Dental Innovation: The Impressive Presence of Implant Overdentures

2020-06-11T13:20:58+00:00January 13th, 2020|Dental Implants, Dentures|

 Implant Overdentures, or “Snap-On Dentures,” are the newest and most innovative methods for replacing teeth. What makes them so great? No more adhesives, no more slippage with clunky mouthpieces. Carolina’s Dental Choice is happy to announce that we know offer the Implant Overdenture procedure, and we can’t wait to share the incredible benefits we are already seeing.

 

Our mouths are filled with a mixture of both soft and hard tissues. The hard tissue areas, such as the teeth and jaw, are connected to soft tissue areas like the gums and tongue. Sometimes, whether due to an accident or occurring naturally, problems can arise with the tissues in the mouth. These problems consist of missing or broken teeth, improperly seated jaw joints, faulty bites, gum and jawbone damage, warn-down dental work, and even some mouth diseases. Reconstructive dentistry, such as Implant Overdentures, is the procedure of replacing missing teeth with materials that are just as durable and long-lasting as the real thing—if not better. 

Before implants came along, individuals with missing teeth had to wear dentures or bridges, which simply sit in the mouth. These devices can move around, stick to food, and even fall out since they are not permanently connected to the gums and jaw. Implants, however, are fused to the patient’s jawbone to ensure they do not budge. Once they are in, it’s virtually impossible to tell they are not original. As a matter of fact, it won’t take long at all for you to forget they are implants as well.

 

What Exactly Are Implant Overdentures?Implant Overdentures

Overdentures are full implants made of titanium anchors and they are permanently placed into the upper and/or lower jawbone. Time is given for the implants to fuse with the bone—which is critical, as this melding of metal of bone is what keeps the implants from moving. Once the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone, the foundation is set for the dentures to be put into place. Now the patient has a full set of beautiful teeth that are impossible to differentiate from natural teeth.

The process may seem a bit arduous, with multiple visits and healing times needed, but the end result is more than worth it: teeth that look, feel, and operate like new.

 

How Do They Work?

It’s not difficult to think of what led to the creation of Implant Overdentures. Imagine having a set of teeth glued to your gums. A tooth becomes loose or falls out; the entire rack slips around while you talk or chew. It’s not fun, and often it’s embarrassing and distracting. With Implant Overdentures, the negative aspects of dentures are eliminated.

Overdentures are implanted over a multi-step treatment process:

  • As mentioned earlier, Overdenture implants are first screwed into the jaw and left to adhere to the bone for two months or so. This allows the bone to grow to the implant at a cellular level. A few months sounds like a lot of healing time, but this is the most important part. Also, during this period of time, the patient will be given a temporary set of dentures that covers the gums until it is time for the Overdentures.
  • While you are waiting for your gums to heal, a customized set of Overdentures will be made so that they can perfectly fit in your mouth. This set, or sets, of Overdentures is created to precisely mimic the color and shape of your natural teeth, so there is no worry of looking or sounding different once the procedure is completed.
  • The final step is to have the implants securely attached—they snap right in—and inspected. Then your new smile is completed.Implant Overdentures

 

At Carolina’s Dental Choice, we offer three types of Overdentures:

 

  1. Implant-Retained, Gum Supported

This treatment is known as the minimum standard for those in need of a full set of new teeth. Implant-Retained Overdentures sit right on your gums and are kept in place by fastening to the jawbone—upper and/or lower. This Overdenture is removable, as it is secured to the gums with retentive attachments built into the denture itself.

 

  1. Bar-Retained, Implant SupportedImplant Overdentures

Bar-Retained means that a metal bar is fastened to the gums and is connected to the bone for stability, much like the Implant-Retained. The Overdenture itself is created with attachments that slide onto the bar and lock-in. These are easy to remove and place back in and are typically a bit sturdier than an Implant-Retained Overdenture.

 

  1. Fixed, Implant Supported

With this treatment, the connecting piece and the Overdenture and combined into one piece. This piece is then attached to the jawbone (with screws), and the only way to have the Fixed Overdenture removed is by scheduling an appointment with a dental clinician. Patients typically like this method most because it is the closest to having natural teeth—no metal bars or brackets that slide or snap into place. It’s one, solid piece that perfectly fits right in.

 

But Are They Worth It?Implant Overdentures

There’s a lot more to Overdentures than the old-fashioned ones that are glued to the gums. It is a serious procedure, but so many patients are going this route because the benefits are so much better than any other method. For one, they are much easier to clean, as they are brushed and flossed just as regular teeth are—whether you choose to clean them while they are inside your mouth, or if you pop them out and clean them that way.

Another benefit is that those with severe bone loss due to an accident or simply due to old age, the Implant Overdentures can actually provide additional bone support. The titanium screws used to secure the implants can fill in the space where the bone once was, and this creates added facial stability.

 

What About Cost?

Just the Implants themselves can cost around $2,500 to $3,000 each, and the dentures could be anywhere from $1,700 to $1,800. This is a lot of money, but a lot rides on the type of insurance the individual has. Luckily, most full dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, which usually means that up to 50% of the cost can be covered. Your best option is to first contact your insurance provider to see what is covered. It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment with us to come in and receive a diagnosis and cost estimate. This way you know exactly what you need and what it will cost.

 

Implants for Individual Teeth

Not only do we offer Overdenture Implants, but we can also replace individual teeth for those who don’t need a complete overhaul. We offer both types of implants because what’s nice about them is that they do not require any further care than one would provide for natural teeth, such as rinsing, flossing, and brushing a few times a day.

After consulting with a dentist, the dental implant procedure is completed in only three steps (similar to the procedure for Overdenture implants):

  • To begin, the gums are opened and the implant is screwed atop the jawbone. Once it is secure, the gums are replaced and left to heal for a few months.
  • Next, what is called a “post” is applied to the implant. For this to happen, the gums are separated again at the location of where the implant was connected to the jawbone. The post is attached, which acts as a base for the replacement tooth, and is this is then left to heal.
  • Lastly, a crown is made and fitted perfectly to match the rest of the teeth.

 

Though some patients may feel a bit of reluctance to this type of surgery, due to the idea of having titanium pieces applied to the jaw, this really is the healthiest and most successful method of replacing missing teeth. The titanium components meld perfectly with the bone and gums without causing a threat to oral health. As for the stability of the new tooth/teeth, they are just as secure and strong as the surrounding natural teeth.

 

What Sets Us Apart

You will not find a dental practice that cares about you and your well-being more than we do at Carolina’s Dental Choice. Not only does our family atmosphere immediately put you at ease, our variety of services offered, and the technology used, provide the highest quality of dental work you will find. When it comes to practices such as teeth whitening, preventative care, and restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we have the latest, newest technology to complete all services quickly, easily, and professionally. Here are just a few of the other services we offer:

 

One thing other dental practices do not want you to know about us is our ability to conduct difficult, in-depth dental procedures. These types of procedures are often left for those few specialty dentists with steady hands and a vast knowledge of the practice. Like us!

What in-depth procedures do we conduct, exactly? A process called restorative dentistry is one. This is any process by which extremely damaged teeth are repaired by adhering bone and tissue with metal and ceramic materials in order to make them whole again. Once the materials are adjoined to the teeth, they are sanded and smoothed to perfectly match the other healthy teeth. And, over time, your mouth begins to accept these new materials and strengthen them by growing new bone and tissue around the restored teeth. Needless to say, this process requires a steady and experienced hand. Lucky for us, we have multiple dentists who excel in this type of procedure.

At Carolina’s Dental Choice, our expert team is ready to perfect your smile. If you have missing teeth and are ready to get your beautiful smile back, come let us take care of you. Using our top-of-the-line technology and equipment, we can create dental implants to fit perfectly in your mouth and fill those voids where teeth used to be. 

 

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Why Dental Implants May Be the Right Choice for Your Oral Health

2020-07-16T16:59:46+00:00June 28th, 2018|Carolina's Dental Choice, Dental Bonding, Dental Crowns, Dental Implants, Dental Trends, Dentures, Fixed Bridges, Implants, Teeth Whitening, Veneers|

Carolina’s Dental Choice is committed to the philosophy of restorative dentistry, which is reproducing or repairing teeth and adjoining bones and tissue, through the use of metal and ceramic materials. Though dental implants have been around, in some form, for more than 40 years, it’s surprising how many people today don’t know the procedure is an option to replace a missing tooth or even multiple teeth. Implants are the closest in comparison to natural teeth. They are just as secure, long lasting, and easy to manage.

 

DENTAL IMPLANTS AND HOW THEY WORK

An implant is a titanium “root” which is placed into the jawbone in order to support a crown, bridge or denture. Ceramic crowns, onlays or veneers address the appearance of the “new tooth.” Over time, the human body completes the process, by growing bone and tissue around the tooth. This provides the artificial implanted tooth with even more stability and permanence.

Treatment generally is a three-part process that takes several months, according to the American Dental Association:

Step 1) The dentist surgically places the implant in the jaw, with the top of the implant slightly above the top of the bone. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering. The gum then is secured over the implant. The implant will remain covered for approximately three to six months while it fuses with the bone, a process called “osseointegration.” There may be some swelling, tenderness or both for a few days after the surgery, so pain medication usually is prescribed to alleviate the discomfort. A diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup often is recommended during the healing process.

Step 2) The implant is uncovered and the dentist attaches an extension, called a post, to the implant. The gum tissue is allowed to heal around the post. Some implants require a second surgical procedure in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth. With other implants, the implant and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. Once healed, the implant and post can serve as the foundation for the new tooth.

Step 3) The dentist makes a crown, which has a size, shape, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post.

 

TOP ORAL CARE TIPS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants can be an option at just about any age, as long a patient has healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant and is committed to maintaining basic oral care. Implants do not require any further care than one would provide for natural teeth, such as rinsing, flossing, and brushing a few times a day.

“Dental implants are very successful and long lasting but as with any surgical procedure, there might be complications,” writes Dr. Anveeta Agarwal, a consultant oral pathologist. “The best way to avoid dental implant failure is to make sure you practice good dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and cleanings.”

Dental implant care tips include:

Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.

  • Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.
  • Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.

Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Though some patients may be reluctant to undergo dental surgery — as well as the idea of having titanium pieces implanted to the jaw — dental implants offer a viable tooth replacement option when other attempts have failed. Patients may have tried bridges or dentures and been unhappy with the results, but dental implants are a healthy alternative.

“For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging,” states Colgate. “In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.”

Additionally, implants serve a cosmetic function. Missing teeth may impact a person’s ability to get a job. 

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Ability to Get a Job

“Poor oral health can significantly diminish quality of life in a number of ways – the most obvious being a person’s ability to eat, sleep and speak,” according to a 2016 report from the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative. “However, there are also social and economic consequences that can impact a person’s job readiness and performance, and ultimately the economic stability of communities. A survey of North Carolina adults revealed that the impact of oral health on job readiness is greatest among those from low-income households.”

 

DENTAL IMPLANTS AND COST

Because dental implants can be used for one or more teeth, and the replacement teeth can vary in size and complexity, assigning a cost-point for the procedure can be challenging. At Carolina’s Dental Choice we usually see prices fluctuating anywhere from the $1,000 to the $3,000 range. Before making any final decisions on payment though, it is a good idea for a potential patient to consult with a dental practice and insurance company in order to clarify how much of the cost may be covered. 

At Carolina’s Dental Choice we provide information about payment, including insurance, Medicaid, and our in-house saving program online, and we are happy to discuss this information with you in person or over the phone.

 

OTHER OPTIONS TO DENTAL IMPLANTS

In addition to dental implants, Carolina’s Dental Choice offers traditional dentures, bridges, partials, which replace teeth. Cosmetic options we offer include teeth whitening and veneers, which are porcelain and permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They can enhance tooth shape, color, length and size. Dental bonding repairs teeth with a tooth-colored resin (stable plastic material) that enhances your smile and can be done in one quick and easy visit.

 

CAROLINA’S DENTAL CHOICE IS HERE FOR YOU

It is our practice to have private consultations with our patients to discuss your teeth, your options, and your treatment. Our dental practice embodies family dentistry by treating our patients like family and working with you to make you smile!

You may find information including new patient forms on our website. Contact us today at 704.239.9519 to schedule your appointment!

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Carolina’s Dental Choice’s New Technology: The 3 Dimensional Digital Device

2020-07-16T17:23:35+00:00March 26th, 2017|Dentures|

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Carolina’s Dental Choice has recently had a full makeover from new interior design to new technology and equipment.   The new upgrades help provide patients with a comfortable environment and excellent dental services. The new equipment gives you the most thorough x-rays of your teeth. The 3 dimensional digital device is a unique piece of technology that allows your dentist to view a 3D scan of your entire mouth. The x-rays make it easy to view teeth at every angle.

 

How it works

 

The 3 dimensional digital device is a tooth x-ray technology that allows the patient to receive a full head scan to get images of the entire jawbone and teeth. The technology is a tall stand-up machine that has a cylinder that rotates from the shoulders up to the jawbone.  The cylinder slowly rotates around the client’s head and takes 3D and 2D photos. This gives the dentist a clear view of the jawbone from every angle. The device collects three different types of 3D data and even creates a virtual patient in 3D. Images taken with this innovative technology show things like bone structure and nerve canals. The images create a stronger since of safety when doing oral surgeries such as dental implants.  Dentist feel more confident using this equipment and patients report feeling safer and more secure with tangible images of the jawbone and teeth. The 3 dimensional digital device collects three different types of data that creates:

 

  • Ease of Operation
  • High Definition Images
  • Increased Diagnostics

 

 

Schedule an Appointment

 

Eager to check out the new technology and remodel at Carolina’s Dental Choice? Make an appointment with Dr. Brown and his excellent team today at Carolina’s Dental Choice in Monroe, North Carolina.  Make an appointment by calling (704)289-9519.

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Dental Implant Supported Dentures from Carolina’s Dental Choice in Monroe

2020-07-16T17:23:42+00:00February 24th, 2017|Dentures|

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Get the 411 on Dental Implant Supported Dentures from Carolina’s Dental Choice in Monroe!

So you are ready to eat and speak with confidence? Dentures may be the solution that can bring back your smile. For those of you who may not already be familiar with dentures, they are loosely defined as removable teeth replacements that are custom fit to your mouth. 

Pros: 

  • Dentures are convenient.
  • Getting dentures is usually a very quick process.
  • With the help of Medicare dentures are low cost.
  • If the fitting is implemented by a reputable dentist, they are custom fit to the patient’s mouth and make for a snug fit.
  • Unlike the dentures of the past, most dentures do not interfere with speaking or eating in comfort.
  • Dentures also help support facial muscles that would normally sag without support.

Cons:

  • Some people find the removal of dentures to be a tedious task.
  • Believe it or not, just like we lose our keys occasionally, we also lose our dentures!
  • Cleaning dentures is not always an easy task and cleaning solutions are costly.
  • Bottom line, dentures are tried and true products that can help improve your confidence with a great smile.

 

Can everyone wear dentures?

Normal and basic dentures rest on the gums but if you do not have enough teeth in the jaw you might want to consider another option like Dental Implants.

With dental implants, dentures have a special place to attach by snapping onto the implant. This helps to make the denture accommodates your mouth and creates a more comfortable feel. The implant- supported denture is much like a normal denture and still must be removed at night and cleaned routinely. If having a removable mouth fixture seems like too much then fixed options are available. You can speak with Dr. Brown at Carolina’s Dental Choice for other options like dental bridges or dental crowns.

 

Types of dentures with implants

There are two forms of dental implant dentures, bar-retained and ball-retained.

With either form the denture will need at least two implants to support the appliance. The dentures will be made as normal with an acrylic base that resembles the gums and porcelain or acrylic teeth that will appear almost like natural teeth.

BAR-RETAINED

The bar-retained dentures utilizes a thin metal bar to wrap around the jaw and attached to the implants. Here, clips or some form of attaching method is installed to attach to the bar so the denture can securely fit to the implants.

BALL-RETAINED

With the ball-retained dentures every implant holds a metal attachment for the attachment on the denture to fit into. The implants usually contain ball-shaped attachments for the socket-shaped dentures to fit into.

Both forms of implant-supported dentures are highly effective and easy to use. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown (704-289-9519) to find out which method would work best for you in consideration with the shape and form of your jaw.

Procedure for getting dental implants with dentures attached.

Once you lose teeth, it begins to wear away the bone in the jaw. For this reason the implants are placed at the front of the jaw because this area contains the most structure and the least amount of nerves.This procedure is usually very timely. With multiple surgeries, implants, and the placement of dentures 

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normally takes around five to seven months. This procedure usually requires two surgeries. The first surgery is to insert the implants in the jaw under the gums. After about three to six months, the second surgery takes place to expose the implants.

 

4 Steps to a Successful Treatment:

  1. Meet with Dr. Brown for a Consultation

Meeting with Dr. Brown for an initial consultation offers an opportunity to discuss your options for Implants and Dentures. This information will help you become familiar with the different procedures.  Together, you and Dr. Brown can decided which option best fits your needs. Along with discussing the procedure, your dental history will be reviewed, x-rays will be taken, and impressions of your teeth and gums will be made.

  1. First Procedure

In the first surgery, the implants will be placed into the jawbone. This is done by creating an incision in the gum and inserting the implant. A small hole is drilled in to the bone for the implant to attach and then is stitched up. After the implants are secured it is important to allow your jaw to heal. The dentist will wait three to six month to schedule to next step.

 

  1. Second Procedure

Next the dentist will take x-rays, to ensure the implants have fused with the jawbone. If all is well, the second surgery will proceed. This surgery is a simple and easy procedure. A small incision is made to reveal the top of the implant. Once the top of the implants are visible, a healing cap is placed on them, this helps the gum tissue through the healing process. After about two weeks the healing caps will be replaced with abutments and impressions will be taken to create the dentures.

  1. Dentures

After about five to seven months, a metal bar is placed on the abutments. Then, the dentures will be placed in and examined for a proper fit. After the lineup is fixed correctly and examined several times the teeth are placed into the framework permanently. At this time, the ball or bar attachment will be secured.

The Follow Up

After everything is complete it is important to take proper care of your new teeth. This means eating the correct foods, cleaning properly, and coming to the dentist for routine checkups.

  1. Cleaning
  • Remove dentures at night
  • Remove to clean daily
  • Carefully clean dentures and attachments

 

  1. Dental checkups
  • You will need to schedule regular appointments for the dentist to check the stability of your dentures
  • The clip on the bar-retained denture will need to be changed every six to twelve months.

 

  1. Foods to avoid
  • Coffee and tea
  • Popcorn
  • Sticky foods
  • Nuts
  • Corn

With implant-supported dentures, your dentures will be more stable and secure to help you enjoy the things you love. Your new dentures will make eating and speaking natural and easy. 

We encourage you to make an appointment with

Dr. Brown at Carolina’s Dental Choice today

by calling 704-289-9519. 

Dr. Brown and his team of highly qualified professionals

will be happy to speak with you about any of your dental concerns.

For more information, you can also visit the website

at https://adambrowndds.com/.

 

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