Posts for tag: dental implants

By Today's Dental
December 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  
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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Today's Dental
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Want a healthier and brighter smile?

Dental implants have come a long way in the last 40 years, according to the American Dental Association, and can help replace missing Dental Implantsteeth. If you're interested, dentists at Today's Dental, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton can help.

More about dental implants:

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The body doesn't reject titanium because it is biocompatible, creates stability and strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium fuses to your bones and reinforces your jaw.

Afterwards, the patient needs to come back to the office in Houston, TX, so that your dentist can place an abutment above the screw, and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of dental implants in Houston:

Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:

  • They can restore bite and chewing function
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care
  • Implants can be used to anchor dentures

Taking care of your dental implants:

Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush and floss your implant every day. Also, a change in diet is beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is beneficial to your oral health.

Would you ever need to fix dental implants?

Repairing dental crowns depends on the severity of the dental crown damage.

For minor breaks or cracks, your doctor buffs and reshapes your crown in a single appointment without anesthesia.

For severe fractures or cracks, this means the structure of your dental crown is compromised and you'll need a new crown. Your doctor will take impressions of the tooth, send them to be made at which will then be sent to a lab and new custom crown(s) are made to match the rest of your teeth.

Consultation:

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentists at Today's Dental, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, at (281) 580-0770 today!

By Today's Dental
May 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ReplaceTeethforBetterSpeech

The month of May has been designated “Better Speech & Hearing Month” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Why would this be of interest to dental professionals? Because teeth are vital for good speech, and missing teeth can make it very hard to speak properly.

Speech is all about sounds, and forming sounds correctly requires proper positioning of oral structures such as the lips, tongue and teeth. For example, there are some words that are almost impossible to pronounce correctly without touching your tongue to your teeth. In fact, one of the hardest words to say without teeth…is teeth!

Missing teeth can affect speech indirectly as well, by reducing self-confidence. People who are missing front teeth often develop the habit of talking behind their hand or mumbling to avoid revealing the gap in their smile. Not being able to speak clearly and confidently can affect not only your appearance, but also your job prospects and social life. So what can you do about missing teeth?

Dental implants are today’s preferred tooth-replacement method. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw bone beneath your gums. They serve as “roots” to hold realistic-looking prosthetic (artificial) teeth in place. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or an entire row of teeth (upper or lower). Sometimes a dental implant can be placed the same day a failing tooth is removed so that you won’t need a second surgical procedure.

The healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap can also be used to support one or more replacement teeth. This method, called bridgework, can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. Another option is removable dentures, which do not stay in the mouth all the time.

Each of these options has its benefits and risks. We’d be happy to discuss all of them in detail and help you decide which would be best in your own situation. To learn more about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “New Teeth in One Day.”

By Today's Dental
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your oral health; dental implants can help.dental implants

The moment you lose a tooth your mind may immediately go to how to treat the issue and the best replacement tooth for the job. Our Houston, TX dentists Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton have you covered. We can talk to you about the different options available to you so that you can make the most informed decision about your oral health. Today, we are here to tell you about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

An implant replaces your missing tooth roots with a small metal post or screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Replacing the tooth roots is important for your overall oral health and getting a dental implant offers you a long-term and sturdy foundation from which to support an artificial tooth like a dental crown.

How does a dental implant work?

What makes dental implants different from other tooth replacement options is that once our Houston restorative dentist places the implant into the jawbone it will begin to naturally fuse together with bone and tissue over the course of several months. Once the implant integrates with the jawbone it is now a permanent structure designed to last several decades.

Once the implant and the jawbone are one, the next step requires us to place an abutment, or connector, on top of the implant. This will require another minor surgery in which we will open up the gums to reveal the implant and place the abutment over top.

The purpose of an abutment is to connect the implant with the dental crown. In some instances, the metal implant will already have an abutment built-in, in which case you won’t even need to undergo this second procedure.

Once the gums have had time to heal from surgery we will then cement the dental crown over the abutment. Each crown is custom-made just for you. While getting a dental implant can take several months you could end up having it for the rest of your life!

Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Houston? Do you want to find out if you are the great candidate for implants? Then it’s time to turn to our knowledgeable caring team at Today’s Dental to help you get your smile back.

By Today's Dental
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Get a full smile again with a little help from dental implants.dental implants

Dealing with tooth loss can feel frustrating, but you should breathe a sigh of relief knowing that our Houston, TX, dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, offer a variety of options to meet your needs. If you need to replace one or more missing permanent teeth, find out if dental implants might be the right choice.

How Dental Implants Restore Smiles

Implants are designed to take the place of tooth roots. This means that in order for implants to work, one of our Houston general dentists will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone.

Over the course of several months, the implant and bone will fuse together to become one. Implants are made from titanium, which is not only a very resilient metal but also is completely biocompatible (this means that your mouth won’t reject the metal). Once the implant has fused together with the jawbone then we can place a dental crown over it to complete your new restoration.

Perfect Candidates for Dental Implants

There are certain factors that we will need to take into consideration before determining your candidacy for getting dental implants. Since it can take up to a year or more to get your restoration and you’ll have to undergo surgery there are some qualifications that you will need to meet before we can proceed.

You must have good oral health: If you have uncontrolled gum disease or if we detect decay or an infection then these are issues we will need to address before we can proceed with implants. We will also perform X-rays to check the health and density of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss, then bone grafting may be necessary prior to getting implants to ensure that the jawbone is strong enough to support your restoration.

You must be dedicated to your oral health: Are you someone who often forgets to floss their teeth? Do you neglect to see your dentist regularly? These measures might seem annoying but they can go a long way to protecting your teeth and gums. If you aren’t ready to adopt good oral hygiene, then dental implants are certainly not the way to go. If you want your implant to last you’ll want to care for it properly.

Are you ready to find out what Today's Dental in Houston, TX, can do for your smile? Let us know that you are dealing with tooth loss and are interested in getting dental implants and we will schedule a consultation with you.