People lose teeth for a variety of reasons: gum disease, tooth decay, a failing root canal, bad dentistry, or as a result of an impact injury to the mouth. The loss of a tooth can be a physically and emotionally traumatic experience for any of us.
The good news is that is doesn’t have to be that way. At Obeid Dental we have the skills and experience to replace your teeth with dental implants with minimum invasive surgery and the maximum aesthetic outcome.
What is a Dental Implant and how does it work?
Dental implants are made to replace the roots of your teeth and are generally titanium implants or ceramic implants. These materials have proven to bond the body’s natural bone. The implant itself is divided into 3 parts:
- The implant body (which is inserted into the bone of your jaw, and generally takes 2-4 months to integrate and heal)
- The tooth ‘crown’ that sits above the gum line
- The intermediate abutment that connects the implant to the crown
Once the implant is integrated into the bone of the jaw it is quite strong and serves as a good foundation for supporting the crown. The dental implant will function just like your own natural tooth, and you will be able to eat and speak as you normally do.
At Obeid Dental, we understand that the decision to get dental implants is not always an easy one. Often the need for implants is the result of pain or trauma. Many patients wonder how long an implant will last or if they should just “leave a tooth a hole in their mouth”. Understanding new innovations in the industry and materials are important in ensuring each individual has the best fit for their particular implant needs. That knowledge, combined with Dr. Obeid’s 20+ years of experience in placing dental implants provides our patients with incredible insight into what will work better for them.
What are the steps to getting an implant?
It starts with a complimentary consultation and a detailed treatment plan presentation. During that time Dr. Obeid will evaluate your dental needs. This is followed by:
- Treatment plan discussion to review all options and agree on a plan of action
- Start of the initial phase of treatment, which could include extraction of your tooth and immediate or delayed placement of the implant
- Provide a temporary solution for the replacement of your teeth during the healing process.
No one leaves Obeid Dental without teeth, temporary or permanent. During the interim period, post-surgery, we will provide temporary prostheses in the same day, which are custom-fitted to you. After you are healed, the final restoration (the tooth crown) will be placed on top of the implant and your implant will be complete.
At Obeid Dental, your implant restoration will be fabricated in our in-house dental laboratory by our master dental technician. In some cases, we are able to do what is known as Immediate Placement Implants or Teeth in a Day, where the temporary fixed restoration is placed at the same time as the implant. Dr. Obeid will be able to evaluate your particular needs and situation during the complimentary consultation.
There are more than three million (3,000,000) dental implants in the United States with 500,000 being done each year. The aesthetic look of dental implants are so good that no one can tell the difference- it looks like your own tooth!
Top 5 Things to Know About Sports Related Dental Injury
- Trauma to the mouth is one of the more common head injuries in sports. Students are participating by record numbers in sports that have longer, more intensive competitive seasons. Our area is especially rich with teens who compete in contact sports, often on the grueling ‘travel team’ schedule. Adults are cross training and biking more than ever and a fall or injury is not uncommon.
- Injuries can occur in almost any sport. Statistically, basketball, football, biking, hockey, wrestling, lacrosse, and soccer have the highest prevalence. However, dental injury isn’t limited to any gender or age. Female dominated sports such as cheerleading and gymnastics also require physical contact and have a high chance of facial injury. In adults we have seen the increase in incidents from biking and cross training injuries. Senior citizens, a group plagued by balance issues, often try to support their body when they fall and end up with a facial injury.
- The type of injury matters. We all have that image of an athlete who comes up from a headbutt with a bloody mouth and gap in their smile. But tiny injuries such a hairline fractures, chips in the enamel or a split that segments the tooth are gateways to larger problems. Even a tiny fissure or chip can make your tooth less strong and lead to larger fixes down the road. More serious is a bone fracture, which may be present even if a tooth is not dislodged. If gone unchecked the damage to the bone can jeopardize multiple teeth.
- If a tooth is damaged or lost, try to save the piece for reinsertion. Keep the tooth in a small amount of liquid. Milk or salt water are common home remedies, but ideally you should use a physiologic solution to preserve the tooth. Small jars such as Save-a-Tooth are readily available and are manufactured to preserve a tooth for reinsertion. This is an inexpensive addition to a team’s first aid kit and extends the window for repair and reinsertion of a fully fractured or dislodged tooth. If you don’t have access to a physiologic solution, you can utilize milk, water with a tiny bit of salt and sugar mixed, or even saliva to keep the tooth moist. Be sure to keep the tooth or fractured piece clean. You can gently clean the tooth by rinsing or wiping gently (not with alcohol). See a dentist as soon as you can.
- If you have take a hard hit to the mouth but have no breakage, still consult with a dental specialist. Most people will seek treatment for a lingering pain or obvious fracture but if you incur a strong impact it is worth getting a check. Tooth damage can take time to appear. Your dentist has lots of way to repair a tooth, even one where you aren’t seeing or feeling the immediate damage. The most important thing to know when it come to dental injury is time is of the essence. Remember that permanent fixes may not be available until a child is 18 or older. Because they have not reached the full growth of mouth and jaw structure, it can be challenging to fit a permanent fix such as an implant. Prevention is key: a sports mouth guard is an important tool to minimize risk. A dentist fitted mouth guard is far superior to mass produced options and will provide the most protection with the most comfortable fit. Remember, a guard only works if you are wearing it!
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