Category Archives: Dentist

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Are you considering getting one or more dental implants? As far as replacement teeth are concerned, dental implants are the gold standard. When placed correctly with the proper preparation and precision, dental implants can last for a lifetime. 

3d Rendering of Dental Implant

If you’re wondering whether a dental implant is worth the cost, keep in mind that you are making what is most likely a lifelong investment in your oral health. Other tooth replacement options do not have as long of a life expectancy and lack some other benefits of implants. 

The Average Life Expectancy of Dental Implants

How long do dental implants last? On average, dental implants can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. This means that if you are at or above the average age for dental implants (52), there is a good chance, you will have that implant for the rest of your life. 

The reason dental implants last so long is that, when properly placed, they are extremely secure. An implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post that is implanted in the jawbone with a crown attached to the top. The implant root bonds with the jawbone to form a solid hold that looks and functions as closely as possible to a natural tooth. 

Factors That Affect How Long a Dental Implant Lasts

How long your implant lasts within that range depends on a few factors, such as:

  • Bone Density. A dental implant requires sufficient bone density or thickness to be securely placed. If a tooth has been missing or loose for a while, the jaw bone that once held it in place starts to weaken and will eventually dissolve. An implant that is placed in a weak or thin bone will likely fail and either come loose or cause other problems. 

  • During a dental implant evaluation, X-Rays images are taken of the jaw to determine if the bone is strong enough to support an implant. If not, a bone graft can sometimes be done to strengthen the bone. In a bone graft procedure a piece of bone, either from another bone on the patient’s body, an artificial bone, or a lab-treated animal bone, is surgically placed over the existing jaw bone to thicken it and encourage regeneration of the existing bone. 
  • Oral Hygiene. After a dental implant is placed, it is important to maintain adequate oral hygiene. With a dental implant you can brush and floss your teeth the same as you would your natural teeth, and doing so is extremely important. If you develop gum disease or the teeth on either side of the implant start to decay, it can cause the implant to come loose or become infected. 
  • Accuracy of Placement. It is extremely important for your dental implant to be placed accurately. Therefore, it is important to choose a dentist with plenty of experience with dental implant procedures. You should also ask your dentist what technology they used to ensure your dental implant will be placed at the right depth and angle. This can make all the difference in how long your dental implant will last. 
 

Additional Benefits of Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Options

Their longevity is just one of the many benefits of dental implants as a tooth replacement option. When compared with a bridge, a dental implant is better in every way. The only advantage a bridge has over a dental implant is that it costs less. 

A bridge requires the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be ground down and fitted with crowns that suspend the artificial tooth between them. This puts strain on the healthy teeth that can eventually lead to damage. 

A bridge also sits above the gum line, which means the bone underneath will still weaken and dissolve. A dental implant, however, keeps the jaw bone strong and viable, allowing it to last longer. 

Dental Implants From Savannah Dental Solutions Last for the Long Haul 

How long do dental implants last? When you have the procedure done at Savannah Dental Solutions, you can expect it to last for the prominent part of the average range of 15-30 years and probably longer. We apply our knowledge and experience to place your dental implant accurately so it will most likely stay solidly in place for the rest of your life. 

Call (912) 354-1366 today to schedule a consultation or contact us. We look forward to providing you with the gold standard in tooth replacement technology.

Teeth Cleaning. How Long has it Been?

The Importance of Hygiene Visits (Teeth Cleaning)
We want you to have the brightest smile and the healthiest teeth. One of the most important reasons to visit a dentist is to keep your teeth clean and identify any emergency dental problems you may be experiencing. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can identify dental problems that you may not be aware of. Plaque and tartar can form even with meticulous brushing. When tartar collects below the gumline, gum infection can result and can lead to tooth loss or gum disease.

Research also has proven a link between the advanced stages of gum disease and serious health problems. Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are just a few of the risks. We recommend regular cleanings by our hygienist to help you keep overall good dental health. Click here to learn more and schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Top Dental Symptoms: Cracked or Broken Teeth

A cracked or broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons- brittle teeth, teeth grinding, injury. The crack may be invisible to the naked eye and even X-ray, but they can be incredibly painful and create bigger problems if left untreated. If you experience pain when chewing see your dentist. They can diagnose the cause and develop a plan for treatment.
Above article from: MouthHealthy.org
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Gum Disease Treatment

Preventing the Number One Cause of Lost Teeth
If gums start to bleed while brushing or flossing, or any teeth become loose, it is important to have these symptoms checked. They are often a sign of infected gums, and this disease can be controlled and reversed during the early stages with nonsurgical methods. Regular checkups also help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, as sometimes these symptoms don’t occur when there is infection.

Gum Disease Treatment Dentist Savannah GA Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Many patients may not be aware that periodontal disease can have an effect on more than just your teeth. Medical research has revealed that there is a link between bacterial infections of the gums and the onset or worsening of strokes, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes. It is clear that gum disease can result in more serious problems than losing your teeth. As the American Dental Association has determined that 8 out of 10 adults have infections in their gums, dentists are considering this to be an epidemic health risk.
As the bacteria from the infected gums travels throughout the bloodstream, it has the potential to affect your vital organs. The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.”

Now the Good News
We advise our patients to come into our office immediately with any of the symptoms of infected gums, as once the infection reaches an advanced stage the treatment will be surgery. In milder stages, the problem can be reversed with nonsurgical procedures and improved daily dental hygiene. With most dental insurance plans, both types of procedures are covered.

Missing Teeth - Dental Care Savannah GA Is There a Problem with Missing Teeth?
Most teeth are lost because of gum disease and not accident or decay, as many assume. It is important to maintain a full set of teeth, as even one missing tooth can let the other teeth move or shift. This affects chewing, which lessens the amount of nutrients you absorb from your food. It may also become more difficult to chew, so softer, less nutritious foods will be consumed, which can result in an increase in weight. Speech can become slurred, resulting in embarrassment and less desire to socialize. Eventually, your face will take on a “sunken” look, making you appear much older than your age.
We offer you natural-looking implants that give you a full smile and complete functionality of teeth. We can replace one or many teeth with implants. Your confidence will be restored when your missing teeth are replaced. 

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

Clear Orthodontics Dentist

Orthodontics - Clear Dental Braces Dentistry Savannah GAOrthodontics – The Clear Alternative
If you have always wanted straight teeth, but have not wanted to wear noticeable braces, we have a solution for you! We are happy to recommend to our patients Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect™ aligners. They are innovative orthodontics that are so clear they’re invisible, and they correct your smile in only 9 – 15 months! They address all the problems of crossbite, underbite, overbite, gaps, and overcrowding.
With state-of-the-art technology, 3-D computer imaging will produce the complete treatment plan for repositioning your teeth to a beautiful smile. Sets of transparent, thermoplastic aligners are made to fit your teeth and with the first set you wear, your teeth will begin to be gently repositioned to the desired alignment. Approximately every two weeks, you will advance to the next set of aligners as progress is made toward your goal. Evaluation will be made in our office every four to eight weeks. The total time for treatment is based on individual needs.

Straight Teeth - Invisible Dental AlignersBoosting Your Confidence
Although traditional braces work well, there are advantages to the Invisalign and ClearCorrect systems. Most wearers choose this option because they are nearly invisible. They are only noticeable if someone looks at them extremely close up. This lets you feel confident throughout your treatment.
As there are no metal or wires that need adjustments, you will have fewer visits to our dental office. There is no mouth irritation from these comfortable, one-piece aligners, and no bulky headgear to wear. The best part is you can eat whatever you want, as they can easily be taken out for eating and cleaning. There are no worries about plaque building up on the surface of your teeth during treatment, as you can remove the aligners to thoroughly brush your teeth.
Invisalign - ClearCorrect OrthodonticsSavannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com

How Enamel Protects Your Teeth

What Causes Tooth Enamel Damage?
Enamel is kind of like the shell of an egg: it protects the softer, more vulnerable part of the tooth inside.
But unlike an eggshell, the thin layer of enamel is tough.
In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It can withstand decades of biting, chewing and crunching — with some luck and good dental care.

Above article from: WebMD.com/oral-health
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
Website: SavannahDentalSolutions.com