Imagine a center brick in a brick wall that begins to crumble. It makes sense that removing the brick and leaving the space open will eventually weaken the entire wall. To preserve the strength of the wall, the brick should be repaired or quickly replaced.
In the natural design of your “bite,” the upper teeth and lower teeth work in unison. Each one serves as a support to the others around it. For example, a tooth helps to keep those on either side in their proper positions as well as the one above or below to its proper height.
Once the process of tooth loss begins, whether a tooth is removed due to infection, decay, an overload of fillings, a crack, or an injury, its presence (above and below the gum line) is still important to other teeth. Just like a brick wall, lack of its support will result in other teeth becoming more vulnerable to tilting, turning, and so on.
There is a misconception that removing a tooth rather than trying to save it will be the cheapest option. There is a domino effect that results, including the potential for continued tooth loss of neighboring teeth. People are often unaware of the long-term effects of leaving an open space.
When we are unable to save teeth, we recommend replacement options. This, ideally, occurs with a dental implant. Dental implants are advised because they are held in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. This foundation restores the same, dependable foundation for biting and chewing. It also helps to preserve the bone mass of the supporting structures of remaining teeth.
Dental implants recreate stimulation to the jaw bones that secure tooth roots. Without this, the bone begins to shrink in height and width. This occurs in a ‘melting away’ of bone mass through a process known as resorption. This begins the domino effect
Bone loss in one area affects the supportive foundation of adjacent teeth. This causes neighboring teeth to become vulnerable as their supportive structure declines. These teeth have a higher risk for being the next to be lost as a result. Thus, one open space leads to another, and so on, and so on.
Too, people are often unaware that a denture or partial actually accelerates the process of resorption. While these appliances may recreate the presence of teeth above the gum line, what is occurring below is very different. The pressure of these appliances on the ‘ridge’ that once supported tooth roots speeds up the rate of bone loss.
When a patient is interested in dental implants, tired of the frustrations associated with dentures and partial dentures, the amount of bone mass they have remaining is a guiding factor in my recommendations. Why?
Like teeth, a dental implant is dependent on a solid foundation. Without sufficient bone mass, the size of an implanted “core” can’t be adequately supported. Too, a lower jaw bone has a nerve that runs vertically through it. An implant cannot be placed in its proximity or eventual removal will be necessary.
By the same token, the upper jaw must be to a certain mass to sufficiently support dental implants. When an implant is placed in shallow bone, the sinus cavity can be too close to the implanted site. There is a risk that the implanted portion will work its way into that proximity. Again, removal can be eventually needed if this occurs.
This is why it is so important to select an implant dentist carefully. When he or she is fully trained in the diagnosis (selection of the best type) and placement of ALL implant systems, your results have a greater potential to provide you with a lifetime of confident eating and smiling. However, a dentist trained in only one or two implant systems is limited in their recommendations. You could end up making an investment that fails to fully achieve your needs and goals that another type may have been better suited to provide.
With decades of advancements in implant dentistry, there have been refinements to the implant systems available. There are now a number of types to select from, each designed to accommodate specific needs and preferences. When shallow bone mass exists, however, one particular type has proven to be beneficial and effective.
While it was once necessary to rebuild bone mass through bone grafting or applying bone rebuilding materials, the All on 4 Dental Implant system can eliminate that need. Through an elongated design and placement at unique angles at strategic points, patients who have experienced severe bone loss can even enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
Using only four implants to support a full upper or lower arch of teeth, All-On-4 also lowers treatment costs since implant fees are based on the number of implants placed, While helping to curtail treatment fees, the teeth attached to All-On-4 implants are non-removable (“fixed”). This means you don’t have to take your teeth out of your mouth to clean them. You brush and floss them just as your would natural teeth!
Best of all, All On Four can effectively manage the forces of biting and chewing. They support a full arch of replacement teeth that restore the ability to eat the foods you love again, laugh with confidence, and wake up with a fabulous smile!
To discuss the All-On-4 process or any tooth replacement options, call 843-871-6351 or tap here for a no-charge consultation. During this time I’ll answer your questions, discuss treatment fees, and what to expect during the treatment process. While you’re here, we can also have you meet with our financial coordinator who will explain easy payment plans that are interest-free with no down payment required.
Take charge of your smile by preventing tooth loss through thorough hygiene at home and regular dental check ups. However, if you’ve found yourself in dentures and desire a better way to eat, smile, and be confident with others, the consultation appointment is a good way to understand the options that are available to you.Read More
I can’t imagine that any adult over the age of 30 wants to look older than they are. Most of us are hoping to go into our elder years with people saying, “Oh, you certainly don’t look your age! I would have guessed you no more than age xx.” (preferably 10 or more years less than we really are!)
Mere flattery or not, we love to hear that we are aging well. And, American adults are willing to invest heavily in keeping a more-youthful look. According to a 2015 article published in Markets & Trends entitled, “U.S. Skin Care Market to Reach Nearly $11 Billion in 2018,” they estimate nearly $11 billion will be spend on skin care in the U.S. this year. (http://www.gcimagazine.com/marketstrends/segments/skincare/US-Skin-Care-Market-to-Reach-Nearly-11-Million-in-2018-311287121.html)
While we slather on expensive creams and color our hair, an unfamiliar factor (to many) that contributes to the appearance of more years than we’re due is the decline in jaw bone mass from tooth loss.
Ever heard the term ‘granny look?’ Although this is the extreme of a shrinking jaw bone, it is pretty descriptive when it comes to an aged appearance that no one wants. It conjures up an image of an older woman who has a pointed chin, deep wrinkles around the mouth, and a mouth that seems collapsed into the face.
This all occurs when the jaw bones that supported natural teeth no longer have tooth roots to provide stimulation. When the roots are removed, the jaw bone doesn’t receive the nourishment and stimulation needed. Without this, they slowly begin to shrink. This process is known as resorption.
As the bone shrinks from a missing tooth or teeth, neighboring teeth are at higher risk. Due to various factors, the next tooth to be lost is typically one that is adjacent to a missing tooth.
Bone loss is not always obvious for people who wear dentures or partial dentures. They tend to look in the mirror when their denture is in place, which plumps up the face. However, it is what’s taking place below the gums that causes changes in facial appearance. These changes will only become more severe with time.
Bone loss contributes to deep wrinkles that form around the mouth with the corners of the mouth turning downward, even in a smile. As it continues, the mouth appears to collapse into the face and jowls form from the detachment of facial muscles.
For those who wear dentures or partials, the pressure this places on the ‘ridge’ actually accelerates the rate of resorption. This is the gum-covered arch that the denture or partial rests upon. For those who sleep in these appliances, the 24/7 pressure speeds the rate of resorption even more.
As resorption continues, the gum ridge begins to flatten as it’s foundation shrinks. Denture wearers often first notice bone loss when their denture begins to move while eating. Eventually, even denture adhesives are unable to prevent uncomfortable rubbing or slips while eating. Speaking and laughing also becomes overshadowed by the fear of embarrassing moments.
Because dental Implants recreate stimulation to the jaw bones that support them, they are able to halt the rate of bone loss. Additionally, because they are placed in bone, just as tooth roots were once, they provide the same dependable foundation of natural teeth.
Dental implant systems have also evolved so they are able to accommodate specific needs. For example, some types can be placed in adults who have experienced severe bone loss. The All-On-4 implant system requires only minimal bone to adequately support a full arch of teeth on just four implants.
Regardless of the implant type selected, a dentist who is trained and experienced in all implant types is your best choice for a successful result. In our office, our patients know their implant treatment is backed by advanced training in all implant types with both oral and I.V. sedation (twilight sleep) available.
Using the cutting edge technology of CEREC 3D, we are also able to create replacement teeth at the same appointment our patients are having their implants placed. This eliminates waiting for a dental lab to create your final restoration (replacement teeth) and a second appointment to place them. It also cuts numbing requirements in half.
Dental Implants restore biting and chewing comfort as well as the ability to speak and laugh confidently. Call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free, private consultation. During this time, I’ll make recommendations based upon your specific needs and goals. We can also discuss treatment costs and easy payment options.Read More
After years of wearing a denture, many people realize the fit is not as dependable as when it was first made. It begins to slip while chewing and also rub sore spots on tender gum tissues.
The reason for this is due to bone loss. When natural tooth roots no longer exist in the upper or lower jaw, the bone begins to shrink, or ‘resorb.’ Resorption is also the reason a once-secure fitting denture feels less and less so after each year.
Most people are not aware that wearing a denture places pressure on the jaw bones, which speeds up the process of bone loss. For those who sleep in their dentures, the rate is accelerated even more.
Initially, after a denture is first made, patients may be advised to wear it 24/7 until becoming used to its presence in the mouth. However, after an adjustment period, you should remove it before bedtime. Studies have also shown that people who sleep in their denture have a higher risk for pneumonia. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4541085/)
For people who do everything possible to care for their dentures, however, there is no way to prevent bone resorption. In addition to the looser fit with each passing year, changes to facial appearance will begin to take place.
These changes include deep wrinkles that form around the mouth, having the corners of the mouth turn downward (even while smiling), a more pointed chin, having a mouth that seems collapsed into the face, and jowls that form as facial muscles detach from bone structures.
A temporary fix to loose dentures is a reline. This reshapes the gum base portion to fit the less prominent contours of a declining gum ‘ridge’ to which it was originally fitted. Yet, the problems will reappear as bone loss continues.
In the past, people who had experienced severe bone loss were required to first have a bone graft, often using a piece of hip bone to rebuild the jaw bone where implants were to be placed. As dental techniques advanced, bone rebuilding materials were developed that could regenerate bone mass, preventing the need for the more-involved surgical grafting procedure.
Fortunately, in 1998, a new dental implant system was introduced that enabled implant placement in even severely resorbed bone mass. All-On-4 dental implants relied on specially designed implants placed at unique angles. This technique evenly distributed the load among four implants.
There were additional advantages to the All On Four system. First, the procedure itself was less complex than traditional implant placement, making it possible for the patient to recover quickly. Too, teeth could be attached immediately after placement. So, not only could the patient walk out of the dentist’s office and meet a friend following the procedure, they could enjoy lunch together!
For many, the best advantage of all is in the lower cost as compared to many other implants systems. Because only 4 dental implants are needed to support a full upper or lower arch of teeth, treatment costs are typically quite lower than traditional implant types.
While All On 4 dental implants won’t work for every individual who is missing teeth, they are a beneficial option for a number of patients who wish to be rid of a bothersome denture. If you’re one, call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.Read More
A new vehicle is a major investment. It is a purchase that you must be able to rely on for years. However, the choice of a vehicle is not only to get us from place to place, it is to provide a positive experience each time we’re behind the wheel.
Car and truck dealers know that purchasing a vehicle, even a used one, requires a sizeable investment. Thus, they offer financing options with monthly payments stretched over a period of time. This means that, for most, they can afford to make the payments while enjoying the pleasure of the vehicle.
When a patient considers the many advantages of dental implants, typically, the only hesitation to proceed with treatment lies in the cost. Because many insurance companies deem dental implants as an elective procedure, getting coverage is not always available.
I suppose they look at dental implants in a similar fashion as Lasik, which corrects common eye problems such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. While the surgery can restore many to 20-20 vision, insurance companies see this as elective, although they often provide benefits for eye glasses. Why? Well, the reason is pretty clear — $$$.
Yet, a large percentage of people who wear eye glasses don’t like wearing them. They can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and frustrating. The lenses are easily smudged with the simplest touch and, for things like being in the shower or for many sports, they are either useless or in the way.
This is why over 600,000 people opt for Lasik each year, knowing the expense will largely be out-of-pocket. They choose to make the investment because the advantages of NOT wearing glasses is worth it.
This is also why so many adults choose dental implants over other tooth replacement options. They advantages are endless, including:
• Dental implants are positioned in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. This provides a secure, dependable foundation for replacement teeth.
• Dental implants restore the ability to bite and chew foods comfortably.
• Dental implants do not move when eating, eliminating worries over embarrassing slips.
• Dental implants restore stimulation to the bone where they are held. This halts bone loss that can cause changes in facial appearance and ‘slippery’ dentures.
• Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, making them a ‘one and done’ investment.
• Dental implants will never decay, require a root canal or break.
• Dental implants enhance confidence in social settings, enabling you to enjoy smiling and laughing with others.
• Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes, each designed to accommodate specific needs.
• Dental implants are safe and one of the most successful of all implant-in-bone procedures.
• Dental implants can provide teeth that you brush in your mouth and a smile you’ll never ‘take out.’
Implant systems vary, with most being able to hold more than one tooth. For example, one implant can support a bridge of several teeth while several strategically-placed implants can support a full arch of teeth. Because the fees for implant treatment are largely based on the number of implants placed, this means that the costs for treatment may be less than you realize.
Having many years of experience in the diagnosis and placement of dental implants, I can determine which implant system may work best for you. We offer several easy payment options that break treatment fees into affordable monthly amounts, most requiring no down payment and interest-free.
In our office, I also provide both oral and I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) for optimal comfort and relaxation during your procedure. With every visit, my staff and I make comfort a high priority. We take great pride in helping once fearful patients to overcome their fears through a relationship of trust, knowing their needs are respected.
To fully consider dental implants for your individual needs and goals, schedule a no-charge consultation. This is a private conversation in a room removed from the clinical side of the office. During this time, I’ll answer your questions and explain the process of the implant systems best for you.
Call 843-871-6351 to schedule your consultation appointment. I look forward to meeting you!
I saw a bumper sticker a while back that said, “Growing old is not for sissies!” How true! But it got me thinking about the aging process and how many adults over age 65 are missing teeth. For denture wearers, they could have their own bumper sticker: “Wearing dentures is no piece of cake!”
As a dentist, I see how people struggle with dentures. While some individuals are fine with their current denture, most would love to turn back the hands of time and take measures to prevent tooth loss in the first place.
Contrary to popular belief, losing teeth in ‘old age’ is not a normal part of the aging process. Older adults tend to lose teeth for several reasons. Having a dry mouth contributes to gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. And, gum disease that has been present for years can finally emerge with a vengeance as one grows older.
A study shared by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research states that seniors over the age of 65 have fewer than 19 remaining teeth. Over 27 percent in this age group have no remaining natural teeth at all. (https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/ToothLoss/ToothLossSeniors65andOlder.htm)
When an individual has all their upper and/or lower teeth removed, most opt to have a denture custom-made to restore their ability to speak and eat. For most new denture wearers, it takes time to get used to the feel of an appliance in their mouth. Eventually, however, eating and speaking again with a new denture is more comfortable – for the time being.
What occurs when tooth roots are removed is a process referred to as resorption. This is a ‘melting away’ of jaw bone mass in areas where natural tooth roots were once supported. Without the presence of tooth roots to nurture the jaw bone, the bone simply decreases in width and depth.
The denture that was made when your teeth were first removed was designed to conform to the unique contours of your ‘gum ridge.’ This is the raised arch where tooth roots were once held. The ridge is actually a protrusion of your upper or lower jaw bone that is covered with gum tissue.
As the bone shrinks, this ridge flattens. This means that a denture formed to wrap the contours of your gum ridge won’t have the same shaped surface to hold it a few years later. This is typically when people start to rely on denture pastes and adhesives more often than before.
Biting and chewing with a denture that moves can be uncomfortable, rubbing sore spots on tender gum tissues. Small seeds or food particles, such as nut pieces, can become trapped under the denture and pierce tender gums. As the denture moves unpredictably when eating, it can also cause embarrassing moments.
Eating out with friends or attending social gatherings where food is a centerpiece can create anxiety for denture wearers. Fearing a slip or having dentures ‘click’ while speaking is so worrisome that some people begin to decline invitations. Because studies have shown that social interaction is a healthy part of the aging process, becoming less social because of a loose denture can lead to a decline in overall health.
One study conducted by the Population Research Center at University of Texas (Austin) found that “older adults who maintain high levels of social activity or ramp up their social life as they age might be protected from increases in physical and cognitive issues over time.” (http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/socially-active-older-adults-have-slower-rates-of-health-declines).
Eventually, eating with a loose denture becomes so difficult that many people switch to soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. Unfortunately, these foods also lack much in the way of nutrition and fiber that fresh fruits, vegetables and meats provide.
When dentures continue to slip and be undependable, relines can be done as a temporary fix. This process re-contours the denture to the current height of the gum ridge. However, because the gum ridge will continue to flatten, the same process as before — more denture adhesive, difficulty chewing, etc. — will simply repeat itself.
One reason so many denture and partial wearers are choosing Dental Implants has to do with the frustrations brought on by resorption. Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the jaw, putting a halt to the process of bone loss. Because implants are held by the jaw bone, they provide the same, secure foundation for biting and chewing as your natural teeth once had.
Another bonus of Dental Implants is their longevity. With proper selection, placement and care, they are designed to last a lifetime. And their success rate is exceptional, higher than any other implant-in-bone type, including knees and hip joints.
There are many types of dental implants, each designed to accommodate various needs, including severe bone loss. Some systems, such as the ‘All-On-4,’ are affordable and hold non-removable teeth. Easy monthly payment plans are also available, most are interest-free with no down payment.
Struggling with a denture that moves or causes embarrassment? Begin with a no-charge consultation. Call 843-871-6351.
Dental Implants are nothing new. You may be surprised to learn that they’ve been around since ancient Egypt. Through archeological digs, it was found the Egyptians carved shells or stones into tooth shapes and placed them in jaw bones where natural teeth had been lost.
An excavation in Honduras showed the Mayan civilization from 600 AD used a similar process. During a 1930’s dig, a human jaw bone was found that had tooth-shaped shell pieces positioned in sockets of missing teeth.
As attempts at dependable tooth replacement continued, implant versions made of metal and gold were discovered in ancient cultures in North and South America, the Mediterranean and Middle Asia.
However, successful developments actually made significant inroads during the World War II period after it was noted that certain metals showed consistently successful results.
Progress soared after titanium was developed by NASA. Using titanium, a Swedish surgeon found that the jaw bone would grow around implants to secure them in place.
The first titanium implants were placed in a mid-30’s male patient in 1965. He had four lower implants inserted and had fully functional teeth for over 40 years (the remainder of his life), enjoying the same benefits as his natural teeth.
So, here we are in 2017, with Dental Implants having one of the highest success rates of any implant-in-bone types (including hips, knees and joints). With proper placement and maintenance, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime!
Today, there are also many types of implants designed to accommodate various needs and goals. One of the most recent has been the All-On-4 Dental Implant system.
The beauty of this implant is how it overcomes the obstacles of bone loss and allows for the immediate attachment of teeth. And, it is one of the most affordable implant systems!
Bone loss occurs when natural tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw bone. As the bone declines in mass, the fit of a denture or partial changes. Over time, this creates a challenge when eating and laughing as the denture moves, often rubbing uncomfortably on tender gum tissues.
However, successful implant placement in the past required a certain height of bone mass. To accomplish this with prior systems, bone rebuilding procedures were needed to restore bone to a sufficient height before implants could be placed.
The All-On-Four system is designed so that unique angles are used in placement. Using just four implants, they are designed to support a full arch of teeth by distributing the load evenly. Since the cost of Dental Implant treatment is largely based on the number of implants used, this also keeps costs to a minimum.
For people who have struggled with dentures for years, an especially appealing feature of All On Four is that the teeth attached are non-removable. Just like natural teeth, they do not come out of the mouth to clean or while sleeping.
I have been involved with implant dentistry for many years and have found the developments in design, materials and placement techniques an exciting part of dentistry. My implant patients who have opted for the All-On-4 system have been especially pleased.
We all hope to keep our natural teeth for a lifetime, but for those who have lost all of their upper or lower teeth, Dental Implants provide an exceptional option for tooth replacement — one that restores the ability to eat, laugh and feel confident every day!
If you’ve considered replacing missing teeth, call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss the type of implant system that will work best for you and I’ll answer your questions. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss easy payment options, if desired.
NOW is the time to enjoy a smile that enhances the many pleasures of life — savoring food you love, laughing with friends and family, and waking up with a smile. Call today to arrange a free, private consultation.
No adult wants to lose a tooth. When an adult loses ALL upper or lower teeth, however, it’s much worse. This leaves an individual with a long list of decisions and future costs. While dentures may seem to be a less-expensive option compared to Dental Implants, their upkeep and replacement costs over the years are just the beginning.
A denture is primarily designed to replace the presence of teeth. This helps the patient to speak and eat. It’s what happens beneath the gums that can create the greatest challenge when it comes to dentures.
When teeth are removed, so are their roots. Without tooth roots present in the jaw bone, the bone lacks necessary stimulation and nourishment to remain healthy. Thus, a process known as resorption takes place. This is essentially the gradual and continual decline of jaw bone mass.
A new denture is designed to contour to the unique shape of your ‘gum ridge,’ which is the raised arch where tooth roots were held. Because a denture, when first made, is generally a snug fit, it takes several years for bone resorption to be noticeable.
Resorption causes this ridge to gradually flatten. A denture that was shaped to conform to the height and width of a gum ridge won’t have the same surface to support it 2-3 years later. Additionally, the pressure of wearing dentures actually speeds up the rate of bone loss. For those who sleep in their dentures, the round-the-clock pressure accelerates it even more.
Biting and chewing with a denture that moves is uncomfortable. This causes people to apply (and reapply) denture pastes and adhesives to compensate for the loose denture that now rubs tender gum tissues. As the bone ridge continues to flatten, the denture becomes more ‘rocky’ or ‘wobbly’ when eating certain foods.
Generally, people with loose-fitting dentures resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. These are typically lacking in the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals needed for good nutrition. As a matter of fact, denture wearers are known to take more medications and have more gastro-intestional problems than people who have their natural teeth.
Yet, it’s not just eating difficulties that cause challenges for denture wearers. Fear of embarrassing slips or clicks can deter many denture wearers from joining friends and family when food is the centerpiece of a gathering. Since many events are surrounded by food, this fear lessens social interaction that is an important component of healthy aging for adults. Studies have shown that lack of social causes a decline in overall health.
One such study conducted by the Population Research Center at University of Texas at Austin found that “older adults who maintain high levels of social activity or ramp up their social life as they age might be protected from increases in physical and cognitive issues over time.” (http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/socially-active-older-adults-have-slower-rates-of-health-declines).
A temporary fix for dentures that slip is a reline. This reshapes the denture so it more-closely conforms to the reduced height and width of the gum ridge. As the gum ridge continues to decline (and it will), relines will be needed on a more frequent basis each time.
For many reasons, many of today’s adults are opting to replace missing teeth with Dental Implants. Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the jaw bone, halting bone loss. And, since Implants are supported by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots once had, they provide the same, dependable foundation as that of natural teeth.
When it comes to the disadvantages of Dental Implants, the only deterrent seems to be cost. Yet, Dental Implants are a one-time expense. When properly selected, placed and maintained, they are designed to last a lifetime. Not surprisingly, Implants enjoy one of the highest success rates of all implant-in-bone types, including knees and hip joints.
If you can use terms such as ‘rocky’ or ‘wobbly’ to describe the fit of your denture, you should know that this will never improve. Quite frankly, bone loss will continue and eventually be visible to others. Remove your dentures and look in a mirror for an honest view of how bone loss may have caused facial changes that are aging you far beyond your actual years.
Typical signs of bone loss are deep wrinkles around the mouth, jowls that form from the detachment of facial muscles, a mouth that seems to collapse into the face and a chin that points. This creates a very unflattering ‘granny look.’ Who wants that?!!! There is a solution.
Because Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the bone, they can halt bone loss. There are many implant types that are affordable and support non-removable teeth. They restore a look and feel that is natural and worry-free. Eating and laughing with friends will be a pleasure again. And, with proper care, your implants will last your lifetime, making them an excellent investment.
Considering Dental Implants? Begin with a private, no-charge, no obligation consultation. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.Read More
In 1900, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was less than 48 years. (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf#014). In 2015, life expectancy had risen to approximately 79 to 81 years, depending on gender. We are not only living longer, today’s adults are staying more active. As we age, we all desire to have the physical ability to enjoy our mature years. However, like an aging vehicle, our bodies require a certain amount of upkeep. And, that includes our smiles.
Natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime. For most Americans, however, some tooth loss is not uncommon as we age. For adults over the age of 65, over 46% have lost more than six teeth. Of that same age group, 27% are missing all of their natural teeth.
The high number of missing teeth has often been blamed on our eating and drinking habits. Many of us grew up consuming sugary foods and sweetened beverages high in acidity. The penalty came in the form of cavities and other oral problems. While fillings could repair areas of decay, some teeth reached the max load to sustain fillings and a crown (or ‘cap’) was necessary to hold the remaining tooth structure together. The ultimate goal is to hang onto those natural teeth.
Ongoing oral health maintenance is a must in order to keep natural teeth and prevent the development of periodontal (gum) disease. While your twice-a-day brushing and daily flossing help, your 6-month oral hygiene check-ups are an important part of keeping natural teeth. These visits rid your mouth of accumulated calculus (or ‘tartar’), which are actual hardened colonies of oral bacteria.
Let’s stop for a minute to consider just what oral bacteria in the mouth are and their potential to reek havoc in your mouth. Consider that bacteria are living, reproductive organisms. They live by thriving on soft tissues in the mouth. Since they eat, they also create waste. Simply put, these organisms are breeding and defecating in your mouth. Not a pleasant thought!
Saliva is designed to remove a certain amount of bacteria from the mouth. This, coupled with your at-home brushing and flossing routine keeps oral bacteria to a manageable level for most people. However, when saliva flow is insufficient, oral bacteria are able to hang around long enough to eat, breed, and emit waste. It’s no wonder that having a dry mouth causes bad breath.
Dry mouth is not uncommon for aging adults. Not only is it a symptom of the aging process, it is a side effect of many medications, including those for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety and depression.
Keeping natural teeth for a lifetime is possible, now even more so than ever. A study showed that people who have their natural teeth live an average of ten years longer than denture wearers. Denture wearers are also shown to have more gastrointestinal problems, take more medications, and be less involved socially than adults who have their own teeth.
Having your “own teeth,” however, has a different definition than a generation ago. This is thanks to Dental Implants. Decades ago, replacing natural teeth was done with a crown-&-bridge combination, partial denture or full denture. Although these prosthetics replaced the presence of teeth, they did little to restore the ability to bite and chew comfortably. This is where Dental Implants came in, giving one back their “own teeth.”
Dental Implants are positioned in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. This provides replacement teeth with the same foundation as natural teeth have. They restore your ability to eat, laugh, speak and even sneeze.
One of the biggest advantages of Dental Implants is their longevity. With proper placement and care, they are designed to last your lifetime. And, because implants are held by the jaw bone, they do not need the support of neighboring teeth.
If you’ve begun to lose natural teeth, the odds of continued tooth loss rise with age. You can halt this process with proper maintenance and replacement of teeth with Dental Implants. Begin with a no charge consultation appointment by calling toll free 1-877-966-9009.Read More
I remember when GPS devices first came out. Although these plug-in devices were a tremendous bonus in finding destinations (saving both time and gas), advancements now provide an even better solution. Today, I use my smart phone to verbally ask for directions and then follow a voice’s clear and concise instructions.
Although we live in a day and age where things are made easier, we have also come to expect ideal results. From the speed of accessing information on the internet to the images from our home’s security system on our smart phones, advancements have provided us with exceptional options. This is also the case for Dental Implants.
Over the past 4 to 5 decades, Dental Implants have been perfected so various systems conform to fulfill individual needs. Today, people seek out types that provide optimal function, are non-removable and affordable. As implant systems have evolved, they have met the demands of today’s consumer superbly.
In the past, removable types were the less expensive option versus ‘fixed’ versions. For denture wearers who detested having to take their teeth out at night, removable systems were unfortunately the more affordable. This left the patient having to choose between more budget-friendly removable implants or opt for a non-removable implant that was sometimes a strain for modest incomes.
Added to the removable vs. non-removable dilemma was the issue of bone loss, or ‘resorption.’ Resorption occurs when tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw bone. When bone mass declines, it can deplete the foundation needed to support the implanted portions. For patients who had experienced a great deal of bone loss from years of missing teeth, the remaining amount of jaw bone was often insufficient to support Dental Implants.
In the past, when the jaw bone became too thin to support the depth of a traditional implant, bone grafting was needed before implant placement. This required taking a piece of hip bone and grafting it to the thin jaw bone. In less severe cases, a bone rebuilding material could be applied to the area of bone decline.
As modernized systems have evolved, a new type of implant design is fulfilling the goals of non-removable teeth while overcoming the challenges of bone loss. With placement at unique angles, the All-On-4 system can sufficiently support implants even when severe bone loss has occurred. Plus, they support non-removable teeth.
As far as affordability, the All-On-4 system is probably the best value in today’s selections of full arch implants. Since only four implants are needed to support an upper or lower arch of teeth, this minimizes treatment costs.
The All-On-4 process is also simple with only one procedure needed for implant placement and the attached teeth – done in just one appointment! As always, patient comfort is a priority and oral or I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) are available.
If you’ve considered Dental Implants but were discouraged by the complications of bone loss or not wanting to settle for removable teeth, All-On-4 may be your answer. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule a private, no-cost, no obligation consultation to discuss your needs and preferences.Read More
I once heard someone say, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” While all ages have issues to deal with, mature aging comes with any number of physical hurdles. Along with things like knee and hip problems, dental problems are especially commonplace when it comes to getting older.
Over the years, it is not unusual for teeth to chip, fracture, become worn or develop cavities. As these problems pile one on top of the other, it is easy to see why tooth loss occurs. Unfortunately, the loss of one tooth triggers a domino effect. Odds are that the next tooth you will lose is one adjacent to the one lost.
When an individual has all their upper and/or lower teeth removed, a denture is created to restore the ability to speak and eat. Although a denture replaces the ‘presence’ of teeth, a new, more complex problem is occurring underneath the gum tissues.
Without natural tooth roots in the jaw bone, a process known as resorption begins. This is the decline in jaw bone mass where natural tooth roots were once held. Without their presence to nourish and stimulate the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink.
When a denture is first made, it is designed to conform to the unique contours of the ‘gum ridge.’ The ridge is the raised arch of bone that is covered with gum tissue and is where your tooth roots were once held.
As the bone shrinks, this ridge begins to flatten out. Thus, a denture that was originally custom-made to securely wrap the contours of your gum ridge is left with an ever-shrinking surface to hold it.
To overcome slips and uncomfortable rubbing, people apply denture pastes and adhesives. As movement becomes more frequent, applying the pastes and adhesives occurs more frequently as well.
Trying to bite and chew with a denture that moves is uncomfortable. When a denture slips, it can rub sore spots on tender gum tissues. Small seeds or food particles, such as nut pieces, become easily trapped under the denture and cause a painful piercing to gums.
When eating becomes too difficult, many people start to bypass foods that supply them with adequate nutritional needs of fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. A crisp apple, corn on the cob, or a thick steak are difficult for dentures to manage. This often forces people to switch to soft foods that dissolve quickly in the mouth.
To avoid embarrassment from denture slips, people also start to decline invitations or social gatherings that are surrounded with food. Because social interaction is a healthy part of the adult aging process, becoming less social causes another set of problems for aging adults.
In a study conducted by the Population Research Center at University of Texas, it was found that “older adults who maintain high levels of social activity or ramp up their social life as they age might be protected from increases in physical and cognitive issues over time.” (http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/socially-active-older-adults-have-slower-rates-of-health-declines).
If you are struggling with a denture that moves or creates fear of embarrassment, there is a solution – Dental Implants. Because Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the jaw, they halt bone loss. And, because they are firmly secured in the jaw bone, they provide the same, dependable foundation that your natural teeth once had.
Dental Implants, with proper selection, placement and care, are designed to last your lifetime. And their success rate is exceptional, higher than any other implant-in-bone type, including knees and hip joints.
There are many implant types that can accommodate various needs, even severe bone loss. Some, such as the ‘All-On-4’ implant, are affordable and support non-removable teeth. Easy payment options are also available, most interest-free with no down payment required.
While there is no way to avoid aging, it is nice knowing there are ways to overcome dental problems associated with growing older through modern developments such as Dental Implants. With Dental Implants, eating a healthy diet, feeling confident in social settings, and maintaining healthy jaw bone structure are ways we can go from one year to another with confidence.
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A growing number of adults now choose Dental Implants to replace missing teeth. They are the closest thing to the natural teeth you once had, restoring the ability to bite and chew comfortably and dependably. Not only are Dental Implants designed to last a lifetime, they come with a number of additional advantages.
It is a misconception that an implant is needed for each missing tooth. Often, one implant can support a bridge of several teeth. For those who wear a full upper or lower denture (or both), just 6 or 8 strategically-placed implants can often support a full arch of teeth. Because the cost of implants is largely based on the number of implants placed, this helps to keep treatment fees at manageable levels for many individuals.
For denture wearers, however, a prominent goal in replacing their denture is to avoid having to take their teeth out again. Having to remove their denture and soak it in a glass at night is anything but desirable. In the past, certain Dental Implant systems that support removable teeth have been the more economical options. However, modern implant dentistry has developed a system to support non-removable (or ‘fixed’) teeth while keeping treatment fees within an affordable range.
The All On 4 implant system is designed to support a full arch of non-removable teeth on just 4 strategically-positioned implants. Because the implanted portions are placed at unique angles, they are able to distribute the force of biting and chewing on fewer implants.
Another benefit of All On 4 is its ability to be placed in minimal bone. For many people who are long-time denture wearers, the jaw bone that once supported natural tooth roots has melted away. This process of bone loss is known as resorption. Years of wearing dentures can lead to a significant amount of bone loss from the pressure of the denture on the upper or lower arch. Without sufficient bone mass to support the implants, many have been told they do not have enough bone to support Dental Implants. This is another area where All On 4’s unique design overcomes the obstacle.
While we applaud the advantages of the All-On-4 implant system, there are many types of implants, each designed to accommodate specific needs. It is important to rely on a dentist who is specifically trained to diagnose and place all types of Dental Implants. This way, you will enjoy the full advantages of your new teeth! The type of Dental Implant best suited for you can be determined after an examination and review of x-rays (we use Cone-Beam digital imaging for an in-depth 3D view).
In my office, you can begin with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss your individual needs and what may work best for your preferences.
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Have you ever had ‘buyer’s remorse?’ This is when a purchase decision is based on a lower cost but was less than what was wanted. The ‘remorseful’ part is the eventual feeling of regret when realizing the savings weren’t worth sacrificing the more desirable purchase.
When I discuss tooth replacement options with new patients, it’s not unusual for a number of them to assume Dental Implants are out of their price range. Since the costs for Dental Implants are, indeed, upfront, they seem more expensive when comparing costs to other methods. However, there is far more to consider when assessing the cost.
Most people understand tooth replacement options like crown-&-bridge combinations, dentures or partials. These have been longtime methods for replacing teeth and people are familiar with how they work. Dental Implants, however, are more complex. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, which can affect the overall cost for treatment.
Yet, unlike crown-&-bridge or dentures, Dental Implants are a ‘one and done’ form of tooth replacement. First, Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. Nor will they ever decay, need root canals or compromise neighboring teeth or supporting structures.
While implants restore your ability to bite, chew and laugh confidently, preventing jaw bone shrinkage is a unique advantage. It is this feature that makes them so very advantageous in the future.
Dental Implants are positioned in the jaw bone to give you the same, sturdy foundation that your natural teeth once had. Dental Implants also recreate stimulation that helps to preserve the bone’s mass. Without this stimulation, the bone goes through a process known as resorption, which is a gradual but continual decline in bone mass.
Resorption is the reason that dentures that fit snugly when first made will begin to move and slip over time. The decline in bone mass affects how a denture fits since it was made to fit individual gum ridge contours at a particular time.
Because resorption reduces bone height, the ridge that holds the denture flattens out. The declining gum ridge height no longer provides the denture a sufficient base on which it is positioned. Even with the help of denture adhesives, the action of chewing leaves your denture likely to rub tender gum tissues or cause embarrassing slips.
A shrinking bone also contributes to changes in facial appearance, causing one to look far older than their actual age. Bone loss leads to the formation of jowls, deep wrinkling around the mouth, and having the corners of the mouth turn downward, even in a smile. As the jaw bone thins, the chin points and the nose moves closer to the chin, creating a ‘granny look.’
The fees for Dental Implants are largely determined by the number of implants placed. In most cases, an implant is not necessary to replace each missing tooth. For example, if you are missing several or even a full arch (all upper or lower) of teeth, several strategically-placed implants can often provide sufficient support.
To replace several teeth that are missing in one area, one implant can often support a bridge of two or more teeth. An added advantage of using an implant is because it is not necessary to have adjacent teeth crowned merely to serve as supports for a bridge. While a traditional crown-&-bridge combination relies on adjacent teeth for support, an implant uses the firm foundation of your jaw bone.
Fewer implants can also be used when is a full arch of teeth is missing. In most cases, several implants can be strategically positioned to support an arch of teeth. By using a conservative number of implants, non-removable teeth can be securely ‘fixed’ to many implant types in an affordable manner .
One implant system, the All-On-4, is designed to replace a full arch of teeth using just four, strategically placed implants. The All-On-4 system also works well for people who have experienced severe bone loss through placement at unique angles. This means the patient can avoid the need for bone grafting or bone rebuilding procedures prior to implant placement.
I believe the tooth replacement option that best meets your individual needs should make you as happy now as it does ten years from now. If you feel the barrier to achieving a confident smile is because of the cost, I urge you to schedule a no-charge, no obligation consultation. We can discuss all tooth replacement options, including the implant systems that can work for your individual situation.
Additionally, our Financial Coordinator will be happy to explain payment options that are interest-free with no down payment required. These payment plans enable you to enjoy the benefits of Dental Implants while making easy monthly payments.
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They say old age is not for sissies! Well, neither is losing teeth. Ask any denture wearer.
When all upper or lower teeth are removed, a denture is created to restore the ability to speak and eat. Although a denture recreates the presence of teeth, it is often a struggle to live with one.
First, most people who are newly fitted with a denture need time to become comfortable eating and speaking with a bulky prosthetic in their mouths. In time, however, it will be a more comfortable part of their mouth. That is, until ‘resorption’ sets in.
Resorption is what happens when tooth roots are removed. Essentially, this is a decline in the bone mass where natural tooth roots were once held. Without tooth roots nurturing the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink. This causes the raised arch that once held these tooth roots to slowly flatten.
As the ridge declines in height, the denture that was originally contoured to securely hug the ridge no longer has the same shaped surface as before. This results in more frequent applications of denture pastes or adhesives to try to keep the denture in place.
When a denture moves while biting and chewing, it can rub sore spots on tender gum tissues. Even what you eat becomes a challenge as small seeds or food particles become trapped under the denture and pierce tender gums.
A denture that slips causes many people to avoid foods that require rigorous biting and chewing. A fresh apple, a celery stalk, or a juicy pork chop are challenging for dentures that slip. This leads people to switch to foods that are soft and dissolve quickly in the mouth. Often, these foods are lacking in the nutrition and fiber that fresh fruits, vegetables and meats provide.
Added to all these problems is the fear of embarrassment. Dining with friends or attending social gatherings where food is served can be overshadowed with worry. Fearing a slip or having dentures ‘click’ while speaking causes some people to decline invitations. This is detrimental to one’s mental well-being since social interaction is a healthy part of the aging process.
For dentures that slip, relines can help on a temporary basis. A reline is the reshaping of the denture to recontour it to the reduced surface of the gum ridge. However, without tooth roots, the gum ridge will only continue to decline. This means an eventual repeat of the same relining process.
One reason so many adults are opting for Dental Implants is to eliminate the frustrations of the resorption process. Because Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots in the jaw, they halt bone loss. And, since they are held by the jaw just as natural teeth, they restore a secure foundation for biting and chewing.
Another advantage of Dental Implants is in longevity. With proper selection, placement and care, they should last your lifetime. And their success rate is exceptional, higher than any other implant-in-bone type, including knees and hip joints.
If you’re dealing with a ‘wobbly’ denture, we offer a no-cost, no obligation consultation so you can learn about the many implant types designed for various needs, even severe bone loss. Some, such as the affordable ‘All-On-4’ implant, support teeth that are not removable.
Payment options are also available, most are interest-free with no down payment required. The look and feel is natural and you’ll enjoy eating, laughing and being close with friends and family is no longer overshadowed by worry.
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For decades now, Dental Implant systems have been perfected to conform to individual situations to fulfill the majority of needs. Most people are primarily seeking out types that provide optimal function, are non-removable and affordable.
In the past, removable types were the less expensive option versus ‘fixed’ versions. For denture wearers who detested having to take their teeth out to clean them, removable systems created a dilemma – the ability to better manage the costs for Dental Implants or to settle for removable implant supported teeth.
An added dilemma existed for patients who had experienced a great deal of bone loss, or ‘resorption.’ Resorption occurs when tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw bone. When bone mass declines, it can create an inadequate foundation to support the implanted portions in the bone.
In the past, when the jaw bone became too thin to support the depth of a traditional implant, bone grafting was performed. In some cases, a bone rebuilding material was applied to the area of bone decline.
As modernized systems have been developed, a new type of implant design seems to be fulfilling the goals of non-removable teeth while overcoming the challenges of bone loss. With angled placement, the All-On-4 system can sufficiently support implants even for people who have experienced severe bone loss. They also support non-removable teeth.
As far as affordability, the All-On-4 system is probably the best deal available in today’s selections of implants. Since only four implants are needed for upper or lower support, this keeps the costs well within reason for most individuals seeking Dental Implants. Placement is also simple with only one procedure needed for implant placement and the attached teeth – done in only one visit. Comfort is, of course, a priority, with oral and I.V. sedation available.
If you’ve considered Dental Implants but were discouraged by added procedures to address bone loss or having to settle for removable teeth, All-On-4 may be your ideal solution.
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One of the most exciting moments during a dentist’s career is when a patient is able to overcome seemingly solid barriers to achieving a confident smile. Today’s dental advancements in materials, techniques and technology now offer many options that address almost every challenge.
In the past, the biggest challenge with Dental Implants was for people who had experienced a great deal of bone loss. First, allow me to explain what this is and what causes it.
Natural tooth roots are held in the upper and lower jaw bone. When tooth roots are no longer held by the bone, it begins to shrink over time, or ‘resorb.’ This process decreases the height and width of the bone on a continual basis since it no longer has the stimulation of tooth roots.
The upper jaw bone borders the sinus cavity. The lower jaw has a nerve that runs through it horizontally. When the bone thins, placing an implant has been too risky.
An implant placed in insufficient bone mass can work its way through the upper jaw into the sinus cavity. A lower implant can come in contact with the lower jaw’s nerve. Of course, neither of these circumstances are tolerable and, if they should occur, the implant requires removal.
For those without sufficient bone mass to support an implant, most had to have bone grafting performed prior to placement. This not only lengthened treatment time significantly, it added to costs.
With the introduction of the All-On-4 Dental Implant system, unique angles were used to place specially designed implants at strategic points. This enabled successful placement in patients who even had severe bone loss.
Another advantage is the need for only four implants to support a full arch of upper or lower teeth. Because of the particular design of the All-On-4 system, the load the implants can effectively manage (for biting and chewing strength) is distributed in a balanced and dependable fashion.
Too, this also lowers the overall treatment costs for many patients. Because implant fees are based largely on the number of implants needed, keeping the number to four upper and/or four lower greatly helps to curtail costs.
Still, there are more ways that All-On-4 is so appealing. In the past, most types that were non-removable (or ‘fixed’) were more costly. Yet, many people who had been taking their dentures out at night or to clean them didn’t want removable teeth. All-On-4 teeth are non-removable, so you’ll brush your teeth in your mouth and wake up with a fabulous smile!
Many people who once thought Dental Implants were out of reach now laugh and eat in comfort, without worry – thanks to the All-On-4 system! To discuss the All-On-4 process, call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a free consultation. I’ll be happy to answer your questions, discuss costs and affordable payment options.Read More