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By Botts Dental Spa
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Choosing the best cosmetic dentistry procedure may seem hard given all the options available. Luckily, your dentist can help you choose the best treatments to improve your smile and help you look and feel great. Find out more about some common dental services provided by Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN with Dr. Jason Botts.

Invisalign

 

One of the most dramatic ways to change the appearance of your smile for the better is with orthodontic treatment. However, you may feel as though traditional metal braces will force you to compromise your style during treatment due to their highly obvious nature. Luckily, you can now straighten your smile without the hassle of metal in your mouth with Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to move your teeth into their final positions, allowing you to correct your smile without giving up your look.

Dental Implants 
Dental implants replace missing teeth permanently and efficiently using a surgical procedure. During the implant process, your dentist implants a small, titanium post into the bone underneath your gap to serve as your missing tooth’s replacement root. This keeps the bone stimulated, decreasing the risk of bone atrophy and the side effects that come with it. Additionally, the bone’s natural healing process allows it to grow around the post, making it a permanent part of your smile. A dental crown fits on top of the post to replace the missing tooth and fill in your gap.

Teeth Whitening 
With your teeth straightened and your gaps filled, you may want to give your smile an additional boost with a professional teeth whitening session. This procedure provides fast and dramatic results in just a single, hour-long dental visit. Before undergoing a teeth whitening session, your teeth should be free of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, patients should understand that teeth whitening is not permanent and most people require touch-up appointments once a year to maintain the color of their teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Cordova, TN
For more information on cosmetic dentistry or other dental procedures, please contact Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN and serving the Collierville, TN and Eastern Memphis, TN areas. Call (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Botts today!

By Botts Dental Spa
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

While dental implants can benefit most people with one or more missing teeth, you may question their necessity. However, implants are the only way to get a totally permanent replacement tooth and the closest thing to real teeth on the market. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dental procedure which replaces your missing teeth. The implant itself, called a fixture, is a small titanium post which lies inside of the jawbone and replaces your missing tooth’s root. After placing the initial implant, your mouth will heal and the bone will grow around the implant, holding it securely in place. Once the fixture has successfully integrated into the bone, your dentist will place a dental prosthetic on top of the implant to replace your missing tooth.

Do I need dental implants? 
Thanks to their versatility, dental implants can achieve a number of outcomes and are well-suited for many patients. If you have at least one missing tooth, you could benefit from dental implants. Implants can also replace several teeth in a row using a dental bridge, benefiting patients who have two or more missing teeth as well. Finally, some patients who have few or no remaining healthy natural teeth can also benefit from dental implants since several implants throughout the arch of the mouth can hold a permanent or removable denture in place.

Dental Implant Treatments in Cordova, TN
Dental implants require that the patient has enough bone volume remaining in their implant site to securely hold the fixture and prosthetic tooth in place. If a patient has experienced bone atrophy, or the degradation of the bone due to lack of stimulation, they may require a bone graft before beginning their dental implant process. Patients should also have the strong at-home oral care routine required to keep dental implants healthy and free of complications. With the proper care, your dental implants will last a lifetime.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Botts today!

DontLetSmokingIncreaseYourChancesofImplantFailure

There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.

By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.

To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.

The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.

The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.

If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.

At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.

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 & Smoking.”

Implant-basedOverdenturesmaybeaBetterLong-TermFitOption

Although dental disease prevention has made great strides over the last century, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease continue to pose a major health threat. People who’ve lost all of their teeth (edentulism) or most of them suffer the most with adverse effects on their overall health, function and appearance.

Removable dentures have been the traditional and most affordable means to treat edentulism. But even with material and construction advances in recent years, dentures can still lose their fit over time as the bone in the jaw shrinks. This happens because the bone no longer has the stimulus of natural teeth and older cells can’t be replenished at a healthy rate; the continuing compression of traditional dentures on the jaw’s bony ridges compounds the problem.

As the bone shrinks the dentures become loose and uncomfortable to wear. Among other results, this poor fit can drastically affect how you eat: studies of denture wearers have found a decrease in their diet’s nutritional value because they’re eating fewer vegetables or fibrous, “chewy” foods and more foods with refined carbohydrates and fats that are easier to eat but less nutritious.

There is an alternative, though, that might slow bone loss and provide a better long-term fit: an overdenture supported by dental implants. With this appliance, a few implants are strategically installed in the upper or lower jaw. Matched attachments securely fasten the denture to the implants. In this case, the implants not the jaw ridge and gums support the denture thereby preserving the bone.

If you’re healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you should be able to handle implant surgery, a minor procedure usually performed with local anesthesia and with little to no discomfort afterward. It may even be possible to retrofit your current denture to work with the implants, but that will need to be determined during the planning stages.

Although more expensive than a traditional denture, overdentures are much more affordable than fixed restorations stabilized with implants. The difference, though, is the increase in your quality of life — for better nutrition, physical health and social confidence.

If you would like more information on treatment for teeth loss, 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 “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”

SuccesswithDentalImplantsDependsonAttentiontoDetail

Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.

Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.

But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.

It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.

The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.

The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.

We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.

Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.

If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, 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: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”