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With a 95-plus percent survival rate after ten years, dental implants are one of the most durable replacement restorations available. Implants can potentially last much longer than less expensive options, which could make them a less costly choice in the long run.
But although a rare occurrence, implants can and do fail—often in the first few months. And tobacco smokers in particular make up a sizeable portion of these failures.
The reasons stem from smoking’s effect on oral health. Inhaled smoke can actually burn the outer skin layers in the mouth and eventually damage the salivary glands, which can decrease saliva production. Among its functions, saliva provides enzymes to fight disease; it also protects tooth enamel from damaging acid attacks. A chronic “dry mouth,” on the other hand, increases the risk of disease.
The chemical nicotine in tobacco also causes problems because it constricts blood vessels in the mouth and skin. The resulting reduced blood flow inhibits the delivery of antibodies to diseased or wounded areas, and so dramatically slows the healing process. As a result, smokers can take longer than non-smokers to recover from diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, or heal after surgery.
Both the higher disease risk and slower healing can impact an implant’s ultimate success. Implant durability depends on the gradual integration between bone and the implant’s titanium metal post that naturally occurs after placement. But this crucial process can be stymied if an infection resistant to healing arises—a primary reason why smokers experience twice the number of implant failures as non-smokers.
So, what should you do if you’re a smoker and wish to consider implants?
First, for both your general and oral health, try to quit smoking before you undergo implant surgery. At the very least, stop smoking a week before implant surgery and for two weeks after to lower your infection risk. And you can further reduce your chances for failure by practicing diligent daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.
It’s possible to have a successful experience with implants even if you do smoke. But kicking the habit will definitely improve your odds.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”
Over the past 30 years, a dental miracle has helped thousands of people take back control of their smiles. What is this marvel? It's called the dental implant, an artificial tooth from root to crown. At Dental Arts of Englewood, Dr. Mark Docktor practices state-of-the-art implant dentistry, giving patients strong and complete smiles so they look, feel and function at their very best. If your smile needs help, dental implants could be your ideal tooth replacement option.
The pieces and the process
Say, for instance, you have lost a tooth due to deep decay and abscess. Or, maybe you were in a car accident, and a tooth was irretrievably damaged. Well, if you have sufficient bone surrounding the empty socket and the rest of your oral health is good, you likely can receive a dental implant to permanently fill that smile gap.
Here's how it works. Dr. Docktor will examine your mouth, including taking digital X-rays to understand how healthy jaw bone is. Bone density is critical to implant success. If you were lacking enough bone, the dentist can augment the site to increase jaw bone strength.
With a satisfactory amount of bone, the treatment proceeds with the placement of a titanium cylinder. This is the first of three pieces which make up the typical dental implant. To insert the cylinder, your Englewood implant dentist injects numbing medication, incises the gums and drills a small access hole into the bone.
Next, Dr. Docktor inserts the implant and closes the gums with sutures. What comes next is the remarkable secret behind dental implant success. Called osseointegration, this process melds the jaw bone to the dental implant, creating an inseparable bond. Traditional tooth replacements, such as bridges and dentures, only rest on the gums and bone, but dental implants are anchored within the jaw itself.
Osseointegration takes many weeks, but when it's complete to Dr. Docktor's satisfaction, the next step in the process may happen. That involves re-opening the implant site and bonding a metal alloy post on the implant. The final piece is a custom-crafted porcelain crown. In short, a dental implant patient now has a complete artificial tooth that looks and feels like the real thing. Additionally, people who have lost multiple teeth may receive implants to anchor dentures or bridgework.
Are dental implants really that good?
The statistics bear it out: dental implants are marvelous. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that while conventional prosthetics fail in a decade or so, dental implants succeed over 95 percent of the time and last indefinitely.
If you wonder how to care for implants, it's not hard at all. Brush and floss as usual, and see Dr. Docktor semi-annually for an exam and professional cleaning.
Come see us
At Dental Arts of Englewood, the team loves to see patients react positively to their restored smiles. That could be you, too. Call today for an implant consultation in Englewood, NJ at (201) 894-9998.
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Englewood, NJ dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Englewood, NJ Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Englewood, NJ dentist to schedule an appointment.
Are you ready to find out the many ways cosmetic and restorative dentistry can help you?
There are so many wonderful benefits to smiling that you may not even realize. Besides stimulating the release of endorphins, which make you happier, smiling can also lower your blood pressure and boost your immune system. Who doesn’t want that? Of course, if you aren’t happy with your smile then you may be holding back from smiling as much. Isn’t it time you enjoyed all the benefits of smiling? This is just one reason why our Englewood, NJ, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, offers these fantastic treatment options:
Tired of having a dull, yellow smile? Looking for a faster way to get your smile several shades whiter without having to wear those whitening stripes every night? Then it’s time to talk to our Englewood dentist about professional teeth whitening.
You can choose to whiten your smile in our office (which offers the fastest and most effective results) or use a similar system from the comfort of your own home (which is great for those looking for a cost-effective approach). You’ll immediately see the difference in as little as one whitening session with chairside teeth whitening.
Veneers can be an amazing restoration because they are so versatile. They can completely revamp and alter the color, shape, size or length of one or more teeth just by bonding this custom-made tooth-colored shell to the front of your natural tooth. Little tooth preparation is required and you could get your veneers in as little as one week. Veneers are a great option for those looking to hide a myriad of imperfections from chips and cracks to gaps between teeth.
If you need to replace your missing teeth but you want a restoration that you can rely on to function as close to real teeth as possible then it’s time to consider getting dental implants. An implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically embedded in the jawbone to help support an artificial tooth (e.g. dental crown). Non-smoking adults who maintain good oral health could be good candidates for implants.
Dental Arts of Englewood is ready to help you craft a smile that you’ll finally feel proud of. Don’t let your smile fall flat. Call our Englewood, NJ, dental office today to find out how we could help you.