Posts for tag: dental implants

By Randall Oaks Dental
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

 

Dental Implants Smile

From advanced gum disease to a car accident, there are many reasons an adult may end up losing one or more permanent teeth. While we know that this issue can be damaging to your appearance and your oral health, our Carpentersville, IL, dentist Dr. Dan Adamo is here to help restore your smile with the help of dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

While a dental implant is composed of three different parts, the main part is the implant itself, which is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth’s roots.

The implant itself won’t be visible. It will stay within the jawbone and provide a fixed foundation from which to support a false tooth or even multiple teeth. That’s right; even if you are missing an entire row of teeth, implants can still give you your smile back, as they can also support a dental bridge or even full dentures.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Most healthy adults are great candidates for implants. To find out whether or not implants are right for you, you’ll need to sit down with our Carpentersville, IL, restorative dentist for a consultation.

During the consultation, we will examine your teeth and take X-rays to make sure that the jawbone is healthy enough to support the implant and that you aren’t dealing with other oral health problems that could affect the treatment process.

Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, wants you to know that no matter what issues you are facing its dental team is here to help you improve your oral health and your appearance. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants then call us today.

By Randall Oaks Dental
June 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have a missing tooth – or teeth – that’s making eating, talking, and smiling a challenge? Even if you’ve gotten used to their dental implantsabsence, missing teeth can cause more problems than you might have expected. The best way to stop this cycle in its tracks is with dental implants from your Carpentersville, IL, dentist, Dr. Dan Adamo, at Randall Oaks Dental. Let's discuss how dental implants are a solid investment in your dental health for years to come.

How do dental implants work?

You’ve probably seen advertisements for dental implants everywhere in recent years. That’s because they are the preferred restoration for both dentists and patients. Their main benefit is that they are fixed; they do not need to be removed for cleaning or adjustments because they actually become part of your dental anatomy. A brief surgical procedure at Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville will place the titanium post of the implant in your jawbone, where it will eventually fuse with the bone around it, rendering the post as stable as a natural tooth. This allows the rest of the restoration - the abutment and the crown - to be placed after a few months of integration. (The actual procedure only takes a few days to heal and most patients don’t experience any significant downtime or pain afterward.)

What are the other benefits of dental implants?

Besides being low maintenance, dental implants are perhaps the most realistic and attractive tooth restorations available today. You'll never have to worry about shifting or visible hardware when you have dental implants from your Carpentersville dentist. The structure of implants also gives them a unique advantage over other replacement options: the post's presence keeps the jawbone from deteriorating, an unfortunate side effect of tooth loss. This can lead to other teeth shifting out of place and further loss. Dental implants stop that process and keep your teeth straight and stable.

To learn more about dental implants, contact Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, to set up a consultation with Dr. Adamo today!

YoumayNeedOrthodonticWorkBeforeGettingaDentalImplant

For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Randall Oaks Dental
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
QuittingSmokingDecreasesYourRiskofImplantFailure

If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.

And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.

Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause for this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.

Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers have an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant become infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.

To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.

Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.

If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, 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.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ATeenwithaMissingToothMayNeedtoWaitonaDentalImplant

There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.

For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.

It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.

As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.

We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.

As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.

Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and teenagers, 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 for Teenagers.”