Posts for tag: dental implants

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
October 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

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 Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth in your smile can quickly affect both your appearance and your self-esteem, making you feel as though your teeth are not up dental implantsto par. However, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants, a permanent solution to your smile issues. Learn more about how missing teeth affect your whole smile, the effects of untreated missing teeth, and how dental implants can help with Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, FL.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a procedure which gives you the opportunity to replace your missing teeth permanently, restoring your appearance and giving you back the functionality of a full smile. A dental implant uses three main parts to replace your tooth: an implant fixture, an abutment, and a prosthetic tooth. The fixture is surgically implanted into the bone under your missing tooth by an oral surgeon. This serves as a replacement root for the tooth and provides a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic tooth, which attaches to the fixture via the abutment.

Can dental implants help my smile? 
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. However, not everyone qualifies for this procedure. Missing teeth produce side effects like bone atrophy. This process causes the bone to erode, meaning the fixture may not be able to grow securely into place. Those patients with significant bone atrophy may not be a good candidate for implants. As with any dental restoration, a diligent at-home oral care routine is necessary to keep the implants and your natural teeth healthy and clean.

What happens if I do not replace my missing teeth? 
The consequences of missing teeth, though they may take some time to become obvious, occur immediately. The teeth surrounding your gap will begin to shift, moving to accommodate the extra room in the mouth. The bone underneath the tooth begins to atrophy, or erode, causing bone loss in the area of the gap. This can cause the facial tissue to begin to sag and sink in, which, in turn, causes an aged appearance.

Dental Implants in Venice, FL
If you have considered replacing your missing teeth, but are not sure where to start, ask your dentist about dental implants. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Wright in Venice, FL. Call (941) 493-5923 to schedule your appointment today!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to get some of your questions about dental implants answered?

You’ve been considering getting dental implants but you still aren’t sold. That’s okay. Maybe you just don’t know enough about this dental implantsrestoration to make an informed decision. This is where our Venice, FL, dentist, Dr. Clark Wright, can step in to answer your questions about implants to make the decision-making process a bit easier.

Q. What are dental implants?

A. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant, abutment and false tooth. The implant itself is a tiny metal post that is used to take the place of tooth roots. Then an abutment is placed on top of the implant to connect the implant and the artificial tooth. From there, the crown or other tooth replacement is placed over the abutment.

Q. How are dental implants placed?

A. During the procedure, the oral surgeon will place an implant into the jawbone where your missing tooth roots once were. Then, over the course of the next several months, the jawbone and implant will integrate.

Q. How long does it take to get dental implants?

A. This process will be different for everyone. Some patients may heal more quickly than others. There are a few factors (e.g. your health) that will play a role in how fast your recovery period is. During your consultation and treatment plan phase we will be able to better determine the length of your treatment. You can expect it to take up to one year or more to get implants depending on how many implants you are getting and where the implants are being placed.

Q. Who is a good candidate for this restorative dentistry?

A. Adults who maintain good hygiene and have good general health are typically perfect candidates for dental implants. Women who are pregnant, those who are smokers and those with compromised immune systems will not be right for implants.

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. Implants are very reliable and durable, so they should last you the rest of your life if you care for them properly. We will provide you with all the information you need to give your implants the care they require to last.

If we still haven’t satiated all of your dental implants questions then it’s time to call our Venice, FL, dental office to learn more. Let us know that you are interested in getting implants and we will be happy to schedule your consultation.

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
March 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants to replace teeth are a popular choice as much for their durability as their life-likeness. Most implants last for decades, which can result in lower long-term maintenance costs than other replacement options.

But to achieve this longevity, you must take care of your implants. You should brush and floss them daily right along with your remaining natural teeth — and continue regular semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

You may be wondering, though: if they're made of inorganic materials, why worry with brushing them? It's true that bacterial plaque, the thin film of food particles most responsible for dental disease, doesn't affect them.

Your implants, though, don't exist in a bubble: they're imbedded in real bone, surrounded by real gum tissue and placed next to real teeth. All these other living tissues are susceptible to infection caused by plaque, even from plaque on non-organic implants.

The bone and tissues around an implant can even have a higher susceptibility to infection. This is because an implant's attachment in the jaw differs from that of natural teeth. An implant is imbedded directly into the bone; a natural tooth, on the other hand, maintains its hold through an elastic gum tissue between it and the bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers from the ligament attach to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other.

Besides holding the tooth in place, the ligament also contains blood vessels that supply the tooth and surrounding tissues not only with nutrients but also antibodies that help fight infection. Due to the absence of a ligament connection, an implant doesn't enjoy the same level of protection from infection.  It's much easier for tissues and teeth around an implant to become infected, and harder to stop it.

That's why prevention through daily hygiene is so important. So, be sure to brush and floss all your teeth — including implants — every day, and keep up your regular dental visits. And at the first sign of a possible infection — swollen, red or bleeding gums — see us as soon as possible for an examination.

Consider your implants a long-term investment in both your smile and dental health. Taking care of them will pay dividends for many years to come.

If you would like more information on taking care of 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
February 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

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