Posts for tag: dental implants

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.

ScreworCementWhichisBestforAttachingYourImplantCrown

If you’re in the initial planning stages for a dental implant, you may already be encountering a number of options to consider. One that may come up is how the visible crown will attach to the metal implant imbedded in the bone.

Generally speaking, implants are composed of two parts: a metal post most often made of titanium placed into the bone that serves as the “root” for the new tooth; and a visible, life-like crown made of dental porcelain that attaches to an abutment on the titanium post. The crown can be attached in one of two ways: either with a small screw through the biting surface of the crown into a receiving hole in the abutment or cemented to it.

The major advantage of a screwed crown is that it allows for easy removal of the crown if needed. While the titanium post can often last a lifetime, porcelain crowns more often need repair or replacement since they receive the brunt of the biting forces in the mouth. A screw-attached crown is much easier to remove than a cemented one.

On the other hand, screwed crowns have a small access hole that must be restored with a tooth-colored filling to help the crown appear natural. This isn’t too great an issue with back teeth but does make achieving a natural appearance in the front more difficult. Cemented crowns look more like a natural tooth and are thus more flexible in achieving the desired appearance.

Besides the possibility the cement may cause gum inflammation or bone loss, the chief detraction from cemented crowns is the difficulty in removing them. Crowns are often damaged in this process so it’s highly likely it will have to be replaced rather than repaired. It’s possible to use weaker cement, but this raises the risk of the crown coming loose at some point from the abutment.

As we plan for your implant, we’ll discuss which type of attachment will work best for you, depending on the tooth to be replaced and other conditions with your oral health. The end result, though, should be the same — a new, natural-looking tooth that serves you well for many years to come.

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 Crowns Attach to Implants.”

ConsiderBoneHealthWhenDecidingBetweenImplantsandDentures

Losing permanent teeth is never good — unlike primary teeth, no natural replacements wait in the wings. But the good news is you have a number of options for replacing them with life-like prosthetic (false) teeth.

Today's premier choice is dental implants, preferred by dentists and patients alike for their durability and life-likeness. But because of their cost when replacing multiple teeth, many people opt for traditional dentures. And now dentures are easier to wear and maintain thanks to new, advanced materials and designs.

Still, there's one major area where implants have the definite edge over dentures — long-term bone health. Older bone cells die and dissolve (resorb), replaced then by newly formed cells. Teeth help perpetuate this cycle through the forces generated when we chew that travel through the roots to stimulate the formation of new bone.

But because this stimulation through a tooth ends when it's lost, new bone beneath the empty socket may not keep up with the resorption rate of older bone. As a result, you could lose as much as a quarter of normal bone width in just the first year after losing a tooth.

This bone loss will continue to accumulate even if you wear dentures, which can't replicate the bone growth stimulation of natural teeth. What's more, the constant pressure on the bony ridge of the gums can accelerate bone loss. Eventually, the firm, comfortable fit you first had with your dentures will become looser and less comfortable with the shrinking bone volume.

Implants, on the other hand, can stop bone loss and may even reverse it. This is because the titanium metal of an implant has a special affinity with bone cells that readily grow and adhere to it. This creates the anchorage responsible for the implant's durability, but it's also healthy for the bone.

Of course, this doesn't have to be a binary choice between the two restorations thanks to a new hybrid advancement that combines implants with dentures. We can install as few as two implants to support a removable denture. You'll enjoy greater stability, fit and durability with your dentures, while also improving bone health through the implants.

So before you decide on a dental restoration, be sure to discuss with us your implant options. Your oral health and appearance could benefit immensely.

If you would like more information on 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”