Stabilize Your Dentures with Dental Implants

stabilize denturesAre you a denture wearer? Like many who are, you may experience discomfort because the dentures feel loose, especially when eating and chewing. When this occurs while you’re speaking, you often refrain from smiling or showing their teeth. Fortunately, you can remedy this nuisance if you stabilize your dentures with dental implants.

How Do Dental Implants Help?

Dental implants secure the dentures in place, while still making it easy to remove them. How does the process work? Dentists place implants in the jaw where sufficient bone exists. They follow up by placing retaining elements, which function as press studs over the implant. With the studs, patients often describe their dentures as feeling much snugger, and more firmly but gently in place. Continue Reading →

Zygomatic Implants: The Future of Dental Implants?

zygomatic implantsIn spite of the immense benefits of dental implants, the truth is that not everyone qualifies for the operation. Often, this is due to extensive bone loss in the jaw. However, thanks to the advent and rise of zygomatic implants, more patients may now have a way around the issue.

What Are Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants, also known more simply as “zygo” implants, are a big trend in the dental industry. Dentists place them in the zygomatic bone to provide a foundation for the implant. The zygomatic bone is located in the cheeks, just below and to the side of the eye socket.

This implant is ideal for patients with a deteriorated jawbone in the upper jaw. Over time, bone loss in the area may occur due to periodontitis or bone atrophy from lack of stimulation (chewing). Continue Reading →

Platelet Rich Fibrin: The Next Big Dental Implant Innovation?

platelet rich fibrinIn a dental implant procedure, or any oral surgery, the most important aspect is the post-operation recovery. This takes place at home and not in the dental chair. As such, dentists have limited control over the process. However, a new innovation known as platelet rich fibrin just might change that.

What Is Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?

Before defining the term as a whole, let’s break the term down word by word.

  • Platelet: this is the part of your blood that forms clots and heals wounds.
  • Rich: In terms of PRF, rich simply means a high concentration of platelets.
  • Fibrin: This is a naturally-occurring protein formed during a clot and helps stop bleeding.

So, what is PRF? This is a fibrous matrix which is rich with platelets derived from centrifuged blood. With respect to dental applications, dentists have found a way to extract PRF and use it for the healing process. Continue Reading →

A Review of Dental Implant Statistics

dental implant statisticsIn our last post, we outlined why a New Year’s resolution to acquire dental implants is a good idea. Of course, we realize most people will hesitate to proceed with those resolutions. This is why we decided to present you with some dental implant statistics. Hopefully, this will cause you to think about the long-term consequences and spur you to action.

Dental Implants: The Statistics and Figures

178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. That is almost half of the country’s population. Despite this alarmingly high number, only 1% of those 178 million Americans have replaced the missing teeth with a dental implant. This is the finding according to a 2015 report from the American College of Prosthodontists. Continue Reading →

Do You Need Dental Implants?

dental implantsHave you been wondering if dental implants could be beneficial for you and your lifestyle? Dental implants are metal rods that function as replacement roots for new teeth. They are the perfect solution for some people, but only you and your dentist can determine if they are right for you. Tooth replacement can be incredibly helpful, especially if the current condition of your teeth negatively impacts your daily life. A few dental visits and discussions with a professional, and you could be ready to undergo the process. To help you determine if dental implants are right for you, here are several indicators you should strongly consider.

1. Severely Cracked or Broken Tooth

Cracked and broken teeth aren’t only unsightly, but they can create problems in the future. Most cracked or broken teeth will need to be replaced with a dental crown or a dental implant. Ultimately, it’ll be your dentist who decides which of these options suits your specific situation best. Continue Reading →

Celebrate the New Year with Dental Implants

dental implantsTaking better care of your health is a common New Year’s resolution. This often means cleaning up your diet and exercising more. Hardly ever does it entail taking better care of your oral health. Why not, for a change, mark the New Year with dental implants?

Why Dental Implants for the New Year?

We realize this is somewhat of an unusual New Year’s resolution. Not many people may even feel inspired to do this.

Nearly all resolutions are related to health or money. Dental implants actually help you with both, albeit indirectly. Continue Reading →

Dental Implant Benefits

dental implant benefitsDo you have weak or missing teeth? While the goal is always to keep your teeth clean and healthy, teeth do weaken and decay overtime. Proper maintenance and dental visits can help slow this process, but sometimes certain trouble teeth need to be removed. When possible, it’s best to fill the newly empty space with dental implants. Implants assist with tooth replacement, serving as an artificial root that will keep your new tooth in place. Here are several dental implant benefits for your consideration.

1. Protect Your Remaining Teeth

The gap that remains after a tooth is removed can cause problems for surrounding teeth. Nearby teeth will often shift positions overtime. While this may seem minor, the process often substantially weakens them and, in some cases, results in their removal. Dental implants fill the empty space and support nearby teeth.

2. Keep You Smiling

One of the best things about dental implants is that they are nearly indistinguishable from your real teeth. Your dental implant professional can match the color so that even friends and family won’t be able to tell the difference. Continue Reading →

What Causes Dark Lines Around Your Gums?

dark lines around gumsDo you notice dark lines around your gums? This is certainly appears unsightly and may also indicate a serious condition. This is also an issue that can affect your viability for dental implants. We’ll explain what causes these dark lines and whether you should be worried.

Why Dark Lines Form Around Gums

Those dark lines may be attributed to one of three causes:

1. Bone Loss

Dark lines may be a symptom of bone loss. Lack of bone density can affect osseointegration of an implant. This is one of the problems a dentist will look for when determining whether you’re a good candidate for implants.

2. Gum Recession

Dark or yellowish lines are a symptom of a receding gum line. Teeth sensitivity may also increase due to the exposed root surface. A dentist may treat gum recession using a gum grafting procedure. This prevents the recession from progressing and strengthens the affected teeth.

3. Older Crowns

Older crowns contain metal beneath the porcelain cover. The porcelain gradually wears away, exposing the metal, which may show through the gum line. You can remedy this problem by replacing the crown with a new one that is all white with no metal interior.

What About Cosmetic Dentistry?

Can cosmetic dentistry minimize the dark lines? It can. However, cosmetic dentistry is just—cosmetic. If bone loss or gum recession is causing the dark lines, then a dentist needs to address that cause of the symptom first, before addressing any cosmetic treatment.

Improve Your Viability for Dental Implants

Our advice is simple: seek treatment if you notice any dark lines. Call 1895 Dental Implants today to connect with one of our participating dentists. Dark lines around your gums may affect the success rate of a dental implant; be sure to notify your dentist about them.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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Why You Should Choose Dental Implants Over Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implant Vs Cosmetic DentistryA missing tooth can certainly affect your smile. Some people assume, that the answer lies in cosmetic dentistry. Surely a veneer, bridge, or crown would restore your smile. However, we recommend a dental implant over cosmetic dentistry.

Why Dental Implants Instead of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic procedures are purely aesthetical. Granted, a flawless looking set of molars makes for a good confidence builder. However, they do not offer any benefits in terms of functionality and dental health.

Dental implants, on the other hand, offer the best of both worlds. They stimulate the bone which keeps the bone strong and prevents facial structure deterioration. Implants are also indistinguishable from real teeth, so patients receive the secondary benefit of cosmetic restoration. Continue Reading →

Are Dental Implants Right for Hypodontia Patients?

hypodontia implantsExternal factors, such as gum disease, physical trauma, and dental caries aren’t always why teeth go missing. A small percentage of Americans actually have a condition known as hypodontia. This means that one or more tooth fails to develop altogether. Are hypodontia patients suitable for dental implants?

Facts About Hypodontia

The cause of hypodontia is unclear, though researchers believe it involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition is more prevalent among females. Children born with a below-average birth weight are also at risk. People with hypodontia may miss anywhere from one to five permanent teeth.

A similar and more severe condition known as oligodontia also exists in which patients may be missing six or more. Even more rare is anodontia, where all primary or permanent teeth fail to develop. Continue Reading →