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Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
If you lost a tooth in a car accident, would you replace it? Or, how about extraction due to decay or infection--would you replace that tooth? The answer is no matter the circumstance, replace the tooth or teeth as soon as possible with dental implants from Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick. Dr. Nainesh Desai uses implants to restore smiles to full health and appearance. You could be a candidate for these marvelous prosthetics, too.
What is a dental implant?
In every way, a dental implant placed by your East Brunswick dentist is a true artificial tooth. It has a titanium root, an extension post, and realistic ceramic crown.
A dental implant is as stable and secure as a healthy tooth because the jaw bone adheres to the titanium screw or cylinder through amazing osseointegration. This natural process creates an inseparable bond and also improves bone strength and density.
Additionally, if your smile has sustained extensive damage through trauma, gum disease, cancer treatment, or tooth decay, Dr. Desai can rebuild it with implant-supported dentures. Whether you need a few teeth replaced, or an entire arch, implant-supported dentures can help you bite, chew and smile amazingly well.
Evaluation and treatment
It takes place at Central New Jersey Prosthodontics. Dr. Desai will look at your overall health, the condition of your teeth and gums and the density of your jaw bone. After all, your jaw anchors your teeth; so, it must be strong enough to accept the titanium implant device. If X-rays and other kinds of imaging show it to be thin or weak, your dentist may recommend bone grafting before proceeding with the implant procedure.
Regarding implant placement, most patients find it:
In other words, the treatment is no harder than most crown procedures. However, after implant placement, you must wait several weeks before Dr. Desai can complete the tooth with the extension post and crown. Healing and osseointegration is time well-invested, practically guaranteeing a dental implant which lasts for decades (according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness).
Caring for your dental implants
Registered Dental Hygienist emphasizes how important home care is. Experts recommend:
- Twice daily brushing with a low abrasive toothpaste
- Flossing daily with the product your hygienist says is best for you
- Using a Waterpik or other water flosser as desired
- Using interproximal brushes to reach hard to clean areas of the mouth
- Exercising gum tissue with a rubber-tipped stimulator
- Seeing Dr. Desai semi-annually for an examination and cleaning
- Stopping all tobacco usage as it causes a dreadful infection called peri-implantitis
Ready for a great smile?
Then, contact Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick, NJ, for your implant consultation. You'll be amazed at how natural-looking and feeling dental implants are. Phone us at (732) 254-2550.
Considering the costs, many people view replacing a back tooth as less important than a more visible front tooth. They’re rarely seen, so who will notice?
You might, eventually. A missing back tooth can set off a chain reaction of problems that can affect your overall dental health. Besides playing an important role in chewing food, back teeth also redistribute most of the chewing force away from the front teeth. Their absence can also affect the bite: adjacent teeth to the missing one will tend to migrate toward the open space, causing them to tip and rotate into an improper position. This can cause an increase in tooth mobility, excessive wear and erosion, and endanger their survival in the long run.
To avoid these and other problems you should consider some form of replacement. Most dentists prefer a dental implant for its life-like appearance and durability, and because its titanium post has a natural affinity with bone. Bone cells will grow around and permanently adhere to the implant, which may stop and even reverse bone loss in some cases.
Implants, though, require a certain amount of bone structure initially to anchor and position properly. If you have inadequate bone and don’t want to bone graft the area, the next best option is a fixed bridge, in which the missing tooth is replaced with an artificial crown known as a pontic. The pontic is fused between two support crowns that are permanently affixed to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth (also known as abutments). While fixed bridges restore function and inhibit tooth migration, they require the natural tooth supporting the bridge to be reduced to accommodate the crowns placed on them. This permanently alters them and places them at higher risk for future nerve damage, gum disease and decay.
One final option is a removable partial denture (RPD). Although RPDs restore function and improve appearance, their movement within the mouth may place additional stress on the teeth that hold them in place. This movement over time could damage or loosen them.
We can discuss which option is best for you after a complete dental exam. The important thing, though, is to replace the back tooth as soon as possible — doing nothing could cost you much more in the long run.
If you would like more information on tooth replacement, 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 “Replacing Back Teeth.”
If you have gaps in your smile due to missing teeth, you can close those gaps with dental implants. Dental implants are a long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are secure and stable so they will not come loose, slip out of place, or fall out. In addition to being permanent and closing the gaps in your smile, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. No one will know you have them. At Central New Jersey Prosthodontics, Dr. Nainesh Desai is your prosthodontist for installation of dental implants in East Brunswick, NJ.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. There are three parts to a dental implant, including a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal implant is placed first and is placed directly into the jawbone. Over time, the metal implant fuses with the jawbone, making it even more secure. The metal implant anchors the entire dental implant in place, much like a natural tooth root anchors a tooth in place. The abutment is placed over the top of the metal implant and acts as a connector joining the implant and crown together.
The dental crown is the replacement tooth and is the only portion of the dental implant visible after installation as the metal implant is situated below the gum line and the abutment is concealed by the crown. The dental crown looks and functions like a natural tooth. It can be used to perform normal daily tooth functions, such as biting and chewing food. With proper care, dental implants can last for many years.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits beyond closing the gaps in your smile. They can improve tooth functioning and reduce the strain on surrounding teeth. When natural teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth compensate for those missing teeth. This can lead to additional strain on the remaining teeth that are compensating for the missing ones. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps redistribute and balance the workload.
Speech also improves with the installation of dental implants. When there are gaps in your smile the placement of your tongue when speaking is altered, which can affect speech. Filling in the gaps restores normal tongue placement when speaking and speech returns to normal. In East Brunswick, dental implants offer the following benefits:
- Restore your smile
- Boost self-esteem
- Replace missing teeth
- Long lasting
- No dental adhesives needed
- Look like natural teeth
- Function like natural teeth
- Improved speech
- Protect surrounding teeth
- Prevent teeth from shifting into gaps
- Stop jawbone loss
Close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. For dental implants in East Brunswick, NJ schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai by calling Central New Jersey Prosthodontics at (732) 254-2550.