Dental Implants – Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:37:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png Dental Implants – Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com 32 32 A Higher Quality of Life with Dental Implants https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/ If you are reading this, you may have interest in pursuing dental implants and are looking at your options. Dental implants are innovative and offer countless benefits, making them favored over removable dentures or bridges. Dental implant mechanics are relatively simple; the first step is to insert a small, medical-grade titanium post into the jaw bone. That post is the…

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If you are reading this, you may have interest in pursuing dental implants and are looking at your options. Dental implants are innovative and offer countless benefits, making them favored over removable dentures or bridges. Dental implant mechanics are relatively simple; the first step is to insert a small, medical-grade titanium post into the jaw bone. That post is the physical implant that naturally bonds with the jaw bone. Next, an abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the crown is placed on top of the abutment, securing the three pieces together. The end result looks like a natural tooth. Dental implants are very secure, offering long-term convenience and a new sense of confidence in patients.

This positive trend is something we have experienced with our patients who have received dental implants, but now, according to a new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and published in the International Journal of Dentistry, osteoporotic women who have dental implant procedures to replace teeth that have been lost may experience a higher overall quality of life.

They studied 237 participants, comparing those who had missing teeth replaced by dental implants versus those who have missing teeth and do not have dental implants. The study also observed their overall health, including emotional, sexual, and overall quality of life. It concluded that dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth has a direct positive relationship on a woman’s quality of life compared to those who are living with missing teeth or use partial restorations or removable dentures.

Osteoporosis is a bone condition that causes a loss of bone or hinders the regeneration of bone. Osteoporosis sufferers are more prone to breaks or fractured bones. Osteoporosis affects women more than men due to loss of estrogen during menopause, but osteoporosis ensues based on a number of factors, like aging, hormonal changes, or calcium or vitamin D deficiency.

Many people don’t realize how osteoporosis can directly impact their oral health. If you have osteoporosis, you can lose bone in the jaw, and this can lead to tooth loss and a weakened jaw bone. If you needed dental implants, you wouldn’t be able to move forward with the procedure unless you had a bone graft restoration prior to the dental implant placement. Jaw bone loss can also cause dentures to be ill-fitting or unsupported, causing additional discomfort.

Your best bet to avoid tooth loss and osteoporosis is to take preventative steps. While dental implants are an excellent solution for tooth loss, routine oral hygiene and maintaining your general health are the best ways to ensure a healthy smile and body. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation to have your questions answered, please contact our office today!

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The Innovative Dental Implant https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/innovative-dental-implants/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/innovative-dental-implants/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/innovative-dental-implants/ Most people consider dental implants to be a modern procedure. But in actuality, ancient forms of dental implants have been documented as far back as 4,000 years ago. From pegs carved out of bamboo in China, to copper in Egypt, and iron teeth in Western Europe, all have been used through history as primitive forms of dental implants. So it’s…

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Most people consider dental implants to be a modern procedure. But in actuality, ancient forms of dental implants have been documented as far back as 4,000 years ago.

From pegs carved out of bamboo in China, to copper in Egypt, and iron teeth in Western Europe, all have been used through history as primitive forms of dental implants.

So it’s safe to say that even our ancestors knew the importance of replacing missing teeth! Without a tooth in place to replace the missing one, the empty space can cause a host of other unfortunate issues including bone degradation, speech problems, premature wrinkling around the face, and oral infection, just to name a few. Problems like these make dental implants such an important, progressive, and popular procedure.

Today, the modern dental implant consists of three parts:

  • The implant itself, made of medical-grade titanium, and is placed right into the jaw and acts as the replacement tooth root;
  • An abutment is attached to the top of the implant and performs like an anchor between the implant and the crown;
  • A crown, which is the last piece, is placed on top of the abutment and appears and functions like a natural tooth

Advances in modern dentistry have made it so that dental implants have an incredibly high success rate (96%). For patients who are missing several (or even all) of their teeth, a multiple dental implant solution may be the best choice. Instead of implanting each dental implant one by one, the All-On-Four procedure is a type of dental implant technique that is a perfect solution for those who have decaying or missing teeth. It is one of the most popular solutions that provide the quick, long-term results that patients are looking for.

The All-On-Four procedure works with the basic principles of a single dental implant but instead it accommodates the full upper and/or lower arch of teeth. It is considered an efficient, strong, and permanent solution to a full and complete dental restoration. After a short surgical procedure and a minimal recovery time, many All-On-Four patients are very happy they chose the All-On-Four.

For more information about the All-On-Four procedure and to determine if you’re a candidate, please schedule a consultation with our office today.

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