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By Dentistry for Midtown
February 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   bone graft  
BoneGraftingMightbeNecessaryBeforeYouObtainanImplant

Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.

Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.

When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption.  New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.

In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.

Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.

Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.

If you would like more information on obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dentistry for Midtown
January 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you thinking of getting dental implants?

Used by dentists all over the world to treat dental gaps to reinforce jawbones, dental implants are the most successful and stable tooth restoration available today. Read below to learn more, and if you are interested in treatment, call Drs. Laura Koch and Andrew Soulimiotis at their Midtown, GA, dental office.

 

The basics on dental implants

Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They consist of several parts: a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown that tops the whole structure and matches the rest of your teeth.

 

What does the dental implant procedure entail?

The procedure is straightforward. The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root, where it will provide stability and strength, while also preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone.

After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (the process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.

After healing is complete your, Midtown dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and finally secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

 

Does the body reject dental implants?

Implants are made of titanium and can't be rejected because they don't consist of any living cells. Allergies are rare but possible, which is why implants have a 95 percent success rate.

 

Is the procedure painful?

Dental implant surgery is easy and tolerable for most people. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, is all that is needed to manage post-operative discomfort.

 

How do you care for your dental implants?

To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. A change in diet may also be beneficial—eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while avoiding sugary foods helps to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you're interested in learning more about dental implants, call Drs. Laura Koch and Andrew Soulimiotis, in Midtown, GA, at (404) 249-1716 to learn more!

By Dentistry for Midtown
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
RegeneratingLostBoneCanMakeDentalImplantsaReality

Every day the forces you generate when you bite or chew can exert enormous pressure on your teeth. And day after day your teeth remain stable and secure, thanks to an intricate system of periodontal ligaments, attaching gum tissue and bone. The latter element is especially important — healthy bone makes healthy teeth.

And vice-versa — the same biting forces are transmitted through the tooth root to the bone via the periodontal ligament to stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). If a tooth’s missing, however, the bone doesn’t receive that stimulation, and the resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate. In fact, you can lose up to a quarter of bone width in the first year alone after tooth loss.

And this can cause a problem when you’re looking to replace that missing tooth with what’s considered the best restorative option available: dental implants. Known for their life-likeness and durability, implants nonetheless need sufficient bone to anchor properly for the best outcome. Without it, implants simply aren’t practical.

But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story: it’s quite possible to regenerate enough bone to support implants through bone grafting. Bone material from the patient (or another donor, human, animal or synthetic) is placed under the gum at the missing tooth site to serve as a scaffold for new growth. The new bone growth will eventually replace the graft material.

The size of the graft and extent of the procedure depends of course on the amount of bone loss at the site. Loss can be kept to a minimum, though, if the graft is placed immediately after a tooth extraction, a common practice now. After a few months, the bone created through the graft is sufficient for supporting an implant and gives you the best chance for a beautiful outcome.

If you’re considering an implant for a missing tooth, you should schedule a consultation appointment with us as soon as possible. After a thorough dental exam, we’ll be able to tell you if bone grafting to support implants is a good idea for you. It adds a little more time to the overall implant process, but the results — a new, more attractive smile — will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on bone regeneration, 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 “Can Dentists Rebuild Bone?

By Dentistry for Midtown
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can subtly repair a damaged tooth or overhaul your smile. However, the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you may get lost in the shuffle of all the treatments available at your dentist’s office. Luckily, you and your dentist can work together to ensure that you find the best cosmetic treatments for you. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and its benefits with Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown, GA.

What is cosmetic dentistry? 
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on making your smile beautiful more than improving the functionality of your teeth. Many of these procedures often also fall under the restorative dentistry umbrella.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Midtown, GA

  • Crowns and Bridges: Crowns help protect a damaged or decayed tooth while bridges replace a missing tooth above the gum line. These restorations are made from porcelain and blend into your natural smile.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root both above and below the gum line. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement option and remain anchored into the mouth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers cover a tooth to mask its appearance. A dental laboratory customizes the veneer and your dentist bonds it permanently onto your tooth.
  • Orthodontic Treatments: Orthodontics use braces to straighten the teeth and correct bite issues. Orthodontic devices range from traditional metal braces to clear plastic aligner trays. Your dentist can help you make the best decision for you.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding repairs slightly damaged teeth such as those with chips or small cracks. Bonding can also renew the appearance of a stained or yellowed tooth.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a fast, efficient procedure that provides obvious, even dramatic results in just an hour-long session. Your dentist can change the intensity of the treatment to cater to your wishes.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown, GA. Call (404) 249-1716 to schedule your consultation with your dentist today!

By Dentistry for Midtown
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsWhat your dentists in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia want you to know

If your smile and self-esteem are suffering because of lost teeth, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants! This revolutionary treatment is the most natural-looking, best-functioning method of tooth replacement available today.

Your dentists at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel want to share just a few of the important benefits of dental implants and help you discover what dental implants can do for you and your smile.

Whether you have lost just one or several teeth, dental implants can complete your smile. If you have worn a denture for a long time and are losing your youthful facial contours, dental implants can rebuild the bone you have lost and restore a firm jawline.

People prefer dental implants for many reasons. These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy, thanks to dental implants. Consider that dental implants:

Are virtually identical to natural teeth; that’s because the implant crown is made of translucent (light-reflective) materials that look just like tooth enamel.

Will never move around; that’s because they are firmly embedded in the jawbone so they are completely stable.

Are easy to maintain; that’s because you can brush and floss your dental implants right along with your natural teeth.

Fit in easily with your life; that’s because you never take them out for eating and sleeping, unlike partials and dentures.

Are the most successful surgical implant; that’s because dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Don’t settle for old-school dental appliances and bridgework when you can have dental implants, the state-of-the-art way to rebuild your smile. It all starts with a simple phone call to your dentists at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Don’t wait to remake your smile! Call today!