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When Should Dental Implants Be Considered?

This is an example of a complete upper dental implant patient: This patient hates going to the dentist and only sees a dentist for emergency treatment. He is very anxious and will only accept treatment under sedation. This patient has a history of ongoing dental problems, such as untreated tooth decay, gum disease, and missing
teeth. He presented with multiple missing front teeth that negatively affected his smile and his public presentation; had several infected abscessed teeth that required root canal and crown treatments to be saved; and had gum infections that would require many appointments to treat. He would require sedation and Novocain to get through these appointments.

These conventional dental treatment options could salvage the teeth, but they would require many treatment
appointments, with sedation and local anesthetic injections. For conventional treatment to be successful long term for people like this they must commit to regular maintenance care; cleanings, scaling and root planing, fluoride treatments in the dentist’s office every 3-4 months for the rest of his life. Patients like this are
termed Periodontal Patients, because they require regular periodontal maintenance care the rest or their lives, otherwise they face increased risk of tooth loss. An alternative treatment plan was to remove natural teeth and replace them with dental implants. This option would require a surgery appointment with sedation and Novocaine similar to the conventional option, but only one treatment appointment would be required. Upon reviewing both of these treatment plan options the cost for each option was almost the same. After reviewing the plans the plan using dental implants was chosen. The reason for choosing this option was based on the fact that conventional treatment would require more appointments where sedation and Novocaine would have to be used.

The implant treatment option was seen as less painful and difficult because all the painful surgery would be
done in one appointment under comfortable sedation and the follow up appointments would not require any local anesthetic injections or painful treatment. Lastly, the cost for both options was going to be close to identical. From the perspective of the anxious patient the implant option was the best choice. It is not unusual for patients faced with this kind of prognosis to attempt to change and become compliant dental patients. Unfortunately many of these people discover the difficulty of staying compliant with long term maintenance plans and drop out of the program. For many people like this, dental implants are the best long term treatment option for several reasons. Dental implants don’t decay and gum disease seen around natural teeth is not the same around dental implants. Dental implants can also stimulate jaw bone to grow up and strengthen around the implant, something never seen around natural teeth, and because dental implants are made of titanium they are stronger than natural teeth. The cosmetic results using implants can be excellent when everything is done properly resulting in a beautiful smile.

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Dentistry Is Changing

Dentistry Is Changing
R.S. Mayberry, DDS,
Mayberry Dental
General Dentistry – Dental Implants

In the last article I discussed a way dentists have preserved teeth for many years using root canal
therapy. A problem with many teeth treated this way is that they can become re-infected over time since all
the infecting germs cannot be removed inside the dead tooth, no matter who does the treatment.

Often these dead teeth turn dark brown after root canal treatment as the germs inside the tooth continue
to grow and multiply, spreading inside and discoloring the tooth.

There are teeth like this where the gum tissue surrounding them is chronically inflamed, but the gum
tissue around the vital neighboring teeth shows no such red color or inflammation.

Cleaning the surface of these dead teeth and removing surface build up of toxic bacterial residue from
dental plaque makes little to no improvement as it does around vital teeth. Dead teeth like this example can
trigger an immune system response resulting in an inflammatory reaction.

When the immune system recognizes a threat from a foreign body – germs, viruses, or anything it sees
as threatening, it will attempt to get rid of it by attacking the foreign body on a cellular level. A dead tooth
after root canal treatment can be perceived by the immune system as a threat and the body may try to
remove it.

Once a dead tooth like this is removed the inflammatory reaction that was around it disappears and the
tissue looks normal again. After replacing an infected tooth with a dental implant, there is typically no
inflammatory reaction from the immune system as seen around some infected teeth.

For reasons not understood, the immune system does not recognize dental implants made of titanium
and some other materials as foreign bodies. This discovery has made the use of dental implants the most
successful long-term treatment to replace natural teeth in the history of dentistry.

Dental implants have been used to replace damaged or missing teeth for more than 40 years. A very
high percentage of these teeth had previous root canal treatments completed at least once.
In the next issue I will be discussing when is the best time to place a dental implant.

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Free Dental Implant Seminar

Come learn about dental implants and how they provide a permanent answer to missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. Dental implant technology has improved dramatically over the last few years. Even if you’ve been told in the past that you were not a good candidate for dental implants, you may not have all the current facts!

Join Dr Mayberry, a general dentist with over 36 years of comprehensive dental implant experience, as he shares the many benefits of dental implants. During this educational seminar Dr Mayberry will share the latest facts about dental implants procedures, costs, and financing options.

Free Educational Seminar Details:

Date and Time: Monday, August 10th 2015 @ 3PM

Location: Mayberry Dental, 112 Pleasant St. NW. STE H, Vienna, VA 22180

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