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.

 

 

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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