These days it is seen that many people opt for dental implants when they miss a few teeth. In this procedure, a dentist would first of all put in metal frames or small posts, with the help of a surgery, beneath the gums in your mouth. Then he would mount replacement teeth in your mouth onto these implants. In most of the cities in the Unites States, like Roswell (GA) and Alpharetta (GA), you would come across a number of dentists who provide such services. All you have to do is choose the right specialist who would be able to help you.

Dental implants are proved to be good even when you are speaking or eating your food. This is because the metallic implants help to provide a strong enough support for the artificial teeth, which in turn prevent the latter from shifting or slipping inside your mouth. Most of the people prefer to go for this type of implants, since these help them to feel more natural as compared to other types of dentures. In many cases it is seen that people suffer from sore spots or gagging inside their mouth. This proves to be a hindrance while opting for the ordinary dentures or bridges. It is also seen that dental implants are beneficial, since there is no need to prepare other surrounding teeth for the ground work of the replacement teeth.

According to most of the dentists, from some of the places in the US, like Roswell (GA), it is very important that people have the required number of bones in their mouth and healthy gums, so that there are no problems during implants. According to the American Dental Association, one of the safest types of implants is endosteal implants. In this procedure, dentists implant directly into the jawbone with the help of a surgery. This is followed by a second surgery, which is necessary to connect a post to the first implant. However, it is to be remembered that this second surgery can only be performed once the tissues of the gums have healed.

In most parts of the US you would find a number of specialists who provide implant services to solve various types of issues pertaining to dental. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Fester today to schedule a complimentary evaluation.

Virtually all teeth problems can be solved by the dentist. The result is not only an improvement in the smile but also an improvement in appearance and the overall quality of life. Having beautiful teeth enhances self esteem and one will no longer have to feel awkward when meeting new people or speaking in front of others. With perfect teeth, one can eat, talk, and laugh with confidence.

One of the most common teeth problems encountered is discolored teeth. There are several reasons why teeth lose their whiteness. Certain drinks like coffee, tea, and wines can stain teeth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also stain teeth. Poor dental hygiene and inadequate brushing is also a contributing factor. Genetics also plays a role in the color of the teeth and some people just have naturally whiter teeth. With age, the outer layer of the teeth naturally wears away, revealing the dentin layer, which is naturally yellowish in color. One can prevent teeth discoloration by improving dental hygiene, regular flossing, and visiting the dentist for checkups and cleaning twice a year. Today, there are also treatment options available to whiten the teeth. Applying a bleaching agent to the enamel can remove discoloration. A light activated bleaching gel can also significantly whiten teeth in less than an hour although follow up treatments are needed. The teeth can also be covered with bonding materials. Another treatment method is by applying veneers, which may be thin composite or dental porcelain shells that are placed on the outer surfaces to cover the stained natural teeth.

Worn or cracked teeth are usually due to grinding and chewing on hard objects. The teeth can hurt when chewing or when the teeth are exposed to extremes in temperature. The treatment will depend on the type and extent of the crack. Sometimes, severely cracked teeth can no longer be repaired and would need to be extracted. This is the reason why regular visits to the dentist are very important. The dentist can spot hairline cracks, thus preventing further damage. Cracks can sometimes be restored with filling materials. If the damage has reached the nerve, a root canal treatment is done and a crown is placed to restore the tooth. In vertical breaks or split tooth or when the tooth has weakened from a cavity, the tooth may have to be removed.

Crooked teeth can adversely affect self confidence. Conventional braces have been used for years to move the teeth gradually and eventually straighten them. Typically, it takes two to three years before these can be removed. Today, there is an option not to wear these ugly metal wire braces. Especially for adults, metal braces across the teeth can be deemed unattractive. Invisible braces are made of clear plastic and are removable teeth aligners. These also require fewer return visits to the dentist or orthodontist so they are suitable even for busy people.

Another common problem is misshapen teeth. Teeth can be misshapen either naturally or as a result of extensive wear and tear. Teeth that are naturally misshapen can be covered with veneers or can be reshaped using dental bonding techniques. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit snugly over the natural teeth and are very effective in hiding misshapen teeth. The result is a perfect smile.

Dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are long term or permanent replacements. A dental surgeon places a titanium metal in the jawbone. After three to six months, this is naturally and completely fused with the jawbone. An abutment is then fitted over the implant and a crown is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance. Dental implants are becoming the preferred choice over bridges or removable dentures because they not only look and feel natural, they prevent bone loss that would generally occur with tooth loss.

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

Dental implants are increasingly valuable tools in modern dentistry. Although they have been available for more than a quarter of a century, only in the last decade has technology advanced so that implants can be considered the optimal solution for missing teeth. Instead of endless rounds of heroic attempts to save a failing tooth, it is increasingly simpler, less invasive, and more cost-effective to replace the failing tooth with a dental implant.

If relatively little tooth structure remains supragingivally or furcation involvement is incipient, then conventional therapy could be tedious, time-consuming, and short-lived. If root caries are rampant, periodontal disease is aggressive, or systemic health is in decline, then aggressive therapy to save a failing dentition could be as counterproductive as it is contraindicated. Interceptive implant therapy should be considered under these circumstances.

Today, most dental implants can be placed in simple 1-stage surgical procedures. Long-term survival rates have been steadily improving, even in smokers. Restorative processes are simpler and more reliable.

Modern dental implants are generally made from titanium, with a threaded and rough microsurface on the outside. They come in lengths ranging from 7 to 16 mm and diameters from 3.5 to 6.0 mm. Increasingly, implants tend to be manufactured so that tapering aids initial stability. A special subclass of 1-piece small-diameter implants is also available.

Dental Implants

The 4 portionsof implants (Figure 4) are:

  • Implant body;
  • Collar;
  • Connection; and
  • Abutment.[1]

Figure 4. Schematic of a dental implant.

Implant body. The implant body is the portion inserted in the bone, with an exterior surface designed to osseointegrate (fuse) to the bony surface with which it comes into contact.

The rough surface interfacing with bone is generally achieved by abrasively blasting the exterior surface before it is treated with special acids. This creates an extremely porous microsurface, which facilitates osseointegration.[2]The improved osseointegration of modern implants has resulted in higher survival rates over earlier-generation systems.[3]

Collar. The collar is the upper part of the implant body that traditionally starts the passage through the gingival complex into the mouth.

With early implants, bone and gingiva levels used to “die-back,” “lose bone,” or “develop biologic height” when exposed to the oral environment. A variety of collar designs were developed to try and minimize this bone loss. The implants have now improved so that bone loss with modern systems is greatly reduced, with the result that implants are now electively placed deeper into the bone.

Connection. This is a 2-part device. The first part lies generally inside the implant body. The other component of the abutment or restorative device fits inside and is secured with a screw.

This portion can make a restoration either extremely difficult or quite simple. Problems can result if the connection is weak, fragile, easily worn, or has high rotational instability. Clinical procedures can become complex, tedious, and liable to fail. If not stable, screws can loosen and restorations can fall off. In contrast, deep, strong connections with good rotational stability make life simple for the restorative dentist and allow for fabrication of more durable restorations.[4]

Abutment. This device fits into the connection and emerges to pass through the gingival complex with an “emergence profile” (the form passing through the gingival complex) and a final portion, which retains the final crown.

As the trend to place implants deeper continues, development of the “emergence profile” in the abutment becomes more important. When placed properly, the portion of the implant emerging from the gingiva allows the implant to reproduce the shape, appearance, and color of a tooth. Traditionally made of titanium, abutments have also been made with a cast gold process and increasingly with zirconia, at least in the emergence and restorative portion of the implant. This material allows for a custom form, provides the optimal gingival reaction, and has a natural color. A conventional crown provides the final restoration.

A Natural Result

Implant-based restorations can only appear natural when the surrounding soft and hard tissues in the region appear “normal.” As in this case, soft and hard tissue augmentation is often required at the time of implant placement to generate the desired aesthetic and functional result.

For more information, please call Dr. Jeffrey Fester in Roswell, GA, 770.587.4202 to schedule a free consultation.