If you are missing one or multiple teeth due to disease or trauma, you may be considering various options for tooth replacement. While there are a variety of options available today, dental implants provide one of the most safe and effective ways to replace missing teeth and maintain the appearance of healthy, natural-looking teeth.
Dental implants are ideal for those looking to restore their chewing ability, confidence and facial structure, but how do you know if you are the right candidate for dental implants? First and foremost, you need to be in optimal health and your mouth needs to be in optimal health. That means you should not smoke, have diseased gums or experience any type of pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from comfortably accepting and maintaining your dental implants.
Since dental implant surgery requires the implantation of an artificial root, which is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone, your facial bones and gums need to be in good health.
While young children are not ideal candidates for dental implants since they are still growing and their mouths will continue to reshape and form, dental implants can be used for replacing broken, extracted or congenitally missing teeth after the jaw has reach full maturation. This typically occurs around age 18 for females and slightly later for males. Early diagnosis and planning in young patients will help to foresee the best replacement solution for missing teeth, and can be initiated as soon as a problem begins to appear.
For people with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or other health problems that may put you at higher risk, dental implants may still serve as a tooth replacement option. The general rule of thumb is if you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental treatment, then you are likely healthy enough to have dental implant surgery.
Those who smoke tobacco regularly may not enjoy the same benefits of dental implant therapy as those who do not smoke, but may still be eligible for the surgery. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can determine if you are healthy enough based on your medical history.
If you are missing teeth due to gum disease or bone loss, you may still be a candidate for dental implants, as long as you take good care of your oral health. Procedures such as bone grafting help to secure a dental implant in the jaw bone, and may be an option that is recommended based on your unique situation.
If you feel you may be a candidate for dental implant surgery, but you are unsure, please call us at Utah Facial & Oral Surgery for more information at (801) 356-2226 or visit us online at http://utahfacialandoralsurgery.com.
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July 16, 2014 | Dr. Christopher Price
Gaps in your mouth from missing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance and may even prevent you from interacting with others in social settings. Fortunately, there is a safe and easy surgical procedure that replaces your missing teeth – whether they are missing from loss, trauma or decay. Dental implant placement is performed by experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons across the world, and help to restore the confidence of people who have lived with gaps in their mouths for years.
Dental implants also restore people’s ability to chew or eat certain foods, such as tough meat and other healthy foods that are nearly impossible to eat without a full set of strong teeth. At Utah Surgical Arts, I have had the privilege of working with patients whose lives are transformed o/wp-admin/post-new.phpnce they receive their dental implants.
One middle-aged patient of mine came in after being involved in a car accident, and was completely devastated after losing her two front teeth. Not only was the gap in her mouth very apparent, but she had trouble eating her favorite foods. During our initial consultation for her dental implant surgery, she shared with me how she had wanted to have her smile restored, but was uncertain of her options and had anxiety about undergoing surgery. I assured her the procedure was completely safe, effective and would not require long or painful recovery time.
After her surgery, she was amazed at the quick and easy recovery, as well as her new appearance. Seeing her smile again with a full set of healthy, white teeth was incredibly rewarding – both for me and for my entire staff. These are the types of cases that make me proud of what I do for a living. I have the ability to restore the confidence of people who are discouraged and anxious, giving them a new appearance and allowing them to eat the foods they once enjoyed.
Dental implant surgery is just one option for those who have missing teeth, but I always recommend it as the best choice, as most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life. While the entire process may take six months, the lasting effects are immeasurable. Patients who have had the surgery come in for follow-up visits months or years later and look like completely different people, as they are typically happier, healthier and have the confidence they had prior to their tooth loss.
For more information about dental implant surgery and Utah Surgical Arts, visit www.utahsurgicalarts.com.
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July 11, 2014 | Dr. David Park
When it comes to undergoing a surgical procedure, most people feel some level of fear and anxiety, and dental implant surgery is no different. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has been practicing for many years, I have received extensive training to administer the proper type of anesthesia for each and every patient on which I perform dental implant surgery. From young children to older adults, every patient requires a method that is specific to their anxiety level, health and type of procedure.
At Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, we offer a number of options to help patients relax and feel comfortable during surgery, including these four types of anesthesia:
- Local Anesthesia – this type of anesthesia is administered directly to the surgical site to numb the area. It is either administered on its own or in combination with nitrous oxide. This is one of the most commonly used options, as it helps patient to quickly and easily fall asleep.
- Nitrous Oxide – also known as “laughing gas,” this is typically administered in combination with a local anesthetic through a breathing mask. While the gas helps to relax the patient, it does not cause them to fall asleep completely.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation – this type of sedation option delivers anti-anxiety medication and/or painkillers through an IV in order to reduce pain and help them recover from surgery with as little discomfort as possible.
- General Anesthesia – this option provides a deeper level of sedation that keeps the patient from feeling any type of pain or discomfort from the surgery. General anesthesia is typically administered with local anesthesia and keeps the surgical site numb for at least an hour after the procedure.
It is important for any patient undergoing anesthesia to follow specific pre-operative and post-operative instructions to ensure proper and speedy recovery following their dental implant surgery. This makes the entire process – from the moment the patient sits in the chair to the time they return home to recover – as easy and comfortable as possible.
While my staff and I always deliver both oral and written instructions to our patients, we have found that they better retain the information when they view these videos on our website.
Before undergoing general anesthesia or IV sedation for dental implant surgery, it is critical that patients do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to their scheduled procedure. Any type of liquid or food in the stomach during the administration of anesthesia can cause serious health issues. In addition, patients should not smoke tobacco or drink alcoholic beverages for at least eight hours prior to their procedure. For additional pre-operative instructions, visit www.santarosaoralsurgery.com.
Following dental implant surgery, there will be bleeding and some pain, so it is important for patients to place gauze pads over the surgery site and take medications as prescribed. For additional post-operative instructions, visit www.santarosaoralsurgery.com.
The use of anesthesia for dental implant surgery makes oral surgery a breeze and ensures the patient is safe, comfortable and recovers with ease!
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July 8, 2014 | Dr. Christopher Daniel
People who are missing teeth due to aging, trauma or other circumstances may feel self-conscious about their appearance. For these patients, dental implants are often the best solution to help restore their smile and renew their confidence. Your first impression is always important, so when you don’t feel you look your best, you may not be able to put your best foot forward. This is especially true for those seeking a new job, relationship or those who are simply interact with others on a regular basis.
As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in dental implant therapy, I have seen a number of patients who come to our office at Utah Surgical Arts with desperation. They are looking for the right solution that will give them their winning confidence back. From what I have experienced with my patients, I know how truly debilitating a mouth with missing teeth can be for someone of any age or background.
In my years of practice, I have found that dental implants – a sturdy, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth – can truly change the appearance of someone in need and thus, change their entire outlook on life. Performing this safe procedure simply entails the insertion of a titanium post into the root of a natural tooth to support a crown, bridge or over-denture. Once integrated into the bone and healed, the patient can brush and floss the new tooth just as they would any other tooth, creating the feeling that they never lost a tooth.
When I see dental implant patients for follow-up visits, it is as if they have become an entirely different person. They seem happier, more confident, smile more, and have a renewed sense of comfort that was completely absent upon our first visit prior to the procedure.
In each case, I can truly see how life-changing dental implants can be for someone with one or multiple missing teeth. I am so grateful to have seen my dental implant patients truly transform from anxious, reserved and self-conscious to spirited, confident people. These are the types of cases that make my work at Utah Surgical Arts truly rewarding.
For more information about dental implants and Utah Surgical Arts in Provo, Utah, visit www.utahsurgicalarts.com.
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July 3, 2014 | Dr. Michael Harris
I recently attended Straumann’s Third Annual Dental Implant Complications Symposium in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, where I enjoyed a full day of continuing education, presented by a team of world-renowned speakers. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who regularly utilizes Straumann dental implants on my patients, I was interested to learn about the increasing number of complications related to dental implants due to the growing number of varieties that are being used today. Most notably, failures occur in smokers, people with active periodontal disease, and those who do not take proper care before and after their surgery to maintain oral hygiene and recall.
While utilizing the highest quality implant is one of the most reliable ways to ensure success, treatment and recognition of complications early in the process are critical for long-term sustainability. At this one-day symposium, top surgeons and restorative clinicians shared commonly encountered complications in dental implant therapy, which helped me understand how to improve my patient’s experience when managing implant complications.
More often than not, it seems we are conditioned to simply throw money at a problem without making a change in our behaviors, especially if a third party pays for something we desire (i.e. insurance, Medicare, etc.). However, the reality is that an individual’s underlying health condition can greatly contribute to dental implant complications and failures. Since oral health directly affects systemic health, and vice versa, one cannot have good general health without first having optimal oral health.
Our teeth are physiologically necessary for eating healthy foods and enabling the digestion of essential nutrients. That is why it is absolutely critical to utilize the highest quality dental implant when replacing a tooth or multiple teeth that are missing due to an accident or disease. In addition, the specialist placing the implant must account for the overall health of the patient when considering the success rate and possible complications associated with the individual’s unique procedure.
Attending this symposium and speaking with other oral surgeons about their experiences with dental implant patients reminded me of a patient that left a lasting impression on all of us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. This patient was an aerospace engineer who had neglected his health for years after losing his wife and really wanted to improve his health. I worked directly with his general dentist to plan a full mouth extraction, as all of his teeth were far too damaged to save. After removing his remaining teeth, I performed a socket preservation to the sites that were planned for implants, and placed a temporary full upper and lower denture that was provided by his dentist.
After allowing for the minimum healing time of four to six months, I then placed four lower jaw implants using a digital guide. After another six months, he came in for a follow-up visit and was extremely pleased with the results. We were able to finance the procedures with our new in-office plan, “Comprehensive Finance,” which he used for both the dentist’s work and for mine.
These types of cases remind me of why I entered the field and why utilizing the highest quality implant are essential.
For more information about Dr. Fred Loe and North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, visit www.northtarrantoms.com.
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June 27, 2014 | Dr. Fred Loe
Think about the last time you had surgery and the way your doctor gave you important pre- or post-operative information. Was it delivered to you verbally? Were you handed a stack of reading materials? Or were you instructed to visit a web page? Depending on the way you received the information, you probably didn’t retain it as well as you would have if you were instructed to watch a video. In today’s fast-paced digital environment, video has improved the ease of delivering information. In fact, 100 million internet users watch an online video each day and videos are likely to increase an individual’s understanding of a service by up to 74 percent. This is why our staff at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of the Panhandle Region developed our user-friendly website featuring educational videos at www.panhandleoralsurgery.com.
As a former faculty member in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Missouri Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, I understand the tenets of delivering information in a manner that is easy to retain.
The information we need patients to understand about their procedures and the care that is required both before and after surgery is critical for success. Our new website is designed to deliver the details in the most comprehensible way possible so nothing is left in question. In addition, my staff and I provide website visitors with videos of real-life patient testimonials so they can see firsthand what type of care to expect. As online reviews become more influential in decision-making, the experiences from current patients have a greater impact on the way prospective patients make their decision about which provider to see.
I manage a variety of issues relating to the mouth, gums, teeth, and general facial region, and practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise in wisdom teeth removal, teeth extractions, dental implant procedures, corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery), oral pathology, and bone grafting. I share expert information and advice on these and various other oral health topics on www.panhandleoralsurgery.com through videos, articles and more.
Patients looking for information about wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, impacted canines, general tooth extraction, bone grafting, and the variety of other procedures we perform at the practice can watch informative short-format videos that explain everything in detail.
For more information about Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of the Panhandle Region, visit www.panhandleoralsurgery.com.
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June 27, 2014 | Dr. Bryan Bailey
For those who have lost teeth from trauma or conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay, a dental implant is a reliable replacement solution. Dental implants are made from a strong metal material (typically titanium), and carefully implanted by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon such as myself to restore teeth back to the function and appearance of natural teeth. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full mouth.
Over the years, there have been extensive improvements in dental implant technologies, including three-dimensional imaging, advanced grafting and biologic growth factors. In certain cases, I perform the All-on-Four Procedure to minimize bone grafting and healing time. With this technique, patients can have the implants and fixed temporary teeth attached to them within the same day.
Since the procedure often requires the use of intravenous (IV) anesthesia, certain pre-operative and post-operative instructions must be followed closely to ensure optimal results. For example, patients undergoing IV anesthesia should not eat or drink at least six hours prior to their surgery, and should have someone take them to and from their appointment. The patients’ health status is evaluated prior to the procedure in order to address all concerns and provide the type of anesthesia that is the safest and most appropriate for the patient.
Upon completion of the dental implant surgery, it is imperative for patients to get adequate rest and take all medications as instructed. After a dental implant is placed, there may be a small metal cylinder that protrudes through the gums, so the patient must remain extra cautious to avoid chewing on the area. In addition, the surgery site will contain sutures that should not be disturbed, so patients need to avoid rinsing their mouths for the first day after the dental implant placement.
In the days and weeks following the procedure, proper oral hygiene is essential to adequate healing. Physical activity should be kept to a minimum to avoid throbbing or bleeding. Partial or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days thereafter.
At OC Oral Surgery in Mission Viejo, California, I perform dental implant procedures regularly.
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June 27, 2014 | Dr. Junil Ahn