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Losing all your teeth can dramatically impact your life for the worst. Fortunately, we can give you your "teeth" back. The most common way, at least until a few decades ago, is with custom dentures, which reasonably restore life-like appearance and dental function. But it does have one major drawback—it can't stop bone loss.
Loss of bone in the jaws often occurs with missing teeth. Normally, the bone continuously generates newer cells to replace older ones that have died. Chewing stimulates this growth as the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone. But when teeth go missing, new bone growth slows, eventually causing the bone's volume and density to decrease.
Dentures can't reactivate this lost stimulation, and so bone loss may continue. Dentures even accelerate this loss as the compressive forces applied to the bony ridge are detrimental. This often leads to a "loosening" of a denture's fit that can make them uncomfortable and less secure to wear.
Today, however, patients with total tooth loss have another option that could alleviate the problem of bone loss—dental implants. Since their inception forty years ago, implants have become the preferred method of both dentists and patients for tooth replacement.
Implants consist of a titanium metal post that's surgically imbedded into the jawbone. Bone cells are attracted to this particular metal, readily multiplying and adhering to the implant's titanium surface. Because of this, an implant can slow or even stop bone loss.
Most people are familiar with the single tooth implant with an attached lifelike crown. Although this use of implants could be used to restore total tooth loss, it can be quite costly replacing over two dozen teeth individually.
But implants could still be part of the answer for someone with complete tooth loss, because they can also be used to support traditional restorations. A few implants strategically placed around the jaw can support either a removable denture or a fixed bridge.
Besides being a cost-effective way to add support to these traditional tooth replacements, the inclusion of implants will likely decrease continuing bone loss. Most importantly, it can give you back your dental function—and your smile to boot.
If you would like more information on dental implant options, 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 “New Teeth in One Day.”
Missing a tooth can affect your ability to bite and chew comfortably, as well as affect your confidence when smiling in public. There are different types of tooth replacement options for you to choose from, but dental implants are a reliable and durable option that can naturally fill in the gaps in your smile. Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden at Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, can explain how dental implants can restore your smile and give you confidence and functionality again!
How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile
When you lose a tooth, it may become difficult to bite and chew with ease, causing you to avoid your favorite foods. Dental implants from your dentist in Naples, FL, can help solve these issues and allow you to eat your favorite crunchy or chewy foods again. An implant functions just like a normal tooth, giving you all the strength you need to have a fully functional smile.
Dental implants can also give you the confidence to smile without fear of showing off an incomplete smile. Dental implants are made up of a titanium post and a dental crown, and the crown is custom-made to match your smile in shape, size, and color, fitting in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Dental implants also replace the missing tooth root that once provided stimulation to your gums. Losing this stimulation can put you at risk of facial sagging, causing you to lose your youthful appearance sooner. Without a tooth root, your jawbone may begin to dissipate and lose its shape, which causes sagging to occur.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Don’t let your smile be incomplete! Contact Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden at Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, today to learn more about dental implants and to schedule your appointment. Call today at (239) 593-0777!
Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.
But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.
A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.
That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.
You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.
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.”