If you have a problem tooth we’ve recommended removing, those “Tooth in one day” ads—a tooth removed and an implant placed at the same time—might start to pique your interest. But there are a few factors we must consider first to determine if this procedure is right for you. Depending on your mouth’s health conditions, you may need to wait a little while between tooth extraction and implantation.
Here are 3 timing scenarios for receiving your implant after tooth removal, depending on your oral health.
Immediately. The “tooth in one day” scenario can be much to your liking, but it could also be tricky in achieving the best results. For one, the implant may fit too loosely—the bone around the socket might first need to heal and fill in or undergo grafting to stimulate regeneration. In other words, immediate implant placement usually requires enough supporting bone and an intact socket. Bone grafting around the implant is usually needed as well.
After gum healing. Sufficient gum coverage is also necessary for a successful outcome even if the bone appears adequate. To guard against gum shrinkage that could unattractively expose too much of the implant, we may need to delay implant placement for about 4 to 8 weeks to allow sufficient gum healing and sealing of the extraction wound. Allowing the gums to heal can help ensure there’s enough gum tissue to cover and protect the implant once it’s placed.
After bone healing. As we’ve implied, implants need an adequate amount of supporting bone for best results. When there isn’t enough, we might place a bone graft (often immediately after tooth extraction) that will serve as a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. Depending on the degree of bone loss, we may wait until some of the bone has regenerated (about 2 to 4 months) and then allow the natural process of bone cells growing and adhering to the implant (osseointegration) to complete the needed bone growth. If bone loss is extensive, we may need to wait until full healing in 4 to 6 months to encourage the most stable outcome.
If you would like more information on the process of obtaining dental implants, 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?”
For many, losing a tooth because of decay or injury is devastating. You feel incomplete without a good-looking smile. A missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, and the patient’s jaw and the bite to be less than perfect and unstable. Dental implants from our Lawrenceville, GA, cosmetic dentists can help solve many issues. They have many years of experience and training in both placing and restoring dental implants.
Dental Implants in Lawrenceville, Georgia
At our professional facility, we can implant a replacement tooth or teeth for a more permanent and most importantly, a stronger alternative to dentures or bridges. Mini implants can be used to help secure dentures in place for a comfortable and accurate fit. Implants are chosen based on what is needed for each patient. Once the implant is bonded to the jaw, a crown is made to match the lost tooth. Implants can be effective and a permanent way to restore the natural beauty and function of a tooth. Sedation dentistry can be used to help nervous patients.
Modern dentistry can replace missing teeth. This no tooth-replacement option gives a longer lasting result for patients of all ages. They help to preserve tooth-supporting bone that deteriorates when a tooth is lost. A dental implant uses a small, screw-like titanium post to replace the root of a tooth. The procedure used to place an implant is minor and routine requiring only local anesthesia.
Ultimately, dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, all of the teeth permanently or to implant supported removable dentures. To learn more about what dental implants can do for you, call our professional office to schedule an appointment with our Lawrenceville, GA, cosmetic dentists at 770-995-1957. We can't wait to offer you cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve the appearance and function of your teeth.