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Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Dental implants could be right for you if you have missing teeth. Additionally, not only can dental implants help restore your smile, but they can also restore normal tooth functioning. Dental implants can even improve your speech if it has been affected by the gaps in your smile. A dentist can outline additional reasons why dental implants are right for you based on your individual needs. Dr. Jose Arauz is your Jacksonville, NC dentist for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants make it possible to restore your smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw bone and act as roots for anchoring artificial teeth in place. Since dental implants are placed in bone, candidates for dental implants must have sufficient bone in the jaw area to support placement of an implant. Jacksonville dentist Dr. Arauz can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace individual teeth or multiple teeth all at once. When replacing an individual tooth, a single dental implant is placed in the appropriate area and is capped with a dental crown. The crown serves as the replacement tooth. When replacing multiple teeth simultaneously, several dental implants must be spaced apart in the appropriate areas. The implants are then topped with either bridgework or an implant-supported overdenture.
How Dental Implants Benefit You
Dental implants can benefit you in multiple ways. The gaps left behind by missing teeth can lead to several problems. Gaps in your smile can affect your speech as placement of the tongue is altered by the spaces between teeth. Additionally, gaps in your smile mean there is less tooth structure to support the facial muscles, causing the cheeks to sag and droop. Finally, without a full smile, the remaining teeth must compensate for the missing ones when biting and chewing food, which can put additional strain on those teeth.
Dental implants can benefit you in the following ways:
- Restore your smile
- Boost your confidence
- Provide support for facial muscles
- Restore the natural shape of the face
- Restore normal tooth functioning
- Reduce strain on surrounding teeth
- Improve speech
Dental implants can restore your smile and do so much more. A dentist can explain the many reasons why dental implants are right for you. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Arauz, your Jacksonville, NC dentist, by calling the office at (910) 600-6171.
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!