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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.”
Placing a dental implant within the jawbone requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s a relatively minor affair, but for some with certain health conditions it might be otherwise. Because of their condition they might have an increased risk for a bacterial infection afterward that could interfere with the implant’s integration with the bone and lead to possible failure.
To lower this risk, dentists for many years have routinely prescribed an antibiotic for patients considered at high-risk for infection to take before their implant surgery. But there’s been a lively debate among health practitioners about the true necessity for this practice and whether it’s worth the possible side effects that can accompany taking antibiotics.
While the practice still continues, current guidelines now recommend it for fewer health conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) together with the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommend antibiotics only for surgical patients who have prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.
But patients with prosthetic joint replacements, who were once included in the recommendation for pre-surgical antibiotics, are no longer in that category. Even so, some orthopedic surgeons continue to recommend it for their joint replacement patients out of concern that a post-surgical infection could adversely affect their replaced joints.
But while these areas of disagreement about pre-surgical antibiotics still continue, a consensus may be emerging about a possible “sweet spot” in administering the therapy. Evidence from recent studies indicates just a small dose of antibiotics administered an hour before surgery may be sufficient to reduce the risk of infection-related implant failure with only minimal risk of side effects from the drug.
Because pre-surgical antibiotic therapy can be a complicated matter, it’s best that you discuss with both the physician caring for your health condition and your dentist about whether you should undergo this option to reduce the infection risk with your own implant surgery. Still, if all the factors surrounding your health indicate it, this antibiotic therapy might help you avoid losing an implant to infection.
If you would like more information on antibiotics before implant surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”
Aren’t you ready for a realistic restoration that will give you a complete smile again?
If you are faced with tooth loss of any magnitude, whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, it’s important that you treat the problem as soon as possible. Untreated tooth loss can lead to a whole host of dental problems for the long term. Of course, our Two Rivers, WI dentist Dr. Chris Hansen understands that you want a tooth replacement that is as natural as possible. This is why so many people are turning to dental implants to regain a healthy smile again.
Getting a Single Implant
If you just need to replace a single permanent tooth then an implant can easily come to the rescue. An implant is placed into the jawbone during a simple outpatient surgery that is performed right here in our office. Over time the jawbone will heal and fuse together with the implant, making it a now permanent restoration within the mouth. The purpose of an implant is to function like natural tooth roots and to provide a long-term foundation from which to support an artificial tooth.
A custom-made dental crown will be cemented over the implant to complete the restoration. Depending on several factors including your health and which tooth is being replaced, it can take up to one year to complete the implant process.
Getting Multiple Implants
If you are dealing with more extensive tooth loss or even complete tooth loss you may think that dental implants may not be right for you but actually, they can also give you back your full smile again. Instead of one implant, our Two Rivers, WI, general dentist will place several implants throughout the jawbone. After they fully fuse together with the jawbone these implants can support full or partial dentures. This can be a wonderful option for someone who isn’t satisfied with their dentures because they aren’t as stable and don’t stay in place.
Are you ready to learn more about getting dental implants in Two Rivers, WI, and how they can help you? Then it’s time you called Two Rivers Family Dental to book your no-risk consultation with us. Let’s help you get that beautiful smile back!
Are you ready to find out what dental implants could do for your incomplete smile?
When it comes to choosing the tooth loss treatment that will fit your needs, there is so much to think about. Before you feel inundated with all the factors that go into determining what is right for you, our Two Rivers, WI, family dentist Dr. Chris Hansen is here to provide a little insight into the advantages of choosing dental implants.
A Complete Smile
Anyone who has lost a permanent tooth knows how much even one missing tooth can affect their appearance. You may feel embarrassed to smile in public because it feels like all you can see is that space where your tooth used to be; however, a dental implant functions just like a real tooth so you’ll have a new tooth and full smile that you feel confident showing off.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
It’s incredible just how much tooth loss can affect what you can and can’t eat. Suddenly, all the foods you loved eating are now too tough and difficult to chew. As a result, you may not be getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. By getting dental implants, you will find that chewing is completely restored.
A Lifelong Restoration
While dentures or dental bridges might seem like a good option for replacing your missing teeth, it’s important to keep in mind that these restorations will need to be replaced every 5-10 years. On the other hand, when you get a dental implant you can expect the implant to last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene. Since implants are the only restorations that fuse together with your jawbone, they are the only permanent way to replace your teeth.
Sustain Good Oral Health
If you just ignore your tooth loss there are so many other issues that can occur, from jawbone deterioration to sagging cheeks and facial muscles. Fortunately, when you get dental implants from our Two Rivers, WI, cosmetic dentist, you’ll be able to preserve and protect your jawbone and facial structure.
Whether you have questions about getting dental implants in Two Rivers, WI, or you want to schedule a consultation to find out if they are right for you, call Two Rivers Family Dental today.
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.
By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.
To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.
The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.
The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.
If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.
At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.
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.”