Posts for tag: dental implants

By Today's Dental
January 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  
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While celebrating all that a new year brings, take a moment to remember the New Year's Day birthday of a true American patriot: the legendary Paul Revere. Ironically, he became a legend some 80 years after his midnight trek to warn colonists of approaching British troops, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem “Paul Revere's Ride.” He was much better known to his fellow Bostonians as a prosperous silversmith, engraver—and “artificial teeth” maker.

That's right. Among his many business endeavors, Revere's résumé also included dental prosthetics, specifically custom dentures made of ivory. For the time, his work was state-of-the-art technology that far surpassed older tooth replacement methods.

But when we compare Revere's foray into the dental arts and today's restorations, his high quality 18th Century dentures were the proverbial “horse and buggy,” while modern denture technology seems like “supersonic transport.” Not only are today's dentures made of superior materials that are more “toothlike” in appearance, the means to create them using digital technology gives wearers a more secure and comfortable fit.

The modern denture—an appliance that replaces multiple or all lost teeth—is composed of a polymer base, usually acrylic that is colored to resemble gum tissue. Attached to this base are the prosthetic (“false”) teeth that replace those lost along the jaw. These new teeth are usually made of a durable dental material like porcelain that looks and functions like real teeth.

The basic design of today's denture hasn't changed much in the last century. What has changed is our ability to create dentures that follow an individual jaw contours much more precisely. Using the latest digital technology, we're able to obtain highly accurate impressions of the mouth to guide the manufacturing process. Fit is critically important for how dentures feel and function in the mouth. If they are too loose, they become uncomfortable and limit which foods you can eat.

If that weren't enough, recent advancements with dental implants have taken dentures to an entirely new level, beyond anything imaginable in Revere's day. We're now able to create dentures that connect or are permanently affixed to implants set within the jaw, which makes them more stable and secure. An implant-supported denture also helps prevent bone loss, a weakness of traditional dentures, causing them to loosen over time.

As amazing as they are, we wouldn't have the modern version of dentures without craftsmen like Paul Revere who helped advance the cause of dental restoration. So, lift a glass of holiday cheer this season to this hero of the American Revolution—and of American dentistry.

If you would like more information about tooth replacement restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Today's Dental
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Not having a full set of teeth is uncomfortable, inconvenient, and can be downright embarrassing. If this sounds like your story, you might benefit from dental implants. According to the American Dental Association, dentists perform over 5 million dental implant treatments every year in the U.S. Two of these dentists are Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeremy Thornton of Today’s Dental in Houston, TX. To know if dental implants are right for you, below are their key unique advantages.

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Dental implants are made of titanium and are capable of integrating with your jawbone. They are also biocompatible, which means that they’re non-toxic so your body won’t reject them.

Dental Implants Function Like Your Natural Teeth

Most people who have undergone dental implant treatment say that with time, they forget that they actually have implants and can’t differentiate between the implants and their natural teeth. They eat with their dental implants, and floss and brush them, as they would with their natural teeth.

Dental Implants Can Help Stop or Reverse Bone Loss

If you have a missing tooth, your jawbone in that area will have an empty space that will deteriorate because of the absence of stimulation. Over time, that jawbone will gradually but consistently lose volume. However, since an implant will replace both the tooth and the root of your missing tooth, you can start to chew normally again. This will give your jawbone the necessary stimulation it needs to stimulate natural bone growth. If you’re particularly concerned about the possibility of bone loss, talk to your dentist in Houston, TX, about dental implants treatment.

Dental Implants Can Help Keep Your Adjacent Teeth In Place

Empty spaces from missing teeth could result in adjacent teeth shifting crookedly towards the empty spaces. In turn, this could negatively impact how you chew, bite, speak, and look. Likewise, it could even make teeth replacement treatments more complicated later on. In addition, a crooked bite could cause problems with your temporomandibular joint or TMJ and might cause headaches and pain.

With all the unique benefits that dental implants can offer, you shouldn’t let missing teeth keep you from having a beautiful and full smile. Consult Dr. Tiberiu Oancea or Dr. Jeremy Thornton of Today’s Dental in Houston, TX about dental implants as soon as possible. Call (281) 580-0770 to get a full and healthy smile today.

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.”