Posts for tag: Dental Implants

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Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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.”

By GIBBERMAN DENTAL
November 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out what makes someone an ideal candidate for this long-term tooth replacement.

Many adults are turning to our Alexandria, VA, dentists Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas for dental Implantsimplants. After all, implants offer our patients a way to restore missing teeth with the next best thing to real teeth. If you are missing one, several or even all of your teeth you may be wondering if dental implants could give you your smile back.

Here are the benefits of dental implants,

Implants are long-lasting

Dental implants completely restore missing teeth. Titanium implants placed in your jawbone replace tooth roots and are connected to dental crowns, artificial teeth custom-made to fit the gap in your smile. Root strength is crucial to the function of your new tooth. Without strong, secure roots, your dental crown would wobble every time you took a bite. Your titanium implants bond to your jawbone and becomes as strong as your natural tooth roots. Thanks to the unique bonding ability of dental implants, your new teeth don't move.

Dental Implants can restore multiple missing teeth

Dental implants offer an effective restoration option. They can replace a single missing tooth, restore several lost teeth, or provide an alternative to full dentures. Implant-supported dentures can be more comfortable than traditional dentures and don't cause a dramatic loss of biting power.

Dental implants help you avoid tooth loss complications

Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when your jawbone shrinks and weakens, can be an issue after tooth loss. Resorption happens when your jawbone no longer receives stimulation from your roots. Eventually, you may experience facial sagging and might even notice that your teeth are loose. Dental implants help prevent resorption by stimulating your jawbone as effectively as your natural roots.

If dental implants sound like the treatment you’ve been looking for to restore your missing teeth and help you feel more confident then call Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, today to schedule a consultation.

By GIBBERMAN DENTAL
June 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you're embarrassed about your missing teeth, there's an alternative that may be right for you: dental implants. A dental implant is a dental-implantssubstitute tooth root, which provides a stable foundation for a replacement tooth. Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, offer dental implants to their patients. Read on to find out what dental implants can do for you.

1. They can improve your smile. Missing teeth can ruin a nice smile. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile, improve your appearance, and boost your self-confidence. Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. They're designed to look and feel like your teeth so you can be confident in your smile. With dental implants, you will feel and look younger and more attractive.

2. They can prevent teeth shifting. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will begin to drift out of place. Plaque and tartar can build up in the spaces created by the shifting teeth. Over time, this may cause oral health problems, such as cavities or periodontal (gum) disease. Dental implants can prevent your natural teeth from shifting into the open spaces left by your missing teeth.

3. They can prevent jawbone loss. When teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to break down. Dental bridges and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do not prevent bone loss. Dental implants are anchored in the bone just like real teeth. Over time, they will help preserve the bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates jawbone growth and prevent jawbone loss.

4. They can improve oral function. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew food and speak. When teeth are missing, it's difficult to do these things. Your quality of life will be enhanced with replacement teeth that function like real teeth. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak clearly. With dental implants, you'll be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.

If you want a better smile, this is your chance! Start your journey now! Call Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 today to schedule a dental consultation in Alexandria, VA and get the smile you deserve.

By Gibberman Dental
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you interested in finding out what dental implants can do for you?

Dental ImplantsReplacing 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!