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Missing teeth? Restore your smile with dental implants from Rosemarie Marquez, DMD in St. Petersburg. Dental implants are substitute tooth roots that are placed into your jaw to hold false teeth. Today, implants are often being used as an alternative to dentures and bridges to replace lost teeth. Here are 5 ways that dental implants could benefit you.
1. You are losing your teeth.
Dental implants will transform the appearance of your smile. Dental implants are the most attractive solution for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants feel and look like your original teeth. With dental implants, you will look as incredible as you feel. And, because they're designed to fuse with the jawbone, they become permanent.
2. You have eating problems.
One missing tooth can make eating very difficult. Traditional dentures can also make eating difficult. Dental implants can improve your ability to chew food. Dental implants function like your remaining teeth, allowing you to eat all your favorite meals in comfort and with confidence.
3. You have good bone density.
When a tooth is missing, the healthy bone that used to surround it begins to break down or deteriorate over time. Dental implant surgery can replace one or more teeth provided there is enough bone to support the implants. If there isn't sufficient bone to completely envelope the implants, bone graft surgery may be necessary.
4. Implants are long-lasting.
Wear and tear take a toll on dental restorations. In fact, bridges and dentures may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, but not dental implants. Once bonding is complete, your implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone. Brushing and flossing daily will help you keep your implant healthy.
5. Dental implants help you avoid tooth loss complications.
Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when your jawbone shrinks and weakens, can be an issue after tooth loss. Resorption happens when your jawbone no longer receives stimulation from your roots. Eventually, you may experience facial sagging and might even notice that your teeth are loose. Dental implants help prevent resorption by stimulating your jawbone as effectively as your natural roots.
The best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to consult with our world-class dentist. Call Rosemarie Marquez, DMD at (727) 345-1774 today to schedule a dental implant consultation and get the smile you deserve. An improved smile and happier you are well on their way.
While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
Tooth loss happens, but a toothless smile doesn’t have to.
Tooth loss happens to more American adults then you might realize. Whether you lost a tooth during an accident or our St. Petersburg, FL, dentist, Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, had to extract the tooth because it was too damaged, it’s important to understand your options when it comes to replacing that missing tooth (or teeth). Dental implants are considered the next best thing to real teeth and we are here to tell you why these might just be the best option for treating your tooth loss.
Here are just some of the unique benefits of getting dental implants in St. Petersburg:
They Could Last Your Entire Life
That’s right, this small metal implant is durable and strong enough to last several decades, which means that you could have this new tooth for the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement lasts nearly as long. While we may need to replace the dental crown portion of the implant over the years (this will depend on how well you care for it), the metal implant itself boasts an incredible longevity.
Protect Your Bone Health
One of the most common complications of tooth loss is bone loss. The jawbone requires stimulation from the tooth’s roots in order to remain strong. Once a tooth falls out there isn’t enough stimulation and the jawbone begins to deteriorate. The only tooth replacement that can actually prevent this from happening is a dental implant because it serves as artificial tooth roots. Our St. Petersburg general dentist can place the implant into the jawbone where it will fuse together with natural bone and tissue to become a permanent part of the jawbone.
Enjoy Eating What You Want
Since dental implants are part of your jawbone you know that they aren’t going to go anywhere. This means that you have an artificial tooth that functions just like a real tooth. Now chewing is fully restored so you can go ahead and enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth. Your implant is incredibly durable so you can trust that if you want to order a big juicy steak, your implant will be up for the challenge.
Dental implants have helped so many people regain a full, beautiful smile and you could be next. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants, don’t hesitate to call our St. Petersburg, FL dental office today for a consultation.
One of the best and most successful tooth replacement choices available is the dental implant. No other restorative method is as similar in both form and function to a real tooth as an implant; and with a success rate of 95-plus percent after ten years, it’s one of the most durable.
But there can be extenuating circumstances that make obtaining an implant difficult or sometimes impossible. One possible problematic situation is the systemic disease diabetes.
Diabetes is a hormonal condition in which the body is unable to sufficiently regulate the amount of glucose (a basic sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells) within the blood stream. Normally, the pancreas produces the hormone insulin to reduce excess glucose. But diabetes interferes with this insulin production: if you have Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas has stopped producing insulin altogether; if you have the more common Type 2, the body doesn’t produce adequate insulin or it doesn’t respond sufficiently to the insulin produced.
Over time diabetes can affect other areas of health, especially wound healing. Because the condition gradually causes blood vessels to narrow and stiffen, the normal inflammatory response to disease or trauma can become prolonged. This in turn slows the rate of wound healing.
Slow wound healing can have a bearing on the recovery period just after implant surgery, especially the necessary integration process that takes place between the bone and the titanium metal implant that provides its signature strength. If that process is impeded by slow wound healing caused by diabetes, the risk increases dramatically for implant failure.
That’s the worst case scenario if you have diabetes, but only if your condition is out of control. If, however, you have your blood sugar levels well regulated through medication, diet and exercise, then your chances for implant success could easily be on par with someone without diabetes.
So if you’re diabetic and are considering dental implants for missing teeth, it’s important to discuss the possibility of obtaining them with both your dentist and the physician caring for your diabetes. With your overall healthcare team working together, there’s no reason why diabetes should stop you from enjoying this premiere restoration for missing teeth.
If you would like more information on obtaining 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 Implants & Diabetes.”
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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 Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?”