For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.
But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.
We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.
But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.
Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.
There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.
If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.
Discover some of the complications that can occur if you don’t treat tooth loss right away.
If you are currently dealing with gaps in your smile due to tooth loss then chances are good that you are considering the different tooth replacement options out there. It’s important that you treat the issue right away to prevent further issues from happening to you. Our Orange Park, FL, implant dentist, serving Fleming Island, Dr. Michael Vanover is here to tell you what could happen if you don’t replace your missing teeth and why dental implants could just be the right restoration for you.
So, what happens if you don’t treat tooth loss?
One of the most common complications associated with untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The jawbone needs tooth roots in order to continuing producing new bone cells. When a tooth is extracted or falls out, there isn’t enough stimulation from the tooth roots, so the jawbone begins to deteriorate. The only way to prevent this from happening is to place an implant, which will take the place of your missing tooth roots and also provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong.
Shifting Teeth and Misalignments
If you leave one or more gaps in your smile you better believe that the rest of your smile will start to slowly shift into those open spaces, which can result in gaps between teeth, crookedness and even crowding. These issues can only be handled through orthodontic treatment, and who wants to deal with tooth loss and needing braces, too?
If your jawbone starts to deteriorate you’ll also notice changes to the overall structure of your face. Since the jawbone will decrease in density and length it will permanently affect your facial shape due to a lack of structure and support. Over time, you’ll notice that the cheeks and lips will lose their shape and fullness. Cheeks will even start to cave in and sag, leading skin to develop lines and wrinkles prematurely.
This is probably one issue you foresaw happening if you didn’t treat your tooth loss. It’s amazing how much your smile’s appearance can affect your self-esteem. You may hide your smile from those around you or avoid social situations altogether; however, getting a dental implant from our Orange Park, FL, implant dentist serving Fleming Island, FL, means that you’ll feel confident again in your smile.
If you want to say goodbye to tooth loss and restore your smile at the same time then talk to Vanover Dentistry of Orange Park about dental implants and how they could benefit you. Our Orange Park, FL, implant dentist serving Fleming Island, is here to treat all of your dental issues and give you a smile you’ll be proud of.
Small Business of the Month
Congratulations to Vanover Dentistry of Orange Park, January Small Business of the Month
Owner: Michael D Vanover, DDS
Established in 1985 as Family Dental Practice, in 2005 I purchased it from Dr. Linder, taking over its operation, rebranding, and expanding its scope to include implant, family, and cosmetic dental services.
Today, it is one of the most modern practices in the area featuring: new dental equipment including digital/lowradiation X-rays; high-definition, 3D cone beam CT scanning; conventional and computer-guided implant surgery; touchless/hands-free sterilization; inhouse, same-day computer-designed and generated crown fabrication; dental lasers for gum surgery; BOTOX and Juvederm dermal fillers for cosmetic enhancements; and Invisalign braces.
We offer many tooth replacement options like dental implants, hybrid implant dentures, and snap-in implant dentures. Even with these advances, we continue to provide routine family dental services like preventative cleanings and exams for both kids and adults, tooth colored fillings, and crowns.
While treatment advances, modernization, and improvements in our stateof-the-art equipment and facilities are all very exciting, we are most proud of our 5-Star rated service and awards our patients and community have bestowed upon us including: Jacksonville’s Magazine’s Best Dentists 2010-2017, 5-Star Google Customer Rating, 2016 America’s Best Dentists List, 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award, 2015 Patients’ Choice Award, and the 2014 Best of Orange Park Award.
We are grateful for our growth and success and understand that with it also comes the responsibility to help our community. We are also proud of our ability to give back to many local nonprofits including: YMCA Youth Development, The Salvation Army, Clay County Food Pantry, and Catholic Charities Outreach Ministry that serves the needy in Clay County, St Johns Country Day School, Ridgeview High School, Clay County Dental Care, Concert on the Green, Orange Park and Middleburg Athletic Associations, Florida Sheriff’s Association, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, and Clay Chamber Charities.
Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark Salling, the actor and singer who regularly appears as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular TV series Glee, made us sit up and take notice.
“Getting my chipped tooth fixed. Also, apparently, I’m a big grinder,” read the caption. The photo showed a set of upper front teeth with visible chips on the biting surface. What’s so special about this seemingly mundane tweet? It’s a great way of bringing attention to a relatively common, but often overlooked problem: teeth clenching and grinding, also called bruxism.
Although bruxism is a habit that affects scores of people, many don’t even realize they have it. That’s because the condition may only become active at night. When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern.
Sometimes, mouth pain, soreness and visible damage alert individuals to their grinding habits; other times, a dental professional will notice the evidence of bruxism during an exam or cleaning: tooth sensitivity and telltale wear and tear on the chewing surfaces. Either way, it’s time to act.
Bruxism is most often caused by stress, which can negatively impact the body in many ways. It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications. Sometimes, simply becoming aware of the habit can help a person get it under control. Common methods of stress reduction include exercise, meditation, a warm bath or a quiet period before bedtime; these can be tried while we monitor the situation to see if the problem is going away.
If stress reduction alone doesn’t do the trick, several other methods can be effective. When bruxism is caused by a minor bite problem, we can sometimes do a minor “bite adjustment” in the office. This involves removing a tiny bit of enamel from an individual tooth that is out of position, bringing it in line with the others. If it’s a more serious malocclusion, orthodontic appliances or other procedures may be recommended.
When grinding is severe enough to damage teeth or dental work, we may also recommend a custom-made night guard (occlusal guard), which you put in your mouth at bedtime. Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces.
Whether or not you have to smile for a living, teeth grinding can be a big problem. If you would like more information about this condition, call our office to schedule a consultation for a consultation.
The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.
Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.
If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.
If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.
Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.
What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.
You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
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