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Are you interested in finding out what dental implants can do for you?
Replacing missing teeth in this day and age just gets easier and easier—thanks in large part to amazing restorations like dental implants, the most stable and natural feeling restoration available today. If you are a healthy adult who is missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be right for you! From our Alexandria, VA, office, dentists Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas provide these state-of-the-art restorations to patients just like you—read below to learn more about implants and the benefits that they have to offer.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a small metal post or screw that is made from titanium, a durable and biocompatible metal. The post is placed within the jawbone where it will functionally replace the old tooth roots and provide the wearer with a long-term foundation from which to hold a false tooth (or false teeth) securely in place.
What are the benefits of getting dental implants?
Since dental implants truly function like real teeth, they offer a host of unique advantages over other tooth replacement options such as dentures. Some of these advantages include,
- A restored smile and improved appearance
- An increase in confidence
- A lifelong restoration with a very high success rate
- A durable restoration with incredible bite strength
- A preserved jawbone (bone loss is a complication of tooth loss)
- Chewing, biting, and speaking are all fully restored
In order to get dental implants, our Alexandria, VA, general dentist will need to perform a minor placement surgery. It’s important to note that getting dental implants can take several months and even up to one year or longer, depending on how many implants you are getting and which teeth you need to replace.
Interested? Give us a call!
At Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, we believe that everyone should have smiles that they are proud of. If you are dealing with tooth loss, damaged teeth, or other issues that are keeping you from the smile you deserve, call our office today at (703) 823-6616 to schedule a consultation with us!
The month of May has been designated “Better Speech & Hearing Month” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Why would this be of interest to dental professionals? Because teeth are vital for good speech, and missing teeth can make it very hard to speak properly.
Speech is all about sounds, and forming sounds correctly requires proper positioning of oral structures such as the lips, tongue and teeth. For example, there are some words that are almost impossible to pronounce correctly without touching your tongue to your teeth. In fact, one of the hardest words to say without teeth…is teeth!
Missing teeth can affect speech indirectly as well, by reducing self-confidence. People who are missing front teeth often develop the habit of talking behind their hand or mumbling to avoid revealing the gap in their smile. Not being able to speak clearly and confidently can affect not only your appearance, but also your job prospects and social life. So what can you do about missing teeth?
Dental implants are today’s preferred tooth-replacement method. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw bone beneath your gums. They serve as “roots” to hold realistic-looking prosthetic (artificial) teeth in place. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or an entire row of teeth (upper or lower). Sometimes a dental implant can be placed the same day a failing tooth is removed so that you won’t need a second surgical procedure.
The healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap can also be used to support one or more replacement teeth. This method, called bridgework, can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. Another option is removable dentures, which do not stay in the mouth all the time.
Each of these options has its benefits and risks. We’d be happy to discuss all of them in detail and help you decide which would be best in your own situation. To learn more about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “New Teeth in One Day.”
For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.
Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.
Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.
Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.
In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.
Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.
Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.
There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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: What are the Risks?”
How dental implants from your dentists in Alexandria, Virginia can give you a beautiful smile.
If you are missing teeth, you may not feel like smiling. If your self-confidence is suffering, it’s time to fill in the gaps in your smile. The answer is dental implants! Your dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas want to share how dental implants can give you a beautiful smile.
There are other options to close gaps in your smile including dental bridgework and removable partials, but neither can offer the reliability and simplicity of dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural-looking, satisfying solution to closing the gaps. People choose dental implants to replace missing teeth because dental implants are:
- Highly successful, with a success rate of over 95 percent. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a material that your body won’t reject.
- Naturally beautiful, because they look just like your existing teeth; they are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
- Worry-free, because they are stain resistant and will never decay; with proper care, dental implants can provide a beautiful functional smile for life.
- Completely stable, because they are firmly embedded and supported by bone, so they won’t move around; you can be assured of a stable, beautiful smile when you speak and eat.
- Healthy, because you can brush and floss the implants just like natural teeth; you won’t need to remove the implants like you do with dental appliances.
Dental implants can restore your smile by replacing a single or multiple missing teeth. You deserve a permanent solution to achieving a beautiful smile, and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for. To find out more about dental implants, call your dentists Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia today!