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By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsWhat Are Dental Implants?

Thinking about dental implants? For many years, the only tooth replacement options available were dentures and bridges. But, today, dental implants are available. Dr. Kathleen Geipe's dental office is located in Salisbury, MD. She offers state-of-the-art dental implants to her patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are secured in the jawbone. After the bone has bonded to the dental implants, replacement teeth are secured to the top of the implants. Unlike a traditional denture, which can be removed, dental implants are permanent. 

What are the benefits of implants?

Many people are discovering the benefits of dental implants. dental implants will close the gaps in your smile, improve your appearance, and make you look younger. They will improve your clarity of speech and restore your ability to chew food. They will also fill out a face that otherwise would look sunken because of missing teeth. 

Will I need bone grafting?

You may need a bone graft if your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant. The bone graft materials can come from a variety of sources—sometimes it comes from the patient's body. Synthetic bone graft materials and laboratory-processed bone from an animal or human donor can also be used.

Are implants right for me?

You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are in good general and oral health. Ideal candidates for dental implants have healthy gum tissue that is free of gum disease. Adequate bone in your jaw is also needed to support the dental implants. Your dentist will determine if dental implants are suitable for you. 

How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants are like your permanent teeth and will require regular dental visits and conscientious at-home oral care. In order to keep your implants plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply. Good oral hygiene must take place during and after placement of dental implants to keep them healthy. 

What will happen without treatment?

Missing teeth can cause trouble chewing and speech problems. Tooth loss can also have many negative effects on your oral health including shifting of teeth and changes in the jaw joint. Without treatment, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. Additionally, tooth loss can change the shape of your face, causing you to look old before your time. 

Are you ready for a brand new smile? Start your journey today! Call Dr. Kathleen Geipe's dental office at 410-543-0599 today to schedule a dental consultation in Salisbury, MD. You will have a new quality of life with dental implants!

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
July 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatsSoSpecialAboutDentalImplants

Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.

Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?

Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).

Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.

Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.

With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.

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 “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
February 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
3ReasonsforWhyItsaSmartMovetoInvestinDentalImplants

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

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 101.”

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about how implants actually do look and function like real teeth.dental implant restoration

Are you thinking that dental implants might just be the best way to replace your missing teeth? If so, then chances are good that you want to know as much about this restoration as possible to make an informed decision about your tooth replacement options. Let our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, answer some of the most popular questions we have about dental implants.

Q. What is a dental implant?

A. An implant is a small metal post or screw that is embedded in the jawbone to replace the roots of a missing tooth. While most people don’t realize it, the roots are an important component not only to the health of a tooth but also the strength of your jawbone.

When one or more teeth fall out, the bone doesn’t receive the stimulation it needs and will begin to deteriorate unless our Salisbury general dentist is able to replace the missing tooth roots with an implant, which will halt further bone loss.

Q. What kind of artificial tooth is used with implants?

A. Of course, a metal post doesn’t look anything like a real tooth so many people are a bit confused as to how this metal restoration could actually be the closest thing you could get to a real tooth.

An implant provides a long-term and durable foundation from which to support the false tooth. If you are only replacing a single tooth then a dental crown will be placed over the implant to complete your smile.

Q. How is a dental crown made?

A. The dental crown we use is the same hollow restoration used to cover a tooth that is damaged or has severe cosmetic flaws. The only difference is that instead of placing it over an existing tooth it will cover your implant.

Your crown will be custom-made to fit your mouth, so we will need to take impressions of your smile to ensure that the crown fits in the space where your missing tooth used to be. In the meantime, we may decide to place a temporary crown over the implant until your permanent crown is complete.

Q. What happens if the crown gets damaged?

A. While an implant is designed to last a lifetime with the proper care, the same can’t be said for a crown. While maintaining good oral hygiene will certainly ensure that your crown lasts as long as possible, at some point it may crack, break or fall off. When this happens, you will need to come into our office so that we can check the extent of the damage.

If the damage is minor we may be able to buff out the problem areas, but if the damage has affected the strength of the crown then we will need to replace it. You will go through the exact same process to get your replacement crown as you did your original crown.

Do you have questions about dental implants? Are you ready to schedule an appointment with our Salisbury, MD, restorative dentist to determine your candidacy for this treatment? Then let’s schedule your consultation. Call us today!

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Although the crown attached to your dental implant is very tough, it can be damaged, in some instances. Our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. dental crownsKathleen Geipe, shares some information on the problem and explains what can be done to fix your crown.

How does crown damage occur?

Grinding or clenching your teeth is a common cause of crown damage. Over time, the constant pressure on the crown may cause it to crack or break. Grinding or clenching may also eventually loosen your implant. If you grind or clench your teeth, wearing a nightguard while you sleep will reduce the pressure on your crown and implant and prevent damage.

Damage can also occur if you use your teeth to open packages or bottles, or chew on very hard foods, like nuts or hard pretzels. The habit can also cause your natural teeth to crack. It's a much better idea to use the proper tools than to potentially put your teeth at risk.

Other possible causes of damage include a blow to the mouth or a faulty crown. Although most crowns are high quality, problems can occasionally occur with the construction of crowns or the fit.

A broken abutment may also cause problems with your crown. The abutment is the piece that connects your crown to your dental implant.

What solutions are available?

If your crown has only slight damage, it may be possible to smooth away rough or chipped areas. A cracked or broken crown will need to be replaced. If it's not possible to save the crown, you'll visit our Salisbury office, where an impression of your mouth will be made. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses the impression to create a new crown that fits the gap in your teeth perfectly. Once the new crown is ready, it will be attached to the abutment during a short visit. If the abutment is broken, you may need both a new abutment and a new crown.

Do you think your dental implant crown may be damaged? Call our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule an appointment.