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By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
June 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Having missing teeth may hinder you from flashing your best smile. Thankfully, this issue could easily be resolved by getting dental implants. Dr. Wayne Cook, your Marion family dentist here at Wayne Cook DDS commonly uses dental implants for restoring smiles while also provide a variety of other benefits to our patients.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are frames that are surgically placed on your jawbone under the gum line. Essentially, they serve as replacement tooth roots. They likewise offer a sturdy base for replacement teeth, known as dental crowns, which are designed to appear like your natural teeth.

What Benefits Do Implants Offer?

If you take good care of your dental implants, they can provide you with lifelong benefits such as:

  • Enhanced comfort: They essentially become a part of you over time, therefore, they will feel just like your natural teeth.
  • Improvement in your speech: Since dental implants are placed securely into your jawbone, they enable you to talk without them slipping off, unlike other tooth replacement options.
  • Eat with ease: Eating or chewing with missing teeth may feel unusual. Getting dental implants can eliminate that discomfort.
  • Easier and better oral health: Maintaining your oral hygiene can be a hassle if some of your teeth are lost but dental implants enable you to go about your oral care routine with ease. Furthermore, tooth loss could also instigate certain oral complications, as your tooth roots could be left exposed to harmful bacteria.
  • Prevention of bone loss: Missing teeth could likewise contribute to the loss of bone mass in the jaw, as it requires stimulation from your teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that restores jawbone stimulation.
  • Longevity and durability: Dental implants can last you many years due to their durability. And if you take good care of them, they could last even longer.
  • Refined appearance and self-confidence. Dental implants boost your confidence, as it can bring back the quality of your smile and function of your mouth.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you are healthy enough for oral surgery or a routine dental extraction, you can qualify for dental implants. You must have enough bone and healthy gums to support the implant. Otherwise, your Marion Family Dentist may need to perform extra treatments to make your mouth suitable for dental implants.

For More Questions or Information About Dental Implants, Speak to Us

Call (870) 739-8799 to book an appointment with your family dentist here at Wayne Cook DDS in Marion, AR, Dr. Wayne Cook.

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
January 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

CouldYourMetalAllergyKeepYouFromObtainingDentalImplants

Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.

But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?

The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.

An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).

A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.

Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.

While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.

Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”

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There are good reasons, for both health and appearance, to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or similar restoration as soon as is practical. The bone around a tooth socket diminishes the longer it remains empty, up to 25% the first year. And, of course, your smile is less attractive, especially with a highly visible tooth.

If it’s your teenager, though, you may need to wait on a permanent restoration because their jaws are still developing. An implant placed before completion of jaw development could eventually appear out of alignment with neighboring teeth.

Our biggest concern is protecting bone health at the site of the missing tooth. We can do this and encourage growth by placing bone grafts (processed minerals from another donor) that serve as scaffolds on which surrounding bone can grow. Grafts usually dissolve (resorb) over time, but the rate of resorption can be slowed for a younger patient in need of long-term bone growth.

Planned orthodontic treatment can usually go on as scheduled. The orthodontist may accommodate the tooth loss by adding a temporary tooth within the braces or other device that matches the color and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. The orthodontist will also take care to maintain the empty space for a future implant or other restoration.

A dental implant is considered the best option for a missing tooth, not only for its life-like appearance and durability, but also its ability to encourage bone maintenance. Timing, though, is essential for teenagers. As it grows, the upper jaw will tend to move forward and down. Natural teeth move with this growth; implants, though, are attached differently and won’t move with the jawbone. While the other teeth around them move, the implants can appear to shrink back resulting in an unattractive smile appearance. So waiting until the jaw has finished growing is important.

For most people, jaw growth finishes by age twenty-one for men, women usually faster, but each person is different. The dentist’s expertise and experience, coupled with comparisons of adult family members’ facial appearances, will help determine the right time to undertake a permanent restoration for the best outcome both for health and a permanent, attractive smile.

If you would like more information on treating teenagers with missing teeth, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S
March 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Every dental patient aims to keep their smile forever, but some circumstances such as: a blow to the mouth, gum disease, or untreated Implantabscess necessitate extraction. If you've experienced tooth loss, you know how your oral function, self-confidence, and facial structure has changed. However, there's still hope with dental implants from your Marion, AR, dentist. Dr. Wayne Cook successfully restores smiles with modern prosthetics, and you'll love the results.

What a Dental Implant Can Do

A dental implant is comprised of a titanium screw (placed into the jaw bone bone by your Marion, AR, dentist), a metal alloy extension post and customized crown, recreates a natural tooth so perfectly. Patients say they cannot tell their implants from their natural teeth. Additionally, multiple implants can support fixed bridges and dentures to repair more extensive tooth loss.

How do dental implants accomplish all this? Implants and human bone bond together through a process known to scientists and to dentists as osseointegration. When Dr. Cook puts an implant into an empty tooth socket, the underlying bone immediately adheres to the implant, and over the next several weeks, osseointegration increases, strengthening the bond and the biting and chewing ability of the implant.

Who can get a Dental Implant?

Millions of older teens and adults in the United States have received dental implants, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Obviously, many people qualify for the procedure which is a simple in-office surgery. Even people who need bridges or dentures may receive implants to anchor their artificial teeth.

To determine your candidacy, Dr. Cook will examine your remaining teeth, gums and most importantly, your jaw bone. Jaw bone size and density must be adequately sized to receive dental implants and to bear the extensive forces created by biting and chewing.

Caring for Dental Implants

Is it complicated? No, caring for dental implants is no harder than brushing and flossing your natural teeth. Remember, you should get routine check-ups and cleanings every six months with Dr. Cook and his team.

Finally, if you use any form of tobacco, cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, be sure to pursue a program to quit. Tobacco poisons implant sites and often creates conditions which lead to implant removal.

Find Out More 

Enjoy a beautiful, functional smile that lasts with dental implants from your Marion, AR, dentists at Dr. Wayne Cook's office. For your personalized consultation, call (870) 739-8799 today!



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Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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