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By David J. Campbell DDS
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth loss  
WhyweNeedtoCareforaYoungerPatientsBoneafteraToothLoss

In an instant, an accident could leave you or a loved one with a missing tooth. Thankfully, we can restore it with a dental implant that looks and functions like a real tooth—and the sooner the better.

But if the patient is a teenager or younger, sooner may have to be later. Because their jaws are still developing, an implant placed now could eventually look as if it's sinking into the gums as the jaw continues to grow and the implant doesn't move. It's best to wait until full jaw maturity around early adulthood and in the meantime use a temporary replacement.

But that wait could pose a problem with bone health. As living tissue, bone cells have a life cycle where they form, function and then dissolve (resorption) with new cells taking their place. This cycle continues at a healthy rate thanks to stimulation from forces generated by the teeth during chewing that travel through the roots to the bone.

When a tooth goes missing, however, so does this stimulation. Without it the bone's growth cycle can slow to an unhealthy rate, ultimately reducing bone volume.  Because implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement and support, this could make it difficult if not impossible to install one.

We can help prevent this by placing a bone graft immediately after the removal of a tooth within the tooth's "socket." The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to form and grow upon. The graft will eventually resorb leaving the newly formed bone in its place.

We can also fine-tune and slow the graft's resorption rate. This may be preferable for a younger patient with years to go before their permanent restoration. In the meantime, you can still proceed with other dental treatments including orthodontics.

By carefully monitoring a young patient's bone health and other aspects of their dental care, we can keep on course for an eventual permanent restoration. With the advances in implantology, the final smile result will be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on dental care for trauma injuries, 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 for Teenagers: Factors Influencing Treatment Planning in Adolescents.”

By David J. Campbell DDS
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your fence were missing a picket or a rail, wouldn't you replace it? Of course, you would because, after all, the fence wouldn't look right dental implantsor do its job if it had gaps. The same goes for your smile. If the unfortunate occurs and you lose one or more teeth to decay, accident or gum disease, fill the gaps with today's best tooth replacement option--dental implants from White Lake, MI, dentist, Dr. David Campbell. They're stable, life-like and last for years.

The typical dental implant

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that half a million dental implants are placed annually in the United States. So this innovative prosthetic is increasing in popularity and in application, too, as dentists install single-tooth implants and anchor multi-tooth bridges and even dentures with these titanium wonders.

Yes, that's right titanium. The typical dental implant contains a bone-loving, natural metal called titanium, a frequently-used component of orthopedic joint replacements for the knee and hip. Human bone adheres to titanium through a process known as osseointegration, making this strong, but light, metal well-adapted to residing in the jaw bone of a teen or adult with tooth loss.

Looking at a diagram of a single-tooth implant, you would see the titanium screw (this is surgically placed below the gum line), a metal abutment (above the gum line) and a custom-crafted porcelain crown bonded to the abutment. With bridgework or dentures, several dental implants in White Lake support the prosthetic. For instance, All-on-4 is a common way to anchor full dentures.

The implant procedure

Dr. Campbell performs a comprehensive oral examination on prospective implant patients to make sure they have a jaw bone strong enough to support the device. Also, he looks for complete oral health.

If all is well, he installs the implant device in one short visit. He numbs the area around the empty socket, opens the gums and then drills a hole into the bone itself. He inserts the titanium device and closes the area with a few sutures. The patient goes home to heal. Healing and integration take several weeks, but with it, the doctor knows the implant can handle the substantial pressures associated with chewing and biting.

When the patient returns, Dr. Campbell examines and X-rays the site and bonds the abutment and crown in place. With minor adjustments for bite, the dental implant treatment is complete.

Implant care

If you're used to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you're all set because that's how you routinely care for dental implants. While implants don't decay, they can develop peri-implantitis, an infection resembling gum disease. This destructive condition is really the only thing that threatens implant success. In fact, with at-home and in-office care, implants succeed up to 98 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

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You can replace your missing teeth. Learn if dental implants are right for you by contacting Dr. David Campbell today for a consultation in White Lake, MI: (248) 887-8387.