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By Frederick Dental Group
August 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Losing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, not to mention the effect it can have on your smile. But that could be just the beginning of your problems. Missing teeth can contribute to extensive bone loss within your jaws and face. Here's why.

Bone is like any other living tissue—cells develop, function and eventually die, and new cells take their place. Forces generated during chewing stimulate this new growth, helping the jawbone maintain its normal volume and density.

But you lose this stimulus when you lose teeth. This can cause a slowdown in bone cell regrowth that can eventually diminish bone volume. And it can happen relatively quickly: you could lose a quarter or more of jawbone width around a missing tooth within a year.

As this loss continues, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, the bone can eventually erode to its base level. This loss of dental function can make chewing more difficult, place more pressure on the remaining teeth and adversely affect facial appearance. It could also prevent an implant restoration to replace missing teeth.

Dentures and other forms of dental restoration can replace missing teeth, but not the chewing stimulus. Dentures in particular will accelerate bone loss, because they can irritate the bony gum ridges they rest upon.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can slow or even stop bone loss. Implants consist of a metal post, typically made of titanium, imbedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth with a life-like crown attached. Titanium also has a strong affinity with bone so that bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's surface. This can produce enough growth to slow, stop or even reverse bone loss.

This effect may also work when implants are combined with other restorations, including dentures. These enhanced dentures no longer rest on the gums, but connect to implants. This adds support and takes the pressure off of the bony ridge, as well as contributes to better bone health.

If you've lost a tooth, it's important to either replace it promptly or have a bone graft installed to help forestall any bone loss in the interim. And when it's time to replace those missing teeth, dental implants could provide you not only a life-like solution, but a way to protect your bone health.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

By Frederick Dental Group
July 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering what dental implants can do for your smile after tooth loss?

While some people still haven’t heard of dental implants, the truth is, dental implants have been around since the mid-60s! Today, dental implants have become a popular way for our Frederick, MD, dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are a healthy individual who is dealing with tooth loss, dental implants may be able to help. Here are just some of the benefits of getting this dental restoration:

Preserve Your Bone Health

A common complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. Since the missing tooth roots aren’t providing stimulation to the jawbone, this leads to bone loss over time. This problem will continue to happen unless a dental implant is used to replace the missing tooth roots. By getting an implant not long after tooth loss, you can preserve the jawbone’s natural structure and prevent subsequent bone loss.

Prevent Premature Aging

Another unfortunate complication of tooth loss is changes to the facial structure. As the jawbone begins to deteriorate, a collapsing bite can affect the overall shape of your face. The cheeks begin to sink inward, and skin also begins to sag and wrinkle since the teeth that support the face are no longer present.

 Fortunately, by getting dental implants from our Frederick, MD, dental team we can support the bite and recreate function.

Restore Chewing and Speaking

When you lose one or more teeth you may find it more difficult to chew certain foods properly. You may even notice that you’ve developed a speech impediment such as a lisp as a result of your tooth loss. You’ll be happy to hear that dental implants can restore function back into your smile; improving your speech and making it easier to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

When it comes to getting dental implants in Frederick, MD, you want only the very best. For more than two decades, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma have been providing exceptional dental care to patients living in and around Frederick Dental Group. We’ve helped many patients regain full smiles with dental implants, and we can help you, too. To schedule an implant consultation with us, simply call (301) 624-1001 today.

By Frederick Dental Group
December 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

At Frederick Dental Group, our entire team is committed to our patients looking and feeling their best. Good overall health includes a complete smile. In their Frederick, MD, practice, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma place many dental implants and rebuilding lives and smiles one tooth at a time.

Tooth loss is heartbreaking in many ways. Your smile becomes spaced and your bite is weakened as teeth drift. This could cause teeth to lose bone and loosen over time as well as cause a permanent collapse of the bite.

If you're anticipating dental extractions or already have missing teeth, let our dentists recover your smile. Good planning prevents a poor outcome and lets us engineer your function to be as stable as possible going forward. Dental implants may be surgically placed singly or in groups to support bridges or dentures.

Dr. Dave Verma or Dr. Arpana Verma will consult with you about your specific needs. A complete oral exam and digital imaging can confirm if implants are right for you. It allows us to analyze the quality and availability of your bone to support implants. If they are, expect a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs and situation.

Dental implants are screw-like devices that replace your natural tooth roots. In our Frederick, MD, office, your dentist will insert the implant where your natural tooth once stood. Guided planning allows oral surgery to be comfortable, usually completed under a local anesthetic.

Over the healing period, your jaw bone adheres to the implant. Dentists call this bonding activity osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, your implant receives structural components that allow it to support a porcelain crown to complete your new tooth.

Advantages of dental implants

  • Most implants readily bond to bone. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists says that upwards of 95 percent of dental implant treatments succeed and are retained for decades with appropriate care.
  • You avoid the inconveniences of dentures or partials -- that is, appliance slippage, poor biting and chewing power, and that nasty denture adhesive.
  • Implants cannot decay.
  • Patients say their implants resemble real teeth in every way -- appearance, performance, and even how they feel.
  • In the long run, dental implants are cost-sparing. Brush and floss your dental implants just as you do natural teeth. Good home care ensures that your implants, like your natural teeth, will last for years. Implants can require more frequent maintenance visits in some cases and our office will partner with you to ensure your ongoing health.

Rebuilt and renewed

That can be your smile with a state of the art dental implants in place. Call us at Frederick Dental Group for a consultation with Dr. Dave Verma or Dr. Arpana Verma. We will be happy to tell you all about these marvelous tooth replacements.

You can reach us at (301) 624-1001. Ask about our dental implant special.

By Frederick Dental Group
January 05, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

While celebrating all that a new year brings, take a moment to remember the New Year's Day birthday of a true American patriot: the legendary Paul Revere. Ironically, he became a legend some 80 years after his midnight trek to warn colonists of approaching British troops, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem “Paul Revere's Ride.” He was much better known to his fellow Bostonians as a prosperous silversmith, engraver—and “artificial teeth” maker.

That's right. Among his many business endeavors, Revere's résumé also included dental prosthetics, specifically custom dentures made of ivory. For the time, his work was state-of-the-art technology that far surpassed older tooth replacement methods.

But when we compare Revere's foray into the dental arts and today's restorations, his high quality 18th Century dentures were the proverbial “horse and buggy,” while modern denture technology seems like “supersonic transport.” Not only are today's dentures made of superior materials that are more “toothlike” in appearance, the means to create them using digital technology gives wearers a more secure and comfortable fit.

The modern denture—an appliance that replaces multiple or all lost teeth—is composed of a polymer base, usually acrylic that is colored to resemble gum tissue. Attached to this base are the prosthetic (“false”) teeth that replace those lost along the jaw. These new teeth are usually made of a durable dental material like porcelain that looks and functions like real teeth.

The basic design of today's denture hasn't changed much in the last century. What has changed is our ability to create dentures that follow an individual jaw contours much more precisely. Using the latest digital technology, we're able to obtain highly accurate impressions of the mouth to guide the manufacturing process. Fit is critically important for how dentures feel and function in the mouth. If they are too loose, they become uncomfortable and limit which foods you can eat.

If that weren't enough, recent advancements with dental implants have taken dentures to an entirely new level, beyond anything imaginable in Revere's day. We're now able to create dentures that connect or are permanently affixed to implants set within the jaw, which makes them more stable and secure. An implant-supported denture also helps prevent bone loss, a weakness of traditional dentures, causing them to loosen over time.

As amazing as they are, we wouldn't have the modern version of dentures without craftsmen like Paul Revere who helped advance the cause of dental restoration. So, lift a glass of holiday cheer this season to this hero of the American Revolution—and of American dentistry.

If you would like more information about tooth replacement restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Frederick Dental Group
October 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Tooth loss is not just a problem for senior citizens. People of all ages can experience tooth loss, as young adults are not immune to the Dental-Implanteffects of gum disease, dental trauma, or severe tooth decay. Fortunately, in the event of these problems, tooth loss doesn't have to be a permanent issue—if you are a healthy adult, dental implants treatment can give you the next best thing to a natural tooth! 

Here at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, your dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, offer the most modern treatment in dental implants and other general and cosmetic dentistry options to improve your smile and chewing function. Read on to learn more, 


Get Your Smile Back 

Implants can replace a single tooth, or support an entire set of dentures on the upper and lower jaw. The idea behind dental implants is to replicate the structure of a natural tooth from root to crown. This is accomplished by our dentist surgically placing the titanium-constructed implant into the area if the missing tooth. 

Once placed, the implant not only anchors the soon-to-be-attached cosmetic crown in place, but it also plays a crucial role in preserving you the bone in the area of the missing tooth. Teeth maintain bone and if there is no tooth the jaw bone atrophies with time. Thus an implant helps to preserve the bone around itself. This quality is how an implant naturally fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and the gums, an effect that prevents further bone loss. 

When properly cared for, dental implants have a high success rate, but this requires good oral hygiene and both regular dental check-ups and cleanings at our Frederick, MD, office. Once in place, implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth and can be a long term solution to tooth loss and restore lost chewing function or confidence that teeth impart on a patient’s smile.


Interested? Give Us a Call

For more information about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if they are the right option for you, contact Frederick Dental Group today by calling (301) 624-1001 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.