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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.
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.”
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.”