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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

While there’s usually a period of months between implant placement and the permanent crown, a new technique known as same-day tooth replacement installs both the implant and a temporary crown during the same visit. But be advised — it does have its risks and isn’t for everyone.

Successful same-day replacements require special attention during the three phases for implants: the removal (extraction) of the existing tooth; placement of the implant in the bone; and attachment of the crown, the visible tooth, to the implant. The tooth extraction lays the foundation for the entire process; the extraction procedure must be performed carefully to avoid undue damage to the socket. In addition, if infection or disease has compromised the site, an implant may not be possible immediately.

The implant must then be placed in the bone so that it’s stable and immovable. All implants stabilize with time as the bone grows and adheres to them, but we need greater stability for a same-day tooth replacement when an extraction is performed.

Our last consideration is positioning the implant so that the attached crown blends in naturally with the surrounding gum tissue and adjacent teeth. We must place it at the proper depth below the gum tissues so that the crown appears to emerge from them in the proper tooth length.

Taking extra care during all these phases, including the angle of crown attachment, will increase our chances of success. We still run a risk of implant damage or failure, however, from biting forces before the implant fully integrates with the bone. This means avoiding chewy foods and other situations that might increase the force on the implant. We may also use a temporary crown that’s slightly shorter than adjacent teeth so it won’t make full contact with the opposing tooth.

If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for a same-day tooth replacement, see us for a detailed examination. After reviewing your needs, we’ll be able to discuss with you the risks and benefits for a new look in one day.

If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsFind out how implants can restore your smile for the rest of your life.

Looking to say goodbye to your tooth loss for good? Then it’s time to talk to your dentist at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry about whether dental implants are the right option for you.

What is a dental implant?

To put it simply, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that your Ellijay, GA dentist will place into a small drilled hole in the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket. The goal of dental implants is to replace the entire missing tooth, from the crown to the roots, to give you a new tooth that is as realistic and natural as possible.

When might I need a dental implant?

Dental implants are used to replace one, several, or all of your teeth. They are also able to restore both function and appearance to your smile. You have three different options when it comes to replacing teeth with dental implants: your implants can hold a dental crown (a single replacement), a fixed dental bridge (which is cemented into place) or a removable appliance such as dentures (to replace all of your teeth). Your Ellijay, GA dentist will examine your smile beforehand to determine whether your smile is right for this procedure.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are many advantages to choosing dental implants. While the procedure itself might seem long and complicated, implants themselves are rather conservative, as they don't change or affect surrounding teeth. Dental bridges, for instance, require the modification of natural teeth for support.

Dental implants are also the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth. Implants act just like a tooth root, becoming a permanent foundation within the jawbone from which to stably hold a dental crown. Implants are made from titanium, so they are durable, long lasting and biocompatible.

Because dental implants become one with your jawbone, they also preserve your bone health. Losing a tooth also causes bone loss, as there are now no tooth roots to stimulate that specific area of the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone starts to lose its density and volume. This can cause serious and unattractive structural changes to your face like sunken cheeks. However, dental implants can prevent these issues from happening.

Ready to take the next step to getting dental implants? Then it’s time to talk to your Ellijay, GA dentist at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry about what it will take to get dental implants for your smile. Schedule a consultation with us today and let’s give you a smile to be proud of.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”