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By RICHARD HAMATY
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsOne of the many consequences of tooth loss is the deterioration of your jawbone. To offset this destructive effect, dental experts have long used dental implants as reinforcement, and your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, knows firsthand both how beneficial this procedure can be and how to perform it!

Procedure

First, a local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo treatment. Next, any decayed tooth material is removed and a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. This titanium post then acts as the new tooth root (rest assured that titanium is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection.

The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months while osseointegration takes its full course (this is the process where titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement).

Finally, when you return, your Yorba Linda dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown on top of it.

Advantages

  • They anchor dentures and fill gaps in your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being unable to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, making them both comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • They look natural and give you a beautiful smile.
  • Dental implants are successful 95 percent of the time, making them more reliable as compared to other dental restorations.

Dental Implant Care

  • Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay

Consultation

If you have questions or concerns, your dentists in Yorba Linda, CA, can help. Just call (714) 779-1313 to make an appoint today!

By RICHARD HAMATY
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant SmileIt’s time to find out more about this lifelong tooth replacement.

Are you an adult who is missing one or more teeth? If so, our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist Dr. Richard Hamaty is here to help restore your smile and improve your oral health for the long-term. One way in which we can replace missing teeth is through a dental implant, which is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth roots. Let’s find out more about how implants replace missing teeth and could last the rest of your life.

As we mentioned, implants need to be placed into the jawbone. Before this can happen our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist will need to drill a small hole into the jawbone. Once we have drilled a hole in the precise location where your missing tooth once was then we can place the implant into the hole and then stitch up the gums. This minor surgery is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia.

After surgery, we will give your mouth up to six months to fully heal. The healing process is crucial because something pretty amazing happens during these several months. As the jawbone and tissue begin to heal they grow around the implant and even fuse together with the metal post. Implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the body will not reject the implant and will actually treat it like it’s a natural part of your mouth. Once the implant and jawbone fuse together the implant is permanent.

Dental implants boast a very high success rate. Of course, the health and longevity of your implant really rely on you. This means that you will have to maintain good oral health and hygiene. Remember to brush twice a day and floss daily. Treat your implant just like the rest of your natural teeth when it comes to maintenance and care. Furthermore, you will need to visit your Yorba Linda, CA, general dentist every six months for checkups to make sure your oral health is in the best possible shape.

Are you interested in getting dental implants? Want to find out if this is the best tooth replacement to meet your goals? If so, call our dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamaty.

Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldContributetoBetterBoneHealth

For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.

Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.

Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.

In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.

Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.

Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.

There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By RICHARD HAMATY
April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Removable dentures are no longer the only way to replace missing teeth. All-On-4 dental implants offer a more comfortable alternative. all-on-fourOur Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hamaty, explains how All-On-4 works.

What are dental implants?

Can you imagine how difficult eating would be if your tooth roots weren't firmly attached to your jawbone? Every time you chomped on a raw carrot or attempted to thoroughly chew a bite of steak, your teeth would slip and slide, irritating your gums. Unfortunately, slipping can be a problem when you wear removable dentures. Although the dentures can easily handle soft foods, eating hard foods can be a problem because the restorations only rest against your gums and aren't connected to your jaw.

Dental implants replace your missing tooth roots. The tiny titanium implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Once in place, implants bond to the bone, offering a secure, stable foundation for the dentures that will be attached to them. Bonding generally takes can take up to six months, although the process can vary from person to person.

How many dental implants will I need?

Traditionally, six to eight implants were needed to support an upper or lower implant-supported denture. When you opt for All-On-4 implants, only four implants will be needed to firmly anchor an upper or lower denture.

What benefits does All-On-4 offer?

Replacing missing teeth with All-On-4 offers several important advantages, including:

  • Better Jaw Strength: Tooth roots provide needed stimulation needed to keep your jawbone strong. Without them, the bone begins to shrink. Although the problem can occur no matter how many teeth you've lost, losing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw can lead to more rapid changes. Your All-On-4 implants constantly press on the jawbone and help to reduce bone resorption.
  • Convenience: In most cases, all four implants can be placed in your jawbone in just one visit.
  • Improved Appearance: You'll leave our Yorba Linda office with temporary implant-supported dentures. Although your new dentures will fill the gap in your smile, you'll need to restrict your diet to soft foods until you receive your permanent implant-supported dentures about six weeks later.

Would you like to improve your appearance with All-On-4 dental implants? Call our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Hamaty, at (714) 779-1313 to schedule your appointment.

By Richard Hamaty
November 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

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?