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By Richard A. Oppenlander, D.D.S., P.L.C.
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

That tooth with multiple fillings has finally failed, and your dentist must extract it. What should you do to restore your smile? After all, a dental implantssmile gap is unattractive, and it compromises the neighboring teeth, jaw bone and gum tissue. What's your best solution for filling that space? Consider a dental implant from Dr. Richard Oppenlander. An excellent choice for tooth replacement, dental implants in Portage, MI, are lifelike in appearance, function and in preserving the integrity of your gums and bone structure. How does one prosthetic accomplish all that? Read on, and learn the details on today's premiere artificial tooth.

What happens with tooth loss?

You have an embarrassing smile gap for one thing. Beyond that, though, are more hidden and destructive consequences:

  • Gum recession
  • Loss of jaw bone density
  • Adjacent teeth that drift to fill the empty socket
  • Grinding down of teeth used to support fixed bridgework or a partial denture

So tooth replacement is very important, and dental implants from your Portage dentist can provide a prosthetic that is so lifelike that you'll bite, chew and smile just as though nothing ever happened.

How do dental implants work?

Each implant is made of a titanium metal root (resembling a screw), an extension post and a realistic porcelain crown to finish off the restoration. Implants may be placed singly or in multiples as anchorage for bridges or dentures.

To qualify for an implant or implants, your jaw bone must be adequately sized and strong to support the device. Your oral health should be good--and your overall health, too. Dr. Oppenlander also encourages people to stop smoking, as tobacco endangers implant retention, and to practice disciplined oral hygiene at home to keep implant sites clean.

After a complete oral exam and X-rays to determine if you qualify, your implant procedure begins with a locally-injected anesthetic. Dr. Oppenlander creates a small pilot hole in your jaw bone and then screws the implant in place. After closing the site, he will send you home for an important period of healing.

Adequate healing time is critical to implant success and retention. As the site heals, the jaw bone bonds to the titanium device through what dentists call osseointegration. After initial healing, osseointegration continues as the patient exerts pressure on the new "root" by biting and chewing. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says that this bone-building process is key to implant success as is keeping the site free of plaque, tartar and bacteria.

Come in for a consultation in Portage, MI

Dental implants could restore your smile to full function and appearance. Please contact Dr. Oppenlander today for more information. Call his office at (269) 327-9332.

By Richard A. Oppenlander, D.D.S., P.L.C.
February 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns can do a lot for you and your teeth. Crowns are typically made from porcelain or resin and look just like natural teeth. dental crownsThey can transform your smile by concealing problem teeth that are discolored, cracked or misshapen. They can also strengthen teeth that have become worn down or weak. Crowns can even be used to replace missing teeth when installed in conjunction with a dental implant. In Portage, MI, dental crowns can be installed by Dr. Richard Oppenlander who can help you decide if crowns are right for you.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are essentially caps that cover problem teeth. They can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as a chipped tooth. Crowns are also used to improve functioning in compromised teeth that are no longer strong enough to bite and chew normally. In most cases, the natural tooth remains in place and the crown is placed directly over the tooth. In Portage, MI, dental crowns can be installed by your dentist.

Dental crowns are custom made to fit the patient’s tooth. A mold is taken of the patient’s mouth and is used to create a crown that will fit perfectly over the corresponding tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. The finished crown is color matched to the patient’s teeth so that it blends in and looks like a natural tooth. Once the crowns have been created, the dentist will adjust the fit, as needed. When the fit is just right, the crown will be cemented in place permanently.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns can help you in two major ways. They conceal tooth imperfections to give you the smile you want and they strengthen weak teeth so that they can function normally again. Dental crowns can be installed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Improve the look of your smile
  • Conceal a discolored tooth
  • Cover a cracked tooth
  • Cover a misshaped tooth
  • To anchor a dental bridge
  • As part of a dental implant
  • Cover a large cavity that cannot be filled

Dental crowns can do many things for your teeth, from strengthening them to improving their appearance. Functions like biting and chewing can be performed with ease again while also achieving a renewed smile. For dental crowns in Portage, MI, schedule an appointment with Dr. Oppenlander by calling (269) 327-9332.