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Say goodbye to those unsightly gaps between teeth when you say hello to dental implants.
It’s amazing how even just losing one permanent tooth can completely alter the look and shape of your smile. Of course, untreated tooth loss can cause a variety of complications for your smile, from shifting teeth to bone loss. Luckily, our West Columbia, SC, dentists, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz, offer one tooth loss replacement that could prevent these complications and give you back a healthy tooth.
What are dental implants?
This artificial tooth root might not look like much at first glance, but this tiny metal post is actually going to replace the roots of your missing teeth. How? Our West Columbia restorative dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone to allow the titanium implant to fuse together with the bone and tissue over the course of a couple months. Just like a real tooth root, the implant will provide a long-term, reliable structure from which to support an artificial tooth (e.g. dental crown).
What should I expect when I get dental implants in West Columbia, SC?
It’s important to understand that getting implants is a process. You won’t get your restoration in just a couple of visits to our office. It can sometimes take several months or more to get your new teeth, particularly if you want to replace several or all of your missing teeth. Here are the common stages of getting implants:
- Diagnosis, X-rays and treatment planning
- Surgically placing the implant
- Placing the abutment (which connects the implant with the dental crown) on top of the implant
- Securing the dental crown or restoration over the abutment
Who should consider getting dental implants?
If you want a restoration that will truly last you the rest of your life then you should strongly consider getting dental implants. No other restoration acts and functions like real teeth in the same way that implants can. Plus, implants can replace several teeth and even support full dentures.
Of course, in order to deem you an ideal candidate for treatment we need to make sure you are healthy enough. This means running a series of X-rays and talking to you about your lifestyle and habits to make sure that you are right for this restorative dentistry.
Are you ready to find out whether getting a dental implant is the best way to replace your missing tooth for life? If so, then it’s time you called Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC, restorative dentist today.
Crowns and bridges are necessary and popular procedures with various uses. However, understanding these procedures and how they work are an important factor in determining if they are necessary to help your smile. Learn about crowns and bridges to understand more about them with Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC.
What makes porcelain dental restorations special?
Dental restorations like dental crowns and bridges are important in repairing or replacing broken, damaged or missing teeth. Restorations come in various materials, from metal to porcelain. Porcelain restorations, while more expensive than metal restorations, are tooth-colored and blend into your smile whereas other materials will stand out against the white of your teeth. Porcelain also has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, providing a completely natural look.
How can dental restorations like crowns and bridges help my smile?
Dental crowns can help restore your smile in various situations, such as:
- stabilizing a broken or damaged tooth
- restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or unsightly tooth
- reinforcing a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal, against everyday use
- holding a dental bridge in place
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth and consist of what looks like three prosthetic teeth in a row. In actuality, the two prosthetics on the end of the bridge are dental crowns. The crowns hold the bridge in place, using the healthy teeth surrounding the gap as anchors.
Crowns and Bridges in Columbia, SC
Dental crowns require that your dentist prepares the tooth beforehand to ensure a snug and permanent fit. This process requires removal of small layers of enamel from the outside and top of the tooth and shapes the tooth into the same form as the inside of the crown. This helps in the bonding process and also makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth without being too big. Since bridges use two crowns, your dentist will need to prepare two teeth.
For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC. Call (803)755-0039 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Tooth loss is not something that should be ignored. Even one missing tooth can change your ability to speak and chew normally, and the strength and position of teeth adjacent to the empty socket.
At Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. in West Columbia, SC, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz emphasize preventive dentistry so patients retain healthy, natural teeth throughout their lives. However, oral health problems sometimes occur--even to the point of losing one or multiple teeth. If that happens, dental implants frequently are the best tooth replacement option, having many advantages over traditional bridgework and conventional dentures.
Why Consider Dental Implants?
Dental implants benefit oral health in ways no other tooth replacement choice can. Much of the benefit comes from how the titanium implant device melds with the natural bone of the jaw. Through a process called osseointegration, the titanium screw surgically placed in the bone stimulates it to grow and remain dense and functional. As such, the dental implant well supports the metal alloy extension post and porcelain crown which complete this popular dental restoration.
Also, a dental implant's stability exceeds that of other restorations such as fixed bridgework or partial or full dentures. These other replacements simply rest on the individual's gums, allowing recession of gum tissue and bone. Dentists and their patients like the versatility of dental implants, too. These devices can anchor a single tooth or may be placed in multiples to support multi-tooth bridgework or fixed or removable full dentures.
Life with Dental Implants
Dental implants look very natural and that they feel and function just like real teeth. Care is easy. Simply brush daily and floss every day as the American Dental Association recommends. In addition, see Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz with any problems, although few are likely to occur. The American Association of Endodontics says 98.4 percent of dental implant procedures are successful.
Besides initial success, dental implants usually last for the duration of the patient's lifetime. So, while these state of the art tooth replacements cost more at the outset, overall they are budget-friendly. Contrast this longevity with the lifespan of the typical dental bridge or partial denture; it's only seven to 10 years.
Find Out More From Your West Columbia, SC Dentists
Are you facing tooth extraction or are already missing one or more teeth? Why not think about dental implants? Contact Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. in West Columbia, SC to find out more about this innovative dental restoration. Call Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz today for a consultation.
There are so many benefits to getting dental implants in West Columbia that you may not even realize yet.
Our West Columbia, SC dentists, Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz, know that you have options when it comes to how you are going to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Of course, dental implants have become an ideal option because they are often the next best thing to a real tooth. Of course, besides getting a restoration that functions and looks just like a real tooth there are so many other advantages that you’ll enjoy when you get this restoration:
When you are dealing with tooth loss, you may notice that it’s more difficult to speak properly. For those with significant tooth loss, they may turn to dentures hoping to restore their smiles; however, dentures can sometimes slip around, causing your words to become slurred. Fortunately, dental implants won’t move around so you’ll feel confident that your speech is fully restored.
Make Chewing Easier
If you aren’t able to comfortably and easily eat certain foods, you may not be getting the nutrients you require to maintain a healthy mouth or body. Just like with speaking, slipping dentures can make eating some foods difficult, but getting dental implants in West Columbia can change all that. Implants are second only to natural teeth, which means you can enjoy all your favorite food without concern.
Protect Your Jawbone
When you lose a tooth those tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone. When this happens other neighboring teeth can shift into the open space, causing misalignments. Also, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate because of the loss of tooth root stimulation. As the jawbone begins to lose density it will cause your chin to recede and cheeks to cave in.
Fortunately, when you get dental implants you’ll get a restoration that acts just like tooth roots. This means the implant will stimulate the jawbone to protect it from deterioration but also to promote the growth of healthy, new bone cells.
Dental implants could just be the perfect treatment for you. Don’t wait to find out! Call Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC today and ask Dr. Stoltz if dental implants could be right for you.