Posts for tag: Dental Implants
Drs. Chethan Chetty and R.K. Chetty, your Eagle Rock Family Dentistry dentists, in Los Angeles, CA, provide their patients with dental implants.
More About Dental Implants
"Tooth loss is very common and it can happen as a result of disease and trauma; therefore, the use of dental implants to provide support for replacement of missing teeth has a long and multifaceted history," according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Synthetic dental implants replace missing tooth roots that anchor a tooth to the jawbone. The structure consists of:
- a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone to prevent bone structure deterioration
- a screw is inserted in the post to secure the abutment over the titanium post
- a crown that matches the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment to complete the restorative procedure and produce that beautiful smile
More About the Procedure
Your Los Angeles dentist drills a hole into your jaw, inserts the titanium post into your jaws to replace the missing tooth root. Dental implants provide tooth stability strength and prevent jawbone shrinkage.
The procedure is very simple but does take a long time:
- your doctor seals your gums in the surgical area
- your doctor allows the titanium post to fuse in a process called osseointegrate, this takes 3 to 6 months
- the surgical area is re-opened to insert the screw, an abutment and a crown
How can you care for your dental implants?
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss every day, at least once before bed
- Maintain a healthy diet, avoid soda and candy
- Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris
If you have more questions, or concerns, about dental implants, call (323) 258-2885 to schedule an appointment at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA, with Drs. Chethan Chetty and R.K. Chetty, today!
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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 & Smoking: What are the Risks?”
Are you embarrassed to smile because of missing teeth? Do your current tooth replacements fit poorly and look artificial? If so, why not explore today's modern, natural-looking and stable artificial teeth? Designed and placed by Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA, dental implants fill empty tooth sockets with prosthetics that look, feel, and act like natural teeth.
A New Tooth
From crown to root, that's what a single-tooth dental implant is. The root inserts right into the jaw bone during an in-office procedure, and after the site heals, Dr. Chetty attaches a metal abutment post and customized porcelain crown.
As simple as that sounds, the science behind it is truly miraculous. The jaw bone fuses to the cylinder or screw-shaped titanium root through what scientists term "osseointegration." Osseointegration forms an inseparable bond between the bone and the implant which strengthens every time the patient bites on the finished dental implant.
This healing process takes months to accomplish. However, once finished, most dental implants succeed and stay put for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. The same goes for multiple dental implants or mini-implants (smaller versions of conventional implants) which anchor multi-tooth bridges or full dentures.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
Many older teens and adults make perfect candidates for dental implant procedures. At Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, your dentist will carefully evaluate your oral and systemic health, take digital X-rays, and make a three-dimensional scan of your face and jaw. These diagnostics give them the necessary information to form a treatment plan.
Life with Implants
Once finished, your dental implant (or implants) will deliver a smile that's attractive and fully functional. You'll be able to eat your favorite foods easily, speak uninhibitedly, and smile with confidence. No one but you and your dentist will know you've had a tooth replacement procedure! Plus, you can count on a healthy jaw bone, gum tissue, and facial contours that look full and youthful.
Finally, dental implants stay bright and healthy with just routine twice a day brushing and once a day flossing. See Dr. Chetty twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning, and if you're a smoker, ask your primary care doctor about a program to help you quit. Cigarettes threaten implant retention.
Your Eagle Rock dentists are happy to answer all the questions you have about dental implants and more, just call (323) 258-2885. Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty are ready and waiting to help you achieve your perfect smile!
One of the best and most successful tooth replacement choices available is the dental implant. No other restorative method is as similar in both form and function to a real tooth as an implant; and with a success rate of 95-plus percent after ten years, it’s one of the most durable.
But there can be extenuating circumstances that make obtaining an implant difficult or sometimes impossible. One possible problematic situation is the systemic disease diabetes.
Diabetes is a hormonal condition in which the body is unable to sufficiently regulate the amount of glucose (a basic sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells) within the blood stream. Normally, the pancreas produces the hormone insulin to reduce excess glucose. But diabetes interferes with this insulin production: if you have Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas has stopped producing insulin altogether; if you have the more common Type 2, the body doesn’t produce adequate insulin or it doesn’t respond sufficiently to the insulin produced.
Over time diabetes can affect other areas of health, especially wound healing. Because the condition gradually causes blood vessels to narrow and stiffen, the normal inflammatory response to disease or trauma can become prolonged. This in turn slows the rate of wound healing.
Slow wound healing can have a bearing on the recovery period just after implant surgery, especially the necessary integration process that takes place between the bone and the titanium metal implant that provides its signature strength. If that process is impeded by slow wound healing caused by diabetes, the risk increases dramatically for implant failure.
That’s the worst case scenario if you have diabetes, but only if your condition is out of control. If, however, you have your blood sugar levels well regulated through medication, diet and exercise, then your chances for implant success could easily be on par with someone without diabetes.
So if you’re diabetic and are considering dental implants for missing teeth, it’s important to discuss the possibility of obtaining them with both your dentist and the physician caring for your diabetes. With your overall healthcare team working together, there’s no reason why diabetes should stop you from enjoying this premiere restoration for missing teeth.
If you would like more information on obtaining 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 & Diabetes.”
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant 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 “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”