Archive: October 2015

The Advantages of Using Implants to Replace a Missing Tooth


Replacing a single missing tooth with an implant has some big advantages. In addition to the cosmetic improvement to your smile, the implant supported abutment and crown can actually be more stable and can often outlast a fixed bridge. With implants, the teeth on either side of the space won’t be modified or filed down in any way, maintaining their previous healthy and stable condition.

In the instance where a patient has previously lost a tooth, the recommended treatment is often a single tooth implant. In the case of a tooth being planned for removal, sometimes the implant can be placed on that same day. If the temporary crown on the newly placed implant can be kept free from any biting forces, it can also be placed during the same dental appointment. The new implant must be kept free from biting forces to allow the newly placed implant to integrate solidly into the bone.

After the implant is firmly attached to the bone, a permanent crown is made from new impressions of the mouth. The crown is connected to the abutment, the part of the implant that joins the implant to the crown. The final result will look, feel and function much like your other natural teeth.  

Ask our doctors at Dental Design Studio if you would be a candidate for immediate temporization. An implant could be the right treatment option for you to replace a missing tooth. The results are a stronger, restored smile and excellent chewing function. 

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Are X-Rays Really Necessary?

We understand that patients have concerns about potential risks from exposure to radiation from x-rays [radiographs], and we want to provide you with our policies at Dental Design Studio and our dentists’ intentions in using x-rays during oral exams.

Dental Design Studio’s philosophy is that x-rays are a necessary part of comprehensive dental care when they will help to diagnose or treat oral disease. If x-rays are required, our dental staff take complete caution in covering you with appropriate body shields before taking any x-rays.

Taking x-rays allows our dentists another view of your teeth to help us better interpret the signs of disease or potential dental issues that we can’t see through direct observations in our visual exam. They help us locate impacted, extra, or missing teeth. They could also help us discover cysts, abscesses or tumors. X-rays can indicate the incidence or degree of periodontal [gum] disease. They can also help us pinpoint the location and severity of cavities that we can’t see with the naked eye. Ultimately x-rays provide us with a “behind the scenes” view of the mouth structure and condition of your teeth, as well as the soft tissue and bone. Without x-rays, we run the risk of inaccurate diagnoses or incomplete treatment.

With new adult patients, we will take a full series of x-rays to serve as a frame of reference for future developments. Follow up x-rays, type and quantity will be based on your individual needs and oral health – usually between 6 and 18 months. For children, we consider their growth and development when determining if x-rays would be helpful in treatment.

X-rays may also be necessary in conjunction with certain procedures or conditions, such as a root canal, periodontal disease or implants. We are sensitive to your concerns and our office continues to keep up with the latest radiological advances. We only utilize techniques and x-ray technology that will minimize risk and maximize your personalized dental care to keep healthy smiles for life.

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