Dental Implants are ideal for when you have a missing, broken, or heavily decayed tooth or if you have dentures that are no longer working effectively. Implants feel and look like your actual teeth, and you won’t be able to tell the difference after our work with you is complete. We understand that any kind of major dental work can be a major cause of stress, so we do our best to accommodate your busy schedule and to make sure we answer all of your questions beforehand.
There are three main categories of dental implants:
Single Implants: This type of implant is for patients who have lost one tooth. Investing in a dental implant-supported crown is more effective and less invasive than a bridge. The adjacent teeth are not ground down to prepare for the bridge. These teeth remain untouched. It also looks and feels more natural and will not decay, in part because it is easier to maintain than a bridge.
Secure Lower Dentures: This kind of implant is for people who already have a lower denture but who are finding that it is not staying in place properly. After a lower denture is secured with at least 2 implants our patients have an easier time eating and talking, and they also feel more confident and secure.
Secure Upper Dentures: Using 4 implants, we can secure the upper bridge so that it does not cover the entire roof of the mouth. When the roof of the mouth is covered, food does not taste as good, and it is difficult to chew. Again, this single procedure makes life more pleasant and helps patients feel more confident.
We have found that a common obstacle in the way of our patients getting dental implants sooner is concern about cost. Dental implant cost, like so many medical procedures, varies based on where you go. At our Marino Nassif offices, we work with our patients to make sure the procedure is as affordable as possible. We also offer specials whenever we can to help make all types of treatment as accessible as possible.
What happens if you keep putting off your dental implant procedure? Perhaps you simply do not want to deal with the stress of it, or perhaps you are concerned about dental implant cost. The fact is that waiting too long for a dental implant procedure can end up costing a patient significantly more than a dental implant procedure over the long term. That is because so many problems evolve from having a single severely damaged or missing tooth. Delaying a dental implant can cause:
- Other teeth to shuffle their positions to accommodate the space the missing tooth left
- Wearing out the teeth and jaw muscles on the other side of the mouth
- Constantly biting your tongue and inside of the jaw due to misalignment
The biggest harm is bone begins to reabsorb away once a tooth is removed. The longer a person waits to have the implant, the less bone that is available which can affect the success rate. Getting all of these issues fixed will not only be a pain both physically and mentally, it will also be a very large investment over a very long period of time. Spending the money on a dental implant procedure before the problems with your dental health get out of control is the logical decision. Contact us today to learn more.
The common depiction of dentures or false teeth is not often flattering, but it also usually is not realistic. Dentures are essentially a prosthesis for your mouth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or, when necessary, all teeth. Before prescribing dentures, we talk over all options with the patient and work out a plan that will accommodate his or her busy schedule. On occasion we can have dentures ready on the same day as your extraction, but those details will also be discussed and planned on the front end.
There are multiple kinds of dentures:
Complete or Full Dentures: A complete denture means all the teeth in one of your arches needs to be replaced. There are two sub-types of complete dentures. One is called an immediate denture because it is put into the mouth on the same day as extraction. The advantage of this type of procedure is the patient does not have to live without teeth for any length of time. However, as the mouth heals after the extractions, the gum positioning and other facets impacted by the dentures may change, so adjustments must be made. The other type of denture requires a longer wait – usually a few weeks, but the chances of needing adjustments afterward are small.
Partial Dentures: This type of denture is usually removable and is made of artificial teeth connected to a base plate. The partial denture stays in position because of clasps on the surrounding teeth. If a patient has a small area of the mouth that is experiencing decay or other difficulties, the partial denture can be a great solution.
Permanent Dentures: As the name suggests, permanent dentures remain in the mouth at all times. Permanent dentures involve the artificial teeth being connected directly to the jawbone. They can be cared for like your natural teeth. With regular brushing and flossing and a couple annual check-ups with a dentist, permanent dentures can last a long time.
Dental Implant Dentures: Dental Implant Dentures are for patients who already have dentures, but for various reasons the dentures are no longer positioned well, causing the pain discomfort and difficulty in eating and speaking. These implants are an effective and efficient way to make a patient feel confident once again.
At Marino & Associates and Nassif & Associates, we take our patents’ dental care seriously. We will always pick the best solution for you while also striving to keep all procedures as affordable as possible. If you are looking for dentures near me, you will find we have several locations across Northeast Ohio, and all our locations focus on keeping patients comfortable and stress-free. Contact us today to learn more.
, also known as dental caps, are versatile tools dentists have available to help patients with various dental concerns. Applications for dental crowns include:
- Restore a tooth’s functionality after a major procedure like a root canal
- Increase the size of a tooth that has experienced significant decay
- Attach bridges
- Cover implants
- Prevent cracks in teeth from worsening
- Covering a discolored or stained tooth
Although crowns are usually thought of for adults, children can also benefit from crowns. If a child has a tooth that is already severely decayed, if a child is at high risk for tooth decay, or is unable to withstand usual dental hygiene procedures, crowns may be used to protect the teeth and prevent further damage.
Before putting in a crown, the tooth that will be receiving the crown usually needs to be reduced to accommodate the new crown. X-Rays will help get a full view of the tooth that is impacted. The dentist will take an impression of your tooth to make sure the crown is customized specifically for you. Permanent crowns need to be made at a special lab. This can sometimes take a few days, and in those cases, we will give patients a temporary crown to hold them over.
Dental crowns can be made of many different materials. Often, your dental insurance will help determine what will be the most affordable option for you. Silver or other types of metal crowns used to be the most common kind, but for aesthetic reasons as well as for safety reasons, those are not as much in favor as they used to be. Crowns can also be porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic or porcelain, or pressed ceramic. Each type of material offers pros and cons. We will carefully discuss all your options with you and come up with a plan that is customized to your needs and budget.
Usually, crown procedures are simple, and the patient feels fine a few hours later. Like with all procedures, however, sometimes things can go a bit amiss. A patient may find that the tooth with the new crown is extra sensitive to hot and cold, which happens when there is still a live nerve in the tooth. Porcelain crowns can sometimes chip, and sometimes crowns can even fall off completely. For the most part, however, crown procedures are nothing to worry about and very beneficial.
The cost of dental crowns can vary based on a patient’s insurance, based on an individual office’s pricing structure, and based on the material used. We always sit down with patients before proceeding with any procedure to make sure we understand their budgetary limitations. We do our best to work with our patients so they can get the dental care they need while avoiding over-spending.
Dental crowns have a long life, especially if you care for them properly. Generally, that means avoiding hard, sticky foods like caramels, brushing very well, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist once or twice a year to make sure the tooth and crown are healthy. Crowns last approximately 15 years on average.
If you have any questions about dental crowns or caps, contact us today!