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Dealing with a broken or damaged dental implant? Our dental team can fix the problem.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are incredibly durable and act just like the real thing. Most people get used to their new teeth right away, since implants feel and function just like a natural tooth; however, just as teeth can still become damaged, so too can dental implants. If your dental implant needs some work done, don’t worry. Our Winchester, KY, dentists Dr. Tena Powe and Dr. Walter Peavler can help.
How can a dental implant become damaged?
Implants are so insanely tough, particularly since they are made from titanium, that you may be shocked to discover that your implant needs to be repaired at some point. First, it’s important to understand the different parts of a dental implant so that you fully understand this popular tooth replacement and how it works. A dental implant is made up of three parts,
- The implant itself, which is a small metal post that is placed within the jawbone
- An abutment, which sits on top of the implant and connects with a false tooth
- A dental crown (or bridge or dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced)
Most of the time the implant itself is fine but the dental crown, which is cemented over the abutment, may require repair or care. This is often the case if the crown falls off or is broken. Eating particularly hard foods or using your teeth like tools can often be to blame for a cracked or broken crown. The good news is that this is an easy fix: our Winchester, KY, family dentists can simply place a new crown over the dental implant. The same rules apply when it comes to a dental bridge or dentures. At some point, any and all false teeth (including dental implant restorations) will need to be replaced by our Winchester, KY, dentists.
In some very rare cases, a dental implant may fail. This often happens if someone develops gum disease, if there is significant bone loss or if the patient is a smoker. We highly recommend that anyone interested in getting dental implants stop smoking prior to getting an implant, as smoking can greatly increase implant failure. Your dentist will need to determine the cause of your implant failure to decide how to best proceed. For example, if there isn’t enough bone mass to support the implant, our dental team may recommend bone grafting to rebuild the jawbone so that it is strong enough to hold an implant.
Do you have questions about upkeep and caring for your dental implants here in Winchester, KY? If so, our dental team can answer all of your questions and provide you with routine checkups and advice to make sure your implant lasts a long time. If you have questions or concerns about your implant call Central Kentucky Dental at (859) 744-0320.
Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are one of the best options to replace missing teeth. If you're interested, Dr. Tena Powe or Dr. Walter Peavler in Winchester, KY, provides dental implants.
Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:
- There's a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone; it prevents deterioration of bone structure
- A screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment; it completes your smile
Procedure in Winchester
The procedure is straightforward.
- The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
- After inserting the titanium post, there is a 3 to 6 months period for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
- Afterwards, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.
There are several advantages to dental implants:
- They restore bite and chewing function.
- They replace one, or multiple teeth.
If you have more questions, or concerns, about dental implants, call your dentists in Winchester, KY, Dr. Tena Powe or Dr. Walter Peavler today!
You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.
While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.
When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.
If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.
Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.
Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.
If you would like more information on your dental restoration options, 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”
Placing a dental implant within the jawbone requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s a relatively minor affair, but for some with certain health conditions it might be otherwise. Because of their condition they might have an increased risk for a bacterial infection afterward that could interfere with the implant’s integration with the bone and lead to possible failure.
To lower this risk, dentists for many years have routinely prescribed an antibiotic for patients considered at high-risk for infection to take before their implant surgery. But there’s been a lively debate among health practitioners about the true necessity for this practice and whether it’s worth the possible side effects that can accompany taking antibiotics.
While the practice still continues, current guidelines now recommend it for fewer health conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) together with the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommend antibiotics only for surgical patients who have prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.
But patients with prosthetic joint replacements, who were once included in the recommendation for pre-surgical antibiotics, are no longer in that category. Even so, some orthopedic surgeons continue to recommend it for their joint replacement patients out of concern that a post-surgical infection could adversely affect their replaced joints.
But while these areas of disagreement about pre-surgical antibiotics still continue, a consensus may be emerging about a possible “sweet spot” in administering the therapy. Evidence from recent studies indicates just a small dose of antibiotics administered an hour before surgery may be sufficient to reduce the risk of infection-related implant failure with only minimal risk of side effects from the drug.
Because pre-surgical antibiotic therapy can be a complicated matter, it’s best that you discuss with both the physician caring for your health condition and your dentist about whether you should undergo this option to reduce the infection risk with your own implant surgery. Still, if all the factors surrounding your health indicate it, this antibiotic therapy might help you avoid losing an implant to infection.
If you would like more information on antibiotics before implant surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”