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When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.
Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.
But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.
CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.
Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.
Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.
Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
It may shock you to learn that more than 178 million American adults are missing at least one tooth. Whether you lose a tooth from decay, injury, gum disease, or aging, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible, not only for aesthetic reasons but also to protect your health. Dr. David Salah is a dentist at Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI. He can help you find the right solution for missing teeth. Call us today about dental implants Novi.
4 Common Tooth Replacement Methods
Novi residents can choose from the following tooth replacement methods:
- Dental Implants: Dental implants in Novi are the best solution for a missing tooth and most cost-effective in the long-term. Because they are secured into the jawbone with a titanium screw, they remain in place when eating and speaking. Their porcelain crowns look just like your natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures: If you are missing all your teeth, you can have a full upper arch fitted with six dental implants and a full lower arch fitted with four dental implants. This is an affordable option for full tooth replacement because it requires a minimum number of dental implants. Because the upper arch has no palate, it is more comfortable than removable dentures.
- Implant-supported bridge: This replacement method avoids replacing every tooth with a dental implant. Instead, a bridge is fixed in place using two or three implants. You can also use this option to replace a full arch of teeth.
- Removable dentures: Removable dentures are designed to replace one or more teeth that are missing from the same arch. The denture has an acrylic foundation and may also have a metal framework. Typically, it will be attached to your existing teeth with metal or nylon clasps. Removable dentures can also be made to replace full upper and lower arches.
If you’re looking for a dental implants Novi specialist, or you want to find out more about our practice, call Dr. David Salah of Progressive Dental Group at (248) 349-7560.
Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
If you are an adult living with tooth loss in Novi, MI, chances are good that you are looking for the best solution to recovering your smile. This is where our dentist, Dr. David Salah, comes in. Dr. Salah has helped countless adults get complete smiles again with the help of dental implants, an artificial tooth root designed to support one or more false teeth. Here are some facts about the treatment that can help you determine whether implants are right for you:
You Want a Long-Term Restoration
If you are looking for a natural-feeling, aesthetically pleasing restoration that requires minimal care and maintenance, then a dental implant may be the best choice for you. The implant itself is made from titanium, a highly durable, long-lasting metal that naturally fuses with human bone during a process termed "osseointegration." Once the implant fuses together with the jawbone, it will remain there for a lifetime.
You’re Healthy Enough for Surgery
In order to get implants, you’ll need to undergo minor surgery. While this surgery isn't invasive, our Novi, MI, implant dentist will still need to make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. To determine this, we will go through your detailed medical history and discuss any preexisting health problems that may affect surgery or the healing process overall.
You are Dedicated to Your New Tooth
Getting implants takes time. Along with undergoing surgery, you will usually have to wait at least four months for the implant and jawbone to fuse together. Once this occurs, we will need to place an attachment over the top of the implant, which finally connects the implant with the false tooth.
Want to Restore Your Smile? Give Us a Call
If you are interested in undergoing dental implant treatment and want to find out if it is right for you, then call Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, today at (248) 349-7560 to schedule your consultation.
For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.
Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.
Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.
Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.
In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.
Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.
Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.
There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.