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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.
Losing a tooth can have a greater impact on your life than you might have imagined. In addition to altering your appearance, tooth loss can make chewing challenging and may affect your ability to speak clearly, in some cases. Fortunately, dental implants can restore your missing tooth and fill in the gaps in your smile. Naples, FL, dentists Drs. Richard and Maria Linden of Linden Dental discuss the benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants replace your whole tooth
Implants, bridges and dentures can all be used to restore missing teeth, but only dental implants replace your entire missing tooth. Implants rebuild missing teeth, starting with the roots. Titanium posts serve as artificial roots and absorb the strong forces generated by chewing and biting. Once the posts are added to your jawbone, they begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. When osseointegration is complete, a lifelike dental crown is attached to the top of the implant in our Naples office.
Implant don't just replace single teeth
Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option if you've lost a tooth due to decay, infection, gum disease or an injury. Although they're often used to replace single missing teeth, they also provide an alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Replacing several missing teeth or all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw with implant-supported dentures or bridges improves comfort. In fact, your restorations won't move or slip even if you bite into a hard apple. Implants also won't decrease your biting power as dentures can. As a result, you won't have to make any changes to your diet or resort to cutting hard foods into tiny pieces.
Dental implants help you maintain your oral health
Your mouth doesn't like that gap in your smile any more than you do. After the loss of a tooth, nearby teeth may begin to drift in a futile attempt to fill the space. Unfortunately, all that happens is that your teeth start to overlap. A change in the position of your teeth can affect your bite and make plaque removal more difficult. Implants prevent your teeth from changing position, assuring that your smile doesn't change.
Dental implants also keep your jaw strong by stimulating the bone. Without constant stimulation, the jawbone can weaken, which may affect its ability to support and anchor your teeth.
Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call Naples, FL, dentists Drs. Richard and Maria Linden of Linden Dental at (239) 593-0777 to schedule your appointment.
For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.
But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.
We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.
But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.
Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.
There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.
If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.