Posts for: May, 2017
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?”
Anyone with visible imperfections in their smile might understand not loving the way their teeth look. However, with a little help from your dentist and cosmetic dentistry, you can renew your smile and overhaul your look to improve your self-confidence and make face-to-face interactions more enjoyable. Find out more about some common cosmetic dentistry procedures and what they can do for you with Dr. Jason Dyson at Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Cedar Park, TX
- Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers fit over the front surface of the tooth to correct its imperfections. Veneers can benefit patients who have imperfections in their teeth such as chips, cracks, discolorations, yellowing, uneven teeth or even small gaps or overlaps. Dentists prepare the teeth to receive veneers by removing a small layer of enamel to roughen the surface of the tooth and make room for the depth of the veneer.
- Dental Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth. The prosthetic itself looks like three teeth in a row. The bridge has dental crowns on either side and the middle prosthetic tooth fits into place above the gum line, within the gap left behind by your missing tooth.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns fit over a tooth, usually to protect it from damage if it is compromised or broken. However, crowns can also hold a dental bridge in place, improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth, stabilize a tooth with a large filling (such as after a root canal), or even replace a missing tooth by covering a dental implant. Your dentist can help you determine which use for a dental crown would benefit your smile.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are the most permanent and effective tooth replacement options available. This is a surgical procedure which uses the jawbone underneath your missing tooth as a foundation on which to anchor the implant. The implant’s fixture, a small titanium post, replaces your tooth’s root while a dental crown fitted on top replaces your tooth itself.
Dentists normally require the help of a dental laboratory during the design and creation of a dental implant. The process takes about two weeks. This requires a dental appointment beforehand to take the impression of the mouth used during the design process and an appointment after the restoration returns to your dentist’s office to place it.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Dyson at Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX. Call (512) 528-8900 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Dyson today!
Most children's permanent teeth erupt on a fairly predictable schedule. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth might not develop as they should — or at all.
These absent teeth pose functional problems for chewing and hygiene, which can affect long-term dental health. But they can also have a disruptive effect on an otherwise attractive smile if the missing teeth are the upper lateral incisors in the most visible part of the smile.
You normally find this pair of teeth on either side of the upper central incisors (the two front-most teeth). On the other side of the lateral incisors are the canine or eye teeth, known for their pointed appearance. Without the lateral incisors, the canines tend to drift into the space next to the central incisors. This can produce an odd appearance even a layperson will notice: only four teeth where there should be six!
It's possible to correct this abnormality, but it will take time and expense. The first step is usually to move the teeth in the upper jaw with braces to their correct position. This puts teeth where they should be and also opens space between the canines and central incisors so we can eventually replace the missing teeth with dental implants.
But the key to all this is timing. It's usually appropriate to undertake tooth movement with braces during late childhood or adolescence. But implants shouldn't be installed until the person's jaw fully matures, usually in early adulthood. An implant placed before then could eventually become misaligned.
To accommodate the time between bite correction and implant placement, the patient can wear a retainer appliance that will keep the newly created space open. We can also attach artificial teeth to the retainer to camouflage the empty space.
It usually takes a team of a family dentist, an orthodontist and a surgeon to see this kind of “smile makeover” project through, possibly over several years. But the gains in better aesthetics and health are well worth the time and expense.
If you would like more information on replacing non-developing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”