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At Linden Dental in Naples, FL, we want all our patients to have a smile they can be proud of. One of the best ways you can restore your smile after missing teeth is with dental implants, which are quickly becoming the most versatile and popular tooth restoration available. Below, Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden address some of the common issues that dental implants can improve.
"It's difficult to chew with missing teeth."
Even one missing tooth can throw off the way you chew, leading to uneven wear on your molars or avoidance of nutritious, hard-to-chew foods like meat or raw vegetables. Dental implants from your Naples dentist restore your ability to chew comfortably and efficiently. They function just like a natural tooth and won't shift out of place or dislodge when you eat certain foods. As long as you avoid biting down on excessively crunchy foods, like ice or hard candies, dental implants allow you the freedom to eat whatever you enjoy.
"I don't like the way I look."
Missing teeth can be detrimental to your self-esteem. Many people take efforts to hide the flaws in their smile, whether it's hiding their mouth behind their hand or refusing to smile altogether. These actions can be interpreted as standoffish or incompetent and give people the wrong impression about you, especially in situations like job interviews. Dental implants from your Naples dentist restore your smile, giving you a seamlessly beautiful full set of teeth that you'll be proud to show off. The crown of your implant will be made from high quality porcelain, a ceramic that replicates the translucency and color of natural teeth. They are carefully shaped, painted, and shined to match the rest of your teeth; when you smile, only you'll know that you have dental restorations!
"I've heard dentures aren't comfortable."
While great strides have been made in the way both partial and full dentures look and feel, they have their drawbacks. Many people find that dentures are difficult to get used to wearing. They can also be inconvenient. They need to be removed for cleaning and can't be worn while you sleep, and typically require regular adjustments to make sure they continue fitting properly. Dental implants, however, eliminate all of the hassle associated with dentures. They can be treated just like natural teeth, which means they don't need removal for cleaning or adjustments. You may even forget you have one!
Ready to make the first decision toward your new smile? Call Linden Dental in Naples, FL, today to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our dentists today!
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported 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.”
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.
But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.
For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.
Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.
We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.
Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.
Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.
If you would like more information on 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 “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”
Considering the costs, many people view replacing a back tooth as less important than a more visible front tooth. They’re rarely seen, so who will notice?
You might, eventually. A missing back tooth can set off a chain reaction of problems that can affect your overall dental health. Besides playing an important role in chewing food, back teeth also redistribute most of the chewing force away from the front teeth. Their absence can also affect the bite: adjacent teeth to the missing one will tend to migrate toward the open space, causing them to tip and rotate into an improper position. This can cause an increase in tooth mobility, excessive wear and erosion, and endanger their survival in the long run.
To avoid these and other problems you should consider some form of replacement. Most dentists prefer a dental implant for its life-like appearance and durability, and because its titanium post has a natural affinity with bone. Bone cells will grow around and permanently adhere to the implant, which may stop and even reverse bone loss in some cases.
Implants, though, require a certain amount of bone structure initially to anchor and position properly. If you have inadequate bone and don’t want to bone graft the area, the next best option is a fixed bridge, in which the missing tooth is replaced with an artificial crown known as a pontic. The pontic is fused between two support crowns that are permanently affixed to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth (also known as abutments). While fixed bridges restore function and inhibit tooth migration, they require the natural tooth supporting the bridge to be reduced to accommodate the crowns placed on them. This permanently alters them and places them at higher risk for future nerve damage, gum disease and decay.
One final option is a removable partial denture (RPD). Although RPDs restore function and improve appearance, their movement within the mouth may place additional stress on the teeth that hold them in place. This movement over time could damage or loosen them.
We can discuss which option is best for you after a complete dental exam. The important thing, though, is to replace the back tooth as soon as possible — doing nothing could cost you much more in the long run.
If you would like more information on tooth replacement, 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 Back Teeth.”
You've lost more than one tooth, and you worry about the consequences. What are gaps doing to your bone structure and your remaining teeth? Plus, you feel too embarrassed to smile as before. What would people think? Why not explore today's finest tooth replacements, dental implants? Skillfully placed by Naples, FL, dentists, Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden, these artificial teeth restore smiles to full function and aesthetics, and they provide other oral health benefits, too.
What is a dental implant?
It's the most successful, versatile and longest lasting tooth replacement option available today. The single tooth implant is made up of a titanium metal root, surgically inserted into the jaw, a metal alloy post, and custom-crafted porcelain crown. Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw bone quickly adheres to the titanium implant, allowing for jaw bone growth and superior biting and chewing.
In addition, dentists in Naples use dental implants to support fixed, multi-tooth bridges and full dentures. This secure anchorage avoids denture slippage, gum, and bone recession and wear and tear on neighboring natural teeth.
Plus, once implants are in place, they stay in place. Most dentists see dental implants last indefinitely--great longevity compared to conventional prosthetics which need replacement after 10 years of normal wear.
Who gets dental implants?
People who have strong immune systems, are in good overall health and who have enough bone in their jaws qualify for dental implants. That means the vast majority of adults can undergo the simple in-office examination, X-rays, impressions, and oral surgery.
Typically, local anesthetic takes care of any discomfort during implant insertion. Healing of the implant site takes several weeks to months. Full osseointegration almost guarantees implant success and longevity because titanium is so biocompatible, and implants do not decay.
Caring for dental implants
Just brush, floss and eat a healthy diet. In other words, care for dental implants as you would your natural teeth. Get semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Linden Dental to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. Also, stop smoking because tobacco toxins cause an infection called peri-implantitis, a real threat to the health of implant sites. See your primary care physician about a smoking cessation program.
Enjoy a complete smile once again with beautiful, stable dental implants from your friends at Linden Dental in Naples, FL. Won't you call today to arrange a consultation? Phone (239) 593-0777.