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People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Have you lost a tooth? Grand Junction, CO, dentists Drs. Brandon and William Berguin and Kira Funderburk of Western Slope Dental Center help their patients restore their smiles with dental implants. These implants will fill the gap in your smile and improve your biting ability! Although most people are good candidates for implants, there are a few things you'll need to consider before starting the implant process.
Is Your Jawbone Strong and Deep?
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in openings made in your jawbone. The implants bond to your jawbone over the course of several months and are topped with dental crowns that fill in the spaces between your teeth.
Good jawbone depth and strength is particularly important, as your implant may fail if your jawbone cannot adequately support it. Luckily, it's often possible to build up weak or shallow jawbones with bone grafts.
Do You Have Any Health Problems?
Although most health problems won't prevent you from getting an implant, any condition or disease that slows your body's ability to heal may prevent you from restoring your smile with an implant. If you have an immune system disorder or take medications that suppress your immune system function, implants may not be a good idea for you. Smoking or uncontrolled diabetes may also interfere with your body's ability to heal quickly.
Have You Had Gum Disease or Another Oral Health Problem?
Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option if you've lost teeth due to gum disease. However, before you can receive your implant, your Grand Junction dentist must be satisfied that you've healed completely. They may also suggest beginning the implant process after treating other oral health issues.
Are You Looking for an Alternative to Removable Dentures?
In addition to restoring one or two missing teeth, dental implants can also help make your dentures more comfortable. Given that implants are securely anchored to your jawbone, your dentures won't slip or slide when you eat. Implant-supported dentures also don't significantly decrease your biting power as removable dentures can, which means that you won't have to give up your favorite foods.
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Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Grand Junction, CO, dentists Drs. Brandon and William Berguin and Kira Funderburk of Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483 to schedule your appointment.
What your dentists in Grand Junction, Colorado want you to know
If your tooth hurts, should it be extracted? This is an important question to think about before removing a tooth. There are some definite signs and symptoms which indicate you may need a tooth extracted. The dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado want to share the facts about when a tooth extraction might be necessary.
One of the most obvious symptoms indicating you might need a tooth extracted is from dental pain. You may need your tooth extracted if it is:
- Becoming infected due to periodontal disease
- Too badly damaged to be restored by a filling or crown
- Too painful even after a filling, crown or root canal treatment
There may be other non-painful reasons you can benefit from a tooth extraction. You may need a tooth extracted because:
- There is not enough room for the tooth
- It is crowding and putting pressure on other teeth
- Removing the tooth will make orthodontic treatment easier
If you aren’t practicing excellent oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing, you can suffer gum and periodontal disease. Bacteria can begin to destroy the bone supporting your teeth. Eventually, your teeth can become loose and ineffective for chewing your food. The infection can spread to other teeth.
You may need a tooth extracted because it is:
- Mobile and not strongly supported by bone
- Abscessed and causing infection to soft tissue, bone and your other teeth
One of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted is if they are wisdom teeth. Many people don’t have enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. In many cases, the teeth are poorly-positioned, crowded, and difficult to clean. In some cases, the wisdom teeth don’t erupt at all, staying embedded in bone. These are known as impacted wisdom teeth.
You may need wisdom teeth extracted if they are:
- Damaged, decayed, or infected
- Not erupting normally or are crowded
- Unable to be brushed or flossed thoroughly
- Not a fully functioning part of your bite
To find out more call the dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Call today!
Let dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They look just like natural teeth and perform normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing. Once placed, dental implants are permanently affixed in place and will not loosen or fall out when speaking or eating. At Western Slope Dental Center, Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk, and Dr. William Berguin are your dentists for dental implants in Grand Junction, CO.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of three components: a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal implant is placed below the gum line and functions like a root anchoring the artificial tooth in place. The dental crown is placed above the gum line and is a replacement tooth. Crowns look like natural teeth and can perform natural biting and chewing functions. The abutment is a connecting piece that joins the metal implant and crown together. Once the procedure is complete, the crown is the only portion of the dental implant that is visible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several other options for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures or bridgework. However, dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options. For instance, there is no need to apply a messy dental adhesive every day to hold the implants in place, as is the case with certain types of dentures. Since dental implants fuse to the jaw bone, they always remain in place like healthy natural teeth. Your dentist for dental implants in Grand Junction can help you decide if they are right for you. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Restore your smile
- Fill in gaps from missing teeth
- Installation is permanent
- Dental adhesives not needed
- Look like natural teeth
- Function like natural teeth
- No risk of shifting out of place
Dental implants can restore your smile and give you back a full set of teeth. For dental implants in Grand Junction, CO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin, Dr. Funderburk, or Dr. Berguin by calling Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483.
Discover the many ways in which you can get that whiter smile.
A smile that is full of stains and discolorations can certainly be embarrassing, but there are so many options out there to help you achieve that whiter smile that you don’t have to live with yellowing, stained teeth. While teeth whitening will certainly offer you fast and effective results, our Grand Junction, CO, cosmetic dentists Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk and Dr. William Berguin are here to talk about the many ways in which you can address your dental stains.
If you feel like your smile only needs a little boost then you may find the results you need through at-home whitening products. Whitening toothpastes and even at-home kits can be enough for those only looking to remove minor surface stains. Just make sure to always follow the directions. Of course, it’s necessary to acknowledge that most at-home methods won’t give you fast or dramatic results.
Professional Teeth Whitening
If you are dealing with serious dental stains caused by years of smoking or coffee drinking, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Grand Junction, CO, dentists are ready to help you tackle those stains and yellow teeth to get you a visibly whiter smile. There are two ways in which to do this: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. If you have severe stains and you want to get rid of them quickly then your best option is in-office whitening. Professional whitening actually changes the shade of your teeth. In as little as one session we could get your smile multiple shades whiter.
At-home whitening is also available. Our whitening kit uses customized whitening trays, which ensures more uniform and even whitening, while the whitening gel is stronger and provides better results in a shorter period of time than commercial whitening kits.
Sometimes the stains you have can’t be treated through professional teeth whitening. If stains are too severe, or are internal rather than external, then you will need to turn to other cosmetic options to hide these stains. These porcelain shells are often the best way to cover severe discolorations and other imperfections and to give you a more beautiful smile. Even if teeth whitening isn’t right for you, dental veneers could be.
Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Grand Junction, CO? If so, then the next step is to find out if you are right for this treatment. Call Western Slope Dental Center today to schedule a consultation with our dental team.