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By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
August 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

Here's the bad news on the overall state of dental health in the United States: Over 120 million people have one or more missing teeth—roughly one American in three. But there's also good news: We can replace missing teeth with a number of effective restorative methods. At the top of the list are dental implants, highly regarded by dentists and patients alike as the most lifelike and functional tooth replacement system available.

Dental implants have been growing in popularity since their introduction in the 1980s. Their structural design and construction have continued to improve, giving patients even more options for implant-based tooth replacement.

To bring greater attention to the benefits of this popular restoration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) designated August as Dental Implant Month in 2016. In recognition, here are 3 of those benefits you might gain from choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth.

Durability. Unlike other restorations such as conventional dentures or bridges, implants replace the entire root structure of the tooth. To be more precise, implants are a tooth root replacement in the form of a post imbedded securely in the jawbone. As the bone grows around and attaches to the implant, it develops a durable and highly functional hold that can last for decades.

Adaptability. Many people assume dental implants are used only to replace individual teeth, but implants can also support multi-tooth restorations. A few strategically placed implants can securely attach a partial or total bridge to the jaw, or provide added support for a removable denture.

Affordability. At first glance, an implant's initial cost places it at the high end of the scale for tooth replacement options. But because of their long-term durability and high success rate (greater than 95% still in place after ten years), implants may cost less in the long run than lower-priced restorations that may require repair or replacement sooner.

Although they have a wide range of applications, implants aren't suited for some dental situations. Because implants require a minimum amount of bone present in the jaw, for example, extensive bone loss might nullify them as a current option. Even in this case, though, grafting therapy to rebuild the bone could make it possible to place dental implants at some point in the future.

If you've recently lost a tooth or you have an older restoration you'd like to replace, dental implants might be a great option for you. Your first step is an initial exam and consultation to find out if this premier dental restoration is right for you.

If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Third Set of Teeth.”

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

How your dentist in Lynchburg, VA, can help with a dental implant problem

If you have dental implants, chances are you are enjoying the beauty, easy maintenance, and permanence dental implants can offer.

Although rare, dental implant problems can happen, and it’s important for you to know what to do if you have a problem with your dental implants. Dr. Kevin S. Midkiff in Lynchburg, VA, can help you get the most out of your dental implants.

These are just a few of the reasons and causes you might have a dental implant problem:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth frequently
  • Not wearing a nightguard when you sleep or a mouthguard when you play sports
  • Having a dental screw that is the wrong size, either too narrow or too short
  • If your immune system is compromised or you are diabetic

Dental implants may also experience failure if your bone has not fused properly with the implant. This lack of fusion may be due to an infection, radiation therapy to your jaws, or medical issues.

So, how do you know if you need a dental implant restoration? If you experience any of these signs and symptoms of dental implant failure, visit your dentist as soon as possible:

  • Discomfort or pain from around the implant
  • A bad smell or taste around the implant area
  • Redness and swelling around the implant
  • Bleeding or drainage coming from around the implant
  • Instability or movement from any part of the implant

Visiting Dr. Midkiff as soon as possible is important to the future of your dental implant. He can help with a number of solutions including:

  • Substituting a wider dental implant screw to increase support
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Antibiotic medication to eliminate infection in the implant area
  • A custom-fit nightguard or mouthguard to protect your implant

Dental implants are the most successful surgical implant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have problems. Don’t worry, your dentist can help you enjoy your dental implants and have a healthy smile. For more information about dental implant care, and other dental topics, call Dr. Kevin Midkiff in Lynchburg, VA, today!