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How your dentist in Frederick, MD, can rebuild your smile
If you are missing teeth, you may have already heard about dental implants, the state-of-the-art way to rebuild your smile and restore your chewing function. But did you know there is a new kind of dental implant? It’s true, and this revolutionary dental implant system is called All-On-4 dental implants. Dr. Frederick Asuncion at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, Maryland offers All-On-4 dental implants to give you back your smile.
More about All-On-4 Implants
So, what’s so special about All-On-4 dental implants? This new system only requires 4 dental implants to support a full denture, instead of 6 to 8 dental implants.
All-On-4 dental implants can do a lot for you, including:
- Save you money, because there are fewer dental implants placed, making them far less expensive than traditional dental implants
- Give you a beautiful, natural-looking, full smile, because the implant materials look just like natural teeth
- Provide great stability, because the dental implants are placed at an angle, giving them greater contact with the bone
- Produce quick results, because dental implant treatment only takes 2 to 3 hours per arch
- Guarantee successful treatment, because All-On-4 dental implants boast a success rate of 98 percent
Dental implants may even help you look younger, by helping you produce more bone which fuses with the dental implants. More bone means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours, with less facial sagging that can happen with dentures.
Dental implants also fit in with your lifestyle, because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth. With implants, you won't have to suffer the embarrassment of removing them for cleaning, or when you sleep. Imagine the convenience of having a permanent complete smile that is always in place!
Interested? Give Us a Call!
If you have worn dentures for a long time, or you have recently lost teeth, you need to discover the magic of All-On-4 dental implants. You deserve to look your best, and it all starts with a great-looking smile. For more information about All-On-4 dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Frederick Asuncion at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, Maryland today! The number is (301) 620-8882.
During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.
Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.
For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.
When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.
But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.
Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.
So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…
If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”
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.”
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that approximately half of a million dental implants are installed by dentists each year to replace missing teeth. Implants can be used for single tooth replacements or to fill in multiple gaps across the smile. Although dental implants aren’t right for every patient, they could be just right for you! The team at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD can help you make that decision.
A Better Way
If you’ve assumed that dentures are your only option for cosmetically repairing your smile after tooth loss, you should know that there may be a better way. Dental implants offer numerous advantages over partial or complete dentures. Here are a few benefits to consider:
- Dentures are temporary and removable while implants are permanent and non-removable
- You do not have to remove a dental implant in order to clean it (just brush and floss along with your other teeth)
- Dental implants are more natural-looking and feel more secure, especially when eating
Are Dental Implants Right for Your Smile?
If you find out that you are a good candidate for dental implants, you should seriously consider this tooth replacement solution. Your Frederick, MD, dentist needs to find plenty of healthy bone tissue in the jaw where you want the tooth replaced. Implants need the support of a robust immune system to heal as quickly as possible, so you should be in stable general health.
Your First Dental Implantation Appointment
If you have some dental anxieties, relax knowing that there is nothing to be worried about when you go in for your first dental implantation appointment. The area of the mouth that your dentist will be working on will be numbed with a sedative so that you’ll have a comfortable experience. The appointment is relatively short, only requiring about a half an hour to one hour to have the implant positioned. You’ll return to the office a few months later to get impressions taken for a permanent crown.
The Preferred Tooth Replacement Option
When you have a tooth replaced, the best option is one that will give you the most comfort and versatility. A dental implant is the ideal choice in most cases. Call (301) 620-8882 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Asuncion at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD.