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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
DentureswithImplantsCouldHelpYouAvoidBoneLoss

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileWant a more beautiful smile? Kissimmee, FL, dentist Dr. Adel Mansour, understands the importance of a first impression, which is why he offers cosmetic dentistry options to his patients.

More on Dental Implants:

Dental implants consist of a titanium post surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows several months for osseointegration to occur. Your Kissimmee dentist then re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Some advantages of dental implants include:

  • Restoring one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Restoring your bite and chewing function.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.

More on Crowns:

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth. Crowns are used for several procedures, like attaching bridges, covering dental implants and covering stained, or discolored teeth.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping:

Contouring and reshaping your teeth are simple, cosmetic procedures that will give you a more confident smile.

They help with a variety of problems:

  • pits and/or grooves in enamel
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked or fractured teeth
  • overlapping or crowded teeth

Cosmetic dentistry is vital for improving the appearance and function of your teeth. If you would like to restore the beauty of your teeth, just call your Kissimmee, FL, dentist, Dr. Adel Mansour. Give him a call today at (407) 483-9990.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsNothing alters your appearance quicker than the loss of a tooth. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded that your smile has changed. Tooth loss doesn't just affect your self-esteem but can make everything from eating to speaking difficult. Luckily, your Hunter's Creek, FL, dentist Dr. Adel Mansour can help you restore your smile with dental implants.

Are dental implants the right choice for me?

Dental implants are an excellent option for most people who have lost teeth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:

  • Your oral and general health is good.
  • You don't smoke.
  • Your jawbone is deep enough to support dental implants. (If your jawbone is too shallow, your Hunter's Creek dentist may recommend building it up with bone grafts.)

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Although a full smile is the obvious benefit of dental implants, it's just one of several advantages of the innovative restoration option. Implants help you avoid shifting, overlapping teeth, an issue that affects your appearance and makes it harder to remove plaque from your teeth.

Dental implants also play an important role in the health of your jawbone. Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when the bone shrinks because it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots, can be an issue after tooth loss. Resorption may increase your risk of additional tooth loss, changes to your bite or facial sagging.

Luckily, adding implants to your jawbone help you avoid these consequences. Implants act as synthetic roots and begin to bond to the bone in your jaw after a minor oral surgical procedure to place them in your jawbone. Your new implants not only anchor crowns that look just like your natural teeth but also stimulate your jawbone, keeping it strong.

Dental implants aren't just recommended if you've lost one tooth. In fact, they can be used to support dentures too. Your implant-supported dentures will either be attached directly to the implants or to a metal bar attached to the implants.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist Dr. Adel Mansour in Kissimmee, FL and serving Hunter's Creek at (407) 483-9990 to schedule your appointment.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
SurgicallyAccessingSinusescanHelpGrowNewBoneforImplants

Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. But they do more than improve your smile: they can restore your ability to eat, chew and talk properly, especially if the teeth replaced are in the back of your mouth. What’s more, they can improve the entire look of your face by restoring facial height and cheek support lost because of the missing teeth.

There is, however, one obstacle to overcome before receiving dental implants — a lack of sufficient bone at the implant site. Bone loss usually occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. This is because when we chew the forces generated by the teeth stimulate continual bone growth to make up for older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). This stimulation doesn’t occur after teeth are lost, which slows the rate of bone growth. Over time the amount of healthy bone diminishes.

Without enough bone for support, implants can’t be placed properly. Fortunately, some of the bone can be regenerated through techniques that place bone grafting material at the site to stimulate and serve as a scaffold for new bone.  The new bone will eventually replace the graft.

For missing upper back teeth with bone loss, we can take advantage of facial anatomy to grow the bone needed for implants. This area of the face is where the maxillary sinuses, air spaces lined with a tissue membrane, are located on either side just above the upper jaw. After determining their exact size and location through detailed x-ray imaging, we can surgically access the area inside the mouth just above the missing teeth.

The sinus cavity is an area where bone growth can occur by placing a bone graft between the floor of the sinus and the sinus membrane. Sometimes bone growth enhancers are used to stimulate and speed up regeneration. The procedure can usually be performed with local anesthesia (much like a routine tooth filling), with only mild discomfort afterward for a few days managed by an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen and a decongestant for sinus swelling.

After six to seven months, we re-evaluate the area to see if sufficient bone has returned for implant surgery. If so, you will be well on your way to achieving a new look and better function through dental implants.

If you would like more information on building new bone through sinus surgery, 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 “Sinus Surgery.”