Replacing Missing Teeth

In 1965, the same year The Sound of Music was released, and the Beatles played at Shea Stadium, the first person in America was fitted with dental implants. Since then, millions of people have received dental implants with improvements made year after year, until implants have become amazingly natural-looking, comfortable, safe and secure. Countless satisfied people continue to prove this fact, by boasting about this
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What are Dental Implants?

If you’d like to find out if you are eligible for dental implants and which options would be best for your situation:

Dental implants replace a tooth’s roots, providing a firm base for permanent, or removable, teeth. Having healthy gums is necessary to hold the implants, which is why a full dental and general health evaluation must be conducted first. 

Implants Can Boost Confidence and Self-esteem

The number of people desiring to improve their look through dental implants continues to grow, thanks to caring and exacting dentists like Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD. His professionalise has helped countless people improve their confidence and self-esteem by providing them with a new and exciting million-dollar smile. Equally as satisfying is the stronger bite that comes with this fantastic treatment.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to dental implants.

For instance, and implant:

  • does not require the use of adhesives to stay in place
  • does not slip or make noise when you chew
  • does not decay or develop cavities
  • How Successful Are Dental Implants?
  • Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

Good Candidates for Implants

Good Candidates for Implants

Typically, heavy smokers, those with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, steroid therapy, bone infections, as well as those who have had radiation therapy, in the head or neck area, need to be evaluated to see if implants are their best option. 

 To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have: 

1. You have one or more missing teeth

2. You have healthy bone and gum tissue

3. You are unable to wear a traditional denture or bridge

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Following the determination that you are a good candidate, the surgical procedure appointment is made. During this procedure, titanium rods are set within your jaw bones. This rod becomes the root of the new artificial tooth to be set in place.

What to Expect After the Procedure

After your dental implant procedure, you can return to eating your favorite foods, which is not the case after a root canal procedure or the placement of a temporary crown. Your jaw will heal, and new bone will grow, helping to keep the implant permanently in place. You can then brush and floss around your new dental implants just as you have always done for the rest of your natural teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Following are many of the benefits people find when they receive their new smile: 

  • better look
  • more effective bite
  • clearer speech
  • more comfortable
  • greater self-esteem
  • improved oral health
  • stronger teeth

Dental implants can replace as many or as little teeth as you need, without affecting your other teeth. And, once they are placed, they provide the same stability as the teeth you are used to. 

Type of Dentists Who Specializes in Dental Implants

Any licensed dentist can perform dental implants. However, since placing implants involves a surgical procedure involving the jawbone, choosing a professional in this procedure, like Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz, provides the highest opportunity for the best outcome. Dr. Ignatowicz has attended the world-renowned Misch Institute, where he was awarded Fellowship Status. He also holds the title of Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. With fewer than 1% of dentists worldwide receiving this advanced level of training in implantology, Dr. Ignatowicz can offer immeasurably more to his patients than many other licensed professionals.

Call the office of Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz, at (702)473-5100, and get started today on having the best smile you’ve always wanted.

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Introducing: Teeth in a Day – Dental Implants

Now, in just one day, we can bring your smile out of hiding.

Dental Bridges

Fixed Dental Bridge

What is a Fixed Dental Bridge?

A fixed bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable.

A dental bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space. It spans the gap between teeth, just as a bridge spans a river.

How is a dental bridge made?

  • The first step is to prepare the supports for the bridge.
  • Replacement crowns are placed over existing teeth as supports for a bridge.
  • The dentist pares down the teeth on either side of the gap, and takes an impression of the prepared teeth.
  • This is then sent to the dental technician where the bridge is made.
  • The technician will make a replacement crown for each prepared tooth.
  • These crowns are joined to an artificial tooth, which replaces the missing tooth.
  • The dentist will then cement the completed bridge over the prepared teeth.

How will my pared down teeth be protected until I receive my bridge?

The dentist will make and install a temporary acrylic bridge that will protect the teeth and prevent sensitivity. You can eat normally with a temporary bridge. It will also look good.

What is the fixed bridge usually made of?

The base or framework is made of precious or non-precious metal to which tooth-colored porcelain is fused. Since the development of new stronger ceramic materials, bridges can now be made entirely of porcelain.

Is the preparation of bridgework painful?

The procedure is not painful, because a local anesthetic is used during the paring of the teeth, and the taking of the impression. It is seldom necessary to take an analgesic for pain relief after the treatment.

Will there be any sensitivity after the bridges are placed in the mouth?

Sensitivity to hot and cold sometimes occurs after the bridge has been cemented, but this is usually temporary.

Will a fixed bridge look good?

Fixed bridges can be made to look natural and to match the adjoining natural teeth. A bridge in the front of the mouth will restore and even improve the smile.

How well will I be able to chew with a fixed bridge?

Fixed bridges are strong and reliable. In most cases, they feel and look very much like natural teeth.

How successful are fixed bridges?

Fixed bridges have been used successfully to replace one or more missing teeth. They can last for many years.

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Dentures

Removable bridges, more commonly known as dentures, are a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. 

Types

Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. 

Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile. 

Complete or full dentures are made when all of your natural teeth are missing. You can have a full denture on your upper or lower jaw, or both. 

Complete dentures are called “conventional” or “immediate” according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during a preliminary visit. 

An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks. 

An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. 

Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing.

How are dentures made?

The denture process takes about one month and five appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient`s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments. 

Getting used to yours

For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. 

Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture. 

Adjustments

If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory. 

Denture adhesives

Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which uses constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.

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