RED BANK, NJ: Red Bank dentist Dr. Glenn MacFarlane has a different approach to the for his Center for Holistic Dental Medicine practice, located at 211 Broad Street.

As the name implies, he takes a “whole-body” approach to dentistry that includes essential oils, aromatherapy and sleep apnea treatment.

Known as “DocSmile,” he has been the official cosmetic dentist to the Miss New Jersey and Mrs. New Jersey America pageants and has dazzled the smiles of several other states’ winners.

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In this article he has provided answers to some basic questions:

What is a dental implant?

Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws.  When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.

A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns.  The crowns are custom-made of all ceramic to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years.  They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.

Dental implant VS is a cemented bridge or removable denture

“You’ll look and feel great. Dental implants feel, look, fit and function like healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you don’t have to think about them.  You brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth – no need to remove them for cleaning, said Dr. MacFarlane.  “They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile.  They’re built to last.  Dental implants that are properly cared for can last many decades.”

Titanium Implants

One of the advantages of titanium dental implants is that they have been successfully used for over forty years.  The data collected shows titanium implants have a success rate of over 98% a decade after surgery.  Many patients have had titanium implants for over 25 years with no complications.

Titanium integrates with bone completely.  It is biocompatible and creates a permanent bond.  Titanium implants are more versatile than ceramic implants because they can be one piece or two-piece systems.  For patients with less bone density or other issues, two-piece systems allow customization of the implant.

Some patients may have an issue of allergies or metal reactions.  The medically tested data shows there has not been a reaction to the metal itself.  Some patients have allergies to other metals such as nickel and of course are concerned about inserting another metal into their body.  For these patients ceramic/zirconium implants are an alternative.

Zirconium Implants

Zirconium implants are created in one piece and are a creamy white color.  There is no risk of a dark metal color showing at the gum line which can occur with titanium implants.  As these implants are ceramic, there is no possibility of heat conductivity nor is there any possibility of corrosion.

The history of usage for zirconium implants is not as lengthy as titanium implants; however, there appears to be as much success in terms of bone integration and longevity as there is with titanium.  The only exception is in patients with conditions such as teeth grinding.  The ceramic implant may not hold up as well to this type of constant and unusual force.

How to properly diagnose and place an implant

“We employ a Dental Cone Beam Tomography (Dental CBCT) in our office. It is a specialized type of x-ray that provides more information than conventional dental or facial x-rays. This computerized scan uses advanced technology to generate three-dimensional (3-D) images,” said MacFarlane.

The benefits of a Dental CBCT scan are that it:

  • Provides 3-D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone which are considerably more detailed than conventional two-dimensional dental x-rays.
  • Allows for more precise diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Is simple and comfortable to take and can diagnostically image both bone and soft tissue simultaneously.

Dental CBCT scans are commonly used to:

  • Evaluate the position of teeth, bone structure, jaw joints and the airway.
  • Aid in the accurate placement of implants

Anyone can benefit from having a dental implant to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Today it is possible to have “same day teeth.”

 Give the Center for Holistic Dental Medicine a call and see what a dental implant could do for you.

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