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Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.
For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.
Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.
That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.
If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.
With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.
Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.
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 after Previous Tooth Loss.”
Find out what to do if an urgent dental problem happens to you or a loved one.
We know that dental emergencies can happen at the worst of times. That’s why our Asheville, NC, dentists Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos, want you to know that they are here for you whenever an emergency surprises you. After all, the sooner you treat the problem, the better it is for the health of your smile!
More about Dental Emergencies
Common dental emergencies include,
- A toothache
- Bitten tongue or cheek
- Cracked tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken braces
- Dental restorations that are damaged or have fallen out
If you’ve bitten your tongue, lip, or cheek, gently clean the area and apply pressure to the wound for 10-15 minutes. If you’re still bleeding heavily, go to your nearest emergency room.
A toothache could mean you have a cavity, an infected dental pulp or a fracture. This is why it’s important to visit your Asheville, NC, emergency dentist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need, whether that’s a dental filling, root canal treatment, or a crown.
If you have knocked out a tooth, gently rinse the tooth to remove any debris. Handle the tooth by the crown only and try to place it back in the socket. If it won’t go, do not force it, just place it in a container of milk and come into our office immediately. We may be able to save the tooth if you receive treatment within 1 hour of the incident.
If a crown, bridge, or dental filling has fallen out, it can leave the tooth susceptible to damage. This is why you should come in right away. If there is no damage, we will just place the same dental work back in place; however, if the crown or filling is cracked or broken, we will need to replace it.
Our emergency dentists set aside time to be able to handle these extreme situations, so give us a call before heading to our office and let us know what’s going on. The more you can tell us the better, for we can then inform you of whether your situation warrants an immediate appointment.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
Here at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, we believe that everyone should get the quality dental care they deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with a toothache or you just need to schedule a cleaning, turn to our team of emergency dentists today by calling (828) 665-1111.
Let our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist treat your tooth loss or damaged smile right away.
Whether our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist Dr. Peter Lotowski just recently told you that your smile could benefit from a dental crown or bridge, or you are doing research to find out how to improve the health and appearance of your smile, you’ve come to the right place. Countless people have been able to restore damaged or missing teeth with the help of crowns and bridges and you can too.
If you have cracked, broken or discolored teeth…
Then the best option will be to get a dental crown. In most cases, the purpose of a dental crown is restorative in nature. This means that it’s often placed over a tooth that has been weakened or damaged and isn’t as strong as it once was. Once the crown is placed over the tooth it will restore and preserve the rest of the tooth.
A dental crown may be placed if the tooth:
- Is cracked, broken, or fractured
- Is weak from an infection, decay, or traumatic injury
- Is severely decayed (when a dental filling won’t be able to fully support the tooth)
- Has undergone root canal therapy
- Is malformed, misshapen, or severely discolored
If you are dealing with any of the issues above, it’s important that you visit your restorative dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, right away to find out how a dental crown could restore and protect your natural smile.
If you are missing a tooth…
Then a dental bridge may be the easiest solution for getting your full smile back. A dental bridge spans the gap where your missing tooth is and fills it with a false tooth. In order for the false tooth to stay in place, we will need to place dental crowns on either end of the gap. From there, a false tooth will be connected between the crowns to hold the tooth in place.
Wisconsin Dental Solutions offers full dentistry services to Sun Prairie, WI and the Madison, WI, area. If you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges and how they could improve your smile then call us today to schedule a consultation.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”