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Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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 “Dental Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?”
Dental implants have given patients new confidence in the appearance, feel and function of their smiles. They are a reliable and permanent solution for missing teeth with a 98% success rate according to a study by the American Association of Endodontists. Generally, after an implant has been placed and healed, it will need to be restored with an implant crown. This service is available from our Glenview, IL dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis, Jr. at Colonial Dental Group, Ltd.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small device made of titanium that is designed to merge with the bone tissue that keeps your teeth anchored. It’s a reliable solution for one or more missing teeth. Once an implant has been integrated into the bone and has been checked for stability, it can then support a permanent implant crown which is a replacement for your natural tooth. Surgery is needed to insert the implant and then it takes several months for it to set in place.
Why Dental Implants?
Patients choose dental implants because they want their smiles to be restored permanently after tooth loss. No one wants to go through life with missing teeth, and thanks to dental implants no one has to. Some patients who have chosen partial dentures or bridges aren’t happy with them and want a better solution. Implants can last a lifetime, but they sometimes need follow up and restoration by a skilled dentist.
Restoring Dental Implants
Dr.’s Alexander Quezada and David B. Lewis, Jr. are dentists at Colonial Dental Group, Ltd. in Glenview, IL who specialize in restoring dental implants. If you are having an issue with an existing implant, it’s possible that the doctors can repair the problem. Sometimes dental implants need to be repaired for the following reasons:
-An injury can damage the crown or the abutment.
-Bruxism (clenching and grinding) can also cause damage to the implant.
-Gum disease can also compromise the stability of the implant and it’s possible that periodontal therapy may be needed before the implant can be repaired.
Have Your Dental Implant Checked
If you feel that there may be something wrong with your dental implant, call Dr.’s Alexander Quezada or David B. Lewis, Jr. at Colonial Dental Group to schedule a consultation visit. Having your new implant restored or your existing implant repaired may help restore your confidence in your smile.
Does your dental implant seem a little wobbly these days? Although the majority of implants remain firmly in place for years, problems can occur occasionally. Our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group explains what can go wrong and discusses how your dental implants can be restored.
If your implant, the part of your new tooth that replaces your tooth root, has broken, replacement is the only option. After the broken implant is removed, a new one can be added to the opening in your jawbone. You may need a bone graft before you receive a new implant, even if you didn't need a bone graft initially. Bone grafts build up the bone in your jawbone, making it strong enough to support the new implant.
Implants can become loose due to infections or gum disease. The problem can also occur if the implant didn't fully bond to your bone or you grind your teeth at night. If your dental implant becomes loose, it must be removed and replaced. Bone grafts may also be needed if you must replace a loose implant.
If your implant becomes loose due to periodontitis or gum disease, you'll need to be successfully treated for the infection before you can receive a new implant. Wearing a night guard to sleep can prevent damage caused by grinding or clenching your teeth.
Loose or broken crown
Sometimes, people assume that their implant is loose when the crown is actually the problem. Depending on the cause of the issue, you may need to replace your crown, abutment or the screw in the abutment. If your crown has broken, it will be necessary to replace it.
Implant problems don't go away on their own
It's only human nature to hope a problem naturally resolves itself. Unfortunately, if you develop a problem with an implant, it won't eventually get better. If you notice an implant issue, call our Glenview office as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose and treat the problem, the sooner you'll be able to use your tooth again.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace lost teeth, but problems can occur occasionally. If you're concerned about an implant, call our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Quezada of Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.
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?”