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Are you tired of looking at the gaps in your smile? Dental implants, offered by your Kissimmee, FL, dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso, just may be the perfect tooth restoration option for you.
How dental implants can help your smile
Dental implants make it possible for your dentist to create a brand new synthetic tooth for you. An implant becomes the root of your new tooth and is attached to a crown, a restoration that replaces the visible part of your tooth. When you visit the Kissimmee, FL, dental office, your dentist makes an impression of your mouth that's used to create a crown.
Implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Once in place, the titanium implant begins to bond to your jawbone. In just three to six months, the implant is fully bonded and ready for a crown.
Dental implants offer many benefits, including:
- Excellent Biting Power: Loss of biting power is an issue with some restorations but not dental implants. Your implants give your new teeth the ability to bite, tear, grind, and chew many types of food with ease.
- No Comfort Issues: Because your implants are firmly attached to your jawbone, they won't slip or slide when you eat, helping you avoid irritation or sores.
- A Permanent Replacement Option: Your dental implants may never need to be replaced, unlike bridges and dentures. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups will help keep your implants in good condition.
- Versatility: Whether you've lost a tooth or a permanent tooth never grew in, implants can help you improve your smile. They're also a good choice if you have dentures. Implant-supported dentures can be supported by as few as four implants per arch and offer a comfortable alternative to traditional dentures.
- No Jawbone Worries: Your tooth roots support your teeth and stimulate your jawbone. When teeth are lost, stimulation decreases, which can weaken and shrink the bone. Eventually, the bone can shrink so much that it can't adequately support your teeth or your facial muscles. If this happens, the lower part of your face may sag and you may lose teeth. Dental implants provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy and helps you avoid these problems.
Replace your missing teeth with dental implants! Call your dentist in Kissimmee, FL, Dr. Grosso, at (407) 350-5969 to schedule your appointment.
Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.
But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.
There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.
This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.
But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.
It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.
And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.
Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
People often put a premium on appearance when deciding whether or not to replace a missing tooth. There's more motivation to replace one in the “smile zone,” where the teeth are more visible, than one that's not.
But even if your missing tooth is in the back out of sight, there are still good reasons to replace it. That's because even one lost tooth can have a cascading ill effect on other teeth, the underlying bone or eventually your entire facial structure.
The chief problems caused by a missing tooth occur first with the bone. The act of chewing generates pressure around the teeth. The teeth transmit this pressure through the roots to the bone, which stimulates the bone to grow and remain strong in support of the teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone no longer receives this growth stimulation.
In time, the replacement rate for older bone cells will slow down and cause the bone volume to decrease. It's possible to detect a change just months after losing a tooth: you can lose an estimated 25% of bone width in the first year.
As the bone diminishes, the jaw loses height and then more width. The gum tissues will also gradually decrease. As a result you may not be able to chew or even speak as well as you once could. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, the foundational portion of the jawbone — the basal bone — may also decline. The distance between nose and chin may decrease and the cheeks sink in. Without bone support in the rear, the bite can collapse and push the teeth forward out of their normal position.
The best way to avoid this debilitating spiral is to replace a tooth as soon as practical. There are many options, but perhaps the best choice is a dental implant: not only will it provide a life-like appearance, but its affinity with bone will stop bone loss and even encourage new growth.
So, don't neglect replacing that “invisible” tooth if it's lost. Your mouth and ultimately your appearance will be better for it.
If you would like more information on tooth loss and restoration options, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
Dental implants are an excellent tooth-replacement option. After all, in addition to being permanent, there are many other advantages to choosing dental implants to restore your smile. For example, by replacing missing teeth, dental implants help reduce the negative effects associated with tooth loss. Here at our office in Kissimmee, FL where Dr. Vincent Grosso can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a secure and permanent tooth replacement option. The dental implant itself is a small metal post that functions similarly to a tooth root. Once placed in the jaw bone, the metal and bone fuse together over time, meaning that the implant will remain permanently in place.
Dental implants can hold different types of artificial teeth in place. A dental crown is placed on top of an implant when replacing individual teeth, and when replacing several teeth at once, dental implants can be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, or implant-supported overdentures.
Advantages of Dental Implants
One advantage to dental implants is that they fuse with the jawbone itself, meaning they will permanently remain securely in place. Another advantage is that they are made from a hypoallergenic metal so that even the most sensitive individuals can benefit from them.
Implants are also incredibly versatile, for they can be used in conjunction with a single dental crown, bridgework, or implant-supported overdentures. Whether you need to replace one tooth or many, dental implants are an option. Finally, by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants can reduce many of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. For example, facial sagging due to tooth loss can be reduced or reversed and excess strain on existing teeth can be alleviated.
To find out of you are a candidate for dental implants, contact our office in Kissimmee to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grosso: (407) 350-5969.