Posts for tag: dental implants
A lost tooth can cause more than just a gap in your smile. This unfortunate situation can cause bone atrophy and other dental issues. Luckily, your dentist can help you avoid these problems, fill in your gap, and get your smile back with dental implants. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA.
Can a dental implant benefit my smile?
A dental implant may benefit your smile if you have one or more missing teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the dental implant procedure. Since the implant’s fixture lies inside of the jawbone beneath your missing teeth, a good candidate needs to have an adequate amount of bone tissue in which to implant the fixture. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, meaning that patients with significant atrophy may require a bone graft treatment to rebuild the area of the implant. In addition to bone volume, good candidates for implants require an excellent oral care routine, both at home and with their dentist.
What is the procedure for a dental implant like?
Implants take several separate procedures and several months of healing time. However, properly placed and cared for implants will last a lifetime. Your dentist will use a consultation to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your procedure. An appointment to place the actual implant itself comes next, then several months of healing time. During this period, the bone grows around the implant, locking it into place. The next appointment will place the prosthetic tooth on top of the implant, completing the procedure.
Dental Implants in Centralia, WA
If you think you can benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist can confirm that this treatment is the best and most effective option and if you will require any additional procedures prior to placing your implants. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, WA. Call (360) 736-8380 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with your dentist today!
The dental implant is the closest thing in modern dentistry to a natural tooth. This is because an implant replaces more than the visible crown — it also replaces the root, thanks to a metal post imbedded in the bone.
But what if you have a metal allergy — are you out of luck replacing a tooth with an implant? Before answering this question, let's take a closer look at metal allergies.
An allergy is an overreaction of the body's immune system to a particular foreign substance. This response can be as inconsequential as a minor rash or as life-threatening as a shutdown of the body's organ systems. You can be allergic to anything, including metals.
Usually, these allergies are to specific kinds of metals. For example, about 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel, while smaller percentages are allergic to cobalt or chromium. Most allergic reactions to metal occur from external contact with jewelry or similar metal items that create rashes or other anomalies on the skin. On a more serious note, an allergy to metal in a body replacement part could result in the body rejecting it.
Metals have also played an important role in dental care, particularly dental amalgam used for tooth fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of a precious metal like gold or silver with other metals like copper, tin and, in small amounts, mercury. While dental amalgam has been used safely for decades, there have been rare cases of inflammation or rashes.
This brings us to dental implants and the most common metal used in them, titanium. The commercial version of this metal is highly prized in medical and dental applications because it has a special affinity with bone. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the metal, which strengthens the bond between the implant and the jawbone.
Even if you have a rare allergy to certain metals, it's even rarer that would include titanium. In one particular study of 1,500 implant patients less than 1% reported any reaction at all.
If you're concerned, you can undergo testing to see if you react to titanium. More than likely, though, you'll be able to join the millions of other patients who have successfully restored their smiles with dental implants.
If you would like more information on dental implants as a tooth replacement option, 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 “Metal Allergies to Dental implants.”
How dental implants from your Centralia dentists can help your smile
You may be thinking about dental implants, to give you back a full, beautiful smile, but you’re not sure how they work. Dental implants are the state-of-the-art method to replace missing teeth, providing benefits that dental bridgework and dental appliances can’t match. Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, Washington want to share their knowledge of how a dental implant works and why implants may be the right choice for you.
A dental implant procedure begins with placing the implant in your jawbone. Your body will begin to create more bone to fuse with the dental implant. During the healing period, your dental implant will become embedded in bone, locking it securely in place.
Your dental implant is made of titanium, a unique material that is strong but is also gentle to soft tissue and bone. Your body won’t reject the implant. In fact, dental implants boast the highest success rate of any surgical implant, over 95 percent!
After your dental implant is secure and stable, your dentists in Centralia will cap the dental implant with a beautiful crown, making your dental implant virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
The high success rate is only one benefit of dental implants. When you choose dental implants, you will also experience:
- Unsurpassed beauty, because your dental implants blend perfectly into your smile
- Unrivaled convenience, because you can clean your dental implants by brushing and flossing them, just like your natural teeth
- Increased confidence, because you know your implants won’t move around when you eat or speak, the way partials and dentures sometimes do
They are also a conservative treatment because unlike bridgework, your dentist doesn’t have to prepare the surrounding teeth. Implants work very well for most people, and chances are they will work for you too. It’s important to tell your dentist if you smoke or have health issues, because it may affect the healing process of your implants.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to find out more about how they work, call Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS in Centralia, Washington. They are ready to help you discover the magic of dental implants, so call today!
If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.
And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.
Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause for this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.
Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers have an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant become infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.
To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.
Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.
If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, 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 & Smoking.”
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”