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By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
September 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Here's some good news: Teenagers are less likely than adults to lose teeth to dental disease. But there's also a flip side. Teens can still lose teeth, more likely from traumatic injury.

Fortunately, there are several options for replacing lost teeth like dentures or bridges. But the choice considered best by most dentists and patients is a dental implant. An implant tooth looks and functions like the real thing—and it's durable, capable of lasting for years, if not decades.

But there's a hitch with teens getting an implant: Even though they may have all their permanent teeth by adolescence, their jaws are still growing and developing. Natural teeth, with their attachment to the jaws by way of a periodontal ligament, can keep pace with this growth—but implants can't.

That's because an implant doesn't have this attachment to gum tissue like natural teeth, but to the jawbone alone. Hence, an implant tooth can't keep up with jaw development, and may eventually look like it's "sunk" into the gums in relation to the teeth around it.

It's best, then, to wait until a teen's jaws have fully developed before attempting an implant. In the meantime, though, they don't have to endure a smile marred by missing teeth, but can replace them with a temporary restoration. The two most common options are a partial denture or a modified bridge.

The partial denture is a lightweight version that's quite affordable. Although not as durable as other types of dentures, the appliance is only intended to last until the patient is old enough for a permanent implant.

The modified bridge is a prosthetic tooth with strips of dental material extending behind it that are bonded to the backs of the teeth on either side to hold it in place. It's likewise not as durable as a traditional bridge, but it can fill the bill until time to place an implant.

Although this adds an additional step in a teen's restorative journey after losing a tooth, it's necessary—waiting to place an implant after jaw maturity will help ensure a long-lasting result. In the meantime, a temporary tooth replacement will help them to enjoy a normal smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, 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 Implants for Teenagers.”

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
July 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Around one in ten U.S. adults have diabetes, a metabolic disease that can disrupt other aspects of a person's health like wound healing and vision. It could also cause complications with dental implants, the premier replacement choice for missing teeth.

There are two basic types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to regulate the amount of sugar glucose in the bloodstream. With the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond efficiently to the insulin produced.

Uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to several dangerous health conditions. In addition to vision impairment and poor wound healing, diabetics are at higher risk for other problems like kidney disease or nerve damage. Drastic swings in blood glucose levels can also cause coma or death.

Many diabetics, though, are able to manage their condition through diet, exercise, medications and regular medical care. Even so, they may still encounter problems with wound healing, which could complicate getting a dental implant.

An implant is composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone. Because of its affinity with titanium, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's metal surface. Several weeks after implant surgery, enough bone growth occurs to fully secure the implant within the jaw.

But this integration process may be slower for diabetics because of sluggish wound healing. It's possible for integration to not fully occur in diabetic patients after implant surgery, increasing the risk of eventually losing the implant.

Fortunately, though, evidence indicates this not to be as great a concern as once thought. A number of recent group studies comparing diabetic and non-diabetic implant patients found little difference in outcomes—both groups had similar success rates (more than 95 percent).

The only exception, though, were diabetic patients with poor glucose control, who had much slower bone integration that posed a threat to a successful implant outcome. If you're in this situation, it's better if you're first able to better control your blood glucose levels before you undergo surgery.

So, while diabetes is something to factor into your implant decision, your chances remain good for a successful outcome. Just be sure you're doing everything you can to effectively manage your diabetes.

If you would like more information on diabetes and dental health, 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 Implants & Diabetes.”

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Wanting to correct your smile permanently in Brighton, MI? Tired of removing your dentures each day? You may want to consider dental implants. Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva offers safe, affordable dental implants at Brighton Family Dentistry to help you restore your beautiful smile.

What Can Dental Implants Do For You?

Get The Feeling of Your Natural Teeth Back

Dental implants make it easier for patients to chew food, bite down, and speak. This is because the tissue of the mouth no longer presses against the teeth, creating a hazard.

Feel Good About Your Smile

Dental implants also provide an even smile by closing the appearance of gaps in the mouth and offering uniformity across each tooth. Because dental implants cover deep stains and are stain-resistant, brushing twice a day is all that is needed to ensure proper oral health.

No Removal

Dental Implants differ from dentures because they don't necessitate removal. While patients have to remove their dentures to keep them clean and to keep their gums healthy, properly installed implants stay in your mouth as you talk, chew, and sleep. That is one less step in your nightly routine!

Beautify Your Smile

Dental implants will hide imperfections that naturally arise in teeth, such as cracks, chips, stains and other imperfections.

Dental Implants Are Sturdy

Unlike dentures, dental implants are screwed into the gum tissue, making them durable and sturdy. No more worrying about your teeth slipping! Your dentist will help you through the transition between a smile with gaps and having a fully formed smile again.

Explore your options and see what dental implants can offer you. Contact Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI for further details about dental implants. You may reach Dr. Giammalva and Dr. Petersburg at (810) 227-4224 to schedule an appointment today.

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
January 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.

Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.

If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.

There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.

So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.

But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.

In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.

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 magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
August 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants can make you feel confident smiling again.

Interested in turning to our Brighton, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva for dental implants? Wondering what makes dental implants so popular among adults who are missing one or more teeth? If you want to learn more about dental implants before you say “yes”, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some fun, cool and perhaps lesser-known facts about this tooth replacement.

They can’t develop decay

While natural teeth are prone to cavities the good news is that artificial teeth such as dental implants cannot develop cavities. This can be particularly comforting news for those patients who are at a high risk for cavities. Of course, you will still want to keep your implant clean and healthy so that it lasts, but good at-home oral care is all that’s required.

They’ve been around a while

Did you know that the concept of dental implants has actually been around since the 1930s? Of course, they were still experimenting with the idea until the 60s when titanium was introduced as a viable material for making implants. Even today, titanium is the number one material used for creating implants because it is biocompatible, can fuse together with natural bone and tissue, and can last decades.

Their success rate is impressive

Since dental implants are strong enough to last the rest of your lifetime, they also come with a high success rate. In fact, dental implants boast a 98 percent success rate once they fuse together with the jawbone. Your dentist will provide you with suggestions and ways to improve the success rate of your implant (e.g. quit smoking first; limit alcohol consumption).

If you have questions about getting dental implants in Brighton, MI, or you are ready to discuss whether implants are right for you, then call Brighton Family Dentistry at (810) 227-4224 to schedule your consultation.