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Discover the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants to treat your tooth loss.
Are you wondering what the right treatment option is after tooth loss? We know how challenging it can be to choose the ideal restoration to suit your needs, which is why our Madison, WI, dentists Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson are here to help make the decision easier. We offer a full range of tooth replacement options. One restoration that more and more adults are turning to in order to replace missing teeth is a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a metal screw or post that is surgically placed into a drilled hole in the jawbone. The implant itself isn’t visible when you smile since it will be under the gumline; however, a false tooth can be attached to the top of the post. The purpose of an implant is to replace the roots of your teeth, which provide your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to prevent bone loss (a complication of untreated tooth loss).
Can dental implants replace multiple teeth?
Just because a single implant is only designed to replace one missing tooth doesn’t mean that multiple implants cannot be placed along the arches of the jawbone to support dentures. Implant-supported dentures are ideal for patients with healthy jawbones that are having trouble keeping their dentures in place.
Getting dental implants can be particularly advantageous for patients who are missing all of their upper teeth, as it can be more challenging to keep full upper dentures in place. Implants ensure that dentures don’t shift or move around particularly when chewing or speaking.
What goes into getting a dental implant?
In order to get a dental implant our Madison, WI, restorative dentist will need to perform minor surgery. This can be done under local anesthesia, which will numb the area prior to opening up the gums and placing the implant into the jawbone.
During the healing process, which can take anywhere from three to six months, the jawbone will heal around the implant and fuse together with the metal post to become one permanent unit. From there, we can attach the false tooth or dentures on top of the implant.
Are you interested in getting dental implants in Madison, WI? If so, the next step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Call Thomasson Dental today.
How your dentists in Madison, TN, can make your dental visit more enjoyable
If you feel nervous when someone mentions going to the dentist, you need to find out about sedation dentistry. Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, offer a wide range of dental sedation techniques to help make your next dental visit more relaxing and anxiety-free—read on to learn more!
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental anxiety is the real deal, and it’s not “all in your head.” In fact, dental anxiety produces some very real physical changes like increased heart rate, quick, shallow breathing, sweating, and other uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is, no matter what your level of dental anxiety is, there is a dental sedation technique which is perfect for you.
At Thomasson Dental, you can choose from:
- Oral Sedation: Taken in pill form, usually about an hour before your appointment, this treatment allows you to respond to questions, but you won’t remember much of your appointment.
- Inhaled Conscious Sedation: A combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen inhaled through a nosepiece, the effects of this sedation leave your body quickly after treatment.
- Intravenous Sedation: This method involves liquid sedative medication being delivered directly into a vein, which provides the most profound sedation, delivered immediately.
Dental sedation is completely safe, and it allows you and your dentist to complete necessary dental treatment in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. However, you should plan on bringing someone with you who can drive you home after treatment.
For more detailed information about sedation dentistry, please visit the Sedation Dentistry section on the website at https://www.thomassondental.com/sedation-dentistry.html
Interested? Give us a Call!
You deserve to have a great dental appointment to take care of your great smile, and sedation dentistry can help you get the most out of your dental appointment. To find out more about what sedation dentistry can do for you, call Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, today! The number is (615) 865-1732.
Dentures resolve the aesthetic concerns related to tooth loss, but they don’t always give you a lasting and reliable solution to your dental woes—you can enjoy more dental benefits when you have dental implants installed. Allow a dentist at Thomasson Dental PLLC in Madison, TN, to consult you about this procedure, including what would make you a good candidate.
Dental Implants: What Do They Do?
Dental implants restore missing tooth matter, including the root and crown, after a patient loses their original tooth. The actual implant is a screw made of titanium that integrates with your natural bone tissue. About three-quarters of the implant sits below the gumline with a small part showing above, which is used as a support for a porcelain crown restoration. Implanted teeth are attractive, feel natural, and aid in oral functions.
Dental Implants: Are They for You?
If you want to replace your missing tooth without having to worry about repeating the treatment in the future, then dental implants may be right for you! They protect and promote good gum health. You may also be a candidate for implants if you have multiple missing teeth, as custom implant-supported denture devices can be fabricated by a dental specialist. Your Madison, TN, dentist will review your overall dental health as well as the area where the implant would sit to ensure that there is good bone density.
Dental Implants: Maintenance and Care
When you wear dentures, you must remove them each night for thorough cleaning and soaking—this is not the case with dental implants. At night (and each morning), simply brush your teeth and floss as you usually would do. Your dental implants are most at risk when your gum health is poor and plaque begins to turn to calculus. See your dentist regularly for deep cleanings if you have had problems with periodontitis in the past. Eating a better diet, including calcium-rich foods, can also help you preserve your dental implants for as long as possible.
Schedule Your Visit
You’ll finally be able to see your smile “whole” again when it’s enhanced with dental implants. Contact Thomasson Dental PLLC in Madison, TN at (615) 865-1732 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Thomasson Dental Today!
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to Thomasson Dental for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call (615) 865-1732 for an appointment today.
If you're in need of a crown to cover a damaged tooth, you have a lot of options. But before you choose, you need to know what you want. Would you be happy with an affordable, well-fitting crown that holds up well and allows you to chew comfortably? Or are you interested in a more expensive one that also provides the most attractive result?
Crowns have been a mainstay in dentistry for generations. The first were made of metals like gold or silver — durable and effective but not very attractive.
In time, a ceramic material known as dental porcelain began to make its appearance in crowns. Dental porcelain could be fashioned to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth, but it had a significant drawback: it could be brittle and subject to shattering under chewing pressure.
This problem was somewhat addressed with the innovation of a crown with a metal substructure fused with an outer layer of porcelain. These porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combined the best advantages of both materials: strength and life-likeness. Up until around the mid-2000s, PFM made up over 80% of crowns.
But later porcelains continued to improve in strength, beginning in 1993 with the introduction of a Lucite-reinforced material. Newer formulations like lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide (now considered the strongest porcelain) have made all-porcelain crowns a viable option. Today, an estimated 60% of new crowns are all-porcelain.
From an appearance standpoint, all-porcelain crowns achieve the best results. The most realistic crown can be costly — not because of the material but the level of artistry required. A skilled dental technician will spend several hours, including brushing on as many as fifteen coats of liquid porcelain to the crown, to achieve the most life-like outcome. Your insurance plan, if you have one, will most likely not pay as high a percentage for that type of crown.
In the end, it's your decision as to what type of crown you wish to have. We'll help you weigh your options and decide what's best for you and your budget.