Posts for tag: dental implants

By North Main Dental Inc
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you've heard of dental implants, you know they are the most realistic, reliable and bone-loving tooth replacements available. Bonding to your jaw bone, they serve as tooth roots and preserve the surrounding jaw bone. At North Main Dental in Dayton, OH, your dentists, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler, recommend these tooth replacements because they look and act just like natural teeth.

Your dental implant surgery and restoration

Depending on your need, Dr. James Shepler, our in-house dental implant expert, inserts a single implant or multiples to serve as the foundations for crowns or full or partial dentures. From preliminary exam, impressions and treatment plan to digitally-guided implant surgery to the final restoration, your restorative procedure is comfortable, safe and reliable. In fact, dental implant procedures succeed up to 98 percent of the time, reports WebMD.

Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium. That means your jaw bone loves it, adhering to it through osseointegration and creating a stable anchor for a metal post and ceramic dental crown attached at a later date. Or, if you require more extensive tooth replacement, Dr. Shepler may insert multiple implants to carry a full or partial denture.

After your implant procedure

Living with your dental implants resembles life with real teeth. You brush twice a day and floss to keep implant sites clean and healthy. If you smoke, consider quitting because tobacco is the biggest threat to implant retention.

Also, be sure you see your dentist in his Dayton, OH, office for six-month cleanings and exams. Your dentist will check the condition of your implants, surrounding tissues and crowns or dentures. Over time, implant restorations may require replacement due to normal wear and tear. The titanium implants themselves, however, should last you a lifetime, states the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA).

Restore your smile

You can with dental implants from the expert dentists at North Main Dental in Dayton, OH. Phone us for an informative consultation with Dr. James Shepler or Dr. Jamie Shepler: (937) 275-0076.

By North Main Dental Inc
September 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.

For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.

It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.

As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.

We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.

As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.

Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and 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.”

By North Main Dental Inc
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Improving your appearance is certainly one benefit of dental implants, but it's far from the only advantage of this tooth restoration option. Dental implants offered by your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental, also provide a few benefits that may surprise you—read on to learn more!

The Various Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants restore both the root and crown (top) of your tooth. Titanium posts are implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery at our Dayton office. The posts soon begin to bond to your jawbone, becoming firmly rooted to the bone in just three to six months.

Implants are topped with dental crowns that look just the visible part of your natural teeth. The crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth look and feel natural.

Dental implants offer these advantages:

  • Improved Appearance: No matter how strong your self-esteem is, your confidence is bound to take a hit after you lose a tooth. Implants fill the gap in your smile, allowing you to focus on other things besides the way your smile looks.
  • Long-Term Solution: Thanks to the bone-bonding capabilities of titanium, your dental implants will likely never need to be replaced.
  • Easy Care: You'll treat your dental implants just like your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as twice-a-year visits to our Dayton dental practice, are all that you need to do to keep your implants healthy.
  • Strong Jawbone: Your tooth roots press on your jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy. Resorption, a condition that occurs when the bone begins to shrink after tooth loss, can lead to loose teeth and sagging facial muscles. Dental implants constantly stimulate the jawbone, helping you to avoid these consequences.
  • Excellent Biting Power: Dental implants won't affect your ability to chew and bite. In fact, you'll be able to easily chew hard and tough foods.
  • Versatility: Dental implants aren't just used for single missing teeth. Thanks to implant-supported dentures, it's possible to replace all of your teeth.
     

Complete your smile with dental implants offered by your North Main Dental dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler. Schedule an appointment with their Dayton, OH, office by calling (937) 275-0076.

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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 North Main Dental Inc
February 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Could dental implants be the best way to replace your missing teeth?

Losing a tooth is an important milestone when you are a kid, but losing a tooth as an adult is certainly not something to celebrate. dental implantUnfortunately, this is a problem that millions of American adults will face, particularly older adults. If you have lost a tooth to gum disease, infection or injury our Dayton, OH, dentists Drs. James and Jamie Shepler can provide you with a long-term tooth replacement known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

It’s amazing how something like this small titanium post can be placed into the jawbone to take the place of the roots of your missing tooth. The implant itself is a foundation, anchoring your false tooth (the part of the restoration we see) in place. A dental implant is the closest restoration to a real tooth that our Dayton, OH, dentists can offer adults who need to replace one or more missing teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

If you get dental implants here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy once the restoration is fully placed,

  • Eating is significantly easier. Tooth loss can make it challenging to eat certain foods and to chew food properly, but implants will help you enjoy all those foods you loved but have missed,
  • Full bite force is restored, which means that force from the jaws when biting and chewing is distributed evenly among the teeth to prevent wear and tear, chips and fractures in certain teeth.
  • Preventing bone deterioration by placing the implant into the jawbone, where it stimulates the bone in the same way as real tooth roots. It prevents jawbone loss, which can also impact the shape and appearance of the face
  • Boost your self-esteem knowing that you have a full, beautiful and fully functional smile again. Your implant will mimic the look of the rest of your natural teeth so no one will even be able to know.
  • With the proper care your new tooth could last for decades. The implant itself rarely if ever needs to be replaced.

Do you have questions about getting dental implants? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants? You’ve come to the right place. The dental team at North Main Dental in Dayton, OH, can provide you with all the answers you’re looking for about dental implants. Call our office today at (937) 275-0076.