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You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.
While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.
When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.
If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.
Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.
Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.
If you would like more information on your dental restoration options, 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”
While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
There are some unique benefits that only implants can offer a toothless smile.
Dental implants are pretty incredible. Not only can they replace one or more missing teeth but they do so by mimicking how a real tooth functions. In fact, implants are as close as you can get to the real thing. So if you are dealing with tooth loss and thought there wasn’t a restoration out there that could fully restore your smile, think again. From the office of our Green Bay, WI, dentist Dr. Adam Pasono, here are some of the wonderful benefits of getting dental implants.
They are Permanent
Dental implants are truly the only lifelong tooth replacement option out there. It’s made from titanium, which is a biocompatible metal that naturally fuses together with the jawbone. It’s this implant’s ability to naturally fuse together with the jawbone that allows the implant to stay in your mouth for the rest of your life with the proper care and hygiene.
They Function Like Real Teeth
We know that denture wearers aren’t always as satisfied with their new teeth because they don’t always stay in place when chewing or biting down. If you find yourself becoming frustrated by this then it might be time to ask our Green Bay, WI, general dentist if dental implants are right for you. Implant supported dentures won’t move or shift around, so you’ll enjoy restored speech and chewing.
They Promote a Healthier Smile
When you get a dental implant not long after losing a permanent tooth not only will you enjoy a fully functional smile again but having this prosthetic will prevent the other teeth from shifting into the gap and causing misalignments in your smile. The sooner you seek treatment for your tooth loss the better when it comes to preventing these complications.
They Preserve Your Jawbone
Another major complication of tooth loss is bone loss. This is why it’s so important that you replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Of course, dentures and bridges won’t be able to prevent the jawbone from deteriorating over time, but dental implants can. How?
Well, dental implants function just like tooth roots, and since they fuse together with the jawbone and tissue to become one this also means that the jawbone is now getting the full stimulation that it needs from your dental implant to remain strong and healthy for life.
Green Bay Family Dentistry is ready to help you conquer your tooth loss and to get back the smile you deserve. If you are ready to find out how implants can help you then it’s time to call our Green Bay, WI, dental office today to schedule a consultation with us.
Although dental implants are best known as single tooth replacements, they can actually play a role in multiple or complete tooth loss (edentulism) restorations. While replacing multiple teeth with individual implants is quite expensive, there’s another way to incorporate them in a restoration at much less cost — as supports for bridges.
In this case, only a few strategically placed implants are needed to support restorations of multiple crowns fused together into a single unit. Implant-based bridges consist of two main types: the first type is a fixed bridge, which is permanently attached to the implants and can’t be removed by the patient. It’s often the preferred treatment for patients who’ve lost most or all of their teeth but have not yet experienced significant bone loss in the jaw.
This choice, however, may not be the best option for patients with significant bone loss. In these cases, there’s a second type of fixed bridge: an implant-supported fixed denture. This type of fixed denture provides support for the lost bone support of the lips and cheeks. If a fixed bridge is not possible due to finances or inadequate bone support to place 4 to 6 implants, a removable denture (also known as an overdenture) that’s supported and held in place by implants is the next best alternative. Unlike a fixed bridge, an overdenture can be removed by the patient for cleaning purposes, and will require less investment than a fixed bridge.
For people with bone loss, the overdenture does more than restore chewing and speech function. Because bone loss can diminish support of the facial structures — actually shorten the distance between the chin and the tip of the nose — an overdenture provides additional bulk to support these structures to improve appearance. Depending on what the patient needs for facial support, overdentures for the upper jaw can be designed as “full palates,” meaning the denture plastic completely covers the upper jaw palate, or open in which the plastic doesn’t completely cover the palate.
Besides the condition of your teeth, gums and bone, your own personal preferences and financial ability will also play a role in which option is best for you. After considering all these factors, we can recommend which of these types of implant-based restorations will fit your needs. With either bridge, fixed or removable, you’ll certainly benefit from the improvement to both your mouth function and your smile.
If you would like more information on implant-supported bridges, 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 “Fixed vs. Removable.”
Are you suffering from the loss of teeth? Do you want a beautiful smile? If the answer is yes, then you need to speak with your Green Bay, WI, dentist Dr. Adam Pasono about dental implants.
More About Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. Dental implants help stabilize, strengthen and prevent weakening and shrinking of your jawbone. The next step involves sealing your gums and allowing 3 to 6 months for osseointegration, the process in which the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, to occur.
You will then need to come back to the dentist's office in Green Bay so that the dentist can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
Having a great smile isn't the only advantage dental implants provide:
- A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
- They can restore bite and chewing function.
- Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place, so they don't fall out.
- The dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Taking care of your dental implants
Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day. You have to brush at least twice a day and, for at least two minutes each, and floss at least once before bedtime.
Also, a change in diet may benefit your dental health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry. Make sure you drink plenty of water too! Water will remove food debris and help avoid cavities.
If you have more questions about dental implants, call Dr. Adam Pasono in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-8492.