The increased popularity of dental implants for replacing missing teeth has led to numerous advances in the field of implant dentistry. One of these advancements, used fairly commonly in implant procedures, is bone grafting.

What is Bone Grafting

Dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone tissue in the jaw. If this bone tissue is not sufficient, or is not strong enough, our experts in dental implants in Frisco might recommend a bone graft. The bone graft will fuse to your existing bone, providing a stronger, healthier base for the dental implant.

Bone grafts are often performed with bone harvested from another part of the body, or the bone is obtained from a tissue bank. This bone is placed in the jawbone, where it bonds with the existing bone. After the bone graft has healed, dental implants can be placed.

What Makes Bone Grafts Necessary

Not everyone who desires dental implants will need a bone graft. In many cases, sufficient bone exists where the tooth was lost to support the root portion of the dental implant, especially if the tooth was lost recently. In these cases, a bone graft is often not necessary.

If you have worn dentures for many years and now wish to have dental implants, the likelihood that you will need a bone graft is much higher. For many denture wearers, the bone mass in the jaw reduces over time because there are no tooth roots to stimulate its growth. The calcium and other minerals that make up the bone are reabsorbed into the body, changing the shape of the jawbone and reducing the amount of bone available to anchor a dental implant.

If you have concerns about whether you might require a bone graft, contact Renaissance Oral & Facial Surgery at 972-712-5035. By examining the existing structure of your jawbone, Dr. Sharon H. Ornstein will be able to determine if a bone graft will be necessary prior to the dental implant procedure.

For patients who are completely missing their upper teeth, lower teeth, or both, All-on-4 dental implants offer maximum tooth replacement in as little as a single appointment. Although there are other tooth replacement options such as dentures or removable partials, many patients find that there is much to be said about this permanent tooth replacement solution.

The All-on-4 dental implant solution is a revolutionary technique in which your oral surgeon strategically places four titanium implants into the jaw bone. Within moments of being placed, the implants are strong enough to support a full upper or lower denture. Aside from mild tenderness following the appointment, most patients are able to resume a soft diet soon after the procedure has been completed.

The All-on-4 technique is ideal for patients whose lifestyles may not permit them to be without their teeth for extended periods of time. Most patients can have teeth extracted if necessary, appropriate dental implants placed, and receive their new dentures all in the same visit. This level of convenience alone is particularly attractive to most patients.

Often, patients who have suffered bone loss due to periodontal disease, or have worn ill-fitting dentures for many years are not considered to be ideal candidates for traditional dental implants. An impressive advantage of the All-on-4 technique is that these patients are ideal candidates for this same-day tooth replacement solution.

Due to the appealing custom design of your new permanent dentures, you can expect to feel amazingly confident during close social interactions. You will no longer be preoccupied with the possibility of slipping or sliding dentures. With the All-on-4 technique, there is no need to remove the dentures, even at night. You will never need to purchase special cleaning solutions, pastes or creams as part of your daily homecare routine.

When your oral surgeon combines the efficiency of a denture or partial with the stability and strength of the dental implant, the result is a secure set of teeth that can truly improve your quality of life. If you are no longer satisfied with your existing denture, or if you are at risk of losing all of your teeth, reserve your appointment to discuss All-on-4 dental implants in Frisco today.  For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sharon H. Ornstein, contact Renaissance Oral and Facial Surgery at www.renaissanceofs.com or call 972 712-5035.

oral surgeon FriscoThe loss of even a single tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth. Spaces in the mouth leave room for other teeth to move, often leading to shifts in your bite. If teeth are not replaced, these shifts can continue, causing more and more serious problems. Because of this domino effect, it is important to have missing teeth replaced as soon as possible.

The Wide-Ranging Effects of Missing Teeth

The relationship between your upper and lower teeth is called your “bite.” The bite affects not only the relationship between the teeth, but also the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. If your bite is severely misaligned, the results can be destructive, long-lasting and uncomfortable.

Any shifts or changes in the bite can lead to excess wear and tear, teeth grinding, breakage of the teeth, or difficulty biting and chewing. Another long-term result of missing teeth can be temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This condition is difficult to diagnose and can cause headaches, ear and jaw discomfort, and even uncomfortable strain in the upper back.

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

One of the best ways to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. Even a single tooth can be replaced with an implant without requiring modification to the adjacent teeth. Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, providing replacement tooth roots as well as prosthetic chewing and biting surfaces.

The most common procedure for placing dental implants is for an oral surgeon to place the root portion of the tooth, then, after a healing period, the visible portion of the implant is placed. Implants are permanent and remain stationary in the mouth, preventing many of the issues that lead to an uncomfortable fit with traditional dentures. Other advantages to implants include:

  • Implants do not have to be removed for cleaning
  • Implants do not require special adhesives
  • Implants help the jawbone remain healthy
  • Implants do not require alteration as do dentures

To find out more about the importance of replacing missing teeth and how dental implants can keep your smile bright and your jaw healthy, please contact our oral surgeon serving Frisco for a consultation.

A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. Implants are integrated with the jawbone because they provide a prosthetic tooth root as well as a replacement for the visible surfaces of the tooth. As permanent replacements, implants do not have to be removed for cleaning, and they will help maintain the long-term health of the bones in your jaw.

Many people prefer dental implants to dentures because of their permanence and because they help stimulate growth in the jawbone. After wearing dentures for many years, people often experience such significant bone loss in the jaw that the shape of their face changes. This often requires dentures to be retooled or completely remade to accommodate the changes.

With dental implants, the shape and contours of the jawbones and the face will be maintained. As you chew, the root portion of the implant stimulates growth in the jawbone preventing the break down of bone tissue.

Also, having the root implanted directly into the jawbone means that dental implants do not move in the mouth the way dentures do. They are more comfortable in that they feel just like your natural teeth, and there is no adjustment period to get used to the extra bulk in the mouth as there is with dentures. Dental implants provide you with a natural-looking smile. Your brushing and cleaning regimen is similar to that used with your natural teeth, and there is no need for denture cleaners or adhesives.

To find out more about dental implants in Frisco and Dallas, Texas, please contact our office (888 743-8711) to schedule a consultation. We can help determine if you are a good candidate for implants and show you what implants can do for you and your smile.

Does your smile reflect the real you? When you have missing teeth, it’s hard to feel like yourself. You may avoid smiling freely, and eating or drinking can become difficult. Your face may have lost its youthful and full appearance. Living without even a single tooth has a major impact on your self-confidence and your health, but what about multiple missing teeth?

For many years, dental implants have been recognized as the highest standard for replacing missing teeth. Placed by an implant dentist, and typically made of surgical-grade Titanium, implants are compatible with the human body and readily integrated into the jawbone. As a replacement tooth root, an average implant can generally support a single crown. The resulting restoration closely resembles a natural tooth in both function and appearance, and the presence of the implant actually preserves the surrounding jawbone.

Although implants are often the best solution for replacing missing teeth, there are some patients who are not necessarily candidates for the traditional procedure.

Fortunately, these patients can now be considered candidates for the Sure Smile Implants (All on Four) procedure:

* Completely edentulous patients (missing all teeth on the top and/or bottom)*• * •

* Patients with little or no jaw bone

* Patients who are uninterested in bone-graft procedure

* Patients who are unsatisfied with removable dentures and partials

For patients who are completely edentulous (no teeth on the top and/or bottom), the All-on-4 concept provides a fixed set of teeth that look and function like the natural teeth. The procedure is generally completed in one day without the need for bone grafting. With only four implants, you can enjoy a full, secure set of upper or lower teeth that don’t come in and out.

Don’t let loose dentures or unsteady partials prevent you from enjoying the active and full life that you deserve. If yesterday’s dental options no longer satisfy you, then consider the option that brings your smile back today. Contact us today (888 743-8711) and ask to learn more about All-on-4 implants in Frisco.

In planning our Frisco, Texas facility we decided upon the most advanced panoramic imaging system we could find and selected Instrumentarium’s Dental’s Orthopantomograph OP200 with volumetric tomography (VT).  The system is the most advanced and comprehensive cross-sectional imaging system currently available and provides highly precise information perfectly suited for three-dimensional implant planning.  VT provides a continuously viewable stack of 256 cross-sectional slices. Each slice has a minimum thickness of 0.23 mm.  The VT system has a slice navigator that shows the exact position of the cross-sectional slice in real time.

Instrumentarium Dental’s image reconstruction method, using the standard panoramic sensor and narrow X-ray beam, has been proven to give better image quality than other known reconstruction methods.  Cliniview software enables highly accurate measurement for implant planning, and includes implant libraries from various implant manufacturers to facilitate selection of the correct implant for treatment. 

Also important to the process is the valuable input of our referring dentists.   Teamwork between the surgeon and the referring dentist is an essential ingredient in a successful outcome.  It ensures that the implant planning process is restorative driven.  We can set the patient up ideally for restorative work that will follow the procedure done in our office, which is a great benefit to the final outcome. 

A special scanner also allows us to design custom abutments and offer more advance procedures than most  offices, including teeth in a day.  We work closely with prosthodontists, as well, to offer a broad range of treatment options.

If you are tired of missing teeth or loose-fitting dentures, dental implants can change the way you live.  They are the best treatment option for one or more missing teeth.  Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence again.

You can regain the ability to eat virtually anything, you can improve your sense of taste, and you can look younger again.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth which look and perform just like real teeth.

Why would you select Dental Implants over other types of restoration?

The cost of dental implants is an investment in your smile that provides innumerable returns: dental implants look and perform like natural teeth.  In fact, they are indistinguishable from real teeth. They are more stable, more comfortable, and more functional than dentures and bridges. They allow you to speak and laugh naturally. And they allow you to preserve healthy teeth.

You can end the inconvenience of  removing your denture or a “partial” at night, not to mention the embarrassment of slipping dentures.

The price of dental implants includes your initial exam, pre-treatment procedures, implant surgery, replacement teeth, and follow-up visits. Some insurance companies now cover dental implant costs.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Dental Implants and how they might be right for you, visit us at www.renaissanceofs.com (Renaissance Oral & Facial Surgery). You can also call us at 972 243-5035.  You can make an appointment on-line or when you talk to us on the phone.  We have offices in Frisco and Dallas, TX.