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DentalImplantsHelpedRockerStevenTylerGetBackonStageinRecordTime

Rock star Steven Tyler fell and broke his two front teeth while on tour with his band Aerosmith not long ago. But Tyler was back on stage the very next day, thanks to modern dental implant technology.

Dental implants are the most optimal tooth replacement system in use today. The reason we say “system” is because replacing teeth with implants involves two, or sometimes three, components: the implant itself, which replaces the root-part of the tooth; the dental crown that sits on top of it to replace the part of the tooth that's visible in the mouth; and a connecting piece placed in between the implant and crown, known as an abutment.

The implant itself, made of titanium, is placed directly into the jawbone with a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has the unique ability to fuse to bone, creating a very strong connection. An implant provides virtually the same function as a natural tooth root, including stabilizing the bone underneath and preventing its loss — something that naturally occurs when a tooth is lost.

This fusion process takes a period of weeks, which is why the implant needs time to heal before a permanent crown is attached. One reason for early implant failure is “loading” them with biting forces too soon. But in experienced hands, implants are extremely successful. Documented research and clinical studies indicate success rates of over 95% — which is higher than any other tooth replacement option. Once integrated and functional, implants can last a lifetime. That's why, though they are a bit more expensive initially than other tooth-replacement options, they are more cost-effective in the long term.

Of course, another advantage of implants is that they look and feel completely natural. Just ask Steven Tyler!

If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.” Dear Doctor also has more on “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”


JawSurgerymaybeNecessarytoOvercomeSomeTeethMisalignments

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of misaligned teeth, or malocclusions. The goal is to help patients achieve better long-term oral health by improving teeth alignment. Sometimes, though, the misalignment is much more involved than the position of the teeth — it may be that the jaw structure is also misaligned. In that case, the skills of an oral surgeon may be in order.

The jaws are similar in shape to the arch of a horseshoe, hence the referral to either upper or lower sets of teeth as dental arches. In a normal jaw structure, the lower arch fits just inside the upper arch when you bite down and the teeth are able to function correctly. In some individuals, though, the lower arch closes in front of the upper arch, commonly known as an underbite. If the underbite is only slight, the malocclusion can be corrected by repositioning the teeth only, as with braces. If, though, the underbite is more severe it would require a surgical procedure to realign the jaws, also known as orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery can help relieve a number of functional complications caused by jaw-related malocclusions: difficulty chewing and swallowing; chronic jaw or head pain; or sleep apnea. It can also enhance the patient’s facial appearance by correcting an imbalance between the two lateral sides (asymmetry), or by minimizing a receding chin or protruding jaw.

Its primary benefit, though, is its effect on the patient’s bite and tooth alignment. For this purpose, the orthodontist and oral surgeon work together to achieve the best result possible. In some cases, the orthodontist may perform his or her work first by moving teeth into the proper position. This sets the stage for the oral surgeon to perform orthognathic surgery to complete the correction of the misalignment.

Each individual patient’s case is different — the best plan of action must begin with a full examination by an orthodontist, and a consultation with an oral surgeon if necessary. It may require time and the expertise of two specialties, but the final result will be better health and a better look.

If you would like more information on various orthodontic procedures, 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 “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
April 05, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
dental implantsIf you go online, there are a lot of sites and posts about dental implants. Which one should you choose? Is this one more helpful than that one? Truthfully, unless you work in a dentist office, you probably won’t know the ins and outs of a dental implant procedure. That’s okay—the right patient information is what matters. Dr. James Lewis lists five informative facts about dental implants. New Port Richey residents can enjoy these facts!
 

Fact 1: Rebuild Your Smile, Support Your Jaw

Don’t leave your teeth hanging. You need to find a tooth replacement as soon as possible to prevent your jawbone from resorbing. Why would it resorb? Since the tooth is gone so is the root that always stimulated the jawbone. An implant is the only restorative procedure that can do that for you.
 

Fact 2: Look Comfortable, Feel Comfortable 

You shouldn’t feel self conscious about your new tooth or teeth. You need to be positive about which prosthesis you choose. If you go with a dental implant, you won’t have the sensation of a real tooth, but it will feel like one. Plus, no one will notice the difference between a synthetic crown and your natural teeth.
 

Fact 3: Cement Your Tooth’s New Status 

A permanent solution is the best solution. There is less hassle for you. Once the jawbone establishes a connection to an implant, it is permanently held there, so it doesn’t fall out.
 

Fact 4: Speak and Eat with Ease

Implants are permanent, so it stays in while you eat. And it will be easier to pronounce your words.
 

Fact 5: Smile Again

You don’t want to spend the rest of your life without a full set of teeth. If you want back that toothy smile, think about dental implants or another restorative procedure, such as a fixed bridge, to help you achieve newfound confidence.
 
To schedule a consultation for dental implants in New Port Richey, call (727) 372-7887. Are you interested in becoming a dental implant candidate?



Dentist New Port Richey FL James Lewis DMD

James Lewis, DMD

Dr. James Lewis prides himself on establishing personal relationships with his patients so he can help make their dreams of having a beautiful, healthy smile come true...

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