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James C. Lewis, DMD
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New Port Richey, FL 34655
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By James C. Lewis, DMD
September 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Curious about dental implants? If you're missing one or more teeth, you should learn all you can about these amazing tooth replacements. Dental-ImplantDr. James Lewis, your dentist in New Port Richey, FL, and serving Trinity, places dental implants. Implants increase bone density, optimize biting and chewing and look completely natural.
 

Questions about dental implants

What does a dental implant do? A dental implant replaces a missing tooth, or when more than one is placed, implants anchor full or partial dentures. Both dentists and patients consider implants as today's best artificial teeth.

I understand dental implants are made of titanium. Why use this metal? The actual implant device typically is fashioned from titanium. Screw-like or cylindrical in shape, implants are situated in the jaw bone itself, just as natural tooth roots are. As implant sites heal, the bone bonds to the devices through osseointegration. Through a true miracle of Nature, titanium and human bone cells become practically inseparable.

How long will my implant last? It will last indefinitely--even for the rest of your life. Both the outcome of your implant procedure and the device's lifespan depends on your oral health and on your hygiene habits--in-office check-ups and cleanings with your dentist in New Port Richey and Trinity, along with proper brushing and flossing at home. Also, your oral health, systemic well-being and implant life improve if you stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Are dental implants strong? Yes, implants are very strong and stable. In fact, they function just as well as healthy natural teeth, allowing you to eat corn on the cob, apples and other foods which wearers of conventional dentures avoid.

Can anyone get dental implants? Usually, healthy teenagers and adults with sufficient bone in their jaws can. If you are pregnant, undergoing cancer treatment or have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, you may have to postpone implant procedures.

Will implant placement hurt? It's no more uncomfortable than a deep filling or crown placement. Dr. Lewis numbs the implant site with local anesthetic before beginning the one-hour oral surgery. Afterwards, acetaminophen or ibuprofen takes care of any tenderness from the sutures.

Can dental implants fail? The Academy of Osseointegration says that implants can indeed fail, but this is relatively rare. Gum disease around the implant site (peri-implantitis) may necessitate implant removal as may tobacco usage. Also, excessive forces associated with teeth grinding may wear the supporting bone. Dr. Lewis will carefully evaluate you before proposing implant placement.
 

Find out more

Before you decide on any tooth-replacement option, please contact Dr. James Lewis serving New Port Richey and Trinity, FL, for a one-on-one consultation. He is a Fellow in the International College of Oral Implantology and has wonderful expertise and experience. Call today: (727) 372-7887.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
May 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Missing teeth, whether they're obvious or not, can change your appearance and lead to biting or chewing problems. Fortunately, it's Implantpossible to restore your smile with dental implants offered by your New Port Richey, FL, Dr. James Lewis.

Dental implants restore teeth from the roots up

Thanks to dental implants, it's possible to completely rebuild your missing teeth. An implant consists of a small titanium post added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The post gradually bonds to your jawbone during the next three to six months and serves as a synthetic replacement root. It's topped with a dental crown that fills the visible gap in your mouth.

Implants prevent changes to your smile

Although a gap in your smile is the most noticeable difference after tooth loss, other changes can gradually alter the alignment of your teeth. Soon after you lose a tooth, nearby teeth begin to drift in an attempt to close the gap in your smile. Drifting affects:

  • Appearance: Teeth tend to overlap as they drift, which can completely change your smile.
  • Function: Drifting teeth may cause your bite to change, making chewing, biting and tearing food difficult. Bite changes can also lead to jaw stiffness and headaches.
  • Cavity Risk: Cavity-causing plaque collects in overlapping areas and can be very difficult to remove.

Adding a dental implant helps you avoid these changes and also keeps your jawbone strong. Jawbone resorption, an issue that occurs when your jawbone begins to shrink after tooth loss, can lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Your implants help you avoid further tooth loss by providing constant stimulation to your jawbone.

Most people can benefit from implants

Dental implants are an excellent choice for many people. Implants are an ideal option no matter how many teeth you've lost. If several teeth in a row are missing, your dentist may recommend an implant-supported bridge. Implants can even be used to replace all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures look and feel natural and won't affect your biting power.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to make an appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

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?

By James C. Lewis, DMD
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants fill the gaps in your smile, but that's not all they do. This innovative restoration method, offered by your New Port Richey and Trinity, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis, provides a few other benefits.

What benefits do dental implants offer?

Implants offer these smile-boosting advantages:

  • Complete Restoration: Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace your entire missing tooth. Implants are small posts made of titanium, a metal that has unique bone-bonding properties. Dental implants serve as artificial roots and are topped with dental crowns once they've bonded fully to your jawbone.
  • Comfort: Poorly fitting dentures can sometimes move when you bite into hard foods, causing painful gum irritation. Because your new crowns are securely attached to your dental implants, slipping and sliding won't be a problem. In fact, your new teeth will feel just like your natural teeth.
  • Better Biting Power: Without replacement roots to anchor restorations, it's difficult or impossible to bite and tear hard foods with your teeth. Dental implants solve that problem by providing a stable foundation for your crowns, which gives you the ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile and prevent your other teeth from shifting, a common problem after the loss of a tooth.
  • No Jaw Problems: In addition to anchoring your teeth, your roots also provide constant stimulation to the underlying jawbone. Without that stimulation, the bone may begin to shrink and weaken. As your jawbone withers away, you may notice that your facial muscles begin to sag, your bite changes and some of your teeth start to loosen. Dental implants help you avoid these problems by providing the same stimulation as your roots.
  • Versatility: There are no limits when it comes to dental implants. They're an excellent restoration option no matter how many teeth you would like to replace. Although a 1:1 implant/crown ratio is required to replace a single tooth, you only need a few implants to secure an implant-supported denture or bridge. Dentures can be attached with as few as four implants per arch in some cases.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call yourNew Port Richey and Trinity, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to schedule an appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

dental implants smileFind out why so many people with tooth loss are turning to dental implants.

 

Tooth loss isn’t something anyone anticipates or prepares for; fortunately, our New Port Richey, FL, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Lewis is here to provide you with the very best restorations available. Modern dentistry is certainly incredible and it allows us to offer our patients the next best thing to real teeth: a dental implant.

A dental implant is a small metal post that is designed to fit into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth roots. The roots of the tooth are important because they also provide the jawbone with ample stimulation to remain strong and healthy. Without these roots the jawbone would deteriorate, affecting your overall facial structure and causing sagging and premature lines and wrinkles. Implants are the only tooth replacement that can actually prevent jawbone loss.

The implant is placed during a minor surgical procedure in which our New Port Richey, FL, dentist will need to open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. You will receive topical anesthesia beforehand so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. Once the implant is placed within the jawbone we will give your mouth several months to heal before taking the next step.

During the healing stage, a pretty amazing phenomenon occurs: the jawbone and tissue begin to fuse around the implant. Once this happens the implant and jawbone become one, making your implant a permanent restoration that is durable enough to last the rest of your life with the proper maintenance and care.

There are different kinds and styles of implants out there and before we begin the process we will sit down and discuss the type that is right for you. Some implants will require an abutment to be placed over top of the implant to connect the dental crown to the implant itself; however, some implants come with a built-in abutment. If the abutment needs to be placed we will need to perform another minor procedure to open up the gums to reveal the implant. Next, the abutment is attached to the top of the implant.

Once the abutment is in place and the gums around the implant have healed we will place the permanent crown and cement it. Of course, if you need to replace multiple or all of your teeth, multiple implants can also be placed throughout the jawbone to stabilize and support false teeth such as dentures.

If you are interested in getting dental implants in New Port Richey or Trinity, FL, then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Lewis to schedule a consultation with him. Get one step closer to the smile that you remember.



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