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By THE DENTAL CENTER
January 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you missing a tooth and looking for a healthy, attractive replacement option that stabilizes biting and chewing? If so, your professional team at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, could help you achieve your smile goals with dental implants. The most durable and lifelike tooth replacements available today, dental implants perform, act, and feel just like real teeth! Read below to learn how Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst, and Dr. Brad Stovie use implants to producing outstanding results for their patients.

 

What is a dental implant?

The resident prosthodontist (tooth replacement specialist) at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids is Dr. Haganman. He delivers dental implants to older teens and adults who have good overall health and enough bone in their jaws to support implant devices.

How does a dental implant work? Instead of resting on the gums, as traditional bridges and dentures do, a titanium implant lives inside the jaw bone below the gums, functionally replacing the natural tooth roots. After qualifying a patient through a careful oral exam, X-ray imaging, and a series of three-dimensional scans, Dr. Haganman discusses treatment options with the patient. Depending on need, implants may replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, or a whole arch.

Currently, dentists, such as Dr. Haganman, place millions of single dental implants every year in the United States, according to statistics from the American Academy of Prosthodontists. Highly successful and long-lasting, implants integrate with human bone because of a process known as osseointegration. Science proves that human bone adheres to titanium remarkably well, and in dental applications, titanium functions as a new tooth root.

After in-office surgical insertion of an implant and once the site is fully integrated and healed, the dentist can attach a metal post and custom-made porcelain crown to finish the tooth replacement. Each time you bite and chew on your new tooth, you exercise your gums and jaw bone, further strengthening them.

 

Caring for dental implants

Although dental implants cannot decay as natural teeth do, they may develop peri-implantitis, a serious oral health problem which resembles gum disease. This infection degrades gums and bone at the implant site, loosening the implant and sometimes even making it fail.

To avoid this problem, Dr. Haganman encourages implant patients to:

  • Brush around implant sites twice a day
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and its associated bacteria
  • Drink plenty of water to increase beneficial saliva
  • Get semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at The Dental Center
  • Stop smoking

 

Interested in implants? Give us a call!
Dental implants fill gaps, improve your jaw bone, and give you the oral function and appearance you deserve. To learn more about amazing dental implants, please call The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids for your personalized consultation. Phone the office team at (319) 365-0534.

By THE DENTAL CENTER
September 21, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implants DiagramAre you thinking of getting dental implants?

There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst can provide dental implants in Cedar Rapids, IA.

More on Dental Implants:

Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:

  • There's a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone
  • A screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post
  • A crown matching the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment

Dental Implant Procedure:

The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which the process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone. Afterwards, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Care and Advantages:

  • Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed.
  • A change in diet is beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

They have several advantages:

  • They restore bite and chewing function.
  • They fill gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile.
  • They restore cracks, chips, or fractures one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Dental implants don't move while you're eating or speaking.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime.

Questions, or Concerns:

If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call your dentists in Cedar Rapids, IA Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst, at (319) 365-0534.

By THE DENTAL CENTER
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You have a very healthy mouth. You thought your teeth would last a lifetime, but then you had a car accident. A front tooth was broken dental implantsbeyond repair and had to be extracted. Must you have a conventional bridge or partial denture? Why not explore smile restoration at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA? Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst, and Dr. Brad Stovi, offer modern dental implants, today's most lifelike tooth replacement.

Always replace a lost tooth

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that your natural teeth--every single one of them--play an important role in your dental health, personal appearance, self-confidence and oral function. If you lose even one to decay, accident or gum disease, your smile suffers.

For instance, after tooth loss, the gum tissue and bone at the extraction site recede. Additionally, the remaining teeth surrounding the socket weaken as they drift toward the empty space.

So, the ADA strongly urges tooth replacement. The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids places and restores single tooth dental implants and also implant-supported bridgework (for multiple lost teeth in a row) and dentures.

What is a dental implant?

The single tooth implant replaces a missing tooth completely. Made of a titanium screw, inserted into the jawbone, metal alloy extension post and realistic porcelain crown, a dental implant provides optimum smile aesthetics and unparalleled oral function. People who have dental implants say they feel, act and look like natural teeth.

What's the restorative process like?

Our dentists guide implant patients through each step of the treatment. They start with a comprehensive oral exam, including computerized digital X-rays which give them a clear view of the jawbone and how dense it is. The bone must be strong and sizable to accept an implant.

In addition, the patient must have good oral and overall health so the implant and bone bond well through a naturally-occurring process called osseointegration. According to OsseoNews.com, osseointegration takes anywhere from two to four months, but the wait is well worth it. Osseointegration practically guarantees implant success and retention of the device for a lifetime.

To install a single implant, the dentists numb the area around the site and incises the gums. Then, they place the implant directly into this opening and sutures the gums closed. Later, when the implant has finished bonding to the bone, our dentists re-opens the site, attaches a metal alloy post and restores the post with a beautiful porcelain crown. Then, the dental implant is complete.

Would you like your smile back?

Dental implants require simple brushing, flossing and professional cleanings at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Most likely, your implant will make you smile for a lifetime. To learn more, contact the office for an implant consultation: (319) 365-0534.

By The Dental Center
September 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are relatively new to the dental restoration scene, and many of our patients at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA dental implantsaren't sure what to expect when presented with this option for replacing missing natural teeth. Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst and Dr. Brad Stovie have answered a few of the common questions they hear about what patients can expect during and after their dental implant placement.

What will my dental implants look like?

To the casual observer, the porcelain crowns of your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Our Cedar Rapids dentists will make sure that their color and shape matches the rest of your teeth. Underneath them will be a metal post and abutment that holds them firmly in place, but these implements will only be visible on an X-ray.

Do dental implants hurt?

As is the case with all dental procedures, both simple and complex, your comfort is our highest priority. The placement of the dental implant's post is a minor dental surgery, but local anesthesia is used to ensure no pain is felt during and immediately following the procedure. Analgesics are prescribed to keep swelling and discomfort to a minimum in the days following your implant's placement, and healing should only take a few days. If you are nervous about the procedure, talk to your Cedar Rapids dentist about the sedative options we offer to help you relax before and during your dental implant placement.

How do I take care of dental implants?

One of the most attractive features of dental implants is their ease of maintenance. Because they are structured like a natural tooth, they are a permanent restoration and will not require removal for cleaning. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your implants looking great and will maintain the gums and bone that surround them. Your dentist will check your dental implants at your twice-yearly appointments to ensure they are secure. Taking care of your dental implants can mean they'll last a lifetime!

If you have further questions about dental implants, we'd love to answer them! Contact The Dental Center of Cedar Rapids, IA to learn more about these versatile restorations!