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Implant Dentistry

Tooth Replacement – Dental Implantsimplant-graphic

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums.

 

Image-7Dental implants restore function, health and confidence. An estimated 20 million people in North America suffer the physical and emotional effects of missing teeth. State-of-the-Art dental implant technology is making a difference. Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They look, function and feel like healthy, natural teeth.

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits and sometimes over a period of several months. Unlike crown and bridge treatment, dental implants do not require the alteration of adjacent natural, healthy teeth. They also prevent bone loss and the movement of natural, healthy teeth. Dental Implants also provide long-term cost benefits. Due to the wide variety of dental implant treatment options and expanding dental insurance coverage, dental implants are a more realistic option than ever before.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting nearby teeth.
  • Reduce joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

Getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Jaw bone cells will permanently attach to the titanium implant (called osteointegration) giving us biological retention. In many cases, implants are stronger than original teeth.

Beware of misleading advertising that implies you can get an implant placed crown secured on top of the implant all in one visit. This is biologically not possible; you cannot speed up the osteointegration process.

When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant. The post is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today’s technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth. After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. The final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

Learn more about Replacing Several Teeth

If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots. Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.

Commonly if 3 teeth are missing, two implants act as the anchors (abutments) to support a bridge (segment of replacement teeth). The placement of implants and impression sequence are similar to the above example of a single tooth implant. The bridge once fabricated is cemented to the abutments so the prosthesis is secure and does not come out. Special care is taken in construction of the bridge to mimic natural adjacent teeth to restore esthetics and function.

In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.

Full Implant options

 

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Gum Therapy and Periodontal Cleanings

Swollen, red and bleeding gums are signs of an unhealthy mouth.

In addition to bad breath, these conditions can affect your total body health, contributing to heart disease and other serious illnesses. Thanks to the many advanced treatments our periodontists offer, Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help you reverse — and manage — your gum disease. Soft tissue grafts can cover tooth roots, decrease sensitivity, or replace missing tissue from a receding gum line. Grafts can be taken from the roof of your mouth or other areas. Dr. Cheri Neal’s expertise can create an effective outcome that you will enjoy for years to come.

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal (gum) disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Gum disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!
Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between gum disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with gum disease affects these diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing gum (periodental) disease.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  •  Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  •  New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  •  Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  •  Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  •  Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  •  Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  •  Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

Highly skilled and friendly, our periodontal team’s dedication to extraordinary patient care and comfort ensures high-quality results with a gentle touch. Gum therapy can improve your oral health and possibly your overall health.

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Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your gums healthy
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Gold Crowns (caps)

Protection for a Weakened Tooth

Gold Crown or cap

As you age, your teeth age too. Decay, fillings, trauma or even just normal chewing habits can make your teeth break down over time. A Gold dental crown or a cap is a cover that is placed over a tooth to protect a weakened tooth from further fracturing or deteriorating. A gold crown could also be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal. Lastly, a new gold crown is necessary to simply replace an old worn down or defective crown.

As a rule; the more precious metal or gold content in the metal the better the fit and better for the health of the gums around the crown. Keep in mind that fit is an important factor in sealing out the bacteria that tries to get between the crown and the tooth, possibly causing decay and premature failure of the crown.

What does getting a Gold Crown Involve?

It normally takes two visits for Stonegate Meadows dentistry to complete your crown.

  • On your first visit your Dr. Neal will shape and prepare the tooth so the crown can properly fit over it.
  • An impression of the tooth is taken
  • A temporary crown is inserted to protect the prepared tooth.
  • The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fit permanent crown is made.
  • On your second visit the permanent crown is placed.
  • If the fit and shape of the crown are satisfactory, Dr. Neal will proceed with permanently cementing it into place.

After the successful completion of the crown it is not uncommon to feel some discomfort, mild pain when you chew, or sensitivity to temperature changes for a few days.

If your newly cemented gold crown feels too tall or your bite doesn’t feel right, you should contact our office immediately.

Cleaning Your Crown

Please keep in mind that the longevity of your crown depends in large part on the materials in the crown, as well as your oral hygiene, diet and the health of the supporting tooth and gums. It is important to maintain all of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing.

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Find out more about Gold Crowns and how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915