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By Art of Dentistry Danville
October 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

A dental implant permanently replaces your missing tooth. The titanium post implanted on your jawbone can take months to properly heal, to provide a maximum bond. Building the custom crown is itself a time investment, not to mention the monetary cost. So you must take proper care of your new dental implants so they may last you a lifetime. Contact Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston from Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA for advice on keeping your new teeth healthy.

Protect Your Investment

After the surgery, it's normal to experience swelling, and bruising to the gums or face. Some minor bleeding and pain. But if these symptoms persist after several days after the surgery contact your Danville dentist as quickly as possible to avoid complications.

Once you have your crown in place, it's important to gently clean in and around it with a soft-bristled brush and floss. Visiting your dentist regularly for deep cleanings is also recommended.

You don't want to risk problems like gum disease that may weaken the bone supporting implant.

Avoid hard foods, like hard candy and ice, because they can crack your new crowns, just as they can your natural teeth.

Smoking, and any tobacco products, can hinder healing post-surgery, weaken your gums, and make you prone to infections. As well as staining your new implant and crown. Consult with your dentist for advice on quitting.

Seek immediate care for teeth grinding, as the excessive pressure can damage your implants.

Great Returns

Choosing implants over dentures or bridgework means you're opting for a more permanent solution to replacing your teeth. It also means a little more investment on your part, in maintaining good oral habits. Your smile will be your return. Don't forget to schedule your regular checkups, call Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston of Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, a call at (434) 792-0700.

By Art of Dentistry Danville
November 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

How much do you know about dental implants? Do you know that they are the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent? It’s true, and there are probably many more benefits you don’t know about dental implants. Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, offer dental implants to save your smile.

These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dental implants:

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. During a simple in-office procedure, the dental implant screw is placed in your jaw. Over time, bone grows in around the implant screw, locking it in place. The screw functions as the “root” of your missing tooth. After the dental implant screw is completely embedded in bone and the area has healed, a beautiful dental implant crown is placed over the dental implant screw, and you have a new tooth!

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are fixed in place, so you never remove them, and they will never move around when you speak or eat. They are truly a permanent part of your smile. They also provide exquisite beauty because dental implant crowns are made of porcelain, a light-reflective material that closely resembles tooth enamel. Dental implants look completely natural and work just like natural teeth.

How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?

You can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can also provide a supportive foundation for a denture, called an overdenture, or implant-supported denture.

How can I take care of my dental implants?

Another amazing benefit of dental implants is that you can brush and floss them just like natural teeth. The easy maintenance of dental implants helps you keep a beautiful, healthy smile.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you are generally healthy, dental implants will work for you. There are some lifestyle issues and medical conditions which can affect the healing of dental implants. Be sure and tell your dentist if you use tobacco products, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, have uncontrolled diabetes, or have had cancer or radiation in your jaws or face.

These are just a few common questions and answers about dental implants. To find out more about the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, today!

By Art of Dentistry Danville
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantOne of the most pressing cosmetic concerns that patients have is filling in spaces in the smile caused by tooth loss. Just one lost tooth makes patients very reluctant to show their smiles in public. Enjoy a number of benefits when you choose dental implants to replace missing teeth. Find out more about this solution when you visit Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA.

Benefits from Dental Implants
You probably don’t think about your teeth very much in the normal course of the day, but when one or more teeth are missing, that quickly changes. You may find yourself feeling more insecure about smiling around peers and you may experience challenges when trying to eat your favorite foods. Dental implants restore visual appeal and function to your teeth. You can go back to thinking very little about your smile (except for brushing and flossing of course) when you have an implant.

Dental Implantation
Decades ago, scientists learned that when placed inside healthy bone tissue, certain biocompatible materials will bind with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This revelation was adapted for dental science as a way to give patients newly rooted teeth. Dental implantation is a basic surgical procedure that can have long-term positive effects for your smile. You’ll only need to set aside about an hour with your Danville, VA dentist to have the implant inserted and secured in place.

A Difference in Your Smile
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much a dental implant can make a major difference in your smile, both in terms of how it looks with a newly installed crown and how it feels. Your new crown (the part that shows above the gum line) will remain white, glowing and polished-looking for decades. The implant is permanently fixed in the jaw and invisible to others. When a tooth is lost due to dental disease, injury, or extraction, there is always a concern that the other teeth will begin to change alignment. Dental implants resolve that issue as well.

Talk to Your Dentist About Dental Implants
You can replace a missing tooth and relax knowing that it will stay embedded as a permanent part of your smile when you choose dental implants. Call (434) 792-0700 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Jessica Owens or Dr. Zachary Hairston at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA.

By Art of Dentistry Danville
August 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Art of Dentistry Danville
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The team at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA specializes in treating cases of missing teeth with dental implants and implant-supported dental implantsdevices. A lot of patients now request implants over dentures or bridges. They offer numerous benefits to your dental health and your desire for a strong, long-lasting, attractive smile. Find out how dental implants work and visit the dentist to see if they will be the best solution to replace your missing teeth.

Why Dental Implants?
Since they were first developed in the 1950s and 1960s, dental implants have become the ideal tooth replacement solution. They help patients who have lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, dental decay, and injuries. If you’re a candidate, you should choose dental implants to complete your smile for these reasons:

  • You get a permanent tooth that’s fully integrated into your smile.
  • When an implant heals, the bone tissue stays healthy and useful.
  • You can relax when you’re eating, knowing that your tooth replacement won’t slide out.
  • Only your trusted Danville, VA dentist will know that you have an implant (it only shows up on X-rays).

Dental Implantation
The process of installing an implant involves three main steps: cleaning and preparing the socket, inserting the titanium post, and waiting for the bone tissue to grow and heal around the implant. The healing process is called osseointegration and can take a few months to complete. Once your new tooth is firmly set in place, a dental crown will cover it.

Dental Implants—Good for Your Dental Health
Dental implants are considered good for your dental health because they keep your jawbone viable and strong. People who get dentures often lose a significant amount of bone tissue, which can make the gum line go slack and lose its structure. Implanted teeth are also easy to keep clean—just brush and floss normally. 

The Art of Dental Implants
Even if you’ve had a missing tooth for a while, it’s worth exploring the possibility that you’re a candidate for dental implants. Contact the team at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA for a consultation with Dr. Jessica Owens or Dr. Zachary Hairston by calling (434) 792-0700 today.