When it comes to restorative dentistry, dental implants generate the most interest. Unlike other procedures, implants achieve the feel and function of original teeth the best. It’s like you never lost your teeth at all.
However, to be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have enough bone density to securely anchor the implants. If you don’t, additional work needs to be carried out.
Dental bone graft is performed for patients whose bone under the gums is not wide, tall or dense enough. This procedure is a rather complex one, so it greatly increases the overall cost of dental implant surgery.
To further understand this crucial treatment that is included in some dental implant procedures, listed below are things you need to know all about dental bone graft procedures.
This process will rebuild or replace bone in the jaw to support dental implants. Bone loss is usually caused by periodontal disease, trauma, an abscess, or aging and not having teeth for a long time already.
Bone grafts make use of bone (cadaver, cow, patient’s own bone) or bone-like material (synthetic bone).
An oral surgeon, prosthodontist or periodontist commonly performs extensive bone grafts several months before the dental implants.
A single bone graft using bone from a cow, cadaver or synthetic bone can cost between $250 and $1100. Meanwhile, for bone graft using the patient’s own bone, the procedure can cost between $2000 and $3000 – obviously more expensive as it includes two surgical sites, anesthesia and hospitalization.
The cost of bone grafts is dependent on the following factors:
size and shape of the surgical site, source material used, and where the bone is harvested from.
Additional costs can be expected, and they’re for X-rays, CT scans and consultation fee of other specialists.
Dental insurance normally doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants but may cover a portion of the cost of a dental bone graft due to bone loss’s impact on a person’s wellbeing.
The safest graft material is your own bone because it naturally integrates well and there’s no risk of infectious disease, tissue rejection and contamination. This is usually harvested from the chin, jaw, shin or hip.
Least ideal bone graft material is synthetic bone. While it’s second to your own bone when it comes to safety, this material is absorbed by the body and needs to be replaced over time.
Lastly, recovery from bone grafting usually takes about four to nine months so it’s a long waiting time before dental implant surgery can be performed. During the recovery/waiting period, you are expected to consistently practice proper oral care and to follow a healthy diet to ensure the success of the dental implant.
If you think smoking is bad enough because it destroys your lungs, then you haven’t gotten to the most obvious effects yet.
Tobacco and cigarettes contain tar and nicotine that build up inside your mouth. These gather in between teeth, allowing more bacteria to take refuge in these spaces and attack the surrounding teeth. Since there are about 600 bacterial species that make up the oral microbiome, just imagine how much the act of smoking further aggravates the problem by boosting the growth of the bacteria.
One of the most important things to understand about how smoking affects your mouth is that it also has other effects on your teeth. When plaque or tartar accumulate and harden around your teeth, for example, they create stains, usually yellowish and black in color, that can give you a less attractive smile.
The stains can be very difficult to remove and often cause damage to the surface of your teeth as well. Your teeth are coated with a protective layer called enamel; once the enamel is damaged, bacteria can freely contaminate and infect the core of your teeth, which eventually leads to rotting and extraction.
Another serious effect of smoking is gum disease. Because the nicotine coats the teeth and gums in plaque, oxygen is blocked from properly reaching the bloodstream. This prevents gums from healing as fast as it can, causing in the further development of different kinds of oral diseases. Although smoking can severely damage one’s dental condition, there are ways that can help you treat the damage it has done on your gums and teeth.
Brushing and flossing the right way
Brushing your teeth and flossing should be done the right way in order to achieve optimal results. Brushing three times daily and flossing after every meal is the typical advice, but keep in mind that you also have to do these correctly — you have to use the right strokes and perform the right procedures to remove every bit of tartar stuck on the surface of your teeth. By making a real effort to make a habit out of brushing and flossing regularly, you prevent the cavities from spreading further to your other teeth.
Installing crowns or veneers
When the degree of staining on your teeth is too serious too remove, you can simply cover it up with dental crowns or veneers. These dental solutions can be easily installed by your dentist and would not take too much time to accomplish. They serve as protective coverings and come in a porcelain white color to improve not just function of the teeth, but also their appearance.
Do not allow your teeth to deteriorate and completely lose their beauty. Visit a Prescott, AZ dentist today; these credible dental experts have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to help bring back the perfect smile you lost from smoking.
Written by Horizon DDS, March 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on How Smoking Affects Your Mouth (and Ways to Treat This)
When a dentist recommends a dental crown to a patient, the patient will often ask, “Do I really need a dental crown?” Let’s take a look at a few important facts about dental crowns and some of the techniques that your dentist might use to determine if a crown is necessary.
Pros vs. Cons
One of the main reasons why patients often ask this question is because of the price of this restorative treatment. A reputable dentist will always inform his patients about available options to choose from as well as the pros and cons of these. Often, dentists recommend dental crowns because this is the best option for the patient.
If you are unsure whether a dental crown is the best option for you or not, you can get a second opinion. Patients are cautioned against dentists who immediately recommend crowns before letting their patients explore other options.
How does a dentist determine whether a dental crown is indeed needed?
First, a dentist will look at the condition of the affected tooth. Dental crowns are often recommended for teeth that are cracked. Take note that when teeth are cracked, they cannot mend on their own. Depending on the condition of the crack, you may need to undergo a few procedures like extraction, crown lengthening or root canal.
Reputable dentists will not recommend dental crowns for teeth with craze lines. These are fairly common, are harmless, and do not affect the structural integrity of the teeth.
In some cases, a dentist will recommend fillings instead of a dental crown. Do note, however, that fillings often delay the inevitable—you will still need a dental crown sometime later.
Should you delay the procedure?
You may also tell your dentist to wait a little longer so that you can decide better. If you are going to wait, there are four possible outcomes that you should be aware of.
First, nothing will happen. Second, the affected tooth can either chip or it could crack; with the latter, you will definitely need a crown. Third, if you wait long enough, you may need to undergo a root canal procedure. Finally, if the tooth splits, you may have to have it extracted or opt for crown lengthening.
If the tooth is infected or acutely inflamed, you may need to undergo root canal. On the other hand, if you have a silver filling for about 2/3 of your tooth, you may need a crown. The small amount of tooth that you have left makes it vulnerable to cracking.
Before deciding whether a dental crown is best for you, schedule an appointment with your local dentist. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions that come to mind.
Written by Horizon DDS, January 29th, 2016 | Comments Off on Do I Really Need A Dental Crown
Dental Solution: Understanding the Difference Between Bridges, Crowns, Veneers, Dentures
There are plenty of dental solutions available, especially when it comes to teeth “replacements.” If you’re concerned about your budget, you don’t have to worry much about finding a solution that will easily be accommodated by your funds. Among the teeth replacement solutions that you can easily get are bridges, crowns, veneers and dentures.
When deciding on the best option among these four choices, your decision will likely be motivated by your preferences in terms of aesthetics, comfort and convenience. To give you a better understanding of the difference between bridges, crowns, veneers, dentures, provided here are descriptions of these specific dental solutions.
Let’s start off with dental bridges. These are often described as dentures that are not removable. They are fixed structures which use an adjacent tooth (or teeth) for support. The structures are either made of metal or high strength porcelain, and they are finished off with artistic ceramic that looks like natural teeth. Typically, bridges are the solution for molars that have been removed.
Meanwhile, dental crowns are often used to support heavily filled teeth, and they are either ceramic or gold. Due to the compromised structure of the remaining teeth, crowns are applied to make sure that they will not break easily and get damaged further. Root canal-treated teeth commonly require crowns. You have two choices for dental crowns: there’s gold, which is impressively durable (however, it’s also quite noticeable), and there’s ceramic which is more visually appealing, but will not last as long as gold will. If you’re keen on getting dental crowns, your decision will most likely be based on what’s more valuable to you—durability or a nice appearance.
As for dentures, these are the most traditional teeth replacement solutions. They can either be partial or full and they easily restore the original appearance of teeth. Most people are familiar with dentures because their parents and grandparents probably used them. Dentures are affordable dental solutions but they need to be changed over time because of fit considerations. The common problem people have with dentures is that they shift around and they contribute to the wearing down of gums.
And the last are dental veneers which can help improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile. These are delicate wafers applied to teeth that are chipped, discolored, or have a weird shape or size. The application of veneers is quick but the original teeth would have to be present, and they would be resized to accommodate the wafers. Veneers are believed to be the key to those perfect Hollywood smiles and they are quite pricey. Fortunately, they are rather durable and are worthy investments—especially if you want to achieve perfectly white teeth.
Written by Horizon DDS, January 07th, 2016 | Comments Off on Which Dental Solution is Right For You?