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

If you are tired of looking at your smile with large gaps and spaces, it's time to talk to Collierville, TN dentist Dr. Jason Botts about how to dental implantsget your smile back with dental implants. They are a permanent solution to a problem that plagues as many as 120 million Americans according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Find out if you can have your smile restored with dental implants.

After Tooth Loss
It can be a challenge to live with your smile after tooth loss. Even just one missing tooth can be a major burden socially and functionally. It becomes more difficult to do everything from chewing your food for proper digestion to laughing and smiling with friends. Dentures are an option for closing the spaces in your smile, but the best step you can take is to permanently fill in the gaps with dental implants.

How Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants allow your Collierville, TN dentist to not just cover up holes in your smile, but to fill in the space beneath the gumline as well. They provide a sturdy post for a dental crown, which is the visible portion of the implant. Crowns are attractive, durable, and long-lasting (as are titanium implants). Dental implants also help preserve the bone tissue in your gums, which preserves the structure and shape of your face over time.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?
It is easy for your dentist to determine if dental implants will work for your smile. It involves a simple check of your most recent X-rays to review the amount of bone tissue you have left in your mouth. The bone tissue is what will keep the implant anchored in your mouth through a process called osseointegration. This is why it is important to go for dental implants as soon as possible after tooth loss to ensure there is enough bone present. 

Improve Your Smile with Dental Implants
Don’t go another year with an incomplete smile due to tooth loss. Call Botts Dental Spa in Collierville, TN today at (901) 737-2200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Botts.

By Botts Dental Spa
August 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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Dental implants to replace teeth are a popular choice as much for their durability as their life-likeness. Most implants last for decades, which can result in lower long-term maintenance costs than other replacement options.

But to achieve this longevity, you must take care of your implants. You should brush and floss them daily right along with your remaining natural teeth — and continue regular semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

You may be wondering, though: if they're made of inorganic materials, why worry with brushing them? It's true that bacterial plaque, the thin film of food particles most responsible for dental disease, doesn't affect them.

Your implants, though, don't exist in a bubble: they're imbedded in real bone, surrounded by real gum tissue and placed next to real teeth. All these other living tissues are susceptible to infection caused by plaque, even from plaque on non-organic implants.

The bone and tissues around an implant can even have a higher susceptibility to infection. This is because an implant's attachment in the jaw differs from that of natural teeth. An implant is imbedded directly into the bone; a natural tooth, on the other hand, maintains its hold through an elastic gum tissue between it and the bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers from the ligament attach to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other.

Besides holding the tooth in place, the ligament also contains blood vessels that supply the tooth and surrounding tissues not only with nutrients but also antibodies that help fight infection. Due to the absence of a ligament connection, an implant doesn't enjoy the same level of protection from infection.  It's much easier for tissues and teeth around an implant to become infected, and harder to stop it.

That's why prevention through daily hygiene is so important. So, be sure to brush and floss all your teeth — including implants — every day, and keep up your regular dental visits. And at the first sign of a possible infection — swollen, red or bleeding gums — see us as soon as possible for an examination.

Consider your implants a long-term investment in both your smile and dental health. Taking care of them will pay dividends for many years to come.

If you would like more information on taking care of your 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 Implant Maintenance.”

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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!