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If the gaps in your smile hold you back from feeling your best, whether mentally or physically, you may benefit from dental implants. This revolutionary procedure replaces your missing teeth to close the gaps in your smile permanently and effectively. But how do dental implants work to your benefit? Are you a good candidate for this powerful procedure? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. James Cox and Dr. Adam Cox at Cox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for dental implants should be in good dental health and able to successfully undergo the procedures required for dental implants. Speak with your dentist about treating any instances of teeth decay or gum disease prior to considering dental implants. In addition to good health, candidates for implants should take their oral hygiene seriously and have an excellent at-home dental care routine to keep their teeth and implants healthy and free from decay.
Dental Implants in Jasper, AL
Dental implants are unique in that your dentist implants them directly into the jawbone in the mouth, ensuring that they stay permanently in place for years to come. The bone grows around the implant, integrating it into the natural structure of the mouth. However, in order for implants to succeed, patients should have an adequate amount of bone volume left in the area of their missing tooth. Consult with your dentist to determine if dental implants are right for you.
What can dental implants do?
Thanks to their design, dentists can use dental implants to achieve a variety of results. Commonly, implants replace a single tooth surrounded by healthy teeth. However, implants can also work together with dental restorations like bridges or dentures to replace several teeth at once. In this case, two or more implants spaced throughout the gap hold the restoration, or prosthetic teeth, in place. Implant-supported dentures usually require four or more implants spread over the whole arch to hold a set of dentures in place.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. James Cox and Dr. Adam Cox at Cox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL. Call 205-384-4000 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant consultation with your dentist today!
There are many different dental procedures for enhancing your smile and improving tooth functioning. For instance, root canals can preserve damaged or decaying teeth and restore normal functioning, while dental implants replace missing teeth and fill out your smile. At Cox Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. James Cox and Dr. Adam Cox are your Jasper, AL family dentists for root canals, dental implants and other dental procedures.
Root canals provide a means of preserving teeth that might otherwise require extraction. Such teeth include those with damage to the dental nerve and those with severe decay resulting in the formation of an abscess below the tooth root. In either case, the root canal procedure involves cleaning out decayed or dead tissue inside the tooth, then sealing the tooth with a filling. Cleaning out the tooth and filling it in strengthens the tooth and restores normal functioning. The benefits of root canal treatment include:
- Preserving the natural teeth and avoiding extraction.
- Improving oral health by removing infected tissue.
- Strengthening teeth weakened by decay or damage to the dental nerve.
- Restoring normal tooth functions, such as eating, chewing and biting.
- Minimizing the strain on surrounding teeth previously compensating for weaker ones.
Dental implants restore your smile by replacing teeth that are missing. There are three parts to a dental implant: the metal implant, an abutment and a crown. The metal implant is installed below the gum line, like a tooth root, and is drilled into the jaw bone. The implant anchors everything in place. The crown, often made from porcelain, sits above the gum line and serves as the replacement tooth. The abutment joins the crown to the implant.
The benefits of dental implants include replacement of missing teeth and restoration of normal biting and chewing functions. Dental implants can also improve speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking once the gaps from missing teeth are filled in. Additionally, once installed, dental implants are permanent and will not slip out of place, as can happen with dentures or some other tooth replacement alternatives. Your Jasper family dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
Root canals and dental implants are excellent options for preserving and enhancing your smile, as well as restoring normal tooth functioning. To find out if a root canal or dental implants can benefit you, schedule an appointment with either Drs. James and Adam Cox, your Jasper, AL family dentists, by calling (205) 384-4000.
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”
Dental implants are one of the most effective ways to overhaul your teeth from an embarrassing show of gaps and imperfections to a full smile you love and feel great about. Dental implants can benefit various patients, whether they have one gap or are missing all their teeth. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. James Cox and Dr. Adam Cox at Cox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL.
What can dental implants do for me?
Dental implants replace your missing teeth to give you a full, beautiful smile you feel great about. This procedure falls under the cosmetic and restorative dental umbrellas as it improves the appearance as well as the functionality of your smile. Replacing your missing teeth helps prevent the side effects of gaps in your smile, like bone atrophy or sagging facial skin. It also keeps your bite aligned, making eating and chewing less difficult.
The Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants use metal posts implanted into the jawbone to hold a prosthetic tooth or a row of prosthetic teeth in place. The implant lies directly within the jawbone. The bone grows around the implant, then, in a second procedure, the implant connects to a post, which holds the prosthetic tooth in place.
Dental Implants in Jasper, AL
If you think dental implants are the best option for you, you can confirm your suspicions with the help of Cox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. A consultation for dental implants will include a physical examination and questions regarding your medical and dental history and the type of lifestyle you lead. Implants require minimal bone atrophy and enough bone volume to hold them in place. X-rays help your dentist determine if you require a bone graft before your implant surgery.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. James Cox and Dr. Adam Cox at Cox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL. Call (205) 384-4000 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!