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By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
June 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

If you want to replace lost teeth, dental implants are the best option. They are permanent dental devices that look natural, do not need adjusting, and are easy to maintain. Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz are a family dentist at Three Fountains Family Dental in Columbia, SC. They are happy to answer all your questions about your dental implant options at the West Columbia family dentist office.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is comprised of a titanium post that is implanted into your jawbone and a porcelain dental crown that is attached to the post. Because your bone grows around the post, implants are secure and will always stay in place. West Columbia family dentist residents find that dental implants are a better option than traditional dentures because they stay in place when you eat and talk. They are also easier to maintain.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The many benefits of dental implants include:

  • It is a one-time procedure
  • It will last a lifetime if you take care of your teeth.
  • Implants can be used to create stronger support for dentures.
  • They look and function like your normal teeth.


FAQ About Dental Implants

How are dental implants placed?

Your dentist will perform a minor surgical procedure to secure the implants into a small hole in your jawbone. The area is closed with sutures and the area is given time to heal.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

You are a good candidate if you are missing, one or more, or even all your teeth.

Do dental implants have a positive success rate?

Typically, dental implants have a 90-95% success rate.

If you live in or around West Columbia family dentist and you need dental help, or you would like to find out more about dental implants, call Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz at (803) 755-0039 to request an appointment.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
July 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are the state-of-the-art way to rebuild your smile, whether you’ve lost just one tooth or several teeth. Fortunately, here at Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC, Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz offer dental implants to help you get back your smile. If you’ve been thinking about dental implants, chances are that you have a few questions. To help you know more about dental implants, these are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about dental implants:

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are completely stable because they are firmly embedded in bone. They also look just like natural teeth because the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that closely mimic the look of tooth enamel. Dental implants are also conservative, for only the dental implant area is prepared during treatment (although in the case of dental bridges, the adjacent teeth must be crowned so the bridge can be attached to them)

Can I have dental implants if I am missing all of my teeth?

Yes, in fact, dental implants are much better than a conventional denture. In these cases, an overdenture is simply snapped in place over the dental implants. Dental implants help preserve the bone in your jaw, limit facial sagging, help you keep a firm jawline, and preserve your more youthful facial contours.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In fact, they are the most successful surgical implant. The dental implant screw is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with bone, locking the dental implants in place.

Interested? Give us a call

You deserve to enjoy the magic of dental implants. To find out more and schedule an implant consultation, call Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC, today at 803-755-0039.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsFind out how this tooth replacement could benefit your oral health for the long term.

Has tooth loss got you down? Are you ready to take charge and do something about it? If so, our West Columbia, SC, dentists, Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz, can most certainly help. While there are several ways in which to replace missing teeth, many patients choose dental implants because they offer unique benefits from that other tooth replacement options do not. Some of these benefits include:


Natural Tooth Functionality

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed within the jawbone to support a false tooth. Implants are the only tooth replacement that is surgically placed into the jawbone, and therefore carries the distinct benefit of creating a stable, permanent bond between the new tooth and the bone. Once the implant becomes part of the jawbone, it can remain there the rest of your life. It’s the closest you’ll come to having a natural tooth again!


Prevent Teeth From Shifting Around

Another issue that can occur when tooth loss is left untreated is that the rest of your natural teeth will begin to move into the open gap or gaps in your smile. As you might imagine, this can lead to crookedness, unevenness, and even crowding. Once this happens, the only way to realign your smile is with braces. Luckily, by placing a dental implant not long after tooth loss, our West Columbia, SC, dentists can prevent the rest of your smile from being affected.


Prevent Jawbone Loss

A serious complication of tooth loss is jawbone loss. This occurs when the missing tooth is no longer providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy, and as a result, the jawbone begins to break down and change shape, which also negatively impacts the shape of your face. The only way to prevent jawbone deterioration is to place a dental implant, which functions just like a real tooth root to provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain intact and healthy.


Restore Chewing and Speech

Trying to chew certain foods when you have one or more missing teeth can be quite a hassle. Fortunately, dental implants function just like real teeth, meaning that once it’s permanently in place, the implant will make it significantly easier to eat any and all foods that you love.

Speech is also affected by tooth loss, as issues such as lisps can develop for those with missing teeth. Fortunately, placing this dental implant into the gap in your smile can also make it much easier to speak.


Contact Us Today!

Here at Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC, we believe that everyone should get the smiles they know they deserve. If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, call us today at (803) 755-0039 to find out how dental implants can help you!

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
November 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
July 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsThere's no need to live with gaps in your smile when dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to tooth loss. West Columbia, SC, dentists Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz offer implants that effectively replace any number of missing teeth.

Dental implants offer a total restoration option

Bridges, used to replace one or two teeth, and dentures, ideal for restoring an entire arch of teeth, have one important drawback. Both restoration methods only replace teeth above the gum line. If you don't replace tooth roots, changes to your jawbone can occur. It may also be more difficult to chew hard foods without roots. Dental implants are the only option that restores your entire tooth, beginning with the roots.

Titanium posts replace missing roots and are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. The implants eventually bond to your jawbone, a process that usually takes between three to six months. After your West Columbia dentist determines that your synthetic root is secure and stable, dental crowns will be added to the top of the implants to fill the gap in your smile.

Implants keep your jaw strong

Your roots don't just anchor your teeth in your jaw, but also keep the bone strong by exerting continual pressure on it. After the loss of one or more teeth, the underlying jawbone begins to shrink. The problem can lead to loose or lost teeth, a change in your bite and sagging facial muscles. Adding implants to your jawbone is an effective way to prevent shrinking or weakening of the bone.

You'll soon forget you lost a tooth

Dental implants are rooted in your mouth, just like natural teeth, and feel like the teeth you've lost. You won't notice any difference when you chew and won't have to worry about slipping or gum irritation, a common problem among denture wearers. Dental implants can be used to eat all of the foods you ate with your natural teeth. Even tough foods and corn on the cob aren't a problem when you have implants.

Caring for implants is simple

Daily brushing and flossing will keep your implants and crowns in good condition. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard to prevent loosening the implants.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call West Columbia, SC, dentists Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at (803) 755-0039 to schedule your appointment.