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Dental implants are an efficient and effective way to replace missing teeth. Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall provide patients with dental implants at their Ann Arbor, MI, office to treat this problem.
Dental implants are oral appliances that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They provide people with a smile that will improve their self-esteem and resolve functional problems.
Missing teeth affect a person's ability to bite, chew and speak, and, in the long run, you may even notice jawbone shrinkage. One of the many advantages of dental appliances is that it prevents this shrinkage, and reinforces the jawbone.
So, what else do you need to know about dental implants?
Your Ann Arbor dentist first places a biocompatible titanium screw in your gums, where the tooth is missing and allows it to fuse with the rest of your jawbone for 3-6 months. You'll need to visit your dentist during those months to ensure all is well and after the implant has bonded, your dentist will insert a screw in the titanium post, put an abutment on the screw and, finally, place a crown that matches the rest of your smile.
You'll walk out of your dentist's office with a healthy rejuvenated smile that can last a lifetime. That's right! If you take care of your dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily.
Other preventative measures include maintaining a healthy diet. Avoid sugary food that fuels acid-producing bacteria. The bacterial acid is the cause of decay and gum disease which may lead to serious dental problems.
Are you interested in dental implants? Call the dentists at Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, located in Ann Arbor, MI at (734) 930-4022 for more information.
Discover all the unique benefits you could enjoy with dental implants in Ann Arbor.
When people think about tooth loss they often think that this is an issue that affects only older individuals, but we are here to tell you that’s far from the truth. People of all ages can face tooth loss due to injury, decay, infection, or gum disease. If you are currently missing one or more permanent teeth, our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Bart Hall, have just the solution for treating this problem.
Implants offer unique advantages over other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures. Here are just some of the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy with dental implants:
The Closest You Get to Real Teeth
When you get a dental implant, the implant itself is actually designed to function just like tooth roots. This means, that when the implant is placed into the jawbone it naturally fuses together with the bone and tissue over time until it becomes a permanent structure within the jawbone. This means that the implant will function and look just like a real tooth, will remain firmly in place (and won’t move around like dentures do), and can last several decades.
They Are Easy to Care For
Denture wearers will tell you how annoying it can be to have to remove their teeth every night and to make sure that they are cleaned properly. With dental implants, you only have to treat your restoration like the rest of your natural teeth. If you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and keeping up with those six-month dental cleanings, there is no reason your implant shouldn’t last you a lifetime.
Find Renewed Confidence
Having a full smile again can quickly and easily bolster your self-esteem and make you feel confident in the way you look. Plus, tooth loss of any severity (whether you lost one or multiple teeth) can have a profound impact on simple things you might have taken for granted like chewing foods or speaking. Tooth loss can make eating certain foods nearly impossible and it can also cause embarrassing speech impediments. Luckily, by placing a dental implant you will find that chewing has been fully restored and that the speech impediment is gone.
Prevent Jawbone Loss
A lot of people don’t know that if you leave tooth loss untreated this can also impact the health of your jawbone. Without ample stimulation from all of your tooth roots, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place an implant into the jawbone where it will provide the same stimulation that natural tooth roots do so the jawbone can continue to produce healthy new bone cells.
Don’t let tooth loss impact your appearance and your confidence. Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help get your smile back with dental implants. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.
People often put a premium on appearance when deciding whether or not to replace a missing tooth. There's more motivation to replace one in the “smile zone,” where the teeth are more visible, than one that's not.
But even if your missing tooth is in the back out of sight, there are still good reasons to replace it. That's because even one lost tooth can have a cascading ill effect on other teeth, the underlying bone or eventually your entire facial structure.
The chief problems caused by a missing tooth occur first with the bone. The act of chewing generates pressure around the teeth. The teeth transmit this pressure through the roots to the bone, which stimulates the bone to grow and remain strong in support of the teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone no longer receives this growth stimulation.
In time, the replacement rate for older bone cells will slow down and cause the bone volume to decrease. It's possible to detect a change just months after losing a tooth: you can lose an estimated 25% of bone width in the first year.
As the bone diminishes, the jaw loses height and then more width. The gum tissues will also gradually decrease. As a result you may not be able to chew or even speak as well as you once could. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, the foundational portion of the jawbone — the basal bone — may also decline. The distance between nose and chin may decrease and the cheeks sink in. Without bone support in the rear, the bite can collapse and push the teeth forward out of their normal position.
The best way to avoid this debilitating spiral is to replace a tooth as soon as practical. There are many options, but perhaps the best choice is a dental implant: not only will it provide a life-like appearance, but its affinity with bone will stop bone loss and even encourage new growth.
So, don't neglect replacing that “invisible” tooth if it's lost. Your mouth and ultimately your appearance will be better for it.
If you would like more information on tooth loss and 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Dental implants are known for their durability as well as life-like beauty. Thanks to their unique construction and ability to integrate with bone, they have a very high success rate and can last for decades.
But while they’re less problematic than other restorations, we still can’t “set them and forget them.” While the implants themselves aren’t susceptible to disease, the supporting gums, bone and adjacent teeth are. If you want them to last as long as possible, you’ll need to care for them and the rest of your mouth through daily oral hygiene and semi-annual office cleanings.
With that said, there are a few differences in how we perform hygiene tasks with implants. This is due to the way in which they attach to the jaw, as the titanium post is inserted directly into the bone. Natural teeth, on the other hand, are held in place by the periodontal ligament, a strong connective tissue that lies between the teeth and bone. The ligament holds the teeth firmly in place while also allowing minute tooth movement in response to changes in the mouth.
The ligament also has an ample blood supply that assists with fighting infection that may arise in the tooth and its supporting gums. Without this extra source of defense, infections that arise around an implant can grow quickly into a condition known as peri-implantitis and lead to rapid bone loss that could cause the implant to fail.
That’s why you and your hygienist must be ever vigilant to the buildup of plaque, the bacterial film that gives rise to dental disease, around implants and adjacent teeth. This includes removing plaque buildup from implant surfaces, although your hygienist will use tools (scalers or curettes) made of plastic or resin rather than traditional metal to avoid scratching the implant’s dental material. They’ll likewise use nylon or plastic tips with ultrasonic equipment (which uses high vibration to loosen plaque) and lower power settings with water irrigation devices.
Keeping infection at bay with effective hygiene is the number one maintenance goal with dental implants. Doing your part along with your hygienist will help you get the most of this investment in your smile.
If you would like more information on oral hygiene 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”