Posts for: November, 2017

What's your best option for replacing a missing tooth? For natural feel, function and appearance, it's the dental implant from your familydental implants dentists at Beavercreek Dental Group. Plus, guess what? For optimal longevity, the dental implant delivers again. Would you like details on this superior dental prosthetic? Then, read the details from Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe, experts in tooth replacement technology.

Dental implants are superior

Dental implants are better than conventional dentures and fixed bridgework. Why is this? It's because the titanium metal implant screw resides within a patient's jaw bone, conferring superior anchorage and retention. Implants and human bone adhere exceptionally well because of a natural process called osseointegration. Once a site fully heals after dental implant surgery and your family dentist in Beavercreek bonds on a custom-made post and crown, the new artificial tooth stays put for a lifetime.

Dental implants are versatile

These amazing prosthetics may be placed virtually anywhere in the mouth where jaw bone is strong enough to support the implant. Dr. Dean or Dr. Cripe determines a patient's suitability for an implant through oral examination, X-rays and three-dimensional imaging. Additionally, the best implant patients are non-smokers who are diligent about brushing, flossing and getting their six-month check-ups and cleanings at Beavercreek Dental Group.

In addition, your dentists often use multiple implant devices to anchor and support fixed bridges (which replace one, two or more adjoining teeth) and partial and full dentures. These innovative replacements eliminate the problems often associated with conventional prosthetics:

  • Slippage
  • Speech slurring
  • Gum and bone recession
  • Need for denture adhesives and liners
  • Enamel reduction on supporting natural teeth

Easy to care for, stable, and so realistic, implants from Beavercreek Dental Group enhance smiles and improve oral function in both older teens and adults. They may be able to help you! Call your family dentist at Beavercreek Dental Group for a consultation with one of our expert dentists: (937) 429-3160.

By Charles H. Dean DDS
November 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer   smoking  

Each November, the American Cancer Society urges smokers to kick the habit for just one day, because if you can quit for one whole day, you can quit for another whole day. Put enough whole days back to back and you’re no longer a smoker!

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It harms nearly every organ of the body, causing lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancer of the lung, kidney and bladder.

Smoking also causes problems in your mouth. Aside from the more obvious problems of bad breath and yellowed teeth, smoking raises the risk of cancer of the mouth and throat. It can increase the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Smoking interferes with healing, so treatments may not work as well. The majority of smokers have gum disease and they are more likely to lose teeth from advanced gum disease.

Quitting isn’t easy, but it’s the best thing you can do for your health. Who wouldn’t want fresher breath, younger-looking skin and a better sense of taste and smell?

Even for people who have smoked for a long time, the effects of smoking start to reverse themselves when you quit. Your heart rate, blood pressure and carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal shortly after quitting. Studies are showing that in just one year, the risk for heart disease is cut in half. 10 years later the risk of oral cancer is about equal to that of a nonsmoker. In 15 years, the risk of heart disease is the same as for a nonsmoker.

Need help quitting? Talk with your dentist or doctor. You can also visit the American Cancer Society website. If you have any questions about smoking and oral health, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Strategies to Stop Smoking.”

By Charles H. Dean DDS
November 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

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