What is better, an implant or a bridge?
Dental implants provide a more advanced replacement technology for a missing tooth than a traditional bridge. Dental implants are more cost effective in the long run because they preserve the bone and adjacent teeth. On the average, a dental bridge will last 6-7 years. A dental implant can last 40 years or more.
How will implants make me look younger?
Even losing one tooth can cause bone loss. Bone loss in your jawbone can give you an older appearance. Dental implants create stimulation to the underlying bone, preserving bone mass and enhancing long-term aesthetics.
Can I eat whatever I want?
Yes! Like natural teeth, your new teeth are strong, stable, and secure, so you can comfortably eat all your favorite foods – even popcorn and apples!
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution – often for life. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results.
Can implants replace my dentures?
Absolutely, if you tired of your dentures moving around in your mouth, and think denture adhesive is bothersome, then a fixed denture replacement solution is perfect for you. Every time you get your denture relined, that material is replacing the bone that is melting away year after year. The solution is a dental implant bridge that is supported by two or more dental implants. Because the dental implants function like natural roots, the permanent dentures will feel very much like your natural teeth while they preserve your bone.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, many patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
With bone grafting, we now have the opportunity to not only replace bone where it is missing, but also the ability to promote new bone growth in that location! This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have fewer (hypodontia), or more, in which case they are called supernumerary teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” They are often extracted when this occurs.
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
What problems can result from impacted teeth?
Pain, infection, crowding or damage to adjacent teeth can contribute to more significant problems. The sac that surrounds the impacted tooth may become cystic and fill with fluid that allows it to enlarge and can cause damage to tissues, jawbone and cause pain.
Should I wait until my wisdom teeth bother me to have them removed?
As wisdom teeth develop, their roots grow longer and the jawbone becomes more dense making them more difficult to remove and complications more apt to occur. The fact is that damage often occurs before you are aware of it.
What if my wisdom teeth have erupted and I have no problems?
Studies have found that even wisdom teeth that have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in an apparently normal, upright position may be as prone to disease as impacted wisdom teeth.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Why do I need a panoramic x-ray?
A panoramic x-ray, taken by your general dentist or in our office, will show the roots of all your teeth as well as the nerves and sinuses that are close to your wisdom teeth.
Will it hurt to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Dr. Korb is specially trained, licensed and experienced in the administration of local and intravenous anesthesia and the treatment of anxiety. Dr. Korb will discuss different anesthetic options. Modern anesthesia technology now makes it possible to perform even complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office with little or no discomfort.
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.