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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.
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art restorative procedure. Dr. David Salah, in Novi, MI, provides patients with these life-like appliances to restore missing teeth.
Here are a few FAQs
What more can you tell me about dental implants?
Dental implants replace missing tooth roots using a titanium screw. The advantage of this titanium screw is that it's biocompatible, meaning oral tissues won't reject it. The titanium post fuses to the rest of your jawbone, a process called osseointegration that takes 3 to 6 months. Attached to the titanium screw is an abutment and then a crown. The crown matches the rest of your teeth to complete the restoration procedure.
How many missing teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants replace as many teeth as you need replaced, which can even be a whole upper and/or lower jaw.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- They are indistinguishable from natural teeth
- They protect the integrity of the jawbone by preventing bone loss or shrinkage of the jawbone
- They replace missing teeth to create a beautiful, complete smile
- They allow you to speak and eat without having to worry about them shifting around like dentures
- They have a 95 % success rate
- They can last a lifetime and a long term solution for tooth loss
How do you care for dental implants?
- Brush your teeth everyday, twice at least and three times optimally
- Avoid sugary food that causes decay
- Floss your teeth once a day
- Visit your Novi dentist twice a year for a routine checkup
- Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
Who to contact about dental implants?
If you're interested in dental implants, just call the Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, at (248) 349-7560 for more information.
Losing permanent teeth is never good — unlike primary teeth, no natural replacements wait in the wings. But the good news is you have a number of options for replacing them with life-like prosthetic (false) teeth.
Today's premier choice is dental implants, preferred by dentists and patients alike for their durability and life-likeness. But because of their cost when replacing multiple teeth, many people opt for traditional dentures. And now dentures are easier to wear and maintain thanks to new, advanced materials and designs.
Still, there's one major area where implants have the definite edge over dentures — long-term bone health. Older bone cells die and dissolve (resorb), replaced then by newly formed cells. Teeth help perpetuate this cycle through the forces generated when we chew that travel through the roots to stimulate the formation of new bone.
But because this stimulation through a tooth ends when it's lost, new bone beneath the empty socket may not keep up with the resorption rate of older bone. As a result, you could lose as much as a quarter of normal bone width in just the first year after losing a tooth.
This bone loss will continue to accumulate even if you wear dentures, which can't replicate the bone growth stimulation of natural teeth. What's more, the constant pressure on the bony ridge of the gums can accelerate bone loss. Eventually, the firm, comfortable fit you first had with your dentures will become looser and less comfortable with the shrinking bone volume.
Implants, on the other hand, can stop bone loss and may even reverse it. This is because the titanium metal of an implant has a special affinity with bone cells that readily grow and adhere to it. This creates the anchorage responsible for the implant's durability, but it's also healthy for the bone.
Of course, this doesn't have to be a binary choice between the two restorations thanks to a new hybrid advancement that combines implants with dentures. We can install as few as two implants to support a removable denture. You'll enjoy greater stability, fit and durability with your dentures, while also improving bone health through the implants.
So before you decide on a dental restoration, be sure to discuss with us your implant options. Your oral health and appearance could benefit immensely.
If you would like more information on dental restoration, 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.”