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Millions of Americans are living with some degree of tooth loss. Even with more treatment options and access to preventive dental care than ever, over 40% of adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the cosmetic and personal problems like loss of confidence and self esteem, tooth loss also poses a threat to your oral and general health. But there are many options available to help you get back your smile, your confidence, and your oral health. Dr. James Reid Roberts, a family dentist in Peachtree City, GA, recommends dental implants for adult patients in good health looking for a permanent solution for full or partial tooth loss.
Replace Missing Teeth and Improve Your Oral Health with Dental Implants in Peachtree City, GA
Dental implants are unique in that they replace the root of the missing tooth as well as the crown. This has a number of advantages, from creating a secure anchor for the cosmetic crown to preventing bone loss in the gums, a side effect of tooth loss and a big risk factor for gum disease and other oral health complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Here is what you need to know about dental implants.
Q: What are Dental Implants?
A: An implant is a small, screw shaped prosthetic device made from biocompatible titanium. It's surgically placed in the socket of a missing tooth in place of the root, and fuses with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. This helps to prevent the loss of healthy bone tissue, and to secure the implant in place. After the healing period is complete, the dentist will attach a cosmetic crown and your new implant will look and function just like a natural tooth. The implant isn't visible when you smile, so no one will know - unless you decide to tell them!
Q: Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
A: Implants are available for adult patients who are in good general health. There must also be enough bone tissue in the gums to support the implant.
Q: Are Dental Implants Safe?
A: Implants have a very high success rate, but they must be cared for in order to lower the risk of complications. In order to qualify for dental implants, patients must be able to keep up a rigorous oral hygiene routine, be in a good health, and keep up with regular follow up dental care.
Q: How Long do Dental Implants Last?
A: As with any dental restoration, the results vary from case to case. But with adequate care, implants have been shown to last for as much as 20 years.
Find a Dentist in Peachtree City, GA
For more information about how dental implants work and what they can do for your smile and oral health, contact Brilliant Smiles Dental today by calling (770) 486-8516 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberts.
There’s a lot to like about dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they life-like, but because they replace the root they also function much like a natural tooth. They also have another unique benefit: a track record for long-lasting durability. It’s estimated more than 95% of implants survive at least ten years, with a potential longevity of more than 40 years.
But even with this impressive record, we should still look at the few that didn’t and determine the reasons why they failed. We’ll soon find that a great number of those reasons will have to do with both oral and general health.
For example, implants rely on adequate bone structure for support. Over time bone cells grow and adhere to the implant’s titanium surface to create the durable hold responsible for their longevity. But if conditions like periodontal (gum) disease have damaged the bone, there might not be enough to support an implant.
We may be able to address this inadequacy at the outset with a bone graft to encourage growth, gaining enough perhaps to eventually support an implant. But if bone loss is too extensive, it may be necessary to opt for a different type of restoration.
Slower healing conditions caused by diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis or compromised immune systems can also impact implant success. If healing is impeded after placement surgery the implant may not integrate well with the bone. An infection that existed before surgery or resulted afterward could also have much the same effect.
Oral diseases, especially gum disease, can contribute to later implant failures. Although the implant’s materials won’t be affected by the infection, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. An infection can quickly develop into a condition known as peri-implantitis that can weaken these supporting structures and cause the implant to loosen and give way. That’s why prompt treatment of gum disease is vital for an affected implant.
The bottom line: maintaining good oral and general health, or improving it, can help keep your implant out of the failure column. Perform daily brushing and flossing (even after you receive your implant) and see your dentist regularly to help stop dental disease. Don’t delay treatment for gum disease or other dental conditions. And seek medical care to bring any systemic diseases like diabetes under control.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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.”
Semi-annual office cleanings are important for keeping teeth healthy and disease-free. If you’ve replaced some of your teeth with dental implants, though, you may be thinking they don’t need as much attention from your hygienist.
It’s quite the opposite — cleaning around implants is important, and actually requires additional attention. The reason for this relates to both how dental implants attach to the jaw and their constructive materials.
Natural teeth are held in place by the periodontal ligament with tiny fibers that attach to the teeth on one side of it and to the jawbone on the other. The ligaments and the gingival (gum) fibers (which are also attached to the tooth) provide some disease resistance to the teeth through its rich blood vessel and collagen network. Dental implants, on the other hand, anchor directly into the jawbone. The titanium integrates with the bone, which naturally attracts to the metal and grows around it, which provides the implant’s eventual attachment strength. The implant doesn’t attach to the gum tissue and won’t develop the same relationship with the periodontal ligament as natural teeth.
Bacterial plaque, the primary cause for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, can collect on an implant crown just as readily as on a natural tooth. Although the materials that make up an implant can’t be affected by a plaque-induced infection, the gum tissues and supporting bone around it can. In fact, because implants lack the disease resistance of the gingival fibers and the ligament attachment, an infection can turn rapidly into a condition known as peri-implantitis that could cause bone and tissue loss and lead to the loss of the implant.
Your hygienist understands the importance of removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from around your dental implant. This often calls for different instruments made of plastics or resins that won’t scratch the implant’s highly polished surface. Scratches provide a haven for bacteria to collect and make it more difficult to dislodge them. Likewise, if the hygienist uses ultrasonic equipment that loosens plaque through vibration, the hygienist will often use nylon or plastic tips to minimize damage to the implant.
And don’t forget your own personal hygiene habits — they’re just as important with dental implants as with natural teeth. Keeping plaque under control, both at home and with your dentist, is crucial to longevity for your dental implants.
If you would like more information on maintaining and cleaning dental implants, 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 Implant Maintenance.”
We've been using bridges to replace missing teeth for decades. Now, recently-developed implant-supported bridges are even more dependable, promising greater durability and less interference with remaining natural teeth.
But just like other restorations, you'll need to keep implant bridges clean to ensure their longevity. Although both the bridge and implants are impervious to disease, the supporting gums and bone aren't. If they become infected, they can break down and your restoration will fail.
Cleaning an implant-supported bridge includes flossing around each of the implants to remove dental plaque, a thin film of food particles and bacteria most responsible for dental disease. To perform this task, you'll have to pass the floss between the bridge and gums to access the sides of each implant.
To help make it easier, you can use a tool like a floss threader, a thin, shaft-like device with a loop on one end and a needle-like point on the other. You'll first thread about 18" of floss through the end and then pass the threader between the bridge and gums with the sharp end toward the tongue.
With the threader completely through, you'll then wrap the floss around your fingers as with regular flossing and move the floss up and down each side of the implants you can access. You'll then pull the floss out, reload the threader and move to the next section, repeating this process until you've flossed each side of each implant.
You can also use pre-cut floss with a stiffened end to thread between the bridge and gums or an interproximal brush with a thin bristled head that can reach underneath the bridge. And you might consider using an oral irrigator, a pump device that sprays a stream of pressurized water to remove and flush away plaque around implants.
To round out your hygiene efforts, be sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. Your dentist can also advise you and give you training on keeping your implants clear of disease-causing plaque. Cleaning around your implants will help ensure your restoration will last.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental restoration, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”
Dental implants provide an excellent option if you need to fill gaps in your smile. Long-lasting implants, offered by your Peachtree City, GA, dentist, Dr. James Reid Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental, feel more like natural teeth and may never need to be replaced.
Dental implants get to the root of the issue with restorations
Innovative dental implants replace your missing tooth roots with titanium posts. These synthetic root replacements gradually bond to your jawbone over several months, becoming just as strong as your natural tooth roots. Once your implants bond completely, your Peachtree City dentist attaches dental crowns to the top of them. Crowns are artificial teeth made from an impression of your mouth.
Strong roots are the key to the comfort and functionality of dental implants. Dentures and poorly fitting bridges can slip and slide because they're not anchored to roots. Luckily, your new dental crowns won't budge even if you munch on a carrot or enjoy a thick, juicy steak. Your biting power won't be affected either, thanks to your brand new titanium roots.
Although dental implants are a good choice if you've lost just one tooth, they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures comfortably fill the gaps in your smile.
Implants keep your jaw strong
Replacing lost roots with implants prevents jawbone resorption, a common problem if you've lost teeth. When the bone is no longer stimulated by the roots, it begins to shrink. Resorption can lead to several other issues, including shifting teeth, a changing bite, increased risk for cavities due to difficulty cleaning overlapping teeth, weakened jawbone, loose teeth and facial sagging. Luckily, it's easy to avoid these issues simply by opting for dental implants.
Caring for dental implants is easy
Keeping your implants healthy is no harder than caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental visits, will help keep your implants in good shape. Flossing around the implants is particularly important and can help you avoid infections that may loosen your implants.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Peachtree City, GA, dentist, Dr. James Reid Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental at (770) 486-8516 to make an appointment.