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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.
Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. While all implant procedures follow the same general concept — a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown — the installation process can vary.
From their earliest history, implants have usually been installed through a two-stage process. In the first stage, the surgeon inserts the titanium post in the bone and leaves it “submerged” below the gum level to protect it from oral bacteria and the effects of chewing and biting. About three months later after the bone attaches to the titanium (a process called osseointegration), the surgeon then performs the second stage by re-exposing the implant and attaching a temporary abutment and crown for the patient to wear while the permanent abutment and crown are fabricated and later attached in 2-6 weeks.
In recent years, advancements in materials and design have made possible a one-stage process that allows the implant to protrude above the gum line during osseointegration and shortens the process. After the initial three-month healing period, the implant is ready for “loading” with the permanent crown.
The choice between which of these two procedures should be used for your implants will first depend on the type of tooth being replaced. A front tooth benefits from the one-stage procedure for cosmetic reasons because the surgeon can install a temporary crown to the exposed abutment during osseointegration (as long as the temporary tooth isn’t in functional contact with other teeth). An implant for a back tooth, on the other hand, doesn't have a large cosmetic demand so those one stage procedures usually end up with an exposed healing abutment but no temporary crown.
The strength of the bone is also a factor. Some bone tends to be softer, particularly in the back of the mouth. There’s a chance the implant could move in this softer bone, adversely affecting the outcome. For this reason, the two-stage procedure can be the preferred approach for posterior teeth as it offers more protection from movement.
You can be sure we’ll consider all these and other factors during your initial examination, and then advise you on the best approach. Above all, we want to make sure — whether a one-stage or a two-stage implant process — the result is a smile you can be proud of.
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 “Staging Surgery in Implant Dentistry.”
If you’ve had the misfortune of losing all or most of your teeth (a condition called edentulism), you still have effective options for restoring lost form and function to your mouth. There is, of course, the traditional removable denture that’s been the mainstay for edentulism treatment for decades. If you haven’t experienced significant bone loss in the jaw, though, a fixed bridge supported by titanium implants could be a better choice.
But what if bone loss has ruled out an implant-supported fixed bridge? There’s still another option besides traditional dentures — a removable “overdenture” that fits “over” smaller diameter implants strategically placed in the jaw to support it.
A removable, implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages for edentulism patients with significant bone loss.
Speech Enhancement. Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who’ve previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.
Hygiene. A removable denture allows better access to implant sites for cleaning. Better hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and further bone loss.
Long-Term Maintenance. Regardless of which type of implant supported restoration is used, it will eventually require some maintenance. A well-designed removable overdenture can make any future maintenance easier to perform.
Aesthetics. For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test — how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”
To find out which restoration option is best for you, you should first undergo a thorough examination to determine the status of your facial and jaw structures, particularly the amount of bone mass still present. Ultimately, though, the decision should be the one that best fits your functional needs, while fulfilling your desires for your future smile.
If you would like more information on tooth 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 “Fixed vs. Removable: Choosing Between a Removable Bridge and a Fixed Bridge.”
What your dentist in Frederick wants you to know
Have you noticed your denture doesn’t fit as well as it did before? The truth is if you’ve worn dentures for a long time, it’s common for you to begin to lose the supporting bone. That’s because the denture presses against the bone, causing it to disappear over time. Fortunately, there is an answer that can provide bone retention, and keep your denture fitting snugly from day one. The answer is All-on-4!
Dr. Frederick Asuncion at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD, wants to share the facts about All-on-4 implant-supported dentures, the way to keep you and your smile looking your best.
So, why have an implant-supported denture? Dental implants help to conserve the bone in your jaws. That’s because your body creates more bone to fuse with the dental implants and lock them in place. More bone means more youthful facial contours and a firm jawline, all the hallmarks of a younger-looking face!
An implant-supported denture also is much more stable, because the denture (called an overdenture) is simply snapped in place over the implants. Your denture will stay in place so you can eat the foods you love without worrying about your denture slipping around.
So, what’s so special about All-on-4 implant-supported dentures? Most overdentures require 6 to 8 dental implants, but All-on-4 only requires 4 dental implants to get the same stability in your denture. When you choose All-on-4 implant-supported dentures, you will:
- Save money, because 4 implants are less expensive than 6 to 8 implants
- Have comfortable treatment, because you will be relaxed and sedated during the procedure
- Save time, because the precise 3-D computer imaging and drilling templates allow for denture placement almost immediately
- Have greater stability, because All-on-4 implants are placed at an angle, which provides greater bone contact
- Experience success, because All-on-4 has a success rate of over 98%
If you are tired of your worn-out, poorly-fitting denture, it’s time for you to invest in yourself and check out All-on-4 implant-supported dentures. For more information about this amazing process and what it can do for you, call Dr. Asuncion at Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD, today!
Restoring a smile with implants involves more than the surgical procedure itself. We must also take into consideration the quality of the bone they’re placed into and the gums that will surround them — the “canvas” that showcases your new beautiful smile.
Bone — not only at the missing tooth site but supporting neighboring teeth as well — is the foundation for a successful implant. Without an adequate amount of bone, we can’t place an implant to achieve a final life-like appearance. Inadequate bone can be a problem if the tooth has been missing for awhile — without the stimulation of biting forces from the tooth, the bone can shrink gradually over time. Periodontal (gum) disease and other dental conditions can also cause bone loss.
The health of your gums — as well as the tissue type you’ve inherited from your parents, thin or thick — can also determine how natural the implant crown looks as it emerges from them. If they’ve receded due to gum disease they may not regenerate sufficiently, making your teeth longer-looking or leaving the triangular bit of gum tissue between the teeth, the papillae, noticeably missing. If you’ve inherited thin tissue gums, you’re also more susceptible to gum recession and there’s less margin for error during implant surgery.
There are some things we can do to minimize these problems. Tooth removal to make room for the new implant needs to be done carefully with as little tissue trauma as possible; it’s also helpful to place grafting material in the empty socket immediately after extraction, especially if there’s going to be a time gap before implant placement. If bone loss has already occurred, we can also use similar grafting techniques to rebuild the bone.
Likewise we need to take special care during implant surgery when dealing with thin or diseased gums. With the latter, it’s usually necessary to bring the gum disease under control and allow the gums to heal first. In extreme cases, cosmetic gum surgery may also help restore lost tissues and create a more natural look between the gums and the implant crown.
Creating a natural appearance with implants is a blend of technical skill and artistic insight. Keeping the balance between all these factors will produce a smile you’ll be proud to show.
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 “Matching Teeth & Implants.”