Posts for tag: dental implants

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
June 09, 2021
Category: Oral Health
UntreatedGumDiseaseCouldCostYouYourImplant

Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.

But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.

There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.

This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.

But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.

It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.

And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.

If you would like more information on maintaining dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

DentalImplantsAreEvenMoreAdvancedThanksToTheseOtherTechnologies

When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.

Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.

But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.

CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.

Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.

Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.

Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

TheRealTruthBehindEdHelmsMissingToothinTheHangover

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants offer several advantages. One of the biggest advantages is the restoration of your smile through long-term and secure replacement of missing teeth. A dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants as you must have enough bone in the jaw area for placement of an implant. At Carey & Aylward in Seymour, one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, or Dr. Allison Carey, can tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a method for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Dental implants consist of a metal implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant is a screw-like post that is placed in the jaw bone. The implant functions as an anchor or root for the crown. The abutment is a small component used to join the crown to the implant. Once all components are in place, only the dental crown will be visible. The crown looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth.

Crowns are used in conjunction with dental implants when a single tooth is being replaced. It is also possible to use dental implants to replace several teeth at once. Multiple dental implants are strategically placed in the jaw bone. Then, depending on the individual patient, either a dental bridge with crowns or an implant-supported overdenture can be placed over the dental implants. One of the knowledgeable dentists at our office in Seymour can discuss restoring your smile with dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are several advantages associated with choosing dental implants for restoring your smile. One of the biggest advantages is that dental implants can be used whether you need to replace one missing tooth or several. Another advantage is that dental implants are a long-term solution that can last indefinitely with proper care. Additionally, a dental implant holds artificial teeth securely in place. With dental implants, any worries about your replacement teeth slipping out of place are completely eliminated.

In addition to the many advantages of selecting dental implants for restoring your smile, there are several unexpected benefits, as well. By filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants provide additional support for sagging facial muscles, improve speech by correcting the placement of the tongue when speaking, and eliminate excess strain on existing natural teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. Dental implants offer numerous advantages and benefits and our dentists can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

Visit our office in Seymour and speak to our dentists about how dental implants can restore your smile. You will soon discover the many advantages of dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aylward, Dr. B. Carey, or Dr. A. Carey, call Carey & Aylward at (734) 425-9130.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

The importance of replacing missing teeth is often overlooked by many people. However, leaving a gap untreated can result in various side effects that can cause serious issues. The most lifelike and naturally-functioning tooth replacement option is a dental implant. Often considered the gold standard of replacing teeth, implants have many benefits and take only a few dental appointments to complete. Read on to learn more about the dental implants provided by Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey-Aylward Dentistry in Westland, MI!

How do dental implants work? 

Dental implants are implemented through a surgical procedure that places the implant fixture into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth. As the bone heals, it grows around the fixture to hold it securely in place and provide a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic tooth. The prosthetic fits over the fixture and connects to it via the implant abutment to complete the implant process.

Do I need dental implants? 

Dental implants can benefit patients in a variety of situations, including those needing to replace one, several, or even all of their teeth.

  • Single tooth implants: Single tooth implants stand on their own to replace one missing tooth. The implant's prosthetic fits over the implant to complete the restoration.
  • Multiple tooth implants: Multiple tooth implants replace several teeth at once and are held in place by an implant on either side.
  • Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures permanently replace all the teeth on an arch with a non-removable restoration. Four or more implants throughout the arch hold the denture in place.

Dental Implants in Westland, MI

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. In addition to filling in your gaps, implants provide the jawbone with adequate stimulation to remain healthy and avoid bone atrophy. Implants also keep natural teeth from drifting or moving to compensate for the extra room left behind by a missing tooth. Treating these issues can help avoid serious dental complications and keep your smile healthy for years to come.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey-Aylward Dentistry in Westland, MI. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!