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By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have missing teeth? Are you looking to fill those missing gaps left from an accident or tooth decay? Thinking of getting dental implants? Well, your dental implant specialist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. William Ralstin, is here to help.

What's a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post and a connector that anchors a crown, the only visible part of the dental implant. This procedure is important for people suffering from tooth loss because it provides structural reinforcement to prevent other serious issues like bone degradation.

  1. Your dental implant specialist applies a local anesthetic in the area that will undergo the procedure.
  2. Your dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone.
  3. The biocompatible titanium post begins to bond to the rest of your jawbone.
  4. The doctor surgically closes the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3-to-6 months, but provide patients with a temporary crown so they may go about their regular activities.
  5. When you return, your Fort Worth dentist will insert a connector and place a crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are some reasons to consider dental implants?

  • Implants can have a high success rate, 95% to be exact.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly and look natural.
  • They don't slip out of place like other oral appliances.
  • They are comfortable and practical, and fill gaps left by missing teeth.
  • They restore bite and chewing function.
  • Dental implants restore speech and make your smile whole again.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. William Ralstin, your dental implant specialist, can help you out. Call his office, located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-926-8700 to make an appointment today.

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
August 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.

But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.

A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.

That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.

You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
June 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out what dental implants could offer your smile after tooth loss.

It’s easy to get upset and frustrated over losing a tooth. From gum disease to a serious fracture, there are many reasons why our Fort dental implantsWorth, TX, cosmetic dentists Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel have to remove loose or irreparable teeth. Luckily, thanks to amazing modern-day cosmetic dentistry, we have a tooth replacement option that both looks and feels just like the real thing.

What is a dental implant?

While an implant is made up of three different parts, the implant itself is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing tooth. Implants are made from a durable biocompatible metal such as titanium, and a single implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth; however, several implants can also be surgically placed into the jawbone to support partial or complete dentures.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

A dental implant functions differently from other tooth replacements. Since it mimics the look and function of a real tooth this means that you’ll enjoy some unique benefits when you get dental implants in Fort Worth, TX. Some benefits of implants include:

Bone preservation: After tooth loss the jawbone will begin to deteriorate, which in turn affects the overall shape of your face and your oral health. The only way to prevent this gradual deterioration is to place a dental implant, which will stimulate the jawbone to produce new bone cells just like real tooth roots.

A long-term, durable restoration: Implants are made from resilient and long-lasting metal. They also boast a very high success rate. This translates to a restoration that can last several decades. While the dental crown for the implant will need to be replaced every few years, once the implant fuses together with the jawbone this metal post could last the rest of your life.

Strong, reliable bite: Tooth loss can also take quite a toll on your ability to eat and enjoy certain foods, not to mention the fact that people with tooth loss also have more digestive problems because they can’t fully chew their food. Since a dental implant functions just like a real tooth, you’ll have a completely restored bite. So go ahead and order that juicy steak for dinner!

If you are dealing with tooth loss in Fort Worth, TX, it’s important that you turn to your cosmetic dentist to find out whether dental implants are the best option for replacing your missing teeth. The sooner you treat your tooth loss the better. Call us today for a no-risk consultation.

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
November 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   smoking  

If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.

Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.

So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.

Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.

Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.

Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.

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 “Dental Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
October 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants to replace teeth are a popular choice as much for their durability as their life-likeness. Most implants last for decades, which can result in lower long-term maintenance costs than other replacement options.

But to achieve this longevity, you must take care of your implants. You should brush and floss them daily right along with your remaining natural teeth — and continue regular semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

You may be wondering, though: if they're made of inorganic materials, why worry with brushing them? It's true that bacterial plaque, the thin film of food particles most responsible for dental disease, doesn't affect them.

Your implants, though, don't exist in a bubble: they're imbedded in real bone, surrounded by real gum tissue and placed next to real teeth. All these other living tissues are susceptible to infection caused by plaque, even from plaque on non-organic implants.

The bone and tissues around an implant can even have a higher susceptibility to infection. This is because an implant's attachment in the jaw differs from that of natural teeth. An implant is imbedded directly into the bone; a natural tooth, on the other hand, maintains its hold through an elastic gum tissue between it and the bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers from the ligament attach to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other.

Besides holding the tooth in place, the ligament also contains blood vessels that supply the tooth and surrounding tissues not only with nutrients but also antibodies that help fight infection. Due to the absence of a ligament connection, an implant doesn't enjoy the same level of protection from infection.  It's much easier for tissues and teeth around an implant to become infected, and harder to stop it.

That's why prevention through daily hygiene is so important. So, be sure to brush and floss all your teeth — including implants — every day, and keep up your regular dental visits. And at the first sign of a possible infection — swollen, red or bleeding gums — see us as soon as possible for an examination.

Consider your implants a long-term investment in both your smile and dental health. Taking care of them will pay dividends for many years to come.

If you would like more information on taking care of your 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”

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