Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
September 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
DentalImplantsCouldHelpPreserveBoneAfterToothLoss

Losing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, not to mention the effect it can have on your smile. But that could be just the beginning of your problems. Missing teeth can contribute to extensive bone loss within your jaws and face. Here's why.

Bone is like any other living tissue—cells develop, function and eventually die, and new cells take their place. Forces generated during chewing stimulate this new growth, helping the jawbone maintain its normal volume and density.

But you lose this stimulus when you lose teeth. This can cause a slowdown in bone cell regrowth that can eventually diminish bone volume. And it can happen relatively quickly: you could lose a quarter or more of jawbone width around a missing tooth within a year.

As this loss continues, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, the bone can eventually erode to its base level. This loss of dental function can make chewing more difficult, place more pressure on the remaining teeth and adversely affect facial appearance. It could also prevent an implant restoration to replace missing teeth.

Dentures and other forms of dental restoration can replace missing teeth, but not the chewing stimulus. Dentures in particular will accelerate bone loss, because they can irritate the bony gum ridges they rest upon.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can slow or even stop bone loss. Implants consist of a metal post, typically made of titanium, imbedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth with a life-like crown attached. Titanium also has a strong affinity with bone so that bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's surface. This can produce enough growth to slow, stop or even reverse bone loss.

This effect may also work when implants are combined with other restorations, including dentures. These enhanced dentures no longer rest on the gums, but connect to implants. This adds support and takes the pressure off of the bony ridge, as well as contributes to better bone health.

If you've lost a tooth, it's important to either replace it promptly or have a bone graft installed to help forestall any bone loss in the interim. And when it's time to replace those missing teeth, dental implants could provide you not only a life-like solution, but a way to protect your bone health.

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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

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.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s common to have flaws in your smile that you may be uncomfortable with. Flaws in your smile may hurt your confidence and make it feel embarrassing to show off your smile like you want to. Your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Mason Dental Assosiatiates, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can help you determine what cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures 

There are numerous issues that cosmetic dentistry from your cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, can tackle. Some common procedures include:

  • Dental Implants- If you’re missing a tooth, dental implants may be the right solution for you! Dental implants are a durable form of tooth replacement that’s long-lasting, natural-looking, and completely functional like a natural tooth! No one will ever know you were missing a tooth to begin with.
  • Teeth Whitening- Over time, it’s common for your teeth to take on yellowing and staining. Teeth whitening can brighten up your smile and leave it sparkling again. Professional teeth whitening from your dentist can be done in-office and you should notice results almost instantly after treatment.
  • Bonding- If you have chips or cracks in your smile, bonding is the best way to patch these cracks up. Bonding is tooth-colored and will leave you with a natural-looking result.
  • Veneers- With veneers, you can cover up any yellowing or staining, missing teeth, crookedness, misalignment, and any chips or cracks you may suffer from. Veneers are the best way to get a perfect-looking Hollywood smile.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today!

No matter what issues you may face, there’s a cosmetic dentistry procedure out there for you. Contact Dr. Mason of Mason Dental Assosiatiates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, at (201) 288-4447 today!

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
October 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Restoring lost teeth improves your appearance and ensures that you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods. Your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason, can help you replace your lost teeth with innovative dental implants.

How implants fill the gaps in your smile

Dental implants make it easy to create brand new artificial teeth that work just like the ones you lost or had extracted. At your first implant appointment, titanium posts are implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. These implants will act as the roots of your new teeth and will be connected to dental crowns with small screws. Once both parts are connected, you'll have attractive, fully functioning new teeth.

Biting power isn't an issue with dental implants

You may find it difficult to eat certain foods if the restoration method you choose only replaces the crowns (tops) of your teeth. In fact, you might not have the biting power you need chew tougher foods. Luckily, dental implants offer excellent biting power because your new roots are firmly connected to your jawbone.

Implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is also used in hip and knee replacements. It only takes a matter of months for your dental implants to fully bond to your jawbone. Once bonding occurs, your implants will be securely attached to your jawbone. Your new tooth won't move, slip or slide when you eat.

Dental implants are a good option for most people

As long as you're in good health, you'll probably be a good candidate for dental implants. Implants may not be an option if you have a condition that affects your immune system or take medications that suppress your immune. The restorations generally aren't recommended for smokers, as smoking slows healing.

Implants have no limits

Dental implants are a good choice if you need to replace one tooth but are just as effective at restoring all of your teeth. If you're unhappy with your dentures, ask your dentist if implant-supported dentures would be a good choice for you during your next visit to the Hasbrouck Heights dental office. As few as four dental implants can be paired with an upper or lower denture.

Do you have gaps in your smile? Dental implants offer the perfect solution. Call your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, Dr. Mason, at (201) 288-4447 to schedule your appointment.

ImplantsMakeDenturesMoreSecureComfortableandBone-Friendly

Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”