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By Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
August 21, 2018
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?

By Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
July 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentists in Prior Lake, Minnesota can fill-in your smile.dental implants

Gaps between your teeth can leave your smile looking incomplete. An incomplete smile can make you feel less attractive because your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. It’s time to think about closing the gaps with dental implants! Your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, Minnesota and serving Shakopee, New Prague & Savage MN want to introduce you to dental implants, the best way to fill-in your smile.

Dental implants offer benefits which other methods of tooth replacement can’t match. People choose dental implants over partials, dentures, or dental bridgework because dental implants are:

  • Completely stable; they are embedded in bone and are a permanent addition to your smile
  • Naturally beautiful; the implant functions as a tooth root and is topped by an implant crown. The crown material reflects light just like your natural teeth.
  • Healthy; you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth; your dental implants will never decay and they are stain resistant.

Dental implants may even help you look younger too. That’s because dental implants help your body create more bone to fuse with the dental implant. If you have worn a denture for a long time, you may have noticed that your jawline is not as firm as it once was. That’s because dental appliances put pressure on your jaws and cause the bone to diminish over time.

Dental implants don’t put pressure on your jaws. Instead, because more bone is created, dental implants give you a firmer jawline and add back your youthful facial fullness, which are the hallmarks of a younger-looking face.

Whether you have lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or you wear a denture, dental implants can provide life-long function and beauty to your smile. Dental implants can help you enjoy the foods you love without worrying about slippage, and they look virtually identical to natural teeth.

Dental implants can close the gaps and make you want to smile again. You deserve to look your best, and it all begins with a great smile. For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, Minnesota and serving Shakopee, New Prague & Savage MN today!

By Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
February 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
CouldYourMetalAllergyKeepYouFromObtainingDentalImplants

Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.

But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?

The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.

An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).

A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.

Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.

While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.

Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”

By Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
YoullExperienceLittletoNoDiscomfortDuringandAfterImplantSurgery

You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.

It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.

We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.

It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.

Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.

Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
February 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Prior Lake want you to knowdental implants

You’ve been thinking about dental implants but you want to know more. What are the different parts of a dental implant? How do dental implants work? Your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN want to share the facts about dental implants and what they can do for your smile.

When you lose teeth, it dramatically affects the way you look, but it also can dramatically affect your health. Without a full set of teeth, your chewing is impaired, causing problems with your digestion and your overall health. You also can lose self-confidence because you don’t have a complete, beautiful smile.

It’s time to change all that with dental implants, the permanent, stable solution to tooth replacement. It all begins with the first part of the implant, called a “fixture” which looks like a screw. The fixture is made of titanium, a unique, biocompatible material the bone in your jaw can fuse with. The fixture is placed in your jaw with a simple procedure done in the office.

Over time, your bone will fuse with the fixture, locking it in place. The next piece, called the “abutment” is placed over the fixture. The abutment is the piece that secures your permanent implant crown over the fixture.

Finally, the restorative treatment is placed over the abutment. If you are missing a single tooth, an implant crown is placed. If you are missing multiple teeth, a dental bridge, partial or denture can be placed over the abutments.

Dental implants are the treatment-of-choice to replace missing teeth and restore your full smile. When you choose dental implants you will experience:

  • Highly successful treatment, because the success rate of dental implants is over 95 percent, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
  • Beautiful, natural-looking results, because dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth
  • Worry-free results, because dental implants won’t ever decay and they resist stains, giving you a permanently beautiful smile

Dental implants can help you look great and feel great about yourself. For more information on dental implant treatment call your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN. Call today and renew your smile with dental implants!