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The loss of a tooth can change the way you feel about your smile. Gaps between teeth not only affect your self-confidence and self-esteem but may limit your ability to chew certain foods. Dental implants, offered by your Cohasset, MA, dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette of Cohasset Dental, provide an excellent way to restore your smile.
Dental implants rebuild missing teeth
Dental implants recreate missing teeth from the roots up. The process starts with implanting a tiny titanium post in your jawbone. The implant becomes the new root for your tooth after it osseointegrates, or bonds, to your jawbone. The osseointegration process usually takes about three to six months but can vary from person to person.
As soon as full bonding occurs, your Cohasset dentist adds a connector to the top of the implant and makes an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to make a dental crown. The crown looks just like the top part of a natural tooth and restores your biting and chewing ability, in addition to filling the gap in your smile.
Implants offer oral health advantages
Dental implants don't just improve your smile but also keep your jawbone strong. Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when your jawbone shrinks, can be an issue after tooth loss. If the bone shrinks significantly it will no longer be able to support your teeth, and they may begin to loosen. Sagging of facial muscles can also occur due to resorption. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone just like natural roots, keeping your jawbone strong.
Implants also prevent your other teeth from shifting, which can happen after you lose a tooth. Drifting teeth often overlap, which makes it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque. Bite problems can also occur if your teeth shift.
Chewing can be difficult if you lose even one tooth. As a result, you may swallow foods without chewing them thoroughly or even avoid eating some foods. Dental implants restore your chewing ability without decreasing your biting power. Do you have chewing difficulties because you've lost multiple teeth? Implant-supported dentures and bridges offer a good way to improve your ability to bite and chew and will also improve your appearance.
Don't let gaps between your teeth alter your smile! Dental implants can restore your smile. Call your Cohasset, MA, dentists Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette of Cohasset Dental, at (781) 383-9393 to schedule your appointment.
Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.
For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.
Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.
That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.
If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.
With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.
Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.
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 “Dental Implants after Previous Tooth Loss.”
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental 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.”
Dentists love saving teeth, making them healthy and improving their appearance. However, tooth loss still happens from time to time due to decay, injury, gum disease and other issues. To fill smile gaps, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette from Cohasset Dental frequently recommend dental implants to qualified patients. Natural-looking and performing, these prosthetics complete smiles and make them strong.
A dental implant and you
A dental implant is the closest thing to a real tooth. It has a titanium metal root, a metal alloy post and porcelain crown. Through osseointegration, the jaw bone bonds to the titanium implant after Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette place it during a simple, in-office surgery.
To qualify for any dental implant procedure, you must have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant device and to withstand the intense forces of oral function (biting, chewing and speaking). During a dental implant consultation at Cohasset Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, review your medical history and take digital X-rays and sophisticated three-dimensional images of your teeth, their roots and surrounding bone structure.
From there, your dentist will customize a treatment plan. You'll know the details on your implant procedure, and if you are receiving multiple implants to support a denture or bridge, you'll understand how the implants will be placed and how to care for your dental prosthesis.
Will you do well?
Most dental implant treatments succeed. The implants fully integrate, and they stay in place for years. In fact, the current success and retention rate is around 97 percent, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. As time goes on and you use your implant more and more, your jaw bone density, width and height will increase, improving the strength and health of your jawbone.
To keep implant sites healthy for the life of your smile, brush daily and floss every day. Get six-month professional cleanings and examinations at Cohasset Dental. If you smoke, seek help in quitting by talking to your primary care physician. Tobacco can cause implant failure because of an infection called peri-implantitis.
In summary, dental implants...
- Look, feel and act like real teeth
- Improve the quality and quantity of supporting jaw bone
- Anchor bridgework or dentures
- Let you smile with complete confidence
If you have smile gaps, don't wait any longer to learn all about dental implants from Cohasset Dental. Call the office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette, and explore all your tooth replacement options. Phone today: (781) 383-9393. We have early morning hours.
If you have a problem tooth we’ve recommended removing, those “Tooth in one day” ads—a tooth removed and an implant placed at the same time—might start to pique your interest. But there are a few factors we must consider first to determine if this procedure is right for you. Depending on your mouth’s health conditions, you may need to wait a little while between tooth extraction and implantation.
Here are 3 timing scenarios for receiving your implant after tooth removal, depending on your oral health.
Immediately. The “tooth in one day” scenario can be much to your liking, but it could also be tricky in achieving the best results. For one, the implant may fit too loosely—the bone around the socket might first need to heal and fill in or undergo grafting to stimulate regeneration. In other words, immediate implant placement usually requires enough supporting bone and an intact socket. Bone grafting around the implant is usually needed as well.
After gum healing. Sufficient gum coverage is also necessary for a successful outcome even if the bone appears adequate. To guard against gum shrinkage that could unattractively expose too much of the implant, we may need to delay implant placement for about 4 to 8 weeks to allow sufficient gum healing and sealing of the extraction wound. Allowing the gums to heal can help ensure there’s enough gum tissue to cover and protect the implant once it’s placed.
After bone healing. As we’ve implied, implants need an adequate amount of supporting bone for best results. When there isn’t enough, we might place a bone graft (often immediately after tooth extraction) that will serve as a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. Depending on the degree of bone loss, we may wait until some of the bone has regenerated (about 2 to 4 months) and then allow the natural process of bone cells growing and adhering to the implant (osseointegration) to complete the needed bone growth. If bone loss is extensive, we may need to wait until full healing in 4 to 6 months to encourage the most stable outcome.
If you would like more information on the process of obtaining 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”