Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By Brookside Dental Care
December 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
DoYouHaveEnoughSupportingBoneforanImplant

Upgrades can be exciting—moving on to a larger house, the latest smartphone, or maybe a new car. And, the same can apply with tooth replacements: Maybe you're ready now to upgrade your existing restoration to a dental implant, the most advanced tooth replacement method now available.

But you might encounter a speed bump in your plans: whether or not you have enough bone available for an implant. Here's why your bone may not be adequate.

Like any other cellular tissue, bone has a life cycle: older cells die and newer cells form to take their place. This process stays on track because of the forces generated when we chew, which stimulates new growth.

But that stimulus disappears when a tooth goes missing. This slows the bone growth cycle to the point that bone volume can gradually dwindle. You could in fact lose up to a quarter of bone width in just the first year after losing a tooth.

And, you'll need adequate bone to provide your implants with sufficient strength and stability, as well as the best possible appearance alongside your other teeth. If you don't have enough bone, we must either enhance its current volume or opt for a different restoration.

Fortunately, we may be able to do the former through bone augmentation or grafting. With this method, we place a graft of bone tissue in the area we wish to regenerate. The graft becomes a scaffold upon which new bone cells build upon. It's possible for grafting to produce up to 5 mm in additional width and 3 mm in height to supporting bone.

We can also use this method to prevent bone loss by placing a graft immediately following a tooth extraction. Some studies show the graft can help preserve bone up to 10 years, giving patients time to consider or prepare for a dental implant.

 There are circumstances, though, where bone loss has been too extensive to make up enough ground to place an implant. If so, there are other effective and life-like restorations to replace missing teeth. But there's still a good chance augmentation can restore the bone you need for a new smile with dental implants.

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 After Previous Tooth Loss.”

By Brookside Dental Care
November 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   dentures  

If you are looking for dental restoration, Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang can help at Brookside Dental Care. Today you have the option of both dentures or implants if you have missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. You may be wondering about the differences between dentures and dental implants in Stockton, CA. Let's look at a few of the differences and similarities between these two options. 

Dentures

Dentures are the traditional method of tooth restoration. Dentures are used when teeth are missing, or if teeth are so decayed or damaged that they should be removed. Dentures are designed to fit comfortably in the mouth and to be removed nightly for cleaning. 

The pros of dentures are that having a set of dentures created for your mouth is usually a quick and easy procedure once the damaged teeth have been removed. 

Dentures, however, do not feel and work like natural teeth would. Patients who opt for dentures often find that they cannot chew the same way as they did with natural teeth. This can sometimes require the patient to alter their eating habits or the types of food they eat. 

Implants

Dental implants in Stockton, CA, offer patients a permanent solution for false teeth. Implants can be thought of as dentures that are permanently attached to your jawbone. Each implant consists of a rod that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The tooth is then placed on top of this rod. Because each tooth is implanted separately, the set of teeth can work like your natural teeth for chewing and biting. 

This procedure is more time-consuming and will require that you undergo major dental surgery following the removal of your teeth. There will also be a recovery time while your mouth heals from the procedure. 

Once the implants are completed, you will be able to enjoy your new, permanent set of teeth for years to come. 

If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are interested in dental implants in Stockton, CA, please contact Dr. Pritsky or Dr. Lang at Brookside Dental Care by calling 209-952-8804.

By Brookside Dental Care
October 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants offer some unique advantages over other tooth replacement options.

No one ever expects to lose a permanent tooth but it happens to millions of Americans. When this happens, our Stockton, CA, dentist Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang can provide dental implants, a lifelong solution to replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Many people are turning to our clinical dental practice for implants, and you could be an ideal candidate, too.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a false tooth that replaces the entirety of a tooth, from the crown to the roots. A dental implant is placed into the jawbone by our Stockton, CA, implant dentists to anchor a dental crown into place. Once the implant fuses together with bone and tissue you won’t have to worry about the tooth wiggling or moving around in your mouth; it will stay as firmly in place as your healthy, natural teeth.

If you need to replace multiple teeth, our implant specialists can also place multiple implants along the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.

What are the advantages of a dental implant?

Most healthy adults who come into our office for implants are ideal candidates for this lifelong tooth replacement. Due to the uniqueness of this restoration, you better believe that it offers some one-of-a-kind benefits including,

  • Supporting the muscles of the face and preventing premature sagging and other changes to the shape and structure of the face
  • Preserving the jawbone and stimulating new bone cells to prevent tooth loss-related bone loss
  • A long-term restoration that functions, looks and even feels exactly like a real tooth
  • A false tooth that fully restores chewing, biting and speaking
  • A restoration that doesn’t require special treatment or products (you can simply care for it like you do your natural teeth)
  • Filling gaps in your smile to prevent your natural teeth from drifting into these open gaps and causing misalignments

Do you have questions about dental implants? We are one of the few dental implant specialists in the Stockton, CA, area, and we’ve been providing restorative dentistry for close to 20 years. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, call Brookside Dental Care at (209) 952-8804.

YouCanHaveaSuccessfulImplantOutcomeifYourDiabetesisUnderControl

Around one in ten U.S. adults have diabetes, a metabolic disease that can disrupt other aspects of a person's health like wound healing and vision. It could also cause complications with dental implants, the premier replacement choice for missing teeth.

There are two basic types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to regulate the amount of sugar glucose in the bloodstream. With the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond efficiently to the insulin produced.

Uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to several dangerous health conditions. In addition to vision impairment and poor wound healing, diabetics are at higher risk for other problems like kidney disease or nerve damage. Drastic swings in blood glucose levels can also cause coma or death.

Many diabetics, though, are able to manage their condition through diet, exercise, medications and regular medical care. Even so, they may still encounter problems with wound healing, which could complicate getting a dental implant.

An implant is composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone. Because of its affinity with titanium, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's metal surface. Several weeks after implant surgery, enough bone growth occurs to fully secure the implant within the jaw.

But this integration process may be slower for diabetics because of sluggish wound healing. It's possible for integration to not fully occur in diabetic patients after implant surgery, increasing the risk of eventually losing the implant.

Fortunately, though, evidence indicates this not to be as great a concern as once thought. A number of recent group studies comparing diabetic and non-diabetic implant patients found little difference in outcomes—both groups had similar success rates (more than 95 percent).

The only exception, though, were diabetic patients with poor glucose control, who had much slower bone integration that posed a threat to a successful implant outcome. If you're in this situation, it's better if you're first able to better control your blood glucose levels before you undergo surgery.

So, while diabetes is something to factor into your implant decision, your chances remain good for a successful outcome. Just be sure you're doing everything you can to effectively manage your diabetes.

If you would like more information on diabetes and dental health, 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.”

DiabetesCanMakeGettinganImplantDifficultButNotImpossible

Over 26 million Americans have diabetes, a systemic condition that interferes with maintaining safe levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. Over time, diabetes can begin to interfere with other bodily processes, including wound healing—which could affect dental care, and dental implants in particular.

Diabetes affects how the body regulates glucose, a basic sugar derived from food digestion that's the primary source of energy for cell development and function. Our bodies, though, must maintain glucose levels within a certain range — too high or too low could have adverse effects on our health. The body does this with the help of a hormone called insulin that's produced as needed by the pancreas to constantly regulate blood glucose levels.

There are two types of diabetes that interfere with the function of insulin in different ways. With Type I diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin, forcing the patient to obtain the hormone externally through daily injections or medication. With Type II diabetes, the most common form among diabetics, the body doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond adequately to the insulin that's present.

As mentioned, one of the consequences of diabetes is slow wound healing. This can have a profound effect on the body in general, but it can also potentially cause problems with dental implants. That's because implants once placed need time to integrate with the bone to achieve a strong hold. Slow wound healing caused by diabetes can slow this integration process between implant and bone, which can affect the entire implantation process.

The potential for those kinds of problems is greater if a patient's diabetes isn't under control. Patients who are effectively managing their diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication have less trouble with wound healing, and so less chance of healing problems with implants.

All in all, though, it appears diabetics as a group have as much success with implants as the general population (above 95 percent). But it can be a smoother process if you're doing everything you can to keep your diabetes under control.

If you would like more information on managing dental care with diabetes, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.