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WecanFixaSmileMarredbyAbsentFrontTeeth

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.”

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.”