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While losing a tooth impacts your smile's functionality and appearance, you do have a great option to replace it. A dental implant from 4 Dental Health in Layton, UT restores normal appearance, biting, chewing and speech. Also, this artificial tooth improves jaw bone density. Learn more about dental implants from your experienced dentist, Dr. Steven Christensen.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
Besides creating an embarrassing smile gap, losing one or more teeth impacts your oral health. Remaining teeth actually weaken as they drift into the empty space. Supporting gum tissue and bone begin to recede almost immediately. In fact, a full 25 percent or more of bone density degrades within the first year after a tooth is lost to infection, decay, gum disease or oral injury.
In addition, when more teeth or even all teeth are lost, facial appearance ages dramatically, and edentulous people do not eat well or speak clearly. While conventional dentures and bridgework help restore smile aesthetics, they do not repair the loss of bone or soft tissue because these prosthetics only set on top of the gums.
The benefits of dental implants
A dental implant is today's best artificial tooth. It has three parts: a titanium root which resides in the jaw under the gums, a metal alloy abutment (extension post) and true to life dental crown crafted from resilient and color-matched porcelain.
Dental implants adhere to the jaw bone, creating an excellent foundation for the exposed portions of the artificial tooth. In fact, they improve the density, size and width of the supporting bone through a miraculous process dentists call osseointegration.
Other benefits of dental implants are:
- A comfortable oral surgery and restoration process
- The versatility of use (implants can support fixed bridgework and even full dentures)
- Biocompatibility (rejection or allergic reactions are very rare)
- Amazingly natural appearance
- Longevity (a decades-long lifespan)
Dental implant care
As dental implants are not real teeth, they cannot get cavities. However, gum tissue and underlying bone can develop gum disease--peri-implantitis--if you do not carefully brush and floss every day and get your semi-annual hygienic cleanings (and exams) with Dr. Christensen.
Peri-implantitis causes inflammation at the implant site and also mobility of the implant itself, reports the Dental Research Journal. Tobacco usage encourages this devastating infection, too; so getting an implant may be the best time to quit smoking.
Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.
Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.
But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.
It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.
The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.
The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.
We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.
Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.
If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, 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: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”
Tooth loss wrecks oral function, personal appearance and self-image. If you're struggling with smile gaps or have lost all your teeth, dental implants from 4 Dental Health in Layton UT could be the perfect solution. Dr. Steven Christensen places these tooth replacements, recreating natural dental function and outstanding aesthetics. Are you ready for a new smile?
The problem of tooth loss
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) says that the bone associated with a tooth socket degrades immediately after a tooth is knocked out or extracted. Traditional tooth replacements cannot address this problem because partials, bridges and full dentures just rest on top of the gums. The jaw bone underneath receives no stimulation and hence, deteriorates.
On the other hand, dental implants in Layton preserve the bone for two reasons:
- The titanium metal in the implant device and the bone it resides in bond through a process known as osseointegration.
- Implants actually exercise the bone each time patients exert pressure on them through biting and chewing.
So, over the past 25 years, dental implants have gained tremendous popularity. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that American dentists now place about 5 million dental implants annually.
Receiving dental implants
Dr. Christensen uses oral examination, X-rays and a three-dimensional scan to qualify patients for dental implants. Important to long-term treatment success and implant retention are:
- Good overall and oral health, especially periodontal, or gum, health
- Sufficient bone in the jaw
- Excellent at-home oral hygiene habits
- Routine examinations and professional cleanings semi-annually at 4 Dental Health
In addition, if you use tobacco in any form, try to quit. Both cigarettes and chewing tobacco can lead to a dangerous infection called peri-implantitis. Being similar to advanced periodontitis, this localized bone and gum infection threatens implant retention. See your primary care physician for a medically supervised tobacco cessation program.
The typical single tooth implant
It has three parts: the implant screw itself, a metal post and a porcelain crown. Multiple implants can anchor fixed partial dentures or full dentures. Either way, osseointegration takes many weeks to months but is so worth the wait. The result is a secure, stable, beautiful smile that lasts and lasts. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness states that most dental implants remain in place for 4 or 5 decades--essentially a lifetime for most recipients.
Want to know more?
Contact 4 Dental Health to set up an implant consultation with Dr. Steven Christensen. He'll explain your tooth replacement options and set you on the path to a great new mile. Call today: (801) 889-1044.
The gaps in your smile can cause multiple issues with your teeth. However, many people falsely believe that their gap is a permanent addition to their smile. Luckily, your dentist can help you close the gaps in your smile and restore your teeth’s functionality with dental implants. Are dental implants right for you? Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your teeth with Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth but does not stop there. It also replaces the tooth’s root, a task that no other tooth replacement option can accomplish. Implants work well in conjunction with other cosmetic or restorative dental procedures to renew your smile and overhaul its appearance. Filling in the gaps in your smile can help boost your confidence and self-esteem to help you feel as great as you look.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
- Fixture: The fixture of a dental implant resembles a screw and is made from titanium. Dentists implant the fixture into the bone under the missing tooth to replace the tooth’s root.
- Prosthetic: The prosthetic is normally a dental crown custom-made from porcelain. In some cases, the prosthetic is a porcelain dental bridge or even a denture.
- Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic. Some styles of dental implants have an abutment which is part of the fixture while others are separated.
Are dental implants the right treatment for me?
Dental implants are best for those who are in good dental health and have a committed and healthy at-home oral care routine. Patients should also have minimal bone atrophy in the area of the implant so the implant has an adequate amount of bone in which to sit. Without a sturdy foundation, there is a higher chance the implant will fail and reject from the bone in which it sits.
Dental Implants in Layton, UT
If you have missing teeth, consult with your dentist to learn more about dental implants and if you are a good candidate for this procedure. For more information on dental implants or how they can help you, please contact Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT. Call (801) 889-1044 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Christensen today!
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental 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: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”