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Posts for tag: dental implants

By Geary Dentistry
December 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  
HowImplantsMightImproveBoneHealthWithDentures

Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldImproveYourBoneHealth

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

DontLetGumDiseaseCutShortYourImplantsServiceLife

Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.

But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.

A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.

That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.

You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Geary Dentistry
August 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants offer some unique benefits for patients dealing with tooth loss.

When dealing with tooth loss, our Brookfield, WI, dentists, Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary, understand the importance of getting the dental implantsnext best thing to real teeth, which is why we are happy to offer dental implants to adults who are looking to treat tooth loss. Possessing a natural feel, look, and functionality, dental implants can make your smile good as new. Read on to learn more about what this treatment can do for you!

Restored Chewing

One issue that many people deal with once they lose a tooth is being unable to chew food properly. With an incomplete smile, certain foods become more challenging to consume than others, thus limiting your dietary options. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stays firmly in place so that you can eat with confidence.

A Long-Lasting Restoration

When it comes to getting a tooth replacement, we know how important it is for our patients to get an artificial tooth that will last as long as possible. While dentures and bridges are made from durable material, even they will need to be replaced or readjusted every few years; however, implants can last several decades with the proper care.

Prevent Bone Loss

This is probably one of the biggest benefits of getting dental implants, as no other tooth replacement can actually preserve the jawbone like implants can. As you might already know, bone loss occurs as a result of untreated tooth loss, causing structural changes within the face due to the muscles not receiving the proper support they need. This results in sunken cheeks, sagging wrinkled skin, and other problems. Fortunately, by placing a dental implant, this metal post can stimulate the jawbone to produce new bone cells in the same way that real tooth roots can.

Preserve Natural Teeth

Other tooth replacement options require support from neighboring teeth, which over time can also wear teeth down and lead to damage such as cracks or breaks. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not require the support of natural teeth. An implant is supported by the jawbone rather than attaching to teeth, which puts less pressure on the rest of your smile.

Contact Us

If you are dealing with tooth loss in Brookfield, WI, and want to find out whether dental implants can help, call Geary Dentistry today at (262) 860-1500 to learn more.

By Geary Dentistry
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants can be used to permanently replace missing teeth. They can be used in conjunction with dental crowns to replace dental implantsindividual teeth, or they can be used to replaces several teeth by anchoring a bridge or overdenture in place. To help you decide if dental implants are right for your needs, Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary of Brookfield's Geary Dentistry are readily available to give their guidance and provide treatment.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants function similarly to the roots of natural teeth by securely anchoring artificial teeth in place. The implant resembles a small screw and is usually made from titanium, which is a hypoallergenic metal. The metal implant is inserted into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. In the weeks following placement of the implant, it will begin fusing with the jawbone. Once the two are permanently fused together, the metal implant can securely anchor a dental crown, bridgework, or overdenture in place.

When individual teeth are being replaced, a dental implant is needed for each missing tooth. After the implant is securely in place, an abutment is placed over the top of it. A dental crown, which serves as the replacement tooth, is then connected to the abutment. When multiple teeth are being replaced simultaneously with bridgework or an overdenture, the several dental implants are used to hold the prosthetic teeth securely in place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to choosing dental implants when filling in gaps in your smile by replacing missing teeth. Placement of dental implants is permanent so there is no risk of the implant or the artificial teeth coming loose, slipping out of place, or falling off. Dental implants are also extremely durable and can last for several years with proper care. In addition to being long-lasting, dental implants are also hypoallergenic.

Several of the benefits of dental implants are also cosmetic and result from filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Speech can also improve as tongue placement is corrected once the missing teeth's gaps are filled in.

Contact Us Today!

Dental implants can restore your smile, speech, the natural shape of your face, and more. To learn more about dental implants and to find out if they are right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Geary Dentistry's Brookfield, WI office at (262) 860-1500.