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There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.
By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.
To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.
The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.
The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.
If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.
At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.
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.”
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”
Since their introduction over thirty years ago, dental implants have become the most popular choice for dental restoration. Their large variety of shapes and sizes — a far cry from the limited choices of the 1980s — has only served to increase their popularity.
In recent years there's also been an expansion in their applicability. Most people recognize them as replacements for individual teeth — but they can do much more. They're now playing a pivotal role in other dental restorations or situations.
Here are 3 of those “cutting edge” ways implants could change your dental health and smile for the better.
Fixed bridgework. In a traditional bridge, prosthetic (false) teeth use the natural teeth on either side of the empty space for support. In this updated version, implants become the support base for the bridge. For example, a bridge as small as three crowns can be supported by two implants attached to the outside crowns of the bridge. Four to eight implants can support a bridge as large as an entire arch of teeth.
Over-dentures. In cases of significant bone loss, a full or partial denture may be a better option than a fixed bridge. Traditional dentures, though, can contribute to even more bone loss, which can cause the dentures to eventually lose their fit. Implants not only can help stop further bone loss but can also stimulate increased bone density. Two or more standard or mini-sized-sized implants can support a full or partial denture.
Orthodontics anchorage. People with missing teeth aren't the only ones who can benefit from implants. While most bite repairs only require the back teeth to provide anchorage for braces, certain complex bites may need a different point of anchorage. Orthodontists can create a more feasible anchorage point with an implant or a temporary anchorage device (TAD) imbedded in the jaw. This can help isolate teeth that need to be moved from those on the arch that don't.
If you would like more information about how dental implants could improve your dental health and appearance, 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: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”
Don’t let tooth loss impact your smile and appearance. Implants can help.
If you are an adult who is missing at least one tooth then you may be considering the different treatment options in Frederick, MD, that can help you get a complete smile again. Find out why so many people are turning to our general dentist Dr. Frederick Asuncion to get dental implants.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want a replacement tooth that both looks and functions like a real tooth?
- Do you want a restoration that could last the rest of your life?
- Do you want an artificial tooth that is easy to care for?
If you said “yes” then a dental implant may just be the right approach for you. This dental prosthetic is made up of three parts:
- The implant itself, which looks like a thin metal post
- An abutment, which connects the implant with the false tooth
- A false tooth
How does a dental implant work?
The purpose of a dental implant is to replace the roots of a tooth, which are hidden below the gums. In order for an implant to be functional, our Frederick, MD, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be.
Once the implant is placed, it will begin to bond with the jawbone over the next several months. During this time, a naturally occurring process known as osseointegration happens. This is where the bone grows around the implant and fuses together with the metal post. Once this happens, the bone and implant become one, providing a permanent foundation from which to hold your false tooth firmly in place.
From there, the abutment will be secured on top of the implant. Once your permanent crown has been made, you will come back into the office so that we can check the crown and then cement it in place over the abutment to complete your new smile.
Are you interested in getting dental implants in Frederick, MD? Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate? If so, call Asuncion Dental Group today to schedule your consultation.
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.