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About Dental Implants


April 3, 2018 — by Kurt W. Kline, DMD
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Are All Implants Successful? Yes and No! There are many variables to be considered in placing the implant(s). First, the patient must be healthy. There must be adequate healing powers present in the patient. For example, if the patient is an uncontrolled diabetic, inconsistent healing could complicate the procedure. If such a condition develops at a later date after the implant(s) has been done, this too may complicate the future of the implant(s). Second, a proper diagnosis must be made, and the proper implant placement and procedure must be selected for the individual patient. Third, the implant(s) must be treated properly by the patient and the dentist. If either person is neglectful, there could be complications. Fourth, if the patient is a heavy smoker or an excessive alcoholic beverage consumer, the success of implant(s) will be affected. Will Implants Last a Lifetime? Very few things do last a lifetime. There are some implants which have been in the mouth for as lo Read More

Why Dental Implants?


April 3, 2018 — by Kurt W. Kline, DMD
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Supplement to Your Natural Teeth When a tooth is lost, it is best to replace the tooth with a non-removable replacement as promptly as possible. You are probably familiar with traditional bridgework , which uses natural teeth as supports for bridges that span the space where teeth have been lost. Realize that these bridges have not increased the support which was present when the tooth was there in the mouth. The artificial tooth of the bridge does not have a root. As teeth are lost, the amount of available root support in the mouth decreases. In effect, we have increased the load on each remaining tooth because there are fewer of them. This can be compared with losing fence posts in a long fence. The fence is no longer as strong as it was earlier. In the case of the fence, it is obvious that fence posts need to be added so that the amount of support will be increased, and similarly these areas in the mouth need more support (which can be provided by replacing the missing root Read More

Is a Dental Implant Right for Me?


April 3, 2018 — by Kurt W. Kline, DMD
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What Is an Implant? An implant is a man-made replacement for the natural tooth root which allows a person to return to non-removable teeth or a more secure dental restoration. It is not a transplant which would be taken from another individual. There are several types of dental implants from which the doctor will select the one most suited to your needs and general dental condition. How Is an Implant Inserted? Although there are many types of implants, the types can be divided into two basic groups. 1. Those that are inserted INTO the bone. 2. Those that are placed OVER the bone. In both instances, the implants are placed UNDER the tissue and extend into the mouth. Your Natural Teeth! Your own natural teeth in a healthy, well-maintained condition are the best natural implant(s) which you can possibly have. There is nothing else which compares with them. It is, therefore, in the best interest of your health and well-being to do anything you can to keep your teeth Read More

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