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If you've decided on a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you've made a great choice. Implants are a big favorite of both dentists and patients, not only for their life-likeness, but also their durability. Studies show that more than 95% of implants survive after ten years.
As you may know, single tooth implants are composed of two main parts: a metal post (usually titanium) imbedded in the jawbone; and a life-like crown affixed to the end of the post. But what you may not know is that there are two ways to attach the crown—either with screws or with dental cement.
Neither way is superior to the other—both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. A cemented crown, for instance, usually looks more like a natural tooth than a screw-retained crown (more about that later) and dentists have more flexibility in making them look natural.
But cemented crowns require an additional piece of hardware called an abutment to better match it with the implant, something unnecessary with a screw-retained crown. Some people can also experience a reaction to the cement resulting in inflammation or even bone loss. And once installed, removing the crown later for repair or replacement is much more difficult than with a screw-retained crown.
Besides attaching directly to the implant, screw-retained crowns don't require cement and are more easily attached and removed. But the screw-hole can pose some aesthetic problems: Although it can be filled with a tooth-colored filling, the tooth's appearance isn't as ideal as a cemented crown.
So, which one is best for you? That will depend on the type and location of teeth being replaced, as well as your dentist's preferences. For instance, a more attractive cemented crown may be better for a visible front tooth, while a screw-retained crown might be a good choice for a back premolar or molar where appearance isn't as big a factor.
In the end, it's likely your dentist will discuss the pros and cons for each method as it pertains to your individual case. Whichever way your crown attaches, the end result will still be a life-like tooth that could last you for years to come.
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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”
Looking for a long-term tooth replacement? We’ve got you covered.
Are you living with tooth loss? If so, you may be wondering what treatment options are available to you. If you are looking for a stable tooth replacement that will feel and function just like real teeth, then it may be the perfect time to talk with our Clarks Summit, PA, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bell about getting dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
To understand how this restoration could benefit your smile, it’s important that you first understand how this restoration works. An implant is made up of three parts. The first part is a metal post. This takes the place of the missing tooth roots. To replace the tooth roots, this means that our Clarks Summit, PA, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone.
Over the course of several months, the implant and jawbone will fuse naturally. Once this is complete, we can place the second part of the implant on top of the metal post. This structure is called an abutment and it simply connects the implant with the false tooth (or teeth, if you need to replace more than one tooth). Once the abutment is placed and the gums have had several more weeks to heal, then we can cement the crown into place.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
We have some great news for you! Most healthy adults who are missing at least one permanent tooth are often great candidates for dental implants. When you come in for your consultation, we will need to evaluate your oral and general health to make sure that there aren’t any conditions or diseases that could affect the health or success of the implant process.
We will go through your detailed medical history and ask you any questions about your current health to make sure that you are right for implants. Remember, you are never too old and it’s never too late to get implants.
Are you ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? If so, our Clarks Summit PA dentist would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your candidacy. Call Abington Dental Arts at (570) 586-1411.
Has your smile become an unexpected casualty of tooth loss? When there's a gap in your teeth, it's only natural to feel a little self-conscious about your appearance. Fortunately, dental implants offered by your Clarks Summit, PA, dentists, Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath will restore your missing teeth and help you rediscover your smile.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dental implants may be a good choice if:
- Chewing has become difficult: Even one missing tooth can make biting and chewing challenging. Dental implants restore your ability to chew normally without causing a loss of biting power. Titanium implants serve as synthetic tooth roots and are implanted in your jawbone. The implants gradually bond to the bone over the course of several months. Once bonding is complete, your Clarks Summit, PA, dentist attaches a dental crown to the top of the implant to create a brand new tooth.
- You want to improve your appearance: No one will be able to tell that your new tooth isn't real. Your dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown looks right at home in your mouth.
- You're concerned about the long-term consequences of tooth loss: The loss of even one tooth can change your smile in more ways than you may realize. After a tooth is lost, nearby teeth often start to drift and overlap as they try to fill the gap. Tooth loss can also cause your jawbone to shrink, due to decreased stimulation from tooth roots. Implants prevent teeth from shifting and provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay strong.
- You want a long-lasting, cost-effect solution: Dental implants usually never need to be replaced and may last your entire life. They're often the most cost-effective choice when you consider lifetime restoration costs.
- You'd prefer an easy-care restoration option: Keeping your implants in good condition is very simple and only requires daily brushing and flossing. Flossing around the base of your crown is particularly important, as it reduces the chance of an infection that could loosen the implant.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Clarks Summit, PA, dentists, Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath, at (570) 586-1411 to schedule an appointment.
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.
While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”