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Along with fessing up to cherry tree surgery and tossing silver dollars across the Potomac River, George Washington is also famously known for wearing wooden dentures. Although we can't verify the first two legends, we can confirm Washington did indeed wear dentures, but not of wood—hippopotamus ivory and (yikes!) donated human teeth—but not wood.
Although they seem primitive to us today, Washington's dentures were the best that could be produced at the time. Still, the Father of Our Country suffered mightily from his dentures, both in physical discomfort and social embarrassment. Regarding the latter, our first president's dentures contorted his lips and mouth in an unattractive way, faintly discernable in Gilbert Stuart's famous portraits of our first president.
If only Washington had lived in a later era, he might have been able to avoid all that dental unpleasantness. Besides better versions of dentures, he might also have benefited from an entirely new way of replacing teeth—dental implants. Just four decades after this state-of-the-art restoration was first introduced, we now recognize implants as the "Gold Standard" for tooth replacement.
In recognition of Dental Implant Month in September, here are 4 reasons why dental implants might be the right tooth replacement choice for you.
Life-like. While other restorations provide a reasonable facsimile of natural teeth, implants take like-likeness to another level. That's because the implant replaces the root, which then allows for a life-like crown to be attached to it. By positioning it properly, implants and the subsequent crown can blend seamlessly with other teeth to create an overall natural smile appearance.
Durable. Implants owe their long-term durability (more than 95% still functioning after ten years) to a special affinity between bone and the titanium post imbedded in the jaw. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the implant's surface, resulting over time in a more secure hold than other restorations. By the way, this increased bone growth around implants can help slow or even stop progressive bone loss.
Low impact. Dental bridges are another well-regarded tooth replacement option, but with a major downside: The natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth gap must be crowned to support the bridge. To prepare them, we must permanently alter these teeth. Implants, though, don't require this form of support, and so have a negligible effect on other teeth.
Versatile. Although implants are a practical choice for individual tooth restorations, multiple teeth replacements can get expensive. Implants, though, can also be incorporated into other restorations: Four to six implants can support an entire removable denture or fixed bridge. Implant-supported restorations are more durable than the traditional versions, while also encouraging better bone health.
If you need to replace teeth and would like to consider dental implants, see us for a complete examination. You may be an ideal candidate for this "best of the best" dental restoration.
Around one in ten U.S. adults have diabetes, a metabolic disease that can disrupt other aspects of a person's health like wound healing and vision. It could also cause complications with dental implants, the premier replacement choice for missing teeth.
There are two basic types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to regulate the amount of sugar glucose in the bloodstream. With the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond efficiently to the insulin produced.
Uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to several dangerous health conditions. In addition to vision impairment and poor wound healing, diabetics are at higher risk for other problems like kidney disease or nerve damage. Drastic swings in blood glucose levels can also cause coma or death.
Many diabetics, though, are able to manage their condition through diet, exercise, medications and regular medical care. Even so, they may still encounter problems with wound healing, which could complicate getting a dental implant.
An implant is composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone. Because of its affinity with titanium, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's metal surface. Several weeks after implant surgery, enough bone growth occurs to fully secure the implant within the jaw.
But this integration process may be slower for diabetics because of sluggish wound healing. It's possible for integration to not fully occur in diabetic patients after implant surgery, increasing the risk of eventually losing the implant.
Fortunately, though, evidence indicates this not to be as great a concern as once thought. A number of recent group studies comparing diabetic and non-diabetic implant patients found little difference in outcomes—both groups had similar success rates (more than 95 percent).
The only exception, though, were diabetic patients with poor glucose control, who had much slower bone integration that posed a threat to a successful implant outcome. If you're in this situation, it's better if you're first able to better control your blood glucose levels before you undergo surgery.
So, while diabetes is something to factor into your implant decision, your chances remain good for a successful outcome. Just be sure you're doing everything you can to effectively manage your diabetes.
If you would like more information on diabetes and 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 & Diabetes.”
Dental implants could be right for you if you are ready to restore your smile following tooth loss or extraction. Dental implants are a long-term solution for securely replacing missing teeth. Dr. Thomas Matyas, Dr. Janellen Gold Matyas, and Dr. Teresa Matyas, the skilled dentists at Matyas & Matyas in New London, CT, place dental implants and can determine if you are a candidate for this tooth-replacement option.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants function similarly to the roots of teeth by anchoring replacement teeth in place. They can be used to secure crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures, making dental implants extremely versatile. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth, dental implants are an excellent method for restoring your smile.
Dental implants are small metal posts made from titanium, a hypoallergenic and biocompatible metal. They are inserted directly into the jawbone and naturally bond with the bone tissue over time. This is why dental implants are such a secure method for restoring your smile. Since dental implants become permanently fused with the bone, tooth restorations will not come loose or shift out of place.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are an exciting tooth-replacement solution but are not necessarily right for everyone. Since dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, it is essential to have enough bone tissue to support them. Unfortunately, bone loss is a common side effect of tooth loss as the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is no longer supporting teeth. The experienced dentists at our office in New London, CT, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to enjoy with dental implants. Not only do they restore beauty and function to your smile, but they also reduce many of the unwanted side effects that accompany tooth loss. Some primary benefits of dental implants include:
- Restoring your smile by replacing missing teeth
- Restoring biting and chewing functions
- Eliminating excess strain on remaining teeth that were compensating for missing ones
- Preventing teeth from shifting out of place by filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss
- Reducing facial drooping and sagging by providing support for facial muscles
- Preventing the body from reabsorbing bone tissue
- Improving speech affected by gaps in the smile
Dental implants could be the right tooth-replacement solution for you. Our dental team can determine if you are a candidate. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Matyas, Dr. Gold Matyas, and Dr. Matyas to learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants by calling Matyas & Matyas in New London, CT, at (860) 443-4199.
Dental implants are your complete answer to tooth loss. Rebuilding smiles from the root level and up, these titanium devices support posts and crowns or full/partial dentures. At Matyas & Matyas in New London, CT, Dr. Thomas Matyas, Dr. Janellen Gold Matyas, and Dr. Teresa Matyas love the results their implant patients enjoy. Could you be the next implant recipient?
The problems associated with tooth loss
There are so many, and they impact people differently. However, in general, tooth loss weakens and shrinks your jaw bone and gum tissue, creates embarrassing smile gaps and changes how you speak, eat, and digest your food. In fact, Total Health Magazine reports that being to chew well is equally vital as the nutritional value of your food.
In short, missing one or two teeth dramatically impacts many aspects of your oral function, personal appearance, and overall well-being. The problems continue if you do not replace your lost teeth. Dental implants are the preferable replacements because they exercise the jaw bone and provide clear speech, normal biting force, and genuinely natural smile appearance.
Getting a dental implant
Say, for instance, you lost a front tooth in a fall. You're left with an ugly and very noticeable smile gap. Plus, left untreated, that space will weaken neighboring teeth and change your jaw bone size and strength.
Your best option is a dental implant consultation in our New London office. Dr. Matyas will examine your teeth and gums, go over your medications and medical history, and do a scan of your facial bones to determine if you have enough bone to accept an implant. With your approval, your dental implant surgery will happen right at Matyas & Matyas in New London.
The procedure is as simple as numbing the gums, creating an opening, inserting the implant, and closing with a few sutures. During the next several weeks, your bone cells and the implant bond together through osseointegration--a natural process exclusive to dental implants.
Once complete, osseointegration has created a firm anchor for a metal alloy post and porcelain crown to follow. The same bonding process works for implants placed in groups to support bridges and dentures.
Long-term benefits of dental implants
- Great biting, chewing and speaking
- A strong jaw bone and youthful facial appearance
- Easy at-home and in-office hygiene
- Totally permanent (no need to remove, soak, or use messy denture adhesives)
- The entire mouth remains healthy and functional
- Longevity (most implants last a lifetime, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
Contact us for more information
At Matyas & Matyas in New London, CT, our dentists rebuild numerous failing smiles with state of the art dental implants. To learn more about how implants can benefit you, phone our office for a consultation with Dr. Thomas Matyas, Dr. Janellen Gold Matyas, and Dr. Teresa Matyas. Call (860) 443-4199.
What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?
Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.
There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.
The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.
There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.
It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.
Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.
Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.
You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”
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