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Dental Implants or Dentures Which Is Best For Your Smile?

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Dental Implants vs Dentures

With over half the adult population missing one or more of their teeth, dentists see patients needing a false tooth or teeth on a daily basis. There are two leading solutions for missing teeth – dentures and Dental implants . At Art of Dentistry Institute in Irvine, we are happy to answer all of our patients’ questions regarding these restorative dental options by going over the pluses and minuses of each.

Dentures:

Dentures have been around for a long time. Historians note that even President George Washington had four pairs of dentures; however, they were used long before then. Today’s complete dentures can replace a whole mouth of missing teeth, or there are partial dentures which only replace a few teeth and typically connect to surrounding teeth. Dentures are considered relatively affordable and the cost is often covered by dental insurance companies. Although dentures may be a viable solution for missing teeth, below are some complaints we hear from people wearing them.

  • Dentures can cover your palette limiting your sense of taste
  • Dentures can be uncomfortable
  • Dentures need to be removed at night
  • Dentures become loose
  • Dentures slip out of place creating embarrassing moments
  • Dentures require adhesive
  • Dentures require a restrictive diet as it’s hard to chew tough foods such as steak
  • Dentures make many patients feel old

Dental Implants:

As a dentist, one of the most rewarding things we do is make people smile.  Replacing missing teeth can be a tough process to go through emotionally but we see the most positive outcomes through those who turn towards implant dentistry. Dental implants are the most innovative solution for tooth loss. Our Art of Dentistry Institute team and patients alike appreciate implant dentistry for many reasons including:

  • Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution
    • They do not become loose
    • They are not removed at night
  • Dental implants do not slip out of place
  • Patients enjoy a full diet with dental implants as there are no food restrictions

What Are Easier to Get – Dentures vs Dental Implants?

Dentures are hands down, an easier solution to get. Dentures are an oral prosthetic that require impressions which are sent to a lab where the denture(s) is created to fit the patients mouth. Dentures often fit snug at first however, over time, they lose their shape or the jaw bone diminishes and the denture often needs to be repaired, replaced and / or relined.

Dental Implants, though a longer process to receive, are considered permanent once surgically placed in the jaw. Getting dental implants takes at least two dental visits with several months in between. During the first visit, Dr. Hawary will secure the screw-like tooth implant into the jaw where the missing tooth once was. The implant acts as a titanium tooth root. This is left for several months to integrate into the jawbone so that the false tooth that will be attached will have a completely secure anchor.  Months later, the crown (visible false tooth) will be attached to the implant.

What is More Affordable – Dentures vs Implants?

Basic dentures are largely covered by dental insurance plans and so out-of-pocket expenses are kept to a minimum. However, dentures usually will need professional upkeep which gradually drives the cost up over time. Dentures also come in a variety of options in materials used so the cost can range from hundreds to thousands.

Dental implants are not often covered by insurance companies however, we have seen an uptick in  insurance companies beginning to see them as the new gold-standard in tooth replacement and covering a portion of the procedure. Dental implants usually cost around $4500-$5000 per tooth. This cost is a onetime investment for a natural looking and acting, permanent false tooth. To keep costs down, securing a permanent denture to 2 or more dental implants per arch may be a viable solution. Please discuss this option combining both dentures and dental implants with your dentist at your consultation.

What are a Healthier Solution – Dentures vs Implants?

Dental implants offer a healthier solution for missing teeth in multiple ways.

  1. Implants stimulate the jawbone preventing bone loss. This helps preserve face shape. Without an artificial tooth root, the bone no longer needs to support a root and begins to deteriorate. Dentures do not offer an artificial tooth root and therefore denture wearers typically experience jawbone weakness and bone deterioration over time, giving them a sunken in face look when not wearing the denture(s).
  2. Dental implants are also the healthier choice as they offer patients a full diet with no food restrictions.
  3. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth so patients do not have to worry about others knowing that they are missing teeth, nor do they ever have to worry about dental implants slipping out of place like dentures can when talking or having meals.

Have Questions about Tooth Replacement Options?

We at Irvine’s Art of Dentistry Institute want all of our patients to make the best decision for them. Some patients are very happy with dentures while others prefer implants and others opt for implant supported dentures which combines the two. To learn more about these options, please give us a call for a consultation. We look forward to giving you a wonderful dental experience.

 

Dental Implants – The New Standard for Replacing Teeth

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With over half of Americans missing one or more teeth, dental implants have taken a spotlight in the dental community. At Art of Dentistry Institute, we believe that dental implants are the most innovative solution for missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a screw-like piece of titanium or titanium alloy that is placed into the jaw, replacing the tooth root, to create a strong base for an artificial tooth.

What is the dental implant procedure?

The dental implant procedure can usually be broken down into two office visits.

  1. Surgical placement of the implant – This step can often be completed in about an hour. First, Dr. Emil Hawary will gently numb the area with a local anesthetic. Next, he will open the gum tissue to reveal the jaw bone. Then the implant is placed into the jaw and an abutment is attached which will stick out slightly from the jaw. The abutment is the mechanism that connects the implant to the new tooth. Finally the gums are sutured back around the site and the patient is usually given a temporary crown. After the surgical procedure, Dr. Hawary will take impressions of the area so a permanent crown can be created.
  2. Crowning of the dental implant – 3-6 months after the implant is placed, the patient may return for their permanent replacement tooth. The wait is important as osseointegration needs to occur. This is when the implant integrates into the jawbone and is able to become an incredibly strong base for the new tooth.

What are the benefits of implant dentistry over alternatives?

Alternatives to dental implants include bridges or dentures. Although these options may seem more affordable and less invasive at first glance, there are many reasons we recommend dental implants when possible.

  • Dental implants look and feel natural – dental implants are made out of Titanium which is extremely compatible with the body. Once the process is complete, people will have no idea that the patient has a false tooth. They look like natural teeth. They also function naturally so patients do not have to worry about what they eat.
  • Dental implants support jawbone health – One unique and positive side effect of dental implants are that they stimulate the jaw just as natural tooth roots do. If a tooth is lost the bone begins to slowly loose density around where the tooth once was. Eventually, this can give the patient a “sunken cheek” look. However, when an implant is in place, the bone is once again stimulated and retains it’s density and health.
  • Dental implants do not slip out or make clicking noises – Many denture wearers convert over to dental implants or implant supported dentures due to the fact that they are tired of their dentures slipping out of their mouth or clicking at inopportune times. At Art of Dentistry Institute, we have seen dental implants change our patients lives, giving them back a youthfulness that was lost with the absence of their teeth.
  • Dental implants restore bite capacity – Patients can eat whatever they want. Dental implants put corn on the cob, apples and steak back on the table.
  • Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth – Unlike bridges, dental implants are not supported by surrounding teeth.
  • Dental implants are a long term solution – Dental implants are intended to last a lifetime. Occasionally, the crown will need to be replaced due to wear and tear but the implant itself, should not need to be replaced. Many denture wearers need multiple sets of dentures over time.

Are dental implants safe?

Most dentists would agree that implant dentistry is very safe and replacing missing or damaged teeth with implants is quickly becoming the gold standard treatment. Modern application of dental implants began in 1965 after it was discovered that titanium fuses so well with bone. Its biocompatible attributes make it a healthy and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.

Who is not a candidate for implant dentistry?

Patients will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Hawary before scheduling implant surgery. Our dentist may suggest an alternative treatment if patients have gum disease, are heavy smokers, badly grind their teeth or have other conditions that suppress the immune system.

Jawbone density is also an important factor as the jaw needs to be dense and healthy enough to support the dental implant. If a patient has low jawbone density, a bone graft can likely resolve the problem.

Do dental implants hurt?

Many patients report that they wish they had not avoided getting dental implants for so long as it was much easier than they expected. The dental implant procedure is done under local anesthetic and most patients say that they experienced little to no pain. Some discomfort is often reported for the two weeks following the procedure when soreness and swelling are common. However, this can usually be treated with ibuprofen, an ice pack (or frozen bag of veggies). We also recommend stocking up on some soft foods as a soft food diet will make the few days following implant surgery more comfortable.

Have more questions about dental implants?

If you are in Orange County and have more questions about dental implants, the cost of dental implants, or are ready to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at Art of Dentistry Institute today!

History of Dental Implants

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shutterstock_100424281As one of the most desired cosmetic dentistry procedures in dentistry today, dental implants provide effective tooth restoration. Made of materials like titanium or zirconium, implants are embedded in the jawbone to provide permanent results.

Dental implants also have a nearly perfect success rate and…

  • Improve chewing and speaking ability
  • Improve facial attractiveness
  • Require no special care or diet restrictions

While dental implants have indeed come a long way over the last few decades, the truth is that they’ve been around for thousands of years. In fact, the first known dental implants were created around 600 A.D. by the Mayan civilization. This was evidenced in 1931 after an archaeologist unearthed the mandible (jawbone) of a Mayan woman in Honduras who had seashells lodged in her jaw where her teeth should have been.

Various improvements were made as time went on, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the most significant advancement was made. Known as “The Father” of the dental implant, Per-Ingvar Bränemark discovered the process of osseointegration. This term describes the process of fusion between bone tissue and metal (titanium). Over the coming years, Dr. Bränemark carried out various studies and eventually introduced implants to the public in 1978.

If you’re considering dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with the Art of Dentistry Institute by calling (949) 955-3366 or by filling out our online contact form today. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Emil Hawary looks forward to meeting you and providing you with satisfying results.

Benefits of Full Mouth Rehabilitation

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Rejuvenate Your Mouth for Oral Health

Full mouth rehabilitation, also called full mouth reconstruction or rejuvenation, is different from a full smile makeover in that it is a necessary procedure. It involves restoring every tooth in a person’s mouth with the primary goal of improving oral health.

Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation may relate to one or more of the following:

  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome
  • Consistent headaches or migraines
  • Clicking in the jaw
  • Lock jaw
  • Missing teeth
  • Worn, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Jaw dispositioning

Restoring Your Smile’s Beauty and Function

While a full mouth rehabilitation is not technically a cosmetic procedure, Art of Dentistry Institute focuses on both the beauty and function of the entire mouth with every treatment we provide. Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns are just a couple of cosmetic dental treatment options that ensure a more vibrant, natural-looking result. Other procedures used in full mouth rehabilitation might include:

full mouth rehabilitation for oral health

  • Jaw repositioning
  • Tooth extraction
  • Placement of dental implants and crowns
  • Orthodontic braces
  • Bone and tissue grafting
  • Teeth cleaning and whitening

 

Relieving Headaches and Migraines

Persistent headaches or migraines can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. In some cases, they may be caused by bruxism (clenching or grinding the teeth) or they may be the result of TMJ. A full mouth rehabilitation will address these concerns and will often alleviate headaches.

Resolving Gum Disease

Gum disease is another issue addressed with full mouth rehabilitation to ensure that the reconstructed teeth have a healthy foundation. Scaling and root planing may be sufficient to correct any damage, or you may require soft tissue or bone grafts to build up the gums and underlying jaw bone.

Straightening Teeth

Crooked teeth can be a source of pain and discomfort and can also increase the risk of tartar buildup and gum disease. Correcting the bite with braces, Invisalign, or porcelain veneers will make the smile more beautiful as well as healthier and pain free.

The Art of Dentistry Institute has been perfecting the beauty and functionality of smiles for years. If you are interested in any of the procedures offered at our Irvine practice, please schedule a consultation by calling 855-427-8337 or by filling out our online contact form for more information.

 

Healthy Smiles Are Beautiful Smiles

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Dentistry for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Dentistry for providing a healthy, beautiful smile in IrvineYour smile speaks volumes about your personality. You may try to pass off that closed-lip grimace as a smile because you lack confidence in your teeth. You may go out of your way to hide imperfections by not smiling or by placing your hands over your mouth when you talk. This self-conscious behavior is affecting the way people perceive you. Covering your smile is hiding it away, and that makes you seem weak and timid. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Attractive smiles start with the teeth and most importantly, their health.

Signs of an Unhealthy Mouth

  • Tooth loss can lead to the atrophy of the underlying bone. Without teeth or facial bone for support, your face can prematurely age.
  • Overcrowding of teeth makes them hard to clean properly. This causes plaque build-up and tooth decay.
  • Puffy, red, and inflamed gums are signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and eventual tooth loss.
  • Fever blisters and canker sores can be a sign of vitamin deficiency, a bacterial infection, or an inflammatory bowel disease.

Art of Dentistry Can Help You Achieve a New Smile

At the Art of Dentistry Institute, Dr. Hawary uses his years of experience to help craft new and beautiful smiles. He provides a wide range of services from general to cosmetic dentistry. He even offers treatments that are specially tailored to make the face appear more youthful, happier, and healthier.

Implanting a Stronger Smile

Losing teeth does more harm than just creating an unattractive smile. Tooth loss can affect a person’s ability to chew food. The jawbone needs the chewing action to stimulate bone regulation, and without it the underlying bone begins to atrophy. With no supporting structure, the lips and surrounding tissue sink in toward the mouth, aging the face. By utilizing dental implants, you can can keep chewing as you did before.

Dental implants inserted after tooth extraction can prevent bone loss and damage. Dental implants are made of titanium, and they permanently fuse to the jawbone. This allows implants to act as a replacement for the root system, making them more reliable than dentures or fixed bridgework.

Aligning a Straighter Smile

When teeth are overcrowded or overlapping, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure that they are properly cleaned. There are crevices that the toothbrush cannot reach, and it may be impossible to floss all the way to the gums. When the teeth cannot be cleaned effectively, plaque begins to build up. Excess plaque can lead to tooth discoloration and decay. Using Invisalign® can give you a straighter smile.

Invisalign® is a set of clear aligners that can be easily removed. Unlike braces, Invisalign® won’t alter your daily life. You can brush and floss as you normally would and continue to eat the food you love. Invisalign® is ideal for adults and older teens who have healthy teeth and gums. Each set of aligners is customized for you and corrects teeth in about a year, giving you that beautiful smile you desire.

Maintaining a Brighter Smile

The key to maintaining a healthy smile is routine dental hygiene. It is necessary to do your part daily by brushing and flossing as instructed, but many people fail to realize the benefits of semi-annual dental visits. Regular dental examinations allow for the early detection of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other oral health problems so they can be treated before becoming visible or causing pain.

At your exam, x-rays will be taken to determine cavity development, a professional teeth cleaning with remove hardened plaque build up, and tooth polishing will remove stains on the tooth surface. During an oral exam, you may also receive an oral cancer screening. Early cancer detection is vital for treatment and survival. All of this ensures your teeth stay healthy and fabulous.

Stop hiding your smile away. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hawary and see how he can give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Call today at 949-955-3366 or fill out our online contact form here.

Advantages of Dental Implants

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Many people do not realize the repercussions of having missing teeth. Not only do missing teeth adversely affect a person’s appearance, ability to chew, and ability to speak clearly, but they can also transform the physical anatomy of the face and lead to premature aging.

Much like the muscles of the body will atrophy without adequate Illustration of five teeth in the gums, the middle of which is an implantexercise, the facial bones will deteriorate if they are not regularly stimulated by chewing forces. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option to prevent bone loss from occurring. The implants are securely anchored into the jawbone so that they maintain the volume, density, and shape of the facial bones in the same way natural teeth would.

It may be tempting to choose a less expensive “quick fix” like a dental bridge for tooth replacement, but when you consider the long-term advantages of dental implants, the investment is more than worthwhile.

  • Dental Implants Do Not Require Altering Surrounding Teeth

Tooth restorations with dental implants get their support from the titanium screw that is permanently fused into the jawbone. An abutment connects the titanium screw to a crown, which is the visible structure that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Conversely, a dental bridge gets its support from neighboring teeth. Healthy teeth that surround the missing tooth will be worn down and are capped with a crown that supports the false tooth. Since there is no support directly beneath the false tooth, there is a possibility for bone loss in that area over time. Also, if one of the teeth supporting a dental bridge fails, the entire bridge must be replaced. Dental implants are inserted directly into the area of the missing tooth and do not require altering surrounding teeth.

  • Dental Implants Are Permanent

Dentures are another “quick fix” for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, dentures can slip and affect chewing and speech. They also require special maintenance outside of regular teeth cleaning and they are not guaranteed to last. Dental implants are permanently fused to the jawbone and provide support that lasts a lifetime.

  • Dental Implants Do Not Require a Special Diet or Care

Bridges and dentures can be difficult to clean. Since dental implants function just like natural teeth, you would apply the same standards of hygiene and care as you would with natural teeth. No special diet is required, and you do not need to avoid particular foods or beverages to make them last.

If you are interested in tooth restoration with dental implants, please schedule a consultation at Art of Dentistry Institute by calling (855) 427-8337. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

Age-Defying Dentistry

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Close up photo of a beautiful young woman smilingYour smile can help you look young and vibrant again!

When it comes to fighting the natural aging process, many people consider plastic surgery procedures to turn back the hands of time before they consider cosmetic improvement for their smile. However, our smile ages right along with the rest of our facial features and is one of the key components to looking youthful. Chips, cracks, discoloration, and thinning enamel show the wear and tear our smiles have endured over time and can make us appear years older than we are. The Art of Dentistry Institute offers many treatments that will defy the aging process to give you a young and vibrant-looking smile that significantly improves your look.

Get a “Lift”

Plastic surgery isn’t the only option to give your face a “lift.” Porcelain Veneers or bonding can provide support to the cheekbones and can even soften nasolabial folds to give you a much younger appearance.

Straighten Up

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® can provide a significant improvement to your appearance. In some cases, aligning your teeth correctly can improve the shape of your face and make you look more youthful.

Close Gaps

Gaps in the smile can be uncomfortable, cause speech impediments, and detract from a person’s overall beauty. Gaps can be closed with veneers or bonding to make the entire smile appear more symmetrical.

Fix Discoloration

Teeth can darken over time as the pulp in the center of the teeth recedes and is filled with dark-colored dentin. Consistent exposure to certain foods and drinks, such as wine, coffee, tea, and berries, can also contribute to discoloration and yellowing of the teeth. In one quick office visit, laser teeth whitening with Zoom!® can improve the whiteness of the teeth up to eight shades.

Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are the most noticeable indicators of an aged smile. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, which are capped with a crown. Bridges or porcelain veneers are other options that can disguise missing teeth and lead to a more youthful facial appearance overall. Restoring lost teeth will also prevent bone loss from occurring in the jaw over time, which may cause a person to appear older than their actual age.

The Art of Dentistry Institute is dedicated to meeting all of your aesthetic needs and will provide you with a customized treatment plan to attain the look you desire. If you are interested in any of the procedures offered at our Irvine practice, please schedule a consultation by calling 855-427-8337 or filling out our online contact form for more information.

If you are interested in a cosmetic dental procedure at Art of Dentistry in Irvine, CA, please call (949) 799-0500 to schedule your dental appointment today.

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