Posts for tag: dental implants

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Here's some good news: Teenagers are less likely than adults to lose teeth to dental disease. But there's also a flip side. Teens can still lose teeth, more likely from traumatic injury.

Fortunately, there are several options for replacing lost teeth like dentures or bridges. But the choice considered best by most dentists and patients is a dental implant. An implant tooth looks and functions like the real thing—and it's durable, capable of lasting for years, if not decades.

But there's a hitch with teens getting an implant: Even though they may have all their permanent teeth by adolescence, their jaws are still growing and developing. Natural teeth, with their attachment to the jaws by way of a periodontal ligament, can keep pace with this growth—but implants can't.

That's because an implant doesn't have this attachment to gum tissue like natural teeth, but to the jawbone alone. Hence, an implant tooth can't keep up with jaw development, and may eventually look like it's "sunk" into the gums in relation to the teeth around it.

It's best, then, to wait until a teen's jaws have fully developed before attempting an implant. In the meantime, though, they don't have to endure a smile marred by missing teeth, but can replace them with a temporary restoration. The two most common options are a partial denture or a modified bridge.

The partial denture is a lightweight version that's quite affordable. Although not as durable as other types of dentures, the appliance is only intended to last until the patient is old enough for a permanent implant.

The modified bridge is a prosthetic tooth with strips of dental material extending behind it that are bonded to the backs of the teeth on either side to hold it in place. It's likewise not as durable as a traditional bridge, but it can fill the bill until time to place an implant.

Although this adds an additional step in a teen's restorative journey after losing a tooth, it's necessary—waiting to place an implant after jaw maturity will help ensure a long-lasting result. In the meantime, a temporary tooth replacement will help them to enjoy a normal smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, 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 Implants for Teenagers.”

By Moy Dental
January 11, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Almost everyone wants a functional, shining smile. Dental implants can give you a beautiful smile, especially if you have damaged, missing, discolored, or crowded teeth. When people consider dental implants, they’re often interested in how they feel once they are in use.  Dr. Stephen Moy and Dr. Sandra Guereca at Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA to help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental implants are a technology utilized by cosmetic dentists to improve the function of your teeth while beautifying your smile. There are complete smile replacements, and partial implants utilized when a few teeth are missing due to an injury or tooth loss for other reasons, like gingivitis. Dental implants are beneficial, and often better than dentures because:

  • They have a success rate of over 97% and can last for ten years or more.
  • They reduce the incidence of tooth decay and cavities on adjacent teeth.
  • They help to maintain bone structure and the health of the jaw.
  • They cause decreased sensitivity in adjacent teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Feel Once You Get Them?

Once you have a parietal implant or full implants installed, you won’t feel any discomfort. You’ll only feel the gum tissue surrounding the area where the implant is installed. Your implants function exactly like normal teeth and therefore feel very similar to having real teeth in your mouth.

There is some downtime due to healing where you won’t be able to chew certain foods while the gums heal from the implant surgery, but thereafter, you can smile, eat, and talk as if you never had implants to begin with.

Can I Schedule an Appointment for Implants Now?

If you are eager to improve your smile with dental implants, you don’t need to wait for your regularly scheduled dental cleaning to find out if they could be an answer to your smile issues.

To schedule a dental appointment today, contact Dr. Moy and Dr. Guereca at Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA at (510) 351-4030. Your best smile might be realized with dental implants.

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In the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what life would be like if he'd never been born. In a variation on the theme, imagine your life if your teeth had never formed.

That's actually a reality for some—they're born without teeth, albeit usually only one or two. But even then, they're often more susceptible to problems with their bite, speech development and nutrition.

And if their missing teeth affects their appearance, their self-image could also take a hit. In particular, the maxillary lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (those in the very front) can create an odd smile if missing.

Fortunately, we can correct the problem of missing lateral incisors with three possible solutions. The first is canine substitution, involving the pair of pointed teeth next in line to the missing incisors. In effect, we use orthodontic appliances like braces to move them toward the frontmost teeth and close the missing teeth gap.

It's a minimally invasive way to improve smile appearance. But because of their size and sharp edges, it's often necessary to alter the canines, perhaps even crown them. Some people may also need gum surgery to "blend" the gums with the repositioned teeth.

A second method is a fixed bridge, a series of fused crowns. Those in the middle replace the missing teeth, while those on the ends are bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.

Bridges can function well for many years, but it does require permanently altering the supporting teeth for crowning. An alternative Maryland or bonded bridge doesn't require this alteration, but it's also less durable than a traditional bridge.

Finally, we could replace the missing teeth with dental implants, a titanium post imbedded into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown. An implant tooth can last for decades, and don't require alterations to other teeth. However, they're not suitable for younger patients who are still undergoing jaw development—a temporary restoration may thus be in order until the jaw matures.

Being born without certain teeth is something you can't do anything about. But you can change how it affects your appearance and life with one of these options for a new smile.

If you would like more information on correcting a smile with missing teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”

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While it's possible for a teenager to lose a tooth from decay, it's more common they'll lose one from an accidental knockout. If that happens to your teenager, there are some things you should know to achieve a good outcome.

Our top concern is to preserve the underlying bone following tooth loss. Like other tissues, bone has a life cycle: older cells dissolve and are absorbed by the body (resorption), then replaced by new cells. The biting pressure generated when we chew helps stimulate this growth. But bone around a missing tooth lacks this stimulation and may not keep up with resorption at a healthy rate.

This can cause a person to lose some of the bone around an empty tooth socket. To counteract this, we may place a bone graft at the site. Made of bone minerals, usually from a donor, the graft serves as a scaffold for new bone growth. By preventing significant bone loss we can better ensure success with a future restoration.

Because of its lifelikeness, functionality and durability, dental implants are considered the best of the restoration options that can be considered to replace a missing tooth. But placing an implant during the teen years is problematic because the jaws are still growing. If we place an implant prematurely it will appear to be out of alignment when the jaw fully matures. Better to wait until the jaw finishes development in early adulthood.

In the meantime, there are a couple of temporary options that work well for teens: a removable partial denture (RFP) or a fixed modified bridge. The latter is similar to bridges made for adults, but uses tabs of dental material that bond a prosthetic (false) tooth to the adjacent natural teeth to hold it in place. This alleviates the need to permanently alter the adjacent natural teeth and buy time so that the implant can be placed after growth and development has finished.

And no need to worry about postponing orthodontic treatment in the event of a tooth loss. In most cases we can go ahead with treatment, and may even be able to incorporate a prosthetic tooth into the braces or clear aligners.

It's always unfortunate to lose a tooth, especially from a sudden accident. The good news, though, is that with proper care and attention we can restore your teenager's smile.

If you would like more information on how to treat lost teeth in teenagers, 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 Implants for Teenagers.”

Have you been asking yourself about cosmetic dentistry? Well, look no further than Moy Dental! Dr. Stephen Moy and Dr. Sandra Guereca provide cosmetic dentistry in San Leandro, CA. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the overall appearance of your smile with dental implants, veneers, dentures, teeth whitening, Invisalign, and more. 

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a great way to improve your smile if you are suffering from lost or damaged teeth. This procedure uses a titanium screw that is embedded into the jaw and topped with a dental crown. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, so they are a great way to improve confidence in your smile.

Veneers

Veneers can be a great option if you are suffering from cracked or crooked teeth or even gaps between teeth. The procedure involves a custom porcelain shell being placed on the front of your natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth beforehand. This gives your veneers the perfect fit. One of the great benefits of veneers is that they are minimally invasive.

Dentures

Dentures offer a simple replacement for lost teeth. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth to ensure that the replicas on the dentures are an exact fit. Not only do they help restore your smile, but they also ensure that there is a reduced sagging in the face. They are easy to take care of by using a denture cleaner. Talk to your cosmetic dentistry experts in San Leandro, CA, to learn more.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can transform your smile by lightening them up to 8 shades in a single sitting. Your dentist covers your gums and uses a retractor that holds back lips and cheeks for your protection. Next, they use a hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth which causes oxidation. This oxidation is what whitens the teeth. The results are seen immediately after an hour-long application.

Cosmetic dentistry makes each patient's smile the best that it can be. Visit us in San Leandro, CA, for your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call us at (510) 351-4030 to set up an appointment with Dr. Moy or Dr. Guereca at Moy Dental today!