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By Augusta Smilecare
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in Augusta, GA, can keep you smiling for years

When you think about tooth replacement, you want a long-term solution, not something you will have to replace every few years. The truth is,implants a great long-term solution to replace missing teeth is dental implants! Dr. John D. Massey at Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA, offers dental implants to keep you smiling for years.

Dental implants are a great long-term choice because they are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The huge success and popularity of dental implants isn’t the only reason why they are a great long-term solution to tooth loss. Consider that dental implants are:

  • Naturally beautiful, because unlike dental appliances and bridgework, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth
  • Completely stable, because they are firmly embedded in bone so they will never move around, unlike some dental appliances
  • Easy to maintain, because you brush and floss dental implants along with your natural teeth, making it easy to keep your smile healthy

Dental implants also help conserve the bone in your jaw. After a dental implant is placed, your bone fuses with the dental implant, locking it in place. More bone means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours, all of the hallmarks of a younger-looking face.

You can choose dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. You can also have dental implants support a denture, which is snapped in place over the dental implants. This type of denture is called an overdenture and provides both strength and a beautiful, full smile.

You and your smile can benefit from dental implants! Find out why dental implants are a great long-term solution to tooth loss by calling Dr. John D. Massey at Augusta SmileCare in Augusta, GA. Call now and get started on a great new smile!

By Augusta Smilecare
November 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
AvoidImplantFailurebyWatchingOutforTheseMouthProblems

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

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: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

DiabetesDoesntHavetoStopYouFromAcquiringDentalImplants

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.”

By Augusta Smilecare
March 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Though it may seem final, a gap in your smile due to a missing tooth does not need to be a permanent situation. In fact, closing the gaps indental implants your smile can greatly benefit you and your teeth, especially when you choose dental implants to do the job. Understanding dental implants may seem tricky at first, but, with help from your Martinez and Augusta, GA dentist, you can get the facts on implants and what they could mean for you. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. John Massey at Augusta Smile Care.

What is a dental implant? 
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth by remaining implanted permanently in the jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The implant, which acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth, is made from titanium and extends from under the gum tissue to hold a replacement tooth. The implant itself is non-removable and made to last a lifetime with the proper care. The replacement tooth, usually a dental crown, may need maintenance or replacement eventually but is also made to last many years, making implants the most effective and naturally functioning option for tooth replacement available.

How will dental implants benefit my smile? 
Dental implants fill in the gaps in your smile, which helps avoid issues like teeth shifting to compensate for the extra room. Additionally, implants replace the missing tooth’s root, keeping the bone sufficiently stimulated to prevent bone atrophy, which causes the bone to degrade from lack of use. Dental implants function just like normal teeth and do not require any extra, special care. Caring for your implants requires simple brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth, saving you time and effort. When compared to other tooth replacement options like dentures, dental implants’ ease of use and natural appearance make them the leading choice for replacing your teeth.

Dental Implants in Martinez and Augusta, GA
Replacing your missing teeth is easy with dental implants and a little help from your dentist. If you think you could benefit from this procedure, consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment option for you and your teeth. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Massey at Augusta Smile Care in Martinez and Augusta, GA. Call 706-868-1322 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

YoumayNeedOrthodonticWorkBeforeGettingaDentalImplant

For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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