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By Robertson Family Dentistry
September 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Robertson Family Dentistry
August 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you've been wondering about dental implants as a way of replacing missing teeth, you likely have some questions about the hows and Dental-Implantwhys surrounding these popular tooth restorations. At Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, we're committed to keeping our patients informed about all of their treatments and procedures. Below, our dentists, Drs. Kevin and Anita Robertson, have answered a few common questions about dental implants.


Are dental implants painful?

It's natural to be concerned about the pain associated with any procedure. Your North Royalton dentist is happy to tell you that placement of a dental implant is usually no more involved than a basic cavity filling. Anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area, and from there it is a matter of making a very small indentation in the jawbone that will house the post. The top of the post seals off the incision and healing requires no downtime or special treatment. Most of the healing takes place below the surface of the gums, where the bone grows back around the jawbone; there is no pain associated with this process.


How long do dental implants last?

Long-term statistics have yet to be determined since implants have become more popular in the last decade, but patients who have had them for 20 years or more report no problems. The way dental implants are designed, with the post acting as the roots of the artificial tooth, means that they are made to last many years, even a lifetime, without needing any replacement or repair. Proper care, as your North Royalton dentist will discuss below, is largely the determining factor in how long your implant can last.


How do I take care of my dental implants?

Unlike other tooth restorations, such as partials and dentures, there's no "learning curve" when it comes to maintaining your dental implants. While implants can't develop cavities, the gum tissue around them must be healthy in order to ensure their longevity. Daily brushing and flossing are all you need to do at home; visiting your North Royalton dentist twice a year for checkups is also recommended.

To schedule a consultation about dental implants with Dr. Anita Robertson or Dr. Kevin Robertson, contact Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, today!

By Robertson Family Dentistry
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  


Dental Implants

Losing a tooth doesn’t need to be a lifelong problem thanks to the wonders of dental implants! These tiny titanium posts are used to secure new dental restorations directly into your jawbone, thus permanently restoring your smile. See a dentist at Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, to learn more about how dental implants can help you!

Why Should You Choose Dental Implants?
While dentures are a viable option for many patients who have missing teeth, they aren’t always the most ideal choice for your smile. They can be uncomfortable and need to be replaced after a few years. If you’re missing one or a few teeth, a dental implant or implant-supported device could provide you with a much more reliable replacement. You won’t have to think about replacing it, as long as you brush and floss with regularity.

Your Missing Teeth, Permanently Replaced
Once a dental implant is installed in your jaw by our North Royalton, OH, dentist, you can count on it indefinitely staying where it is, although it does take a few months for the implant to fuse with the bone and become permanently affixed to your gumline. With proper oral care and regular oral cleanings, dental implants can last for a lifetime!

Additional Benefits of Dental Implants
One significant benefit of having a dental implant is that you no longer have to worry about anyone finding out that you’ve replaced a tooth. It’s invisible and undetectable to others—only your dentist will be able to notice it on a dental X-ray. It’s a solid support for a beautiful, durable, well-polished dental crown. Also, dental implant surgery is very tolerable for most patients, especially when you compare it to the discomfort of having to live with a missing tooth.

Get Dental Implants
It’s important to start the process of getting dental implants soon after tooth loss, for this ensures that you have ample bone tissue in place. To schedule a consultation at Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, dial (440) 230-2323 today! Drs. Anita and Kevin Robertson can help you restore your smile.

By Robertson Family Dentistry
April 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Robertson Family Dentistry
January 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

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

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