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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

 

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Is your smile missing teeth? Dental implants can give you back your smile. A dental implant is a substitute tooth root,which provides astable foundation for a replacement tooth. Dental implants have such a difference in the lives of many people. East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, which is located in East Ellijay, GA, offers dental implants to their patients. Read on to find out what dental implants can do for your smile.

 

1. Dental implants can beautify your smile.

Missing teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. Dental implants will help you leave behind the embarrassment of missing teeth. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and enhance your appearance. With dental implants, you will feel and look younger and more attractive.

 

2. Dental implants can improve oral function.

Your teeth are designed to work together to help you speak and chew food. When teeth are missing, it's difficult to do these things. Dental implants act like natural teeth. They can improve your speech and restore your chewing ability. Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that function like real teeth.

 

3. Dental implants prevent jawbone loss.

When teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to resorb, or break down. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulate jawbone growth and prevent bone loss. Dental implants act like natural tooth roots exerting similar pressure as natural teeth. Dental bridges and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do not prevent bone loss.

 

4. Dental implants prevent teeth shifting.

If a missing tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will begin to drift out of place. Plaque and tartar can build up in the spaces created by the shifting teeth. Over time, this may cause oral health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Dental implants can prevent your natural teeth from shifting into the open spaces left by your missing teeth.

 

5. Dental implants can improve your self-esteem.

Missing teeth can affect your self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem, you may avoid things you find challenging and hide yourself away from social situations. With a dental implants, you will regain your self-esteem. Knowing your smile is complete and healthy restores your confidence to speak, smile and eat whenever you want without embarrassment.

 

A beautiful smile is priceless. Don't wait. Call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (706) 635-2218 today to schedule a consultation in East Ellijay, GA, and get the smile you deserve. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry!

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
IncreaseYourImplantsSuccessChancesbyKeepingYourGumsHealthy

If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.

Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.

Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.

As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.

If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.

Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.

If you would like more information on caring for your 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
YourHealthCouldAffecttheLongevityofaDentalImplant

There’s a lot to like about dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they life-like, but because they replace the root they also function much like a natural tooth. They also have another unique benefit: a track record for long-lasting durability. It’s estimated more than 95% of implants survive at least ten years, with a potential longevity of more than 40 years.

But even with this impressive record, we should still look at the few that didn’t and determine the reasons why they failed. We’ll soon find that a great number of those reasons will have to do with both oral and general health.

For example, implants rely on adequate bone structure for support. Over time bone cells grow and adhere to the implant’s titanium surface to create the durable hold responsible for their longevity. But if conditions like periodontal (gum) disease have damaged the bone, there might not be enough to support an implant.

We may be able to address this inadequacy at the outset with a bone graft to encourage growth, gaining enough perhaps to eventually support an implant. But if bone loss is too extensive, it may be necessary to opt for a different type of restoration.

Slower healing conditions caused by diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis or compromised immune systems can also impact implant success. If healing is impeded after placement surgery the implant may not integrate well with the bone. An infection that existed before surgery or resulted afterward could also have much the same effect.

Oral diseases, especially gum disease, can contribute to later implant failures. Although the implant’s materials won’t be affected by the infection, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. An infection can quickly develop into a condition known as peri-implantitis that can weaken these supporting structures and cause the implant to loosen and give way. That’s why prompt treatment of gum disease is vital for an affected implant.

The bottom line: maintaining good oral and general health, or improving it, can help keep your implant out of the failure column. Perform daily brushing and flossing (even after you receive your implant) and see your dentist regularly to help stop dental disease. Don’t delay treatment for gum disease or other dental conditions. And seek medical care to bring any systemic diseases like diabetes under control.

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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been thinking about replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant? The Ellijay, GA, dentists at East Ellijay Family & dental implantsCosmetic Dentistry share a few benefits you'll want to consider when making your decision.

Improved appearance

The loss of even one tooth can have a huge impact on your appearance. In fact, the change in the way you look may make you feel less confident when interacting with other people. Adding dental implants fills in the gaps in your smile, restoring both your teeth and your self-esteem.

No more chewing difficulties

Eating often becomes harder after tooth loss. Food gets stuck in the gap in your smile no matter how carefully you chew. If you've lost one or more molars, eating hard foods can become very difficult, particularly if you've lost back teeth on both sides of your mouth. The loss of multiple teeth can have a detrimental effect on your health if you stop eating nutritious foods because you can't chew them.

If you've lost all of your teeth, implant-supported dentures may offer a better option than dentures. Dentures rest on your gums, while dental implants fuse to your jawbone. The small titanium implants fill the space once occupied by your tooth roots and begin to bond to your jawbone. These substitute roots will eventually support artificial teeth called crowns once bonding is complete. Because implants are anchored in your mouth, rather than simply resting against your gums, they provide exceptional biting power. Unfortunately, a significant amount of biting power is lost when you wear traditional full dentures.

No worries about your jawbone

Your jawbone weakens and shrinks after you lose teeth. A receding jawbone can cause eventual loosening of other teeth and may even change your appearance. Your jawbone supports facial muscles in the lower half of your face. As it recedes, your cheeks can take on a hollow, sunken appearance. Your new dental implants will help you avoid bone loss by providing the pressure your jawbone needs to remain strong. During your examination in our Ellijay office, we'll evaluate the depth of your jawbone. If the bone has become shallow, we may recommend bone grafts to restore it to full height before your implant procedure.

Don't let tooth loss change your smile forever. Call Ellijay, GA, dentists at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (706) 635-2218 to schedule an appointment.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
EnsuretheBestOutcomewiththeRightCareforaTeensMissingTooth

While it's possible for a teenager to lose a tooth from decay, it's more common they'll lose one from an accidental knockout. If that happens to your teenager, there are some things you should know to achieve a good outcome.

Our top concern is to preserve the underlying bone following tooth loss. Like other tissues, bone has a life cycle: older cells dissolve and are absorbed by the body (resorption), then replaced by new cells. The biting pressure generated when we chew helps stimulate this growth. But bone around a missing tooth lacks this stimulation and may not keep up with resorption at a healthy rate.

This can cause a person to lose some of the bone around an empty tooth socket. To counteract this, we may place a bone graft at the site. Made of bone minerals, usually from a donor, the graft serves as a scaffold for new bone growth. By preventing significant bone loss we can better ensure success with a future restoration.

Because of its lifelikeness, functionality and durability, dental implants are considered the best of the restoration options that can be considered to replace a missing tooth. But placing an implant during the teen years is problematic because the jaws are still growing. If we place an implant prematurely it will appear to be out of alignment when the jaw fully matures. Better to wait until the jaw finishes development in early adulthood.

In the meantime, there are a couple of temporary options that work well for teens: a removable partial denture (RFP) or a fixed modified bridge. The latter is similar to bridges made for adults, but uses tabs of dental material that bond a prosthetic (false) tooth to the adjacent natural teeth to hold it in place. This alleviates the need to permanently alter the adjacent natural teeth and buy time so that the implant can be placed after growth and development has finished.

And no need to worry about postponing orthodontic treatment in the event of a tooth loss. In most cases we can go ahead with treatment, and may even be able to incorporate a prosthetic tooth into the braces or clear aligners.

It's always unfortunate to lose a tooth, especially from a sudden accident. The good news, though, is that with proper care and attention we can restore your teenager's smile.

If you would like more information on how to treat lost teeth in 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.”