Why One-Size-Fits-All Works for Some Things but Not for Dental Implants

One-size-fits-all. It’s a practical and possibly economical way to view your options on occasion. But, if you’re considering a dental implant you should know the one-size-fits-all approach isn’t a viable option. Why? Your tooth loss is unique. And there are more complexities to be considered.

First things first.

It’s essential to get a thorough diagnosis. If you’ve lost a tooth, generally, you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

Tooth loss could be where the similarities end though. Your overall health, including your current health conditions should be considered.

  • Are you diabetic?

  • Have you been treated for cancer with radiation?

  • Are you a smoker?

  • Have you been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease?

These are vital questions to discuss with us. The more knowledge we have about your past, current, and future health history – the better – if you’re considering an implant for your missing tooth/teeth.

There’s a place for everything…

Your dental implant requires proper placement to fully restore the function of your missing tooth. We’re equipped to assess your mouth and jaw bone structure before making our treatment recommendation.

As your doctor, I will review various oral health records to determine your treatment. I’ll review specialized x-rays, study models of your mouth, and view your bite.

Detailed assessment helps me ensure that your dental implant is placed in  proper position within the available bone. You will experience better tooth replacement and function as result of such a thorough treatment diagnosis.

…And everything in its place…

There’s another consideration regarding dental implant placement. And that’s the type of implant you require.

Single tooth replacement

Perhaps your tooth loss requires a single dental implant. The implant is placed into your jawbone and following a healing period an abutment is attached to the implant.

The abutment serves as a connection of sorts to the tooth portion known as a crown. The crown is what actually replaces your visible tooth by anchoring to the abutment and the implant that forms a new tooth root.

Fixed multiple tooth replacement

It might be necessary to replace multiple teeth in a specific location of your mouth. The same process occurs as with a single tooth replacement but with an exception.

This treatment involves the placement of multiple implants. These are attached to custom-made crowns or to dental bridgework that are produced to match your existing teeth.

The customized implant supported bridge replaces multiple teeth. Your healthy teeth remain undisturbed and bone loss is stopped.

Removable implant supported tooth replacement

On occasion, all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch of your mouth might need replacement. Two or more implants will be placed to form a secure foundation for your replacement teeth.

Removable dentures are often used when you have extensive tooth, bone, and gum tissue loss. The new denture is fixed to the implants within your available bone.

Your tooth loss is unique to you. It’s vital that your dental implant treatment be made-to-fit.

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There’s greater value in replacing your missing tooth

Blame the Tooth Fairy for teaching you the individual value of a lost tooth. But a missing tooth holds more than under-the-pillow dollar value.

Each tooth plays a vital, practical role in your mouth. And a dental implant is an invaluable restorative treatment for tooth loss.

It’s useful to think of your mouth as an eco-system. Your individual teeth and gums form a practical support network.

When your teeth are present-and-accounted-for and healthy they’re designed to work in perfect synch with each other. But when one goes missing due to trauma or poor dental hygiene, your entire mouth environment is at risk.

Let’s get practical

Dentists view each tooth individually. In office, for practical purposes, your tooth is identified by a number. Think of it as a numeric street address. In the same way, each tooth functions in a neighborly way with the others.

The back teeth support your facial height and enable you to chew your food. Your front teeth cut the food you eat, protect your back teeth and jaw movement, and showcase your all-important smile. You can begin to understand what the absence of one tooth can do to your mouth’s function. One missing tooth can impact your ability to chew and your appearance.

The most impractical thing you can do

Tooth loss is traumatic. But once the shock has worn off it’s easy to get accustomed to the loss.

Typically, you’ll begin to compensate by favoring your remaining teeth. It’s a natural and resourceful response but not for the long term health of your remaining teeth, gums, and bone structure.

Back (posterior) teeth support the vertical height of your face. Missing teeth in that zone can cause loss of facial height and collapse your bite.

Pressure is naturally placed on the remaining back teeth for chewing. Impact on the front (anterior) teeth can push them outward impacting their function and your appearance.

Form and function

Dental implants restore how your teeth look and perform. An implant supported crown prevents the adjacent teeth from being compromised.

You can avoid additional and often costly treatment by replacing missing teeth with implants. The long term health of your mouth is preserved as well as the cost-effective and time-valued benefit that implants deliver.

Your missing teeth were once an asset – thanks to the beloved Tooth Fairy. Now, it’s more valuable to replace them with the long-term,cost-effective value of dental implants.

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What Haven’t You Heard About Dental Implants?

Don’t believe everything you hear!” That phrase applies to many things in life – including dental implants. There’s much good information circulating about the best treatment for your missing teeth. And dental implants should rank high.

But merely viewing quick implant treatment as a cosmetic benefit (which it certainly is) misses something more vital to your oral health. Evaluate the information you hear and make the most informed decision you can based on facts.

The cosmetic benefits of dental implants only scratch-the-surface.

Your smile leads the way in the majority of your social interactions. You may choose not to smile because you’re embarrassed due to missing or damaged teeth.

For that reason it makes complete sense that you would be compelled by all the hype about the cosmetic dentistry benefits of implant treatment No one would blame you for wanting to improve the appearance of your smile.

In fact, smile makeovers are among the top reasons you would consider dental implants. But what goes on behind and beneath your smile makes implant treatment a tipping point for treating your missing or damaged teeth.

The “but-wait-there’s-more” factor.

Tooth replacement is about more than filling a gap. The void that remains when you lose a tooth must be filled or you risk further damage to your mouth.

Your teeth are a community. They support each other. And when one goes missing it disrupts the otherwise healthy support system. A dental implant fills the gap. But it does more than look good occupying space.

Dental implants form a substitute tooth root. The implant connects to the bone differently than how the original tooth did but it performs the same function.

The bone structure in your mouth is stabilized when you choose to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. And it prevents inevitable bone loss that results from missing teeth.

Take the long-view.

Tooth loss is traumatic. Even more traumatic is the damage done to your remaining teeth, gums, and bone by delaying replacement.

Dental implants aren’t a quick-fix. View them as a rehabilitation treatment for the injury done to your mouth from a missing tooth or teeth.

Time is involved in the process of implant treatment. You didn’t develop your tooth roots overnight. Replacing them with a dental implant requires a period of time for the implant to fuse to the bone. This is what makes implants a revolutionary dental treatment. For example, concrete takes time to cure. When it does the foundation is strong and capable of supporting the above structure. Your dental implant will adapt to the bone within your jaw. Once the new tooth root adapts, the strength of your adjoining teeth is improved along with your appearance.

 

Some things about dental implants are worth believing. But the benefits go deeper than mere appearances.

 

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How to Cover Your Oral Health Care Basics

There’s more to your oral health than brushing and flossing. Consistent personal oral health care combined with dental checkups help assure that you’re covering all your bases.

Prevention is worth it. Once you require treatment you’ll understand the value of preventative dentistry.

Make it personal

Dental care starts at home. Protect your teeth and gums with consistent dental hygiene.

Realize that what you’re protecting is more than your oral health. Your mouth reveals much about the current and ongoing health of your entire body.

  • Watch your mouth. Lesions or other oral issues could reveal symptoms of deeper problems within your body.

This is why keeping tabs on your oral health starts at home regardless of your age. You’re never too young or too old to view your teeth as a barometer for your overall health.

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily. And when you do, be aware of any sensitivity in a particular tooth or area of your gums.

Flossing cleans the area between your teeth and into your gum line. If you’re new to flossing, some bleeding is natural but ongoing gum bleeding or sensitivity could indicate the beginning of gum disease.

Pay attention when practicing your daily oral hygiene. If something gets your attention take action.

Call a professional

The ADA (American Dental Association) says,  “100 million Americans fail to see the dentist each year.” This statistic is astounding since regular dental examinations and visits to a dental hygienist can help prevent dental disease.

Pain is a common motivator for a dental appointment. But waiting until your mouth pain is unbearable puts you at risk for more serious health problems and could lead to more costly dental treatment.

Your dentist and dental hygienist are an unbeatable team for helping prevent more serious oral health problems. They are trained to help you…

  • Maintain healthy teeth and gums

  • Provide a  treatment plan when necessary

  • Save you from further costly health issues – starting with your mouth.

Make an appointment

Schedule your teeth cleaning and dental examination  with a dental hygienist every six months. This habit and frequency will keep your oral health current and help prevent the need for dental treatment.

Your role is to cover the basics: brushing, flossing, and scheduling your teeth cleanings and dental exams. Our role – as your dental professional: assist your best efforts, spot potential or current oral health issues, prescribe a treatment plan, and provide dental treatment when necessary.

Working together as a team creates wins for your overall health. And remember: good health starts in your mouth.

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