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Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
If you're considering dental implant treatment to replace your missing teeth, you probably have many questions for your Bolingbrook dentists, Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla of Hidden Lakes Dental Care. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this restorative procedure!
FAQs about dental implants from our Bolingbrook office
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are dental replacements that restore a tooth from root to crown. Your Bolingbrook dentist places the titanium implant screw or cylinder directly into the jaw where bone cells bond to it through osseointegration. In essence, a dental implant functions as a new tooth root and supports a metal post and porcelain crown added later after the site is fully healed.
Are dental implants right for my situation?
Dental implants help many older teens and adults recapture the personal appearance and oral function they once enjoyed with their natural teeth. Placed singly or in multiples, implants can secure crowns, bridges, and dentures. However, your jaw bone must be strong and sizable enough to accept the implant and the pressures of biting and chewing. Accordingly, your dentist will give you a complete oral examination and do some sophisticated imaging to determine if you are healthy and have enough bone to accept the implants.
Does the procedure cause pain?
To esnure a painless procedure, your dentist will administer anesthetic before inserting the implant(s) into your jaw. As you heal, you may have some very mild discomfort, but acetaminophen or ibuprofen can take care of this issue. After you have healed, the permanent bonding of the crown or dentures causes no discomfort at all.
How long do implants last?
Typically, they last a lifetime, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Good oral hygiene practices are must-haves, and implant sites are much healthier when patients who smoke decide to quit. Additionally, you should know that the crown or denture you receive with your implant(s) will wear over time and eventually require a replacement. The implants, however, will not.
Are dental implants hard to care for?
Your hygienist will give you instructions specific to your particular needs. However, in general, caring for dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Consequently, if you brush/floss diligently and regularly see your dentist at Hidden Lakes Dental Care, your implant sites should stay viable and strong.
How do we get started?
Contact Hidden Lakes Dental to arrange your consultation. The Bolingbrook office is open six days a week at 8 am for your convenience. Phone (630) 759-0077.
You have a full set of 32 teeth for a reason: you need each and every one of them. However, life happens, and so does tooth loss. If you've suffered the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants from Hidden Lakes Dental in Bolingbrook could be your solution. Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla recommend these amazing tooth replacements because they are just like real teeth! Would you like to restore your smile?
What is a dental implant?
It's a tooth replacement consisting of a titanium screw (which lives in the jaw bone), a metal alloy extension post and a custom-crafted porcelain crown. Through an in-office surgery, Dr. Bachinski or Dr. Petrilla inserts the device, and over the course of a few months, it bonds with the jaw bone. Dentists call this bonding process "osseointergation," and it is the secret to the astounding success and retention of these artificial teeth.
Dental implants also support bridges and full dentures. They give patients unparalleled oral function and smile aesthetics. Plus, thanks to osseointegration, they improve jaw bone size and strength every time a patient bites and chews.
Your dental implant treatment
It begins with a comprehensive oral examination in Bolingbrook. To be properly retained, dental implants require sufficient bone in the jaw. Your dentist will examine and X-ray your jaw to determine if it is strong enough to accept an implant. If it is, the treatment requires only local anesthetic. The doctor incises the gums and drills a small hole in the bone. Then, she inserts the implant and closes the gums with sutures.
After several weeks, she re-opens the site and permanently affixes the post and crown to the implant. The implant is ready for gentle use and careful flossing and brushing to keep the area free of plaque and tartar. With diligent at-home and in-office cleanings, an implant will remain in place for decades, claims the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
Too good to be true?
The fact of the matter is, dental implants really are today's tooth replacement of choice. While nothing is an exact replica of a real tooth, dental implants come in as close seconds. Patients testify to their natural performance, feel and appearance.
Find out more about how dental implants could restore your gapped smile and give you years and years of excellent oral health. Call Hidden Lakes Dental in Bolingbrook, IL, to arrange your implant consultation. We are open Monday through Saturday. Phone (630) 759-0077.
Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.
But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?
The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.
An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).
A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.
Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.
While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.
Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be 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 article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.
But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?
Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.
More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.
Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.
Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.
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 “Dental Implants 101.”