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DentalImplantsBetterthanEverthankstoOngoingTechAdvances

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.”

By Dr. Edward C. Yates
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Mouth DentureDiscover the amazing technology behind this long-term tooth replacement.

 

Losing a tooth is upsetting, but luckily we live in a world in which our Norwich, CT, dentist Dr. Edward Yates can provide the next best thing to a real tooth. In the past, the only option was to get a dental bridge or dentures, but dental implants boast an array of unique and wonderful benefits for the wearer. After all, they really do function and look just like a real tooth. Find out more about the different kinds of dental implants available in Norwich, CT.

A Single Implant

If you are only missing one permanent tooth then a single implant is all that’s needed. This implant is often placed into the jawbone where, over the course of several months, the tissue and bone will naturally fuse together with the implant to become one permanent structure from which to then support a dental crown.

Built-in Abutment

A dental implant is made up of three parts: the metal post (the implant itself), an abutment and the false tooth (or teeth). There are different styles of implants and some come with a built-in abutment and some do not. We will help you determine the best implant style to fit your needs. The purpose of an abutment is to sit on top of the implant and to connect the implant with the false tooth (the visible portion of the restoration).

Implant-Supported Dentures

Even if you are missing all or most of your teeth you can still get implants to treat your tooth loss. There are several systems available for replacing all or some missing teeth. One system (known as All-on-4) involves placing four implants along the entire jawbone from which to then attach dentures. This can be a great option for current denture wearers that aren’t satisfied with the way their new teeth fit or stay in place.

If you are dealing with tooth loss in Norwich, CT, and want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants then there is no better time than the present. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry will provide you with the restorative treatment you need.

BoneGraftingMightbeNecessaryBeforeYouObtainanImplant

Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.

Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.

When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption.  New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.

In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.

Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.

Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.

If you would like more information on obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

ReplacingaMissingToothisntJustAboutImprovingYourSmile

Seven out of ten Americans are missing at least one tooth due to decay, periodontal (gum) disease or injury. Unfortunately, the consequences go far beyond a missing tooth — the loss of even one could set in motion a cascade of problems.

Perhaps the most damaging of these problems is bone loss. Like other living tissue, bone has a life cycle — older cells dissolve (resorb) into the body and are replaced by fresher cells. This growth cycle in the jawbone receives stimulation from forces generated by teeth when we chew or bite. If a tooth is no longer present to provide this stimulation, the affected bone cells won’t regenerate at a healthy rate. Over time this causes the volume of bone to diminish, as much as 25% the first year after tooth loss.

The void left by a missing tooth can also adversely affect remaining teeth. Teeth are held in place by a tough but elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament that lies between the tooth and the bone. The ligament enables teeth to move gradually in response to mouth changes so that the teeth remain tightly aligned with each other. When there’s a gap from a missing tooth, this tendency will cause the teeth on either side to move (or “drift”) toward the open space. Although a natural phenomena, it can result in a malocclusion (poor bite).

That’s why it’s important to replace a missing tooth with a life-like replica — not just for appearance’s sake, but also to improve function and prevent the rise of these other problems. While many options exist (from removable dentures to fixed bridges) the choice most preferred by dentists and patients is the dental implant.

An implant replaces the tooth root as well as the crown, because it’s imbedded securely into the jawbone. Because of a natural affinity with titanium, the principal metal used in implants, bone cells will grow to its surface. Not only will this anchor the implant more securely, it will slow or even stop bone loss.

If you have a missing tooth, you should visit us as soon as possible to consider your options for a replacement. A new tooth will help stop even greater problems from occurring.

If you would like more information on effects and treatment of tooth loss, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Norwich, Connecticut, wants you to knowdental implants

You’ve probably already heard about dental implants. The truth is dental implants are the best solution available to replace missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, you may have become used to an incomplete smile, and that may be a mistake.

Living without teeth causes your jaws to lose bone, resulting in you looking older than you actually are. Your face may begin to sag and lose youthful fullness and contours. Dr. Edward Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, Connecticut, wants to share why dental implants are an important choice for you.

A younger-looking face isn’t the only reason why dental implants are a great choice. When you choose dental implants, you will experience:

  • Natural-looking tooth replacement because implants look just like your natural teeth
  • Stable tooth replacement because implants are placed in bone and the bone fills in around the implant, locking it in place
  • Healthy tooth replacement because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy
  • Worry-free tooth replacement because your new dental implants will never decay and they are stain resistant too
  • Successful tooth replacement because dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Your dental implants will be placed during a simple procedure done right in the office. During the healing period, the bone will grow around and fuse with the dental implant, securing it firmly in place. After the area has healed, Dr. Yates will cap the implant with a sparkling implant crown.

You can choose dental implants to replace a single, or multiple missing teeth, or to provide support for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. For more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the dental implants page on the website at http://www.norwichaestheticdentistry.com/dental-implants.html

If you want a complete, beautiful new smile, it’s time for you to discover the importance of dental implants. It’s time for you to call Dr. Edward Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, Connecticut. Call him today and get started on a new smile and a new you!