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At Gillette Dental PC in Gillette, WY, we take great pride in providing the best dental services to our clients. If you are experiencing tooth loss, or your teeth have been damaged, you have a lot of options in restoring your wonderful smile. Dental implants give you the benefit of replacing your damaged and/or lost teeth, and below are some benefits.
- Matching your teeth. Dental implants match your smile and teeth as best as possible so it looks natural. No one else will know that your teeth are implants.
- Prevention of bone loss. Tooth loss or decay can definitely affect the rest of your teeth and your jaw. Dental implants prevent bone loss by allowing your teeth to remain healthy in addition to increasing the bone density in your jaw.
- Bite force. If you've lost the back teeth, your bite may be irregular. Dental implants are strong enough to withstand your regular bite force, unlike other dental methods or replacements, so you would be able to bite into your favorite foods with no problem!
- Speech. Losing teeth can also greatly affect how you speak, such as pronunciation. Gillette Dental PC takes pride in restoring your ability to speak naturally and easily.
- No cavities. Unlike natural teeth, artificial dental implants are less likely to develop cavities. This does not mean that you should not care for them, as they may cause infections if not appropriately cared for.
- Easy to care for. Brushing your teeth and regular flossing is the key to keep your dental implants in check. You do not need to purchase any special kind of product.
- Permanent solution. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth replacement since they do not need to be regularly repaired over time.
If you would like to restore your natural and beautiful smile, Gillette Dental PC in Gillette, WY, would love to help. Please book your next appointment at (307) 682-3353. Restore your smile, and get your confidence back.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as a permanent base for artificial teeth. They are a smart solution for people that have missing teeth. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone. After just a few months, they permanently fuse with the bone. Dental implants are offered to help you achieve a healthy, attractive smile. Dr. Daniel Morrison at Gillette Dental PC in Gillette, WY offers a wide array of dentistry services that will help you look and feel your best. Read on to learn what dental implants can do for you.
Dental Implants Improve Your Appearance
Missing teeth gradually cause a negative change in your facial structure. Over time, your face begins to sag. Dental implants immediately improve your appearance. They support your facial structure and make you look younger. Speaking with a cosmetic dentist in Gillette will help you learn more about how dental implants improve your appearance.
Dental Implants are Comfortable
When you wear dentures, they're not always comfortable. They may shift around in your mouth. In contrast, dental implants feel comfortable and look natural. They function just like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, you never have to worry about them falling out when you eat or speak.
Dental Implants Improve Your Speech
When you have missing teeth, you aren't able to pronounce your words properly. Dental implants allow you to speak without difficulties.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
If you lose your teeth, you also lose bone mass within your jaw. Dental implants help prevent bone loss because they stimulate the jaw bone.
Dental Implants Boost Your Self-Esteem
When you having missing teeth, you struggle with self-esteem. You hide your smile and avoid laughing. This interferes with your social life as well as your career. Getting dental implants immediately provides you with a boost of self-confidence.
Schedule Your Appointment
Just because you have broken or missing teeth doesn't mean you have to live your life hiding your smile. Cosmetic dentistry services in Gillette are the answer to your dental problems. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Morrison at Gillette Dental PC. Dr. Morrison and his experienced staff will provide you with the dental services you need to help you achieve a bright, beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with Gillette Dental PC by calling 307-682-3353.
You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.
While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.
When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.
If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.
Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.
Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.
If you would like more information on your dental restoration options, 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”
If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.
And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.
Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause for this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.
Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers have an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant become infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.
To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.
Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.
If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, 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 Implants & Smoking.”