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Placing a dental implant within the jawbone requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s a relatively minor affair, but for some with certain health conditions it might be otherwise. Because of their condition they might have an increased risk for a bacterial infection afterward that could interfere with the implant’s integration with the bone and lead to possible failure.
To lower this risk, dentists for many years have routinely prescribed an antibiotic for patients considered at high-risk for infection to take before their implant surgery. But there’s been a lively debate among health practitioners about the true necessity for this practice and whether it’s worth the possible side effects that can accompany taking antibiotics.
While the practice still continues, current guidelines now recommend it for fewer health conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) together with the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommend antibiotics only for surgical patients who have prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.
But patients with prosthetic joint replacements, who were once included in the recommendation for pre-surgical antibiotics, are no longer in that category. Even so, some orthopedic surgeons continue to recommend it for their joint replacement patients out of concern that a post-surgical infection could adversely affect their replaced joints.
But while these areas of disagreement about pre-surgical antibiotics still continue, a consensus may be emerging about a possible “sweet spot” in administering the therapy. Evidence from recent studies indicates just a small dose of antibiotics administered an hour before surgery may be sufficient to reduce the risk of infection-related implant failure with only minimal risk of side effects from the drug.
Because pre-surgical antibiotic therapy can be a complicated matter, it’s best that you discuss with both the physician caring for your health condition and your dentist about whether you should undergo this option to reduce the infection risk with your own implant surgery. Still, if all the factors surrounding your health indicate it, this antibiotic therapy might help you avoid losing an implant to infection.
If you would like more information on antibiotics before implant surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”
Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.
Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.
When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption. New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.
In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.
Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.
Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.
How dental implants from your dentist in Jacksonville can improve your smile
You need a complete smile with a full set of teeth for a lot of reasons. A complete smile makes you look better and feel better about yourself. A whole smile also helps you chew your food better, which improves your digestion and general health. Dr. Jose Arauz in Jacksonville, NC wants to share the best way to make your smile whole again, dental implants!
Dental implants are the most natural-looking, most natural-feeling tooth replacement available today. Old-school tooth replacement methods like bridges, partials and dentures just can’t compare with the benefits of dental implants. Here’s why:
Dental implants are completely stable and won’t move around like partials or dentures. That’s because they are firmly secured and surrounded by bone just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants look cosmetically beautiful because the implant crown is made of high-grade dental ceramic that is light-reflective, just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are easily maintainable with regular brushing and flossing. There is no need to remove and soak them like partials or dentures, and no need for cumbersome flossing tools that you need with bridges.
Dental implants help to conserve bone which can help you look younger. That’s because they don’t put pressure on your jaw like partials and dentures, which can cause your bone to diminish over time. Implants help restore your youthful facial contours and strong jawline.
Dental implants give you a sparkling smile for life because they resist stains even if you smoke or drink coffee.
Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant with success rates over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure and then after a healing period, the implant crown is placed on top of the implant. You now have a new tooth, as good or better as your natural teeth!
For more information about dental implants, call Dr. Arauz in Jacksonville, NC. Let dental implants make your smile whole again by calling today!
Are you missing teeth? Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Dr. Jose Arauz offers state-of-the-art dental implants to his patients. His dental practice is located in Jacksonville, NC. Here are five ways dental implants can help you.
1. Improve Your Look
Dental implants are small dental appliances surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can ruin a nice smile and make you look older than you actually are. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your appearance, and help you feel better about yourself.
2. Improve Your Speech
Missing teeth can cause immediate problems with speech and other basic activities that may worsen with time. Speech problems are also common with traditional dentures. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. With implants, you will feel more confident speaking with people.
3. Help You Chew Food
The absence of teeth can make chewing difficult. With dental implants, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability. Dental implants feel and function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you love with without discomfort and with confidence. And because dental implants are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
4. Prevent Teeth Shifting
The absence of teeth can have many negative effects on your oral health. One or more missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Shifting teeth can possibly lead to decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Dental implants help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from drifting out of place.
5. Stop Jawbone Loss
Tooth loss may cause bone loss in the area where the teeth are missing. When teeth are missing, the healthy bone no longer receives the necessary stimulation and begins to break down. Dental implants stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. Consult with your dentist in Jacksonville, NC, to find out if dental implants are right for you.
Are you ready to take your smile from ordinary to extraordinary? Get started today! Call Dr. Jose Arauz at 910-577-1315 right now to schedule a dental consultation in our Jacksonville, NC office. Dental implants won't just enhance your smile; they will also change your life for the better.
If you’re in the initial planning stages for a dental implant, you may already be encountering a number of options to consider. One that may come up is how the visible crown will attach to the metal implant imbedded in the bone.
Generally speaking, implants are composed of two parts: a metal post most often made of titanium placed into the bone that serves as the “root” for the new tooth; and a visible, life-like crown made of dental porcelain that attaches to an abutment on the titanium post. The crown can be attached in one of two ways: either with a small screw through the biting surface of the crown into a receiving hole in the abutment or cemented to it.
The major advantage of a screwed crown is that it allows for easy removal of the crown if needed. While the titanium post can often last a lifetime, porcelain crowns more often need repair or replacement since they receive the brunt of the biting forces in the mouth. A screw-attached crown is much easier to remove than a cemented one.
On the other hand, screwed crowns have a small access hole that must be restored with a tooth-colored filling to help the crown appear natural. This isn’t too great an issue with back teeth but does make achieving a natural appearance in the front more difficult. Cemented crowns look more like a natural tooth and are thus more flexible in achieving the desired appearance.
Besides the possibility the cement may cause gum inflammation or bone loss, the chief detraction from cemented crowns is the difficulty in removing them. Crowns are often damaged in this process so it’s highly likely it will have to be replaced rather than repaired. It’s possible to use weaker cement, but this raises the risk of the crown coming loose at some point from the abutment.
As we plan for your implant, we’ll discuss which type of attachment will work best for you, depending on the tooth to be replaced and other conditions with your oral health. The end result, though, should be the same — a new, natural-looking tooth that serves you well for many years to come.
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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”
Dr. Arauz received his first dental degree (Doctor in Dental Surgery, D.D.S.) from the University of Panama in Panama City, Panama in 1997 and then his second dental degree (Doctor in Dental Medicine, D.M.D.) from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004. He completed his specialty degree in Periodontology at the University of Rochester’s world-renowned Eastman Dental Center in New York in 2002, and completed a two-year residency in advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) and general practice residency (GPR) as well. While at Case Western Reserve University, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and he taught to residents and dental students for five years. He was also Clinic Director of the residency in Periodontics, and directed courses in Implantology, Sedation, and Surgical Periodontics. Additionally, Dr. Arauz was a staff periodontist and consultant in periodontology and dental implants at the Department of Dentistry of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and practiced periodontics and dental implantology in private offices located in Westlake, Lyndhurst and Mentor, Ohio. Dr. Arauz is a Board Certified periodontist, Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology, and an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Board of Periodontology. The dental practice of Dr. Jose Arauz is limited to Periodontics, Implants, and Oral Medicine. He is fluent and proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Jose Arauz, Jacksonville's dental implant specialist providing you the expertise you and need and the care you deserve - a world-class periodonitst near you!