Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth – an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges – as well as individual crowns placed over implants – feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges, or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth or teeth in place.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:
Endosteal implants: These are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.
Subperiosteal implants: These consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone.
Receding gums are a prevalent problem in the United States, but people rarely get the treatment they need. IF not treated, gum recession can cause tooth loss and may require a surgery to replace lost tissue and repair damage.
Gum surgery sounds scarier than it actually is, in fact, there are several different options depending on your needs:
Crown Lengthening. Crown lengthening is a procedure done to either expose more sound tooth structure when a tooth is broken down (to create a foundation) or to level soft tissues for aesthetic purposes (symmetry of the gums).
Pocket Reduction. This procedure is done to with cover exposed root surfaces or to build up a ridge where a tooth is missing so that we can make it appear as if it is emerging from the gums, or thicken the tissue around an implant.
Connective Tissue Grafting. This procedure is done to either recover exposed root surfaces or to build up a ridge where a tooth is missing so that we can make it appear as if it is emerging from the gums, or thicken the tissue around an implant.
Gum Grafting with Alloderm® Tissue Matrix
Alloderm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix is a human dermal matrix that provides the scaffold that enables your body’s own tissue to grow and remodel.
How safe is Alloderm?
Alloderm grafting material has been FDA approved since 1992 and is available for use in the United States. Because it is derived from donated human skin, it is put through a very thorough screening process and sterilization process to ensure there is no risk of rejection or potential for disease transmission.
Outside of its use in dental applications, AlloDerm has been used extensively treating severe burns and in reconstructive plastic surgery. After 450,000+ procedures, there has never been a reported case of a viral disease transmitted from an AlloDerm tissue.
What can I expect after surgery?
Healing time varies depending on the patient and the procedure. Like any surgery, you may have some swelling and mild bruising around the surgical site.
You should experience significant healing within the first week, as your body’s natural healing processes encourage your cells to incorporate the graft. The graft needs to stay as secure as possible throughout the healing process, so exercise caution when brushing and eating after surgery. Maintaining your oral health is important to ensure a successful graft. Complete healing may take 4 to 6 months depending on the type and scope of surgery.
Contact us today to learn more about Alloderm grafting in Miami.
Your smile is usually the first thing people notice about you, so it makes sense to want to feel good about your smile. Your teeth are a huge factor when it comes to the perfect smile, and unfortunately, there are so many people today who do not feel confident.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Each veneer is designed differently for each person, and it is considered a cosmetic dental enhancement. Porcelain veneers are made from advanced materials that mimic the appearance of the natural enamel on teeth. Many people choose to get porcelain veneers if their smile is less-than-perfect because of yellowing, stains, chips, cracks in the teeth, gaps between teeth, or minor misalignment.
There are a few things you need to make sure of before you opt for this treatment. You must first have good overall oral health and be committed to maintaining proper oral care and hygiene. If you are going to invest in your smile with veneers, then taking care of them should be a priority.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers:
- Unlike composite resin veneers that require more maintenance (as the can chip), porcelain veneers are more durable, lasting from 12-25 years and rarely requiring any maintenance (outside of basic hygiene).
- If you suffer from discoloration, malformation, or misalignment of the teeth, porcelain is a better option for your unique circumstance.
- Since porcelain veneers are made from a mold of your teeth, they are a perfect option for those with teeth that are either small or misaligned – they are sized to fit proportionately to the other teeth in your mouth.
- The gum tissue tolerates porcelain better than composite veneers, making it an easy choice for those with sensitive gums.
If properly cared for, porcelain veneers are always a great option if you are looking for cosmetic enhancements for your teeth. They are the best at replicating the natural look and feel of teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable.
Since porcelain can last forever (if properly cared for), you can be certain of enjoying a lifetime of a happy smile. Reach out to us today and see how getting porcelain veneers can bring back your smile! Call (305) 935-6066.
A smile can be a wonderful thing, and strong, healthy teeth are the key to a great smile you can keep for a lifetime – but not all of us are born with a megawatt smile.
A healthy smile is a sign of a strong body, and if you are missing one or more teeth, it’s not too late to do something about it! Dental implants are the best possible replacement option for missing teeth.
Your body works best when it has a full set of teeth; your lips, cheeks and the skin on your face is firmer and tauter when there are teeth to be covered. As we age and lose teeth, we also lose bone structure. This is what can cause the skin around the mouth, cheeks and eyes to appear looser and more wrinkled.
It is widely known that the majority of us believe that a healthy smile is one of the first and most important things we notice about a person at first impression. Research suggests that most men found women who were not wearing any makeup at all, but were smiling, to be more attractive than women who had great makeup but were hiding their smiles.
When you are confident you smile more. Replacing missing teeth and addressing oral health issues with dental implants can be just the boost you need to take the next step in your career, relationship, or just the next chapter of your life.
Additionally, dental implants can be a boon against the loss of bone material in the body, also known as osteoporosis. The jaw is one of the first places osteoporosis is detected. The more teeth we have, the better we can chew, the stronger our jaw bones will be.
See how we can help you improve your life by receiving a consultation for dental implants!
Dental implants are the most chosen and reliable alternative when replacing missing teeth. Because dental implants provide effective, reliable and long-term solutions, it is an obvious choice. At our dental implants Miami location, we believe that implants are the best choice in solving several dental problems simultaneously.
- They look like natural teeth.
Dental implants fit, look, and have the same feel as natural teeth – believe us, you won’t even know the difference. Dental implants can be customized to your specific needs – we take the size, shape and color preferences into account so they blend right in with your natural smile.
- Maintain a healthy smile.
Dental implants are the most effective way at helping you maintain a healthy smile. The dental implant acts as your tooth root and gives the bone something to hang on to again, preventing deterioration and allowing you to avoid putting other natural teeth in danger and premature aging due to bone loss.
Dental implants become a permanent part of your jaw, allowing them to last decades, if not the rest of your life, provided you maintain proper oral care (read: tooth brushing and flossing).
- Eat Whatever You Want
With dental implants, you are not limited to eating certain foods; dental implants can withstand any kind of chewing. You can eat whatever you want and do not have to be cautious around certain foods.
- Improve your quality of life
Dental implants restore your quality of life to when you had a full set of natural teeth. Implants are indistinguishable from normal teeth, so you can smile confidently and chew food without worrying about your teeth being damaged.
Are you embarrassed by your smile but worry that your problems are just too great to be treated successfully? No worries, a full mouth rehabilitation is the solution to restoring your teeth and your appearance. Dr. Tal Morr, your Miami, FL prosthodontist, shares tips about full mouth rehabilitation.
What is full-mouth rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation involves a comprehensive treatment plan to address all of your oral health issues. Whether your problem lies with your teeth, gums or bite, or all of them, Dr. Morr can create a plan to rehabilitate all of them.
What is the process of full-mouth rehabilitation?
Treatment plans vary depending on the condition of your mouth and teeth, but often include:
Fillings: Fillings replace decayed areas of your teeth. New advances in technology have replaced mercury-based amalgam with eco-friendly alternatives that can match the color of your teeth, such as composite resin fillings.
Inlays or onlays: If you have extensive decay, a traditional filling may not be enough to restore your teeth, and your Miami prosthodontist may recommend an inlay or onlay instead. An inlay fits inside the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay extends beyond the cusps.
Teeth whitening: Eating or drinking brightly colored foods or beverages, smoking and the natural effects of aging can cause your teeth to look duller. Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by as much as eight shades within one hour.
Dental veneers: Dental veneers can improve the appearance of one tooth or of all of them. Veneers are an excellent choice when you have chips, cracks, discolorations, oddly shaped or crooked teeth, or have slight gaps between your teeth. These thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of your teeth.
Crowns: Crowns cover teeth completely. They’re used to stabilize broken, weak or damaged teeth and are also used to conceal crooked, oddly shaped or discolored teeth.
Bridges and dentures: Both bridges and dentures replace missing teeth. Bridges are usually permanently attached to your teeth and replace one or several missing teeth, whereas dentures often replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
Dental Implants: Implants offer a long-lasting alternative to bridges or dentures. A tiny titanium post is placed in your jaw and fuses to your bone. After it bonds with the bone, your prosthodontist attaches a crown on top to replace your tooth above the gum line. If you want to replace your dentures, you can choose dental implants and replace both upper and lower sets of dentures in one day.
Ready to get your smile back? Call Dr. Tal Morr, your Miami, FL prosthodontist, at (305) 935 – 6066 to schedule an appointment. Make your smile great again with full-mouth rehabilitation.
Minor flaws in your smile can cause a dip in your self-esteem. You may even go so far as to avoid smiling and laughing. This can lead to depression and anxiety. At TM Prosthodontics, we want to give you a beautiful smile you can feel confident in again. Porcelain veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic imperfections to create the whiter, straighter, more beautiful smile you desire.
Our doctors evaluate whether our patients are good candidates for porcelain veneers by looking at the following criteria:
Why are dental implants often the first choice and the standard of care compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason.