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How Do I Know if I Need Dental Implants?

Filed under: Dental Implants — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

There are few things worse than not feeling one hundred percent confident about your smile. If you have missing teeth that give you gaps in your grin, then dental implants may be the perfect dental solution for you.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are among the most effective treatment options for missing teeth.

When you receive a dental implant, the first step includes placing an anchor into your jaw bone surgically. This post will be given a chance to heal. During the healing process, it will fuse naturally to your jawbone — much like the roots of your natural teeth. Once the healing process is complete, you will receive your new tooth replacement in the form of a crown.

When are dental implants needed?

Dental implants come into play when you are missing a tooth. Your missing tooth may have been an extraction, or you may have suffered damage or breakage in an accident. Your dentist will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, which naturally replaces missing teeth.

It is important to replace any missing teeth in a timely manner. When you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it starts to lose density. The rest of the teeth in your mouth may start to shift, as the tooth that once helped them hold their place in your jaw is no longer there. This could affect your bite. If your bite is misaligned, it could cause you pain and further problems.

What are the pros and cons of dental implants?

The benefits of dental implants are numerous. This treatment is one of the best available to replace missing teeth. Since it is a permanent solution, you do not have to worry about removing an apparatus, as with full and partial dentures. Since the anchor is designed to fuse naturally to your jawbone, your implant will be safe and secure. You will not have to adjust your lifestyle or diet, and you will care for the implant just like you care for the rest of your teeth in your mouth. As an added bonus, your dental implant will look very much like your natural tooth. Most people will not be able to tell any difference between your implant and the rest of your smile.

There are a few disadvantages to dental implants.

Dental implants can sometimes be expensive, depending on your insurance plan and the coverages available to you. The team at your dental office can reach out to your carrier and provide you with an estimate on the pricing.

Additionally, dental implants aren’t for everyone. There are several factors that could affect whether you are a good candidate to receive this treatment.

Who are good candidates for dental implants?

If you are generally in good health, you may be a good candidate to receive one or more dental implants. During your initial consultation for dental implants, we will do a complete examination to determine whether your jaw has enough density in the bone to support the post that secures the implant and makes it a secure and natural solution to replace a missing tooth.

Some factors that could impact whether you are a good candidate to receive a dental implant include:

  • Age: Some people over the age of 60 may not be good candidates for dental implants.
  • Medical history: If you have had radiation or chemotherapy to treat cancer, you may not be a good candidate. Likewise, if the medication you are taking interferes with bone growth, if you have low estrogen and are postmenopausal, or if you have diabetes that is poorly controlled, it could affect the success of a dental implant. Individuals with gum disease may also not be good candidates.
  • Lifestyle habits: People who smoke or excessively drink alcohol may not be good candidates for dental implants.

Ultimately, the decision on whether dental implants are right for you will come down to communication between you and your dentist.

Are there any alternatives to dental implants?

If you and your dentist decide that dental implants are not the right course of treatment for you, then not to worry — there are several alternatives that will give you the smile that you want.

  • Fixed bridge: A fixed bridge utilizes the two natural teeth on either side of the gap to provide a supportive fix for your smile. Your dentist will reshape the two teeth to accommodate the bridge, which will cover both your gap and your two natural teeth.
  • Partial denture: This removable appliance clips on to your existing teeth to provide coverage for your gaps.
  • Complete denture: Your gums support full dentures, as they rest where your natural teeth once were.

Ready to talk about your own personal treatment plan involving dental implants? Or would you like to know about the dental implant service we provide right here at Cornerstone Dental Arts? Call us with your questions at (865) 531-7117 or read more here.

New Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery System for Patient Care

Filed under: Dental Technology — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Cornerstone Dental Arts is pleased to announce that it is now offering Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery. This innovative technology assists the dental surgeon with 3D surgical planning and guided surgical placement of dental implants. By combining robotic precision and control with the dental surgeon’s clinical expertise, Yomi in many cases allows for same-day, minimally-invasive flapless dental implant surgery. 

Cornerstone Dental Arts is the first practice in Tennessee to use this advanced surgical platform. This technology further allows Dr. Griffin to provide the highest level standard of dental care. We believe that Yomi is changing implant dentistry by enhancing our dental surgeons’ capabilities and advancing patient care through the latest technology.

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery features an end-to-end digital surgical experience, including collaborative planning software and surgical guidance through robotic haptics. The dental surgeon is 100% in control during Yomi procedures. 

About Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery is the first and only robot-assisted dental surgery system to be commercially available in the United States and is in clinical use with leading dental surgeons. Yomi is cleared by the FDA in the United States as a computerized navigational system intended to provide assistance in both the planning and the surgical phases of dental implantation surgery. Yomi delivers physical guidance through the use of haptic robotic technology, which constrains the drill in position, orientation, and depth. The surgeon is in control of this assistive technology at all times. For more information on Yomi, visit https://www.neocis.com/meet-yomi/.

An Improved Patient Experience

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we always strive to offer the latest in dental technology that will further improve the care we can provide to our patients. By using the Yomi robot system, we are able to offer much quicker dental implant surgery, reducing the patients’ wait time to complete the implant process. The surgery technique that this new system allows us to provide many times offers a less-invasive surgical process, meaning that the patient can enjoy a quicker healing time and less pain in the healing process overall.

If you have any questions regarding Yomi or robot-assisted dental surgery, or if you are interested in scheduling that dental implant surgery you’ve been putting off, contact us at Cornerstone Dental Arts at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to hearing from you!