Posts for tag: dental implants

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatsSoSpecialAboutDentalImplants

Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.

Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?

Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).

Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.

Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.

With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.

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 magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
August 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  
DiabetesDoesntHavetoStopYouFromAcquiringDentalImplants

One of the best and most successful tooth replacement choices available is the dental implant. No other restorative method is as similar in both form and function to a real tooth as an implant; and with a success rate of 95-plus percent after ten years, it’s one of the most durable.

But there can be extenuating circumstances that make obtaining an implant difficult or sometimes impossible. One possible problematic situation is the systemic disease diabetes.

Diabetes is a hormonal condition in which the body is unable to sufficiently regulate the amount of glucose (a basic sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells) within the blood stream. Normally, the pancreas produces the hormone insulin to reduce excess glucose. But diabetes interferes with this insulin production: if you have Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas has stopped producing insulin altogether; if you have the more common Type 2, the body doesn’t produce adequate insulin or it doesn’t respond sufficiently to the insulin produced.

Over time diabetes can affect other areas of health, especially wound healing. Because the condition gradually causes blood vessels to narrow and stiffen, the normal inflammatory response to disease or trauma can become prolonged. This in turn slows the rate of wound healing.

Slow wound healing can have a bearing on the recovery period just after implant surgery, especially the necessary integration process that takes place between the bone and the titanium metal implant that provides its signature strength. If that process is impeded by slow wound healing caused by diabetes, the risk increases dramatically for implant failure.

That’s the worst case scenario if you have diabetes, but only if your condition is out of control. If, however, you have your blood sugar levels well regulated through medication, diet and exercise, then your chances for implant success could easily be on par with someone without diabetes.

So if you’re diabetic and are considering dental implants for missing teeth, it’s important to discuss the possibility of obtaining them with both your dentist and the physician caring for your diabetes. With your overall healthcare team working together, there’s no reason why diabetes should stop you from enjoying this premiere restoration for missing teeth.

If you would like more information on obtaining 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 & Diabetes.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsIt is possible to close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. Whether you are missing a single tooth or several, dental implants fill in the gaps and restore your smile. Dental implants capped with crowns replace missing teeth and their roots. The dental implant acts as a root anchoring the replacement tooth securely in place. Dental implants can also be used to hold a bridgework in place when several consecutive teeth need to be replaced. Dr. Stephen Harris is your dentist for dental implants in Farmington, MI.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are metal posts that act as tooth roots, anchoring artificial teeth or bridgework in place. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone and fuse with the bone over time. Once the fusion process is complete, usually within a few months, the dental implants can be capped with dental crowns, which are artificial teeth that look and function just like natural teeth. The dental implant functions as a root, holding the crown securely in place. Only the dental crown is visible after all components are set in place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Several benefits are associated with dental implants. By closing the gaps in your smile, dental implants help support sagging facial muscles and restore the shape of your face. Dental implants also alleviate strain on the teeth that surround the gaps in your smile. When teeth are missing, surrounding teeth compensate by taking on the work missing teeth previously performed when biting and chewing food. This imposes extra wear and tear on the remaining teeth. By filling in the gaps and replacing missing teeth, dental implants alleviate that strain.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they are permanent. They will not slip out of place, come loose, or fall out since they are permanently fused to the jaw bone. Dental implants are also hypoallergenic, as well as durable. With proper care, dental implants can last for years. Your Farmington dentist for dental implants can help you decide if dental implants are the right choice for you.

Close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. For dental implants in Farmington, MI, schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris by calling the office at (248) 478-4755.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth can damage both your appearance and your confidence. However, dental implants can replace your teeth and restore yourDental Implants smile to what it once was. But how do these revolutionary, state-of-the-art dental restorations work? How can they benefit you? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Stephen Harris at Advanced Dentistry in Farmington, MI.

How do dental implants stand apart from other tooth replacement options? 
Dental implants’ design allows them to permanently integrate into the bone beneath your missing tooth. This also means that implants are non-removable, a feature that other traditional tooth replacement options do not provide. Caring for your dental implants is exactly like caring for your natural teeth, eliminating the need to add in any extra soaking or scrubbing steps to your oral care routine. Once in place, implants can help you restore the biting surface of your teeth, making eating and chewing easier and allowing for proper speech. Improving your appearance means improving your confidence which could make face-to-face interactions easier and more enjoyable.

Can dental implants help me and my smile? 
Many people believe that simply having missing teeth makes them a good candidate for dental implants. However, due to their design, dental implants provide the best results in those who have generally good physical and dental health. A good candidate should also have an adequate bone volume at their implant site to ensure that the implant’s fixture successfully integrates into the bone. One of the most important aspects of keeping your implants healthy is having an excellent at-home oral care routine. This should consist of brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once. Patients should also commit to regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months.

Dental Implants in Farmington, MI 
Dental implants require a two phase process and several dental appointments. Those undergoing this procedure should have realistic expectations for their results and be committed to completing the process.

Don’t let gaps control your smile. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Harris at Advanced Dentistry in Farmington, MI. Call (248) 478-4755 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris today!



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