Posts for tag: dental implants

DiabetesCanMakeGettinganImplantDifficultButNotImpossible

Over 26 million Americans have diabetes, a systemic condition that interferes with maintaining safe levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. Over time, diabetes can begin to interfere with other bodily processes, including wound healing—which could affect dental care, and dental implants in particular.

Diabetes affects how the body regulates glucose, a basic sugar derived from food digestion that's the primary source of energy for cell development and function. Our bodies, though, must maintain glucose levels within a certain range — too high or too low could have adverse effects on our health. The body does this with the help of a hormone called insulin that's produced as needed by the pancreas to constantly regulate blood glucose levels.

There are two types of diabetes that interfere with the function of insulin in different ways. With Type I diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin, forcing the patient to obtain the hormone externally through daily injections or medication. With Type II diabetes, the most common form among diabetics, the body doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond adequately to the insulin that's present.

As mentioned, one of the consequences of diabetes is slow wound healing. This can have a profound effect on the body in general, but it can also potentially cause problems with dental implants. That's because implants once placed need time to integrate with the bone to achieve a strong hold. Slow wound healing caused by diabetes can slow this integration process between implant and bone, which can affect the entire implantation process.

The potential for those kinds of problems is greater if a patient's diabetes isn't under control. Patients who are effectively managing their diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication have less trouble with wound healing, and so less chance of healing problems with implants.

All in all, though, it appears diabetics as a group have as much success with implants as the general population (above 95 percent). But it can be a smoother process if you're doing everything you can to keep your diabetes under control.

If you would like more information on managing dental care with diabetes, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Nothing changes your smile more than losing a tooth. Fortunately, dental implants not only fill the gaps in your smile but also provide a few other advantages. Your Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care, can help you restore your smile with versatile implants.

How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile

Dental implants replace your tooth roots with synthetic posts that integrate with your jawbone. Made of titanium, the implants are biocompatible and bond easily to bone. They're added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgery procedure.

Implants are paired with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth. Crowns are artificial teeth that are connected to the top of dental implants with screws called abutments.

Important Benefits of Implants

There's no way to hide the fact that you lost a tooth. Every time, you laugh, smile or speak, the whole world sees that gap in your smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth can lower your self-esteem and even affect your career prospects. Thanks to dental implants, you won't have to live with gaps in your smile.

Dental implants aren't just for show. Implants are tough enough to handle biting and chewing with ease. Because your implants are firmly anchored to your jawbone, you'll be able to eat your favorite foods. In fact, most people don't notice any difference in their biting power.

Implants also keep your jawbone strong by constantly pressing on the bone just as your natural roots do. Without continual stimulation, the bone may begin to shrink, which can lead to sagging facial muscles and loose teeth.

Your other teeth will react to a gap in your mouth by drifting toward the opening. Unfortunately, drifting can affect your appearance and change your bite. Adding dental implants prevents your teeth shifting, preserving your appearance and your bite.

Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option whether you've only lost one tooth or need to replace multiple missing teeth. Contact Dr. Baek, your dentist in Norcross, GA, at Smart Family Dental Care, at (770) 446-5700 to schedule an appointment.

By Smart Family Dental Care
April 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
DentureswithImplantsCouldHelpYouAvoidBoneLoss

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental 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.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsGeorge Washington wore primitive dentures made of ivory and human teeth. Today's tooth replacements are far more functional and attractive. Whether you need to replace one, two, or all of your teeth, dental implants from Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, will rebuild your smile safely and comfortably! Smart Family's Dr. Orson Baek is the dentist with the skills and artistry to give you great oral function and smile aesthetics—read here about how his services can benefit you!

The Dental Implant

It's fashioned from top-notch materials:

  1. A titanium root (the actual implant itself)
  2. A metal alloy extension post
  3. A custom-made porcelain crown

Placed by your dentist during an efficient, in-office oral surgery at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, your dental implant will bond securely to your jaw bone. The bonding process, called osseointegration, takes months, but when it is finished, the extension post and crown will readily accept the exceptional forces biting and chewing exert.
Osseointegration is exclusive to dental implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures. No other tooth replacement features this lifelike and bone-building bond with the jaw. However, the bonding process does take time, so patience definitely is essential to the dental implant treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
These state-of-the-art prosthetics feature many patient-friendly benefits. They include:

  • A fuller, stronger jaw bone and healthier gum tissue (these structures recede after tooth loss but are restored by implants)
  • Strong biting and chewing
  • Clear speech
  • Aesthetics which are natural-looking in color and shape (no one can tell that it's an implant)
  • Longevity (most dental implants last a lifetime according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
  • A wide range of tooth replacement scenarios, including full and partial dentures and bridgework using multiple implant devices
  • Ease of care (twice a day brushing and daily flossing, along with semi-annual preventive care with Dr. Baek and his team)

Find out more
Dr. Orson Baek and his professional team would love to tell you more about how dental implants can benefit your oral health and overall well-being. Contact them at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, for an evaluation and explanation of the dental implant treatment. Call (770) 446-5700 today!

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
3ReasonsforWhyItsaSmartMovetoInvestinDentalImplants

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

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 “Dental Implants 101.”