Posts for tag: Dental Implants
While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
Discover the many ways in which dental crowns can improve your smile.
Our dentist in Chicago, IL serving Ukrainian Village, Dr. Tariq Riyal just told you that you need a dental crown. Now what? Well, you may be wondering more about this popular dental restoration and in what ways it can preserve your teeth and bolster your oral health. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental crowns:
1. Restore and Support a Damaged Tooth
This is the most obvious benefit of getting a dental crown. A crown is placed over a tooth that has been damaged by an infection, severe decay or traumatic injury. By placing a dental crown over the tooth we can restore its functionality and strength.
2. Preserve Your Natural Tooth Structure
Nothing is more important than being able to maintain your own natural teeth. Even with advancements in technology and dental restorations, the goal is always to preserve your teeth whenever possible.
By cementing a dental crown over a weak or damaged tooth we can provide your tooth with the protection and safeguarding it needs to stay healthy, which can prevent further and irreparable damage to the tooth. It could even prevent the need for an extraction in the future.
3. Improve Your Smile’s Appearance
Crowns also offer aesthetic benefits. Our Ukrainian Village, restorative dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a discolored, malformed or badly misshapen tooth. A crown can preserve your tooth while also improving the way it looks.
4. Cover a Dental Implant
The implant itself sits within the jawbone so it isn’t visible; however, the part of the implant that is visible when you smile is a dental crown, which is made to look just like the rest of your natural teeth so no one will even know that you have a dental implant.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Are you wondering if this restoration is right for you? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry, located in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area.
The demand for dental implants continues to grow among American dental patients. Recent estimates by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry show that the number of implants being placed is increasing by half a million per year. Consider these five ways that implant dentistry could help you, and why you should talk to a dentist at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area about this tooth replacement solution.
1. Dental Implants Are Good for Your Oral Health
- The presence of an implant helps ensure that your bone tissue stays useful and viable.
- Your other teeth are no longer at risk of shifting out of position, which would cause expensive orthodontic issues.
2. Dental Implants Feel More Secure
- Unlike dentures which may come loose, dental implants are very firmly rooted.
- An implant doesn’t put any stress on adjacent teeth—it actually gives them added strength.
3. Implant Restorations Look Beautiful
- Modern dental crown restorations are made of porcelain and have a shiny, smooth, white exterior.
- You get a natural-looking, stain-resistant restoration.
4. No One Will Detect That You Have an Implant
- Only you and your Ukrainian Village, Chicago dentist will know that you have an implant.
- There’s no visible evidence that you have had this procedure.
5. No Need for Replacement in the Future
- After your implant device is placed, there’s no need to have it replaced in the future as long as you establish and maintain good oral hygiene habits.
- The only part of the implant that may require replacement is the crown, in about seven to 10 years.
- A one-time investment in your smile with long-term benefits.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Don’t wait too long to see a dentist about dental implants—the sooner after tooth loss or extraction, the better the chance that you’ll be an ideal candidate. Call (773) 661-0330 today for an appointment with Dr. Tariq Riyal at his Chicago, IL, office in the Ukrainian Village.
Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.
Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.
When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption. New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.
In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.
Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.
Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.
If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.
Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.
Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.
As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.
If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.
Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.
If you would like more information on caring for your 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”