Posts for: July, 2017
Dealing with tooth loss? Discover the benefits of getting dental implants in Silver Spring, MD.
While tooth loss may seem like a permanent issue, this doesn’t mean that you just have to deal with gaps in your smile. You can get back a full smile when you visit our Silver Spring, MD, dentists Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options. Find out how dental implants could be the ideal way to replace your missing teeth for life.
How do implants work?
An implant is a metal-based artificial tooth root designed to bond to the jawbone, where it is surgically placed. An implant is the only tooth replacement that is designed to function in much the same way that a real tooth does, so when you get this restoration you know that you will have the next best thing to natural teeth. After all, a dental implant is made from tough, sturdy titanium so you know that it isn’t going anywhere. Plus, implants are extremely successful.
Once the implant naturally fuses with the bone over the course of a couple months, it is now ready for the artificial tooth. When replacing a single missing tooth, a dental crown will be placed over the implant to complete it. Those with significant tooth loss can also choose to get implants to support artificial teeth (e.g. dentures).
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Most people dealing with tooth loss could end up being great candidates for implants. While the only way to know for sure whether implants are the best choice is to talk to our Silver Spring, MD, general dentist, there are certain factors that we will need to look at in order to determine your candidacy. These factors include:
If you have untreated decay or gum disease, these are things that will need to be treated before you can get implants.
Are you a smoker? If so, then you could be significantly more likely to develop implant failure than a non-smoker. This is why it’s highly recommended that you quit smoking altogether when you decide to get implants.
Are you dedicated to providing your implant and the rest of your smile with the proper care it needs to stay healthy? Coming in for preventive care and maintaining good oral hygiene is imperative to a healthy implant and a healthy smile.
If you are looking for a permanent solution to replace missing teeth then it’s time you called Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD and serving Cloverly and Colesville, MD, to schedule your consultation. We are here to help restore your smile.
You've seen ads for “Teeth in One Day” that promise immediate implant placement at the same time you have the problem tooth removed. But this presumes the gums and underlying bone are healthy and able to support and protect the implant. If that's not the case, it may be ill-advised to place an implant on the same day.
Even with immediate placement, there will be a small degree of bone and gum opening or space around the implant after it's placed into the socket. This can often be remedied by placing a bone graft and sometimes a gum graft when we install the implant. It's also possible for natural healing to gradually fill in the space, but we'll need to monitor the site carefully for several weeks.
On the other hand, if we detect significant bone loss (or strongly suspect it will occur), immediate placement may not be an option — there's not enough bone or it's too weak to support an implant. In this case, it's necessary to wait on placement and focus on improving the bone health and quantity, beginning when we remove the old tooth and place a bone graft.
After completing the extraction, we typically place a bone graft in the empty socket. The graft will become a “scaffold” for new bone cells to grow upon. We may then allow about two to four months for new bone to partially replenish the area and then place the implant. The bone will continue to regenerate as it grows and attaches to the titanium implant to create a solid attachment.
If the site, however, still appears fragile even after partial bone growth, we may opt to wait another two to four months before attempting placement. From a long-term perspective, this is the best scenario for ensuring a durable foundation for the implant. It also allows for a socket severely compromised by disease to heal more thoroughly.
To determine which of these placement scenarios is best for you, we'll first need to conduct a thorough dental examination. From there we'll be in a better position to discuss the right implant timeline for your situation. Our main goal is to ensure we can securely place your implant in just the right position to achieve the most successful and attractive result.
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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”
Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.
Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.
While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.
There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”
Â An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.
Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”