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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
October 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can be unsightly, but dental implants can turn your smile around.dental implants

We know that those who are dealing with tooth loss often feel like they are dealing with an uphill battle. Some people just want to ignore the issue because they feel embarrassed, but that certainly won’t fix the problem. What if our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, told you that you can get a restoration that both looks and functions like a natural tooth? Find out how dental implants can restore your smile.

When you have a tooth extracted the dentist doesn’t just remove the part that lies above the gums, but also has to remove the entire tooth structure (this includes the tooth’s roots). If you want a long-term tooth replacement then dentures and bridges may not be the best option for you. In this case, implants are the only restoration that could last the rest of your life.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is different from other tooth replacement options because the implant itself is a thin, small post made of metal that is placed into the jawbone in the same location as your missing tooth. The implant is designed to take over the role of your tooth’s roots and the biocompatible material from which it is made ensures that it isn’t rejected by the tissue and bone.

In fact, once our very own Lawrenceville dentists have surgically positioned the implant into the jawbone, the metal post, bone and tissue will begin to fuse together naturally over the course of several months. No other restoration becomes a permanent structure in the mouth like an implant does.

Who should consider dental implants?

Many adults who are battling tooth loss could end up being perfect candidates for implants. Of course, a full evaluation accompanied by X-rays is the only way to determine if you are right for this procedure. Since getting implants can take several months it’s important that you are not only healthy enough but also dedicated to the process.

Whether you want to find out what tooth replacement options are available to you in Lawrenceville, NJ, or you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, turn to the experts at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics today.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
November 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Losing a tooth from disease or accident can be traumatic. The good news, though, is that it can be replaced with a life-like replica that restores your smile. One of the most popular and durable solutions is a dental implant, which replaces not only the root of the tooth but the crown as well.

But there's a possible wrinkle with implants — for accurate placement there must be a sufficient amount of bone around it. This could be a problem if you've been missing the tooth for sometime: without the stimulus provided by a tooth as you chew, older bone cells aren't replaced at an adequate rate. The bone volume gradually diminishes, as up to 25% of its normal width can be lost during the first year after tooth loss. A traumatic injury can damage underlying bone to an even greater extent.

There is a possible solution, but it will require the services of other specialists, particularly a periodontist trained in gum and bone structure. The first step is a complete examination of the mouth to gauge the true extent of any bone loss. While x-rays play a crucial role, a CT scan in particular provides a three-dimensional view of the jaw and more detail on any bone loss.

With a more accurate bone loss picture, we can then set about actually creating new bone through grafting procedures. One such technique is called a ridge augmentation: after opening the gum tissues, we place the bone graft within a barrier membrane to protect it. Over time the bone will grow replacing both the grafting material and membrane structure.

Once we have enough regenerated bone, we can then perform dental implant surgery. There are two options: a “one-stage” procedure in which a temporary crown is placed on the implant immediately after surgery; or a “two-stage” in which we place the gum tissue over the implant to protect it as it heals and bone grows and attaches to it. In cases of pre-surgical bone grafting, it's usually best to go with the two-stage procedure for maximum protection while the bone strengthens around it.

Necessary preparation of the bone for a future dental implant takes time. But the extra effort will pay off with a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on special situations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
October 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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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.”



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