Common Questions About Implant Placement

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If you lose one or more teeth, then replacing them right away is crucial. Otherwise, you run the risk of developing lost jawbone density, which can lead to further tooth loss. Other complications related to tooth loss include misalignment, embarrassment about your smile, and trouble eating. Fortunately, we can address the problem with implant technology. Do you have questions about dental implants?

Frequently Asked Questions About Placing Dental Implants

Question: How do you place a dental implant?

Answer: After choosing the area for placement, the implant post will then be inserted surgically. The post is made using titanium, a biocompatible material that actually bonds with the jawbone like a natural root. Known as osseointegration, this process occurs over a period of three to six months.

Question: What makes a patient a viable candidate?

Answer: The patient should have a missing tooth, enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth, and gums free of periodontitis. If the patient has lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, we may suggest a bone grafting procedure to strengthen the jawbone. We may also prescribe treatment to address any underlying periodontal problems, as periodontitis can mean implant failure.

Question: How long until you place the restoration?

Answer: After the healing period, we will add an abutment to the implant post. The abutment holds the restoration in place. We use a dental crown to complete the visible portion of the tooth. The crown will be custom-made to blend with your smile.

Question: What if I lost multiple teeth?

Answer: We can use multiple implants to secure a fixed bridge or denture, replacing multiple lost teeth or all of your teeth if necessary. If you have any questions then please contact our office today.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Would you like to learn more about receiving lifelike dental implants? To schedule a consultation, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

Tips to Care for Your Dental Implants

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Caring for your smile properly can help you prevent tooth loss, but if you do lose one or more teeth, then you can still preserve your smile by replacing them with dental implants. Like your natural teeth, however, implants will only last if you take good care of them, including practicing good home hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. To improve the results of your treatment, we offer a few tips to care for your dental implants the way they’re meant to be cared for, both at home and at our office.

Brush and floss them like natural teeth

The good thing about implant restorations is that they closely mimic natural, healthy teeth, down to the roots that support them. Implant posts, which resemble tooth roots, are placed in the jawbone and utilized to support a crown, bridge, or denture. Therefore, caring for them is similar to caring for your natural teeth—be sure to brush and floss at least twice every day to prevent plaque buildup that could lead to serious oral health concerns.

Treat dental issues as soon as they appear.

Restorations supported by dental implants are crafted from dental materials like porcelain, which are not susceptible to tooth decay. However, the gums that surround and support your implants can still be susceptible to gum disease, which develops from excessive oral bacteria. Gum disease erodes the tissues and jawbone structures that support your teeth—and your dental implants—and if not treated, it can lead to the shifting and failure of your dental implants. If your dentist notices the development of gum disease during your routine examination, then don’t hesitate to receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid the condition from complicating your implant restoration.

Take Good Care of Your Implants and Your Smile

Taking good care of your dental implants can help ensure the long-term health, beauty, and integrity of your new smile! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

Can Dental Implants Replace Wisdom Teeth?

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Because wisdom teeth are the most extracted of all types of teeth, you may wonder if replacing them is a good option, and if dental implants can help. The bad news about wisdom teeth is that they often get impacted within the jawbone, unable to erupt properly and becoming an increasingly worse threat to your oral health. While dental implants are among the most comprehensive answers to tooth loss and extraction, wisdom teeth aren’t like the rest of your teeth. Extracting them is often necessary for the good of your smile, and therefore, wisdom teeth don’t have to be replaced.

Why Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted

When a tooth other than a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will take into account how the loss will affect your smile and oral health for the rest of your life. Consequently, part of the planning process is to determine your best option for tooth replacement, such as a dental implant. However, wisdom teeth are extracted because, due to limited space on your dental ridges, they’re often a liability that leads to tooth damage, misalignment, severe discomfort, and more. Once they’re extracted, your remaining teeth can rest easily and comfortably.

When Dental Implants Are Appropriate

Besides extracted wisdom teeth, the loss or extraction of any of your other teeth can have drastic consequences for the health, integrity, and balance of your smile. Therefore, replacing other extracted teeth is vital to your long-term oral health. In most cases, dental implants offer the most comprehensive benefits by replacing your lost teeth roots, thereby helping you better preserve your jawbone and oral structures.

Learn About Dental Implants, Wisdom Teeth, and More

With years of experience helping patients through the most complicated oral health concerns, we can help you learn all you need to know about wisdom teeth, tooth loss, dental implants and more! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Do Dental Implants Really Stop Facial Collapse?

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Replacing lost teeth is about more than just rebuilding your smile’s appearance. While confidence is important, the more profound effects of tooth loss are largely unseen until years afterward. Jawbone degradation and facial collapse, for instance, occur gradually due to the loss of your teeth roots. Without the roots to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, the structures around your smile can gradually lose density. The good news is that dental implants can help stop facial collapse as well as reestablish your healthy, youthful-looking smile by replacing the roots of your lost teeth.

How Can Dental Implants Help?

Conventional replacement teeth, like a dental bridge or denture, are created to replace the visible portions of your teeth, known as the crowns. The prosthesis stops surrounding teeth from shifting, fills out the gaps in your smile, and restores balance to your bite. However, only dental implants are able to support your bridge or denture the same way roots support your healthy teeth crowns. Therefore, only dental implants are able to restore stimulation in your jawbone and prevent facial collapse from occurring after tooth loss.

What if I’ve Lost All of My Teeth?

The more teeth you lose, the greater your risks are for jawbone degradation and facial collapse. For many patients, however, an implant-supported denture (preferably All-On-4® implant dentures) can rebuild an entire ridge of lost teeth. With the support of four or more implant posts, the denture can preserve the remaining jawbone structure and create a more youthful and beautiful smile restoration.

Stop Facial Collapse with Dental Implants

After you’ve experienced tooth loss, you can stop facial collapse and other consequences by replacing your teeth with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

FAQs: Who Qualifies For Dental Implants?

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Dental implants offer unrivaled security and a very natural looking solution to tooth loss. They differ significantly from dental bridges or removable partial/full dentures. However, since they require oral surgery to place, as well as a healing period, not every patient may be a viable candidate. Who qualifies for dental implants?

Frequently Asked Questions About Qualifying for Dental Implant Placement

Question: What if I have lost jawbone tissue?

Answer: When we lose one or more teeth the body immediately registers the loss of the roots, meaning the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. The bone tissue then dissolves. For traditional implants, this can mean you lack enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth and may require a bone grafting procedure. However, with All-on-4, we can address advanced tooth loss with an implant-retained prosthetic. Since the prosthetic will only require four implant posts, people that have lost jawbone tissue can receive treatment.

Question: Will gum disease impact my candidacy?

Answer: Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can lead to adult tooth loss. As a result, this can obviously cause problems for replacing your missing teeth. However, you can manage the disease with general dental procedures, which can improve the chances of qualifying for dental implants.

Question: What if I’ve lost several teeth?

Answer: We can use implants to secure a fixed bridge or denture. Which means we can address both minor tooth loss and advanced tooth loss. In fact, we can replace every tooth on one or both arches with implant-secured dentures.

Question: How do I keep my new teeth strong?

Answer: You should care for them as you would natural teeth, which means brushing twice a day and flossing every night before bed. You also need to have your teeth (implant included!) examined and cleaned every six months.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Implant Candidacy?

Our team can provide you with a lifelike and long lasting tooth replacement option using implant technology. To learn more, speak with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Is an Implant-Supported Crown Better than a Bridge?

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Losing a tooth can seem like the worst-case scenario for many dental issues, including emergencies that could lead to immediate tooth loss. Fortunately, the consequences of a lost tooth can largely be stemmed by replacing it. Traditionally, dental bridges have been an excellent and popular way to replace a lost tooth. However, an implant-supported dental crown offers the additional benefits of replacing your lost tooth’s root. In many ways, an implant-supported crown is better than a dental bridge at preserving your long-term oral health as well as restoring your smile.

Comparing Bridges to Implant Crowns

A dental bridge gains its name from the way it “bridges” the gap in your smile after you’ve lost a tooth. The prosthesis consists of a lifelike tooth replacement, or pontic, supported by two crowns on either side. The crowns are affixed to the remaining nearby teeth and support the pontic securely. By contrast, an implant crown consists of a single implant post topped by a lifelike dental crown. The post is inserted into the jawbone in place of the lost tooth root, and the dental crown is secured on top, above the gum line, to fill in your smile. With an implant and crown, your dentist doesn’t have to modify your nearby teeth to support a crown, allowing you to preserve more of your healthy, natural tooth structure.

The Long-Term Benefits

Keeping your healthy teeth intact is one benefit of an implant-crown; however, even more benefits arise from replacing your lost tooth root. A dental implant post offers unmatched support for your replacement crown, and also stimulates the jawbone to maintain its steady supply of nutrients. Implant stimulation reduces the risks of jawbone degradation that can occur following the loss of a tooth root, which improves your long-term oral health and reduces the risks of losing more teeth in the future.

Is a Dental Implant & Crown Your Best Choice?

If you’ve lost a tooth, then find out if a dental implant and crown is a better choice than a traditional dental bridge. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Are Implants Suitable For Children?

Most children have their 28 permanent teeth by the age of 13. From this point on, a child can lose a permanent tooth just like adults do, due to a blow to the mouth while playing sports, or any of a number of accidents.  If your child has lost a permanent tooth, you may be wondering if dental implants are a suitable option. After all, losing an anterior tooth can mar your child’s smile, and affect his/her self-confidence. Unfortunately, if your child is under the age of 18, dental implants are not usually an option.

Development

Implants are the longest-lasting, most lifelike option when it comes to replacing a lost tooth. They work for adults because the adult jaw is fully developed and will not grow or change once the implant is placed. That’s not so for children under the age of 18. Although a child may have all of their permanent teeth by the age of 13, their jaw is still developing and growing until the age of 18. If an implant was placed into their jawbone, the implant may shift as the bone continues to develop. The implant becomes part of the bone. That is why they are so successful. It acts as the root of the tooth. Therefore, it can move as the bone moves and grows. This can affect the surrounding teeth and lead to extensive orthodontic or restorative treatment.

Other Options

There are other options available either to save the space by placing a space maintainer, or to fill the space with another prosthesis. For instance, your child may be able to benefit from a removable partial denture that will fill the space with a replacement tooth. Space maintainers will save the space and prevent the other teeth from shifting, but it will not replace the tooth with a pontic (false tooth). These are temporary solutions until your child reaches a suitable age for a dental implant.

If Your Child Lost A Permanent Tooth, Call Dr. Justin Wright!

If your child lost a permanent tooth, don’t wait! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Wright today by calling (903) 225-2221. He and his team at Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, can help

Should Smokers Get Implants?

If you’re a smoker, there are several factors that you should take into consideration if you are considering implant placement. Talking to your dentist will help you decide what is right for you. The implant success rate in non-smokers is between 95 and 98 percent, but is the success rate equal in smokers? With smoking comes many factors that may negatively affect the success of an implant. The question: Should smokers get implants, often has to be answered on an individual basis.

Smoking Can Be Toxic

It’s no secret that smoking can be toxic, but do you know what chemicals are in a cigarette? Actually, there are 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, including 400 carcinogenic compounds such as: • Tar • Nicotine • Arsenic • Ammonia • DDT • Cyanide • Formaldehyde • And about 36 others This toxicity affects your oral tissues in a variety of ways including: • Your oral tissues become burned • This burning causes keratosis, the thickening of the outer layer of skin cells • Dry mouth due to blocked or damaged salivary glands • Reduced saliva production • A rise in oral bacteria • Longer healing time • Decreased ability to heal • Gum disease • Bone loss • Tooth loss The major concerns when it comes to smoking and implants are bone loss, gum disease, and compromised healing. Smoking can cause bone loss around the implants, which can lead to failure.

Case by Case Basis

If you smoke and you’re interested in an implant, your dentist will likely discuss your case with you and take into consideration how much you smoke, how long you’ve been smoking, and how healthy your oral tissues, teeth, and jawbone are. Research studies indicate that implants show a 95 percent success rate in smokers, although it may take longer to heal.

For More Information

If you would like more information regarding implant success in smokers, schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and his team at Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today by calling (903) 225-2221. Have your questions answered!