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Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.
But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.
There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.
This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.
But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.
It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.
And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.
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.”
If tooth loss has left you feeling less than thrilled with your smile, there is a solution for restoring it — dental implants. Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire row, dental implants could be the answer. We have restored many smiles with dental implants at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Nooredin Nurani, is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and can determine if dental implants are an option for you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a tiny metal post that functions as a root to hold artificial teeth in place. One dental implant is used to secure a crown when replacing a single tooth. For large gaps where several teeth are missing, multiple dental implants can anchor a dental bridge or fixed denture.
Dental implants are the most secure and long-lasting tooth-replacement method today. One of the reasons they are so secure and long-lasting is that dental implants are placed directly in the jaw bone. Only a minor surgical procedure is needed to insert dental implants in the jaw. Over the next few months, the bone tissue will permanently fuse with the metal implant. This natural process is known as osseointegration.
The replacement teeth will not be attached to the dental implants until the mouth has healed from the implant procedure and osseointegration is complete, which can take from three to six months. However, temporary crowns, bridgework, or dentures can be worn in the meantime until the custom replacement teeth can be connected to the dental implants.
Unfortunately, dental implants are not an option for everyone who has experienced tooth loss. Candidates should have healthy gum tissue, as well as sufficient bone tissue in the jaw to support dental implants. Without enough bone tissue, osseointegration might not occur. The skilled dentist at our office in Lawrenceville, GA, can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are countless benefits to restoring your smile with dental implants. They are durable, secure, and long-lasting. Dental implants are also extremely versatile since they can be used with crowns, bridges, or dentures. An additional benefit is that dental implants help minimize many of the side effects of tooth loss, such as facial drooping and sagging.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they help preserve bone tissue, which is at risk of being reabsorbed by the body when there are no teeth to support it. Fortunately, the body does not attempt to reabsorb bone tissue that is supporting dental implants. Preserving bone tissue is important for several reasons. It helps maintain stable bite alignment and preserves the natural contours of your face.
Restore your smile securely and permanently with dental implants. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nurani, the highly trained dentist at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, by calling (770) 995-1957. We also have offices in Buford, (770) 932-8577, and Dacula, (770) 277-0800.
If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.
Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.
If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.
There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.
So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.
But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.
In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
Having missing teeth is detrimental to your basic oral abilities. Things such as speaking, eating, or smiling with confidence are difficult to do. If you are seeking an optimal tooth replacement solution, dental implants can do wonders for you.
Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots that offer a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. To determine your candidacy for this tooth restoration procedure, you can consult with your dentist here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in our Lawrenceville, Buford, or Dacula GA office. Find out what your Lawrenceville dentist can do for you.
What Can Dental Implants Do for You?
Getting dental implants can offer you a variety of benefits that last throughout your life, such as the following, according to your Lawrenceville dentist:
- Enhancement in your appearance. Dental implants can maintain the facial bone structure, so you wouldn’t have to worry about your face appear sunken. Additionally, the replacement teeth affixed on top of your dental implants look exactly like your healthy and natural teeth.
- Improvement in speech. Other tooth replacement options may cause you to mumble or slur your words because of their fit. But that is not the case with dental implants as they are placed securely into your jawbone. Dental implants will allow you to speak with clarity.
- Dental implants, in most cases, could serve you for many years, especially if you know how to take proper care of them.
- Improved oral health. If your tooth roots are left exposed due to tooth loss, they are more vulnerable to infection and harmful bacteria. Fortunately, dental implants can help better your oral hygiene as they allow easier access between your teeth. And in contrast to other tooth replacement options, the procedure does not involve the altercation of other teeth.
- You can eat comfortably. Eating with missing teeth may feel strange and uncomfortable. Because dental implants are infused securely into your jawbone, they act like your natural teeth, enabling you to eat anything you want with ease.
- Boosted confidence and self-esteem. Dental implants can significantly improve your appearance and restore your smile.
Can You Get Dental Implants?
To determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants, your Lawrenceville dentist will take into account the following considerations during your consultation:
- You have one or more missing teeth.
- Your jawbone has grown fully.
- Your oral tissues are generally healthy.
- You have adequate bone to support the implants. Otherwise, you’ll need enough bone to undergo a bone graft.
- You don’t have any health complications that could interfere with bone healing.
To Discover How Dental Implants Can Benefit You, Call Us
Schedule an appointment with your dentist here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry by calling our Lawrenceville GA location at (770) 995-1957, our Buford GA location at (770) 932-8577, or our Dacula GA location at (770) 277-0800.