ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants

Posts for: January, 2012

By Max Arocha DMD
January 23, 2012

Look younger with Dental Implants

You can look younger and feel healthier with dental implants. Dental implants are like having a new set of natural teeth. You can enjoy the comforts of healthy eating, speaking and socializing without the embarrassment of missing teeth or “slipping” denture and partials. According to American Dental Association, a dental implant offers comfort, stability and is a dental restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth.

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In a survey of more than 50,000 adults, only one-third of respondents were aware that missing teeth can alter facial contour. But that is only half the story. And what you do not know can hurt you. Chewing, talking, laughing and even kissing are a few instances when the role of healthy teeth is often taken for granted, until one or more teeth are damaged or lost.

Over time, even a single missing tooth can lead to bone loss which, in turn, can alter your jaw structure, cause teeth to shift and can actually change the shape of your face. Once the tooth roots are no longer in place, bone recession in that area can gradually develop into a “sunken” appearance prematurely aging your face.

Tooth replacement that also replaces your tooth root is necessary to maintain proper facial contour. Dental implants are the only tooth replacements that substitute your tooth’s crown and root.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth.

Tooth replacement is not just a cosmetic fix. Studies have shown that failing to replace lost teeth can also affect your eating habits, speech, self-esteem, quality of life and your overall health. Missing teeth that are not replaced can limit your diet to softer foods lacking of proper nutrition which can lead to weight problems, digestive disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dental implants allow you to eat foods that can enhance your health.

Why compromise your health, give up your favorite foods, or look older than you are, when you may not have to.

Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Until you have experience tooth loss or having to adjust to partials or dentures you probably take for granted the simple pleasures of eating and tasting. Did you know that you can not fully taste food without “chewing awareness”? No matter how juicy that steak is or how tasty that spaghetti sauce might be, the eating experience goes beyond the mechanics of placing food in your mouth and chewing it.

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Your gums, teeth, and palate (roof of your mouth) each play a part in how your brain processes chewing forces and food tastes. When your gum surfaces, teeth and palate are covered by dentures or partial, chewing reception is altered dulling your sense of taste.

The good news is dental implants help maintain normal “chewing awareness”. So if enjoying mouthwatering meals is an important part of your life, here’s just one more reason to consider the advantage of dental implants.

Dental implants are second to none. No other tooth replacement compares to the look, feel and function of dental implants. The good news is most people are candidates for this exciting, time-tested and proven treatment option. In addition, in dental implants treatment no other teeth are involved but the missing teeth.

Here are some of the many benefits of dental implants

  • Dental implants look and feel more like your natural teeth
  • Dental implants improved chewing ability
  • Dental implants provide better nutrition and health
  • Dental implants avoid facial bone loss
  • Dental implants boost self-confidence
  • Dental implants improve speech

Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the dental implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots and crowns of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for one or a series of replacement teeth or can be used to anchor bridges and dentures.

What is the cost of dental implants?

Dental implant treatment can vary depending on your needs. Of course, a dental implant dentist will be able to fully determine the cost, which isbased on the specifics of your individual dental needs. These factors can include thecomplexity of your case and how long a dental implant treatment will take. In the U.S., the cost of dental implants treatment ranges from $1,500 to $2,000, with the national average at about $1,700.For instance, average dental implants cost in Fort Lauderdale, FL is $1,700.

Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?

Dental insurance plans may cover on average $400 - 800 towards dental implant cost just as they would with other teeth replacement treatments like dental bridgework. Either your dentist insurance provider or your dental insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact dental coverage for your dental implant treatment based on you dental insurance coverage policy. If your dental insurance does not cover all of your dental implant treatment costs or if the cost of a dental implant is a concern for you, talk to your dental implant dentist provider about payment options - many dental implant dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans and financing, many with no down payment and no interest. About one-half of dental implant patient use financing options to spread their dental implant treatment costs over time.

Am I a candidate for dental implants? 

According to American Dental Association, candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the dental implant. A thorough evaluation by your implant dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implant patients are of all ages and dental implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to dental injury, gums disease or dental cavity. Dental implant is especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. A complete oral exam, dental x-rays, dental and medical health history are necessary to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

Do I have enough gums and bone to hold a dental implant?

It is important for a dental implant patient to have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency.

Why replace my missing tooth in the back if I can't see it?

For one thing, if you lose an upper tooth, you essentially lose the chewing function of that tooth and the one just below it. In addition, when you don’t replace a missing tooth, excessive force is then placed on adjacent teeth and may lead to tooth fractures and tipping. By ignoring damaged or missing teeth, you leave yourself prone to further tooth loss, teeth shifting, crowded teeth, speech problems, diet restrictions and other dental complications.

Facts and figures about dental implants

  • More than 4 millions people have dental implants and that number is growing by over 500,000 a year
  • Dental implants have been used for over 50 years.
  • In some cases, the cost of a single tooth implant is less than the cost of a fixed three unit dental bridge. (a fixed three unit bridge is needed to replace a single missing tooth)
  • Unlike dental bridgework, dental implants don’t require the reduction of healthy adjacent teeth.
  • Dental implants are considered more predictable than dental bridgework and root canals treatments.

By Max Arocha DMD
January 16, 2012
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5 reason millions of people have chosen INVISALIGN

For millions of people, a healthy and beautiful smile starts with taking care of crooked teeth. There is no surprise that a healthy and attractive smile makes people feel and look their best.

Did you know that the benefits of having straight and properly aligned teeth go far beyond a confident smile? According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal gums problems like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Our 5 reasons why, as of 2016, over 5 million people worldwide have chosen to be treated with Invisalign over braces comes from numerous patient interviews and researching the Invisalign market. And despite tough economic times, the number of Invisalign treatment keeps growing daily for the same 5 reasons listed below.

There are definitely other good options for straightening patient teeth, but no one seems to offer the level of comfort and convenience that Invisalign provides.

REASON 1. Invisalign is made to fit different lifestyles.

The good news is the Invisalign system does not require the patient to change his or her busy lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. With the comfort and convenience of customized clear plastic aligners, Invisalign would not hold patients back with a high number of visits to the dentist like conventional orthodontic braces typically do.

Unlike with braces, a patient under Invisalign treatment has the flexibility to remove the aligners to eat and drink what he or she wants during treatment without any limitation. One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This often leads to dental plaque buildup and decalcification of teeth. In the majority of patients wearing braces, this plaque buildup may eventually lead to tooth decay and bleeding gums. So, how convenient can Invisalign be? Invisalign allows the patients to enjoy their favorite food without any restriction. The Invisalign aligner can also be easily removed to brush and floss as they normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

In addition, it does not matter what type of sport the patient enjoys, Invisalign aligners would not get in the way.

With Invisalign, the patient can be as active as he or she would like to be. The patient can remove the Invisalign aligner for special events, business meetings or social gathering.

REASON 2. Invisalign treatment is a metal-free choice.

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There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to a patient’s mouth, a major advantage over traditional braces. Since dental office visits during Invisalign treatment don't involve metal or wire adjustments, the patient will likely spend much less time in the dentist's chair.

Invisalign straightens crooked teeth right before patients’ eyes. If a patient is a candidate for Invisalign treatment, his or her teeth will move, little by little, toward a new smile with straighter and healthier teeth. In fact, Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable.

Once a trained and certified Invisalign dentist have determined that the patient is a candidate for Invisalign, he can correct imperfections in a wide range of smiles, including Overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Patients who their teeth have shifted since wearing braces are also the good candidate for Invisalign.

REASON 3. The main benefit of Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible.

Invisalign are clear aligners that allow patients to look their best while they smile with confidence during and after their Invisalign treatment. In addition, most people would not even notice that there are wearing Invisalign aligners.

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Most Invisalign patients interviewed love the fact that Invisalign aligners are unnoticeable to family members, friends, and co-workers. No one may even notice that they are wearing them. Invisalign also allows the patients to view their virtual results and treatment plan before they start so they can see how their straightened teeth will look when their treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, they are able to see it for themselves on a computer screen.

REASON 4.The process of getting started with Invisalign is easy and painless.

The path to an Invisalign treatment begins at a dental office of an Invisalign certified provider. Here are the five steps patients have to go through to achieve straight teeth with Invisalign.

  • Step 1: Initial Invisalign®Visit During the initialInvisalign®examthe dentist will evaluate, assess and discuss the course and cost of treatment with the patient. The dental office would then take teeth bite impressions, photos of your teeth and send them to Invisalign for processing.

About Invisalign cost: In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $4,000 to $7,000, with the national average at about $5,000. Some dental insurance plans cover on average $1,000 towards Invisalign treatment cost just as they would with other orthodontic treatments like braces. But of course, an Invisalign dentist will be able to fully determine the cost, which is based on the specifics of a patient individual needs. These factors can include the complexity of a patient case and how long the Invisalign treatment will take. Either your Invisalign dentist provider or your insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact coverage for your treatment. If your insurance does not cover part of your Invisalign treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, talk to your Invisalign dentist provider about payment options - many Invisalign dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, many with no down payment and no interest. About one-third of Invisalign patients use financing options to spread their treatment costs over time like care credit.

  • Step 2: Invisalign makes your aligners

Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform the patient teeth bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. This technology will also simulate the patient complete Invisalign treatment plan from the initial position to the final position of the patient’s teeth.

  • Step 3: You receive your clear aligners in a few weeks.

During the next visit to the dental office, the patient will receive his or her first set of clear Invisalign aligners.

  • Step 4: You wear your Invisalign aligners.

The patient will wear his or her first Invisalign aligner day and night for two weeks. Then it is replaced by the next aligner in the series until the final desired teeth position is achieved. Invisalign aligners can be removed when eating, brushing and flossing. Each case is a little different. However on the average Invisalign treatment last about a year. The patient will visit the dental office about 8 weeks for the progress check.

  • Step 5: You've finished Invisalign treatment!

When the patient is finished wearing each Invisalign aligner in the series, his or her Invisalign treatment will be complete and he or she will be required to wear an upper and lower orthodontic retainers of his or her choice. The patient can choose from a fixed or clear removable retainer.

REASON 5. Invisalign has been proven effective worldwide.

The Invisalign system has been proven effective through scientific orthodontics research and in clinical dental practices worldwide. Dentists have been using invisible orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth for decades. And as of 2016 million of patients have been successfully treated with Invisalign technology. About nine out of ten patients are “very satisfied” with their Invisalign. Invisalign scientific publications on Invisalign treatments are dated as far as the year 2000.

By Max Arocha DMD
January 10, 2012
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Your mouth is both a window to your health and a doorway to disease! In fact, an article published in the Harvard Dental Bulletin was entitled, “Floss or die: the link between oral health and cardiac disease.”

Research has linked advanced gum disease to serious and even life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke! The more you brush, floss and have regular cleanings, the less likely you are to develop gum disease.

Every day counts!! What you have just read should give you a big hint as to why daily home oral hygiene should be a top priority in your life. Because no matter how busy your schedule the simple fact is that you eat every day. And failure to properly clean your teeth on a daily basis can result in gum disease. Bottom line: Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss and health losses!

You know what happens to food that’s been left out too long. Something similar happens when you don’t remove food residue from your teeth and gums. That’s when plaque forms!

Plaque, a mixture of saliva, bacterial and food debris, forms on your teeth every single day. An every day, millions of bacteria that clump together in plaque secrete toxins that eventually cause decay and gums disease. Let’s face it: An unhealthy mouth will compromise you health and slow you down. Don’t let dental neglect devour your health time, energy, confidence, and money! Advance gum disease can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to other diseases.

Facial Aging After Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can make you look 10 years older! The resulting bone loss creates “sunken cheeks” and wrinkles.  Imagine reaching your 50s, 60s, or older and discovering there was no option available to replace one, several, or all of your lost teeth?

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The fact is that if all of your teeth are missing and not replaced, the lower one-third of your face can collapse, creating the effect that your chin is trying to touch your nose. For some folks, this is a nightmare come to life. Excessive bone loss due to gum diseases like periodontitis and teeth extractions means you may not be a candidate for crowns, fixed bridges, dental implants, partial dentures, or even complete dentures!

The problem is that limiting your tooth replacement options will lead to further bone loss and less comfortable choices.

Premature facial aging after tooth removal

Unfortunately, when permanent teeth are removed, the tooth and the tooth root are absent and there is no longer either any cheek and lip support or any bone stimulation for your jaw. Over a period of just one year, the jaw bone will shrink or resorb into the body and cause the lower face to sink in and change shape. This is known as premature facial aging.

Think prevention. Your jawbone, gums, and teeth help define your unique facial structure. Unreplaced tooth loss, and resulting bone loss, can alter your appearance and speech, erode your self-confidence, affect your diet and harm your health, and can also impair your social, personal and professional life.

We all know that changes occur naturally as a result of the aging process. However, when gums disease like periodontitis is ignored and lost teeth are not replaced, the process of bone loss and facial aging is grossly accelerated.

Whether a tooth is lost due to infection or injury, without natural chewing forces the bone in that area is no longer stimulated and begins to shrink almost immediately. Significant bone loss always occurs within the first year, which is why tooth replacement should not be delayed. Tooth loss, especially if the infection was involved, can result in 40% to 60% bone loss in a period of just two to three years.

Bone deterioration does not stop at the area underneath the missing tooth; it can progress to the bone under healthy teeth creating further tooth loss. Since the facial changes occur gradually, you may not notice them, but those around you may.

You can reduce bone loss and completely eliminate tooth loss. By focusing on prevention and working with an exceptional dental team, you can prevent the damaging effects of gum disease and decay. If you are about to lose a tooth or have a tooth to be extracted, there are a number of ways to prevent your jawbone – at the time of the extraction. If you have missing teeth in need of replacement, a dental team can discuss the many options that best suit your need.

Prevention is the key to avoiding the nightmare of unnecessary tooth loss and the damage it can do to your health, emotional well-being, and appearance.

What Causes Facial Collapse after tooth loss?

Several factors can cause facial collapse, the most significant of which is the simple passage of time. Starting at age 40, your upper lip drops down by about one millimeter each decade. That means that by age 70, your lip has dropped around three millimeters. It may not sound significant, but you’ll really notice a difference.

Tooth grinding, the condition is known as bruxism, also wears down the teeth and makes them look shorter. That puts the lower teeth closer to the nose, a factor that really ages your smile. Ever seen someone without their dentures? Facial collapse causes this on a smaller scale, evidenced by wrinkles in the corners of the mouth, loss of lip support, and overall shortening of the face to give an "aged" appearance.

Acid reflux and an acidic diet erode otherwise healthy tooth enamel, and tooth loss can also lead to facial collapse. When someone loses their back teeth it will give a "sunken in" appearance to their cheeks.

And with fewer teeth, each tooth that remains in your jaw receives more force. Want to understand how that works? Imagine the Dallas Cowboys offensive line. Now take out two of the lineman -- suddenly the running backs and quarterback to have to do some of the blocking. But Tony Romo wasn’t made to block! Before you know it, he’s injured, and your whole team is weaker because of it.

See how the front teeth are like little Tony Romos? When you take out your back teeth (your lineman), you expose those in the front to forces they were just not built to withstand.  This leads to faster tooth wear and eventual tooth loss, which makes you look older and puts you on the path to needing full dentures.

How Dental Implants Can Prevent  ‘Facial Aging’ after tooth loss

The face aging process isn’t necessarily kind to our appearance: hair color and texture change. Age spots creep up. Hair grows where it didn’t use to or thins out in unwanted spots. The skin wrinkles and sags.

While aging gracefully is something we should strive for, it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily thrilled with these changes. Eating a healthy diet and staying active is undoubtedly a good way to keep in shape and retain a more youthful ‘zest’ for life.

While that can help to keep some of the years at bay, some changes caused by the aging process can be avoided, such as wearing sunscreen to avoid age spots. Others can be avoided or halted including, facial aging.’  What is an aged face?

This describes changes to facial appearance when the bone structures that give our face its shape start to shrink. This is caused by the absence of tooth roots from the jaw bone. The stimulation normally provided to the jaw bone from tooth roots no longer exists when natural teeth are removed. This causes the bone to shrink, or ‘resorb.’

As the bone mass declines in height and thins out, changes in facial appearance slowly evolve. For example, as the jaw bone thins, deep wrinkles form around the mouth. Eventually, the corners of the mouth will turn down even in a smile. Jowls form on each side of the face as facial muscles detach from the shrinking bone structure.

As the jaw bone continues to shrink, the chin becomes more pointed and the nose seems to get closer to it. This leads to a collapsed mouth that is known as a ‘granny look.’ This look ages the appearance of an individual far beyond their actual years.

Among the many benefits of dental implants, they also provide stimulation to the jaw bone. This helps to halt the process of bone loss. For those who have already lost a great deal of bone loss, bone rebuilding procedures can be performed to restore a healthy, more youthful face shape.

Dental implants restore the ability to bite and chew comfortably and without worry. Because implants are placed in the jaw bone, this provides the same dependable foundation as you once enjoyed with natural teeth.

Unlike a denture, partial or crown-&-bridge combination, dental implants recreate the stimulation to the jaw bone it needs in order to maintain a healthy volume for lips and cheek support. People are often surprised to learn that the pressure from wearing a denture or partial actually contributes to the rate of bone loss. For those who sleep in their denture, the accelerates the pace even further.

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