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For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.
But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.
We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.
But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.
Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.
There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.
If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.
Dental implants from your dentist in Lakewood can save your smile
If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s easy to believe your smile will never be the same. You may believe the gap in your smile is there for good. The truth is you don’t have to let a lost tooth haunt your smile. You can restore your full, beautiful smile with dental implants! Dr. Thomas Nyvold at T.E.N. Family Dentistry in Lakewood, CO wants to share how dental implants can save your smile and enhance your life.
There are a few options you can choose from to replace your missing tooth, but there is only one option that will give you a natural look and feel; that’s dental implants! Here’s how dental implants stack up against removable partials and dental bridgework.
When you consider removable partials, dental implants are better because:
- Implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Implants are permanently embedded in bone and don’t move around
- You brush and floss implants just like natural teeth
When you consider dental bridgework, dental implants are better because:
- Implants are far more natural-looking
- Implants are conservative because only the implant area is treated
- Your dental implants resist staining, so they stay beautiful
Dental implants are a permanent, highly-successful solution to replace missing teeth. They boast a success rate of over 95 percent, making them the most successful surgical implant, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
You can replace a single or multiple missing teeth with dental implants. You can even use dental implants to support a denture, called an overdenture.
Thanks to dental implants, you don’t have to let a lost tooth haunt your smile. You can restore your full, beautiful smile by calling Dr. Nyvold at T.E.N. Family Dentistry in Lakewood, CO. Call today and save your smile!
So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.
Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).
Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.
Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.
That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.
Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.
To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.
While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.
If you would like more information on caring for 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 Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”
Cosmetic dentistry procedures repair, restore and enhance your smile. Our Lakewood, CO, dentist, Dr. Thomas Nyvold, offers several procedures that could help you.
Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are completely unnoticeable and fit in with the rest of your smile. Silver amalgam fillings expand and contract frequently due to exposure to temperature extremes. Unfortunately, years of expansion and contraction can eventually crack teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings remain stable whether you drink a cup of hot cocoa or enjoy a Popsicle on a warm day.
Veneers, thin porcelain shells applied to the fronts of your teeth, hide small flaws in your smile. They're a good choice if you have a discolored tooth or want to conceal a noticeable chip or crack. Veneers can also be used to extend the length of a tooth or alter its shape.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns are restorations that fit over teeth, stabilizing, strengthening and restoring them. They're often used to restore fractured teeth, prevent cracked or fragile teeth from breaking, cover imperfections or change the shape or length of teeth. Bridges fill in gaps in your smile due to tooth loss. Each bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth connected to crowns that hold the bridge in place.
In-office teeth whitening treatment offers almost instant results. An hour after professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth in our Lakewood office, your smile will be three to eight shades whiter. At-home whitening kits are also available.
Thanks to dental implants, you can permanently replace a missing tooth or teeth. Titanium implants are placed in the section of jawbone that once held your tooth roots. The implants fuse to the bone and are capped with an artificial tooth called a crown. Implants can be used to replace any number of teeth and also offer an alternative to full dentures.
Are you ready to improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure? Call our Lakewood, CO, dentist, Dr. Nyvold, at (303) 988-6115 to schedule an appointment.
You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.
It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.
We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.
It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.
Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, 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 Implant Surgery.”