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ImplantsCanLastaLongTimeIfYoullDoThistoMaintainThem

Dental implants have taken restorative dentistry by storm for a number of reasons: They're incredibly life-like; and their unique design allows them to function much like natural teeth. But perhaps the clincher for many is their longevity. Numerous studies show that more than 95% percent of implants are still performing after 10 years.

The reason for their durability is wrapped up in their "unique design" mentioned earlier—a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone, to which a dentist attaches the visible crown. The titanium attracts the growth of new bone cells, which adhere and accumulate on the implant surface.

This "integration," a process which occurs over a few weeks after implantation, creates a strong bond between the implant and jawbone. This ultra-strong hold enables the implant to withstand years, if not decades, of chewing forces you generate on a daily basis.

With that said, though, there are rare instances when an implant loses its hold—or doesn't properly develop it. Integration may not fully succeed due to infection either before or right after surgery, which can inhibit bone growth around the implant.

Other conditions can compromise the bone's integrity like a weakened immune system, diabetes or osteoporosis. And even if integration occurs normally, later problems like gum disease or a teeth-grinding habit can damage the connection between implant and bone.

There are things you can do, however, to further minimize the risk of implant failure.

  • Brush and floss daily (especially around implants) and maintain regular dental visits to lower your risk of gum disease;
  • See your dentist if you notice swollen, reddened or bleeding gums, an indication of a gum infection that could impact your implants;
  • Stop smoking, which increases your infection risk, or abstain a few weeks before and after surgery;
  • Manage issues like diabetes, osteoporosis, or teeth-grinding that could affect your implants.

Implants can be a great long-term solution to tooth loss. You can help ensure their longevity by looking out for both your oral and general health.

If you would like more information on dental 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: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

3EmergingTechnologiesThatImproveDentalImplants

Historically speaking, implants are a recent blip on the centuries-long march of dental progress. But few innovations in dentistry can match the impact of implants in its short history on dental function and appearance.

Dental implant therapy has already established itself as a restoration game-changer. But it also continues to improve, thanks to a number of emerging technologies. As a result, implant restorations are far more secure and life-like than ever before.

Here are 3 examples of state-of-the-art technologies that continue to improve this premier dental restoration.

CT/CBCT scanning. Functional and attractive implants depend on precise placement. But various anatomical structures like nerves or sinuses often interfere with placement, so it's important to locate these potential obstructions during the planning phase. To do so, we're increasingly turning to computed tomography (CT). This form of x-ray diagnostics is the assembly of hundreds of images of a jaw location into a three-dimensional model. This gives us a much better view of what lies beneath the gums.

Digital-enhanced planning. Implant success also depends on careful planning. And, it isn't a one-sided affair: The patient's input is just as important as the dentist's expertise. To aid in that process, many dentists are using digital technology to produce a virtual image of a patient's current dental state and what their teeth may look like after dental implants. This type of imaging also allows consideration of a variety of options, including different sized implants and positions, before finalizing the final surgical plan.

Custom surgical guides. To transfer the final plan details to the actual implant procedure, we often create a physical surgical guide placed in the mouth that marks the precise locations for drilling. We can now produce these guides with 3-D printing, a process that uses computer software to produce or "print" a physical object. In this case, the 3-D printer creates a more accurate surgical guide based on the exact contours of a patient's dental arch that's more precise than conventional guides.

Obtaining a dental implant is a highly refined process. And, with the aid of other advances in dental technology, it continues to provide increasing value to patients.

If you would like more information on restoring teeth 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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

BeforeReplacingYourMissingTeethYouMayNeedOtherDentalWork

Replacing missing teeth can do wonders for a smile. And you have solid options for doing so, from a partial denture to state-of-the-art dental implants. But there might be a roadblock to your restoration plan—literally. Some of your other teeth may be in the way.

When a tooth has been missing for a while, the teeth on either side of a tooth gap will naturally begin to move or “drift” into the space. This could result in an inadequate amount of available space for a prosthetic (false) tooth.

If that happens, we'll first need to move the errant teeth back to where they belong, either with traditional braces or removable clear aligners. If we're successful, we can then proceed with the missing tooth restoration.

But before starting orthodontic treatment, there may be another problem that needs our attention first. If your missing teeth are the result of periodontal (gum) disease, your gums and supporting bone may not be as healthy as they need to be. This can interfere with orthodontics, which often depends on the gums and bone around a tooth being healthy enough to reform as the tooth moves. That may not be possible if they're still infected with gum disease or you've suffered significant bone loss.

If that's the case, it may be necessary to first treat any gum disease present and rebuild the bone. The latter can often be done by grafting bone material to the area of loss. The graft then serves as a scaffold of sorts upon which new bone can grow and accumulate. And reducing gum disease, mainly by removing bacterial plaque, allows the gums to heal and regain attachment with the teeth.

Once your gums and bone are healthy again, we can then proceed with orthodontics. After the teeth are reasonably aligned, we can then complete the restoration for replacing your missing teeth, and any other cosmetic enhancements for your remaining teeth like veneers or crowns.

The entire process may take some time and multiple treatment visits. But gaining a more attractive smile in the end is well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Do you want to complete your smile? You can now restore your perfect smile with dental implants from your Plantation, FL, dentists at Sedation Dentistry.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that replaces your tooth root, not just the crown. During the procedure, your dentist will replace the tooth roots with metal screw-like posts. The posts are responsible for supporting the upper part of the implant. The upper part can be single or multiple crowns, fixed bridges, or removable loose dentures. The important thing about dental implants is that they look exactly like your natural teeth.

How is the procedure done?

Before they start the procedure, your dentist will perform a check-up using x-rays. This step is done to be sure that you don’t have any cavities and your jawbone can tolerate the posts and support them well. After that, your dentist will place the metal posts, which serve as your tooth roots. The titanium inside the posts will fuse with your jawbone, forming stable non-slippery implants.

Usually, the process takes several appointments to be done. In Sedation Dentistry, we offer one-day dental implants in our Plantation, FL, office. So, our patients can get their implants done in just one appointment. We are specialized in general anesthesia and twilight sedation, which will beat your dental anxiety. Also, our advanced minimal invasive laser techniques provide a fast recovery in some cases.

Who are the candidates for dental implants?

After doing the needed oral examinations, our dentists can decide whether you are a candidate for this procedure or you are not. To have a dental implant, patients must have:

  • Enough bone density
  • Fully developed jawbone
  • Healthy oral cavity

Some health conditions, as well as tobacco smoking, might delay bone healing. Your dentist will check for these problems and then takes their decision.

Post-procedure care

Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once, are enough to keep your implants healthy. They don’t require any special care, which makes them easy to handle. Also, they can’t decay, which is an added benefit.

Restore your smile with dental implants in Plantation, FL, and enjoy your fabulous appearance. Visit your dentists of Sedation Dentistry to get the best dental treatments and care. Call us at (954) 432-7771 to book your appointment.

UntreatedGumDiseaseCouldCostYouYourImplant

Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.

But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.

There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.

This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.

But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.

It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.

And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.

If you would like more information on maintaining dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All-on-4 dental implants are a method for restoring your smile following extensive tooth loss. This tooth-replacement method makes it possible to secure a fixed bridge or denture in place with just four dental implants rather than the six to eight that are normally required. In addition to requiring fewer dental implants, there are many other benefits associated with the All-on-4 method. The highly skilled dentists at our office in Plantation, FL, can restore your smile with All-on-4 dental implants.

What is All-on-4?

Many options are available today for restoring your smile following tooth loss. Common options include bridgework, dentures, and dental implants. When used together, dental implants can secure a dental bridge or denture in place so dental adhesives are not needed to hold it. Normally, six to eight dental implants are required to fix a full bridge or denture in place. However, advances in implant dentistry have made it possible to securely anchor these dental appliances with just four implants. This method is referred to as All-on-4 dental implants.

The way All-on-4 works is by placing dental implants in the jaw bone at an angle. Inserting them at an angle allows for greater contact between the dental implants and bone tissue, which creates a stronger hold. This is the reason a bridge or denture can be firmly anchored in place with just four dental implants.

Not everyone will be a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. An essential criterion for this option is having enough bone structure in the jaw area to support the placement of the dental implants. Normally, the metal implants and bone tissue naturally fuse together over time, but this cannot occur if there is insufficient bone structure. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of tooth loss is a bone loss so All-on-4 is not an option for everyone. The knowledgeable dentists at our office in Plantation, FL, can determine if All-on-4 dental implants are a possibility for you.

Advantages of All-on-4

All-on-4 dental implants offer numerous benefits. Fewer dental implants mean fewer surgical incisions must be made, which is more cost-effective. Fewer surgical incisions also mean many patients experience less discomfort during the implant procedure.

Additional benefits of All-on-4 dental implants include quick restoration of your smile with long-lasting results. Most of the lab work involved in creating custom prosthetic teeth can be done in-house, which means your replacement teeth can often be ready within 24 hours. Additionally, All-on-4 dental implants can last for years with proper care so you can enjoy your newly restored smile for a long time before additional dental work is needed.

There are many benefits to restoring your smile with All-on-4. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about All-on-4-dental implants by calling our office in Plantation, FL, at (954) 432-7771.



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