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Discover the many benefits to getting dental implants in Cape May County, NJ.
There are many reasons why adults end up dealing with tooth loss at some point during their lifetime. While most people just assume this problem happens to older individuals, you may be surprised to find that no one is impervious to tooth loss. If you are currently dealing with this issue, our Cape May County, NJ, dentist, Dr. William Panico, is here to provide you with an amazing long-term solution that will have you smiling again.
Here are just some of the incredible benefits you could enjoy if you get dental implants in Cape May County:
A Restoration that Truly Lasts
While you are probably going through other tooth replacement options in order to weigh the pros and cons, one thing is certain: dentures and bridges won’t last nearly as long as an implant. This is because these other restorations do not naturally meld together with the soft tissue and bone in your mouth like implants can.
When the implant is placed into the jawbone it will, over the course of several months, fuse together with the bone and gums. This provides not only a sturdy but also a long-term foundation from which to support an artificial tooth.
Protect Your Jawbone
Did you know that when you lose a tooth, a whole host of other dental issues could befall you if you don’t treat the problem right away? One major complication is that your bone will begin to lose density and shape because the roots of your missing teeth are no longer there to stimulate the development of new bone cells. Luckily, since implants take the place of your tooth roots you won’t have to worry about bone loss once the implant is placed.
Prevent Premature Wrinkles
Didn’t think that dental implants could actually keep you looking young, did you? While they certainly won’t be able to turn back the hands of time on your appearance they can prevent skin sagging as a result of bone loss. As you may imagine, once the jawbone begins to break down and lose its original shape, your facial structure will also change. After all, there is no longer enough bone to support the muscles in your face. As a result, cheeks look sunken in and skin begins to droop and wrinkle.
Don’t let tooth loss have the final say when it comes to your oral health. Discover whether you could be an ideal candidate for treatment by calling Whitecaps Dental in Cape May County, NJ, today to schedule your consultation.
Implant dentistry is the most clinically successful therapy available to replace missing teeth. Whitecaps Dental, which is located in Rio Grande, NJ, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Here are the top six benefits of dental implants your Rio Grande dentist can help out with.
1. Enjoy the Foods You Love
Having missing teeth can make eating difficult. Dental implants will help restore your ability to chew food. With dental implants, you will be able to enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. Dental implants function like real teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence.
2. Improve Your Speech
Having missing teeth can make it difficult for you to pronounce certain words. Implants will improve your clarity of speech and allow you to feel more confident when talking with friends or in front of a crowd.
3. Enhance Your Appearance
Missing teeth can mar an otherwise perfect smile. Dental implants will restore your smile and improve your appearance. With dental implants, you will enjoy the confidence of having a beautiful smile.
4. Prevent Dental Problems
Many people are under the impression that having gaps in your smile is nothing more than an embarrassing eyesore. But these people are mistaken. Tooth loss can cause a cascade of oral health problems, including rotating and shifting of remaining teeth and jawbone loss. With dental implants, you will avoid developing serious oral health problems.
5. Boost Your Self-Esteem
Missing teeth can lead to loss of self-esteem. With dental implants, you will feel and look better and regain your self-esteem. The way people feel about themselves can be the difference between a life lived and one that's lived to the max.
6. Turn Back the Clock on Aging
Dental implants will improve your appearance and make you look younger. Even a few lost teeth can cause your face to take on a sunken appearance. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face.
Dental implants have helped millions of individuals across the globe restore their smiles, giving them more confidence and improving the overall quality of their lives. And it can do the same for you. Call Whitecaps Dental in Rio Grande, NJ, at 609-886-2277 to schedule an appointment today. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your smile back?
Semi-annual office cleanings are important for keeping teeth healthy and disease-free. If you’ve replaced some of your teeth with dental implants, though, you may be thinking they don’t need as much attention from your hygienist.
It’s quite the opposite — cleaning around implants is important, and actually requires additional attention. The reason for this relates to both how dental implants attach to the jaw and their constructive materials.
Natural teeth are held in place by the periodontal ligament with tiny fibers that attach to the teeth on one side of it and to the jawbone on the other. The ligaments and the gingival (gum) fibers (which are also attached to the tooth) provide some disease resistance to the teeth through its rich blood vessel and collagen network. Dental implants, on the other hand, anchor directly into the jawbone. The titanium integrates with the bone, which naturally attracts to the metal and grows around it, which provides the implant’s eventual attachment strength. The implant doesn’t attach to the gum tissue and won’t develop the same relationship with the periodontal ligament as natural teeth.
Bacterial plaque, the primary cause for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, can collect on an implant crown just as readily as on a natural tooth. Although the materials that make up an implant can’t be affected by a plaque-induced infection, the gum tissues and supporting bone around it can. In fact, because implants lack the disease resistance of the gingival fibers and the ligament attachment, an infection can turn rapidly into a condition known as peri-implantitis that could cause bone and tissue loss and lead to the loss of the implant.
Your hygienist understands the importance of removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from around your dental implant. This often calls for different instruments made of plastics or resins that won’t scratch the implant’s highly polished surface. Scratches provide a haven for bacteria to collect and make it more difficult to dislodge them. Likewise, if the hygienist uses ultrasonic equipment that loosens plaque through vibration, the hygienist will often use nylon or plastic tips to minimize damage to the implant.
And don’t forget your own personal hygiene habits — they’re just as important with dental implants as with natural teeth. Keeping plaque under control, both at home and with your dentist, is crucial to longevity for your dental implants.
If you would like more information on maintaining and cleaning 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 Implant Maintenance.”
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.
Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.
The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.
Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.
Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.
Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.
These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.
If you would like more information on smile transformations with 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 “Matching Teeth & Implants.”
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.”