Posts for: March, 2017
Dental implants might be right for you if you are missing any teeth and want a permanent solution that doesn’t require the use of adhesives, as is the case with dentures. Dental implants are surgically installed and will not come loose and slip out of place. Once in place, installation is permanent. With proper care that includes good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your dental implants can last indefinitely. At Siwell Dental in Byram, MS, Dr. Quintin Todd Julius can determine if dental implants are right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as artificial replacement teeth and roots. Each dental implant is made up of three separate parts. These are the implant, abutment and crown. The implant, made of hypoallergenic titanium, is drilled into the jaw bone; it functions as a root for the artificial tooth to be installed. The crown, usually made from porcelain, is the artificial tooth and is installed above the gums alongside the natural teeth. The abutment securely connects the crown and implant. After installation is complete, only the crown is visible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several benefits associated with dental implants. In Byram, MS, dental implants can be installed by an experienced dentist so there is no need to visit a specialist. Other benefits of getting dental implants include:
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Restoration of normal tooth functions (biting and chewing)
- Permanent installation
- No risk of slipping out of place
- Natural appearance
- Easy to care for
- Reduce strain on surrounding teeth
From replacement of missing teeth to the restoration of tooth functioning, dental implants serve both a cosmetic and functional purpose. Caring for them is as simple as brushing and flossing daily just as you do already. Maintaining these daily oral hygiene habits, along with regular dental checkups, will keep your dental implants strong so that they last a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Julius, your dentist for dental implants in Byram, MS. Call Siwell Dental at (601) 371-8634 to schedule your appointment.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?
Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.
There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.
The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.
There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.
It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.
Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.
Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.
You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”