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When tooth loss happens, dental implants may be the answer.
While teeth are supposed to last forever, problems can arise that can leave you dealing with gaps in your smile. Luckily, tooth loss doesn’t have to be forever for our Long Beach, CA, dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss offers a long-term solution such as dental implants. Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Here’s how they work.
We Examine Your Smile
Before we can even start the implant process, we need to know that you are healthy enough for implants. This involves talking over the procedure with our Long Beach, CA, dentist. If you are interested, we refer you to the periodontist or oral surgeon to place the implant.
Healing and Osseointegration
Once the implant is placed, we will need to give the implant time to fuse together (known as osseointegration) with bone and tissue within the mouth. This can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the fusion to be complete. Once the implant and jawbone have fused together it’s time to start on the next step in your treatment process.
Placing the Abutment
Then after the healing process, you come into our office where usually another surgery is not needed. We simply remove the screw that is embedded in the implant, place an impression coping and take an impression. Then Dr. DuRoss removes the impression coping and replaces the screw. The lab then constructs the abutment and the crown at the same time. You return to us and we make the patient an appointment.
At this appointment, we remove the screw again, but this time we place the abutment into the implant and tighten the screw to the correct torque. Then the crown is placed on to the abutment and cemented. Anesthesia is not needed when we do our portion of the implant procedure.
If you are looking for a dentist in Long Beach, CA, that can provide you with dental implants then call Dr. DuRoss’ office at (562) 424-8537 today.
Dentures can provide patients with a simple solution for replacing missing teeth.
There are so many ways to replace missing teeth that you may be a bit indecisive when it comes to choosing the right treatment for you. Fortunately, our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, understands the importance of choosing the ideal solution based on your lifestyle, health, and budget. If you are considering undergoing tooth-replacement treatment, here are the different types of dentures that can restore your smile:
Full dentures are used in cases when you need to replace all of your teeth. Sitting on top of the gums where they naturally suction to the tissue, these dentures can be placed on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. In order to place full dentures our Long Beach, CA, dentist will need to take impressions of your mouth to get the exact measurements. These measurements will ensure that the dental lab creates dentures that fit just perfectly. This creation process can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has some missing teeth but still has some healthy teeth remaining, as well. This oral prosthetic attaches to the healthy neighboring teeth to hold the false teeth in place. The false teeth are on a pink plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. Since partial dentures require healthy teeth to hold them in place, this type of dentures is removable. By wearing these dentures every day, you can prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap in your smile.
We know that no one wants to be without teeth; however, if a tooth needs to be extracted, we will need to wait until the gums have fully healed before placing your custom dentures; however, immediate dentures can be placed the same day as your extraction so that you don’t have to be without teeth. It's important to note that immediate dentures are not a permanent solution, just a way for patients to have teeth while their mouth heals.
Dental implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to hold dentures in place. Some patients find that their full dentures shift and move around when eating or speaking. To prevent this from happening and to make your dentures function and feel more like real teeth, our Long Beach, CA, restorative dentist can place implants into the jawbone to support your dentures.
Tooth loss can be overwhelming—let your dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, make it easier. Here at our Long Beach office, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options and we will be happy to talk to you about your options when you dial (562) 424-8537.
There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested in a natural-felling and stable tooth replacement, Dr. Joseph DuRoss can provide you with dental implants from his Long Beach, CA, office.
Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges, and consist of several parts:
- A titanium post inserted into the jawbone
- A screw that secures an abutment
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth
They have several advantages, including restoring full biting and chewing function, lasting a lifetime, and filling gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile. They mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, are biocompatible, and have a 95 percent success rate.
Your Long Beach dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. This piece provides stability and strength while preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Following this period, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
You need to take proper care of your dental implants. Some preventative measures include brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle, daily flossing as well as avoiding tobacco and drinking too much coffee and/or tea.
Professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque are also essential.
Give Us a Call!
If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call Dr. DuRoss's Long Beach office at (562) 424-8537.
People with missing teeth often feel as though their smile is subpar and feel ashamed of the way they look. In addition, these people may find it difficult to eat, speak, or chew. Luckily, dentures can replace your missing teeth to ensure your mouth functions as it should, and you look and feel great about the way you look. Find out more about dentures with dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA.
What are my denture options?
Dentures come in various styles which can help your smile in a number of situations. Your denture options include:
- Full denture: A full denture replaces all the teeth on an arch with one single restoration. The denture fits into the mouth and stays in place on top of the gum tissue.
- Partial denture: A partial denture incorporates any remaining natural teeth into its design, allowing the denture to fit over the teeth. The teeth act as an anchor to keep the denture in place and avoid issues like shifting thanks to the denture’s design.
- Immediate dentures: A dental laboratory creates immediate dentures before an extraction procedure. As the name implies, patients can wear the dentures immediately after their procedure. The denture even acts as a kind of band-aid while the extraction sites heal.
- Implant-supported denture: Dental implants are the gold standard of teeth replacement. Four or more implants throughout the arch can hold a permanent or removable overdenture securely in place.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures require some special care. However, these extra steps fit right into your daily oral care routine without disrupting it too much. Remove your denture and brush and floss your remaining natural teeth as you normally would. Use denture cleaner and a denture brush to carefully brush your denture, then place it into a cup of water or denture solution while you sleep. This prevents the denture from drying out or warping when not in use. If your denture is permanent, simply care for it as you would your natural teeth.
Dentures in Long Beach, CA
If you think you can benefit from dentures, you should talk with your dentist during a consultation or routine dental examination and cleaning. These visits provide you with the opportunity to address your concerns or ask questions about procedures you think may benefit you. Call your Long Beach dentist today at (562) 424-8537!
Do you need a dental crown? Dental crowns can correct different types of cosmetic dental issues including weakened, cracked, and badly decayed teeth. Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA offers a full range of dental services, including crowns. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about dental crowns.
Dental Crowns Overview
A dental crown is a protective covering that is placed over weakened or damaged teeth. Unlike removable appliances such as dentures, crowns are cemented onto teeth, and can only be removed by your Long Beach, CA, dentist. Crowns can be functional or cosmetic and require more than one trip to the dental office.
Types of Dental Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns create an exceedingly life-like end result. They're made from ceramic or porcelain, which is attractive to look at. These crowns are popular for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide a stronger bond than regular porcelain because they're connected to a metal structure.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that are worn down or broken and prevent weak teeth from deteriorating. Dental crowns are also used to hide tooth discoloration and improve the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are strong and will restore full function of your damaged teeth. Crowns can help you chew better. They can also improve your clarity of speech.
So, what are you waiting for? If you need a dental crown, call our dental office at 562-424-8537 today to schedule a dental consultation in Long Beach, CA. With dental crowns, you can have a smile that's both strong and beautiful.