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Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.
But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.
A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.
That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.
You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.
How dental implants from our office in York, PA, can rebuild your smile!
If you are dealing with tooth loss, then chances are good that you are trying to figure out best restoration method—after all, the sooner you replace that tooth, the better it is for the health of your smile. Luckily, our York, PA office offers the next best thing to a real tooth: a dental implant.
Here are some of the top benefits of getting this treatment...
A realistic restoration: With dental implants, you will not be able to tell the difference between your restoration and the rest of your teeth. That’s because dental implants function just like a natural tooth does, and is designed to look just like one, too!
A lifelong tooth: If you care for your teeth properly and maintain good oral hygiene, your dental implants could last for several decades, which could equate to you having your new dental implant for the rest of your life. While dentures and bridges will need to be replaced every few years, once an implant is placed, it’s usually set for life.
Preserve your jawbone: Untreated tooth loss will eventually affect the health of your jawbone and cause it to deteriorate, which in turn can alter the overall shape of the face. All of your teeth work together to support the muscles of the face, but once you lose a tooth, this support dwindles and leads to sagging, sunken cheeks, and premature wrinkles. The only restoration that can actually prevent bone loss is a dental implant.
Enjoy your favorite foods again: Nothing is worse than sitting down to a night out on the town and realizing that most of the foods on the menu are going to be difficult for you to eat. Luckily, implants function just like real teeth and won’t move around while you chew, meaning that you can once again enjoy going out to dinner without ever having to worry about whether your teeth are up for the challenge!
Are you ready to find out if you could benefit from implants? If so, call Hoffmaster Dental's York, PA, office today at (717) 846-9428 to schedule your consultation!
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?”
Your smile is an important aspect of your appearance. A gap in your teeth may cause you to have lowered self-esteem or feel bad about the way you look. Luckily, dental implants can permanently replace your missing teeth and help you gain back your confidence — all while helping to improve the functionality of your smile. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.
How does a dental implant work?
Three main components make up the structure of a dental implant: the implant fixture, the abutment, and the replacement tooth. Your dentist will implant the fixture directly into the bone underneath your missing tooth. Throughout the healing process, the bone grows around the fixture. After healing fully, your fixture is ready to act as your new tooth’s’ root, becoming a solid foundation to hold the abutment — which connects the other two pieces — and the prosthetic tooth firmly in place.
Can dental implants help my missing teeth?
Dental implants can benefit many people with missing teeth. However, they may not be the best tooth replacement option for everyone. Some patients may not have strong enough bone to hold the implant’s fixture in place and require a bone graft prior to their implant procedure. Good candidates for dental implants should brush the ADA-recommended twice a day and floss at least once to ensure optimal oral health. Patients should also commit to seeing their dentist at least twice a year for regular exams and cleanings.
Dental implants in York, PA
A consultation with your dentist can help you decide if dental implants are your best tooth replacement option. This will give you the chance to ask questions, address your concerns, or simply get a grasp on how exactly the process works.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Robert Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA. Call (717) 846-9428 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hoffmaster today!
Find out what makes someone ideal for this lifelong tooth replacement.
While many healthy adults who are looking to replace one or more missing teeth can be great candidates for dental implants, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. Our York, PA, restorative dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster wants you to be informed about the dental procedures you are interested in getting so that you can determine whether it’s truly the best solution for you. Here’s what goes into getting dental implants and what makes someone a great candidate.
You’ll be happy to hear that most adults who are looking to replace one, several or all of their teeth could be good candidates for dental implants. A good candidate will maintain good oral hygiene. This means that when our York, PA, general dentist examines your mouth we will see healthy pink gums that don’t have active gum disease and healthy, cavity-free teeth. If we find any issues these problems will need to be treated before we can begin the implant process.
Of course, the strength and health of your jawbone also matters greatly. We will run x-rays to check the extent of your bone loss. If the jawbone isn’t dense enough to support a dental implant this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get dental implants. What your doctor can do is perform a simple bone graft to rebuild and strengthen the jawbone. After bone grafting, the jawbone should be strong enough to support a dental implant.
There are other factors to consider as well. If you have any uncontrolled or untreated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease these are issues you will also need to properly address with a doctor before getting dental implants. After all, the implant process requires surgery and extensive recovery time. If you aren’t completely healthy this can impede the healing process.
Furthermore, smokers are not ideal candidates for implants. It’s highly advised that you quit smoking before getting implants. This is because smokers are significantly more likely to deal with implant failure than someone who doesn’t smoke. Also, smoking slows down your body’s natural healing response, which means that recovering from implant surgery may take far longer than someone who isn’t a smoker.
Here at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are interested in getting dental implants, call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.