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Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reveal that as much as 70% of American adults from 35 to 44 years old have lost at least one tooth. The common reasons include tooth decay, dental fractures, accidents, and gum disease. If you belong to this segment of society, you may be wondering what tooth restoration options are available to you.
Here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, our dentists commonly utilize dental implants and dentures for addressing tooth loss. But what’s the difference between these options? Read on to find out.
Modern dental dentures feature a look and feel that make them almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental dentures are not only intended to beautify your teeth, but to also help in the restoration of your oral functions. Having dentures likewise provides support to your lips and cheeks to prevent your face from sagging. Other benefits include:
- A natural-looking smile.
- Quick treatment time.
- Surgery isn't necessary.
Understanding Dental Implants
Implants are a long-term permanent replacement for missing teeth. Made from titanium, implants are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as the root for prosthetic replacement. As time passes, they will fully integrate into your jaw and provide amazing facial support. Dental implants have their own sets of benefits for those who qualify for treatment, including:
- A look, feel, and functionality similar to your natural teeth.
- Jawbone stimulation to prevent shrinking.
- Easy maintenance.
- Dietary freedom.
- The ability to last for decades.
Your Putnam dentist might recommend the use of implants if you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth that might not necessarily be adjacent. In case you need a whole arch replacement for your teeth, there’s also a full arch restoration option available.
Dial (860) 928-6533 to set an appointment with one of the dentists here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT.
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.
Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.
The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.
Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.
Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.
Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.
These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.
If you would like more information on smile transformations with 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 “Matching Teeth & Implants.”
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.
But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.
For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.
Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.
We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.
Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.
Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.
If you would like more information on implant 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 “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that three million people in the United States have dental implants. Why are these artificial teeth so popular and successful? Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your dentists in Putnam, CT, place dental implants to close smile gaps caused by oral injury, decay, abscess, gum disease, and more. Read about implants here and about how you could qualify for these state-of-the-art tooth replacements.
What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth. Its structure includes a titanium screw (root) placed into the jaw bone, a metal alloy abutment or extension post, and a custom-crafted porcelain crown. Because dental implants are located in solid bone, they actually stimulate its growth. This process is known as osseointegration, and it creates an incredibly solid foundation for the post and crown.
In addition, your dentist uses dental implants to support fixed, multi-tooth bridges and partial/full dentures. All of these implant-retained prosthetics reinforce jawbone size and density, avoiding the facial changes and oral function problems which accompany tooth loss.
The treatment in Putnam
It starts with a complete oral examination, including digital X-rays and a three-dimensional CAT scan. With this information, Dr. Solomon understands how much jaw bone you have and if it's sufficient for implant placement. If the bone is thin, there are augmentation treatments which can build it up.
With the establishment of a good foundation, the dentist opens the gums in the area of the empty tooth socket. Using a high-speed drill, he makes a small pilot hole in the bone and inserts the implant screw. A few sutures close the site, and you'll return home to heal.
Healing takes time, but the wait is worth it. Over many weeks, the jaw bone adheres to the titanium implant through something called osseointegration. Jawbone strength and size actually improve because of the implant.
When you return to Dr. Solomon's office, he'll re-open the implant site and bond on the abutment, or extension post, and a lifelike crown made of superior-quality porcelain. Then, you'll begin enjoying the benefits of this exceptional tooth replacement.
Take care of it
Your dental implant needs no special care. However, you must continue to brush and floss diligently to avoid plaque and tartar accumulation at the gum line. Also, see Dr. Solomon and his team for a hygienic cleaning and check-up every six months. Your hygienist may suggest special ways to keep your implant clean.
Finally, if you smoke or chew tobacco, consider starting a smoking cessation program through your primary care physician. Tobacco in all forms contains toxins which harm the gums and bone around dental implants. An infection known as peri-implantitis resembles advanced periodontal disease, and it could cause implant failure and necessitate removal.
Arrange your consultation
At Stephen Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, you'll learn all about dental implants and their many applications. Please contact the office today for a personal consultation: (860) 928-6533.
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.”