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Fix Your Smile, Increase Your Confidence: Here’s How to Do It

Having a damaged crown or tooth can be frustrating and painful. Not only do you feel uncomfortable, but you feel more self-conscious and insecure about the way your teeth look. You might be so embarrassed that you don’t smile as much. Unfortunately, this can have a negative impact on all your social interactions, and it can make you feel less happy overall.

If you’re experiencing any tooth problems or oral discomfort, come to Swedish Dental! We can provide a variety of solutions for those frustrating tooth problems and get you smiling again in no time.

Damaged Crowns

If the top enamel layer of your tooth decaying or cracked—such as from an accident or injury—a crown will help protect the rest of the tooth and prevent further damage. Sometimes crowns are even used to reinforce a weak tooth. A dentist will fit the crown perfectly to your tooth for maximum protection. These caps can be made from a number of different materials including ceramic, resin, metal, or stainless steel. These are all strong materials, but even metal can be compromised.

Crown & Bridge Treatment With Porcelain Crowns

Causes of a Damaged Crown

Here are a few of most common causes Swedish Dental sees for damaged crowns:

Trauma

One of the most common reasons why a crown can be damaged is due to trauma. If you’re in a car accident, injured in a contact sport, or even if you fall on the cement, your crown could crack or chip, compromising the protective layer.

Poor Hygiene

If you’re not practicing good dental hygiene habits, you’re putting your crown at risk. Always make sure you brush your teeth regularly. Avoid biting your nails or chewing on objects like pens or pencils. Even eating ice cubes will damage your crown eventually.

Teeth Grinding

If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, you should definitely invest in a night guard. Otherwise, you are putting your crowns and your teeth at risk. Grinding will eventually wear down your teeth and can ruin your crowns.

Decaying Tooth

Sometimes if your tooth decays enough with time, your crown will also begin to wear out. Crowns are strong, but with time, it’s always possible they will decay. If you suspect this is happening, see a dental professional as soon as possible.

Biting Issues

If you have a misaligned bite, your teeth will undergo excessive stress when you bite down. It might also shift or damage your crown. It’s important to address the alignment issue with your dentist to avoid damaging your crown.

Signs of a Damaged Crown

Not sure if your crown is damaged? Here are some signs that your crown needs to be fixed.

  •    Your crown is becoming sensitive to extreme temperatures
  •    You can see a crack on the crown
  •    You can feel a rough texture around your crown
  •    You have a bad toothache

Damaged Crown Solutions

A damaged crown can quickly lead to serious problems with your teeth. But there’s a solution. Swedish Dental can fix your damaged crown so you can stop being uncomfortable and worrying about your smile! You should address the problem as soon as you notice there is one. Call Swedish Dental to schedule an appointment today!

Minimally Invasive Veneers

When you have a damaged tooth, one of the most effective ways to correct the problem is with veneers. Getting veneers is the less invasive option for correcting tooth damage or even aesthetic issues like gaps. A veneer is a small piece of porcelain that Swedish Dental will attach to the front of part of your damaged tooth. Veneers are colored white to seamlessly mesh with the rest of your smile. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting. Once they are in, you can expect to comfortably wear them for years without problems. Veneers are also the better option if your tooth damage is on the more minor side. With veneers, you even get to keep your enamel! There’s no painful removal process.

Implants

Dental Implant Surgery

You can also get implants with dental surgery to fix a damaged tooth. With this option, Swedish Dental will give you an artificial tooth and replace the roots of your teeth with metal posts. No one will be able to notice a difference between your real tooth and a dental implant. They will look virtually identical and function exactly the same. You do need to have healthy oral tissue and good bone structure to undergo this procedure with the best results. The recovery process will take several months, but in the end, it will be worth it! You’ll have a beautiful smile that you’ll be proud to show off.

Implant Bridge & Conventional Crowns Combined Treatment

Temporary Crown

After you’re done with surgery, Swedish Dental will fit you with a temporary crown. This is an important step in the procedure that many dentists overlook. Especially if the tooth you are replacing is toward the front of your mouth, you don’t want to deal with a gap in that area. A temporary crown will help the healing procedure of the soft tissue around the implant and, it removes any noticeable gap in your teeth! Getting a temporary crown put in is completely non-invasive. No one will know that you just had dental implant surgery. You can smile with confidence!

Although experiencing pain after the surgery is rare, sometimes adjusting to the temporary crown can be uncomfortable. Make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth by gently brushing and flossing regularly to avoid complications.

After a few weeks the permanent crown is attached to the implant and the patient receives a perfect aesthetic result.

Getting Your Normal Smile Back

It’s amazing how much your teeth affect your confidence. When something is wrong with your teeth, it affects your smile. You feel more insecure about the way you look. And when you feel insecure about smiling, it has a negative impact on your confidence.

People who smile seem more likable and approachable. They look open to new connections. So, when you’re smiling, there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll make new connections and friends. A smile can even change your entire outlook on a situation! If you’re having a down day, smiling can actually help you be more positive.

Don’t let teeth problems get you down. With our help, you can smile with confidence again! If you have a damaged crown or tooth in need of repair, contact Swedish Dental today!

 

The Evolution of Dental Implants

Dental implants have long been one of the most beneficial treatments for patients requiring replacement teeth. They’re seen as an alternative to dentures – which are removable – as the implants remain fixed in the jaw, like real teeth. They’re also more beneficial than a conventional dental bridge as no surrounding teeth need to be touched or damaged to fit them.

Over the years, dental implant technology has undergone a dramatic transformation. When you compare how things were 40 years ago to now, the difference is staggering. Today’s blog will walk you through the last four decades of dental implants to establish how things began, and how technology has improved and advanced ever since.

The History Of Dental Implants

For hundreds of years, people have been searching for solutions to combat tooth loss. There are many ancient forms of ‘implants’, but the first dental implant wasn’t created until the 1960s. At this time, it was discovered that titanium had all the properties needed to be used for this purpose. It worked well in the jaw and was seen as something of a breakthrough moment.

More and more research was done, and the first ever dental implant was administered in 1965. Interestingly enough, the titanium implant discovery was made by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon so you could call Sweden the birthplace of dental implants!

Smooth Surface vs Rough Surface Implants

During the early days of dental implants, everyone used smooth surface implants. There’s no real understanding as to why this was the case, but most experts assume that it simply seemed like the rational thing to do. A smooth titanium rod was fused to the bone, and restoration could be placed on top of it.

The only issue with this was that the recovery time for patients was much longer than it is today. As the years went by, it was discovered that the reason for this lay in the smooth surface of the dental implants. Scientists found that bone likes to grow against rough surfaces rather than smooth ones. In essence, if a roughly surfaced implant was used, then the recovery time would shorten as the bone and implant would connect together quicker.

Consequently, many companys developed implants that have ‘threads’. The best way to describe this is that it looks like the lines on a screw that are there to screw it in place. Doing this means that the recovery time is shortened from 6 months to 6-8 weeks.Implants are installed on the same day but if you replace one or two teeth the implants need to heal between 6-8 weeks before loading. When you replace all the teeth in one jaw you can deliver the implant-bridge for installation the same day.

The Speed Of Completion

This leads us onto the next point in the evolution of dental implants; procedure speed. Back in the day, the whole procedure could span across multiple appointments over a few weeks or months. As mentioned before, this was largely down to the type of implant being created. The smooth surface meant that a period of recovery time was needed for the implant to fit into the jaw and stay in place.

Nowadays, implants are snugly placed in their correct position, and the stability of the implant i the jaw is pretty much instant. There’s no need for patients to go away and wait for the magical connection to happen, they can have their prosthetic bridge for a full jaw right away. This is massively beneficial for patients as they no longer need to deal with the recovery time where they’re essentially walking around with missing teeth. It can be embarrassing, and the nature of the treatment meant that they couldn’t wear dentures as a temporary solution. Now, you can walk out of the clinic with a brand new implants and teeth on the same day.

It’s only when you replace one och several teeth you have to wait 6-12 weeks for healing of the implants before receiving your teeth.

Advancements In Technology

To say that dental implants have come a long way in a short space of time would be the understatement of the century. A significant part of this progress is due to the huge advancements in modern technology.

At our surgery, we use Navident and Simplant computer-aided technology to conduct our implants. This is a revolutionary bit of tech as it lets us see the patient in a 3D virtual setting, where we can then plan the implant and restoration before implementing it on them. It also allows us to make digital impressions, which are way more accurate than the traditional ones used in years gone by. This improves the entire procedure as we’re able to plan ahead and virtually practice what’s going to happen. So, when the time comes to perform dental implant surgery, we can do so with more speed and accuracy. Our method results in less pain, swelling and no bruises because of our minimal invasive technique and you can go back to work the next day.

Furthermore, there have been advancements in the materials used to create dental implants and the implant prosthetics. These days, you can get implants that look identical to your surrounding teeth. They’re a lot more durable too, with the latest implant technology allowing them to last for up to 30 years!

Perhaps the most significant change is how titanium implants are changing. Instead of solid titanium, many of them are now being created with the use of nanotechnology. In doing so, it’s helped improve the way titanium fuses with the jaw, while also lowering infection risks as well.

Conclusion: A Change for The Better

There’s a significant difference in dental implants now compared to the first one back in 1965. The whole structure of the implant has changed, and there’s so much technology supporting it. Dental surgeons can conduct more accurate treatments that are far safer and less painful for patients. The completion time has drastically reduced, and the quality of modern dental implants is simply incomparable to their older versions.

The bottom line is that dental implant technology is much better than it once was – and advancements are always ongoing. The patient experience is far improved, as are the results. So much so that implants have gone from being a treatment most dentists wanted to avoid, to one that’s now preferred over dentures and bridges.

Here at Swedish Dental, we use the latest and greatest implant technology to provide the solutions you need. Our service will help you replace missing teeth without the discomfort or maintenance of a denture. Feel free to contact our team today if you’re interested in this service, and we’ll give a free consultation before your initial examination.

Do I Have Enough Bone Treatment for Dental Implants?

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Teeth are to your mouth as a brick is to the foundation of your house. They’re an essential component that keeps everything else in place. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant can be a successful replacement option.

However, for a dental implant to succeed, it has to have enough support from the underlying bone–support you may not have if you’ve already experienced bone loss. Here, we’re walking you through everything you need to know about dental implants and bone loss and bone treatment options available to you.

What is a Dental Implant?

Before we discuss your options regarding bone loss and dental implants, you should first understand what dental implants are.

A dental implant is a surgically-implanted replacement tooth root, designed to provide a foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth which are made to match your real teeth. These replacement teeth are usually synthetic crowns.

They give patients the chance to live their lives without dentures, which helps to retain the original structure of the mouth and prevent loss of bone mass. It does this by providing the same stimulation your bones would get when you chew since the implant functions more or less like a real tooth.

However, things get complicated if you’re already dealing with bone loss.

What Causes Bone Loss?

Several things can cause bone loss in the mouth and jaw, so it’s important to speak with your dentist about what’s going on with your bone loss.

For most patients, the most common cause of bone loss is losing a tooth as an adult. That might not seem like a big deal, but it changes more than you realize.

When you lose teeth as a child, the structure of your mouth doesn’t change because you have adult teeth growing in to replace them. When you lose teeth as an adult, however, there is no replacement bone.

That means that you’re missing a bone that acted like a brick in the foundation of your mouth. Once it’s gone, your remaining teeth will shift to accommodate for the empty space. Worse, the jaw bone below it is no longer receiving stimulation when you chew, which is what keeps the bone healthy.

When the jaw bone isn’t stimulated, your body thinks you no longer need the bone and the bone begins to atrophy, losing bone density and gradually impacting all of the surrounding teeth.

Bone loss can also arise from common ailments like cavities, gum disease, infection, injuries to your teeth or jaw, or a developmental defect.

Why You Need Enough Bone

All of this begs the question: why do you need enough bone in order to receive a dental implant?

It’s actually quite simple: the main qualifier for receiving a dental implant is having sufficient bone to support the implant.

Like other bones and muscles, your teeth and jaw are a “use it or lose it” situation. Dental implants are an improvement over bridges and crowns because they work almost exactly like a real tooth, helping to preserve the underlying bone.

The problem is that dental implants work almost exactly like a real tooth, which means that if you’ve lost too much bone in the potential implant site, your dentist won’t have enough bone to screw the implant in place.

The main reason why dental implants are so durable is that they literally bond with your real bone during the osseointegration period, which is why they function like real teeth. If you’re missing too much bone, there’s not enough left for the implant to bond with.

Bone Treatment Options

Bone TreatmentFortunately, bone loss doesn’t completely prevent you from ever getting dental implants. In fact, you can still get dental implants even if you have major bone loss.

Before putting in implants, your dentist will have to reconstruct the bone you’ve lost so that the implant can be properly screwed into place.

There are several different options for doing this, depending on the extent of your bone loss, your personal preferences, and your unique situation.

We’ll explore two possible options here: bone grafting and distraction osteogenesis.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon takes healthy bone tissue from somewhere else in your body and place it in the area of your mouth that needs repair from bone loss.

There are several options for bone grafting, including:

  • A graft from your own body
  • An allograft (bone tissue from a donor)
  • A xenograft (a graft using animal bone)
  • A graft using synthetic bone

Generally, it’s best to take a graft from your own body if possible, since your body accepts it as your own tissue and allows you to heal faster.

However, a surgeon might choose to use an allograft if you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue in your own body to donate.

While synthetic bone has a lower risk of disease transmission, it’s not an ideal choice, since it’s not made up of cells like allografts or xenografts and cannot regenerate cells.

Distraction Osteogenesis

Another bone grafting option is distraction osteogenesis.

Distraction is the separating of two bones, and osteogenesis is the forming of new bones. During this process, a bone is cut during surgery and a distractor is used to slowly pull apart the two pieces of bone, forcing new bone to grow in between the gap.

Each day, your dentist will unscrew the device a little bit further, slowly widening the gap between the bone pieces and forcing new bone to fill in the gap. This doesn’t hurt–it should be less painful than wearing braces.

So, in plain English, distraction osteogenesis is a way to make a longer bone out of a shorter one.

Helping You Overcome Bone Loss

Your smile is an essential component of who you are. With the right bone treatment, bone loss doesn’t have to hold you back from having a complete smile.

If you’re ready to restore your smile, don’t wait–our professionals can help you get there. Click here to learn more about our team, or get in touch today to see how we can help you.

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