Countdown to Football….. and Players of Toothless Past

At the time of writing this the American public is waiting 42 days, 5 hours, and 30 minutes until the start of the 2014 NFL Football season. As our area San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders embark on another year of big hits and Hail Mary’s, we reminisce over Players of Toothless Past.

According to whatclinic.com every year of play an athlete has a 10% chance of a dental injury. The rise in use of mouthguards and better helmets has significantly reduced dental injuries in the football world.

 

Missing-teeth_implants-for-sports-related-injuryJack Lambert. Hailed as “the premier linebacker of his era” back in the 1950s, Lambert was the starting middle linebacker for four Super Bowl-winning teams. He boasts an 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lambert’s four upper front teeth were missing as a result of a sports-related injury in high school. Lambert was remembered “partially” because he didn’t wear his partial during games. His toothless grimace became an iconic image in football.
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missing-teeth-due-to-sports-related-injuryBob St. Clair. Displaying unbelievable toughness, this 49ers Half of Famer was a part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” in the 1950s and played with the team for 11 years. He was infamous for being a trickster, using mind games to block kicks and punts, St. Clair blocked a kick with his face and lost five teeth as a result. “I went over to the sideline and they shoved cotton in my mouth and until it got so bad I had to take Novocain in my mouth, but I kept playing,” said St. Clair.
Source: 49ers.com

 

missing-teeth_dental implantsLarry Wilson. As a free safety for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilson was great at defending passes in the 1960s. Wilson was so great at blitzing he kept many passes from ever happening. It is said that he had lost most of his teeth at one point and that the organization feared he wouldn’t make big hits anymore. However, Wilson continued and in 1978 was inducted into the Hall of Fame as “the toughest player in the game.”
Source: http://www.footballcardgallery.com

 

Missing teeth due to sportsVince Lombardi. While at Fordham University Lombardi was the right guard on the football team’s offensive front line nicknamed the “Seven Blocks of Granite.” In 1936 during a game against Pitt Lombardi suffered a severe cut inside his teeth when he had several teeth knocked out. He was taken out of the game until he was called in for a defensive play that sustained the 0-0 tie. He went on to become arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Source: http://www.cbssports.com

 

With the popularity of dental implants these guys and others like them are likely not going without teeth for long.

 

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Kristen is an avid writer and sports fan. She is the Office Manager at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is Sacramento, California.

Dental Implants…Chew with Confidence

Dental implants aren’t exactly a new technology but it has taken several decades for them to become a popular form of tooth replacement. In the past, a dental bridge was the best a dentist could do for you. At the very least you could do a stay-plate or flipper that would at least give the appearance of a tooth. These options while not to bad have become the “old” way to do things. Implants are the way of the future.

So, who cares if you are missing a tooth? I can’t tell you how many times I hear, “It doesn’t hurt me,” “It doesn’t bother me,” “My mom is missing a couple teeth and she’s alright,” … I mean these comments are mentioned daily in our office.

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What’s the BIG DEAL?

An untreated missing tooth will cause further complications and additional tooth loss. Why? The jaw bone needs stimulation from chewing to grow. A missing tooth means no more growing bone. Bone that doesn’t grow doesn’t just not grow, it actually disappears! The jawbone will deteriorate surrounding that tooth causing the surrounding teeth to shift and fill in the gap left by the missing tooth. Over time, the teeth next to the missing tooth will be lost. This will create changes in the way you eat and the way you look.

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When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth with shift. Shifting teeth cause pain, gum disease, and more tooth loss.

The longer you put off replacing a missing tooth, the less options that you have. Keep in mind, when given the option to “save” a tooth for $2-$3,000, many people would rather pull a tooth out for $200. In the long run, replacing that missing tooth will lead to a lot of pain, un-comfortability, and more tooth loss.

 

Contact this Sacramento Implant Dentist for a complimentary consultation or call (916) 649-0249.

 

 

Replace Your Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way when it comes to restoring your smile. There are many options that vary in price, safety and durability. The latest in smile restoration are dental implants. This is a permanent implant that replaces missing teeth or a permanent fixture that holds full dentures in place. Dental implants can last you the rest of your life with proper dental hygiene checkups, brushing and flossing.

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A dental implant is a titanium screw like structure that is surgically inserted into a space where a tooth is missing. After the screw is inserted, it is covered with a crown that looks just like a real tooth, so anyone who sees your smile would never know that it was not a real tooth.

How will an implant help me?

The implant helps to stabilize bone and prevent further bone loss due to missing teeth, it supports the facial skeleton, gums, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, smile, speak and they look completely natural. Implants are the best option to replace missing teeth.

What kind of surgery do I need?

The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure only requiring a localized numbing of the area being operated on. (Of course, when it comes to pain management there are options that general or specialized dentists can provide such as oral sedation or nitrous oxide to make the experience less unpleasant.) In special cases, a sinus lift or bone graft may be needed in order to make the implant a successful procedure.

In the simple form of the procedure, a pilot hole is drilled into the bone that the implant will be placed in. This will guide the implant to ensure an accurate and stable placement. Depending on the dentist performing the implant and if a sinus lift is involved, the surgery for a single implant can vary between 1-2 hours.

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How long will the implant last?

A dental implant, with the proper care of your oral hygiene, should last for the rest of your life. The screw is usually made out of titanium (Ask your Dentist what type of material is used) and the ceramic crown is made to last. For a person who goes to the dentist for checkups on a regular basis and who brushes and flosses after every meal, a dental implant should last for the rest of your life. Just like anything though, you must take the proper care to make your investment last.

I think a dental implant is best for me, now what?

The first thing you need to do is see your Sacramento dentist. Your dentist can determine if an implant is

the best option for you. There are many factors when it comes to implant surgery: your overall health, as well as your oral health can affect the success rate of your implant. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to discuss any health concerns with your regular dentist or specialist.

In some cases, a CT scan, sinus lift or bone graft may be necessary in order to make a dental implant a success. In most cases, these can be taken care of during the same surgery as the dental implant, so no additional surgeries would be necessary.

Call (916) 649-0249 to schedule your consultation today!

Missing Teeth: A Guide to Understanding Dental Implants

Choosing to receive dental implants is a huge decision that can affect your overall health in addition to improving your smile. The following article can help you decide if you are a candidate for Dental Implants and the added benefits of receiving them.

If you are reading this article then you probably already know what dental implants are. They replace your teeth, like dentures, only they are permanent. Implants are performed by general dentists as well as dental specialists. Your dentist can provide you with a consultation regarding your candidacy for receiving dental implants and will be able to refer you to a highly regarded and trustworthy colleague.

There are many benefits of dental implants that relate to your overall health, your well-being, and your appearance. Implants can restore your smile and your confidence and it is 100 percent normal to have questions regarding this procedure. But what attracts most people to implants are the awesome benefits:

  • Replacement  teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
  • Facial structures maintain integrity.
  • Improved nutrition and digestion.
  • Hygiene Convenience
  • Denture Adhesives no more.
  • Improved appearance.
  • Increased sense of security
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Full mouth restoration to natural state.
  • Ability to taste foods better.

The next thing most patients have questions about is the procedure itself. The first thing that happens is a consultation and examination with your dentist (or call around to find a good dentist!) to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This could include x-rays, impressions, and pictures of your teeth. What they are evaluating is the amount of bone that exists where you currently have missing teeth and the amount of bone available to support the placement of implants. In addition, the doctor will decide what types of replacement teeth that will be the best for you.

Another important factor that comes into play is your health history. Certain factors could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment. Your may referred to dental specialist for another evaluation for the purposes of further evaluating the bone structure and whether or not other procedures need to be done to restore the bone for esthetic and function reasons.

The next appointment will be the procedure where they place the implants. This is a surgical technique and afterwards requires a waiting period of three to nine months for the bone to grow around the implant. You will receive placement teeth during the bone remodeling phase.  When the bone has grown around the implant a small post, called an abutment, is attached to the implants. The abutments will provide a place for the permanent replacement teeth are attached.

Your replacement teeth will be made through a series of appointments and impressions after series of impressions. Plan to be at the dentist a lot. A lot of things come into play when finalizing your replacement teeth: shade, thickness, feel, comfort, and naturalness.

Make a consultation with your dentist to get started today. It is a long process from start to finish so the longer that you wait to get in the dental chair the longer you will wait for you perfect smile.

“Teeth In A Day” – The Real Truth About Dental Implants

General Dentists are often overlooked when it comes time for people to get costly dental implants. Largely to blame are the so-called Dental Implant Supercenters. Here we outline the major differences between Dental Implant Super Centers and Tradition Implant Treatments provided by General Dentists.

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Dental Implants, SacramentoFirst, dental implants are used as a substitution for tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. The implant is placed in the root to provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown to allow you to bite and chew comfortably and naturally. When teeth are missing, the bone that previously supported those teeth deteriorates. But, the bone can be preserved by replacing missing tooth roots with dental implants. The bone will form a strong bond to the artificial implant and will provide stimulation for the bone.

Implant Supercenters promise what is called “Teeth-in-a-day” or  “All-on-4” where the entire top arch of the mouth is supported by only four implants. An experienced clinician would normally recommend the traditional implant method versus doing an “All-on-4” at a Implant Supercenter because the amount of bone needed to support an entire arch of teeth is substantial if you are only using four implants. Because of the amount of bone needed for an “All-on-4” procedure, patients who have worn dentures for an extended period of time are rarely candidates for it. While traditional treatment for upper arches requires at least four implants, lower dentures can be replaced and supported by as little as two implants.

In addition to long-term denture wearers there are others who are not candidates for these “teeth-in-a-day” procedures. Typically those with significant bone loss will be recommended to go the traditional implant route. Bone grafting is often required for bone loss patients in order to achieve the best esthetic and functional results.

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If you haven’t been wearing dentures for years and do not have significant bone loss then supercenters may still be able to provide you with adequate treatment but the idea that you can receive your teeth in one day is quite a stretch. While the surgical procedures and temporary replacements of the teeth might be done in a single day, the diagnostics and treatment planning for those teeth can take several weeks. In addition, most supercenters do not provide the final replacement teeth for up to 8 months. Not to mention that the fitting for the final prosthesis might be an additional charge.

A common question is whether or not patients must live without teeth during this extended process. The answer is no. Never will you be without teeth. Today’s technologies provide natural-looking removable as well as fixed options during your treatment to ensure the best comfort and confidence for the patient.

“Teeth-in-a-day” are not provided exclusively by Implant supercenters. If you are interested your dentist can tell you if you are a candidate and could provide the same services at a much lower cost to you. And while there is documentation proving the success rates of teeth-in-a-day procedures for the last ten years they do not prove to be higher or more successful than the traditional implant treatments whose documentation proves successful treatments for more than 50 years.

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“I had a root canal, what now?”

By: Hoang Truong DDS

Patients usually require a post and crown following a root canal treatment. Why ? A root canal treated tooth is hollow and brittle so that post/core build retention and support and a crown is needed to hold everything together.

Some patients receive root canals but do not follow through with receiving the post and crown. This can lead to an infected or fractured tooth. When that happens the tooth either needs to be extracted because it is beyond repair or another root canal must be performed which can be costly and will only weaken the tooth further.

Is a root canal painful? A root canal procedure is no more painful than getting a filling. The difference is that it takes longer to perform a root canal and the cost is 10 times more. However, if the tooth has a chronic infection the body’s metabolism increases to fight the infection. When the metabolism is going through the roof a person’s anesthetic has the potential to wear off very quickly and getting numb is difficult. Only then should a person have pain during a root canal procedure. Lots of noise comes from the drills and files in the dental chair but no one should experience pain.