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TheImplantProcesscanbeShortenedDependingontheToothType

Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. While all implant procedures follow the same general concept — a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown — the installation process can vary.

From their earliest history, implants have usually been installed through a two-stage process. In the first stage, the surgeon inserts the titanium post in the bone and leaves it “submerged” below the gum level to protect it from oral bacteria and the effects of chewing and biting. About three months later after the bone attaches to the titanium (a process called osseointegration), the surgeon then performs the second stage by re-exposing the implant and attaching a temporary abutment and crown for the patient to wear while the permanent abutment and crown are fabricated and later attached in 2-6 weeks.

In recent years, advancements in materials and design have made possible a one-stage process that allows the implant to protrude above the gum line during osseointegration and shortens the process. After the initial three-month healing period, the implant is ready for “loading” with the permanent crown.

The choice between which of these two procedures should be used for your implants will first depend on the type of tooth being replaced. A front tooth benefits from the one-stage procedure for cosmetic reasons because the surgeon can install a temporary crown to the exposed abutment during osseointegration (as long as the temporary tooth isn’t in functional contact with other teeth). An implant for a back tooth, on the other hand, doesn't have a large cosmetic demand so those one stage procedures usually end up with an exposed healing abutment but no temporary crown.

The strength of the bone is also a factor. Some bone tends to be softer, particularly in the back of the mouth. There’s a chance the implant could move in this softer bone, adversely affecting the outcome. For this reason, the two-stage procedure can be the preferred approach for posterior teeth as it offers more protection from movement.

You can be sure we’ll consider all these and other factors during your initial examination, and then advise you on the best approach. Above all, we want to make sure — whether a one-stage or a two-stage implant process — the result is a smile you can be proud of.

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 “Staging Surgery in Implant Dentistry.”

By Today's Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsCould this long-term tooth replacement give you back your full smile?

While tooth loss was the last thing you expected to face as an adult, it should bring you a little relief to know that our Chicago dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda offers many ways to help you restore your smile. Many adults are turning to dental implants. Here’s why,

Next Best Thing to Real Teeth

While nothing can truly take the place of your natural teeth, once you lose a tooth we know that the goal is to find a restoration that is as close to the real thing as you can get. In this case, nothing beats dental implants. Implants are unique because they take the place of tooth roots, providing a stable and long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth. No other tooth replacement functions in the same way.

A Lifelong Replacement Tooth

We also know that given the option, our Chicago patients want a new tooth that is going to last as long as possible. While this certainly means maintain good oral hygiene and visiting our general dentist for routine checkups, other tooth replacement options will still need to be replaced every 5-15 years, but not dental implants. The implant itself is made from titanium, so it is durable enough to last several decades, which means that you could have your implant for the rest of your life.

Prevent Bone Loss

Bone loss is the most common complication associated with tooth loss, but did you know that getting a dental implant could prevent bone loss? Since the implant actually functions like tooth roots, the implant is placed into the jawbone where it provides the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue producing healthy new cells. As a result, the jawbone doesn’t deteriorate.

Restore Chewing

Another issue that many people with missing teeth encounter is difficulty or trouble properly chewing certain foods. As a result, you may be avoiding certain foods that you actually need to get all the nutrients necessary to stay healthy. Furthermore, difficulty chewing food can also lead to digestive issues. A dental implant is stable and stays in place, which means that you will be able to enjoy eating all of the foods you want without worrying about your tooth.

Today’s Dentistry in Chicago, IL wants to restore your missing teeth to give you a smile you can feel confident in once more. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Find out how implants can help you!

Dental ImplantsDental implants offer a long-lasting way to restore missing teeth and are a good option for many people. Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda uses implants to help his patients fill the gaps in their smiles.

Problems caused by missing teeth

Replacing a missing tooth isn't just about aesthetics. A gap in your smile makes chewing more difficult, affects your speech, and may make you feel less confident around other people. Although bridges and dentures are effective restoration methods, they only replace the visible part of your teeth. Thanks to dental implants, you can recreate an entire missing tooth, from the roots to the crown.

What is a dental implant?

During the first part of the dental implant process, your dentist makes a small opening in your jawbone, places the titanium implant inside them, and covers the area with your gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will gradually bond to your jawbone, and once this connection is established, it will be topped with a dental crown.

Are dental implants a good choice for me?

Dental implants can be an excellent option if:

  • Food gets stuck in the gap in your smile. Chewing becomes more complicated when there's a space between your teeth. Once your tooth is restored with a dental implant, you'll be able to chew normally and won't experience the decrease in biting power that can occur if you opt for other restoration methods.
  • You want a longer-lasting restoration option. Bridges and dentures must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, but not dental implants. In fact, most people will never need to replace them. The crown portion of your new tooth will need to be replaced periodically due to wear, however.
  • You want a realistic-looking replacement tooth. Your new crown is carefully constructed to blend in with your smile. Dental technicians create the crown using an impression made by your Chicago dentist.

Restore your lost teeth with dental implants! Call Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda at (773) 334-1801 to schedule an appointment.

By Today's Dentistry
October 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
NoNeedtoFretOverImplantSurgery

Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

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 Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

WhatYouShouldKnowAboutAntibioticTherapyBeforeImplantSurgery

Placing a dental implant within the jawbone requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s a relatively minor affair, but for some with certain health conditions it might be otherwise. Because of their condition they might have an increased risk for a bacterial infection afterward that could interfere with the implant’s integration with the bone and lead to possible failure.

To lower this risk, dentists for many years have routinely prescribed an antibiotic for patients considered at high-risk for infection to take before their implant surgery. But there’s been a lively debate among health practitioners about the true necessity for this practice and whether it’s worth the possible side effects that can accompany taking antibiotics.

While the practice still continues, current guidelines now recommend it for fewer health conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) together with the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommend antibiotics only for surgical patients who have prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.

But patients with prosthetic joint replacements, who were once included in the recommendation for pre-surgical antibiotics, are no longer in that category. Even so, some orthopedic surgeons continue to recommend it for their joint replacement patients out of concern that a post-surgical infection could adversely affect their replaced joints.

But while these areas of disagreement about pre-surgical antibiotics still continue, a consensus may be emerging about a possible “sweet spot” in administering the therapy. Evidence from recent studies indicates just a small dose of antibiotics administered an hour before surgery may be sufficient to reduce the risk of infection-related implant failure with only minimal risk of side effects from the drug.

Because pre-surgical antibiotic therapy can be a complicated matter, it’s best that you discuss with both the physician caring for your health condition and your dentist about whether you should undergo this option to reduce the infection risk with your own implant surgery. Still, if all the factors surrounding your health indicate it, this antibiotic therapy might help you avoid losing an implant to infection.

If you would like more information on antibiotics before implant surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”