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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
February 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.

For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.

Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by  at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.

That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.

If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.

With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.

Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants after Previous Tooth Loss.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantHow Dental Implants from Your Huntsville Dentist Can Complete Your Smile

Dental implants are one of the most popular options to replace missing teeth and give you back your smile. There are many reasons why dental implants are so prominent, from their beauty and inconspicuous look to their high success rate and stability. When you choose dental implants from Dr. Brad Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry, one of the top dentists serving the Huntsville area, know that you are investing in both a cosmetically pleasing product, as well as a great boost to your oral health

So, What Makes Implants So Great?

Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Being made from completely natural-looking materials, people will never even know that you replacement teeth! Your complete, beautiful smile will be restored.

Natural good looks aren’t the only benefit of dental implants, they are also,

  • Beautiful: The implant crown is made of light-reflective material that looks just like tooth enamel. They also repel stains so your dental implants will continue to enhance your smile for years.
  • Highly Successful: According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, making them the most successful surgical implant.
  • Completely Stable: Due to being fully embedded in the jawbone, dental implants will never move around, unlike partials and dentures.
  • Healthy: Just like natural teeth, dental implants can easily be cleaned by brushing and flossing.
  • Convenient: Unlike partials and dentures, do not need to be taken out.

Dental implants can replace one missing tooth, or your entire smile. They can also provide support for a denture, which is snapped on over the implants and is then referred to as an overdenture.

Additionally, other tooth replacement methods can actually cause supporting bone to diminish over time. Dental implants work differently: by fusing with the jawbone and locking into place, they actually promote bone growth and can help restore the natural contours of your face and jawline. Thanks to dental implants, you can restore both your oral health and your smile's beauty!

Intrigued? Call Today!

To learn more about this fantastic tooth replacement, talk with an expert. Pick up the phone and contact Dr. Brad Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Athens, Alabama, serving residents of Athens, Huntsville, and Decatur. Call (888) 860-5114 today and discover the benefits of dental implants!

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how dental implants can give you back the smile you lost.dental implants

Tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever, especially when you have our Athens, AL, dentist, Dr. R. Brad Beasley, on your side. If you are missing one or more permanent teeth then it’s time you found out what dental implants can do to restore your smile.

Most people want a replacement tooth that is as close to a real tooth as possible. While dentures or dental bridges may be less expensive and quicker to get, they don’t offer the same amazing benefits as dental implants. Implants are the only tooth replacements that truly work in much the same way as a natural tooth.

What does an implant do?

This small metal post or screw is placed into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth roots. While you may not realize it, the tooth roots are so very important to the health of your mouth, particularly your jawbone. Your jawbone needs tooth roots in order to remain stable and strong. If you lose a tooth the jawbone will also begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place an implant where your missing tooth roots used to be.

How do you get implants?

Getting dental implants in Athens is a multi-step process that includes:

Your Consultation

We need to make sure that your mouth is healthy enough for getting dental implants. This means that we will need to examine your mouth and also run X-rays to check the health of your mouth, particularly the health of your jawbone (since it will need to be strong enough to support the implant).

Placing the Implant

The first step after your consultation is to place the implant into the jawbone. Once the implant is placed there is a waiting period as the implant fuses with the jawbone. Once this is complete we will open the gums up again to place an artificial structure known as an abutment, which will serve to connect the implant with a dental crown.

Securing the Dental Crown

Once the abutment has been placed we will then secure the dental crown over the abutment to complete your restoration.

Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry is in Athens, AL and serving Huntsville, AL. If you are interested in getting dental implants in Alabama, then it’s time that you turned to us to get your smile back.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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If you’re in the initial planning stages for a dental implant, you may already be encountering a number of options to consider. One that may come up is how the visible crown will attach to the metal implant imbedded in the bone.

Generally speaking, implants are composed of two parts: a metal post most often made of titanium placed into the bone that serves as the “root” for the new tooth; and a visible, life-like crown made of dental porcelain that attaches to an abutment on the titanium post. The crown can be attached in one of two ways: either with a small screw through the biting surface of the crown into a receiving hole in the abutment or cemented to it.

The major advantage of a screwed crown is that it allows for easy removal of the crown if needed. While the titanium post can often last a lifetime, porcelain crowns more often need repair or replacement since they receive the brunt of the biting forces in the mouth. A screw-attached crown is much easier to remove than a cemented one.

On the other hand, screwed crowns have a small access hole that must be restored with a tooth-colored filling to help the crown appear natural. This isn’t too great an issue with back teeth but does make achieving a natural appearance in the front more difficult. Cemented crowns look more like a natural tooth and are thus more flexible in achieving the desired appearance.

Besides the possibility the cement may cause gum inflammation or bone loss, the chief detraction from cemented crowns is the difficulty in removing them. Crowns are often damaged in this process so it’s highly likely it will have to be replaced rather than repaired. It’s possible to use weaker cement, but this raises the risk of the crown coming loose at some point from the abutment.

As we plan for your implant, we’ll discuss which type of attachment will work best for you, depending on the tooth to be replaced and other conditions with your oral health. The end result, though, should be the same — a new, natural-looking tooth that serves you well for many years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

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?