Are Dental Implants Replaceable?

If My Dental Implants Failed, Are they Replaceable?

Dental Implants are highly recommended by many dentists as a great solution for missing teeth. Even with a 90- 95% success rate, there are still instances where implants must be removed and possibly replaced, during the lifetime of the patient.

Dental implant failure, though rare, is most often associated with the inability of the implant and bone to attach to each other, or osseointegrate. This concern can be evident when the implant is mobile or lost. If the attachment between the bone and the implant is lost or not achieved, the dental implant will not be successful.

There can be impending problem too if the dental implant is placed on a bone with inadequate thickness and mass. Thin bones may not support dental implants adequately. Poor bone quality may also be unfavorable as this may delay osseointegration. All these should be seen in the diagnosis and treatment planning. A reliable dentist experienced in Dental Implants, would most-likely notice these possible bone issues prior to dental implant treatment and address them.

Inflammation of oral structures around the dental implant, called periimplantitis, can signify the possibility of failure as well. When the bone and mucosa around the implant becomes inflamed, bone loss may follow. In addition, when bone loss occurs, a vital purpose of dental implants is neglected. Patients who are heavy smokers, with diabetes, and with poor oral hygiene may experience periimplantitis.

Dental implants may fail because of wear and tear. Although this is not at all common, but can happen in situations such as when a substituted tooth receives too much force during function like biting and chewing. This is preventable by regular consultation and check-ups with your dentist8233744XSmall.jpg.

If any of these happen, dental implants can be removed but if left unreplaced, bone resorption follows. Thus, considering new dental implants is appropriate. Dental implants may sometimes be replaced if necessary depending on different factors: status and amount of remaining bone, current medical condition of the patient, level of oral hygiene measures and existing habits like smoking. Your dentist can assess a failed dental implant if a new one is still manageable to embed.

If the problem is only with the crown attached to the implant, in most cases that can simply be removed and replaced without addressing the implant itself.

If your dental implant has failed and you want it replaced, come see Dr Matt VanderMolen. The team at Advanced Dental Care will assist you in re-achieving the beautiful smile you deserve. In their hands, dental implant failure can turn into a success.  Call us at 217-546-3333 and see how Dr VanderMolen can help you.

Dental Implants for the Whole Mouth

Are Dental Implants Appropriate for all areas in the mouth?

In considering replacement of missing teeth, we tend to question if a certain dental prosthetic will be fitting for us. Different treatments apply or appeal to different patients and situations. Thus, it is most important to get as much information as possible and consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment for your mouth.  Dental Implants are a highly recommended solution for missing teeth.

Dental implants are a naturally looking and feeling replacement option. When successfully fused with the jaw and well maintained, these can be very efficient and long-lasting replacements. But do dental implants work as replacements in all areas of the mouth, from the biting incisors to the chewing molars?

There are different designs of dental implants, each with its own condition of use. A trustworthy dentist knows which to place on a certain jaw site.  Endosteal implants act like a root, embedded inside the bone. Normally, these require a wide and deep base of bone. This is the most famous design of implant today.  Dental Implants are cost effective, generally staying inline with the cost of other tooth replacement treatments, but lasting longer and feeling more natural.

The jawbone height and width are very important in deciding if what kind of dental implant is to bedental_implant_diagram2.jpg used. Subperiosteal implants are for patients with bone height and width unsatisfactory to be considered for endosteal implants. Custom made subperiosteal dental implants tend to be more expensive than endosteal implants. Unlike endosteal implants that are embedded into the bones, subperiosteal implants sit on top of the bone. Patients who have difficulty in wearing dentures before because of too much bone resorption can be good candidates for this kind of implants.

Good prognosis comes from a patient with adequate bone support, good oral health and hygiene, acceptable systemic condition and absence of vices like smoking.

If you have interest in dental implants, visit Dr Matt VanderMolen and his staff in Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, IL. Call us for an appointment at 217-546-3333.  We will help you determine if dental implants are right for you.


Fastbraces: The Choice for Teens

Fastbraces are a Great Choice for Realigning Teens’ Teeth

fastbraces.pngMany teenagers who have misaligned teeth seek orthodontic services from their dentist. For a long time, dentists have been suggesting traditional metal braces in answering these requests. However, a significant number of patients complain about the pain, duration of treatment, and metallic appearance of the traditional braces.

Fortunately, the development of Fastbraces, a new orthodontic system, addresses many of these orthodontic concerns. Fastbraces may be suitable to any age. Fastbraces are even well suited for teenagers who are worried with how their teeth look. They can even achieve their wished-for smile in just a few months.

Fastbraces target the movement of roots and crowns of teeth at the same time allowing the duration of treatment to be significantly shorter. Fastbraces brackets come in a non-conventional triangular design that more efficiently lessens bone resistance to movement in a more comfortable rate.

For some, Fastbraces treatments can last as little as 3 months. Others may have appointments for a year depending on the complexity of misalignment. Thus, a thorough and complete consultation with your dentist is necessary to discuss how long it would take to realign the teeth.

Shorter orthodontic treatment may decrease expenses over-all, a definite benefit to teenagers and parents alike.

Many teenagers may favor Fastbraces in correcting teeth misalignments. Along with triangular brackets, this orthodontic system offer tooth-colored brackets as well. Also ask about your dentist about Fastbraces Clear. This can be a more flattering choice for you regarding aesthetic apprehensions.

You can trust Dr Matt VanderMolen and Fastbraces to straighten your teen’s teeth. For more information on Fastbraces, contact us now at 217-546-3333. We can help you smile confidently in no time.

Sedation Dentistry: What to Know Before Your Procedure

The Things You Should Know when Undergoing Sedation Dentistry

The practice of dentistry has long been associated with pain, anxiety and fear. For many years, dental practitioners have been working to develop various approaches to improve patient comfort. They have developed local anesthesia that can virtually remove sensation on the area receiving dental treatment. However, needles and injections still stir fear in some patients. So, how do dentists manage this?

Sedation dentistry became the savior for many patients afraid of dental treatments. With the use of sedative drugs, sedation calms the nervous responses of an apprehensive patient without prompting loss of consciousness. Together with sedation, local anesthesia can produce a relaxing experience for the patients. Most patients come to be unaware of the proceedings of the appointment.

If the patient experiences any disease or illness before the appointment, it is best that the dentist is well informed. There can be medical conditions that may contraindicate the use of sedation sedation-dentistry.jpgdentistry. It is very essential that a patient disclose important systemic and medical conditions like pregnancy. The same goes with any medication that the patient may be taking in. The dentist should be well aware of any of these factors as they may affect the safety and efficiency of the sedatives.

After the appointment, the patient should not drive, operate any machines or appliances, drink alcoholic beverages, work or make any important decisions. Your sedation dentist will be able to tell you how long the effects will last.

As always, if there are any questions they should be properly directed to the dentist. Your sedation dentist will address any confusion regarding the procedure accordingly.

Sedation dentistry is a comfortable option for many patients. Dr Matt VanderMolen and his staff in Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, IL provide a pain and anxiety-free environment for your comfort. If you are interested in trying sedation dentistry, call us at 217-546-3333.