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Tooth loss is never a welcome experience, but thanks to modern dental technology, there are a number of options available to get your oral health back on track and make your smile look better than ever. No matter if you're missing only one tooth or all of your natural teeth, dental implants are a fantastic option for you to consider. Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, a family dentist at Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry in Hampton, NH, offers dental implants that will rejuvenate your smile!
A New Smile with Dental Implants
Implants are a comprehensive dental restoration that replaces an entire tooth from root to crown. Implants are available for adult patients in good general health that have enough bone density in the gums to support the implant. If the dentist determines that the procedure is a good option for you, the first step in the process involves surgically placing the implant (a small, biocompatible titanium screw) in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant then begins to secure itself in place by slowly fusing with the bone tissue. This process also works to prevent further bone loss, a major side effect of tooth loss and gum disease.
Once the implant has healed and is securely in place, the cosmetic crown is attached to an abutment and your tooth is as good as new. However, you must be able to commit to ongoing oral hygiene and follow up dental care in order to qualify for implants. When cared for properly, implants have a very high success rate and work as a permanent solution to tooth loss, but it is essential that you tend to them.
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Don't wait to fix your smile and improve your oral health. Learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you by contacting Smiles by the Sea's Hampton office. Call (603) 926-8827 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shevchenko today!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.
But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?
The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.
An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).
A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.
Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.
While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.
Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.
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 article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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 & Smoking: What are the Risks?”
Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? Why not restore your entire tooth, including the roots, with dental implants? Our Hampton, NH, dentist, Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, explains how you can benefit from dental implants.
Implants replace your whole tooth
Other tooth restoration options only replace half of your tooth, the part you can see when you smile. Although replacing the visible part of your tooth is certainly important, building a new tooth from the roots up offers several important advantages, including:
- Stability: The dental implant that replaces your tooth roots actually becomes a permanent part of your jawbone. Implants are made of titanium, a metal that integrates with and bonds to your jawbone. It only takes a few months for bonding to occur. Once it does, your implant is as strong as the original root once was. Thanks to that stability, your new tooth won't slip when you enjoy a meal at our favorite Hampton restaurant.
- Natural Appearance: A dental crown added to the top of your dental implant improves the appearance of your smile and also makes it possible to chew easily. Your new tooth fills the gap in your smile, preventing unsightly overlapping or crooked teeth, a problem that can occur after tooth loss.
- A Permanent Solution: Because your implant bonds to your jawbone, it will probably never need to be replaced. Brushing and flossing your new tooth daily will help prevent infections that could threaten the implant.
- Reduced Risk of Cavities: When your teeth overlap, it's difficult to remove plaque from the tight spaces. Eventually, cavities can occur due to the plaque buildup. Dental implants keep your teeth straight, which reduces your risk of tooth decay.
- Excellent Biting Power: Because your implant acts as an artificial root, your biting power isn't affected when you choose an implant or implant-supported dentures.
- A Stronger Jawbone: Your roots not only keep your teeth securely in place but also prevent your jawbone from weakening. After you lose a tooth, your jawbone may eventually begin to weaken. If that happens, some of your teeth may loosen, and you might notice that your lower face has begun to sag. Thanks to the constant pressure provided by your tooth roots, jawbone changes won't be a problem.
Keep your smile full and bright with dental implants. Call our Hampton, NH, dentist, Dr. Shevchenko, at (603) 926-8827 to schedule your appointment.