Posts for tag: dental implants

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.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
SurgicallyAccessingSinusescanHelpGrowNewBoneforImplants

Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. But they do more than improve your smile: they can restore your ability to eat, chew and talk properly, especially if the teeth replaced are in the back of your mouth. What’s more, they can improve the entire look of your face by restoring facial height and cheek support lost because of the missing teeth.

There is, however, one obstacle to overcome before receiving dental implants — a lack of sufficient bone at the implant site. Bone loss usually occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. This is because when we chew the forces generated by the teeth stimulate continual bone growth to make up for older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). This stimulation doesn’t occur after teeth are lost, which slows the rate of bone growth. Over time the amount of healthy bone diminishes.

Without enough bone for support, implants can’t be placed properly. Fortunately, some of the bone can be regenerated through techniques that place bone grafting material at the site to stimulate and serve as a scaffold for new bone.  The new bone will eventually replace the graft.

For missing upper back teeth with bone loss, we can take advantage of facial anatomy to grow the bone needed for implants. This area of the face is where the maxillary sinuses, air spaces lined with a tissue membrane, are located on either side just above the upper jaw. After determining their exact size and location through detailed x-ray imaging, we can surgically access the area inside the mouth just above the missing teeth.

The sinus cavity is an area where bone growth can occur by placing a bone graft between the floor of the sinus and the sinus membrane. Sometimes bone growth enhancers are used to stimulate and speed up regeneration. The procedure can usually be performed with local anesthesia (much like a routine tooth filling), with only mild discomfort afterward for a few days managed by an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen and a decongestant for sinus swelling.

After six to seven months, we re-evaluate the area to see if sufficient bone has returned for implant surgery. If so, you will be well on your way to achieving a new look and better function through dental implants.

If you would like more information on building new bone through sinus surgery, 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 “Sinus Surgery.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether they were lost due to trauma, decay, or extraction, closing the gaps in your teeth may seem like an impossible task. However, with dental implantsdental implants, you can replace your missing teeth to renew and rejuvenate your smile. Whether you have one gap, several gaps, or need to replace all the teeth on an arch, dental implants can help you. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA.

Parts of a Dental Implant 
Dental implants are held in place by the implant’s fixture, which your dentist will surgically implant into the jawbone underneath your missing tooth. The fixture is a small, titanium post which “screws” into the bone. After implantation, the bone grows around the fixture to lock it firmly and permanently into place. The implant’s prosthetic is usually a dental crown, a porcelain, tooth-shaped cap, which fits over the implant’s fixture to replace the missing tooth itself. The implant’s abutment connects the two main pieces together and anchors them both into place.

Dental Implants vs Other Tooth Replacement Options
A dental implant replaces both the tooth and its root permanently, without the help of any surrounding teeth. The implant stands alone and can last a lifetime with the right care. A dental bridge, however, requires the help of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. The teeth must fit inside the crowns on either side of the bridge, requiring a preparation procedure on the healthy teeth. The bridge also sits above the gumline and does not stimulate the bone to keep it healthy as an implant does.

Dental Implants in Norcross, GA
Dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone in which to lie, indicating that patients with significant bone atrophy within the area of their implant may require a bone graft prior to their implant. This rebuilds the implant site and strengthens the bone to provide a good foundation for the implant.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental in Norcross, GA. Call (770) 446-5700 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Baek today!