Posts for tag: Dental Implants
When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.
Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.
But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.
CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.
Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.
Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.
Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
A fair number of people with total tooth loss have arrived at this point after a long history of dental issues. It's quite likely they've had a series of bridges or partial dentures over the years to accommodate lost teeth at various times before moving to full dentures.
For many, it often seems easier to extract any remaining teeth at some point and simply move on to a total restoration. It's often better for oral health, however, to preserve any remaining teeth for as long as possible and update restorations as needed. Dental implants could make this type of staged restoration strategy much easier to manage.
Implants are tiny metal posts surgically imbedded in a patient's jawbone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the implant's titanium surface, creating a strong and durable hold. Its most familiar application is as a replacement for an individual tooth.
But because of their strength and durability, this advanced dental technology is also used to support other restorations like bridges and partial or full dentures by way of a few strategically placed implants. And it's in that role that they can be useful in planning and implementing future restoration upgrades when needed.
Under this strategy, we add implants to supplement pre-existing implants from earlier restorations to support the updated dental work. For example, we might have previously placed an implant supporting a single tooth or a small bridge. When the need later arises for a partial denture, we can add additional implants to be used with the earlier one to support the new denture.
If the earlier implants have been well-placed, we need only to add enough implants necessary to support a full denture when the time comes. How many will depend on the particular type of denture: A removable lower denture may only require one additional implant with one already in place. A fixed upper or lower denture will require enough to bring the number to between four and eight.
Taking this long-term approach can be more cost-effective in the long-run. More importantly, it can make for a smoother path for the patient and help preserve remaining teeth for as long as possible.
If you would like more information on restoration options for lost teeth, 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.”
There are good reasons, for both health and appearance, to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or similar restoration as soon as is practical. The bone around a tooth socket diminishes the longer it remains empty, up to 25% the first year. And, of course, your smile is less attractive, especially with a highly visible tooth.
If it’s your teenager, though, you may need to wait on a permanent restoration because their jaws are still developing. An implant placed before completion of jaw development could eventually appear out of alignment with neighboring teeth.
Our biggest concern is protecting bone health at the site of the missing tooth. We can do this and encourage growth by placing bone grafts (processed minerals from another donor) that serve as scaffolds on which surrounding bone can grow. Grafts usually dissolve (resorb) over time, but the rate of resorption can be slowed for a younger patient in need of long-term bone growth.
Planned orthodontic treatment can usually go on as scheduled. The orthodontist may accommodate the tooth loss by adding a temporary tooth within the braces or other device that matches the color and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. The orthodontist will also take care to maintain the empty space for a future implant or other restoration.
A dental implant is considered the best option for a missing tooth, not only for its life-like appearance and durability, but also its ability to encourage bone maintenance. Timing, though, is essential for teenagers. As it grows, the upper jaw will tend to move forward and down. Natural teeth move with this growth; implants, though, are attached differently and won’t move with the jawbone. While the other teeth around them move, the implants can appear to shrink back resulting in an unattractive smile appearance. So waiting until the jaw has finished growing is important.
For most people, jaw growth finishes by age twenty-one for men, women usually faster, but each person is different. The dentist’s expertise and experience, coupled with comparisons of adult family members’ facial appearances, will help determine the right time to undertake a permanent restoration for the best outcome both for health and a permanent, attractive smile.
If you would like more information on treating teenagers with missing teeth, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
Are you thinking of getting dental implants?
The restorative procedure helps rejuvenate and strengthen your smile. If you're interested, your family dentist at Bellmore and Bayside, NY, provides dental implants.
Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth to complete your smile.
The procedure is straightforward.
- The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
- After inserting the titanium post, the family dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
- After healing is complete, your Bellmore and Bayside dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.
There are several advantages to dental implants like restoring bite and chewing function, and replacing one, or multiple teeth.
Are you missing teeth? If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call your family dentist at (718) 225-0515 for the Bayside, NY, office or (516) 781-9700 for the Bellmore, NY, office to learn more!
If you have gaps in your smile, chances are you have thought about closing them and restoring your teeth to what they once were. With dental implants, you can do just that. But how do dental implants work and how can your dentist help? Learn more about dental implants and their numerous benefits with your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.
How can dental implants help me?
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps. Dental implants replace a single tooth using one implant in the area of the tooth’s socket, then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the implant itself. Several missing teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge held in place by an implant on either end. Implants can also replace all the teeth on an arch by holding an implant-supported denture in place.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Before you consider dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, a process where the bone under the gums lacks stimulation and begins to break down. In order to successfully support an implant, your jawbone should have minimal atrophy. Patients who have significant bone atrophy may require bone grafting treatments prior to receiving a dental implant. Additionally, you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that your implant and natural teeth remain free from teeth decay and gum disease.
What can I expect during the implant process?
The procedure to complete a dental implant takes place in two phases. The first phase will involve meeting with your dentist to prepare your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth, and the surgical procedure to place the implant. The implant will heal and integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After the healing period, your dentist will reopen the gum tissue over the implant and permanently place a prosthetic tooth to fill in your gap.
Dental Implants in Bayside, NY, and Bellmore, NY
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For more information on dental implants, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore office today!